Having spilt up from Azari & III, III of Azari & III, know to you sir as Alixander III, is serving up a nice line in deep and acidic classic House. Returning to the Toy Tonics label he’s about to release a collaborative EP titled Heavy Friends EP II. The first track to break ground from the forthoming release is Broken Promises. The tune features work from Italian fellow House heads Marsupials and although the EP is said to be inspired by the early Techno sounds of Detroit, we can hear a lot of Chicago in there too.
Broken Promises is deep and dark, but with a solid groove, like all good Detroit Techno should be. A six minute beast that counters undulating Techno beats with Warehouse Acid and Disco strings. Dropping those Disco loops into a bubbling Acid track gives it a nice little twist while all manner of intoxicating 303 hooks, House organ and filtered arpeggios dance around the track. Set to a solid mix of 909 kicks and 808 purcussion, Broken Promises is a heady floorfiller for late night underground parties.
♫ Alixander III And Marsupials – Broken Promises
Alixander III’s Heavy Friends EP II is released 14th September.
Hot on the heels of his last release, Disco Machine, Dutch analog Disco factory Auxiliary Tha Masterfader has just released his latest. Titled Dark Side Of Disco (judging by Aux’s past efforts and that title I’m sure you know what to expect!) the single is out now in Nein Records and features reMixes from Martin Dubka, Tronik Youth and Horse Meat Disco’s DJ Severino. Aux’s last release was a Cosmic fuelled slab of future Disco, but on this record he inject a sinister vibe into his synthesizer grooves. Check it out.
Six minutes of impending dancefloor doom. That’s what you get with Dark Side Of Disco. An Acid injected slab of Italo Disco that works the murmuring apreggios and sustained synth string to their creepy fullest. Building dancefloor tension with snapping 808 snares and a pulsating bassline until the break, Aux relieves some of the nervousness as the track launces back in with majestic leads to fill your head. Dubka goes full-on Acid Techno with his reMix. A track that could easily find it’s place on late 90s/early 2000’s dancefloors in dodgy London warehouses as Acid Techno took over the free party scene. An unrelenting juggernaut of squealing Acid riffs and thunderous drums all wrapped up in a mind-bending hypnotic groove. This is one to truly hammer yourself on the dancefloor to and just get lost.
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Dark Side Of Disco
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Dark Side Of Disco (Dubka reMix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Dark Side Of Disco is out now
We’re a bit late to posting about this one; although it’s been in our headphones for a while now we appear to have accidently had a little hiatus. Our weeks have been crammed with paid work stuff and our weekends full of fun adventures so the poor old ‘zine has been a little neglected. No matter though, we’ve never been that bothered about being the first to post about something (who remembers the days before Hype Machine when no-one cared about being ‘first’ and people just wrote about music they felt passionately about? Good times!). So anyway, here we are with the new(est) release from Danny Ashenden A.K.A. Earl Grey. Arabian Nights is the title track from his new(est) EP and takes us further down this one time Cosmic Disco don, as part of The C90s, ‘s journey into the realms of the dark and twisted.
With each release and reMix from Earl Grey we’ve seen him delve deeper into the world of stripped down, analog grooves. His initial releases giving a nod to his Cosmic Disco roots but opening up a moody Italo sound pallet, it was inevitable that he would end up with both feet firmly planted in the world of strobe-lit Acid. Now, we don’t pretend to hid out love of Acid House, a burbling 303 gets us going (we’re still waiting for Acid Disco to properly become a ‘thing’) so the Earl’s hypnotic synths are right up our street. Arabian Nights plays around with the forms a little, layering 303 lines for added Funk value and mixing up a little old school Electro and Detroit Techno into the mix Juan Atkins style. As ominous as it is groove, Arabian Nights brings the late night, exotic, mysterious, synthetic vibes hard.
The incredible Avec Sans’s new single premièred this week on MTV’s new Scream TV series. That’s some top drawer syncing right there! If MTV aren’t actually going to play music videos anymore then the least they can do is feature the best new music in their TV show. Which they appear to have done. So fair play to them then. Pats on the back all round. Are we in for some more lovely melancholy moods wrapped up in crystal clean and catch ElectroPop. Yes we are. Get your hearing gear around When You Go.
Swoosh! That’s how When You Go begins. Once suitably swooshed you’ll be treated to a booming and majestic tune that sees Jack playing with an almost Dubby groove, albeit it a Dubby groove run through his humming RoboPop machines while Alice’s smokey vocal delivers that particular gloomy optimism that only she can. When You Go is possible the Sans’ most confident and self-assured track to date, a down-tempo masterpiece of cinematic SynthPop. There so much bombast in here, Jack’s thick production sounding as clean and full as ever, but never over-crammed and Alice’s performance rich with an emotional resonance. There’s a new EP on the way. Oh yes there is.
Whoop! There’s a new tune from Brighton based ElectroPop experimentalists IYES. Last year this duo really did the business with a string of tunes, such as Breathe and Toys, which were not only catchy and compelling, but also interesting as hell. These guys have a new EP (the first of many to come), as they put it, brewing; and right now you can have a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming release in the form of the first track to be taken from Part One. This is So Crazy.
