Goin’ Old School: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark kicks off a full-on SynthPop Goin’ Old School with Enola Gay from 1980.

1983, our favourite Depeche Mode era, spawned Everything Counts.

Although not Erasure’s first single, 1986’s Sometimes was easily their breakthrough tune.

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What is it with Russia right now? They are cleaning up the SynthWave and of Nu-Disco and claiming it for their own. There is so much stuff to have come out of that part of the world in the past year, and almost all of it is so good it puts much of the rest of the world to shame. Olivaw is next in line. Hailing from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, Olivaw is quietly making some of the grooviest Outrun you’ll hear in a while.

His latest track, Summer Breeze, is a buzzing, swirling, intoxicating tune. A no-worries nostalgic vibe that carries you along with it, embraced by warm retro synths and buzzing lead lines. Olivaw has got a handle on the Outrun beat perfectly, Italo influenced but not to overpowering, just right to drive the track along. His older tunes include the massive Disco tinged SynthWave of Sleepless Nights, a track that piles on layer after layer of melodic, soloing madness and The Guardians Of Time a punchy classic ‘80’s soundtrack inspired jam, all big beats and rousing synths. In unusual for a new SynthWave artist to hit the ground running in such a slick, polished style, but Olivaw has marked himself as one to watch. The denizens of Russia nail retro synth once more.

Olivaw – Summer Breeze

Olivaw – Sleepless Nights

Olivaw – The Guardians Of Time

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Jupiter reMixes Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic

Brooklyn Indie-Disco orchestra Midnight Magic released the track Calling Out back in April as part of their What The Eyes Can’t See mini album. Now the live analog funk track has been given a new lease of life by Parisian ElectroPopsters Jupiter, who bring their unique musical slant to that track, and life everything they touch the reMix comes off sounding effortlessly cool and quirky as hell.

Dropping straight in with a 909 beat, we are soon treated to Jupiter’s own brand of Disco wrung through a C64 as the French duo add a little ChipTune to their eclectic mixing bowl of sounds. Giving the track a nice vintage buzz, and playing with the vocals until the become another instrument, Jupiter drag the track straight to the dancefloor, layering more and more elements until Calling Out becomes a retro dance frenzy. One again Jupiter have proven they aren’t afraid to go against the grain, mix things up a little, and just have fun with their reMixes.

♫ Midnight Magic – Calling Out (Jupiter reMix)

♫ Midnight Magic – Calling Out

Midnight Magic’s What The Eyes Can’t See is out now.

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