The most amazing thing to come out of Australian/Swedish ancestry every, probably, Kate Boy have announced the imminent release of the début album. This is very exciting news. We are very excited. You should be too. Kate Boy have, so far, been consistently of the highest quality, both on record and live, and hopefully the new release, titled The One, will be the culmination of the last couple of years of awesome musical experiments. The LP is due out in November and, if we needed any more reason to be eagerly awaiting it’s release, check out album track Midnight Sun, which Pitchfork premièred on Friday, below.
Midnight Sun rips straight into Kate Boy’s trademark rapid fire percussive synth bass, which is, at the same time, both aggressive and bubbly. Kate Boy serve up yet another storming anthem, we don;t know if they deliberately write songs with live performance in mind but each of their single and EP track so far are pure blistering live gold, including this one. And live Kate Boy definitely have the chops to pull of Midnight Sun’s uplifting symphony and massive powerhouse vocals (which Kate Akhurst can definitely replicate live, boy can she sing!). We are totally ready for The One right flippin’ now!
♫ Kate Boy – Midnight Sun
Kate Boy’s The One is out in November via Fiction/Island/Iamsound.
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We covered the SynthPop gold that is the new single from Toronto’s Parallels a week or so ago. Civilisation is taken from the EP of the same name, which is out now; as is this lovely new video. See it with your eyes below.
Mark Moliterni directly this shimmering clip; with some softest focus performance shots contrasted with sharp, real world footage and some nice projector overlays.
Parallels’ Civilisation EP is out now.
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London’s DiscoPop powerhouse production duo JBAG’s storming new single Everybody (Come On) is out now. The track features an enchanting mantra of a vocal performance from Chibi of Belgian ElectroPop outfit Shindu as Jerry and Andrea lay down some seriously thick beats and funk fuelled vintage House. The bass alone is enough to shake you to the dancefloor.
Check out the brand new video, which we’re premièring right here, A simplistic affair proving you don’t need a budget or to be a great artist to make a video as it flashes in time to the JBAG’s monster tune and features a cast of superstars.
JBAG’s Everybody (Come On) is our now.
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One of Switzerland’s finest Nu-Disco and House export, Ryan Riot, is set to release his newest single next month via Y Este Finde Qué’s imprint. The release sees him teaming up with Ay Wing for Broken Doll which is due out at the end of July. Not only is it a smooth as hell slice of warm House but it comes backed with a killer reMix from London’s Punks Jump Up to boot!
Deftly integrating vintage Disco mirrorball shimmer into a big Piano House track, Ryan Riot and Ay Wing serve up a soft focus floorfiller. Ryan pulls out his whole arsenal here, from the Warehouse beats to the Topical keys everything is placed for the maximum dancefloor potential. The big hooks and big, yet slightly quirky, diva vocals are present and correct here and keep the track’s energy levels high. For their reMix, Punks Jump Up strip back the groove and morph it into a late-night Acid-ish jam that is vintage sounding Chicago gold, practically a strobe light made audio. Check out those deep, warbling synths; love it!
♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll
♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll (Punks Jump Up reMix)
Ryan Riot & Ay Wing’s Broken Doll is released 23th July.
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Arches (Seba Vandevoorde A.K.A. Moonlight Matters and Jochen from Sound Of Stereo) dropped the Karen Harding featuring New Love back in April. It’s an amazing slice of Poppy House that has now got itself a brand new video. Peep this.
Karen herself starts in this clip, as her and her friends take on London’s nightlife; looking for that new love.
Arches’ New Love is out now.
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Portuguese Disco producer Rui Maia, better know to you fine folks as Mirror People, originally dropped I Need Your Love back in February ahead of the release of his début album Voyager. The track is now getting a full single release equipped with a couple of reMixes including this stormer from Paris based Dutch duo 2CV. Check it out.
