THE ELECTRIC TOUCH
2018 is shaping up to be a great year for retro wave! so many excellent releases forth coming! The retro wave movement has such a massive back catalogue as well so keep digging and you will be rewarded! First up today, MegaDrive!!!!!!! By far the hardest hitting track of 2018 thus far. I personally recommend playing as substitute audio alongside "The Mutilator" trailer for full effect, just do yourself a favor and keep the lights on.
Next up are what appear to be a few tracks off a forthcoming EP/LP? The art work is excellent and the music fits the bill.
Out of Berlin, Germany, SuperFlight transports listeners to a narrative reminiscent of a not too soon forgotten past, or is it the future? The best in the retro wave business are successful at blurring these lines. Looking forward to seeing how this story unravels. Check out the brand new track "Tie Break" below.
Next up is IndiGhost, a traveler brought on from a distant constellation who has been bringing the electro-funk as of late! Absolutely tearing it up, bendin' notes proper like and laying down some shredness!
As usual in these posts I often save the best for last and this week falls in line. PSA.... (I Hope) The Bachelors of Science are coming!!!! If you remember all those epic "educational" PSA's and jingles from the 80's and early 90's have a seat, class is in session. The Bachelors of Science are comprised of Jimmy Con (GhostHouse, DownVega) and Ian Miles. Their first post/track is a collab created for "the Notre Dame Nuclear Science Lab's 80th anniversary" according to their soundcloud. Let me tell you it's full on Van Halen bliss and hopefully the first of much more to come, now get to the lab!
If you've never listened to "the Guestlist", a podcast hosted by London based Fear of Tigers...you're welcome! Mr Tiger (aka Benjamin Berry) started "The Guestlist" several years ago introducing us to the fine folks behind Diamond Cut, Sound of Arrows and Mille to name a few of my favorite first season episodes. After a few years off he's decided to pick it back up and let me tell you he hasn't missed a beat! "The Guestlist" is a show that's part mixtape, part interview, but full blown musical serenity if you love synth pop. Have a listen for yourself, below is a link to the very first "Guestlist" from about 6 years ago as well as a a link to the latest: "Episode 39", ft special guest Justin Faust.
You'll quickly discover that each episode is rich with great tunes and hidden gems like this unbelievable track by Alexander Frankel, "Lost Design".
It's been a long winter for many of us living in the northern portion of the U.S. and the next best thing to a full on heat wave and weather above 60 degrees is this latest track by Johnny Ola. According to his Soundcloud he's out of Italy and his latest tune "On The Seashore" is truly magnificent. Totally dreamatic, the tune warms you to your inner nostalgic soul. press play, rewind, then play again!
Being that Ben had Justin Faust on his latest episode of "The Guestlist" I gotta close it out with my absolute fave Remix of his. Lending some killer synths to Kap10kurt's "Speed Demon" this one's a dance floor bruiser!
nWhat a gem to run across! During the 7th episode ("Doo Wah") of the seventh season of Facts of Life, Debarge makes a guest appearance on the show and picks up some background vocals from the FOL gals. Check out a clip of the episode below and also check out the 12" club mix of "You Wear it Well" as well. So freaking cool to see this clip and a great example of classic 80s programing combining great entertainment and music.
While on the topic of 12" mixes, it's always awesome and appreciated when current artists revamp this format. The latest coming from Johan Agebjorn on the forthcoming Samantha Fox Single (Releases April 9th) "Hot Boy".
Dani, out of Seoul, South Korea has long been dishing 80s style remixes of other Korean acts and although I have no idea what the lyrics mean, it is just a damn beautiful thing! Dani's latest is below, prepare to sway.
The Retro Synth scene is heating up right now lots of new artists catching the retro wave fever. Let's just say things are near 'Perfect'. With a nod to the '85 flick staring Travolta and Jaime Lee Curtis,"Gone" by Mike Spawn is perfect to get things warmed up, kick it out!
Future 80s records consistently gets behind great up and coming artists for example Papillon Rising, Midnight Mantics and the latest addition, from Finland, Sodiac. Sodiac's latest tune Yesterday is sun soaked with beautiful melodies and vocals transporting to glowing memories of the past.
Bit of a throwback here before we cool it down. I missed this one when it first came out in 2012, but it's a nice audio visual mix of Soviet era break dancing and a nice groove by DJ Ten.
What can I say abut the next one, brand spanking new by don a.a.ron, he's quickly becoming one of those artists I hit the like on before I press play on Soundcloud. "Over U" is a late night hazy dream that may or may not have happened. Press play close your eyes.
Ending with a full on cool down, Faint Waves presents the 4 track EP, Rain Rhythms Vol 1. The Title says it all and it's the perfect ending to a hell of a week of releases.
