• STYLE /Electroclash, Synthpop, Future Funk
  • RELEASE DATE /August 25, 2017
  • CATALOG /none
  • LABEL /Universal Music Division Polydor
  • FORMAT /Digital, CD, Vinyl

RSW rating ➔

¦ 10/10 ¦
A Master Piece

Our Few Words

OLIVER, the electronic music duo hailing from Canada and California, first caught our attention during a DJ set by Busy P (Ed Banger Records) five years ago. Their track « Memories Of The Future » left us so impressed that we initially thought it was a work of the famous French robots, Daft Punk. From that moment, OLIVER has remained a fixture in our ears and minds. Let’s be clear, their album is not purely Synthwave, but its sonic atmosphere is deeply rooted in the 80s, making it an excellent fit for Synthwave enthusiasts like us. It’s an intelligent album, not only because it’s impeccably produced but also due to its diversity, appealing to a wide range of people and generations. The album features a significant contrast in sound, incorporating elements of Synthwave, Synthpop, Future Funk, French House, and even Hip Hop.

Tracks like ‘Portrait’ (intro), ‘One’ (break), and ‘Full Circle’ (outro) showcase the artists’ compositional prowess, evoking melodies reminiscent of a scene from a Spielberg movie. Synthpop is well represented with standout tracks like ‘Ottomatic,’ ‘Falling Back,’ and ‘Electrify,’ featuring mesmerizing vocals by MNDR and Scott Mellis, blended with modern music inspired by the 80s. Future Funk enthusiasts will appreciate tracks like ‘Love Like This,’ ‘Go With It,’ ‘At Night,’ and ‘Heterotopia,’ featuring the voices of Leon Else, the acclaimed Chromeo duo, and the charismatic singer Yelle. OLIVER even delves into Hip Hop territory with a collaboration with the legendary De La Soul, offering a New York escape with a talkbox-infused track. French House makes its presence known on the album with ‘Last Forever,’ a collaboration with Sam Sparro, boasting Disco-inspired sounds and an infectious bassline that competes with the best work of Daft Punk, Fred Falke, or Cassius in their prime. ‘Wehrever We Are’ pays homage to Danger’s first LP with its powerful bass and cinematic atmosphere. There’s also a dose of trendy Electro, perfect for club settings, with ‘Chemicals’ featuring a fashionable female voice. But our absolute favorite is the phenomenal ‘Space & Sound’ – a true sonic UFO crafted by musical geniuses from another dimension. It’s an unparalleled sonic journey with masterful robotic voices and utterly captivating melodies.

In summary, this 15-track collection is a masterpiece. We wholeheartedly commend OLIVER for the exceptional quality and sonic diversity they’ve achieved, seamlessly blending modernity with 80s nostalgia.

Gold quote

The 15-track collection evokes the glamour, attitude and timelessness of music from ’70s & ’80s but with a forward-thinking modernity.

– YourEDM