This week, SynthWave innovator and one of the most underrated producers around, Vancouver’s FM Attack, released his long awaited new album. As one of the producers on-board with the Dreamwave sound in it’s infancy, FM Attack has been a constant staple of the scene who’s releases are always looked forward to with anticipation. Clocking up some pretty high profile reMixes in-between albums just goes to show the regard Shawn Ward is held in amongst dance music producers. This new records, Deja Vu, sees FM Attack lean more in a traditional song direction, and the results are well worth your attention.
From the opening beats of With You Tonight, you know you’re in for an Italo infused SynthPop treat. It;s a breezy, romantic tune, full of musical nostalgia and human vocals, and sets the scene for Deja Vu. The Greek voice of retro Pop Kristine makes her first of two appearances on the album on Magic which, like it’s counterpart Runaway, is a emotionally charged slick of authentic 80s Pop laden with icy synths played against a warm bassline and Kristine’s powerful Pop-Rock vocal style. It’s a classic Pop tune, as opposed to Runaway’s more infectious Electro Boogie stylings. Elsewhere on the album you’ll fine the compelling Robo Disco of Corazon, otherworldly and machine-like rub shoulders with the finger snapping, soulful Italo groove of Activate, a vocoder fuelled android’s lament. Tears Don’t Lie and Lost Angeles bring something a little more traditionally SynthWave to the table, showing of their 80s soundtrack music DNA in two very different ways, energetic & Poppy and pensive & resonant. In the middle of the release sits the Julian Sanza featuring Fade Away, an unusual excursion into Balearic Italo with 90s euphoric Trance leads. Deja Vu definitely lives up to what we hope for with a new FM Attack release. Shawn has outdone himself again, we suggest you check it out.
Boston’s resident Australian Indie-ElectroPop princess Betty Who has just released a reMix collection honouring her single Somebody Loves You. The packages is the result of a reMix competition, and, although we normally like to steer clear of those, of note here is the winner was none other than Canadian SynthWaver extraordinaire FM Attack, and rightly so his reMix leads the release.
FM Attack works his magic here. The original is an upbeat, guitar and synth fuelled slice of raucous Pop which we see here transformed into a spacey, impassioned, retro synth monster. The combination of FM Attack’s nostalgic synthesizer wizardry and Betty Who’s catchy refrain results in perfect 80s Pop. The maths is simple, add these two things together and you have every element needed to deliver a tune that, even when hearing it for the first time, feels recognisable and comfortable. I’m not sure if Betty Who was trying to come across like an 80s Popstar when she originally recorded the track, but in FM Attack’s hands that’s exactly the persona her vocals takes on. With chiming keys and a bouncy bassline, FM Attack really knocks it out of the park with this mix. A well deserved win.
FM Attack’s mix is the proverbial bomb, a real funky synthesizer workout. Whipping up an Italo frenzy of vocal synthesis, robotic vocoding and chugging arpeggiated basslines, FM Attack delivers five minutes of android Boogie and one of our favourite tracks of the month. Rouge Vogue is more in the classic House vein. Deep, woody basslines and 909 beats dominate this reMix, dragging the track into a darkened Chicago warehouse for a night of hypnotic dancing. French Horn Rebellion have put together a slick reMix package for their new one. It drops in March.
Frankfurt Express are a French retro ElectroPop duo, featuring singer Yota, a name you might recognise from gracing from a handful of awesome Nu-Disco records, who are about to release their new single. the track, Frankfurt Express is a lush, warm slice of quirky, Kraftwerk flavoured, SynthPop. the singe boasts reMixes from the mighty Lifelike (who also co-produced the single), and these two rad cuts from SynthWavers FM Attack and Sferro.
FM Attack’s take on Wake Up, is a surprisingly gothic twist on Italo influenced SynthWave, with vocal samples morphed into a haunting choir and reverb drenched guitar licks amidst the dance beats and squelchy bassline. this all works brilliantly with the vocal, creating a weird, but excellent, dark DiscoPop hybrid. Girlfriend Records head honcho Sferro turns in a woozy DreamPop version of the track. Loaded with dreamlike synths phasing in and out of the track and magical melodies. With razor sharp synth cutting through the track, Sferro’s mix grabs your attention whilst lulling you into a hypnotic state. An amazing single package from the guys.
♫ Frankfurt Express – Wake Up (FM Attack reMix)
♫ Frankfurt Express – Wake Up (Sferro reMix)
Frankfurt Express’ Wake Up is released 15th February, but is available now on Juno.
Pure gold! One of Canada’s best synth exports and one of our favourite producers FM Attack taking on Richard Marx 1987 power ballad début ‘Should Have Known Better’.
The wavy mullet’s voice with FM Attack’s sweet retro synths is a match made in heaven. No only does FM Attack provide a slick as hell ‘80’s sounding Electro backing that works the right bits of the song at the right time, but he also liberally applies some lush vocoding to Mr. Marx’s vocals. The whole thing shows a great respect to the original track, but take it so much further, to the point where you couldn’t listen to the original again without somehow feeling that the stuff here was missing. Powerful, uplifting, nostalgic synth awesomeness.
Canadian king of all things 80’s-esq House FM Attack recently reMixed the title track from Bristol’s electronica legends Way Out West’s latest album.
With no definite release in sight it’s possible the track is getting a single release (the album has already has a reMix package), and it deserves it, especially this mix. FM Attack brings his brand of pre-Dreamwave Nu-Disco with it’s lush synths and sparkling lead lines which effortlessly flow aver a hyped-up groove.
Today saw the release of Vancouver’s finest Space-Disco export FM Attack’s new EP, ‘Astrowave’, picking up the cosmic synth journey where last years album ‘Deamatic’ left off.
‘Old Skool Daze’, from the EP, is a vocoder laden synthesizer epic that takes in influences from B-Boy Electro, Moroder-esq Electro Disco and the synthesizer skills of the likes of Jean Michele-Jarre. It’s exactly how I like my Nu-Disco, intricate, layered and musical but with a heavy beat, the vocoders are just the icing on the cake.
The week in Bangers: While electronic rumors isn’t strictly an Electro-House blog, we do cover a lot of Electro-House that crosses over in to our realm. So many good club tunes and reMixes surface each week we can’t (and wouldn’t) cover them all, so this is a round up of some of the best from the week that we didn’t have time to dedicate individual posts to…