Here we go round 2 of the week! This blog is as much as a diary of shit I need to keep track of as it is sharing the love of totally kick ass stuff! so let's get to it. Throwin it back to 2013 I'm digging up some "Teen Optimism', the track from Abelard, not actual teenage inklings. This Aussie can retro/vapor funk as good as any. If you haven't checked him out yet it's best you start from the beginning and move forward. This man should be on everyones retro playlist and if he's not, it ain't right! so here you go from 2013 the title track off his EP "Teen optimism"
This week has been chalk full of releases so to kick it off gonna give full spotlight to a few noteworthy musical gems.First up Seth Nova. Apparently mr. Nova has a thing for FutureFunk which can at times be a bit too repetetive for myself as the genre is a bit overdone, but when it's done right, I definitely want to show some love. Mr Nova's best track is his latest below.
Matt Kwid has the golden eye... ear... er whatever, the man has impeccable taste in music. Outside of releasing original music on the solo tip or alongside Phaserland and Pengus via Tek, from time to time he drops some great mixes/compilations as well. His latest along the latter lines features the music of Jeff Newman. Never heard of him? well me either, but thanks to Kwid ill be digging into this German musician's library further. Shout out to Mr.Kwid for the ear opening suggestion, time and effort to put together the majestic mix.
Newcommers abound this week, as Toronto based Mecha Maiko (off the heels of her Feb release on NRW) drops a name your own price 'remix album'. Notable from this one are the special touches Alex puts on the track 'Cold' and Pittsburgh's finest Betamaxx, caressing the keys oh so tenderly on 'Mad Soft Butt'.
Practicing good control and patience is key when dropping tunes when playing to a live crowd, so if you've read this far, congrats! Your reward is a link to an article by the website Vehlinggo premiering an absolute dance floor burner 'Hot Boy' by Samantha Fox remixed by Israel's finest time traveler, Highway Superstar. Refresh yourself here if your unfamiliar with Sam Fox and have a listen below to a killer track I dug up. Im a sucker for extended/mega/dub mixes
Any who, heres the link to the latest tune by Sam Fox, some bg info surrounding it and the original article published by Vehlinggo, release date looks like April 9.
Last but not least, Initial Talk, my guy from Osaka on point and on fire lately with the 80s and early 90s influenced remixes drops yet another one. This time touching up Delta Goodrem, on a track called 'Think About You'. Have a listen below and absolutely subscribe to Initial T's YouTube channel here.
That's it for this installment, make sure to check out a few other nice releases from the past week below.
April 5th, 2018
First entry on the blog so here we go. If you haven't seen The Running man (1988) starring Schwarzenegger co-starring Maria Conchita Alonso (Colors) it's a must see for 80s lovers. The soundtrack is great via Harold Faltermeyer, however per usual with 80s and early 90s movies there is always at least one great song in the movie I can't find on the soundtrack. I'll keep digging! In addition interspersed throughout "The Running Man" are several fake TV advertising/spots often found throughout many 80s movies (Robocop, Scrooged). These include Jesse 'The Body' Ventura starring as a workout instructor known as 'Captain Freedom' to what I would say looks like the coolest reality TV show never made, "Climbing for Dollars". check it out below.
Another 80s movie I got around to watching this week was "Savage Streets". Loved it so much decided to add the vinyl to my collection. If you haven't seen Savage streets, let me tell you there is no better movie title for this film. It's not for the faint and at times the only way to get through it is to know in your heart of hearts that vengeance must await the bad dudes at some point later in the movie. 'John Farnham', 'Michael Bradley' and '3 speed' make up the majority of the soundtrack and for me this is a treasured collectors item.
Back to modern times, hehe, the 80s revival is still in full swing these days and there are some great tunes/artists emerging. Of course I can't wait for new stuff later this year from Sebastian Gampl, Neon Talk, Ollie Wride, The Midnight, FM-84, TV Players, Ultraboss and Northlock..? I'm not putting this guy up there with the big names yet but im excited to hear some the stuff he's working on. hailing from Scottland Northlock recently did a collab with the Retroglyphs and has a new EP in the works that is sounding lovely!
Another artist ive recently been put on to is a.a.ron. A nod to Key and Peele? nevertheless great tuneage from this dude that has a vaporware edge and top notch production. Have a listen to his latest below. Shout out to Italian musician ABOBO for putting me on to this one.
Last on the list is my pick for the best remix on the 'California Remixes' album recently put out by UK artist Michael Oakley. The album features remixes by Betamaxx, Robots with Rayguns, Brother Tiger and several others but Ultraboss hands down brings the heat for his rendition of "Devotion". It's got some clean heavy bass, complexity and just damn groovey. Check that one and the rest of the album below