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.

https://soundcloud.com/ninasounduk/countingstars

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

The Micronaut – New Album Release

German multi-instrumentalist and producer The Micronaut has recently released his downtempo album “Forms” in December. Check out the chill vibes single “Prism” here:

The Micronaut is the alias of Stefan Streck, who released his third full-length album “Forms” on Acker Records, one of Germany’s leading independent electronic labels. The album features electronica, intelligent dance music and pop with a melancholic edge. His trance-inducing melodies and relaxing rhythms have created an atmosphere that is spreading inspirations from Stefan’s homeland of Germany to around the globe.

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Photo credit: Maria Hartmann

The music produced The Micronaut is a collage of samples, guitars, and narrating speech that result in a one-man orchestra. Aside from releasing his own music and doing remixes, he has played around 100 shows a year that brought him bookings with Apparat, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Väth, Ada, The Notwist, Nightmares On Wax and Phon.o and many more.

Check out the album’s first single “Pyramid” here:

To stay up to date with all things in the world of The Micronaut, check him out on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube.