Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Uppermost's 'Uppwind On Air' dips into Wave waters


Dynamic French electronic producer, Uppermost has released a 16-track compilation album, Uppwind on Air on the 8th March via his own imprint, Uppwind Records.  Deep and emotional wave cuts can be expected from  Howle’s ‘Phase’, ‘Patience’, ‘Only Up’, and ‘Oath’ and the compilation sees two brand new official remixes by legendary french-touch producers Digitalism and nu-disco artist Satin Jackets.  A selection of tracks from the likes of Elder Island, Mesita, Last Island and many more, as well as a new unreleased song from Uppermost himself, complete what looks set to be a compilation of broad genres and careful curation.

Founded in 2011, Uppwind Records was an opportunity for Behdad Nejatbakhshe (Uppermost) to share music that he truly believed in, free from the shackles of the financial gain that large parts of the industry are based on. Never separating the art from “the truth that brought it to life”, Uppwind Records provides a space for artists to enjoy true artistic freedom.  “I am happy and proud to put out the label's very first compilation. I've always been looking for ways to showcase the work of talented and passionate people through an independent brand that focuses on quality rather than quantity" he says.

Although the compilation encompasses a broad spectrum of genres, it is refreshing to find a synthwave and wave element shining through, amongst tracks that that walk on the side of ambient, house, nu-disco, French Touch, funk, and a drop of liquid drum and bass.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Beau Releases Dangerous New Mix


UK Wave producer Will Middlemiss, AKA Beau released an exclusive mix with The Playground on 1 March and while it holds elements of rave, trap and even hip hop, for the wave community it is quite sensational. Born and raised in Kent, the 20 year old tells of how he prefers to work at night and especially after rainy weather. 

It definitely comes through in his music with its dark aura and ever-present air of mystery. Following that, 3 March marks yet another release entitled ‘Vengeance’ and does not fail to deliver on that fresh hell we as wave fans tend to really delight in. 

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

If Sound Could Be Touched, Klimeks Cassette Mysteria Would Feel Like Velvet

Not much is known about the artist formerly known as Klimeks, other than that he hails from the UK and is a Wavemob signee. Nevertheless, when it comes to wave music, the man seems to be making quite the impact in this niche genre with the 31 January release of his new cassette rightfully entitled Mysteria

Featuring 8 tracks in total, of which the most popular single seems to be a track named ‘Beachaus’ incorporates a smooth jazzy guitar sound, giving new depth not only to the song but to this ever evolving genre. After listening to the album in its entirety carries on in that same vein, offering up a slow stir of all the layers of electronics till your left with an amalgamation better than your favourite drug.



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Friday, 7 December 2018

German synth composers Felsmann + Tiley release ethereal LP 'Tempora', with each month of the year receiving it's own celestial voice


German ambient-synth composers Felsmann + Tiley present their latest and most compelling piece of work to date, Tempora; a uniquely atmospheric twelve part experience with each track encompassing on a month of the year. Covering January throughout December, the brand new LP was released on Thursday, December 6th by the duo's own imprint Rare Ware Co., an entity specifically conceived to boost and encourage other artists who use synthesizers as a sole alternative.

Born Patrick Tiley and Dominik Felsmann, their musical endeavour best known as Felsmann + Tiley collectively share a true passion for film composition, contemporary piano arrangements and experimental electronic music. Inspired by the genre-bent contemporary electronic work of artists and similarly like-minded composers from Nils Frahm to Deadmau5, and Stephan Bodzin to Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, most famously known for their work on the sci-fi TV series Stranger Things. Although difficult to describe in a single statement, their unorthodox blend of classical arrangements, electronic composition and sound design, Felsmann + Tiley's distinctive sound and ethereal music could be best likened to film composers such as Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow (Ex Machina, Annihilation) or Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water) for their ability to create immersive, cinematically engaging walls of sound.

