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16 okt. 2020

Oktober is super synthwave maand!

Met het overlijden van Eddie van Halen op 6 oktober is deze maand aan de ene kant een treurige maand, maar aan de andere kant een supermaand als je kijkt naar de hoeveelheid geweldige synthwave releases. Om in de woorden van Eddie te spreken: ¨Right here and now, It means everything¨, brengen we een toost uit op het leven en hebben we prachtige muziek om ons kracht te geven in moeilijke tijden. 

In chronologische volgorde zet ik mijn favoriete synthwave releases van deze maand voor je op een rijtje.

Synthwave releases voor de maand oktober 2020


2 oktober 2020

Back 2 School van MicroMatscenes (Album)
Herleef je schooltijd, of denk alleen aan de leuke momenten die je op school hebt beleefd. Weer opnieuw een meesterwerk van onze Italiaanse vriend!



Spectral Hands van Alpha Chrome Yayo (Album)
ACY verkent weer nieuwe territoria en presenteert je deze keer een heerlijk chill, jazzy ambient album vol wonderlijke klanken.



Petrichor EP van Marvel83' (Album)
Voor wie van goede retrowave houdt, raad ik dit album aan. Geloof mij je zult het prachtig vinden!



5 oktober 2020

SynthWaves van HeartBeatHero (Single)
Geweldig hypnotiserend nummer van de Nederlandse producer (en goede vriend) HeartBeatHero.



7 oktober 2020

Neon Life van Push (Album)
Push is een legende. De Belgische trance producer bracht in het verleden de klassieker ¨Universal Nation¨ uit en kan daarom al niet meer bij mij stuk. Nu brengt Push zijn eerste synthwave album uit en het resultaat is.....verplichte kost voor iedereen die zich een gerespecteerde elektronische muziekliefhebber noemt!



9 oktober 2020

Let's Love van Siamese Youth (Single)
Heerlijk nieuw synthpop nummer van mijn favoriete duo Siamese Youth voorzien van een funky gitaar. Ik kan niet wachten op het tweede album.



The Future Belongs To Us van TV Players (Single)
Eindelijk weer een nieuw nummer van TV Players. Het bekende geluid is terug en natuurlijk speelt de gitaar weer een grote rol. Een machtig nummer om jezelf bij op te laden!



15 oktober 2020

Mechanical Psyche van Dimi Kaye (Album)
Misschien wel het meest persoonlijk album van de altijd sympathieke Dimi Kaye. Donker, maar ook melodieus. Goed te vergelijken met een autorit door een gekleurd herfstlandschap. Indrukwekkend!



16 oktober 2020

Falling (feat. Josh Dally) van Timecop1983 (Single)
Timecop1983 is terug met een schitterend nieuw dreamwave nummer, wat als opwarmertje dient voor zijn nieuwe album True Love. Helaas is de datum nog niet bekend, maar de verwachtingen zijn wel hooggespannen. Gaat Timecop1983 aan deze voldoen? Tuurlijk!



Weekends On Earth van M.K. Khan (Album)
Spannend nieuw dreamwave album van de Amerikaanse synthwave producer M.K. Khan. Uitermate geschikt als soundtrack voor een nostalgische film met een happy end!



Cosmic Hero 2 van Earmake (Album)
De meester van de spacewave is terug met een fantastisch nieuw album. Stap maar in je ruimteschip en ga op reis. O ja, VHSTokyo doet ook nog mee op het nummer ¨Waves¨. Heel goed!



17 oktober 2020

Into the Night van L'Avenue (Album)
Met zijn EP ¨CHerry Crush¨ veroverde L´Avenue vorig jaar onze harten. Nu is hij terug en wel met een volwaardig debuutalbum getiteld ¨Into The Night¨. Met dit huzarenstukje gaat deze lieve Engelse super producer nog meer harten veroveren en kan hij zich scharen bij de groten in de scène. Hulde!



