June 2, 2019 — First up in the May lineup is “The World Might End Tomorrow” from IDEON’s second EP, Shattered Dreams. This album arrives one-and-a-half years after the Italian artist’s debut, After the Fallout. As you listen to this awesome track, it will transport you back to the ‘80s with its smooth vibes and catchy synthwave hooks. If you’re looking for a record to start any trip, you cannot go wrong with “The World Might End Tomorrow.” This progressive instrumental tune is begging to be played with the windows down and the wind whipping through your hair. Don’t worry, night owls – the beats here are perfect for hot summer evening cruises around the town.

Next on our list is “Cocktails & Dreams” by Hungary’s own Quixotic. “Cocktails & Dreams,” pulled from Quixotic’s recent album Flamingo Drive-In, is a well-paced retro feel track that inevitably makes you think of SEGA’s OutRun. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to its retro-synth essence! Quixotic members Miklós Czifra’s rifts duel with Rita Baracskay’s expert saxophone so perfectly that you cannot help but want to hit replay numerous times over.

The third track of the month is Axel Drive’s “Energize,” which you might immediately recognize as the gifted Stockholm-based musician’s synth-pop and synth-rock span from the ‘70s to the early ‘90s.  The upbeat and fast-paced groove starts with a wild, half-mad guitar, which stays true to its name. If you’re looking for a decent, uplifting tune, this one’s it!

Finally, to close off May, we’ve playlisted “Those in My Way” by New York-based synthwave prodigy Straplocked. Joining him on this release is UK-based synth-wave artist Occam’s Laser, who brings the best of both sides of the Atlantic into one epic track. Starting with some smooth cyberpunk vibes, “Those in My Way” pivots quickly to more of a synth-rock feel thanks to the pounding drums, all of which brings an irresistible intensity to the song.