Happy New Years, Best of 2012!

So that was 2012. Augmented by the Diamond Jubilee, Summer Olympics, Red Bull Stratos, Higgs boson and the Next SoundCloud, the year was also excellent for synthesizer music.

On a mission to find and archive our top moments from 2012 we pinged our favorite people for their top five tracks/songs. The result is a body of recommendations high on variety, with some new artists such as Lone, Pilotpriest, Garth Knight, Makeup and Vanity Set and Rolly Mingwald making new trends here.

We would like to thank our extended family including the people from Synthetix, Electronic Rumors, Project Friday, KFAI’s Wave Project, New Retro Wave, Future City Records, Playmaker, Roboteria, Vice Italy and many more for spreading the good word. Labels such as Valerie, Girlfriend, Aphasia, Binary, Lunar Boogie, Tonite Records, Future City Records, Telefuture: here’s a virtual handshake to you as well.

At the request of Mitch Murder I added links for every track! The last entry is an entirely ridiculous Top Lists of 2012 which recursively includes this one.

Miami Nights 1984 http://soundcloud.com/miami-nights-1984

1. DyE – Fantasy
2. The Socialites – Only This Moment (KLar&PF Mix Instrumental)
3. Lone – Crystal Caverns 1991
4. Foster The People – Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix)
5. Kristine – Modern Love (Powerglove Remix)

Mitch Murder http://soundcloud.com/daataa

1. Chairlift – Amanaemonesia
2. Ice Choir – A Vision Of Hell, 1996
3. Belbury Poly – Summer Round
4. Breakbot – Programme
5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire

Richard Owenhttp://rossocorsarecords.com/

1. Lazerhawk – Arrival (Mitch Murder Remix)
2. Frank Ocean – Pyramids
3. Lone – Dream Girl/Sky Surfer
4. Makeup and Vanity Set – Homecoming (featuring Jasmin Kaset)
5. Lazerhawk – King of The Streets

Rick Shithousehttp://synthetixmusic.blogspot.ca/

1. Sellorekt/LA Dreams – Perfect Summer
2. Lazerhawk – Star Hustler
3. Patrick Baker – Get 2 Know U
4. Tommy – Overdrive
5. Garth Knight – Interface

Lost Yearshttp://soundcloud.com/lostyears

1. Lazerhawk – King of The Streets
2. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
3. Makeup and Vanity Set – The Cross
4. Garth Knight – AutoTron
5. Stratos zero – Facade

Tommyhttp://soundcloud.com/tommy-music

1. Pilotpriest – Streets Of Fire
2. Perturbator – There Is No Love Highway
3. KĿΘCKHΔUS – Damage Report
4. Garth Knight – Interface
5. Protector 101 – Back Alleys

Dynatronhttp://soundcloud.com/dynatronsynth

1. Pilot Priest – Miracle Mile
2. Thomas Barrandon – Absolute Magnitude
3. Arcade High – On The Edge Of Summer
4. Lazerhawk – So Far Away
5. Rolly Mingwald – Missed call

Sferro http://soundcloud.com/girlfriendrecords

1. Principles of Geometry – Dam Aicoab
2. Disasterpeace – Compass
3. Lone (With Machinedrum) – Cthulhu
4. Kavinsky – Protovision
5. Le Prix – Cosmonova (Original Mix)

Patrick Baker http://soundcloud.com/patrickbaker

1. Viceroy – Chase Us Around (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)
2. Goldroom – Fifteen (ft Chela)
3. Katy Perry – Part Of Me (RAC Mix)
4. Le Cassette – Arms of mine
5. Tempogeist – Romeo (feat. Lisa Dank)

Clive Lewishttp://electronicrumors.com/

1. The Knocks & Fred Falke – Geronimo (Lenno Remix)
2. Moonlight Matters – Come For Me (feat Gustaph)
3. Mr Overtime – Punks Jump Up feat Dave1
4. STARCADIAN – Girls Of Midnight
5. Avec Sans – Heartbreak Hi

Le Matos http://soundcloud.com/lematos

Steve Moore – Ancient Shorelines II
TR_ST – Sulk (single edit)
The Shoes – Time to Dance (Extended Video Edit)
Electric Youth – The Best Thing
80s Stallone – Smoke & Mirrors

Jason ‘White Thunder’ Farrell http://rossocorsarecords.com/

Miami Nights 1984 – Saved By The Bell
Mitch Murder – Rush
Lazerhawk – Skull and Shark Teaser
Chacconne – Nexus 7
Le Matos – Sarah

Neros77http://www.youtube.com/user/neros77

1. Lazerhawk – Space Is The Place
2. Makeup and Vanity Set – A Glowing Light, A Promise
3. Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive
4. Mitch Murder – Valles Marineris Pursuit
5. Rolly Mingwald – Sleepover (Up all night)
6. Dynatron & Starforce – Adrift In A Sea Of Silver

Top Song Lists of 2012

1. Rosso Corsa Records – Happy New Years, Best of 2012!
2. Synthetix – Synthetix Year End Synthstravaganza!
3. Resident Advisor – RA Poll: Top 50 tracks of 2012
4. Electronic Rumors – BEST SONG –electronic rumors’ top 20 songs of 2012
5. Phonica Records – Top 100 Singles Of 20123

Written by Richard Michael Owen

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Black Waves by Lost Years

A Swedish Christmas comes early!

