As well as being one of the top futurist graphic designers in the game (you’ll have seen his work gracing countless electronic music releases cover art), Kilian Eng is also one half of Swedish SynthWave ElectroPopers DW alongside Amir Zaino. This EP seems to have taken, literally, years to be see the air, but that just makes this week’s release all the more sweet, and when you see the reMix line-up (Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix, Flashworx, Indiscreet and fucking Mille!) it makes this EP all the more sweet.
The EP kicks off with it’s title track, a track that really settles you into the tone of the EP. With five minutes to play with, DW bring a vintage SynthPop arrangement with retro future synths and a particularly Swedish set of vocals. Anthemic and uplifting, the track delivers all you could want from a nostalgic SynthPop tune. Parallel Persons takes things in a slightly heavier direction with a rolling Electro beat and a more enigmatic atmosphere. The surprising thing about this release is that is seems to have more in common with 80s SynthPop than the current SynthWave sound that you instinctively associate DW with (mainly due to the use of their artwork), there’s no big Outrun tunes here, this is pure vintage synthetic Pop, pitch perfectly produced. Razorblades and You And Me continue this theme, delivering rich, emotional, slightly chilly electronic music. Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix go full on Scandinavian ElectroPop with their reMix of Nine Lives, loading on on high calorie beats and swirling synths while Flashworx’s reMix of Parallel Persons goes in a more moody direction with an energetic Italo tune. They eyebrow raising inclusion here is a reMix from Swedish SynthWave genius Mille, on of our favourite producer who in recent years has had his attention occupied by his current band Autostrada, but returns to some of that Mille goodness to reMix You And Me, bringing his trademark ChipTune-esque Dreamwave ElectroPop energy to the EP and playing out the release in fine style, epic string breakdown included. A highly recommended EP..
♫ DW – Nine Lives
♫ DW – Parallel Persons
♫ You And Me (Mille reMix)
♫ DW – Nine Lives (Johan Agebjörn & Le Prix reMix)
Mirana is a new Swiss ElectroPop duo formed by the coming together of singer/songwriter Mirana and Anthony Hammer, who’s work you probably know as part of Dreamwave outfit Flashworx. The two are spurned on by a love of Italo and SynthPop and have developed a pretty authentic mid-80’s Italo sound.
They just let loose a bunch of demo tracks in anticipation of a couple of single followed by an album release later in the year. The highlights of the demos are ‘Dark Ride and ‘Don’t Forget’. ‘Dark Ride’ is a journey through European SynthPop, with a particularly classic sound that borrows a lot from German mid to late-’80’s EuroPop with a nice Flashworx sheen, the track is also a good introduction to Mirana’s voice, which reminds me a little of the likes of Dorine Hollier in that it has that certain Italo sound to it that is immediately associable with that era of electronic Pop music. This is prevalent even moreso in ‘Don’t Forget’, which takes an even greater Italo slant, which could actually be an undiscovered Euro gem from the late ‘80’s, albeit, again, with that slick Flashworx Dreamwave wash over it. We really enjoyed all the demo tracks Mirana sent us, they definitely have us eager to hear what the singles have in store for us.
Released this week is the new reMix collection from Gin Joints of his last single ‘For Tonight’. Having moved on fro being a Hip Hop producer when he discovered Electro Funk, the Sweedish Gin Joins has released a handful of really cool, smooth Disco records with a Pop vibe. ‘For Tonight’ was one of those records and got quite a lot of big name support, now comes the reMixes with some rad names attached.
Admittedly the reMixes are a bit hit and miss (Thomey Boors 2-Step mix for instance is simplistic to the point where you wonder if he was even trying), but when they hit, they hit hard. Neon Workout are just one of those hits with a pounding Italo influenced take on the track which blends perfectly with the vocal. Neon Workout’s retro keys keep the track swinging with a nice cosmic quality. Flashworx, who we haven’t heard from in a while, drop a surprising big House track for their reMix that kicks with a cool ‘90’s flavour. The other standout mix comes from Telebild, who’s stripped down Moroder-esque analog Disco is pure gold. It’s space-age vocoders and robo groove soon give way to a sweet, human lead line and a Disco melding of man and machine.
♫ Gin Joints – For Tonight (Neon Workout reMix)
♫ Gin Joints – For Tonight (Flashworx reMix)
♫ Gin Joints – For Tonight (Telebild reMix)
Gin Joints’ ‘For Tonight: The reMixes’ is out now.
One of our favourite German producers Alpha Boy releases his brand new EP today titled ‘Follow Me’.
The lead track on the EP ‘It Was All A Dream’ is more of the Alpha Boy we know and love. It’s that blend of SynthWave and ChipTune that Alpha Boy does so well. With an awesome selection of sounds, a beautiful, almost oriental, lead sound playing off against his bitcrushed electronics, and intertwining melodies, Alpha Boy has chosen a track of dreamlike brilliance to jump listeners into his new EP. reMix duties are performed by the always rad Swiss duo Flashworx, who play up the slight oriental feel and work it into their Moroder groove and rousing chords.
♫ Alpha Boy – It Was All A Dream
♫ Alpha Boy – It Was All A Dream (Flashworx reMix)
‘The ‘Follow Me’ EP is out now on Alpha Boy’s Bandcamp.
You gotta’ love them Flashworx guys! Over the weekend they dropped a whole new EP, for free!
The ‘Futurisma’ EP is four tracks of synthesizer heaven. Building on from the sound the forged in their ‘Two Guys In Japan’ EP last year the duo take their SynthWave strongly into Italo territory. Using their synthesizers as brushes to paint a Sci-Fi picture of exploration of the unknown, Flashwox have crated an EP that flow together in an audio narrative of space flights and travel to distant worlds. All with, of course, two feet planted firmly on the dancefloor. The ‘Futurisma’ EP is a definite welcome return for these guys.
Later this month Kiez Beats release their ‘DISCO 2000’ compilation with a line up that looks insanely good.
Futurecop! feature on the album with this collaboration with Flashworx, billed as ‘Karate (Feat. Flashworx) I’m sure this used to be Karate Kids (Flashworx reMix)’. Whatever it’s called it’s a sweeping slice of Dreamwave goodness with some digital bassline heaven and a cosmic lead.