19 oktober 2020

Radical van Blufeld (Album)
Met zijn vijfde album ¨Radical¨ verkent Blufeld (een welbekende progressive trance producer) de wereld van de synthwave muziek. Gezien zijn enorme muzikale ervaring heb ik er zeer veel vertrouwen in dat we worden getrakteerd op een nostalgische, melodieuze en onvergetelijke muzikale reis. Ben je er klaar voor?



26 oktober 2020

A Delicate Balance van North Innsbruck (Album)
Door omstandigheden voor maanden uitgesteld, maar nu is het eindelijk dan bijna zover. Man, wat zit ik hier op te wachten. Het nieuwe album van de geweldige North Innsbruck. Veel weet ik nog niet, aangezien alleen het nummer ¨Aurora¨ op dit moment te beluisteren is. En ja, deze is ook terug te vinden op het vorig jaar verschenen ¨Retro Relief : Bahama Nights¨ compilatiealbum. Dus nog even geduld en dan kunnen onze oren weer gaan genieten van de mooiste ambient cinematic klanken.

15 okt. 2020

Interview met Blufeld

Liefhebbers van progressive trance kennen ongetwijfeld de Engelse producer Blufeld. Met releases op wereldberoemde labels als Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, PHW Elements, Addictive Sounds en Galileo Dreams brengt Blufeld, al meer dan een decennium, de vele dansvloeren wereldwijd in staat van euforie met zijn prachtige, emotionele en melodieuze elektronische muziek. Aankomende maandag verschijnt Blufelds vijfde album ¨Radical¨. Een nieuw album vol met nostalgische geluiden uit het verleden verpakt in een modern jasje. In dit interview praten we over de keuze voor het maken van een synthwave album en hoe Blufeld op een natuurlijke manier het muzikale verleden opnieuw begon te ontdekken in de studio. Het is mij een grote eer om deze bijzondere producer te mogen interviewen op mijn website. 

Lovers of progressive trance will undoubtedly know the English producer Blufeld. With releases on world-renowned labels such as Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, PHW Elements, Addictive Sounds and Galileo Dreams, Blufeld has, for more than a decade, been bringing the many dance floors worldwide into euphoria with its beautiful, emotional and melodic electronic music. This Monday Blufeld's fifth album "Radical" will be released. A new album full of nostalgic sounds from the past wrapped in a modern jacket. In this interview we talk about the choice to make a synthwave album and how Blufeld started to rediscover the musical past in the studio in a natural way. It is a great honor to be able to interview this very special producer on my website.

Blufeld

David, can you please introduce yourself?
Hello World,

I'm an electronic music producer that produces under the project name: Blufeld.

I strive to create emotional sound spectrums that can engulf people into the realms of an imaginary world that they create for themselves. This is my gift offering to the world we live in!!

You will release your 5th album ¨Radical¨ on October 19. What can you tell us about this new album?
Radical -/ˈradɪk(ə)l/ - (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.

The album was born of a desire to bring something completely 'Radical' from me in terms of change, sound and style to an album, it is definitively a way for me to bring to the world a fresh and ultimately long term change in production style & direction. I really want to bring a strong signature sound going forwards in my music, that includes full use of my own vocals, but with a fusing of the best that technology has to offer such as the vocoder.

I also wanted the album title to reflect not only the content, but the fact that this was a very commonly used slang word in the 80's, so that it created the extra link & meaning behind the project.


For someone like you with a long background in electronic music, you are exploring the world of synthwave on ¨Radical¨. Why did you decide to choose synthwave?
This new direction and style came so naturally to me, as I have always been a major admirer of the early analog sound and retro style of works, from Kraftwerk, Visage, Gary Numan, Alphaville, Electronic (Bernard Sumner) etc...

So I decided to begin the new album project 'Radical' with this retro sound as it was so easy and natural to feel the atmospheres with the nostalgia that I remembered from growing up as a kid in the 80's. My mother was a DJ and had many vinyls and used to get me placing them on the 7" stacker on the deck as a child.

