Mega Ran: Strangers

a2734730116_10Synthwave is a very versatile genre, able to be utilized in a variety of ways, ebbing and flowing in and out of other genres as its influence spreads not unlike a shadow monster from the upside down. Therefore, it should come to little or no surprise that rap would eventually take notice and lay down some bars to coincide with the beats that only synthwave can provide. While Mega Ran, nerdcore rapper extraordinaire, is by no means the first to do so he still does so with that certain style and flair that only he can provide. However, he’s not going it completely alone as not only is Lynx Kinetic by his side, but he’s also got his own party of synthwavers backing him up by supplying the aforementioned synthbeats thanks to Isidor and DEADLIFE. Continue reading

Space Knife: The Hidden Gem of Stranger Things

a1343759893_10 (1)Stranger Things, both in its first and second season, was full of little nods, winks, and Easter eggs to pop culture and everyday life of yesteryear but did you know that there were some more modern things hidden in there too? We’re already familiar with the theme song and the entire synthwave inspired soundtrack, masterfully done by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of S U R V I V E, but while that music has taken front and center stage there’s been another act and their music hiding in the back, just waiting for their time to shine. While I cannot take any responsibility for their discovery, I can at least inform other people of their existence and, more importantly, I can highlight their music as a result. Without further ado, I introduce: Space Knife! Continue reading