Souls Of Mischief – 93 ‘Til Infinity
In my early teens i was almost exclusively into hiphop, and this is one of those tracks that’ll just stick with me forever. I’m not sure what it is about it, there is definitely better hiphop out there from that early-mid 90s era, but no matter how many times i hear this one it seems i just can’t get tired of it.
Air – La Femme d’Argent
I discovered Air at some point in the late 90’s and have been listening to them ever since. The first track of their first album made me instantly fall in love.
Portishead – Over
Around the same time i also started listening to Portishead non-stop. Beth Gibbons still remains one of my all time favourite singers.
DMX Krew – Place Called Love
By the early 00’s i was heavily into electro and electro pop. DMX Krew’s label Breakin’ Records quickly became my favourite label, and i lapped up pretty much everything they put out. DMX Krew’s own music also became a huge source of inspiration for me in terms of building melodies. This was the first track of his i ever heard.
Paul Hardcastle – Fly by Night
Paul Hardcastle is probably the entire reason i started messing around with making cheesy 80’s tunes in the first place. If you listen to some of my early Mitch Murder stuff (Television EP for example) you can easily hear the influence his work had on it.
Roy Ayers – Everybody
Just an awesome track by the vibraphone funk-god that is Roy Ayers. After i first heard this track i remember spending months trying to track down the record.
Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Serenade for The Renegade
My all time favourite Swedish jazz act and one of my favourite jazz acts period. Not much else to say really. Never stopped innovating. Right up until Esbjörn’s death in 2008.
Ice Choir – A Vision of Hell, 1996
One of my favourite semi-recent discoveries. As a huge fan of Scritti Politti, Ice Choir (Kurt Feldman) feels almost like a natural extension of Green Gartside’s mid 80’s stuff, and his latest album “Unprepared” is definitely worth a listen.
Ted Gärdestad – Sol, Vind Och Vatten
At a very early age, this became my first “favourite song”, and it still gives me a warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling whenever i hear it. As far as Swedish 70’s artists go, this guy deserves atleast half the recognition Abba ever got.
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
Along with groups such as DAF and Front 242, one of my favourite 80’s EBM acts. Heavy FM synths and 4/4 beats all around.
Mitch Murder – The Real Deal EP (DX Seven Collective)
Norwegian label DX Seven Collective cements its relationship with leading Swedish producer Mitch Murder, an associte of the imprint since 2012, he who delivers his first single via the label.
Over the course of releasing six albums and numerous EPs over the last 7 years, Stockholm’s Johan Bengtsson has grown into one of the biggest names in electro and synth heavy sounds. Previously signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent, he has had plenty of love on BBC Radio 1 and has collaborated with David Hasselhoff on a hit single ‘True Survivor’ that’s been streamed more than 30 million times on YouTube. His music is tinged with throwback retro stylings and lashes of 80s vibes, takes in soundtrack work on short action film “Kung Fury” and has been licensed to HBO, Netflix, and four major computer games.
‘The Real Deal EP’ is a throwback to the golden days of Wall Street and the five tracks were written “with the intention of re-creating that 80s Wall Street feeling; the feeling a stockbroker gets when scoring a deal.”
Loveable opener ‘Call Waiting’ is a glossy and euphoric slow-disco jam with radiant chords and retro drums that cannot fail to get you up on your toes. The jubilant ‘Digital Market Place Strategy’ then steps it up with rigid bass stabs and neon Casio keys and is an unmistakably retro disco stomper. Always sitting on the fun side of cheese, ‘Breakway’ is another gem with skittish analogue synths stepping up through the scales and twinkling off into the night.
Getting more romantic and coy, ’Outpost Alpha’ slows the pace and sinks into a still colourful but more cuddly groove before ‘Prime Operator’ closes out in a frenzy of pixelated chords and tightly programmed drums that reflect and refract bright hues all around you. It’s unashamedly joyous and celebratory stuff that brims with nostalgia.
This is an evocative and authentic offering that immediately transports you to a vibrant scene in 80s New York and does so with a real sense of charm.