Black Waves is the first full-length album from Lost Years and it is being released today for worldwide sales by Rosso Corsa Records. This 14 track album is a journey through dark synthpop mixed with occasional heartfelt relief.

The Lost Years is Magnus Larsson from Avesta, Sweden. His enthusiasm for the 1980s, red wine and collecting Roland synthesizers has led to the Nuclear EP and Black Waves album here on Rosso Corsa Records.

The entire album was written by Magnus for his huge cache of authentic analogue and FM synthesis gear. It makes us wonder exactly which piece of kit has lent its voice to the album.

For now you can listen and download Black Waves exclusively on Bandcamp:

http://rossocorsarecords.bandcamp.com/album/black-waves

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-waves/id592045604
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Waves/dp/B00AZGYWO4
Lost Years – The Harbour Heist on Soundcloud:

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New SaiR EP: Sunfield.

Today Rosso Corsa Records launches the Sunfield EP by SaiR. With it we welcome producer Ruben Allen from Porto, Portugal to the Rosso family. He has a graduate degree in Graphic Communication from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

Either the warmth of summer Sundays or a glimpse of the carefree 1980s, Sunfield evokes a nostalgic charm across four tracks. The cover depicts Allen’s father in the 1970s-a time filled with pinball machines and dirt bikes.

The entire Sunfield EP is available for preview on Soundcloud and the tracks can be purchased on itunes or Bandcamp within the links below. This is the first major release by SaiR with hopes of future releases to come here on Rosso Corsa.

http://rossocorsarecords.bandcamp.com/album/sunfield
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/sunfield-ep/id582864854
http://www.amazon.com/Sunfield-EP/dp/B00AFTYL1K

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Rosso featured on Vice Italy

The excellent folks at Vice Italy have chosen Rosso Corsa for this week’s version of their Le Venerdì Mixtape. Emiliano Vom Schirosi has kindly written about us and the bespoke 45-minute mix for our Italian friends.

Called The Mixtape Side A, this mix showcases the many talents from Rosso Corsa Records and beyond. Prepared by Miami Nights 1984, this is a selection of our own tracks and influences including the worldwide debut of Molly by Le Matos. In many ways, this is the summary of our last three years.

Tracklist

Palm Highway Chase – Dark Movie Screens – Self Released
Lost Years – Storm – Rosso Corsa Records
The Outrunners – Runaways – Endless Summer Recordings
Miami Nights 1984 – Saved by The Bell – Rosso Corsa Records
Le Matos – Molly – Messe Noire
MPM/Synth Music & Soundtracks – Neon Flight
Lazerhawk – Should of Orion – Rosso Corsa Records
Exposé – Come Go With Me (Outrunners Remix) – Unreleased
Maethelvin – Delight – Valerie Collective
Jordan F-Last Night – Rosso Corsa Records
Edwin Van Cleef-Tracer – Self Released
Mitch Murder – Slipstream – Rosso Corsa Records
Lazerhawk – Kings of the Streets – Unreleased
Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive – Rosso Corsa Records

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Lost Years drop Nuclear EP

Today we have the distinct pleasure to introduce Lost Years to the Rosso Corsa family and announce the worldwide release of their first EP: Nuclear.

Three tracks wide, the new EP is a post-Terminator epic inspired by John F Kennedy’s “common enemies of man” inauguration speech. The 1980s run deep in the EP and it’s a new extension of our own Outrun Electro.

Having listened to the Nuclear EP on repeat over the last month, we plan to follow the Lost Years with great anticipation over the summer of 2012.

The Nuclear EP is available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Lost Years on Soundcloud:

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Miami Nights Interview & Guest Mix

This week Miami Nights 1984 has the pleasure of being featured on Control Freq Radio for a guest mix and interview. In the show’s Q&A, Miami talks about the his two albums, the inception of Outrun and his ActRazer moniker. With a background mix that works in concert with the interview, we can’t think of a better way to get acquainted with MN84.

