Toronto based Glaswegian MICHAEL OAKLEY rode the Synthwave with his debut solo EP ‘California’ in late 2016. Admittedly more synthpop than Synthwave, Oakley’s songcraft was what set him apart from much of that Trans-Atlantic influenced movement.
His debut full-length offering ‘Introspect’ sees MICHAEL OAKLEY re-exploring the music of his teenage years. In particular, Oakley has studied that era's now retrospectively unique sound design. Continue Reading ›
Synthilicious ditties aren’t usually the thing of the colder climates of Toronto, but as far DANA JEAN PHOENIX is concerned, the Atari worthy tracks flow like liquid candy; pink and glossy, sweet and retro.
DANA JEAN PHOENIX offers feel good music that doesn’t have to be too serious and too complicated. With a European tour approaching and an Outland hosted event in London at Easter, The Electricity Club had the pleasure to chat with the Alternative Ice Maiden. Continue Reading ›
2018 saw JEAN-MICHEL JARRE celebrate 50 years in the business and whether the world really needed another of his compilations, ‘Planet Jarre’ was probably one of the better collected representations of his work for casual admirers.
SOFT CELL made a totally unexpected return for a huge one-off farewell gig at London’s O2 Arena; and with it came a boxed set, the ‘Northern Lights’ single and other new recordings which have raised hopes for a new album. Continue Reading ›
When is synthwave not synthwave? When it’s synthpop of course and much of the best synthwave is actually pop. While a lot of synthwave just appears to be formless meandering instrumentals made by gamer boys with a Lamborghini fixation, the majority of the best exponents have been female and tune-based like NINA, MECHA MAIKO and DANA JEAN PHOENIX.
Looking to join that roll of honour is ROXI DRIVE, a talented West London based singer / songwriter with a crush on Ryan Gosling. Continue Reading ›
With a few long players under her belt and with her music featured on various television series, here comes ‘Pixeldust’, the latest album from DANA JEAN PHOENIX. Self-described as a “Retro Synthwave Singer”, the Toronto based songstress knows how to turn heads with catchy vintage tunes, which are Atari games worthy.
Having recently featured on the debut album of MECHA MAIKO with the fabulously dancey ‘Cold’, DANA JEAN PHOENIX isn’t a stranger to synthylicious ditties.
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