This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a look at the Oberheim OB-1.
Video courtesy of YouTube user Lackan110f.
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while now. You may have noticed that the B-Side of the electronic rumors released Freak You’s There You Are was titled The Last Track. This was because it was literally Freak You’s last track as he left the Freak You moniker behind to team-up with long time production collaborator James Yuill (who also mixed There You Are) to form the brand new outfit LoFrames. James and Franck’s début single is released next month, check out Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love).
Seamlessly blending epic Pop, Deep House and warm Electro, LoFrames serve up a track that strips dance music and electronic Pop back to it’s core elements. Concentrating on the minimum viable product (that’s a business term!) the duo offer refined SynthPop, perfectly crafted for both the heart and the feet. Warm bass and razor leads drift over a solid groove to create a strong foundation for an introspective and heartfelt vocal. The icing on the cake is a drifting dusting of Sax that floats through the track like smoke amid the machines. This is seriously luxurious stuff.
♫ LoFrames – Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love)
LoFrames’ Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) is released 9th March.
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Ahh, Fred Falke. We’ve not heard that much from him lately, but the man is one of the best in the business. Responsible for a plethora of massive, massive classic productions the Frenchman has taken on the new single from Glaswegian ElectroPop rising stars, Prides. The Scottish trio have been going crazy with the hype recently, not least being shortlisted for the Blog Sound Of 2015, and now Falke brings the emotional SynthPop sound of Higher Love to the dancefloor.
Falke, as we would have expected, serves up exactly the kind of exuberant carefree jam that you’d expect from this French Touch pioneer. Loaded with filtered riffs and those big chords we love him for, this tune mixes the upbeat introspection of the original with a glistening vintage dancefloor feel. We always love a Fred Falke reMix, but it’s rare that the reMix is of a track that we already love; Falke’s reMix of Prides’ Higher Love is a double whammy.
♫ Prides – Higher Love (Fred Falke reMix)
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London’s Nude Disco is back with another of his storming reMixes. This one’s truly on point with Vern’s take on Sébastien Tellier’s classic Kilometre. This is one track you all will know, taken from the Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo produced album Sexuality it was a 2008/09 staple. Check out Nude Disco bringing up to 2015 speed and ready for a new dancefloor.
Nude Disc keeps things steady with this rock solid reMix. Kicking off with a bubbling arpeggio and a cracking electro snare, Vern soon introduces the original’s rich synths and a squelchy lead into the mix as the tune dips and bobs through the track. After a warm breakdown, Nude Disco brings it back hard with an irresistible and energetic synthetic finale.
Sébastien Tellier’s Kilometre is out now.
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The title track from Australian DiscoPop duo Flight Facilities’ amazingly infectious album Down To Earth has got itself a brand new video. Check it out below.
The clip was directed by Rhett Wade and features Sam Rockwell getting his groove on to out-Weapon Of Choice Christopher Walken.
Flight Facilities’ Down To Earth is out now.
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Norwegian Cosmic Disco wizard Lindstrøm, this week, unleashed his new single. The man is an epic freak-out master, but also has released some amazingly catchy stuff when teamed up with some vocal talent. On this occasion he’s got together with Skin Town singer Grace Hall to deliver a nine-minute epic (not that nine-minute epics are a rarity for the Scandinavian Cosmic Disco crew) that melds the galactic with the emotional.
Home Tonight is classic Lindstrøm. The man’s first original (and solo) track in two-ish years burbles and sweeps through it’s extended length but never loses focus. Peppered with an 80s feel, Lindstrøm build the boogie with vintage synths and shuffling percussion before dropping the listener ears first into a solid-as-hell space-age Disco groove. Sparkling and uplifting, the synths dance over the tune with a playful decadence while Grace Hall’s retro Electro Soul vocals surge in and out of the mix. In it’s race for the finish, Home Tonight drops the full force of piano hooks and orchestral stabs to bring it home.
♫ Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – Home Tonight
Lindstrøm’s Home Tonight is released 6th April.
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LA Dreamwave hero Let Em Riot is back with another new cut from his forthcoming new EP, Lines. He’s already teased with The Manual at the start of the month which already had us excited for Lines’ March release, this new tune just whets our appetite even more. Check out We Were Young.
We Were Young takes us back to everything we love about Let Em Riot; beautiful, emotional songwriting and authentic sounding, non-pastiche, retro electronics. It’s a stripped back tune, serving up the core elements of Let Em Riot’s sound and utilizing them to their fullest. Sparse synths and a choice beat deliver an introspective soundtrack for Alan’s heartfelt performance. Great stuff!
♫ Let Em Riot – We Were Young
Let Em Riot’s Lines EP is released 10th March.
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Australian SynthPop outfit Divine Knights have a new single in the offing. The retro flavoured Let’s Get Started is released today, and here’s the music video to support it.
Glossy and glamorous, the video is a slick performance clip that takes it’s inspiration from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Divine Knights’ Let’s Get Started is out now.
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Bristol’s finest SynthWave export Miles Prower is back in business with two new tracks. Both recently revealed tune are taken from the forthcoming new Prower EP, Azurea. Azurea is due to drop this spring, but you can check out these two track, These Waves Between Us and the Dana Jean Phoenix featuring Local And Load right now. Check ‘em out.
These Waves Between Us is a departure from Prowers previous 80s-influenced sounds into something that sound pretty authentic. A lot of SynthWave has the 80s heavily in it’s DNA, but by no means actually sounds like something from that decade, These Waves Between Us starts to creep slowly in that direction. It’s got that 90s Trance arrangement that seems to be central to the SynthWave sound, but makes it more organic with Electro Soul beats and a Boogie bassline. However, the Prower is at it’s best with vocals and Lock And Load puts Dana Jean Phoenix’s voice to work hard for a dramatic and haunting electronic excursion. A theatrical tune that brings together 80s Sci-Fi soundtracks and 90s Pop to keep the listener enchanted.
♫ Miles Prower – These Waves Between Us
♫ Miles Prower (Feat Dana Jean Phoenix) – Local And Load
Miles Prower’s Azurea EP is out this Spring.
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This week Jerry Bouthier’s awesome label, Continental, released the new double A-side single from fresh French ElectroPop outfit Bleu Toucan. The duo is made up of Léo Becerra (The Victorias) and Emmanuel Bonzé (Made In Taiwan) and have already released one slab of DiscoPop via Profil de Face Records, now this second release kicks things up a notch. The single comes equipped with the relevant quota of reMixes, including this dreamy gem, of the track Imagine, from our favourite Parisians, Reflex.
Reflex serve up something a little different to their normal output with this one. Less Tropical, more deep and groovy House. The French duo show off their dreamy side with a hazy production of warm tones and atmospheric pads over a bed of shuffling House beats and pumping and subby bassline. It’s awesome to see this other side to Reflex as the twosome flex their musical muscles. You should check out the whole single, it’s top stuff.
♫ Bleu Toucan – Imagine (Reflex reMix)
Bleu Toucan’s Imagine is out now.
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