Although best known as the lead vocalist for FM-84, Los Angeles domiciled Brightonian OLLIE WRIDE has been working Michael Oakley on solo material.
And while ‘Running In The Night’ in 2016 with FM-84 made him more widely known within Synthwave circles, Wride’s ‘The Driver’ explores the synth assisted pop rock of BILLY IDOL and SIMPLE MINDS with a dynamic production from Oakley, who himself could potentially develop into the next Keith Forsey. 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 ›
NEW ARCADES are Dean Canty and Adam Sullivan, a synth powered duo from London reimagining an era when they might have been soundtracking Brat Pack movies. Making music since 2013, NEW ARCADES have already released a couple of EPs which have been welcomed within the synthwave community.
But now comes the important step of widening their reach with a new 5 track EP entitled ‘Nothing Is Lost’. The key track is ‘Inhale’ featuring the sultry vocal presence Lula. Continue Reading ›
It was a year when the veterans re-established their standing within electronic pop. That was not to that comparatively newer acts weren’t making a good impression, it was just that a fair number of established acts gave their all and were producing some of their best work since their imperial heyday.
So restricted to purchasable releases only and one song per artist moniker, here are The Electricity Club’s 30 Songs Of 2017… Continue Reading ›
Whether he’s categorised as Synthwave or synthpop, Glaswegian singer / songwriter MICHAEL OAKLEY is one of the best new talents of have emerged within electronic pop in 2017. Oakley’s EP ‘California’ is one of the strongest debut releases of the year, featuring a sextet of “Melancholic postcards from my heart wrapped up in synthesisers and drum machines”.
MICHAEL OAKLEY kindly about his new life in Canada, growing up in Scotland and the emergence of Synthwave... Continue Reading ›