Monday, 16 March 2020

Synthwave artist Colour Theory releases new A-side song


Solo-act and synthwave musician Color Theory has released his A-side track ‘This Whole Nothing’ via 11th Records. He has received praise by Youtube channels like  NewRetroWave, The '80s Guy, LuigiDonatello, and SoulSearchAndDestroy. To date, his music has been streamed close to three million times and counting. Brian Hazard (Color Theory) has also been a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. After the win, Brian’s music would be featured in games such as Just Dance and Rock Band. MTV’s The Real World included his music in one of their seasons. Other achievements include interviews for Vehlinggo, MusicTech, and Dope Cause We Said.

Brian was in his highschool jazz band, and would later graduate from college with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. Color theory finds inspiration for his underlying sound from bands such as Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Baths. He has mentioned previously that his style that he creates  would be classified as “melancholy synthwave”. His sound is reminiscent of acts like The Midnight, Kavinsky and Gunship.

Color Theory talks more on the release: “This Whole Nothing” is one of those songs that people will read into as they will. The lyrics are just vague enough to be universal. My inspiration was the spacious emptiness one experiences when the voice of the mind quiets and the world can be seen as it truly is.”





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Music producer Leifur James shares a second single ‘AAID’



London-based experimental producer and composer, Leifur James announces the stunning, audio-visual offering, ‘AAID’, the second single taken from James’ eagerly awaited album “Angel in Disguise” due for release on the 24th April 2020 via Night Time Stories (sister label to the coveted ‘LateNightTales’).

Peppered with broken beats and disorientated pads, ‘AAID’, is a journey through broken memories. James’ own wistful vocals and ticking percussion give a sense of ruminating, travelling backwards in time. A hypnotic track married with an experimental, 3D video, ‘AAID’ traverses the nostalgic echoes of a splintered relationship, told by a series of intertwining memory scenes, directed and produced by Balázs Simon & Dávid Dell’Edera.

An aesthetically driven artist dedicated to marrying powerful visual backdrops with sonic explorations, this is the second time James has teamed up with Hungarian director, Balázs Simon; previously producing the critically acclaimed, ‘Wurlitzer’ project which saw widespread support from the likes of Boiler Room, CLASH, Motionographer, the UK and Berlin Music Video Awards, the London Short Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival and more.  The first of two incredible videos for 'Angel in Disguise’, Dávid Dell’Edera, (Annecy International Animated Film Festival Winner 2016) joins the creative powerhouse for ‘AAID’. His inimitable eye for animation brings a whole new dimension to the captivating worlds James and Simon create.

An electronically steered opus, “Angel In Disguise” promises a masterful blend of harmonic vocals from James himself, nuanced electronic soundscapes and vibrant modular-based percussion, punctuated by bespoke visuals directed by Balázs Simon. This exciting project is expected to make waves and see James step up, exhibiting his discerning ear and painstakingly honed production craft on a seminal label.

Delving into the intimate UK and European venues to showcase his ever-evolving live show, James’ tour will kick off May 2020 in Copenhagen, before heading to Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Manchester.


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Q&A with synth-wave music producer LukHash



Edinburgh, UK-based British electronic music composer LukHash is known best for creating a fusion of many different music styles and genres.

His unique approach to electronic music weaves the hallmark features of several genres together with a nostalgic return to the musical motifs of the ‘80s to create something entirely new.

See our exclusive interview with him below:


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My entrance into the world of music began with the piano in elementary school at the age of four. At the age of six, I started professional music education at Public School of Music in Wroclaw, Poland and it carried on until the age of 19. I've started my solo project 'LukHash' shortly after.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

'LukHash' was initially just a side project to the various rock and metal bands I was part of as a teenager. At that time, it was a purely heavy rock type of music, however as the years passed, I started adding electronics. Around 2005 I decided to buy a Commodore 64 computer, the same as one I owned as a kid. I always loved its sound chip so thought it may be worth trying to incorporate the sounds I grew up with into my songs. Shortly after I also started experimenting with Nintendo Gameboy in search of creating something entirely new. Various pieces of 8-bit technology were certainly my biggest inspiration. As the years passed my musical taste moved towards the purely electronic sound. A more recent lean towards synthwave was sort of a natural progression. I always try to balance on the spectrum of a few different genres as I enjoy that the most.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I started my journey with an old school Cool Edit Pro and then moved onto FL Studio in its early days. I still use FL Studio today along with its plugins. I also own a number of VSTs as well as some original 80s computers modified into musical instruments. I guess what defines my music more than anything is heavy usage of video game-related sounds, especially the ones of C64.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

Definitely! I started this project purely with electric guitar and drum samples. My gear changed a lot since, including new VSTs. I learn music production as I go along and try many different things to come up with something new and interesting for each album. This also means I find new software or hardware as a bi-product of my research.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

A lot of influences come from various artists of the 80s computer game music, but looking at the artists outside that scene my biggest inspiration has always been Muse, Korn, Queen, No Doubt.

