80's

Special Request - "Salsa Smurph" by Matt Bomarr

special request - "salsa smurph" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/12417588-033.mp3]

This song has nothing to do with salsa or Smurfs.  There's actually not much info floating around about Special Request.  This was a vocoder-heavy electronic track that was released by Tommy Boy in 1983.  It's synthy and funky, so naturally I like it. buy

HURTS - "Wonderful Life (Mantronix Remix)" by Matt Bomarr

hurts - "wonderful life (mantronix remix)" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/11914554-3b9.mp3]

These guys look like Ultravox and sound like Culture Club.  Their single "Wonderful Life" was already a recent favorite of mine before I heard Arthur Baker's awesome remix, and then stumbled on this remix from 80's electro legend Mantronix, which takes the cake as far as these re-workings go.  There's really nothing about this song that would lead you to believe this DIDN'T come straight out of the 80's. website

Sweet Track - "Two-Way Mirror (Mirror People Remix)" by Matt Bomarr

sweet track - "two-way mirror (mirror people remix)" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/11840592-3ab.mp3]

If you've been following the Bomarr Blog for a little while, you'll know that I'm a big fan of Mirror People's stuff.  I had heard this great remix of Somerville, Massachusetts artist Sweet Track floating around not too long ago, and was very happy to see this EP show up in my inbox courtesy of Sweet Track's label Brilliantine.  In addition to this classic 80's synth remix from Mirror People,  this digital-only EP also features remixes from Radiant Dragon, Optimus Prime and What Kind of Breeze Do You Blow? myspace buy