[Audio] Starcadian reMixes Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’

 

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When he’s not releasing one of the best albums around right now, New York SynthWaver Starcadian does a nice line in reMixes too. Although they tend to be few and far between, he always knocks it out of the park. the latest subject for one of his Sci-Fi Disco makeovers is Katy Perry’s single Dark Horse.

Rich. That’s the best work to describe this reMix. Rich and enthralling. Thick, rousing synths and Starcadian’s particular brand of orchestrated strings blend together with a seasoning of Cosmic zaps and pows to create a warm, emotionally evocative synthesizer soundtrack. Perfect for a slightly modulated version of Ms. Perry’s vocals, and a hint of Starcadian’s vocoder wizardry. Pure magic.

♫ Katy Perry – Dark Horse (Starcadian reMix)

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[Video] Starcadian’s ‘Chinatown’

 

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Here’s the long awaited video for New york all-round amazing producer Starcadian’s Chinatown. The track comes from Sunset Blood, one of our favourite albums of the year.

The clip was directed by Starcadian & Rob O’Neill and features more from the imaginary noir Sci-Fi movie that Sunset Blood is the soundtrack to.

Starcadian’s Sunset Blood is out now.

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[Audio] Starcadian’s ‘Sunset Blood’ album

 

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Starcadian’s Sunset Blood is the best Disco album of the year. There, that’s the short version of this review. It’s a pretty bold statement to make in a year that Daft Punk released their long awaited comeback, but we stand by it. Not that Starcadian’s freshly released début full length record, Sunset Blood, is strictly a Disco album, but it has a strain of authentic Disco running through it’s DNA that puts many contemporary Disco producers to shame. Mixed up with helpings of SynthWave, ElectroPop and TurboFunk it’s the perfect recipie.

Ever since we discovered Brooklyn based producer Starcadian he’s been a particular favourite around these parts, his track Girls Of Midnight clocking in at number three in our top 20 songs of 2012. Nothing about this thirteen track collection of tunes has let us down, and our expectation were high!

A new version of single Ronnie opens the album, it’s funkin’ bass, smooth electric Piano and slightly melancholy vocoding setting the tone for the album, exciting, emotional, electronic music and a badass, soaring, solo. The brooding Robo-Funk of Chinatown is up next. It’s passionate, cinematic, vocals meets rousing vintage electronics approach sending shivers down your spine. Previous favourite Sgt. Tagowski’s high-octane, slap bass fuelled, retro SynthWave meets ChipTune madness is followed by the album version of the single Heˆrt. Heˆrt is a simply beautiful piece of music, A piano led Disco ballad, a Sci-Fi lament that highlights Starcadian’s musicianship, songwriting and production skills perfectly. Spectrum Line, another new tune, is up next delivering it’s big DiscoPop vibes with an R&B twist, all smoothed over with Starcadian’s slightly gritty Electro sounds. The laid back vocoder grooves return on Lovetop, a vintage Disco laden love song, smooth and soulful to the extreme and contrasted with the big ElectroPop of Supersymmetry, probably the album’s Pop highlight. Big beats, slick vocals and catchy choruses all add up to pure synthesizer infectiousness. A New York Indie-Electro feel permeates the dreamy Waters before the album charges into the Cornish assault that is Pompey Pirate, bringing a French Electro epicness to Sunset Blood. Chainsaw riffs and soaring leads scream over a relentless machine beat and cut up, distorted electronics. What follows are three orchestrated, soundtrack pieces. Binary Stars, The Floppy Disk and It Ends Now being classical takes on the themes of Heˆrt, Chinatown and Pompey Pirate. With a John Williams flavour, this trilogy really show off Starcadian’s talent for arrangement as he presents a bombastic cavalcade of rising strings and horns that really get the blood racing. The album plays out on it’s title track, Sunset Blood is enigmatic SynthWave at it’s finest. A mysterious musical exposition, a synthesizer epic that leaves you waiting for the sequel.

It cannot be understated how impressive and confident a début Sunset Blood is for Starcadian. Easily one of the albums of the year. A musical narrative that deftly carries you along with it whist delivering some of the most addictive Disco we’ve heard in a long time. Highly recommended.

♫ Starcadian – Sgt. Tagowski

♫ Starcadian – Supersymmetry

♫ Starcadian – Ronnie (Album Mix)

♫ Starcadian – Pompey Pirate

Starcadian’s Sunset Blood is out now. Pick it up from Bandcamp.

