I’m not sure Johan Bengtsson A.K.A Mitch Murder sleeps anymore. In the months leading up to the release of his amazing second album, Current Events, the Swedish SynthWave king was pretty quiet. Since then, though, we have been treated to a year of constant new tracks, new EPs and new reMixes, almost weekly. And never once had the man missed a beat, never once has he released something anything less than the very best SynthWave. Next month sees another new EP, the man just doesn’t stop.
At the beginning of next month the Glass Cities EP is released, not by Johan’s usual home of SynthWave central, Rosso Corsa, but on new Irish imprint DhARMA. DhARMA have given Mitch free rein to do what he does best. From the opening, and title, track you are immediately back in Mitch Murder mode. After a imposing cinematic intro Glass Cities make a brief nod to Zoolook era Jean Michel-Jarre with it’s just of woody melodies and vocal samples as an instrument. It’s a tack make of pure 80’s bliss that glides effortlessly into Last Call, which seems Mitch add a little Trevor Jones into the mix, ,and is an amazingly smooth and emotive pallet cleanser before the high-octane Outrun of Heading South, a full on post-Italo race to the boarder. Hopeful and uplifting, this track mirrors the best inspirational ‘80’s soundtrack peices and leads into the club soundtrack of Shoot The Core! with flying lead lines. Best Of The Best lulls you into a false sense of security with slick 80’s Pop drums and big emotional chords before treating you to some of Mitch’s best Malmsteen-esque synth shredding. Ever optimistic, with a hint of melancholy, like the best ‘80’s music, Mitch constantly amazes with his mix of part Italo, part 80’s soundtracks, part sheer synthesizer joy. The EP also holds a reMix from Sylvester, who bring the Electro Boggie to Glass Cities, and this bonus mix from Norwegian duo Nite Sprite who inject a little Nu-Disco electro noise into Heading South. Most of this collection has been available at one time or another in the past year, Mitch Murder’s output is verging on prolific these days, but to have all these tracks together, in high quality, is really something special. Obviously for Synth Wave fans this is a must have EP, but for any fans of synthesizer music, Mitch Murder comes so highly recommended it’s difficult to put into words.
♫ Mitch Murder – Glass Cities
♫ Mitch Murder – Best Of The Best
♫ Mitch Murder – Heading South
♫ Mitch Murder – Last Call
Mitch Murder’s Glass Cities EP is released 1st August.
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