And basically because I grew up with this influence around me, that retro sound never left my heart & mind.

Blufeld - Radical

Did you do some research on this electronic subgenre, and what did you discover?
Tbh I already knew of projects like: Timecop1983, New Arcades, Robert Parker, Neon Nox, Zayaz to name a few...

This style really speaks to me and pulls at my nostalgic heartstrings, and allows me to fully immerse myself into the root of why my love affair with the electronic sound is so strong in the first place. It always will go back to childhood memories I think.

I also realised quite quickly how this genre and style was really making a real resurface with the likes of the above mentioned artists among many others. It was really very motivating for me to see this.

What is your favorite track on ¨Radical¨?
I have basically to say all of them have a special place for me, otherwise I would not have included them within the project.

However, I have to say that '8 Bit Boy In A Retro World' was in fact the first track that was completed for the 'Radical' album, and it was the first track that I really sat back and felt the hairs on my arms stand up on end, because it gave me the true feeling of nostalgia that took me right back to being 8 or 9 years old again with my mother playing the 'New Romantics' style from the vast crates of vinyl she had.


You are definitely one of the most innovative electronic music producers in the world when I listen to your tracks. How do you come up with these soundscapes for the imagination?
Wow that's a very humbling thing to say tbh, I feel there are so many innovative producers out in this world, without them I wouldn't be!! I simply set out to create directly from the heart, as many producers do I expect.

I have to really dig deep, and I'm honest with what I feel at any given time at the point I'm undertaking any new works. I strive and aim for the track titles and the music, to be as true of a reflection as can possibly be to what is actually going on inside my heart and mind.

I literally try to find sounds that convey these feelings as close as possible. I also experiment A LOT, for new ways to bring forwards a fresh perspective. The key I believe is 'Combinations' of sounds to create imaginative and innovative new textures, this I feel will really set you apart from the crowd!!


For starting music producers, what advice can you give them for creating their own unique sound?
One of the things I did from the very beginning of my journey as a producer was to switch my mind off from the tracks that were popular, or the template sounds and structures that I could hear from so many other projects and producers out there. Kind of like starting a fresh painting on an empty white canvas. I have always loved the famous expression and phrase: "A picture paints a thousand words" I just wanted to convey my own story with my very own audible painting!

I wanted to bring to the table a style and soundscape that didn't necessarily have to fit, or that conformed to the patches of sounds and textures that were popular and overused in my opinion. Actually it was for this reason that in fact it made me strive to go the opposite direction in many ways, with my own new works!!! I just simply created selfishly, and NOT with the DJ in mind!!

Find YOUR own way that you feel reflects YOU the most. If you have created honestly, and you like the sound you have used, USE IT!! Create for YOU first, NOT the label, NOT the DJ!

Never be afraid to sit back and be kind to yourself and say i'm happy with my style - 'THIS IS THE REAL ME!!'

When I look at myself, I have learned more to understand and enjoy albums from the past. Probably this got something to do with getting older. The album¨Disintegration¨ by The Cure is such an example for me. What album can you enjoy now more than ever?
Without a doubt it has actually been really delving deep, and digging into the archive of my all time greats 'Kraftwerk', from their creativity, to the shrouded sense of mystery that they exuded, to the fact they were so pioneering in the electronic music world. They are rightly known as the forefathers and one of the most influential projects in electronic music, and quite rightly so.

But as you say, the older I have become the more I want to delve deeper and find out so much more to really understand what made them so inspiring.

"Man Machine" by Kraftwerk is probably one of my all time greatest albums ever written, and I love it more every time I hear it :).


What are your other plans for this year?
Well 2020 has been an extremely unprecedented and difficult year for everyone, with many trials placed before us all.

However, musically I'm in the process of re-mastering my very first album that was released into the world entitled: 'All I Ever Knew'. This will simply be a re-release on CD Digipak as a very strictly Limited Edition project, as it was never released on CD back in 2008. And by popular request it will now see a release on this medium.

