Category Archives: Synth

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

SAINT LOU LOU – MAYBE YOU (ElectroPop – Australia)

Saint Lou Lou are twin sisters Elektra and Miranda, born in Sweden, yet raised in Australia. They are releasing their debut single on August 27th via Kitsuné! “Maybe You” is a chill, dreamwave track that floats along. Bouncing between the long cold winters of Stockholm, and the happy-go-lucky beaches of Sydney, it’s no wonder there’s a striking contrast with their sound.

The package contains four brilliant remixes by Good Night Keaton (of Miami Horror fame), Canada’s own CFCF and Parisians Oxford & Le Crayon and Pyramid.

Find out more about Saint Lou Lou on their official site or Facebook. Buy the music on

ELIZABETH ROSE – READY (ElectroPop – Australia)

Elizabeth Rose

Hailing from Sydney, 21-year-old electropop producer Elizabeth Rose is fast becoming one of 2012’s most talked-about new artists downunder. Having already released a number of self-produced demos and remixes (Jinja Safari, Flight Facilities), Elizabeth recently unveiled her first official single “Ready”, available worldwide via cutting-edge Aussie label Inertia Access.

Layering dreamy beats, shadowy samples and lofty melodies, the young artist hits just the right spot with this new track. And if the original isn’t enough, the Remix EP features four remixes by Whyte Fang, Polographia, Gold Fields and Nina Las Vegas.

Elizabeth Rose is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut EP (due for release later this year) and she will be touring around Australia with up-and-coming Sydney trio RÜFÜS in August. To celebrate, check out their remix of “Stars Ago”.

Elizabeth Rose - Stars Ago (RUFUS Remix)     

For more info, head over to Elizabeth Rose’s Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy her new single + remixes on

PANAMA – MAGIC (Indie/SynthPop – Australia)

Panama

Panama are the latest new band to emerge from Sydney’s bubbling indie scene. Spearheaded by Jarrah McCleary, the four-piece has been picking up lots of love from Australian radio and bloggers all over the world.

Their first single is “Magic”, a modern summer anthem recorded in Los Angeles by Eric Broucek of DFA fame (Holy Ghost, Eleanor Friedberger, !!!). It will be released on vinyl with remixes by Brooklyn’s own Midnight Magic and DFA heavyweight Gavin Russom.

Panama’s live show is already a huge hit having supported Dappled Cities, Parachute Youth and Elizabeth Rose. If you want to see them in the flesh, Panama will be supporting Van She in Melbourne and Sydney in July…

Panama - Magic (Midnight Magic Remix)     

Check out the band’s website for more info or follow them on Facebook. Buy the music on Beatport.

POST WAR YEARS – GLASS HOUSE (SynthPop – UK)

British synthpop act Post War Years are due to release the Glass House EP on 15th July through Chess Club/Sony Music. Produced by James Rutledge (MGMT, Grizzly Bear, The Kills), this new EP bridges the gap between Joy Division, Yeasayer and Interpol, showcasing a subtle mix of dreamy synthpop, injected with funky hooks.

Post War Years - Glass House     

Good news is you can grab the song for free on the band’s SoundCloud and there’s also a Maribou State remix available for the low, low price of absolutely nothing!

Simon, Tom, Fred and Henry recently wowed the crowds supporting Matthew Dear at his London show, and on tour as main support to The Naked and Famous. For more info, check out their Facebook! Stream the music on SoundCloud and buy on Post War Years