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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From DEAD ASTRONAUTS, the lo-fi synth project of Jared Nickerson and Hayley Stewart, a new star is born. With the name transcending Toronto based Stewart’s fascination with Japanese culture, cyber space and the love of vintage synthesis, MECHA MAIKO releases her debut album ‘Mad But Soft’.
The Geisha-like robot brings a much needed freshness and romance into the world of electronica, and she’s doing it with grace, sensuality and poise. Continue Reading ›