One of the surprise groovers of the summer, London’s Foreign Boy’s Dance Like A Light, is set to receive a new lease of life with a follow up reMix collection. Once again coming courtesy of Nude Disco, the Italo Disco monster gets some heavyweight working over from the likes of LosBikini, Sex On TV, SunnySunday and this juggernaut from our pal The Sanfernando Sound. Listen in.
In contrast to Foreign Boy’s decidedly British take on Italo, The Sanfernando Sound delivers an European epic, complete with thunderous EBM basslines and EuroDance leads, all wrapped up in a retro Disco package. Foreign Boy’s robo-vocals fit this soundtrack perfectly, forming a hypnotic mantra until they give way tot he soaring synth solo. The whole reMix package is currently available on Bandcamp, you should check it out.
♫ Foreign Boy – Dance Like A Light (The Sanfernando Sound reMix)
Australian SynthWaver Jordan F swings back into the groove this week with his entry in a currently running reMix competition. The subject is fellow Aussie KLP’s current single Medicine; a booming slice of Future R&B that’s been doing some big things recently. Check out what some of electronic music’s finest unsung talents does with the sprawling tune as he drags it to the dancefloor.
Jordan hits the Synth Disco sound hard with his reMix. Rolling on an pumping bass with a head nodding pattern, Jordan keeps the lows heavy and the highs breezy to create a nostalgic slice of poolside that sounds perfect with KLP’s vocals. But wait, there’s more, switching things up a little two thirds of the way though, Jordan treats us to an Italo infused retro finale. Staying loyal to his SynthWave roots, but bringing something new to the table. You can vote for Jordan F’s entry in the reMix competition here.
This week one of Brooklyn’s finest purveyors of synthesizer goodness AIMES drops his new release via Wonder Stories. It’s a companion to his huge single of earlier this year, Burnin’ featuring five new versions of the tune. This new reMix collection brings together such talent as Auxiliary Tha Masterfader, A Copycat, Perdido Key, Rocco Desentis; and this grinding monster from London Electro hounds Tronik Youth.
As you’ll no doubt be aware, the original was a driving and summery House tune that featured some soulful vocals from NY resident Javi; this is completely flipped as Tronik Youth give the track an East London basement club vibe. A stuttering and ominous Electro rework that despite being abrasive and relentless retains a cheeky charm. Chainsaw synths and squealing leads replace the poolside sounds of the original as Tronik Youth put together a strobe-light oddessy for the early hours. Now there’s a Burnin’ for every occasion!
Just released is the new EP from Spanish Italo/SynthWave producer Maxthor. Black Fire is his début release, having previously contributed a reMix to Village’s The Touch single on Kitsuné and sets the scene with a primer in Maxthor’s authentically retro sound. The EP is available to download for a price of your choosing, with all proceeds going toward the recording of Maxthor’s forthcoming album, so check out the title track below.
Putting the epic back into SynthPop, Maxthor draws on the soundtrack drama of SynthWave and the vintage groove of Italo to lend his sprawling Pop track an added dose of the majestic. Immediately lunching into an array of soaring synth solos (always a good sign); the track soon finds it’s place as a warm and enveloping SynthPop tune. With lush vintage keys and a spacious vocal performance Maxthor juggles a moody sonic pallet and an optimistic, uplifting song with ease, contributing to the 80s credibility of Black Fire. The whole EP is well worth checking out for fans of well written retro Italo and Pop.
Last year SpaceSynth maestro Mild Peril snuck onto our X-Mas playlists with his epic instrumental take on Walking In The Air, Airwalking, from his Themes EP. This year, after the release of his Matter album, he’s back in a radial reworking (and slightly festive) mood in his just released The Sentinel single. The release contains two tracks, both homages to the works of Mike Oldfield, one of Mild Peril’s biggest influences, in this instance he takes on Sentinel from Tubular Bells II and In The Pool.
