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FRESH: ‘Introspect’ – Michael Oakley

NewRetroWave star Michael Oakley releases his new album “Introspect”.

Scottish singer and producer Michael Oakley today releases the follow up to his 2017 debut “California”, the sensational 80’s electro odyssey “Introspect”, on NewRetroWave Records.

While at high school in the 1990’s, Michael discovered his sister’s 1980’s synth-pop record collection and fell in love with artists such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears. This inspired him to buy a synthesizer and start making electronic music of his own, however it wasn’t until the release of his 2016 debut single’s “Rabbit In The Headlights” and “Turn Back Time” that he found his sound.

“California” was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and was featured on NewRetroWave’s top 10 albums of 2017 list and The Huffington Post. From it came the previously mentioned singles, “Afterglow” and the title track. Last year Michael released “California (The Remixes)” featuring remixes from other NewRetroWave artists such as Michael Cassette, Kalax, The New Division, Brothertiger and Betamaxx.

2018 turned out to be a busy year for Michael, with “The Remixes” project and producing Ollie (FM-84) Wride’s debut single “Overcome” as well as the follow up single “Never Live Without You”. And if that wasn’t enough, he himself revealed the first track from “Introspect”, “Control” to mass acclaim from across the board.

“Introspect” opens with the title track, a glorious instrumental piece and continues apace with seven full, high octane 80’s action numbers with the exception of the one ballad “Now I’m Alive”, a duet with another NRW star Dana Jean Phoenix. Highlights of the album include the aforementioned “Control” and the Erasure/Depeche Mode-esque “Left Behind”.

Update 01/04: Michael talks about “Introspect” and performs tracks as well as discussing his influences. Enjoy!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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