Wednesday, 26 June 2019

An interview with dark, wave artist Monomorte

Monomorte is the moniker of UK electronic music producer Danny Ryder, who has been
forging a distinctive ritualistic and atmospheric sound rooted in witch-house with strong
darkwave, post-industrial and trip-hop influences bleeding through.

His track ‘Heart’ was premiered by The Playground on the 5th of June. It is a mellow offering inspired by the atmosphere of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks with a post-witchhouse flavour.

Get to know the artist through the interview below and be sure to follow the links at the end to hear more of Monomorte’s music.

Hello there, how are you and what are you up to today?

Pretty good, mostly doing programming and maybe get some sun later if I'm lucky.

How long have you been producing? What inspired you to start?

On and off for about 25+ years, it was mostly watching music videos of Gary Numan, Jean-Michel Jarre & 90s dance bands that inspired me to start making music, back on the
Commodore Amiga, but i also played piano (badly) as a child anyway. so it's in the blood I

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?

I like to keep a minimalist setup, so 90% of my sounds come from the Kurzweil PC3K,
hands down the best synth I've owned, although it's just been joined by the new Waldorf
Quantum, which is great for mangling samples. I also use 'Maschine' for drums and
that's literally everything. No soft synths, no analogs, no hassle...

What do you keep close by while you’re working?

The studio essentials, various manuals and a coffee machine...

Outside of the world of music, where do you draw inspiration from and how does it filter into your sound?

I'm inspired by the classic horror movies and the occult, mix it up with a little discordia
then see where it takes me. the most inspiring things for me are usually just weird
sounds and then I just build everything around it as I go along. Happy accidents!

Which artists have had the greatest impact on your creative outlook?

I think Thom Yorke is amazing, always fearless in everything he puts out. Also, the KLF deserve a mention because they created a whole mythos around the
music they made...

Could you mention some overlooked artists that we should all be keeping an eye out

So many to choose, but for starters - George Clanton, SØLVE, Moris Blak and we
have a ghost.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the
pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

I have some collaborations and remixes in progress, plus another new heavier project I'm
working on but nothing I can reveal...yet!

Famous last words?

Keep it dark.


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Rich Aucoin Take You on a Journey of Release with New Album

Award-winning electronic musician, Rich Aucoin, has released his album entitled Release on 17 May and I’m hard-pressed to find an album I’ve been more excited for than this one (and that includes the new Rammstein album).

Aucoin has a string of accomplishments in his wake, including a Prism Prize in 2013, (which he’s also been shortlisted for again this year) and nominations for ten East Coast Music Awards including Album, Song and Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year. He is a strong campaigner for social issues and has been involved with Childhood Cancer Canada and The Canadian Mental Health Association/Mental Health America. He has also crossed Canada for the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation running a series of half-marathons.

Speaking of ‘Release’ Aucoin explains: “This is an album about death and about the foundations of our beliefs on the universe and how they help us cope with the knowledge of our mortality. The record is an alternate soundtrack to Alice In Wonderland (1951) and follows Alice as she descends into those beliefs never to leave her wonderland in the same way our beliefs give us the comfort to release our fighting of the inevitable. It was originally to be called Death Release and is largely based around the work of psychologist Ernest Becker's Denial of Death and his students' follow-up The Worm At The Core and terror management theory. It was recorded in 16 studios across Canada, US and UK with 51 musicians on it and houses church organs, analogue synths, theremins, string and horn sections and strong guest vocalists.”

Listen to Rich Aucoin Release here.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The Midnight Releases yet Another Synth Masterpiece with ‘America Online’

You’d be hard-pressed to find a track by The Midnight that wasn’t just an absolute pleasure to listen to… unless of course, you’re not into synth-wave. In which case, what are you doing here and why do you think your opinion on the subject even counts?

The duo released their track ‘America Online’ on 2 May and just proved that they refuse to relinquish expression to fear. It is a chilled and yet chilling track with that call to be repeated over and over until you’re no longer sure how many times you’ve listened to it in a row.

‘America Online’ is a look at the creation of the internet and that power being given to the public. The interactions, questions and mysteries that have come with it. 

Listen to The Midnight ‘America Online’ here.

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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. 

Listen to the mix here.

Listen to 'Vengeance' here.

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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.

Listen to 'beachaus' here:


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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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