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)
Well this is an awesome mid-week treat! Sweedish, London based, ElectroPop superstars The Sound Of Arrows are giving away an entire albums worth of reMixes, for free. The eleven track collection covered reMixes and edits, some you’ll have heard before, some brand new, there’s even the Wonders B-side, Longest Ever Daydream, thrown in for good measure too.
The album covers the duo past few years of single, featuring work from the likes of Visitor, Tiësto and Gold Dust on reMix duties but our picks have to be The Knocks version of the single Wonders, which takes a glitchy Disco approach to the tune which soon descends into full-on Electro-House dancefloor power. The amazing Mille and his now legendary reMix of The Sound Of Arrows’ breakthrough hit Into The Clouds, to which he lands all of his emotional, ChipTune Dreamwave charm in the perfect combination of ElectroPop and synthetic dancefloor nostalgia and Chad Valley’s deep, atmospheric take on M.A.G.I.C.. Chad bring a sparse Chillwave flavour to the track, supplying one of the albums deeper moments as it slips into House territory. It’s a rad collection, and generous of the guys to give it away like this, being packed with class tunes.
Sweden’s Autostrada maybe be a little more guitary than we would normally post, but their début track, ‘You & I’ is just so good it’s hard to ignore. It’s loaded with massive ‘80’s synth chords and big tom rolls, and we have a sneaking suspicion where that comes from. One of this IndiePop combo’s four members is SynthWave genius Mille.
Mille influence is all over this track, it’s pure retro Pop dressed up for contemporary summery Indie fans. At it’s core it’s perfect retro Electro. No one does big rousing synth music quite like Mille, he’s got a knack for uplifting chords and soaring lead lines and that knack lifts this track up above it’s peers. Atop this gorgeous synth work is some classic ‘80’s guitar and the kind of catchy vocal that buzz bands dream of. This track could be a big hit this summer, it’s good to know Mille isn’t letting his talents go to waste.
There’s a new Mille track in town! There’s been more output for the Swedish producer recently and that makes me excited for a forthcoming release, and album would be awesome.
‘Crysteena’ immediately cemented Mille as one of my favourite artists of all time, just that one track, so any new output is eagerly awaited round these parts. ‘Roadwraith’ is a dark horror movie of a track that never fails to be bouncy and uplifting in that Mille soaring synth way. A contradiction? Not really, in that moody way that worked so well for Kavinsky on ‘Nightcall’ , Mille works in an 80’s horror kitsch atmosphere into a storming dance track. Growling vocals and ominous chords working in harmony with head nodding bass and cosmic lead lines.
I’ll say it, Mille’s ‘Crysteena’ must rank as one of my all time favourite tunes, so it’s awesome to see the Swede back with a brand new reMix of Foster The People’s ‘Call It What You Want’.
From the opening bar this is synth heaven, but I would expect no less from Mille. The man is a master of both 80’s synth sounds and modern dancefloor production, and when the two meet magic happens. This reMix is a masterclass in retro ElectroPop; soaring and shimmering synths, FM bass, electro toms, all executed with a perfect groove. Milles riffs accentuate just the right parts of the original track to up the catchiness and make the vocals suddenly really epic.
♫ Foster The People – Call It What You Want (Mille reMix)
‘Call It What You Want’ is taken from Foster The Peoples ‘Torches’ album.
Fear Of Tigers – The Guestlist 03/06/2011 = Visitor’s new record, Cosmonaut Grechko’s big tune of the moment and Fear Of Tigers playing some massive, massive tunes for your weekend. What more can you ask for?
Fear Of Tigers – ‘The Guestlist’ 27/05/2011 = Fear Of Tigers presents a whole hour and twenty minutes live from Stockholm featuring The Sound Of Arrows and Mille, the Swedish kings of ElectroPop and Dreamwave, and some massive, massive tunes.
Things have been a little quite from Mille since his rash of amazing reMixes and the ‘Crysteena’ single late last year.
But fear not, the Swedish Nu-Disco genius has been hard at work and recently uploaded to new tracks to his SoundCloud.
‘Afterski’ is pure brilliance, the kind of thing you’d expect from Mille. Slick as anything you’ve heard,retro synth inspired, dancefloor ElectroPop. Soaring electronic lead lines and electro toms fly all over the track. It’s uplifting as hell. ‘Warchief’ is a tiny bit darker and a bit more pumping. If ‘Afterski’ is the soundtrack to an 80’s prom, then this is the soundtrack to a gang fight. Not a gang fight you’d get these days, a bandannas, studded gloves and dance moves gang fight!
London based singer/songwriter Seb is a relative newcomer, this track being his second single, but has made the astoundingly smart move of roping in Neon Gold’s resident Dreamwave guru Mille on production duties.
The result is a track that completely assimilates Pop into Dreamwave. Big, slick ElectroPop laden with Mille’s epic synth work and a killer 8-bit, oriental sounding, breakdown. It end up sounding kinda’ like a vocal Danger track.