Polartropica – New Video Release

Whimsical space pop psych artist Polartropica has recently released a new video for “Olympia.” The theme behind her new music is to make a magical make-believe world. See the video below:

The J-Pop song features dreamlike vocals with an upbeat message that will soon be a memorable electro-pop anthem for the masses. The video is thematically influenced by the movements for rights and equality during the presidential elections as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics trailer.

Polartropica is the music endeavor of Los Angeles based Ihui (eeway) Cherise Wu. Born in Taiwan yet raised in California, Wu combines pop melodies, futuristic synths and classical string arrangements, creating a genre of bubblegum psychedelia that is fit for intergalactic space travels. Wu created Polartropica as a place where things can exist where they don’t belong by fusing elements of complete opposites together with the outcome resulting in unique sounds that use both organic and synthetic instruments.

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Image via Polartropica

“I wanted to create a healing, inspiring and empowering space with just the right amount of disco-party!” Wu said. “I’m hoping to always make ethereal and beautiful music, the songs are generally lyrically sad and a little dark, but the music always has a sparkly sheen.”

Polartropica also pride themselves on giving back to the community, by pairing up with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Youth Justice Coalition for live shows.

To stay up to date with Polartropica, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.

NINA – New EP Release

London-based Nina has released her latest EP “One of Us” on Aug. 11 and it’s a synthpop and synthwave love affair. Check out the title track here:

The opening synthesizers in “One of Us” evoke outer-space emotions with Nina’s voice adding narrative to the worldly experience. When the beat drops, the song sounds straight ripped from a classic 80s film but still fresh, new and invigorating at the same time. The new wave roots wrapped in modern sensibilities clearly show the German-native’s early influences of Depeche Mode.

The second track, “Counting Stars,” also begins quite ominous in a synth-laden landscape. The darker and slower-tempo track offers the chance to get lost in the music and allows the listener to feel the nighttime stars surrounding them. The production on both of these songs are top-notch, thanks to producer Oscillian and mixing work by Grammy-Award winner Liam Nolan.

The rest of the EP remixes the two songs wonderfully. SJBRAVO’s remix of “One of Us” is a groovy disco style song made to get people on the dancefloor. It’s an interesting take and is different enough to feel like a new song entirely. Johnny Royal’s remix has faster-sounding beats with an underlying synth melody that adds a futuristic feel. Angger Dimas’ remix is full of suspense with dub-steps influences that completely take the song in a new direction. It is easily and by the far the most experimental track on the album. Lastly, Douglas Holmquist’s remix of “Counting Stars” is a soothing version that perfectly closes the EP as it relaxes you to the end. Overall, the songs and remixes on this album are great for anyone looking to relive the sounds of synthpop and synthwave from a new talent.

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To stay up to date with Nina, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, and her official site.

Dark Model – Album Review

Dark Model will bring the orchestrated electronica to a new all-time high with the release of “Saga” on March 24. Check out “Survivors,” one of the many highlights from the album here:

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, award-winning music producer Tatsuya Oe’s project Dark Model is the result of more than 20 years of producing music from a variety of genres and collaborating with other artists to create memorable, stand-out remixes. On “Saga,” fans of both orchestral music and dance floor anthems will unite as this album does a masterful job at combining both genres seamlessly together. At times, there will be an epic, over-the-top choir that is filled with intense emotions and at other times, the pulsating beats will have the listener swaying to the infectious rhythms.

“Saga” begins with powerful violins that build anticipation for what’s to come. The opening track slowly builds as powerful electronic drums come thundering in at full force. The two following tracks, “Avalon” and “Rage and Redemption” offer equally invigorating landscapes in different ways, as the former begins with an epic burst of energy that flows at a steady pace and features a mysterious and intriguing middle section, while the latter blasts in with dance beats ready to hit the club scene. With added choir vocals in the mix, the track keeps the epic theme intact with fierce passions and body-moving drums.

The song “Survivors” is a stand-out that would be the best representation of what the album offers. It’s an upbeat track with soaring melodies and a beat that is steady to provide a solid driving force. The next song, “Inferno Suite,” features a larger-than-life choir and electronic bass clocked in a maximum. It’s a track that will easily pump up anyone working out to go the extra mile. Other tracks such as “Labyrinth” are delicate and sound as if performed straight off the stage of a live orchestra, with heart-tugging piano melodies that encapsulate the feeling of hope and despair all in one. The closing track “Dawn of Resurrection” serves as a satisfying closure to the range of emotions the listener has gone through – from the very highs of empowerment to the lows of self-reflection.

Most of the songs on “Saga” are bold and delve into pounding drums in upbeat, majestic and empowering ways that would not seem out of place as a background soundtrack to a movie scene displaying an impending invasion of massive scale. One track’s beats are industrial in nature to keep things fresh, while another has a Middle-Eastern desert atmosphere to show off a variety of influences from around the world.

The choir in most of the songs add to an elevated sense of drama and tension that defines the album’s sound, making it stand out from other typical electronic offerings. It’s the little things, like the soulful and melodic piano melodies that add thought-provoking layers to make the album a worthy listening experience. Dark Model has made each song a chapter to a new adventure. Although “Saga” may not be the go-to record to pull out at a nightclub due to its intense, dramatic instrumentation, this is the album to grab when wanting to venture on an unbelievable mind-altering trip (while dancing to the beats).

To stay up to date with Dark Saga, check out the project’s media on YouTube, Facebook, and official website.

Savant – New Album Release

Savant has released his four-CD anthology collection “Outcasts” that celebrates his diverse discography from the past five years. Stream the full album here:

The anthology features new and unreleased material, VIP mixes, demos and more to celebrate Savant’s 5th anniversary. Savant is the alter-ego of Norway born, Los Angeles-based producer, composer Aleksander Vinter who has released 13 full length albums since 2011. From his debut “Ninur” and all the way through now, Savant has earned the right for becoming known as an unpredictable dance music icon. He has collected Norwegian Grammy Nominations, Top 25 positions on the iTunes Pop and Dance charts, more than 60 million Spotify stream, and 11 #1 albums on Beatport, an electronic music site.

Savant has experimented with a multitude of genres such as house, electro, disco, 80s new wave, 70s glam rock, 8-bit videogame soundtracks and more. For new fans looking to get into Savant music, the best way is to check out his latest anthology “Outcasts” available now.

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Photo provided by Savant

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