Saturday, October 29, 2016

Rhythm Vivisection Halloween Mixtape 2016

Get ready to rock the official Synthetix.FM soundtrack for Halloween 2016! It's this year's edition of the Rhythm Vivisection Halloween Mixtape! This year we're rockin one of the greatest zombie movies of the 80s with The Return Of The Living Dead providing the story for this year's epic mix!

Prepare to be taken on a ride in to the darkness, where fear is your copilot and your imagination is sure to run away with you over two hours and forty minutes of the raddest scares and dares conceivable!


1, Terminal - Megan McDuffee

2, Dark Corners Of The - Aquawave

3, Voyage D’amour - AlphaRISC

4, Calivania - F.U.B.A.R.

5, You’re Pretty Cute For A Ghost - Felikitty!

6, Midnight Maniac - Night Prowler

7, The Killer Known As Hex (Sect 66 Mix) - Vector Sector

8, Midnight Pursuit - James Jupiter

9, Invasion - Expender

10, Le Porte dell’Inferno - Abobo

11, Black Cat - McGain

12, Idolatry - Neon Shudder

13, Sleepaway - Mr Eff

14, Midnight Wings - CONFRONTATIONAL (Featuring Ugo Laurenti)

15, Vampire - Damokles

16, Call The Ponies - The Warhorse

17, Aeons - Gloom Influx

18, Supply Run - Amplitude Problem

19, I Cannot Be Killed - TSTR

20, Dominus Infernus - Glitch Black

21, Covenant - Electric Dragon

22, Can’t Stop Me From Running - Toby Free

23, Herbert West - Atom Force

24, Death And Gold - Powernerd

25, She Wolf - Oceanside85

26, Night Falls - Cryocon

27, Relentless Bug Hunt - MICR0CHIP TERR0R

28, We Came, We Saw, He Died - SYNTHICIDE

29, Escape Through The Night - Kyle Reese Revenge

30, The Midnight Masquerade - Night At The METROPOL

31, D3D - Aerospeed

32, Night of Dread - Agent Murphy

33, The Old Gods - VoidBreaker

34, Ichor The Blood - 20SIX Hundred

Many thanks to all the producers who provided their music for this year's final community mixtape!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Wild Style Of Robots With Rayguns

By Jerry Herrera

Something I’ve wondered in my journeys in this retro wonderland, is why producers only tap into a few of the myriad of retro influences at their disposal. Don’t get me wrong, I think every subgenre has artists who further the boundaries of what that particular sound can be, and in their own little way are wizards and necromancers that have breathed life into what would have been an otherwise forgotten chapter in music history.

But one of my favorite things to do in traffic is put on the “old school” radio station and just rock out to all the R&B classics, the freestyle jams, and all the pioneering hip hop I can cram into that hour or so on the freeway. The music is just the right balance of brilliant and cheesy and there was a lot of innovation happening that’s either been forgotten or bastardized by modern pop. So I really wish more producers in our scene would explore those sounds a little more, or at least take a few hints from the pop/club music of that era.

Robots With Rayguns is the first producer I think of when I think of retro pop and dance. Indeed when I first started exploring the genre and was looking for artists that “got” that sound and aesthetic, the video for Sugarbaby stands out in my memory. It was pretty much everything I could hope for. There was nostalgia but with a modern twist and relevant sensibilities, with all the makings of something I would hear on current Top 40 stations.

RWR is back with Wild Style and he continues to bring the freshness. There’s a signature sound that RWR has maintained throughout his releases and while he explores a lot of different genres on Wild Style, this sound anchors the whole album. Thick basslines, dreamy pads, and pitch bent vocal samples and snippets are the cornerstones of a RWR track but I also don’t think they become repetitive or overused at any point on the album. It’s an addictive sound and RWR effectively uses those tools to create many different feels across Wild Style.

While there may be a unifying handful of elements on Wild Style, stylistically the album goes to many different places and I’m personally satisfied with RWR’s exploration of each. There’s a little bit of hip hop, a little pop, a little freestyle and a little bit of late ‘80s/early ‘90s dance in there. RWR wears his influences on his sleeve and all of them are fun and brash and colorful. I can’t think of that many synthwave artists that are as in love with the bright and funky fresh side of the ‘80s as RWR is.

Probably the best example, in an album full of adrenalin inducing tracks, is Sweat It Out. I feel like the whole album leads up to this track. It features all the signature RWR elements and it’s charming enough and stays within the harmless dance neighborhood but toward the end, it explodes. It’s a track that starts off thumping but ends with a slam, and while you might have been kind of dancing in your chair while listening to Wild Style, Sweat It Out yanks you out of your chair and demands that you throw down your best moves right there in the middle of the living room.

It can be argued that RWR is one of, if not THE only guy out there with this fun and funky approach to the synth scene so the world is kind of his oyster. Yet he doesn’t let that dull his sense of quality and integrity. Wild Style is full of content and puts a smile on anyone’s face. However you purchase it, make sure you play it loud.

Robots With Rayguns presents Wild Style, available on his Bandcamp page here in downloadable formats as well as limited edition runs on cassette and compact disc and it comes very, very higly recommended from Synthetix.FM

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Synthetix Sundays

Synthetix Sundays is back with another episode to make your weekend the right kind of retro, only on Radio Pure Gently!

This week Marko's interviewing Michael and Lisa Marie from Hamerzya and also rockin like a melonfarmer with Street Cleaner!

All the regular segments with Paul Dress2Kill Daly, Synthetix Spotlight with Dallas and Quality Time With Shithouse are scheduled for your listening pleasure and delectation.

Loads of hot music, download code giveaways and the most fun you can have on your own with your pants off on a Sunday is just waiting for you!

Tune in to Synthetix Sundays LIVE on Radio Pure Gently here, at 10pm Perth, Australia time. Please click here to find out when this is in your part of the world. As always the fully downloadable show will be posted here on Monday along with the featured tracks from Quality Time With Shithouse.

Quality Time With Shithouse Featured Tracks:

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Synthetix Sundays

Synthetix Sundays is primed and set to EXPLODE in another hot new episode! Marko's revitalised, recharged, resplendent and ready to rock you to your foundations with all the hottest music set to devastate, only on Radio Pure Gently!

This week Marko's interviewing dark synth lord Electric Dragon, both members from Reapers and the one and only Cleeve Morris.

Regular demolitions experts Paul Dress2Kill Daly, Dallas' Synthetix Spotlight and Quality Time With Shithouse are going to ensure a dynamite detonation of synth devastation!

It's going to be firestorm of the hottest tracks from the scene with tonnes of giveaway download codes and super exclusive track from The Encounter featuring Stilz to premier so make sure you don't miss out on all the incendiary excitement!

Tune in to Synthetix Sundays LIVE on Radio Pure Gently here, at 10pm Perth, Australia time. Please click here to find out when this is in your part of the world. As always the fully downloadable show will be posted here on Monday along with the featured tracks from Quality Time With Shithouse.

Quality Time With Shithouse Feature Tracks: