Drum roll please; it’s Avec Sans first track of the year! Well, they did that reMix for Young Summer back in January, but this is 2015’s first original. London’s finest ElectroPop duo have been on a pretty solid winning streak in the past couple of years, seemingly concentrating on quality over quantity. It’s a philosophy I can get behind. Remember when a band you like’s new release was an exciting event? When bands didn’t just throw up everything they ever do on SoundCloud in an attempt to ride a relevance wave until a new track from so-and-so just becomes a mundane everyday occurrence? No? Well I do; and Avec Sans, in releasing only the cream of their crop, only when perfectly honed, bring back a little of that new release excitement into liking a band. Anyhoo, here’s Resonate.
Opening up in constricting style with some abrasive, grinding, synth work being tempered by Alice’s sweet vocal. When he’s not cosplaying a younger me, Jack St. James has a knack for intertwining aggressive grooves with sparling melodies, bringing musical beauty out of an ominous pallet. Resonate is a thumping mid-tempo ElectroPop epic that it’s hard not to get swept up in and the starlight arpeggios swirl around an intimate and intoxicating vocal performance, all set to a hammerfall kick. We (the UK) should be dead proud of The Sans, we’re more than happy with them flying the flag for British ElectroPop. Represent.
♫ Avec Sans – Resonate
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We’ve been fans for Swedish ElectroPop queen Vanbot for a few years now; to the extent that we afforded her pride of place as track one on our electronic rumors Volume 1 compilation back in 2012 with the amazing Make Me, Break Me; and her self-titled album from the previous year has stayed on heavy rotation at electronic rumors HQ to this date. We like Vanbot a lot. The reason we’re telling you all this is that we want you to fully understand the weight behind our next statement. Vanbot’s forthcoming sophomore album, Perfect Storm, blows everything else she’s done to-date out of the water. As with both of our favourite albums of the past couple of years Chvrches The Bones Of What You Believe in 2013 and Ronika’s Selectadisc in 2014, Perfect Storm immediately garnered an emotional response and demanded our attention. That instant enamourment is always a good sign. Taking in influences from disparate and experimental ends of the electronic music spectrum, Vanbot medals them into a cohesive, and accessible, whole. A perfect storm indeed.
Perfect Storm is actually Vanbot’s second attempt at a follow up to her début long-player. Originally slated for a 2013 release, she was unsatisfied with the results, trashed it and started again (perhaps giving herself more room to breathe on the second go), and we are glad that she did. The album is bookended by a couple of moody titular synth scores; the first of these leading into Trooper, the premiere single we heard from Perfect Storm back in February. It neatly blends SynthPop, Indie-Electro and R&B into the record’s first, but not last, genre mashup. It’s a massive emotional sing-a-long opening that sets the pace for Perfect Storm’s ride.The Way You Say It and Bite The Bullet keep the energy levels high; both single material in their own right they serve up a hyper-kinetic, passionate and intricately crafted mood that is reined in by the beautiful Watching You Sleep; an introspective Indie-Electro (almost Folktronica) tune that feels somewhat like a breather before the following tracks flit between the Ladytron-esque SynthPop of Shake and the snare rolling Maniac, a fierce tune that at times seems to combine Dancehall with Electro-Rock. After the brooding, soundtrack feel of June, Perfect Storm launches into it’s final lap with the record’s second single, the epic Seven, the North American ElectroPop stylings of Better In The Light and the interlocking Industrial rhythms of Secrets. For it’s finale Perfect Storm offers Stay Alive, rounding off the album on a high point; a heartfelt anthemic track that seems to encompass everything you’ve just heard into one powerful opus. The second part of the titular bookends eases you out of the collection with an expanded version of the intro, adding swirling percussion and distant vocals to fade. Throughout Perfect Storm Vanbot’s vocals capture you attention and don’t let go as she pours passion and emotion into every syllable and succeeds in the (sometimes tricky) task of making her songs both meaningful and catchy. Frankly; in 2015 Vanbot has taken ElectroPop to school. This is how it should be done. Perfect Storm is very nearly a perfect album. Um…recommended.
♫ Vanbot – Trooper
♫ Vanbot – Seven
Vanbot’s Perfect Storm is released 15th May.
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French SynthWaver Awkoder turns his talents to sunrise House with his latest tune, Need U. We first heard his foray into this world on his reMix of Goldroom’s Embrace and he seems to have a knack for the sound. Check out his continuing journey into House on Need U, the man will be opening up the tune for free download when it hits 100 Likes on SoundCloud.
Easing you in with some warm keys, Need U soon sets up a filtered groove that flows into a euphoric and uplifting House tune. Balearic to it’s core, Need U’s playground is full of Island percussion and jazzy, 90s, melodies and a hint of a Tropical vibe. It’s a combination that demands to be spun in the sunshine; a surefire summer staple.