2CV serve up an eclectic slice of analog Disco on this one. Layered with electronic bleeps and whirs, the duo put together a slick combination of retro Disco beats and ringing vintage synths belting out a bouncy bass and warping lead lines. Weaving the original’s vocals in and out of their synthetic symphony, 2CV manage to create some order from this dancefloor chaos.
♫ ♫ Mirror People – I Need Your Love (2CV Vocal reMix)
Mirror People’s I Need Your Love reMixes is out now.
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One of the most interesting producers coming out of France right now, and in the past half-decade, is Pyramid. Film Noir, (a collaboration with Holy Oysters) is out now on Kitsuné Music as part of the Night Tales EP, alongside this official video.
Rodrigue Huart directed this turbulent tale of band in-fighting.
Pyramid’s Night Tales EP is out now.
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Ahh to be in the late 80s in an Indie club! Before BritPop made British Indie music shit Happy Monday’s were riding the Madchester wave to Indie-Dance glory. On the cusp of a new decade they released Kinky Afro, and now two decades later New York Disco dons Sunrise HWY are giving the track another spin. Not content with a couple of True Romance released EPs, this trio are giving this one away for free. Give your ears a treat.
Sunrise HWY stay true to the groove of the original while making it well and truly their own. The cover has a raw, immediate, Disco feel. Despite being loaded with smooth keys and heavily processed guitars, the track has a gritty, grimy feel that lends itself to the song well. We will admit it’s a little odd to hear those verses not sung by Shaun Ryder, it’s like Rowetta singing the whole song, but it really does work. With a nice little Acidic undercurrent Sunrise HWY have turned in a fine cover version with a slick funk all of it’s own.
♫ Sunrise HWY – Kinky Afro (Happy Mondays Cover)
Sunrise HWY’s Kinky Afro is out now.
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We’ve got a feeling that there’ll be a few posts featuring new tracks from UK’s ElectroPop queen Little Boots in the run up to the release of her third full length album, Working Girl, next month, as she drip feeds us fresh material on her SoundCloud page. We’ve already been treated to the first single, Better In The Morning, and the album’s title track, and now Boot’s had unleashed the record’s second single, No Pressure. Give it a listen while you wait for that vinyl you pre-ordered (‘cos you did, didn’t you?) to drop.
No Pressure just adds to our excitement about the new record. Taking a different angle, again, from Better In The Morning’s avant-Pop and Working Girl’s UK House overtones No Pressure is a curiously enchanting mix of Chicago House, Synthwave (is Com Truise’s hand at play here?) and Deep House with a stripped back rawness to it. Over this heady mix of analog beats and droning synths comes an almost Balearic hook alongside Victoria’s impassioned vocal. It sees Little Boots is taking no prisoners on this new LP, ignoring rules and genres to deliver something truly her own.
♫ ♫ Little Boots – No Pressure
Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.
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Australian duo Bag Raiders are amongst our favourite acts of the past decade. Easily. We’re never quite sure if they are ever going to release anything else or if they have packed it in; so whenever a new tune, or a nugget of news slips out we’re always a) relieved they are still going and b) excited to hear their new material. We’ve got both right here (new tune and nugget of news that is). The guys have announced a brand new EP due at the end of this summer. Titled Waterfalls, it’ll be the now-L.A. based pair’s first new music since last years Nairobi/Savannah double A-side. Check out the first track from the EP, Vapour Trails below, it’s a free download from Bag Raiders website.
Vapour Trails is a dream six minutes of laid back vocal House. It’s decidedly Bag Raiders (more reminiscent of first-album era Bag Raiders than their more recent, tougher, output) but also reminds us a little of Dirty Vegas. A warm and enticing tune that pairs comfortable vocals with a smooth, laid back, Electronica groove and rising strings in a track that has us eager to hear more. DancePop at it’s hazy finest; it’s so good to have Bag Raiders back.
♫ Bag Raiders – Vapour Trails
Bag Raider’s Waterfalls EP is due out later this year.
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