For the second half of the show Miami also did a guest mix:

Miami Nights 1984 Guest Mix:

1.Terrestrial Super Receiver – Sister (Le Matos “say anything” remix) – Baf Musique
2.Lazerhawk – Shoulder of Orion – Rosso Corsa Records
3.Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Oliver remix) -Downtown Records
4.Miami Nights 1984 – Streets on fire -Rosso Corsa Records
5.Chris Malinchak – Can’t Stop Loving You – French Express
6.Lazerhawk – Space in the place – Rosso Corsa Records
7.Lifelike – So Electric – Phantom
8.Miami Nights 1984 – Clutch – Rosso Corsa Records
9.Oliver – I need you – (unreleased)
10.Lazerhawk – Disco Planet – Rosso Corsa Records
11.Grum – Runaway – Glasgow Underground
12.Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive – Rosso Corsa Records

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Turbulence by Miami Nights 1984

Today we celebrate the worldwide release of Turbulence, our second feature album from Miami Nights 1984 on Rosso Corsa Records.

Spanning 12 tracks, Turbulence builds upon the synth-pop charms and synthesizer solos from Miami’s first album with more character: orchestra stabs, percussive rushes, slow motion bends and epic interludes distinguish the album. So does the album’s more intense moments which promote the Outrun electro sound we have championed for many years.

Miami Nights has engineered the album for the replay button. Many of the songs are outright hits. It was hard picking just one for our soundcloud page, but High Beams is the album’s penultimate track and has an infectious snare rush worth waiting for:

For your please and leisure Turbulence is available for download on Bandcamp while it will be available on iTunes and Amazon shortly.

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Miami Nights 1984 Profile

Miami Nights 1984 is Michael Glover from Victoria, BC, Canada. His obsession with the 1980s has led to the founding of Rosso Corsa Records and a revival of synthesizer music. With Rosso Corsa he is championing many artists such as Mitch Murder, Lazerhawk, Jordan F and Lost years to make 1980s-inspired music with modern fidelity.

Being among the pioneers of this revival, Mike’s first project Actrazer initially defined the Rosso Corsa sound together with output from label co-founder Lazerhawk. They coined their music Outrun, a genre of soundtrack music with epic leads and arpeggiated synths. At the same time, Kavinsky, the Outrunners and the Valerie Collective were all contributing to this new sound.

Since 2010 Michael Glover has been ecstatic about the success of his second project known as Miami Nights 1984 (MN84). Characterized by smooth synthesizers and nostalgic solos, this new sound accentuates the carefree feel of the 1980s.

The Miami Nights sound garnered support on an international scale with the official remix of ‘Somebody I Used To Know.’ by Gotye. It infuses 1980s charm with Gotye’s powerful voices and moody lyrics. Rollings Stone says it’s an “eighties-inspired synth-pop remix, inspired by [mike’s] love of old John Hughes films” while VH1 says “It’s a synth-led 80s redux, and it’s pretty rad”

When asked about influences, Mike says he obviously takes from the 80s: “The music, movies, shows, cars and girls are all running through my imagination when I write a piece of music. I’m not happy with a piece of music unless I can imagine it as the soundtrack to a film or show. Ever since I was a child I enjoyed synth-based music like Tangerine Dream, Jean Michael Jarre and Ray Lynch.” His name coincides with the original run of the Miami Vice TV show on September 28, 1984.

In creating his sound he uses “a variation of analogue synths and virtual instruments in Abelton Live. I’ve been using more virtual instruments for convenience and ability to leave a project without worrying about getting the same sound again.” Many of the parts are first recorded from live instrumentation and tweaked afterward in Ableton.

“If I had to choose my best track… it would have to be Elevator Of Love or Ocean Drive“. I think many of us would agree with Ocean Drive which is a soundtrack to California’s Pacific Coast Highway or even Ocean Drive on the Miami Beach strip:

We have released all the previous Actrazer material in a compilation called classics available on Bandcamp. neros77 also made an exclusive video to accompany this unnamed Actrazer track:

When not playing music or designing Rosso artwork Mike is keeps tabs on the Valerie Collective, Binary, Lunar Boogie and Tonite Records. “They are doing great work as far as modern Italo and dreamwave goes.”

Building on the successes of Rosso Corsa Records and an official Gotye remix, Mike released the second Miami Nights 1984 full length album Tubulence. Spanning 12 tracks, Turbulence builds upon the synth-pop charms and synthesizer solos from Miami’s first album with more character: orchestra stabs, percussive rushes, slow motion bends and epic interludes distinguish the album. So does the album’s more intense moments which promote the Outrun electro sound we have championed for many years.