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[MP3] Starcadian reMixes Freedom Fry

 

Freedom Fry

In his second reMix for LA ElectroPoppers Freedom Fry, Brooklyn based SynthWave Funkster, and one of the best kept secrets in the world, Starcadian delivers more of his sweeping emotional synths and dirty Disco grooves. Just a quick search to your right will reveal a whole host of storming tracks from Starcadian, we’ve been eager for new material for a while now, and with the knowledge of a new EP in the pipeline this mix’ll have to tide us over until then.

Starcadian drops it big style with this one. Turning his raw synth Disco sound into something fit for the big room, he delivers layers and layers of thick synths and sparking melodies that perfectly compliment the Freedom Fry vocal track. Working some seriously powerful, emotive, synth lines and huge aspirational leads, Starcadian brings his A-game with a reMix worthy of being your summer anthem. More of the highest quality work from this New Yorker.

Freedom Fry – Friends And Enemies (Starcadian reMix)

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[MP3] Starcadian reMixes Unique

Unique

Here’s the fresh reMix, of an old school track, from a guy who is easily one of our favourite new producers this year. To us it seemed that in 2012 Brooklyn’s Starcadian came from nowhere and dropped immense production that put may others to shame. His massive Electro and Disco sounds have kept us moving throughout most of the second half of the year, and with a new album in the making, Starcadian has unleashed his remix of Unique’s 1983 DiscoPop classic What I Got Is What You Need to tide us over.

Starcadian shows us his smooth side, mixing up his chainsaw Electro and fantasy Cosmic Disco with some laid back funk. Twisted Moog bass and a driving beat underpin this slick track, letting the original’s vocals hazily drift in and out of the track, lifted by Starcadian;s euphoric piano rises and lush strings. True to form the man gets a little gritty and Sci-Fi in the breakdown, which makes it all that much sweeter when the Disco groove kicks back in. This is probably Starcadian’s most Funk fuelled tune to date, purpose built for late night dancefloors.

Unique – What I Got Is What You Need (Starcadian reMix)

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Cosmic Sand & Starcadian & TobTok

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Australian Electro heads Trashbags are bringing, for their latest release, a storming new, and free, EP from Portuguese producer Cosmic Sand. The Route 375 EP is a huge work of driving Electro. Post-Kavinsky with a slightly baroque feel, the three original tunes Route 375, Lost In Nevada and Wreckage of 2085 are powerful synth pieces that meld chainsaw Electro with a cinematic rush.

reMixes come from electronic rumors fave  Starcadian and Swedish Nu-Disco guru TobTok. Starcadian’s take on Lost In Nevada is typically majestic slab of slap-bassed, dirty synth Disco. Combining gritty Disco grooves with soaring cosmic synths, Starcadian takes the track into deep space for some seriously futuristic Boogie. The EP’s title track is handled by TobTok, who brings a smooth, laid back Disco sound to the release. sanding off the rough and ready edges of the original, TobTok’s version is all about late summer nights and mirrorballed dancefloors. this whole EP is pretty essential, especially at that price point, you have no excuse.

Cosmic Sand – Lost In Nevada (Starcadian reMix)

Cosmic Sand – Route 375 (TobTok reMix)

The Route 375 EP is out now and available to download for free right here.

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Starcadian reMixes SLDGHMR

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Good news everyone! New York’s best kept secret, Starcadian, is back with a brand new reMix. Easily rating as one of our favourite discoveries of the year, this Brooklyn resident has pretty much blown us away with all his tunes this year. This latest track is a reMix of Miami producers SLDGHMR’s collaboration with La Falix, Deviate.

Whist the original had some great moments, let down by a couple of uninspired  Electro-music-by-numbers moments, Starcadian whips the track up into a absolute monster tune. Neatly combining his talents in huge, cinematic, highly musical, Disco-House and storming, cut-up Electro, Starcadian produces something that is as infectiously energetic and the most fist-pumping of hard Electro, but as smooth as the most Tropical beach party Disco and as emotionally resonant as the most orchestrated SynthWave song. Washing the vocals in vocoder give the refrain a more melodic quality, which is used, amongst other lead lines, to temper the chainsaw Electro synths and frantic slap bass. I don’t think there is a single producer out there who can mix up juggernaut Electro with melodic Pop quite like Starcadian, and if their is they aren’t as good.

