Finnish synthwave producer Ere Ek has been making vivid, neon-lit soundscapes as NightStop since 2012 and takes inspiration from '80s sci-fi movies, video games and anything with a fluorescent hum.
His last album, 2017's "Dancing Killer," will be getting a vinyl release courtesy of No Trend Records on March 30. This is the first time it'll be available on vinyl. And he's releasing a digital-only bonus track called "Phantasmagoria" to accompany the re-issue announcement.
The new song is a dark and foreboding collection of dramatic beats, liquid synths and flexible melodies that would have seemed right at home soundtracking the gaudy streets in "Blade Runner." Ek's slithering synthwork is eerie and deliriously catchy, a full-force barrage on your senses that leaves you breathless and anxious for more. And while you might assume that there's nothing particularly subtle about these sounds, he makes the case that you can have the cacophony and still find ways to add nuance and personality to these cavernous sounds.
Fusing analog synths with more modern production techniques, he discovers a way to combine nostalgia with the sounds of the future, creating a fascinating and enveloping aesthetic that leaves trails of light and sound etched into your brain. To celebrate the vinyl re-issue, No Trend will be bringing NightStop over to the US for a handful of events in Chicago around the record's release date. Check out the concert dates beneath the track below.