Album Discography
Miami Nights 1984-Turbulence album released Mar 9th 2012
Miami Nights 1984-Early Summer album released summer 2011
Actrazer-Classics released Feb 8th 2012

Official Remixes
Gotye-Somebody I Used To Know (Miami Nights 1984 Remix)
Ghosthouse-Stop Drop & Roll (Miami Nights 1984 Remix)

Miami Nights 1984 Soundcloud

Actrazer on Soundcloud

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Lazerhawk’s Sophomore Album: Visitors

Today Lazerhawk’s second album called Visitors drops with worldwide sales on Bandcamp. The culmination of two years work and countless revisions, this album spans multiple styles from outrun electro to dreamwave and space-disco. We can’t think of a better way to begin early spring.

With this album, Lazerhawk has given Rosso Corsa our first dark epics. Visitors is full of galactic intrigue and x-files suspense with post-disco interludes. The sound here is more complex and varied than Redline, Lazerhawk’s first concept album released by Rosso Corsa in 2010.

Thebearandthesea.com describes his work: “It’s like a trip down the foggy coast in the middle of the night on Highway 101 in your chromed out UFO, with multi-colored lights pulsating to every beat.” They especially enjoy the abduction album artwork by Michael Delaporte also known as Defte.

To coincide with today’s launch, we have included a long-time favorite on our Soundcloud: known as Untitled for over a year, we now present Shoulder Of Orion:

Our friend Søren Brøgger (aka neros77) has made a video for the album’s title track:

Visitors

NewRetroWave has also finished two videos:

Beyond The Infinite Void

Shoulder of Orion

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Rosso! Our hearts go out to everyone that shared their tracks last year.

To ring out 2011, I prodded some of my favorite Rosso people for their top 5 lists. Many of these came after considerable consideration.

Miami Nights 1984
http://soundcloud.com/miami-nights-1984

1. Cadillac – Endless Summer
2. M83 – Claudia Lewis
3. Com Truise – Broken Date
4. Paradis – Parfait Tirage
5. Com Truise – Futureworld

Lazerhawk
http://rossocorsarecords.com/2011/07/15/lazerhawk-profile/

1. White Denim – Street Joy
2. Power Glove – Crypt
3. John Maus – Believer
4. Panda Bear – Last Night At The Jetty
5. Com Truise – VHS Sex

Mitch Murder
http://rossocorsarecords.com/2011/04/01/mitch-murder-profile/

1 m83 – ok pal
2 smartech – anticipation
3 mr.solid – suncatchers
4 washed out – new theory (RAC mix)
5 zombi – slow oscillations

neros77
http://www.youtube.com/user/neros77

1. Miami Nights 1984 – Gotye-Somebody-Miami84RMX
2. Lazerhawk – Untitled
3. Thomas Barrandon – The Quiet Earth
4. Camille R – Last Limit
5. Mitch Murder – In The News

Dickrich (myself)
http://www.supercars.net
1. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound
2. Paradis – Parfait tirage
3. Com Truise-Colorvision (WIP)
4. Lazerhawk – Lazerhawk’s Theme
5. Neon Indian-Polish Girl

Jordan F
http://soundcloud.com/jordan-f/
1. Journeys (feat. MPM Soundtracks) – Noir Deco
2. Futurisma – Flashworx
3. Night Train – Mitch Murder
4. Somebody That I Use To Know (Miami Nights 1984 Remix) – Gotye
5. Killswitch – Actrazer

Jeff Miller
http://soundcloud.com/greetings-program
1.Miami nights 1984- Gotye-somebody remix
2.Sair- Sunfield
3.Mitch murder -In the news
4.Yeti Beats (ft fatlip) L.A. girl
5.Futurecop- Transformers

MPM / Synth Music Soundtracks
http://mpmsoundtracks.blogspot.com/
1.) Chris Malinchak – The Fourth
2.) mitch murder – in the news
3.) Electric Youth – Coming Right Back To You
4.) Ford & Lopatin – Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)
5.) franklin – i know (com truise remix)

Neon Workout
http://soundcloud.com/no-om-uo-n
1. 505 – Base Case
2. Flashworx feat. YNI – Flash
3. Dma-SC – Superstar
4. Le Prix – All stuff he played for me under 2011
5. Jammer – Dream Travel

PH Groove
http://soundcloud.com/phgroove
1. Sferro-New Output
2. Kelton Prima feat. Laetitia Taschatt- You Said
3. The Units- More Alike (Sare Havlicek rework)
4. Miami Nights 1984- Ocean Drive
5. Harlem Nights – The Man

CityOf9s
http://www.cityof9s.com/
1. Jadoo feat. Hard Ton – Voodoo Love
2. Miami Night 1984 – Ocean Drive
3. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (Leo Zero)
4. Neon Workout – Swedish Blonde
5. The Magician – I Don’t Know What To Do (Feat. Jeppe)

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