This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a look at the Octave Plateau Voyetra 8.
Video courtesy of YouTube user Nigel Cruickshank.
Mediterranean Cosmic Disco master Ilya Santana has released on most of the top Disco labels at one time or another, and now the Spaniard is preparing to unleash his latest single via London’s Retrospective Recordings. It’s called Big Foot, which immediately makes us think of those shaped ice creams, which, we guess, adds to the laid back summery groove in some way. Right here we are premièring our friends, Mexican Nu-Disco outfit Future Feelings, take on the tune. Deep and synthy stuff to follow.
Future Feelings take the very organic Disco sounding original and inject it with a healthy dose of robo-boogie. The Cosmic vibe is still in place, but in this more synthetic environment takes on a Jarre-like quality as it rides over an undulating electronic groove. The bass hammers home while the leads fly. Analog Disco at it’s best, this reMix is a galactic journey through a 70s lens. Buck Rogers would have loved this one!””
♫ Ilya Santana – Big Foot (Future Feelings reMix)
Ilya Santana’s Big Foot is released (that just sounds weird) on 12” and digital 29th September.
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Goldroom – Otoño Mix 2014 = Here’s the latest mixtape from the man like Goldroom to kick off your weekend. Check out that tracklist! It’s a whole our of blissful House and Disco sounds. This is too good.
01. D/A/D – Terminal
02. Goldroom (Feat Mammals) – ‘Till Sunrise
03. Dawn Golden – All I Want (Manila Killa reMix)
04. Yasmine Hamdan – Deny (Holmes Price reMix)
05. Estate & Liquid Pegasus – Tendency (Satin Jackets reMix)
06. Glen Check – Paint It Gold (Anoraak reMix)
07. Bondax – All I See (Darius reMix)
08. Panama Wedding – All Of The People (Option 4 reMix)
09. LeSonic – All The Lights (NTEIBINT reMix)
10. Jardin Studio Orchestra – Runnin’ Out Of Night (Ray Mang Mix)
11. Architecture In Helsinki – I Might Survive (Goldroom reMix)
12. Le Loups – Colourblind
13. Ninetones – Finder
14. Alex Metric – Heart Weighs A Ton (Cassian reMix)
15. Casino Gold – Sunbeams
16. Zak Waters – Out Of My Head (Tobtok reMix)
17. Rüfüs – Sarah (Touch Sensitive reMix)
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Philly DJ, French Express founder and one half of Mr. Falcon, Blueshift, is back with a brand new jam. Well, he’s not really; this one is fresh in the wild but dates from 2010 “or something” and has been dug up from his archives and delivered here as a free download. Blueshift has had a pretty awesome year with some storming released and mixes, but now he’s looking back with Low Tide; a track that comes from an age old time when the man “was really into nu-disco”. Like he’s not anymore!
Saying that though, Low Tide maybe loaded with Tropical hooks, but there’s a load of House in there too. The track rolls on big 909 snares and big Chicago-esque vocal samples. Sure, that rubs shoulders with cascading island purcussion and a Disco-y line in piano riffs, but there’s House there all the same. And it makes for a nice mix, Blueshift shouldn’t keep stuff like this to himself for so long!
Check out more from Blueshift on SoundCloud.
DreamPoppers Korallreven have signed to Cascine! When did that happen? Look, we’re like one of the top 150 websites in the entire world or some shit; I’m pretty sure that means we’re supposed to get a say in stuff like this. OK, so we would have said “yeah, great!”, but Cascine obviously missed the memo where stuff like this is supposed to be run past us. Seriously, just how is the music industry supposed to survive if people don;t stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to us?!?!
Anyhoo, Korallreven have signed to Cascine; and in much the same way that you might let a friend know that you’re not keen on Anchovies (who are you?!) when they offer you some of their pizza, the Swedish duo aren’t too keen on death (“hey, Korallreven; do you fancy some death?” “Nah, that’s OK thanks, death is not for us”). The new single precedes a sophomore album due out in November and is a gloriously upbeat slice of jaunty, tropical Pop that just seems to worm it’s way into your heart and refuse to budge. There’s a monster bassline and some airy brisk keys too in there too, loads of synth and harmony goodness in that contradictory icy yet warm way that only Scandinavians can pull off.
♫ Korallreven – Death Is Not For Us
Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is released 4th November.
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Here’s the next instalment in the story of Let Em Riot side project Moderns. Releasing a steady stream of tunes, these guys have already impressed with the likes of Sub Urban and Lies and as they gear up to (hopefully) releasing something properly they have unleashed Atlantic Sudden as the latest edition to their fast growing catalogue. Prepare for some lush, emotive, SynthPop.
Moderns songs tend to be slightly colder than Let Em Riot tracks. Well, maybe not colder, but slightly less personal feeling Atlantic Sudden being an example of this. It’s waves of icy synths and densely layered vocals displaying a rich emotional tone, but a less introspective one. This is a glossy SynthPop sound in comparison to Let Em Riot’s more raw ElectroPop. Which one is better? We’ll let you decide that; we love ‘em both.
♫ Moderns – Atlantic Sudden
Check out more from Moderns on SoundCloud.
Fresh out the oven; here’s the latest monster from floorfilling renaissance man MiGHty mOUse. Following on from his recent Shaker Faker/Space Face single of earlier this year, That Piano Track, continues the MiGHty mOUse trend of throwing a whole bunch of dance music genres into a blender and generating something awesome and fresh. Put together primarily for his DJ sets, the mOUse man felt this one was too good to be kept to himself. We tend to agree.
There’s just so much more personality in MiGHty mOUse’s tunes than many of his contemporaries. Never following a formula he always delivers something that’s completely in-tune with the dancefloor but with a heap of added quirkiness; That Piano Track is no exception. With frantic purcussion and a groove that effortlessly slides from light piano hooked House to sub rumbling Bass; this one will definitely keep the crowd locked in. Enjoy.
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At the start of the week we dropped the majestic ElectroPop new single from Ladytron’s Helen Marnie, Wolves. Today we drop the video. Go there to read the words, stay here to watch the pictures. Simple.
The clip was directed by Helen herself and Michael Sherrington and is a glossy, hazy, performance piece. I hope you like lens-flare.
Marnie’s Wolves is out now.
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UK rising star and the featuring artist or reMixer on many a recent dancefloor smash, Jax Jones, is soon to release his début single proper. Titled Go Deep the track is due out next month on Duke Dumont’s Blasé Boys Club imprint and will come equipped with this body shaking reMix from grum of all trades, Grum.
Pretty much nailing any genre he chooses to turn his attention to, Grum unsurprisingly delivers something a bit different for him, but kills it. Taking the tracks title literally, Grum goes deep on this one and serves up a mixture of Deep House grooves and his own progressive style. Spacey and engulfing, Grum combines rumbling sub basses with pinpoint sharp lead lines, clearing a path in-between for roomy pads and galactic sweeps. Peppering the track with the original’s Janet Jackson samples, Grum turns-in a totally involving dancefloor beast.
♫ Jax Jones – Go Deep (Grum reMix)
Jax Jones’ Go Deep is released 12th October.
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Here’s the video fro New Jersey based SynthPopper Teeel’s Disk Go, taken from his brand new album Hydrostatic. A track, which like most of the record, is a squelchy New Wave-fest, loaded with nostalgia.
Adam Murphy directs the VHS tinged clip which runs a nice line in vintage video effects.
Teeel’s Hydrostatic is out now.
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