Category Archives: Synth


Liverpool-based outfit Wave Machines are currently gearing up for the release of their highly awaited sophomore album, Pollen. The latest taste off the new record is the deliciously chilled-out “Ill Fit”, available digitally and on vinyl with two B-sides and a remix by Three Trapped Tigers. Good news is Wave Machines have decided to celebrate the release by sharing an exclusive new remix with umstrum’s readers. The rework come courtesy of London’s Post War Years and you can stream it just below!

For the record, the band’s new album Pollen was co-produced by Lexxx (Arcade Fire, Bjork, Goldfrapp) between London and the band’s base at St Brides Church and it will be out January 21st on Neapolitan/PIAS. It will of course feature “Ill Fit” and previous single “Counting Birds”.

Wave Machines - Counting Birds     

To find out more about Wave Machines, check out their official website or Facebook. Buy the Ill Fit EP on Ill Fit - EP - Wave Machines

YUS – NOWADAYS (Pop/Electronica – US)


Out of his home in Phoenix, Yus makes music that perfectly blends pop, electronica and hip hop. With his guitar, a few keyboards and a lot of creativity, the young musician manages to come up with straightforward, yet highly intricate tunes.

After a few relatively quiet months, Yus is back with brand new single”Nowadays”, released on October 11th. Written, performed, produced and mastered by Yus himself, the new track is also the first release on his label Manneken Records.

Bonus track: here is Yus’ take on The Dø’s “Bohemian Dances”…

The Dø - Bohemian Dances (YUS Remix)     

For more info, follow Yus on Facebook. Stream his music on SoundCloud and buy it on Bandcamp or Nowadays - Single - Yus

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