This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a look at the Akai VX600.
Video courtesy of YouTube user Jexus.
No sooner had the UK’s ElectroPop finest, Avec Sans, unleashed their brand new single, All Of Time, than they another mighty slab of Synthy Pop goodness. This time in the form of a sparking cover of the legendary Kate Bush’s Running Up that Hill. Now, you’d kinda;’ expect the ‘Sans’ bristling Electro sound not to be so compatible with the ‘Bush’s ethereal Pop, but boy do they make it their own!
Give yourselves a few listens to this on repeat and you’ll start to forget what the original sounded like without all the spikey arpeggios and Alice’s dusky vocal performance. Subtle tribal bests power the track along, imparting an epic drive while James delivers waves of buzzing and shimmering synths. Alice doesn’t try to replicate Kate Bush’s tone, rather usurps the track for her own heartfelt style. Amazing work; like we said, they really make it their own.
You can download Avec Sans’ All Of Time right now, the full reMix package is released 15th September with work from Mausi, backstroke. and Brightly Coloured
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Our vinyl copy SynthWave pioneer Mitch Murder’s new Mad Decent released album, Interceptor, has still not shown up. Apparently they’ve been delayed ‘til October now! what few quality pressing plants there are left are struggling to cope with the resurgence of interest in vinyl releases it seems. In the meantime we’ll have to console ourselves with his brand new (old) single, Breeze.
After a recent crop of vintage video game inspired tune, Breeze takes us back to a classic Mitch Murder groove. Smooth and soulful, this is a tune to soundtrack your lazy summer afternoons in a retro style. The optimistic synths and starlight chimes ooze 80s cool. After the track has has suitable time to introduce you to it’s laid back electronic vibe, it sweetly delivers a brain melting synth solo, the kind that leys were made for, and take you to the next plane of musical existence. Now…where’s that vinyl?!?!
♫ Mitch Murder – Breeze
Mitch Murder’s Breeze album is out now.
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The clip captures about 1/1000000th of how awesome Kate Boy are live, so you should go see them when they are in town.
Kate Boy’s Self Control is out now.
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Remember how Russian ElectroPop heroes Tesla Boy’s last album, The Universe Made Of Darkness, was one of our favourite albums of 2013? Well now that amazing record is getting spiced up by all manner of reMixes in the just released The Universe Made of Darkness: Night Version. On the new album you’ll find work from he likes of Xinobi, Piorneerball and 7th Myriads. To celebrate the release the guys have dropped this reMix of Paraffin from the superb Cosmonaut Grechko.
Grechko get’s his House on in a major way. The man’s latest tunes have all been incredibly complex Chicago House jams that feel totally authentic whilst bringing the sound up to speed, and that’s what he does right here. Full of Grechko’s popping purcussion and deep, warbling bass, the track flows perfectly with Anton’s vocal and injects it with a piano hook as classic as any you’ve heard.
♫ Tesla Boy – Paraffin (Cosmonaut Grechko reMix)
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Here it is! The long awaited return of the finest name in Australian Deep ElectroPop; Kids At Midnight.
A singer/songwriter/producer whose reputation precedes her, Jane Elizabeth Hanley, A.K.A. Kids At Midnight, released her début EP, Let You Slide (back in 2012 via Alan Braxe’s Vulture Music label) to critical acclaim whilst simultaneously becoming the Nu-Disco scene’s voice-in-demand; featuring on Edwin Van Cleef’s massive cover of Phoenix’s Lisztomania and Ride The Universe’s A Little Better amongst many others.
Now Kids At Midnight is poised to unleash a brand new double A-side single. Two lush, emotive and rich tracks that blur the boundaries between Deep House, ElectroPop, Nu-Disco, and Indie-Electro. Unashamed and Vapours. If you like your dance music song based, epic and passionate then this release will be unmissable.
A selection of reMixes tune the tracks for every dancefloor with Holmes Price bringing a retro Boogie to Unashamed whilst So Serious (the Deep House alter ego of Phunktastike) give the track an enigmatic groove. Vapours is given a spacey Tropical Tech House workout by Daniel Högberg of Pacific! and a beach party Disco send off by LA’s Dreamwave originator Touch Tone.
♫ Kids At Midnight – Unashamed
♫ Kids At Midnight – Vapours
Kids At Midnight’s Unashamed/Vapours is released 1st September as a Beatport Exclusive followed by a general release on 15th September.
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Jonas & Micki, A.K.A Danish production duo Borneland have been gradually drip feeding a whole load of killer reMixes in the past few months, and with their latest they’ve really outdone themselves. The latest muse for their skills is the current, and début solo, single from ex-Fagget Fairys’ Elena Cosovic, now going by the name of Ena. The track’s called Deep Seas and Borneland certainly take both the deep and the seas to heart on this one.
It you’re looking for something pulsating and synthetic then look no further. Elena’s vocal is a near perfect husky croon. Smokey, sublime and effortlessly eased into Borneland’s laid back Disco groove. A pure summer evening vibe permeates the whole tune; from it’s solid dancefloor rhythm to it’s layers of sweet, warm synths Borneland’s reMix of Deep Seas conjures a carefree, lazy Disco atmosphere and a rich soundtrack.
♫ Ena – Deep Seas (Borneland reMix)
Ena’s Deep Seas is out now.
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This time last week Charli XCX gave us the first taste of her just announced sophomore album, Sucker. That track, the rabble-rousing Break The Rules, has now itself a video.
A video which is almost exactly what you would expect. Whilst the song, and the clip, are pretty awesome, we’re kinda’ hoping that Charli’s recent assentation to US collaborative fame doesn’t stop her from being the producer of some of the most interesting Pop around. The occasional Break The Rules is great; but more Nuclear Seasons and You’re The One please.
Charli XCX’s Sucker is released 21st October.
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Here’s the latest one from London Deep groovers Ku De Ta. You may remember these guys from their absolutely storming version of Soul II Soul’s Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) a couple of months ago that seriously impressed us, now they’ve teamed up with singer Elesha Moses for their brand new track, You’re the One. Hold tight, ‘cos this one’s flying.
Aimed squarely at the dancefloor, You’re The One takes Deep and Chicago House elements and toughens them up. Punchy beats and utterly irresistible bassline dominate the tune; sitting powerfully alongside piano hooks and waves of lush pads. The whole tracks is a floorfilling powerhouse who’s hard edge is tempered somewhat by Moses’ soulful vocal. Only two tracks into their career and already Ku De Ta are setting themselves up as ones to watch.
♫ Ku De Ta (Feat. Elesha Moses) – You’re The One
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The clip was directed by Directed by Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost DOP and shot at Bondax’s hometown Lancaster and in Corsica at Calvi On The Rocks Festival.
Bondax’s All I See is released 5th October.
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