Author Archives: Peter Collins

The wonder boy from Maynooth, Ireland continues to mine glitch-pop gold with a pitch-perfect remix of The 1975′s “Settle Down.” EMBRZ (Jack Casey) is adept at shaping a hodgepodge of short, choppy synth and sample blips into surprisingly expressive tracks, avoiding the emotionally neutered “video game music” territory occupied by some of his laptop-wielding contemporaries. The producer […]

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Cologne-based producer Marius Lauber (Roosevelt) gives us a blissful spring stargazing tune in this unlikely cover of John Martyn’s 1977 jazz-fusion opus “Small Hours.” A steady drum machine pitter-patter and buoyant synths transform what was originally an ambient, introspective track into lush slow-motion disco. Roosevelt, who cites Arthur Russell among his chief inspirations, gives a […]

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Emotion Records, Sweden’s patron saints of synth pop, have found something good in Florida. The Stockholm imprint that brought us Karl X Johan and World Tour just unveiled this stunning new track from X priest X, an Orlando duo who make what Noisey is calling “post-apocalyptic dream songs.” Celestial melodies and elegant, understated production cut […]

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We didn’t cover the last awesome single from this beautiful band. That was a mistake. But luckily no one put us in blog jail so we’re still around, and they released another, and here it is. Future Islands is a band I wish I’d discovered earlier. This North Carolina-bred, Baltimore-based trio manages to hit just […]

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Down Under disco wonder and pizza guy extraordinaire Touch Sensitive (né Michael Di Francesco) is back with more of his immaculately conceived synth wizardry. As a founding member of Van She, Di Francesco was architect of “Kelly,” one of my all-time favorite electropop songs. He’s also made a name for himself outside of Van She as […]

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