♫ SLDGHMR (Feat. La Felix) – Deviate (Starcadian reMix)

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Starcadian reMixes Freedom Fry

Freedom Fry

Brooklyn based SynthWave/Disco/ElectroPop producer Starcadian is rapidly becoming one of out very favourite producers. The richness of his productions is pretty astounding, and his love of electric piano just endears him to us more. It seems that whether immersed in big pedal-to-the-metal Electro or gentle Indie tinged Disco, Staracdian is completely at home and not afraid to do something a bit left-field.

His latest reMix is of fellow New Yorkers Freedom Fry ‘s Summer In The City. Here’s Starcadian captures the mood of hot asphalt and a greenhouse of skyscrapers with a lazy, hazy, groove. Stripped down to almost the core of electronic piano and vocals, this track really shows off Starcadian’s musicality and penchant for jazzy melodies. It also has a lonely quality to it, the sparse instrumentation feeling quite separated, quite distant. Let this gentle jam soothe you in this heatwave.

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (Starcadian reMix)

Summer In The City  is out now.

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Starcadian

Earlier in the week, after his stunning Touch Tone reMix, we promised you a more in depth look at Brooklyn based producer Starcadian. And, now is as good a time as any, with the recent release of his new video making some waves. The track is called ‘Heˆrt’ and it’s a perfect example of Sarcadian’s lush retro synth work. Combining both the groovy and the emotional, his laid back beat and electric piano lament underpin a subtly vocoded galactic love song. Here we have a jaw-droppingly good mixture of SynthWave and Disco that has been pulled back into a ballad that really highlight Starcadian;s talents ad both songwriter and musician. The video too has been getting a bit of attention, and ‘80’as Sci-Fi extravaganza. Reminiscant of post-Star Wars straight-to-video movies, the clip captures the loneliness of deep space and melds with the tune as if they were always meant to be.

Hopefully, that’s whetted your appetite, for more Starcadian. And it should, the rest is just as good. Borrowing heavily fro ‘80’s movie soundtracks, Starcadian sets himself apart from the a lot of the SynthWave crowd in a few ways. His a lot more skilled in the Disco end of things, and he tends to be a lot more ‘song’ oriented. Take ‘Girls At Midnight’ what begins at the most haunting of VHS horror soundtracks effortlessly becomes one of the best Nu-Disco tinged ElectroPop tracks I’ve heard for a while, with some frantic playing in the crescendo. ‘Ronnie’ brings the vocoder back into focus for a slick slice of DiscoPop, whist keeping that retro SynthWave feel and injecting an added bit of Funk in the form of some jazzy electric piano before going all out of a seriously stratospheric synth solo. ‘Firat Kill’ sees a different side to Starcadian, for want of a better word is a full on Disco-House banger loaded with mashed up acapellas in ways that make them sound they should have always been there.

♫ Starcadian – Girls Of Midnight

♫ Starcadian – Ronnie

♫ Starcadian – First Kill

I seriously can’t recommend Starcadian enough.

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Touch Tone reMixed by Starcadian

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I must be so predictable, hehe. Touch Tone dropped me an email introducing me to Brooklyn producer Starcadian who has just reMixed his new single ‘Home away From Home’, he said he thought Starcadian was right up my street, both musically and aesthetically, Sweet Raptor Jesus was he ever right.

I don’t want to to talk too much about Starcadian specifically right now, I’ve already decided he gets an article to himself later in the week, but let’s just easy you into the Starcadian groove with the aforementioned reMix.His reMix of ‘Home Away From Home’ is pretty much a melting pot of everything we think is awesome. It is, at it’s core, SynthWave, epic retro soundtrack stuff, but with more of a gritty vibe, a more (dare I say it, Brooklyn?) Lo-Fi productions style that accentuates the vintage sound and give the music warmth. It’s also got a bit more Funk than your average SynthWave with a dirty Moog tone to it. The end result is a danceable, dreamy electronic space-Disco odyssey. So, to recap; SynthWave, Lo-Fi grit, Moog Funk plus Touch Tone’s amazing, anthemic, song. I never stood a chance.

Touch Tone – Home Away From Home (Starcadian reMix)

Touch Tone’s ‘Home Away From Home’ is out now on Binary. We’ll be featuring more from Starcadian later in the week.

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