Post Tagged with: "Synth Wave"

Aspecto Humano :: The human machine touch

Anyone setting up a label deserves respect, or sectioning; doing so in Spain even more so. Aspecto Humano have definitely hit the ground running. Their sound is bright, one that shines with an electro cleanness whilst warming with a disco touch. Theirs is a style few others are attempting in Spain, and elsewhere. Living in […]

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Raderkraft :: Keine Richtung (Testlab)

Stinissen mentions his love of pre-MIDI sounds and Raderkraft certainly has an uncluttered style. The coldness of electro is ever present, but there is also a freewheeling quality to the EP. Testlab recently opened its doors, welcoming guests with a tape of demos and live tracks from a hometown institution. In the 1980s De Koer […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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V/A :: Femur V1 (Clasicos Del Ruido)

Barcelona’s Clasicos Del Ruido has paid homage to a monthly event that has brought a wealth of talent to the Spanish capital, Femur V1. I’ve mentioned of a club night I frequent here in Madrid more than once in the musical musings: Femur. The man behind it, Arch (or Aitor), shares a strikingly similar taste […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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36 :: The Infinity Room (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping ambient electronica. Ryan Griffin’s A Strangely Isolated Place follows up Merrin Karras’ rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, minimal and synth-worshiping album Apex with The Infinity Room by ambient veteran Dennis Huddleston’s 36, featuring ten new tracks of rigorously and restrictively composed, atmospheric, […]

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Drvg Cvltvre | Inca Pax :: Split EP (Tutamen)

It’s a strange one to hear a record where Drvg Cvltvre is the milder offering, but that is definitely the case here. His tracks are on the less fierce side of his sound, although the tempos are kept up. Inca Pax is the one thrashing the floor on here, serving up a septic smirk of […]

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Neud Photo :: Dystopix (Mysidian)

Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under […]

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V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

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Marge and the Marvellous :: Distant Dance (No More Pop)

No More Pop is an oasis, an island amidst a sea of darker re-issues, an island of dulcet synth pop and cloudless skies. Bright and cheerful beginnings. Reclaimed sounds on a reclaimed medium. The 7” has a love hate relationship amongst the faithful. For some the smallest vinyl format is annoying. Often poorly made and […]

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R.R. Hearse :: Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) (June)

R.R. Hearse fits into no category previously explored. Grainy, it’s a record that some will find difficult to grapple with. Nevertheless it’s a bold move and a statement of both confidence and intent from June. In the last few years my zeal for minimal synth has diminished. I still love it, but the volume of […]

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Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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Visonia / Synth Alien :: Opal’s Sunflowers / Memories (Last Known Trajectory)

The disco currents of past releases have been sidelined, a more mature and developed sound taking its place. In a strange coincidence, the latest two musicians to appear on Last Known Trajectory played in Madrid at the end of January. That might not seem too weird until you take a few factors into account. Ok, […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Electric Minds (Component)

The musical result is not so far from 80s / 90s dark electronic projects like Kirlian Camera, Ordo Rosario Equilibrium, Frozen Autumn or even Killing Joke absorbed in a kinetic and cyber-futurist mode. To sum up things Electric Minds offers to the audience another unexpected facet from this versatile modern electronic project. Pattern Behavior figures […]

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Lena Muir / Profil Horizontal :: Untitled (Eye for an Eye)

Tough, tear streaked proto-electronics with a wave edge. Bitter, raw and now, unearthed. Forgotten echoes by a disenfranchised for a new disenfranchised. The peripherals can be interesting. They can be hard to find in this internet age, but they are there. When it comes to electronics the margins are generally anywhere away from the epicenters, […]

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V/A :: The Underground Wave 7″s (Walhalla)

A varied beast. Tracks slide from style to style with little fixity of genre, but that’s what those early innovators were all about. There was no formula and it’s this diversity and independence of expression that is being celebrated.

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Thirteen, unlucky for some; not for Kernkrach.

