Category Archives: Synth

DIRTY GOLD – QUIET LIFE (BeachPop/Lounge – US)

Dirty Gold

Born in the summer of 2010 and signed to Autumn Tone Records in December of the same year, Dirty Gold is San Diego-based three-piece inspired by sounds of the 50s/60s, vintage surf pop and drippy guitar lines. Lincoln Ballif handles vocals and lead guitar, John Ballif is on keys/rhythm guitar and Grant Nassif is the drummer.

A few months ago the trio released a warm, sun-drenched debut EP, Roar, featuring their early demos “California Sunrise” and “Overboard”, as well as three brand new tracks. Filled with jangly guitars and lazy afro beats, Dirty Gold’s compositions have been worming their way on many blogs and stealing the top spots on Hype Machine.

Dirty Gold - California Sunrise (DJ Philistine Lo-Fi Mix)     

Follow Dirty Gold on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy Roar on Dirty Gold

VIDEO : THE PRESETS – GHOSTS (Electro/Pop – Australia)

After surprising fans and critics with their dark and pulsating single “Youth in Trouble”, Aussie electro duo The Presets share another track from their soon-to-be-released new album. “Ghosts” is a rollicking sea shanty with gorgeous synths and glitchy beats and it is backed by remixes from DJ Spinn, Fort Romeau, Adrian Lux and Hermitude

The Presets’ highly anticipated third studio album Pacifica will be out on September 7th via Sydney’s own Modular Recordings. For more info, check out the band’s official site or Facebook. Buy their albums on The Presets

CRYSTAL CASTLES – PLAGUE (Electronica – Canada)

Two years after their hugely successful sophomore album, gloomy electronica duo Crystal Castles (namely Alice Glass and Ethan Kath) return with “Plague”, the first single off their new full-length. Take a listen below and download it for free on Crystal Castles’ SoundCloud!

Crystal Castles - Plague     

Somehow reminiscent of the band’s most famous single to date “Courtship Dating”, the haunting new track may be some kind of indication of their new sonic orientation, slightly darker and moodier. Crystal Castles’ new album, which has no title nor official release date yet, is rumored for a September release.

Find Crystal Castles on Facebook or check out their official site. Buy their music on Crystal Castles

KASKET CLUB – DEBUT EP (Chillwave – Norway)

Formed in June 2012 (only a couple of months ago really), Kasket Club is the musical pairing of Thomas Vesseltun and Tobias Gautier Telgien, two friends who share a common passion for synthey melodies and chilled-out beats. The Norwegian duo released their first track “White Nights” via SoundCloud on June 25th, quickly followed by two more tunes, and now they are ready to share their five-track debut EP.

Kasket Club - Moody Melody     
Kasket Club - Sophia     

Featuring acoustic instruments and smooth synths delicately wrapped in electronic beats, this EP provides just over 17 minutes of pure chillwave delight.

For more info and music, find Kasket Club on Facebook or check out their SoundCloud. Buy their debut on BandCamp or Kasket Club

JJ – HIGH SUMMER (DreamPop/Balearic – Sweden)

For the past three years, Swedish duo jj (Elin Kastlander and Joakim Beno) have been releasing mixtapes and EPs showcasing their quirky blend of dream pop with hints of hip hop and R&B. Their latest offering is the High Summer EP, released through Gothenburg-based label Sincerely Yours (founded by The Tough Alliance).

jj - High Summer     

The five-track release is a nice piece of delicate pop that invites you to enjoy the gentle sounds of summer. It is both carefree without carelessness, and unassuming without being lazy. The High Summer EP is currently available for free download from Sincerely Yours’ website so snag it while you can!

If you feel like exploring jj’s world, check out their blog. Buy the music on