THE ELECTRIC TOUCH
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!
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