News: AMDISCS Hearts Portland

In a lovely and inspiring turn of events, the European label AMDISCS has found themselves falling deeply in lust with the sounds of our local producers and musicians. The imprint has brought out/is bringing out a batch of impressive work by the likes of Grapefruit, a i r s p o r t s, and an enigmatic producer/musician known as 2øXX.

As will become obvious when you play the music clips embedded below, AMDISCS is as obsessed with the world of vintage synthesizers and sounds that have been inspired by the ’70s-era progenitors of tech-based music like Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Giorgio Moroder, and the like. And as any good label should, they embrace all expressions of a similar love, like the dreamier, fantasy movie soundtrack work that Grapefruit has done on his latest album Escaper. 

2øXX takes a much more rhythmic approach, leaning into the syncopation and wavering rhythms that – in their original incarnation – would eventually inspire the world of technopop, New Wave, and acid house.

The most modern sounding of the pack thus far is a i r s p o r t s. The man behind the project Dylan Howe stirs in some glitch hop beats and a touch of dubstep wobble, even as he gets all hypnogogic with the chosen melodies and treated samples.

The rumors are now that AMDISCS is in talks with another local outfit, Romcom, to release some of theirs in the near future. All of the above is quite turn of events and something that the musicians here in Portland should be very proud of. Y’all are doing amazing work and the world is taking notice.


Music: Romcom

As genre names go, vaporwave is probably one of the better ones to be coined in this decade. How better to describe the wispy throwback feel to so much of its progenitors’ work?

Portland has its practitioners of this hypnotic style, and two of them just released a fantastic split cassette in September. And as great as Magic Fades is (that’s the band that occupies side A), I find myself returning over and over again to the work of Romcom.

A project of Cole Browning (ex-Ghost Animal), the eight tracks feel connected to the warped visions of Hype Williams or Ariel Pink. Something about the borderline easy listening aspects of it scratches this weird itch in me, the wiggling nerve that still considers From Langley Park To Memphis and The Language of Life to be two of British pop’s greatest achievements.