If I had to pick 3 albums I’d go for:

Muse - Origin of Symmetry
Daft Punk - Discovery
Korn - Issues

I have many albums I always like coming back to and which in some ways influenced my sound, but one thing in common is these generally sit outside the type of music I create. The ones I really dig from the synth scene are albums produced by Carpenter Brut.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

My fellow polish producer Konrad Celiński. I discovered him some time ago when compiling my Spotify synth playlists and was stunned to see only 5 followers on his account at that time. He produces some top quality stuff and I think he's one of the most underrated artists in the retrowave scene.

What inspires you outside of music?

Life events and emotions. Right from the beginning of this project. Over the last few years, inspiration became even stronger as I was going through a loss of someone very close and special. Since then the focus and energy I put into music production are even more powerful. This is what currently keeps me going and provides me with a true sense of accomplishment.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

Music-making provides me with a peaceful break from everyday challenges. I would like to keep enjoying it because at the end of the day this is what it's all about. In addition, if I can make an impact on at least one other person's life, then it makes it even more rewarding. I would also like to continuously experiment by mixing different genres and styles.

What, in your opinion, would be the perfect genre fusion?

Classical orchestra music fused with synth, video game music influences and perhaps all the above combined with a bit of funk :)

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

My latest album has just been released. Nothing in the pipeline at the moment and my full focus is on a family. I'm probably going to be making music in some shape or form soon because it keeps me sharp.

Famous last words?

Live and let live.


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Thursday, 12 March 2020

DEADLIFE releases song ‘Downpour’ off of upcoming album


For the past few years synthwave composer DEADLIFE has been making waves with his debut album Bionic Chrysalis winning the title of Best Synthwave Album 2017 by MetalSucks, and his album Singularity being voted as  best Dark Synth Album 2019 by Retrowave Touch. DEADLIFE has been featured in several publications including Bloody Disgusting, Metal Suck, and Iron Skillet. His music has been featured on the acclaimed Youtube channel NewRetroWave, which has seen his stream rate rise to 3.2 million plays. In the works is his album City of Eternal Rain, which is due for release in April. In the meantime, you can stream his latest track ‘Downpour’ off of the upcoming album.

Raised in the Crewe area in the UK, DEADLIFE preferred to be indoors playing his video games. He developed a deep appreciation for the soundtracks of these games, and would later develop this appreciation into his own music production. The artist is known to have an emotionally aware side and wild imagination, and he believes that music is the perfect medium to express and pour out all of his feelings into. Before immersing himself into synthwave music production, DEADLIFE was a drummer in a band, but due to creative challenges, he left the band life behind.

Speaking about his new song ‘Downpour’, DEADLIFE tells us “When it rains, it pours. Sometimes a lot of bad things happen all at once, we just have to weather the storm. But with that comes renewed passion and determination. For me, I don't get sad I get angry. If something pushes you, you push back harder. You stand your ground, you know? You become the raging storm. Otherwise the world will eat you alive. The name comes from these emotions, and also it rains almost constantly here. It’s hard not to be inspired by the overcast skies, worn down industry, and constant downpours that pepper this city.”








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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Music producer Mild Minds released a new song ‘WALLS’



Australian artist Mild Minds has unveiled the official video for his latest single ‘WALLS’, directed by New York-based filmmaker Colin Read (Radiohead, Battles, Danny Brown), out now. The track, which also includes vocalist BOATS, will feature on Mild Minds’ highly anticipated debut album “MOOD”, out 13th March.

Sensitively capturing the poignancy and high emotions of the single, the official video for ‘WALLS’ paints the picture of a father and daughter who are struggling to adapt to life on the streets. “All of us were very impressed by Alberto and Ana—the real father and daughter acting pair. They brought real intimacy and feeling to the quiet story,” says Read.

“It’s always special when you can use music videos to tell a very human story”, he continues. “So I loved the opportunity to create a narrative about migration, displacement, and family separation—which are topics very close to me and my family, and more important to talk about now than ever.”

“I liked the idea of using digital “walls” to stitch together the little moments into one continuous, scrolling journey. We used the alleyways to keep the story feeling very linear, as if the father and daughter had to always keep moving forward. The visual technique let us show a story without words in a fresh way.”

First delving into directing with several full-length independent skateboarding films (including ‘Tengu: God of Mischief’ and ‘Spirit Quest’), Read’s work has been screened at venues including MoMA, The Hammer Museum, the Berlin Music Video Film Festival and Mimpi Film Fest.  He has directed music video pieces for the likes of Radiohead, Battles, Danny Brown, Converse and Viceland.

