[MP3] Room8 cover Phil Collins


Room8 are still a bit of an enigma. Ezra Reich and Nic Johns seem to exist outside of the SynthWave scene, but sprung up from nowhere with a collaboration with Electric Youth and album art by The Zonders, yet no-one really knows who they are. A more suspicious mind might think there was fairly big label backing there, The Zonders don’t come cheap. Anyhoo, regardless of where they came from, they are producing some pretty kickin’ music, most recently this cover of Sir Philip of Collins’ One More Night.

Turning Phil Collins’ heartfelt croon into a robot’s lament, Room8 liberally apply vocoding and modulation to the vocals over a Kraftwerk inspired backing. Taking a slightly rawer sound than the majority of SynthWave, Room8’s cover powers along on frantic arpeggios and piercing lead lines. Drums, rough and heavy in the mix, relentlessly march toward the end where a Sax solo smooth’s out the song somewhat. Room8’s gritty take on SynthWave is something s little different, check it out.

♫ Room8 – One More Night (Phil Collins cover)

Room8’s Transduction is out soon.

Check out more from Room8 on SoundCloud.

Room8 (and Electric Youth)


Blimey! We’re not really sure who Ezra Reich and Nic Johns A.K.A. Room8 actually are, their email came out of the blue, but you have to give them credit off the bat for putting together all the prefect elements to relive the golden years of modern Electro. New retro synth record? Check. Featuring Electric Youth? Check. Artwork by The Zonders? Check. It’s like we’re partying like it’s 2007 (when we all pretended it was 1985)

But the namedropping doesn’t stop there, Room8’s new album, Transduction, also features Martha Davis from, The Motels, M83 saxophonist Ian Young, guitar work from Giorgio Moroder arranger Richie Zito, and was mixed by mixed with Gavin Mackillop (Human League, General Public, Heaven 17). That’s a hell of a support staff! Visions Of You, the Electric Youth featuring track off the album is a frantic, Italo tinged, ElectroPop track that perfectly pairs up Bronwyn’s sweet vocals with some classic retro synth work while Neon And Dice lets that sax flow over some rich, smooth electronics. Both track are amazing examples of SynthWave done right. Can’t wait to hear the rest of this album!”

♫ Room8 (Feat. Electric Youth) – Visions Of You

♫ Room8 – Neon And Dice

Room8’s Transduction is out soon.

Check out more from Room8 on SoundCloud.