Severing Ties is the latest tune from DC based single Young Summer. It’s taken from her album Siren, and is a sprawling and moody slice of folky electronic in that particularly American vein. But more than that, the track has just been given a whopping (yes! whopping!) reMix treatment from our favourite London duo (we’d better duck for cover, ‘cos there’s a lot of London based duo’s we’ve just pissed off!); Avec Sans. There’s a play button below, use it!
Taking cues from the slightly retro vibe of the original, the Sanses serve up what is possibly their most 80s sounding tune to date (yeah, we know, a lot of people say Avec Sans sound quite 80s anyway, but they are all very very wrong. You can get ElectroPop that doesn’t sound 80s y’know!). Even their usual playful use of sampling sounds a bit SK-1 (that’s a compliment BTW) amidst the layers of lush, twisting synths. From the thick chords, to the skippy arpeggios, there’s buoyant nostalgia that permeates this reMix and elevates the original’s vocals into something entirely more euphoric.
♫ Young Summer – Severing Ties (Avec Sans reMix)
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Italian/German label Slow Motion Records are celebrating being in existence for five strong years with the release of their first ever compilation. Titled Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno), the record will lay out a selection of label boss Franz Underwear’s secret crate weapons from the likes of Clap Rules, Riders Of The Lost Arp and this stormer from Italian analog Disco/ElectroPop maestro Bottin. Check it out.
Even before pressing play, Acid Disco (No Fear) had out interest piqued. We’ve made no secret in the past of our love for slick Disco mixed with Acid burbling, we feel it’s a sorely underexplored musical avenue, so a title like Acid Disco made us sit up and take notice. Bottin really delivers with this one. It’s a strong retro Disco tune, loaded with vintage synths. An infectious bassline and stabbing keys ride a beat that veers between Disco and House. Running alongside this is a deft 303 hook, slickly filtering in and out of the track, giving it that extra kick. RoboDisco with a twist. Awesome stuff!””
♫ Bottin – Acid Disco (No Fear)
Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno) is released 27th January.
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Australian Disco scene lynchpin Cassian’s Running (featuring vocals from Cleopold) was released late last year with it;s uplifting HousePop brilliance. The tune has now got itself a slick-as-hell video. Watch below.
Directed by Lukasz Pytlik, the clip sees a retro futuristic Astronaut land on a strange planet who’s atmosphere conjures a mix between memory and hallucination. It look’s amazing!
Cassian’s Running is out now.
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Victoria Sheahan A.K.A. Lemon. is a brand new artist hailing from Toronto (as many of the best people in the world do). Unlike many of her contemporaries, Lemon. steers clear of the Nu-folky tropes, it’s so easy for solo artists to fall into, in favour of pairing her lilting voice with an emotionally used array of synths. Check out her début track, You Know Too Much, and wrap your ears around the start of something special.
You Know Too Much sees Victoria deliver a passionate and heartfelt vocal performance. Her delicate voice really sounds like it is wearing it’s heart on it’s sleeve. The song itself is in the finest tradition of North American singer/songwriters, relatable and laced with heartbreak. What sets the song, and Lemon., apart is the waves of ominous and beautiful electronic. Haunting and bizarrely catchy (in an otherworldly yet Tropical way), from he dark brooding tones to the drifting melodies, Lemon. has perfectly matched her intoxicating voice with smokey clouds of synth brilliance. You need to hear this.
♫ Lemon. – You Know Too Much
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This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a demo of the Casio RZ-1 Sampling Rhythm Composer.
Video courtesy of YouTube user Unvirtual Music.
Pat Lok just doesn’t stop working, does he? He’s already dropped his latest tune this week and here comes his next reMix. This time the Canadian groover takes on Australian Indie-Electro outfit Gold Fields ‘ single of last year, Hold Me. This one is the perfect tide-over until the weekend. Turn it up!
Lok mixes up a little Deep House and a little classic early 90s House sheen on this one. Starting off smooth and silky, Lok soon brigs the big retro vibes and hammers home the dance energy with a big piano hook. There’s a woozy bassline underpinning an ecclectic take on House synths, Pat injects the track with his own personality here, while the original’s vocals swirl in a reverb-y haze around the track. Summertime grooves.
♫ Gold Fields – Hold Me (Pat Lok reMix)
Gold Fields’ Hold Me is out now.
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Here’s the first new track from London SynthPoppers Monarchy’s long awaited new album, Abnocto. It’s called Dancing In The Corner and sees a the duo take on a more aggressive, rhythmic, sound.
The video was directed by Ch. Martínez and has got all the dancing going on, but few corners.
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Here’s the new one from the man like BeatLoaf. The Detroit based Electro producer always delivers both the funky and the innovative in his tunes, and this new ecclectic track is no different. Romantic really serves up an electronic journey over it’s six minutes, drawing you into it’s synthetic soundscape. Watch out for the House, it does turn up! Check it out.
Tasking it’s time to evolve and draw you in. Romantic rides waves of robotic audio; layering and undulating modulated vocals to create a machine atmosphere that lulls you into a false sense of security before hitting you with the House bassline. The whole track is very Detroit, bringing to mind a Housier version of Cybotron. Involving stuff.
♫ BeatLoaf – Romantic
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Brown Sauce is the new single from London based DFAer, acclaimed producer Marcus Marr. An epic, raw, tune that combines the DFA New York Disco sound with a health dose of Acid House.
Here’s the video. It’s wildly literal as Kris, DFA label manager, downs a chip butty. Any guesses as to his choice of condiment?
Marcus Marr’s Brown Sauce is out now.
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Dutch Disco Duo Keljet are at it again, this time with a monster reMix of fellow countryman Oliver Heldens. Heldens’ new single is Last All Night (Koala), featuring vocals from KStewart, gets a bouncy treatment from the Keljet crew in a real meeting of Dutch minds. This one’s got both the Disco and the big room vibes. Check it out.
A departure from the lush Nu-Disco sound we are used to from Keljet, this reMix of Last All Night (Koala) veers into huge, progressive, territory. Layered with rich synths and a big drop and build, it’s squarely aimed at the more commercial end of the dancefloor, but Keljet keep things funky with an elastic bassline and their own European funk. KStewart’s expansive vocals are the icing on the cake.
♫ Oliver Heldens (Feat. KStewart) – Last All Night (Koala) (Keljet reMix)
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