Felsmann + Tiley's latest LP Tempora completely lives up to this notion and exceeds expectation beyond its wildest limits. The album as a whole weighs in like a crushing, cosmic symphony of the future, "January" opens melodically, weaving into sparse and atmospheric walls of bliss, much like "February", arpeggio sections, chimes and herculean bass textures glisten and glide throughout "March", "April" and "May". While "June" throughout "August" shifts through aural twilight; bending siren-esque warnings, delicate heartbeat thumps and celestial swells, all fuse together to create an inescapable hypnotic breach across distant galaxies. "September" and "October" recall blasts of atmosphere, as stars collide and astral dust settles, while "November", mellisonant in nature, summons deepening depths as "December's" haunting ambience serves as an exceptional close to the extraterrestrial curtain of Tempora's undeniable ability to balance the universe in perfect harmony and twin unison.

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Created exclusively from sounds and games of the PS1, listen to a mix of Playstationwave


There's a wave version of almost anything these days. Just look at the popularity of Simpsonswave. Playstationwave is music created using samples and snippets from Playstation 1's games and the console itself. The mix itself is quite haunting in certain aspects and truly captures the emotional nostalgia tied to these games. 

See below for a tracklist of the games used as well as the artists who created the songs around it:
00:00 glimmerxp - ps1 dreams 2001 (playstation)
02:13 jonathan joestar - sniper wolf (metal gear solid)
05:03 bradendj - hydro thunder (hydro thunder)
08:11 shampoogod - maxi (soul caliber)
11:20 flowed - dreams+ (final fantasy)
15:07 psychosis - heartless (kingdom hearts)
19:14 psychosis - xiii (final fantasy)
22:27 shampoogod - akiyama (yakuza)
25:45 k yoshida - dream drift (ridge racer)
29:09 s?ecial k - aya brea (parasite eve)
30:36 jonathan joestar - sagat (street fighter)
33:37 s?ecia k - save room (resident evil)
35:03 naive - dreamer (chrono cross)
37:05 wxxds - kingudamu hatsu (kingdom hearts)
40:19 glimmerxp - ps2 holy grail(playstation)

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Wave pioneer Øfdream, releases ethereal remix of Verasect’s ‘Catch Your Breath’

The wave music community is extremely supportive and always aims to help new artists grow. One of the pioneers of the genre, Øfdream, is no exception. Adored by fans and producers alike, he has widespread appeal from critics and music lovers alike. He decided to present the world with his rendition of Verasect’s glitchy track, ‘Catch Your Breath’, released via Terminal Blue Records

The name Verasect rolls beautifully off the tongue, and is a name that alludes to the depth and intelligence of not only the musician himself, but also that of the music. The name was inspired by the Latin phrase “Veraciter Sectari”, which translates to “hunt the truth”, a fitting name for music that produces an unparallelled honesty and rawness for the listener.


Not too long ago, we posted about Verasect’s track ‘Catch Your Breath’. You can read our thoughts here.


Øfdream’s ethereal version of Verasect’s track, ‘Catch Your Breath’, transforms the track into a dreamy textured soundscape that’s bound to draw any listener in on the first go. Emotional and euphoric at times, Øfdream’s production talent is a masterclass of deep wave music. Haunting vocals, smooth basslines and a celestial presence, the remix of ‘Catch Your Breath’ is a true testament to the undeniable talent of Øfdream’s creative psyche. 


On his remix of Verasect’s “Catch Your Breath”, Øfdream comments, “This was an interesting track to do a remix on, I liked the vibe and space of the vocals and the dark production, this was an interesting bpm for me and think the remix turned out to be quite unique. I love collaborating, it brings a lot to my work and helps me to find many inspiration. Cooperation remains the best thing in art.”