Also an artist producer sample pack is forthcoming from me, and one or 2 remixes also.

What do you like most about the ´80s?
The 80's was like no other, it was the birth of the synth sound and the new romantic style of electronica, it was my early childhood time, it was when I think although there were difficult times in this period.

I also think it was a time when things were seemingly simple, and everything was so revolutionary, or so it seemed!!! I remember playing my first games on my Atari computer - 'Paperboy' & 'Xenon' and riding on my very cool red HARO BMX.


For me it was all about the strong and vivid memories, some of which that I still hold dear that have shaped me as a person.

And finally, any last words to the synthwave community?
I am so happy to know that there is a family of artists flying the flag for this genre of sound, as it deserves so much to be brought to the fore and also to be given the recognition it truly deserves. Which is so great to see this is already happening!

"I will alway remember the days when things were radical!!" because of Synthwave "Nostalgia lives on inside us all, forever!"

Huge thanks to Sander for giving me this interview, and the opportunity to express myself to the Synthwave community, thank you all for reading.

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6 okt. 2020

Synthwave producer Droid Bishop remixt Saint Mars ‘Ocean Blues’ single!

De bekende Synthwave producer Droid Bishop heeft ‘Ocean Blues’ geremixed, de nieuwste single van indierockband Saint Mars. ‘Ocean Blues’ Droid Bishop Remix verscheen op 2 oktober via Grá Mór Phonic Records en is de eerste van een trilogie van ‘Ocean Blues’-remixen die afzonderlijk worden uitgebracht.

Droid Bishop - Saint Mars

Droid Bishop zegt over de remix: "Dit was leuk om aan te werken. De kwaliteit en emotie van de zang brachten het geheel echt samen en ik vind het geweldig hoe het bleek." Groot gelijk heeft Droid Bishop. Dit smaakt naar meer en laat zien dat hedendaagse popnummers goed geremixt kunnen worden door synthwave producers. Beluister de track hieronder en laat in de reacties weten wat je ervan vindt.

17 sep. 2020

Interview met Miles Matrix

Miles Matrix is terug, met zijn tweede album van dit jaar. Gisteren uitgebracht en nog vers van de pers. Met ¨Silicon Valley¨ horen en voelen we zijn visie op deze hightech regio in Californië. Een album wat weer hoge ogen gaat gooien in vele eindejaarslijstjes. Tijd voor een interview!

Miles Matrix is back with his second album this year. It was released on yesterday and still fresh. With "Silicon Valley" we hear and feel his vision of this high-tech region in California. An album that will once again attract attention in many year-end lists. Time for an interview!

Miles Matrix

Miles, can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, I'm Miles Matrix, a 38 year old producer based in Vienna who dabbles in electronic music on the more retro side of the spectrum. Started with Synthwave, but branching out a bit now in terms of influences. But all in all pretty much retro and definitely synthwave adjacent.

Congratulations with your latest album "Silicon Valley". What was the idea behind this album?
Since the majority of my music is instrumental, working with a theme gives me a creative framework. Not only in terms of song titles or art, but also in regards to atmosphere, vibe, etc. The theme somehow just came to me. Basically, the title of the EP, "Silicon Valley", was there first, and I extrapolated the idea from there. I wanted to blend the utopian visions we connected with the valley twenty years ago with the capitalist hellscape it has become, plus the influence it has had on culture, be it work or pop culture. Obviously not every detail is reflected in the finished EP, but that's basically the thought process behind it. We start out with the founder-centric, ego driven startup mentality in the first song "I'm SEO, Bit" (a little pun based on Zuckerberg's infamous business card), create some hope with the second song "City of Business Angels" and then end with destroyed dreams in the last song, "Vaporware". The last one is my favorite song actually. One of the most reduced tunes I've created productionwise.


