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.

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