Room8 are still a bit of an enigma. Ezra Reich and Nic Johns seem to exist outside of the SynthWave scene, but sprung up from nowhere with a collaboration with Electric Youth and album art by The Zonders, yet no-one really knows who they are. A more suspicious mind might think there was fairly big label backing there, The Zonders don’t come cheap. Anyhoo, regardless of where they came from, they are producing some pretty kickin’ music, most recently this cover of Sir Philip of Collins’ One More Night.
Turning Phil Collins’ heartfelt croon into a robot’s lament, Room8 liberally apply vocoding and modulation to the vocals over a Kraftwerk inspired backing. Taking a slightly rawer sound than the majority of SynthWave, Room8’s cover powers along on frantic arpeggios and piercing lead lines. Drums, rough and heavy in the mix, relentlessly march toward the end where a Sax solo smooth’s out the song somewhat. Room8’s gritty take on SynthWave is something s little different, check it out.
♫ Room8 – One More Night (Phil Collins cover)
Room8’s Transduction is out soon.
Check out more from Room8 on SoundCloud.