In June you released "French Riviera", a very chill and relaxing album. Perfect for the summer. What things did you do differently on "Silicon Valley" compared with "French Riviera"?
To be honest, they're not too different from each other. On a meta level, "Silicon Valley" is a sequel to "French Riviera". Thematically they're obviously world's apart, but the creative process was pretty much the same. I would like to think that Silicon Valley's vibe is also still quite chill, albeit thematically a bit more chilling.


Both records continue a process I started with "Androids Anonymous", something you might be able to call "method writing" or what you used to call a concept album. It works pretty well for me. It leaves enough space for creative exploration but offers a guard rail and orientation. I don't know, maybe it's helpful because I'm autistic and structures, routines are very important for me.

Also, "Silicon Valley" was the result of a challenge I set myself. I challenged myself to finish an EP in seven days. 5 tracks with one track per day, plus a day for mixing / mastering and then artwork. It took a day longer than expected because I spent more time on mastering (mixing is something that is always already part of the production process for me) but in general I finished the challenge and I'm quite happy with the result.

The biggest difference probably is that I branched out stylistically much more on "Silicon Valley". The first song is basically vaporwavish synthwave mixed with a UK Garage beat, music I listened a lot to around the millennium. The second song explores Explosions in the Sky territory, very cinematic. The third one is straight up funk, I'd say, with the last songs leaving Synthwave / Retrowave territory entirely.

You are based in Vienna. Can you tell us something about the music scene please?
To be honest, I don't hang out with many artists, but then again I don't hang out with people a lot in general. But what I can say is that Vienna has a very vibrant scene. Some of the biggest names right now are probably Bilderbuch, Mavi Phoenix, Voodoo Jürgens and Ankathie Koi plus a host of rappers who are very successful in german-language Europe. But there are many other great unknown bands to watch out for, for example Crush with their indie hit "Twist and shout" or Dramas with "Undercover Dreamers".

What other synthwave producers from Austria do we need to keep an eye on?
Well, I think Powernerd needs no introduction anymore, but if you don't know him yet, check them out. One of the best synthwave artists out there.


What are your other plans for this year?
Not sure really. Have a couple of ideas for new songs, let's see what works out. I think I'll be definitely releasing something this year.

What musicians do inspire you?
Aw man, difficult question, that can really change on a daily basis. I'm inspired by a lot of music, not always a particular musician. But artists I always return to are for example The Crystal Method. I love everything they do and they're a huge inspiration for me.

What equipment do you use in your studio?
Right now I have a setup with Native Instruments Maschine MK3. My records so far have mostly been produced in Garageband on my laptop. I am not a trained musician, I can't play the piano or anything, so I love the Maschine MK3 because it lets me jam and really streamlines my production (plus it will make it easier to translate songs to a live performance). I also use the Maschine software. I know many don't like it but I find it to be really cool.

Retro gaming is hot! Are you a gamer and what are some of your favorite games?
I think calling myself a gamer would stretch it too far, but I do like gaming. I've spent quite some time in Valorant this year, but also with indie games like Islanders. A game I'm really enjoying right now is Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. I also create games myself sometimes. My last one was Dungeons & Deadlines for which I also produced a soundtrack.


Which book should everyone read to your opinion?
My favourite books are the ones in the Cartel series from Don Winslow. Another good book I recommend is Trust me I'm lying from Ryan Holiday and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Trust me I'm lying from Ryan Holiday

What do you like most about the ´80s?
The world was far from being perfect back then what with the Cold War, Thatcherism and of course much more inequality than today. But it was also a less complex time. Social Media can be great, and for me as an autistic it has definitely helped in many regards, but presently I think the cons outweigh the pros. So that's why I think many from my generation and older like to return there on a little nostalgia trip. The music of the ´80s is amazing, as were many of the movies. So it's basically the entertainment from that era I like best.

And finally, any last words to the synthwave community?
Thank you very much for all the support you've extended to me. It's really helped me grow as an artist and I enjoy being part of it.

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