[Audio] IYES’ ‘Toys’

 

IYES

Late last week Brighton based ElectroPop duo IYES unveiled yet another new tune. Following hot on the heels of March’s Breathe come this new track. Still in it’s demo form Toys sees the dark R&B sound infused with a brushing of plucked guitar to further fill out their intoxicating musical swirl.

Toys, musically, borrows heavily from Dub, with echoing purcussion and a heavy heavy bassline, and brings those elements to a nice post-Chillwave setting. This is modern Pop music it it’s most intelligent. The vocal hooks in this track are pure Pop gold, but set to a heady concoction of intricately constructed musical elements that range from to Deep House to ChipTune and polished with an otherworldly vibe that let you just sink into it.

♫ IYES – Toys (Demo.)

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[Audio] Happiness Cage’s ‘UHF Blaze’

 

Happiness Cage

Happiness Cage is the new side-project from Irish SynthWaver Adeyhawke, who you may remember for hitting the highest point in out Top 20 tracks of 2014 for an instrumental, within the top ten. As this Happiness Cage alter-ego he’s about to release a new EP in the next couple of month, but is already previewing tracks on SoundCloud. Check out UHF Blaze below.

UHF Blaze is a beautiful cacophony, a chaotic collision of  Italo, 80s Dance, Electro-House, ChipTune, even Complextro (remember that?) that all comes together to form a compelling whole. Racing beats, spiky synth basslines, Industrial purcussion, and chirpy melodies all keep the energy relentlessly high; but the track never feels like it’s getting away from you. Seeped in nostalgia enough to feel comfortable amidst the juggernaut groove.

♫ Happiness Cage – UHF Blaze

Check out more from Happiness Cage on SoundCloud.

[Video] Avec Sans’ ‘Hold On’ reMix

 

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Here is the video for the reMix of the track Hold On by London ElectroPoppers Avec Sans, by Avec Sans themselves. We’ve already written about the track, the video and the reMix, there’s not much left to do but sit back and enjoy.

It’s a re-cut of the original version’s video, which makes sense in a way. Sing J Lee still at the visual helm.

Avec Sans’ Hold On is our now featuring reMixes from Avec Sans and VS//YOUTHCLUB.

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[MP3] Mitch Murder’s ‘Outride A Crisis’

 

Mitch Murder

Hot on the heels of his massive new single for Diplo’s Mad Decent/Jeffree’s label, Swedish SynthWaver and the lord and master of all things retro synth Mitch Murder has turned his attention to his other love, old school video games. Taking the theme from 1989’s Sega classic Super Hang-On, composed by Katsuhiro Hayash, as his inspiration, Mitch delivers Outride A Crisis a SynthWave ChipTune epic.

Blending Mitch’s trademark FM basslines with shimmering video game melodies makes for a funky combination. Mitch ekes every last drop of emotion out of the track, and these video game track were composed to illicit an emotion response from the player, layering spine-tingling chords and leads. Then the track delivers what it was created for, all this underpinning a crunchy, lengthy, solo, as Mr. Murder gets his synth shred on. That’s what we all came for.

Mitch Murder – Outride A Crisis

Mitch Murder’s ‘The Touch’ is out now.

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[MP3] Avec Sans’ ‘Hold On’ reMix

 

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London based ElectroPop bright stars Avec Sans current single Hold On is continuing to get a fair amount of play round these parts. Now the single is out, the duo are throwing their own reMix of the track into the freebie ring so if you haven’t picked up the release yet you can grab a taste of what you’re missing.

Avec Sans obviously had a lot of fun reworking their own track, outside of the confines of typical Pop song structure they’re free to play around with rhythms, sounds and samples in a way that has you imagining them cracking their knuckles before diving into their own pallet of sound. If you know the original track (which you should by now!), you can expect to hear it chopped up and stuck back together with sticky tape from the London club scene. A little experimental, but still keeping the groove going.

Avec Sans – Hold On (Avec Sans reMix)

Avec Sans’ Hold On is our now featuring reMixes from Avec Sans and VS//YOUTHCLUB.

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[MP3] Arcade High’s ‘Pixel Passion’ album

 

Arcade High

It was a year ago, almost to the day, that we reviewed Pittsburgh SynthWaver Arcade High’s début début album The Art Of Youth. We’re not sure if that’s a coincidence but this week, via the medium of label Telefuture, Ryan Boosel has unleashed his latest long player, titled Pixel Passion. Coming digital and physical formats (with the limited edition CD coming in a fancy, hand-crafted case mode from repurposed Nintendo cartridges) in packages that include treasures such as glossy posters and badges., Arcade High has really pulled the stops out for this release.