The Sentinel (Tubular Bells II) is a sprawling synthesizer epic (but then again all Mild Peril’s works are), and is bizarrely X-Massy. We say ‘bizarrely’ because it;s not at all X-Massy, yet manages to really be. Yeah, that doesn’t make sense, but once you listen to it you’ll see what we mean. It’s ominous tones and dramatic leads all become sort of comforting and as Mild Peril himself says “because if you do pretty much anything on a tubular bell sound, it will sound like Christmas”. He’s got a point. The Pool is more of a dancefloor Italo classic, dripping with European 80s flair as cheeky snyth riffs dance around each other and a pure Pop bassline. The prefect counterpoint to it’s flip side. Did we mention it’s a free release? Go grab yourself some synth goodness.
Here’s something a little tasty to start the week with, a slick reworking of one of our favourite tunes of all time. Whether you’re on Team Branigan or Team Raf there’s no denying that Self Control is an absolute classic. For us the debate generally rests on whether we’re in an ElectroPop mood or an Italo mood, but now we’ve got a contender for when we’re in the mood for some straight-up dancefloor vibes courtesy of this reMix from Nude Disco and BroKen DJ’s of the Laura Branigan version of Self Control.
Falling neatly between the realms of reMix and completely reworked Edit, Nude Disco and BroKen DJ’s take on Self Control distils the tune down to it’s most crowd pleasing elements. Playing up the Italo, but neatly slotting it into their crisp and bouncy South London Disco sound, these guys hype that classic bassline for all it’s worth and give it a little syncopated swing. Bristling with uplifting synths and Balearic purcussion, this reMix uses the original’s vocals and arrangements sparingly; but when it does drop some of the songs memorable moments, it does so to maximum effect.
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything from epic Swiss SynthWaver Worship; he seems to be on one release a year these days, and he’s keepings things tight in 2014 by waiting ‘til the end of the year to drop- a new release. But drop a new release he has. At the end of last week he unleashed his latest slice of Italo, Disco, Dreamwave goodness. This is Paradise.
Paradise is one of those Cosmic Disco journeys that really is a journey. Worship’s music always had an epic, cinematic quality to it and this is no different. Headed thick with lush synths and rousing chords, Paradise is part space-age floorfiller, part Sci-Fi soundtrack. Leading with a stuttering Italo bassline, the track weaves it’s audio tapestry our of sweeping pads, uplifting leads and emotional keys, paving the way for a funky little riff to intersect the track at it’s nexus. A welcome return for Worship right here.
Route94 delivers possible his best tune to date with his new stormer. It’s an exclusive for Mixmag and Rowan Jones has serves up a wonderful Sci-Di Disco House tune that contains everything we love about both club music and synth music. This is the reason Route94 is fast becoming one of the most sought after in the country.
There’s hints of Boogie and Italo in Shards Of Glass, the cutting digital bassline has got a definite 80s swing to it, and the sparking keys leant toward the Jarre end of the synthesizer scale. Pairing that up with some ridiculously heavy bass and a pounding dancefloor beat Route94 delivers something both retro and contemporary, and ties it all up nicely in a House groove. Awesome stuff!
Back in 2012, when we were just getting to know his work, New York’s synthesizer mastermind Starcadian released what is possibly one of the best mashups ever unleashed on the world. First Kill crammed in Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Pharoahe Monch, Queen, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes and Wu Tang Clan over some seriously hard hitting Disco sounds. Now, with one of our favourite albums of last year, Sunset Blood, under his belt, and with the storming new Saturdaze EP, on the horizon Starcadian drags you back to the dancefloor with his follow-up bootleg. This is Wrecking Shot.
This time around Miley Cyrus, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Kelis and Tracy Weber get run through Starcadian’s galactic groove machine and spat out the other side in as a mirror-balled glam jam. Piled high with the finest French Touch, Nu-Disco and a surprising amount of Italo, Wrecking Shot once again surprises us as Starcadian makes seemingly disparate songs weave in and out of each other seamlessly. Where Fist Kill was full throttle Electro, Wrecking Shot has a smooth and soulful side. This should more than keep you going until Starcadian brings his urban synth Disco, with a Saturday morning TV theme vibe, on the new EP.