I find it hard to come at Kernkrach from a critical angle. For thirteen years they have been pioneering synthesizer music. The German label has been pulling at my heartstrings for near a decade and continues to do so with its unending unearthing of new talent. Dada Pogram describes his sound as Tech Noire. A […]

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The Silicon Scientist :: Outside the Night (Anna Logue)

Anna Logue released one of the year’s best synth-pop albums in 2014 with Twins Natalia’s spellbinding The Destiny Room and with the late 2015 release of Outside the Night they’ve done it again. If you long to add more retro to your catalog, allow The Silicon Scientist to join the ranks of your favorite artists […]

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Cygnus :: Radical User Interfaces EP (Central Processing Unit)

Cygnus explores the tropes and memes of early techno and electro: snappy snares, pulsing, wobbling bass and shimmering arpeggios weaved around a futuristic sound and vision. I first encountered Cygnus when he was opening for Autechre during their 2015 tour of the States. His live set was bouncy and fast, full of classic electro themes […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Manie Sans Délire ‎(June)

A record that skips across the lines of wave, house, ebm and techno. Last month I was lucky enough to hear June doing his thing live here in Madrid. Playing at Femur this multi-talented artist delivered a set that put a match to an already smouldering night. Tsampikos Fronas’ label partner in crime, Trenton Chase, […]

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Beyond the Club and Queues :: Clasicos Del Ruido (interview and mix)

Forget the club, forget the hype and the supposed scene. A podcast of quality made by a label boss seeking out quality. I was on a flight to Denmark recently. The inflight magazine featured a small article on a set of prints that a Spanish visual artist produced. The content: famous nightclubs of the world. […]

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Music Non-Stop :: Behind Kraftjerkz Records

Robin Des Iles has built a fertile platform from which a spread of dancefloor shoots has taken root. Electro, house, neo-disco, techno and a whole host of machine musings have been served via wax and download. Old hands, discovered talents and fresh faced newcomers have been collected across a range of releases. Machines are slaves. […]

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V/A :: In The Dark Again 02 (In The Dark Again)

The EP brings together clever club sounds, thought-provoking Techno, textured harmonies and even a bit of existentialism for good measure. It can sometimes take a label a bit of time to appear on radar screens, others appear quicker. In The Dark Again blipped onto mine with their second release. The German imprint, born from parent […]

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June :: Dominion (Suction)

Dominion expands on June’s sound, illustrates his diverse capabilities and highlights the enviable musicality he has at his fingertips. Tsampikos Fronas (aka June) has more than proved his skills behind the machines. The Greek artist, better known as June, has shown his abilities with some cracking 12”s like Don’t Be Seen With Me and most […]

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Dunkeltier :: Dunkeltier Rising (Macadam Mambo)

Dunkeltier is part of that cohort looking to bring these three minute gems out of themselves, to give them a bit of extra wiggle room, maybe some extra engine power and let them reach a wider audience. I’ve never really went in for edits, and to be honest the craze does seem to have died. […]

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Momentform :: Grave (Lux Rec)

Wonderfully rounded, sorrow strewn but without being downtrodden. Lux Rec are once again messing up my record cataloging. Following the Swiss label’s foray into New Wave with Cold Colors, Cosmo and Faber are returning to synth centered sounds with Momentform. I first came across Ianis Lallemand a few years back with his excellent debut on […]

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Bene Gesserit :: THe SeCoND BeNeFiT (EE Tapes)

A rich rich seam of music to discover within this, perhaps for some, untapped Belgian imprint. I’ve written a number of times about European Synth labels and their American counterparts. I’m well aware that the releasing of records isn’t a competition, but those of the US are definitely winning the popularity contest. Flick through the […]

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Medio Escinico :: Llegará Al Cielo EP (Clasicos Del Ruido)

Clasicos Del Ruido has just opened its doors with the explicit intention of exploring Dark Electro, Synth and EBM. Spanish Wave can be a tricky customer to come across. It is represented on labels like Domestica and Atemporal, with both delving into the past. Now there’s a new imprint to add to this burgeoning list. […]

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Visonia :: Impossible Romance (Last Known Trajectory)

Ambient moments are paralleled by heartening Synth Pop and colder Electro. Dare it be said, Visonia has quietly screamed onto the electronic music scene. With releases on Last Known Trajectory and Lux Rec, Nicolas Estany immediately caused a well earned stir amongst the faithful. The Chilean’s analogue rich sound crossed the boundaries between Synth Pop […]

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