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

yerbownik shares atmospheric sci-fi excursion through the unknown in latest single 'DRAIN'


Wave producer yerbownik shares a crushingly gorgeous sci-fi-esque single titled 'DRAIN', filled with bouncing arp synths and quivering, solid basslines and tight percussive beats - immersing one under the dark depths of the ocean, only to emerge strident and fearless throughout animated breaks and. its throughout the sheer illumination of contrasting instruments, even touching on lush piano lines to drive this engulfing experience further, and further, down the rabbit hole.

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Friday, 26 October 2018

YUME Collective's Mannequin drops immersive glacial wave bliss 'Ausgang'

Recently featured on long-time loyal wave channel the_accidental_poet, producer Mannequin (formerly known as Donny Hills), presents an alluring glacial cut via YUME Collective titled "Ausgang"; the track is an atmospheric, percussive piece of bliss, carved from the mind of this rising producer's psyche and creative outbursts. Solid basslines meander through fluttered synthesisers and concise beats while floating, processed vocals linger atop these darkened auras creating a nail biting ride.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Electro-Pop Producer, Soul Island, shares glitchy video for debut single, ‘Ocean’

‘Ocean’, the debut single from Italian electro-pop producer, Soul Island, officially has a music video now as shared by the up and coming artist. The video is a glitchy visualisation that carries the viewer from cyber-landscapes to matrix-like visuals of Soul Island’s lyrics portrayed over computer generated images. 

Born and raised in Lecce, the south of Italy, Daniele grew up widely immersed in the local DIY punk and hardcore scenes, before eventually picking up a guitar and taking on vocal duties for a few underground acts, namely his band Room 104, who in 2000, released a 7 inch split collaboration vinyl with another local band, Suburban Noise titled “El sonido de la ciento y cuatro” which propelled them into the now mainstream emo culture.


After moving to Bologna for study purposes, Daniele would soon form the trio Thousands Millions, merging his ‘90s music background with the rediscovery of power-pop acts from the ‘70s onwards. Along with the ‘60s inspired beat flavour brought on by drummer Federico Vaglio and bass player Massimiliano Giannuzzi (with whom he also formed the duo Kulledge), the band's sound carries a peculiar electronic and alternative footprint inherited by Daniele’s initial experimentations. Thousands Millions went on to release a demo EP and two records for Wynona Records and Tannen Records respectively, after a slow dissolution with Daniele moving to London in 2010 to collaborate and tour with a number of projects and bands. While in London, Daniele worked with Echopark on their 2013 album 'Trees', and folk band Girl With The Gun on 'Ages' 2014, among others. In 2015, the track 'Mother' was released by Bad Panda and the project Soul Island officially started.


The track is a catchy synth-wave influenced track reminiscent of sounds from the 80s and swooping chords. A pulsating beat drives the track throughout as the listener can’t help but be entrenched by this beautifully layered piece of production. While the track may not be true wave, I do like to believe that in the event that wave travels into the mainstream, that it would start creeping into tracks the same way 'Ocean' does. We’re pretty excited to see what the future holds for Soul Island, as this is a very strong start!

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Anna B May shares tribute to "October" with atmospheric wave-inspired venture

Ambient, chill and downtempo producer Anna B May releases a chilling wave-inspired tribute to this month, simply titled "October".

The track is sure-fire journey through atmosphere and texture-centred with shimmering, mesmerising synths and rolling percussion beneath Anna's use of choppy, processed vocal production. A melancholic, yet somehow relentless tribute to the month of October, Anna's skills shine bright on this solid body of work drenched in solid production and illuminating auras.

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Electronic producer Nathin presents hard-hitting Wave cut featuring vocalist kye kye

Wave, trap and experimental electronic producer Nathin releases "I'll Never Walk Away" ft. vocals supplied by kye kye. Presented by respectable Wave channel FOMH, the track is an energetic experiment blending, bass, wave and trap inspired elements into one explosive experience. Vocalist kye kye expresses this notion further with her hauntingly smooth presentation; all chopped and processed underneath blasts of heavy bass and spirit-soaked textures.

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