One of the best things you can allow into your life is a mix curated by Johan Agebjörn, the expert purveyor of the Italo Disco revival and also a brilliant ambient musician.
This new mix features the world premiere of the Wolfram dub of “Have You Ever Been In Love?,” Agebjörn’s awesome collaboration with Italo legend Tom Hooker on the soundtrack for Videoman, a forthcoming Swedish indie film to which Johan contributed two songs (the other is a collaboration with Sally Shapiro and Ryan Paris called “Love On Ice”).
Wolfram, the co-founder of Diskokaine, which released some of the first music from the Sally Shapiro project, offers up a killer iteration of the Agebjörn-Hooker cut.
The mix also has some 1980s and 1990s gems, along with some familiar faces and sounds. Check it out above.
THE Mix’s Tracklist
Here’s the setlist for your reference.
- Fancy – “Moscow’s Calling”
- Pet Shop Boys – “Love Comes Quickly (Alkalino Dub)”
- Mitch Murder feat. Eel – “Galaxy Train 1989”
- Ola Bergman – “Vällingby”
- Electric Banana Band – “Olyckans Reflexsång”
- Sally Shapiro – “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind (Tommy ’86 Remix)”
- DJ Professor & F. Zappala – “We Gotta Do It”
- Jam & Spoon – “Find Me (Johan Agebjörn feat. Sally Shapiro Dub)”
- Moses – “We Just”
- Johan Agebjörn feat. Tom Hooker – “Have You Ever Been In Love (Wolfram Dub)”
- Daft Punk – “Get Lucky (Tommy ’86 Remix)”
- LSG – “Blueprint V1”
- Gaia -“Tuvan (Original Mix)”
- Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren – “Motor Stop, 6km To Suoyarvi”
Here’s What You Need to Know about the Videoman Soundtrack
Globally renowned synthwave producers, and Sweden natives, Robert Parker and Waveshaper handle score duties for Videoman, with the former taking up the heart-centered cues and the latter tackling the edgier moments.
Like a good 1980s soundtrack, Videoman features a mix of score cues and songs. As mentioned earlier, Agebjörn has two collaborations. One, “Love On Ice,” is with Sally Shapiro and Italo legend Ryan Paris, marking what is a sort-of, one-off revival for the project that shares Shapiro’s name. The other collaboration for Agebjörn is with Hooker.
Joining them all on the tracklist are folks like Moto Boy; Main; Sveinung Nygaard & Niki Yrla; and Femmepop. The entire collection amounts to some of the best synth-laden songs out there right now. You can stream and buy it directly from Lakeshore Records’ Bandcamp page and other digital places.
Here’s the full tracklist:
According to press materials, the film is about a VHS collector with a drinking problem who finds a valuable movie that could save him from eviction. When the movie gets stolen, he starts a desperate hunt for a perpetrator. An alcoholic woman obsessed with the ’80s is a victim of workplace bullying and struggles to develop a relationship with her grown up daughter. These two outsiders joined by nostalgia and broken dreams start a romance and make each other self aware, a step in the right direction when trying to solve their respective problems.