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!
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