So, to the album. We really enjoyed his first outing, and especially his material with vocals, which luckily there is a few lurking about on Pixel Passion. In the last year or so Arcade High have risen to the top of the SynthWave pack, and that’s partly due to his originality. Rather than playing the same old Italo basslines and pseudo-80s tropes, Arcade High carves out a sound all of his own. Rolling ChipTune (in abundance), IndiePop and SynthPop into the SynthWave mix to create something instantly recognisable. As soon as the albums opening, title track launces into it’s retro synth/8-bit mixture, with frantic bitcrushed bass, gentle vocals and soaring vintage console leads, you know what you;re in for with the rest of the album. As the record moves onto One Year Ago you’re treated to how well Arcade High uses these influences. Where as the ChipTune crowd are content with recreating video game music of old, Arcade High takes those sounds and weaves them into beautiful, emotional, ElectroPop songs that take full advantage if the unique character of that sound pallet. But never lets the sounds control the songs, it’s always songs first. Without You, the Hannah Edwards featuring album centrepiece, is an epic, rousing slice of ElectroPop euphoria which a cool Indie vibe running through it, which leads into Outrun This! which seems to lean more toward the arcade cabinet than the genre. Running To You bring us back to more familiar SynthWave territory until Ryan busts in with some sweet vocoded vocals to deliver one of the albums highlights alongside the brooding, cinematic Electro of Night Of The Genesis. If you love the SynthWave sound, but are becoming a little burnt out on it and crave the same atmosphere but with a little originality injected into it, or if you love ElectroPop and have a fondness for 80s video games, or if you just love electronic music, well crafted with love, then you should definitely take this album out a spin.

♫ Arcade High (Feat. Hannah Edwards) – Without You

Arcade High – One Year Ago

♫ Arcade High – Running To You

Arcade High’s Pixel Passion is out now via Telefuture.

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[MP3] Modern Machines’ ‘Trouble’

 

Modern Machines

NYC’s Modern Machines return from a bout of touring with a storming new track. After a host of massive reMixes for the likes of The Knocks and CREEP the duo are set to deliver some killer original tunes, starting with Trouble.

Bringing to the forefront the Vera Hall sample that Moby rocked on Natural Blues, these guys take a completely different route with the vocals. Dropping them straight into an Electro Disco fire-pit of huge synth stabs, stomping beats and some madcap ChipTune wobbling. Big, uplifting hooks and a grinding bassline keep this track powering onward and destined straight for the big room.

Modern Machines – Trouble (Radio Edit)

Check out more from Modern Machines on SoundCloud.

[Audio] Chvrches reMixed by Cid Rim

Chvrches

We’ve not heard the Curxes reMix of Glaswegian ElectroPop future stars Chvrches’ awesome Recover yet, but the mere idea of it has us drooling with anticipation. In the meantime one of the other reMixes off the single, coming from Austrian producer Cid Rim is definitely keeping us satisfies.

Beautifully complex and playful, Cid Rim’s reMix almost revels in the synthesizers it used. Full of 16-bit crunches and lush filtered warbling. It’s a really deeply layered track that draws you in a bit more with every listen. With a nod to deeper Bass genres alongside a reverby Chillwave undertones and a wonderful cacophony of sounds, Cid Rim has suddenly jumped onto our radar and we’ll be keeping an eye on him from now on.

Chvrches – Recover (Cid Rim reMix)

Chvrches’ new single is released 25th March.

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[Audio] Jowie Schulner’s new track

Jowie Schulner

This is the new SynthWave epic from Boombar Music head honcho Jowie Schulner. Prepare for some soaring synth action and night driving beats. If you’re looking for some massive resonant Electro, you’ve come to the right place.

Bad Rain is all about the big leads. Bit crushed with an almost ChipTune feel (like old Mille tracks), Bad Rain lets those synth solos fly. Set to a backing of hard hitting Italo beats and a driving arpeggiated bassline, those lead lines take on a life of their own, reaching stratospheric heights are the build and build.

♫ Jowie Schulner – Bad Rain

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[MP3] Awkoder’s Breaking Lies’

Awkoder

Breaking Lies is the new one from France’s moody SynthWave master Awkoder. Only this time, he’s getting his groove on, with one of the finest SynthWave/House collisions we’ve heard in a long time. Taken from Glacis Records free compilation, Friendly, Breaking Lies is a huge slab of smooth, synthed out, dancefloor madness.

From the offset, you know Breaking Lies is going to be a little funkier than Awkoder’s usual output, a slick Disco lick leads you into the track soon accompanied by melodic vocal samples and a pounding House beat. But it’s around the 01m09s mark that the song truly comes into it’s own. A blisteringly epic hook jumps into the track, part Outrun, part ChipTune, giving the track it’s SynthWave sheen. It’s like the best of all worlds.

Awkoder – Breaking Lies

Breaking Lies comes from Glacis Records’ free compilation, Friendly, out now.

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