Presenting the fourth annual installment in our series of modern yacht rock summer mixtapes: this year's mix was loosely inspired and guided by Light in the Attic's absurdly dope Pacific Breeze compilation of late '70s and early '80s Japanese City Pop that dropped this spring, which the label says lands in some nebulous zone encompassing "easy listening with mutant exotica, tilted techno-pop, and steamy boogie bubbling beneath the gloss"...
Grand Rapids artist FADE shares the final installment of her debut Fall in Love EP, with the vibrantly glowing and empowering '80s-inspired visuals for "Whole". Shout out to Ladygunn for premiering the Josh Maczinski-directed video today, and for recognizing that FADE is a "shimmery, mysterious, synth-heavy disco goddess." Fall in Love is out now on Luminelle.
New track from Sydney, Australia "avant-party" trio Holy Balm, taken from their forthcoming LP It's You, which has found an ideal home here in the States in L.A. weirdo emporium Not Not Fun. "Take It" finds the ESG-influenced crew exploring a dystopic, danceable world inhabited by vintage drum machines and wobbly synthesizers, as Emma Ramsay's elegantly wasted vocals lull us into a tranced-out daze:
"...in the late 80s electronic beats and synths were eagerly embraced by the film industry of South India along with kung fu fights, aerobics, sunglasses and jogging outfits."
Currently vibing to some dope '80s Tamil film music from South Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja's new compilation Fire Star: Synth-Pop and Electro-Funk from Tamil Films 1985-1989, out now on Bombay Connection...