♫ Awkoder – Need U
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Norwegian producer Lindstrøm’s current single, the Grace Hall featuring Home Tonight, was release back in February and we loved it. Now, a couple of months later, there’s a brand new video for the track.
The video was directed by Petter Tangmyr the clip features Hall getting up to shenanigans in Los Angeles.
Lindstrøm’s Home Tonight is out now.
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Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4 = Just in time for the release of their new reMix EP, New York Disco outfit Sunrise HWY step up for mixing duties on the latest True Romance mixtape. Wrap your ears around an hour of Boogie laden Disco sounds.
♫ Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4
01. Sunrise HWY (Sunrise Highway) – Compass Point
02. Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids reMix)
03. Double Knots – Double Vision (Toby Tobias reMix)
04. A Vision Of Panorama – Time Capsule
05. Psychemagik – Rendezvous Edit
06. Brothers Johnson – You Keep Me Coming Back
07. Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture (Pixelated Edit)
08. Jeep – Pager
09. Jesse – Easy Steppin’
10. Jagwar Ma – Exercise (Time And Space Machine reMix)
11. Paqua – Late Train (Idjut Boys Dub)
12. Lexx – Serenity
13. Gwen Guthrie – Getting Hot
14. Congo Radio – TimeKeeper
15. Galaxians – Visual
16. XL Middleton – Sunset On Sunset
17. Soft Touch – Swim In The Night (Chrome Canyon reMix)
18. King Mono (Feat. Jesse Boykins III) – Pet Peeves (Sunrise HWY reMix)
19. Third World – One More Time
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South East London’s Tidelines release their début EP next month, lead by the moody and enchanting ElectroPop track, Say My Name. It’s a left-field, pulsating, lament.
Here’s the video, as unnerving as the track itself. And like the track itself contrasts the beautiful and soulful with the dark and disjointed.
Tideline’s Say My Name is released 11th May.
Check out more from Tidelines on SoundCloud.
Lamet is one of the most interesting producers coming out of Russia right now; and that’s saying something as there is a ton of Russian talent emerging in the past few years. Grabbing our attention with his Italo and Disco, Lamet has been on our radar since 2012, particularly with the Moscow based producer’s True Stories EP a couple of years ago. His latest one is a smooth neo-Deep House tune called Vibes. Check it out.
Vibes is a spaced out tune that blurs the line between Deep House, Tech House, Nu-Disco and Progressive House. Riding on a woody robotic bassline, bringing the Deep groove, the track shows off an array of Techy riffs, Disco licks and a warm and inviting piano hook. It’s nice and nostalgic while still sounding fresh and it’s loaded with a few interesting little bridges. Top stuff.
♫ Lamet – Vibes (Original Mix)
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Ready for another ten minute Cosmic Disco freak out from the wonderful Mr. Todd Terje? Ever the tasteful lot, the crew over at Ninja Tune have called on the Norwegian groovemeister to reMix Oban, the new 12” from freeform eight piece Jaga Jazzist. Actually, they all hail from Oslo, so are probably homies and hang out and brap all the time. Todd really indulges himself on this cut, so settle in and enjoy.
Stripping most out of the Jazz out of the equation, Todd rides the breakbeat with waves of space age synths; making the reMix a Norwegian Disco epic with an old school Hip Hop feel. An undulating symphony of burbles and swooshes that jokey for attention over a hypnotic walking bassline. Punctuated by rousing string section, this is everything you look for in a Terje track. Tundra Disco at it’s finest.
♫ Jaga Jazzist – Oban (Todd Terje reMix)
Jaga Jazzist’s Oban 12” is released 25th May.
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As it turns out, death wasn’t for Korallreven as they are back with a brand new video, This is for Limitless, the third single to be taken from their pretty special sophomore album, Second Coming.
Sweedish director André Jofré, the clip is a hauntingly beautiful (punch me for saying that, it is tho!) night-time excursion with it’s tongue firmly planted in it’s cheek.
Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is out now on Cascine.
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UK House rising star Dots Per Inch has served up another new tune. This one is his forthcoming new single for the London based Xylo label. Too Far sees Dots Per Inch teaming up with vocalist Bia in a track that crosses club and radio play boundaries. It’s Dots Per Inch’s most song oriented tune so far; turn up the bass.
Bai’s soulful yet slightly vulnerable voice glides perfectly over Dots Per Inch’s sweet combination od House, Bass and a little Garage skip. Aimed at summer dancefloors, this tune even brings a little Topical vibe to the booming bass as DPI peppers the track with an Island melody guaranteed to go down a treat at festivals this year. Too Far neatly packages Garage Rhythms, Deep House bass and a compelling groove with a sing-a-long chorus in a huge crowd pleaser.
♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Too Far (Original Mix)
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