Not for the first time New Jersey’s hardest working synth-head Teeel is taking on the challenge of reMixing LA Indie-Electro outfit New Division. These guys have swapped reMixes a couple of time and the latest of these exchanges sees Teeel working his magic on The New Divisions’ current single, Senseless, which was released earlier this month.
Teeel’s take on Senseless is a cascading synthetic affair. Layers upon Layers of bristling arpeggios and buzzing bass wash over each other, taking time to settle in before Teeel re-introduced the original’s anthemic vocals. Stripping out the Indie side of the track, this one is pure SynthPop, a sprawling track whose expansive synths match the cavernous vocals perfectly.
♫ The New Division – Senseless (Teeel reMix)
The New Division’s Senseless is out now.
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There’s a new tune from Happiness Cage, the more experimental alter-ego of Irish SynthWaver Ciarán Byrne A.K.A. Adeyhawke. We always eagerly await the next Adeyhawke tune, but in the meantime Happiness Cage serves up something a bit more cerebral, giving you something to think about while you’re resting your feet from dancing to Adeyhawke tunes. This latest one is called Image Crystal.
With patterns built on field recordings Ciarán made on his travels Image Crystal creates an organic soundscape peppered with lilting synths that drift through the sonic landscape. Calling to mind some of Autechre’s more emotive moments, Image Crystal is a beautiful and evocative four minute experience.
♫ Happiness Cage – Image Crystal
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If there’s any dance track of recent years that can genuinely be called a ‘classic’ already, it’s probably Norwegian Cosmic Disco kind Todd Terje’s instantly recognisable Inspector Norse. Despite being a couple of years old now you can still hear it played out now, and come festival season are bound to hear it a lot more. Terje himself commissioned a couple of reMixes from ex-!!! man Justin Van Der Volgen, including this version of Inspector Norse. This and Van Der Volgen’s take on Strandbar are available on 12” now.
Making Inspector Norse your own, while retaining the qualities that make it so loves, must be no mean feat; but Van Der Volgen has a good old crack at it. He wisely let’s himself be indulgent with the percussion without trying to replace the instantly recognisable synths too much. Giving us teases of the tracks hook here and there amongst it’s off-beat keys. The track is ten minutes long, and in that time seems to build and build and build on the back of screaming synth sweeps until the seven minute mark where it explodes into it’s own galactic version of the originals hook. It’s an odd beats, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
♫ Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Justin Van Der Volgen reMix)
Todd Terje’s Inspector Norse is out now.
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London based Dreamwavers Televisor are gearing up for the release of their new, Funk fuelled, EP; titled Venture. Here’s the frantic Nu-Disco lead track, the Richard Judge featuring Find That Someone.
This is the official video, a colourful, retro, excursion into finding that mystery woman.
Televisor’s Venture EP is released 6th April.
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Sun Flares is taken from Let Em Riot’s new EP, Lines, which is released tomorrow. Just like The Manual and We Were Young it’s a deeply emotional slice of nostalgic ElectroPop brilliance.
Check the video; it’s Ryan from Arcade High playing arcade games. Nuff’ said.
Let Em Riot’s Lines EP is released 10th March.
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French SynthWave maestro come retro-Disco groover Tommy ‘86 (y’know, used to be just Tommy) today releases his brand new EP. Fittingly titled Disco Machine this is the latest in a long line of quality releases from one of the shining lights of the SynthWave scene. We’ve long been followers of Tommy ‘86’s career here on electronic rumors and are excited to hear each new tune. Check out the EP’s title track below.
High octane dancefloor thrills and spills is what your in for with Disco Machine. From it’s opening vocoded announcement, the track blares along on energetic Italo arpeggios and lush vintage keys. Tommy’s got to soling down pat on this one, as he delivers soaring lead lines over the rapid fire Boogie backing. Living up to it’s moniker 100%, this track truly is a Disco Machine.
♫ Tommy ‘86 – Disco Machine
Tommy ‘86’s Disco Machine EP is out today, you can pick it up here.
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Johnny Jewel has shared another new track from the forthcoming Chromatics album, Dear Tommy, the follow up to their 2012 near-classic Kill For Love.. Following last month’s unveiling of the albums initial single, Just Like You, Jewel and the gang have lifted the lid on the second taste of what’s to come from Chromatics. This one is called I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around.
In contrast to Just Like You’s subtly downtempo vibes, I Can’ Never Be Myself When You’re Around is more energetic vintage Disco. A magical soundscape of lush synths and undulating rhythms, I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around provides an electrically charged platform for Ruth Radelet’s vocals (and backing vocals from Megan Louise From Desire) at their dreamy finest.
♫ Chromatics – I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
Chromatics’ Dear Tommy is released this month.
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It’s nearly time for the release of the new album from Pittsburgh based SynthWaver Betamaxx. The new full length records, titled Plug & Play, is due out later this month via Telefuture Records and promises some gloriously vintage synth sounds if this just unleashed teaser is anything to go by. Featuring vocal work from Rat Rios, check out album track Dreamer.
Kicking off with an authentically 80s synth riff, Dreamer bodes well for the forthcoming album. A warm and catchy track in which Betamaxx’s lush retro SynthPop is perfectly paired with Rat Rio’s particularly 80s sounding vocal arrangement. Driving and energetic, the track builds and builds toward it choruses which explode in a cascade of energy. An absolute must for SynthPop lovers. We can’t wait for the LP.
♫ Betamaxx (Feat. Rat Rios) – Dreamer
Betamaxx’s Plug & Play album is released 12th March.
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LA Dreamwave hero Let Em Riot is back with another new cut from his forthcoming new EP, Lines. He’s already teased with The Manual at the start of the month which already had us excited for Lines’ March release, this new tune just whets our appetite even more. Check out We Were Young.
We Were Young takes us back to everything we love about Let Em Riot; beautiful, emotional songwriting and authentic sounding, non-pastiche, retro electronics. It’s a stripped back tune, serving up the core elements of Let Em Riot’s sound and utilizing them to their fullest. Sparse synths and a choice beat deliver an introspective soundtrack for Alan’s heartfelt performance. Great stuff!
♫ Let Em Riot – We Were Young
Let Em Riot’s Lines EP is released 10th March.
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Bristol’s finest SynthWave export Miles Prower is back in business with two new tracks. Both recently revealed tune are taken from the forthcoming new Prower EP, Azurea. Azurea is due to drop this spring, but you can check out these two track, These Waves Between Us and the Dana Jean Phoenix featuring Local And Load right now. Check ‘em out.
These Waves Between Us is a departure from Prowers previous 80s-influenced sounds into something that sound pretty authentic. A lot of SynthWave has the 80s heavily in it’s DNA, but by no means actually sounds like something from that decade, These Waves Between Us starts to creep slowly in that direction. It’s got that 90s Trance arrangement that seems to be central to the SynthWave sound, but makes it more organic with Electro Soul beats and a Boogie bassline. However, the Prower is at it’s best with vocals and Lock And Load puts Dana Jean Phoenix’s voice to work hard for a dramatic and haunting electronic excursion. A theatrical tune that brings together 80s Sci-Fi soundtracks and 90s Pop to keep the listener enchanted.
♫ Miles Prower – These Waves Between Us
♫ Miles Prower (Feat Dana Jean Phoenix) – Local And Load
Miles Prower’s Azurea EP is out this Spring.
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