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 the accomplished Canadian duo DEAD ASTRONAUTS, Hayley Stewart makes a swift departing move and goes off to create her own sweet music under the pseudonym of MECHA MAIKO. Many acts debut in a clumsy, trial and error way but not her!
The synthpop anime lady enters the world of electronica with one of the strongest firsts that the synth world has experienced in a while. The Electricity Club caught up with the Toronto based Geisha-esque creature to talk pop… Continue Reading ›
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 ›