So Crazy takes it’s time to get started; rocking a minute of intro, an effected vocal and synthesizer brap that eases it’s way into IYES return to ChipTune sounds and an introspective vocal. So Crazy fills itself with IYES particularly unique blend of Future R&B, Bass and ecclectic electronic sound, wrapping you in a smokey and enveloping groove. Vocals spark with passion while the duo use abrasive synthetic sound in a way that creates beauty. We’re very much looking forward to the EP, and the EP after that, and the EP after that…
The Matts are at it again. Following their surprise monster of a reMix of Pixies’ Monkeys Gone To Heaven a couple of months ago; the Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse coalition of Du Tonc have rocked up with this slick reworking of the late Aaliyah’s 2002 tune Rock The Boat. The duo have a new single out pretty soon, but until then feat your ears on this bubble and laid back Disco reMix. Free download too; which is nice.
Du Tonc serve up a warm and hazy slice if the most laid back Disco sounds around. Utterly without a care int he world, this reMix of Rock The Boat totally strips you of all your troubles and orders you to flippin’ chill. Du Tonc’s trademark combination of cheeky Tropical licks, robust lazy basslines and blissed out keys transport of to a sunnier and altogether more nostalgic place while they pepper the tune with dreamy synths and a hint of talkbox. Believe us, you’ll feel 100-times better after listening to this tune.
So. Here’s the first single from Glaswegian ElectroPop geniuses Chvrches’ forthcoming sophomore album. Scary, huh? The trio’s début record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is one of our favourite records of the decade, if not of all time. But we’ve been burnt before. How often does some ElectroPop shining star come along with a mind blowing première release only to follow that up, after a little success, with a more ‘authentic’ Indie-Folk second album or whatnot. ElectroPop isn’t a stepping stone people! Every Open Eye is due out in September and Leave A Trace is out first hint of what to expect. And it’s good!
You can all stop holding your breath now. Leave A Trace is pure ElectroPop. Pure Chvrches. And top quality Chvrches too, this track sees them on top of their game and sounding slightly more eclectic while still sitting comfortably within the Chvrches we know and love. Maybe there’s a bit more of a swing in it’s step. Maybe the sing-a-long chorus is a tad more rabble rousing this time. There’s something a little different in Leave A Trace amongst the more-of-the-same. Oh yes, the sparking synths, machine beats and Lauren’s heart well and truly on her sleeve are all present and correct here. In short: phew. Also, excited.
♫ Chvrches – Leave A Trace
Chvrches’ second album Every Open Eye is released 25th September.
One of the rising stars of the UK House scene, and in out humble opinion one who deserves a lot more attention, is Dots Per Inch. We’ve featured a number of his tunes on the site, each one some consistently solid work from this enigmatic producer. His latest offering is Take It Slow, which one again sees him teaming up with singer Bia to deliver some infections and funky sounds. Check it out.
Take It Slow adds a little soulful sheen to DPI’s big House sound. With a rich, vintage feel (including a little record crackle) the London based beat wrangler serves up another of his fine blend of UK Deep House and classic early 90s House vibes. Combining an intoxicating, warm mood, that’s ripe for getting lost in on the dancefloor, with energetic and nostalgic passages, Dots Per Inch has served up another sure fire floorfiller.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts July 2015 = Those lovable Frenchmen are whipping up another storming selection of their favourite tunes from the past month. This one’s a doozy, primed to be the soundtrack of your summer.
The tracklist: 01. Little Wolves – Home 02. Groove Theory – Tell Me (Ghosts Of Venice reMix) 03. Shura – White Light 04. Miami Horror – Love Like Mine (That’s Nice reMix) 05. Citizens! – My Kind Of Girl 06. Romuald & Madji’k (Feat.Slanza) – Fastlane 07. Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (Nude Disco & BroKen DJs reMix) 08. Kris Dane – Sweet On You (ATTAR! reMix) 09. Janne Schra – Carry On (Mason reMix) 10. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique (Feat. Maluca) – Love Is Free 11. Panteros666 (Feat. Woodkid) – Clear (Chambray reMix) 12. Moonbootica – June (Original Extended Mix) 13. Goondocks Project – Balla Ba 14. Baio – Sister Of Pearl 15. Patawawa – Back To Life (LBCK reMix) 16. Pink Murder – Fresh & Made (Demi Re-Edit) 17. Painted Palms – Desintegrate
Heads up! There’s a new single from Ben Macklin around! Never Giving Up is out this week and features some sultry vocals from Charlotte Holmes. The track is the latest in a solid line of on-point singles from Ben this year, he’s flitted from mood to mood, from funky to laid back, in his recent releases and this one seems to neatly tie them all together. Sit back and enjoy some chilled robotic Disco.
Ben mixes together a little Italo, a little Tropical and a little Disco on Never Giving Up. Riding the buoyant groove of a synthetic European bassline, Macklin submits waves of lush synths and dreamy 90s chimes. Holmes’ vocals drift across the track like curling smoke with a vague 90s vibe of their own. Keeping things on a holiday tip Ben rolls in some cheeky Island purcussion. Leave your worries at the door.
♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Charlotte Holmes) – Never Giving Up