We’ve been waiting for this EP to drop for a little while now, a couple of weeks ago London Italomeister Mild Peril unleashed his interpretation of the Doctor Who theme tune to coincide with the shows 50th Anniversary with hints that a whole EP of TV themes was to come. Well, here it is, three tracks of synthesizer bliss with enough nostalgia to put a smile on your face.
There’s three tracks on the EP, we’re going to present two here and let you discover the third, Mild Peril’s rework of the A Game Of Thrones theme tune, for yourself. Of the other two one is a pure revelation. Would we ever in a million years think Aled Jones’ Walking In The Air from the Raymond Briggs cartoon The Snowman would make an amazing dark Italo song? That’ll be a no. But y’know what? It really does. Mild Peril gently lays down washes of electronic, atmospheric sound and building arpeggios until when that instantly recognisable refrain emerges all thoughts of Welsh chiorboys has gone from your mind and your just left with a pulsating synthetic soundscape and one of the richest riffs we’ve heard in a while and some beautiful playing. Who’s There?, obviously the Doctor Who theme, opens with some dialogue form the shows very first episode, and proceeds to have fun with the tune. Whipping the theme’s lead line into an Italo frenzy, Mild Peril layers twisting snyths against a shuffling beat and the cultural icon that is the track’s bassline really capturing mood the show’s 80s years. You should all definitely check out this EP, producing TV theme cover version without producing extra helping of cheese is quite a feat, but Mild Peril pulls it off with style.
♫ Mild Peril – Airwalking/The Snow Man
♫ Mild Peril – Who’s There?
Mild Peril’s Themes EP is out now, grab a copy on Bandcamp.
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ActRazer, previously known as Actraier, I’m sure you’ll know is the moody, high-octane, alter-ego of Mr. Michael, better known as Miami Nights 1984. This side of Glover has been quite for a while now, years in fact, but he surprised the SynthWave world this week with the aptly title The Retrun, announcing his comeback to the fold. A majestic announcement it is too.
The Return, is all about bombastic, emotional, musical moments wrapped in a SynthWave package. It ActRazer wanted to herald his restoration with the retro Electro equivalent of a fanfare he succeeded. Throughout it;s four and a half minute lifetime, The Return takes you on an expedition through various moods. From the deep, compelling synth bass and it’s ominous piano accompaniment, to the French Touch-esque chords, to the euphoric lead riff, ActRaizer still gives a nod to his 80s soundtrack music roots. Then, with about a minute and a half left, the shredding synth solo kicks off, and everything goes stratospheric.
♫ ActRazer – The Return
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Olympic Ayres are an Australian duo who make some breezy Indie-Electro tunes. A while back they released the bouncy ElectroPop single Magic, which has now been given a massive work-over by SynthWave superhero Jordan F who turns the tune into a nostalgic, imposing, retro smash.
Returning slightly to his SynthWave roots, Jordan F delivers a pounding Italo groove, moody and ominous, which morphs the carefree vocals into some kind of hypnotic chant. The combination of the warbling vintage synth bass and shimmering arpeggios give the track it’s momentum, bringing the drama of the best 80s soundtracks to the dancefloor with anthemic vocals. Pounding hammerfall beats and relentless synths, awesome stuff.
♫ Olympic Ayres – Magic (Jordan F reMix)
Olympic Ayres Magic is out now.
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We do love synthy X-mas songs around these parts (as we’re sure you’ll become aware in the coming weeks). One of our first of the year comes from Swedish SynthWave mastermind Mitch Murder. Following on from his The Touch release on Mad Decent sub-label Jeffree’s earlier this year, Mitch has contributed to the Mad Decent/Jeffree’s X-mas compilation, A Very Decent Christmas. Check out Mitch teaming up with Santell for Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone.
Mr. Murder goes 80s R&B for this X-mas ballad. A proper festive Pop song, Mitch calls to mind holidays of the past on MTV. It’s a departure for Mitch, there’s less of the vintage synth music that we are used to hearing from him, although there is a hint of retro synth roots, the song is a proper R&B serenade. Still, it’s loaded with Murder’s warn, vintage synth sounds though, and that rubber band bass and chimes that we love him for. More X-mas music to come!
