With SynthWave master Kavinsky’s album just around the corner, due for a February release, the man himself is set to visit London for what promises to be a full-on night of blistering Electro in celebration of the record’s release.
The Dead Cruiser descends on a secret London warehouse location 2nd March for one of the hot tickets of the year so far.
Here it is! After what seems like forever waiting for some new music, here’s the new single from Outrun-Electro original gangster Kavinsky. Released today, this is the first track from the dead Cruiser’s forthcoming album, cunningly titled Outrun. ProtoVision, as it turns out, was actually the track we heard a while back in this video (which has since been named accordingly). Loved it then, loving it more now.
ProtoVision is a grinding soundtrack to an 80s Sci-fi video nasty. A screaming robotic assault that references epic electronics from Jean Michel-Jarre to Brad Fiedel’s The Terminator soundtrack. Soaring synth leads and guitar wails strike dramatic moments over chainsaw synths and a tense bassline that growls at the heart of the track. In Kavinsky’s Dead Cruiser narrative this is one hell of a powerful beat, you can imagine what kind of high-stakes conflict is occurring and with the video (a still from which is above) coming very soon, maybe we’ll find out. Too often lumped in with the bog-standard distorted Electro crowd, Kavinsky is still the king of SynthWave/Outrun-Electro, and he;s back to show the imitators how it’s done.
♫ Kavinsky – ProtoVision
Kavinsky’s ProtoVision is out today, the album, Outrun, follows early 2013 on Record Makers.
Despite a resurgence of interest in it after it’s prominence on the ‘Drive ‘soundtrack, Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ is getting on a bit now, so I have to ask, “do we really need any more remixes of it, especially as when it was first released there was a remix competition?” Well SynthWave producer Tommy has answered that question, and surprisingly the answer is “yes!”.
The German SynthWave genius has created possibly the most beautiful reMix of this track we have ever heard. Subtly changing the lead riff and the progression in ways that, at times, make it feel like a brand new song. “A new lease of life” is a phrase that gets thrown around by people talking about reMixes all too often to the point where it becomes meaningless, but Tommy really does give ‘Nightcall’ a new lease of life. The track becomes slightly more uplifting musically, whist retaining the mid-tempo groove, a lot of the originals darkness is replaced with a more optimistic set of chords, which in turn seems to lift the amazing Lovefoxxx‘s vocals to an altogether poppier place. This track is the dawn to Kavinsky’s midnight.
A brand new track from Kavinsky’s forthcoming album has leaked, we’re usually a bit cautious about posting leaks, unofficial releases just hurt the artists release schedule, but Kavinsky himself linked to the leak on his Twitter account, so we guess it’s not too bad. Plus, we’re too drunk with excitement to contain ourselves.
‘RoadGame’ see the French SynthWave legend on top form, and more cinematic than ever with an epic building track that, as a precursor to the album, lets us know that Kavinsky’s soundtracking of the Dead Cruiser is far from over. No-one tells a story in music quite like Kavinsky with his releases to date telling the story of a Ferrari fuelled ghost driver, and that’s one of the greatest things about the man, he shook up Electro, nailed SynthWave and created a whole mythos too! This is probably going to be a contender for the album of the year.
SebastiAn’s awesome new single ‘Embody’ gets a dark and heavy reMix treatment from Electro genius Kavinsky.
Relentless marching drums and massive, growling, synths take over the track, Like much of Kavinsky’s recent work he seems to be moving further and further from hectic dancefloor tracks and more into an evocative and atmospheric realm of Electro. It’s like the 80’s through a distortion pedal!
The reMix competition has finished, the winners announced. I, personally, must have listened to about 130 of the hundreds of entries. Some of them were amazing. Some of them were whack. Did I ever want to hear Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ again in my life? Not right now…
But if there’s one guy who can twist my arm it’s Beaumont, had he submitted his reMix to the contest it would have surely been a contender. Probably one of the best (if not the best) ElectroPop/Nu-Disco version of the song that uses both Kavinsky’s and Lovefoxxx of CSS’s vocals to sweet effect over a mixture of retro synths and 8-bit melodies.
There’s now over 200 reMixes of this track floating around the internet, after one of the largest reMix competitions I have ever seen, but this has to be one of the best. There some amazing reMixes entered into the competition (I spent a whole day on SoundCloud going through them!) but this one really works for me. Cutting up and disjointing the original in an Electro stylee, but not so much to take away from the song itself. It’s a pretty crazy banger with sweet sounding retro synths battling with distorted 8-bit sounds for your attention.
We’ve already raved about how straight up awesome Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ is, unfortunately there was a little confusion and the track we posted was unmastered so it had to be removed, understandably, leaving you tune free.
So our good friend MMMatthias has stepped up to the plate to save the day and give you something to wrap your ears around until the release of the ‘Nightcall’ EP later this month.
Man, what a reMix he has given us! Still featuring shared vocal duties with Lovefoxxx of CSS it’s a smooth ElectroPop jam with an edge. Loving the builds and drops in his futuristic Pop take on the track.
I really don’t know how much I can say here, the original of Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ featuring shared vocal duties with Lovefoxxx of CSS is pretty incredible, elevating Kavinsky far far above being an electro-House or French House artist, it’s a proper, retro-tinged, ElectroPop track. it’s pretty dark (save for Lovefoxxx’s counterpoint vocals), it’s mid paced, and actually really emotive. There’s no ‘banging’ in sight. It’s, dare I say it, beautiful!
So, let’s throw Breakbot into the mix shall we! Although (and this is just my personal preference) I prefer the original, I absolutely cannot fault Breakbot’s Disco opus, it’s got everything, literally everything, you’d look for in a Disco track!
♫ Kavinsky (Feat. Lovefoxxx Of CSS) – Nightcall (Breakbot reMix)(zShare)(MediaFire)
-Edit- I’ve removed the .mp3, apparently that wasn’t the finished master, which essentially means the final track will be even better!
The ‘Nightcall’ EP, the continuing adventures of the Dead Cruiser, is released 15th March and includes a reMix from Dustin N’Guyen, who is rumoured to be Xavier DeRosna, we shall see!