“The meaning behind ‘WALLS’ is somewhat dichotomous, we wanted the track to have a dual meaning depending on the listener,” Mild Minds previously mentioned. “BOATS wanted the message to be somewhat political, a nod to the issues happening at the American border, whilst I wanted to reference the more internal and interpersonal walls we build every day.”

BOATS added: “Walls have been built and those same walls have been brought down. It's important to remember that people's desire will always win out over overstate or forced control - if there is a significant will. I think a lot of people forget or simply don't respect the power of protest.”

MOOD marks the follow-up to ‘SWIM’, Mild Minds’ lauded maiden EP, which garnered over 2 million combined Spotify streams. The Australian is also fresh from playing a three-date North American mini-tour with Tycho, taking in sold old shows in Oakland, Santa Cruz and LA earlier this month.

The official video for ‘WALLS’ is a captivating, heartstring-tugging journey that leaves a lasting impression - an ideal visual representation of the track.



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Q&A with electronic music duo From Apes to Angels



London and Sheffield-based electronic and Synth wave music duo From Apes to Angels Perform their own brand of cinematic, ’80s-inspired synth-wave, the pair are releasing their debut LP, “Let The Light In”. The LP features collaborations with Irish synthpop star Femme-pop and the French synth-wavers Chronic.

“Let The Light In” will be released on March 30. It was mastered by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley, Groove Armada), with cover art by Claire Matthews.

See our exclusive interview with them below:


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

The first thing that really kicked in was Nirvana, then a few years after that I was a metalhead, and over the years, as home music production has got easier, I appear to have gradually gone away from the guitars and on to the synths.

What inspired you to start making the electronic music that you are now?

I heard synthwave and I realised that there was a way of making huge, atmospheric music without requiring a band to do it. Life gets in the way when it comes to gigs, recording and rehearsals, so finding a way to do things as a duo and keep doing music you wanted to listen to was a revelation. Then Millie and I met over the internet and we wanted to make some kind of sound as each other.

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

Far more basic than you could possibly imagine. I use Logic, Reason, a few plug-ins and a beat-up MIDI keyboard to compose. I find it best not to over-complicate matters rather than have a disorientating array of synths.

Has your arsenal of equipment changed much since you first started?

As you can probably imagine from the above, very, very little. But I started on bass and guitar when I first started making music. And now it's on to the synths. Only one track on the LP has a guitar on it, so it's changed a lot in that sense.

Which three albums or artists would you say have influenced your sound in a big way?

Both of us would agree with Depeche Mode. And Chvrches and Purity Ring were obvious gateway bands into 21st century synthpop when we first started out

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Some of them are already established within the synthwave scene itself, but there are plenty that deserve a wider audience. Certainly Femmepop and chroonicv, who both appear on our album. Also, check out Prizm, Vandal Moon, Honey Beard, Wolfclub, among many, many others. There's a lot out there to uncover when you start digging.

What inspires you outside of music?

I'd love to say something more rock 'n' roll, but peace and quiet. It's incredibly underrated, and only really appreciated when you don't have it.

What do you want to accomplish with your music?

We have no great expectations - we're just happy when people say we like our music and love it enough to invest in it. God, that's a hokey answer but true - it's pretty special in and of itself.

What, in your opinion would be the perfect genre fusion?

You had us up until the word "fusion". Most of the time that's when things start to go very wrong. Just the memory of funk-rock brings me out in hives.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or releases in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

A little time out, exploring things. But I can pretty much guarantee that From Apes to Angels will have a very different sound in the future. We'll still be working in synthwave and synths I expect, but it's a pretty broad genre. We've made more of a pop record here, and I think things may go a little darker next time.

Famous last words?

Oh bugger.

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Friday, 6 March 2020

DEADLIFE makes darkwave come to life in his latest song



DEADLIFE, a renowned darkwave musician, has just treated his fans to the release of his next single, ‘Downpour’. Out today, the single heralds the approach of his upcoming album City of Eternal Rain which will be released on 24 April via NRW Records.

While not as dark as some of his previous works, ‘Downpour’ features the distorted, harsh bassline that DEADLIFE is known for. An underlying anger drives the track, pushing the listener on and creating a sense of urgency that’s difficult to direct. Comparing the track to one of this better-known works of ‘Deviant’, the listener can hear the musicians own musical evolution.

We've included both tracks (above and below) so that you can do your own evaluation.

“When it rains, it pours. Sometimes a lot of bad things happen all at once, we just have to weather the storm. But with that comes renewed passion and determination. For me, I don't get sad I get angry. If something pushes you, you push back harder. You stand your ground, you know? You become the raging storm. Otherwise the world will eat you alive. The name comes from these emotions, and also it rains almost constantly here. Its hard not to be inspired by the overcast skies, worn down industry, and constant downpours that pepper this city.”


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