Powercyan “Cybernation” EP

Continuing our exploration of the deep dark cyberspace with an EP by an artist who only recently came into our attention but we’re getting to love more and more on a daily basis. A Synthwave / Cyberpunk visionary, Powercyan‘s “Cybernation” EP was (self) released back in September and is combining all those retrofuturistic elements we love with dark and gritty cyberpunk aesthetics and even spices them up with some rock/metal guitars as you can hear on tracks like “Law Of One” (big favorite over here) or “Cybernation”. Of course, even though Powercyan prefers to usually stay on the darker side of Synthwave and not move towards a more Synthpop direction, his influences vary quite a bit and even include more Continue reading

The Toxic Avenger “Globe Vol. 1” EP

the-toxic-avengerThe Toxic Avenger is an artist who shouldn’t need introductions for into the harder and darker side of Electronic music, despite his somewhat less active recent period. The good news is that by the looks of it the Frenchman is making a comeback since he had a new EP out in late October as a follow up to his 2016 “Ξ” LP. “Globe Vol.01” was released on Roy Music with 6 new originals and personally speaking this feels like some of The Toxic Avenger‘s best recent work as the French artist manages to deliver his very own charactertic and atmospheric blend of Techno, Electronica and even Synthwave in a way very few can. Groovy with a touch of dark seems to be the recipe of avenging on “Globe Vol. 1” and just as the title suggests we’ll be looking forward to Vol.02 as well.

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Occams Laser “Purgatory” LP

occams-laserHailing from Isle Of White (you don’t hear this everyday in the Electronic music scene) Occams Laser is a dark Synthwave machine who keeps producing albums non-stop, so let’s devote some of our time to his music like he has devoted endless hours producing 4 LPs (alongside 3 EPS in case the LPs aren’t enough) during the last year only. Impressive? Well, certainly yes but not as impressive as his music. Following in the footsteps of artists like Carpenter Brut, Perturbator and Gost, Occams Laser‘s music is hard, as it is dark and heavy. Heavily influenced by the sounds of the 80’s his brand of aggressive and theme based “in your face” dark Synthwave will definitely leave you wanting more and “Purgatory” LP (released a month ago) is the perfect introduction to his music. Continue reading

Review: M.A.D.E.S “Return” EP

It might have been a while since we heard any new music by M.A.D.E.S but finally the French artist is back with a new EP titled “Return” and well, not only it’s very suitably titled but also a fine comeback for him. Including 3 originals as well as remixes by Irving Force, Hijack Da Bass and Alminia “Return” was out on JST Records on June 20th. Moving somewhere between Electro House, Complextro and Synthwave/Outrun, the 3 originals strike the right balance between heavy basslines and melodic parts (more on the melancholic and dark side rather than on the EDM though) while each of the 3 remixes adds something new to the release. Irving Force‘s rocker definitely focuses more on the 80’s side of things and pushes the original to its limits (just like an 80’s “action packed” movie would), Hijack Da Bass delivers an Electro House hard hitter you’d expect from him while finally the newcomer Alminia adds some flavor and closes the release in afunkier and lighter tone. Continue reading

Christine – Howling Wave (Official Video)

Long time favorite French duo Christine is back with a brand new single and video to go along and we couldn’t me more excited about it. “Howling Wave” is out through Mouton Noir Records since the 17th of June and let us say is some of the duo’s best work as of late.  A mix of dark Synthwave, French House and hard Electro, Christine‘s new single from their upcoming album is equally groovy and horrifying, following the long tradition the duo has with drawing inspiration from mind twisting themes, in both their music and videos that is. And “Howling Wave” is of course no exception. The Carpenter-esque aesthetics seen throughout the video (directed by Alexis Benoit and produced by Phantasm) are of course a perfect fit for Christine‘s music and as long as you don’t mind a little bit of paranoia caused by constantly chaning and unfulfilled desires then this is definitely one you’re going to enjoy. Continue reading