It's TOP TRAX time and I had a hard job this week not for the reasons you think but for the sheer volume of incredible listens. I hope you like the choices I've made, I certainly do that's for sure!
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ABSOLUTE VALENTINE | BROKEN MATRIX
An assault on your eardrums in the best way. It’s a darker more menacing Absolute Valentine & I love it. He’s kicking shit & taking names & you may just be on his list. AV has never been shy about exploring his palette of sounds giving us some absolute (if you pardon the pun) scene stealing power house tracks in the past. The future soundtrack to this producers next chapter whilst rather opaque & laden with obstacles of twisted metal is rather exciting & I for one can’t wait to hear more!
DRYVE, FATHERDUDE | ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
When the gullwing doors to their Delorean slowly opened back in 2020 and the band from Denver known as Dryve emerged from the smoke they’ve consistently served us with some of the best Retrowave tracks this side of Hill Valley. They’ve since dropped a deluxe version of their 2021 Album ‘Payback’ but this time it’s personal with stellar remixes, instrumentals and a new track ‘Anywhere in the World’. Now, if my calculations are correct when you higher the volume on this baby you’re gonna hear some serious shit! It’s Retrowave done right with a production that goes down smoother than an ice-cold Pepsi. If you fail to like it I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yet but your kids are gonna love it!
THOUGHT BEINGS | THE WORLD
No stranger to my Top Trax list this duo from San Fran have only gone and done it again with a quintessentially 80’s sounding Retrowave track that is a veritable earworm in the best possible way. Lemon’s vocals strike at the heart of this song and elevate it to new heights weaving her way around the melodic synths with such impressionable ease. They never cease to amaze me with the soundscapes they create which in a lot of instances borrow straight from the 80’s playbook and I love it.
DANCE WITH THE DEAD | HEX
Hex is the newest release to emerge from the Album ‘Driven to madness’. An Album I hasten to add which has been lauded of some of their best work to date and I’m inclined to agree. Hex is gritty and raw and is everything I love about DWTD condensed into 3 minutes 41 seconds. It’s musical Red Bull served ice cold with that hit of energy that only comes from listening to something so vibe rich and full of intent. The new Album itself will tour well with some banger tracks that are sure fire crowd pleasers, Hex being one of them. Ultimately rewarding!
DUETT & PRIMO THE ALIEN | SAD BLUE
A collab for the ages! The type of hand in glove synthpop that works on every level. You can tell equal amounts of love went into this track to ultimately create something really worth listening to & then some. It skips along the sun drenched horizons & takes you every step of the way. It’s that solid, honest to goodness Primo vocal that gives it that incredible edge & as for DUETT, well my love for this man’s music has well been recorded, everything he produces is tantamount to liquid gold dripped into your ear cavities! A tour de force for both & worth placing on repeat till you sleep!
GLITTERWØLF | WORDS LEFT UNSAID
A track born of life changing instances this is an accomplished effort from the duo who’ve spun the narrative in their favours and created something that you can tell almost from the first few bars comes from their collective hearts. The modern world allows this duo to create fantastic work with Mike being in the UK and Jon being in the US and their musicianship is laid bare for all to hear. Mike’s vocal ability is absolutely sublime in this song and sits right in the pocket of the melody that has some unmistakable 90’s elements unless my ears deceive me. I honestly cannot wait to hear more from these guys, go stream the sh1t outta this track, they deserve it!
DANIEL DELUXE | TANK
This track slaps harder than a cheated ex and then some. Daniel Deluxe is back baby and he’s taking no prisoners with an absolute banger of an album ‘Ghostrunner: Project HEL’ which is the soundtrack to a fast paced first person shooter launched at first back in September 2020. Atmospheric and thumping it’ll reverberate from the walls of your strobe lit mind and fan the flames of your scorched soul.
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SHADES OF THUNDER | I CAN'T GET ENOUGH
Shades of Thunder? More like shades of brilliance! Their newest track is pedal to the metal retrowave with a message related to consumerism and consequence of media where balance is required. In the irony of ironies it their sound which is ultimately addictive with catchy hooks and a Daft Punk Mantra like voice which permeates the narrative adding to the overall composition of the track itself. It’s a sublime listen which deserves your plays. It’s fair to say that these gents enjoy the music they create and this above all shines through and is my deserved pick of the week!
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