♫ Mitch Murder (Feat. Santell) – Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone
A Very Decent Christmas is out now.
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A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to the new single from Australian Indie-Disco aviators Flight Facilities. The Micky Green featuring Stand Still made quite a few waves online, but our attention was focused on the fact that at the same time a Com Truise reMix was announced. This kind of thing is exciting to us. Well, here it is, in all it’s enigmatic synth glory.
The Indie-Electro leading original is completely contrasted by this reMix. Com get’s his dark and moody SynthWave on here, which, weirdly (considering the original) works amazingly well with the vocals. The Truise take on the track is driven by a gruelling Synth bassline set amongst atmospheric and evocative layers of electronic sound. It’s the usual, amazing, Dark Future soundtrack vibes from Truise. And a track with proves a little injection of sweet female vocals into that equation does no harm whatsoever. This is one of those tunes that demands repeated listenings.
♫ Flight Facilities (Feat. Micky Green) – Stand Still (Com Truise reMix)
Flight Facilities Stand Still is out now.
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Unsurprisingly, the next single from Russian ElectroPoppers Tesla Boy’s amazing current album, The Universe Made Of Darkness, will is Broken Doll. This tune, featuring some vocal work from Tyson, is prime single material. Frequent Tesla Boy reMixers Pioneerball once again contribute to the single reMix package with this thick slice of Boogie.
This one is all about that heavy, heavy, synth Fun bassline. Popping and bubbling away in the background, the irresistible bass serves as a groovy core for Pioneerball’s arsenal of retro synth shimmers. Keeping things mid-paced and solid, Pioneerball serves up a rich vintage DiscoPop powerhouse that perfectly compliments Tesla Boy’s Anton’s vocals. The single also includes a Dub version by Tesla Boy themselves and a reMix of Invisible from Sportloto.
♫ Tesla Boy (Feat. Tyson) – Broken Doll (Pioneerball reMix)
Tesla Boy’s Broken Doll single is out now.
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As we reported yesterday, French SynthWave producer Daroc contributed a track to the French Le Burgundy Paris L’Album, but it wasn’t alone on the record. Daroc other project, as member of ElectroPop two piece Joypopp also turned-in a brand new tune for the collection. Their particular brand of sweet atmospheric SynthPop since last years Addictions album.
Their new track, D-Day, is a heady buzzing synths and dreamy vocals, with just a sprinkling of guitar. Alix’s siren vocals drifting across the magic swirl of sounds to instil a mood of smoky mystery with a hint of enticement and a hint of foreboding. A nice retro feel is provided by vintage synth sounds, it’s one of those songs that stick with you after you’ve finished listening. This truly is DreamPop.
♫ Joypopp – D-Day
Le Burgundy Paris L’Album is out now.
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UK Dreamwavers Futurecop!’s new album, Hopes, Dreams & Alienation was supposed to be released on August, but it wasn’t, it’s now set to drop this month. To celebrate, the guys are giving away this brand new track, Atari Warrior, that features none other than out very own New Arcades. Get involved.
Atari Warrior is short but sweet. Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, the tune is a mixture of Futurecop!’s Electro, New Arcades’ passionate vocals and an extra helping of ChipTune. Starting off with a tough SynthWave vibe, the tune soon descends into controlled sonic chaos with big synth leads pumping, piercing arpeggios and a soaring vocal performance. Exhilarating stuff.
♫ Futurecop (Feat. New Arcades) – Atari Warrior
Futurecop!’s new album, Hopes, Dreams & Alienation is released 13th December.
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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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For his contribution to the recently released Le Burgundy Paris L’Album compilation album, French SynthWaver Daroc delivered a brand new track. Titled Volute Club, this is the first we’ve heard of the Parisian since his cover version of Eric Charden’s Captain Harlock theme. Expect enveloping Sci-Fi soundscapes to follow.
Layered with piercing vintage synths and undulating, driven beat, Volute Club drops you right in the on-the-edge-of-your-seat mood with some haunting piano before erupting in waves of synths. Sometimes taking on a BladeRunner vibe, sometimes sounding more Baroque, Daroc always keeps things both an atmospheric soundtrack and exciting electronic music.
♫ Daroc – Volute Club
Le Burgundy Paris L’Album is out now.
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