Straight To Your Heart is the forthcoming new single from Scottish Londoner Grum that got it’s première at the weekend on Annie Mac’s show. It’s been a long time coming, but Grum has now jumped head first into the waters of Euphoric Trance it seems, always on the cards, his latest is pure sunrise goodness. Can you hands get any higher?
Rolling on a big hypnotic piano hook, Straight To Your Heart wields it’s big room credentials like a proggy weapon.. Assaulting you with rumbling bass, huge vocal hooks and that unrelenting funky piano. Grum always knows to get right to the emotional core of dance music, and Straight To Your Heart is no different; featuring all the big rushes you’d want on the dancefloor. While you’re here, check out his new reMix for Prides too. A massive, swirling Trance tune, that would have feel right at home of the likes of Platypus records back int he day, with a tiny Dreamwave twist.
♫ Grum – Straight To Your Heart (Radio Rip)
♫ Prides – I Should Know You Better (Grum reMix) (Radio Rip)
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Remember a couple of weeks ago when we served up the The Sanfernando Sound co-written and produced new single from Australian SynthPop duo Divine Knights; Hearts On Fire? Well here is, fro your downloading pleasure, The Sanfernando Sound own storming reMix of the track, it’s pretty huge, and as such deserves to be played loud.
The Sanfernando Sound brings his retro synths up-to-date on this powerful five minutes; slipping the kind of beats and basslines you’d find on an extended 12” mix in the 80s into a slick contemporary production. The vocals are given an extra epic twist as they echo out over some serious vintage robo funk driven by a coursing bass sound that’s not a million miles away from the legendary reverb bass from Front 242’s Headhunter. A juggernaut club version of an already majestic song.
♫ Divine Knights – Hearts On Fire (The Sanfernando Sound reMix)
Divine Knights’ Hearts On Fire is out now.
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Russian Nu-Disco duo Sohight & Cheevy have been quite the past few months, but it sounds like they have been hard at work working on new material. Not only working on new material, but cultivating a new, fuller, big band sound; as displayed on their brand new tracks, Shine With Me. This one is pretty huge.
Sohight & Cheevy sound like they are backed by a full orchestra on Shine With Me. It’s an amazingly full track, bristling with DiscoPop goodness. Cheevy’s falsetto vocals belt out over a symphony of thick synths, a powerful horn section, a hint of piano and a deep warbling bass. The track is currently unsigned, something someone needs to rectify pretty sharpish and this one could tear up the dancefloor in the right hands.
♫ Sohight & Cheevy – Shine With Me
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Ever wondered what the reigning champ of British SynthPop, Bright Light Bright Light, would sound like alongside a truck load of French Touch? Well wonder no more. It’s been an awesome year for BLx2 so far, from being main tour support worldwide for Sit Elton John, to the release of his well received sophomore album, Life Is Easy, AND featuring on electronic rumors last release! What more could the man ask for? How about French Touch pioneer Alan Braxe working his Disco magic on one of your tunes?
Mr. Braxe has had a bit of a resurgence of output int he past twelve months (and by resurgence we mean one EP and a handful of reMixes, which is relatively a lot!), and this reMix really is the pinnacle of that. BLx2’s emotional original was already a captivating and passionate Pop song, but with a healthy injection of continental Disco; courtesy of a rubbery bassline, filtered pads and a rock solid clap-a-long beat, the track takes on new floorfilling dimensions. Sparkling arpeggios jokey for attention alongside Rod’s vocals as the track neatly lifts your mood. The perfect combination.
♫ Bright Light Bright Light – An Open Heart (Alan Braxe reMix)
Bright Light Bright Light’s Life Is Easy is out now.
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Caught Up is the forthcoming new single from Nu-Disco vocal staple Stee Downes. Dropping in the middle of next month, the single, a funky slice of live Soul, comes with a loaded reMix package; the most interesting of which is this groove monster from the man Rocco Raimundo. Unfortunately the track is only available on the digital release, not having been included in the vinyl copy, which is a shame as we would have bought the 12” in a heartbeat if this was on there.
Raimundo serves up a mesmerising concoction of Disco, Italo and Tropical influences all riding on a rock solid House beat. A chest shaking subby bassline provides star contrast to an array of shimmering lead synths and a warming Tropical percussive hook. All working together, weaving in and out of each other, to produce a lush whole, these elements create the prefect backing for Downes neo-Soul vocal. With a laid back mood, but driving groove, this reMix is a crate essential.
♫ Stee Downes – Caught Up (Rocco Raimundo Version)
Stee Downes’ Caught Up is released 15th September.
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Bristol House guru Julio Bashmore’s forthcoming new album is set to drop early next year. The first single from the upcoming record will be Simple Love, a tune featuring the vocal talents of J’Danna. Premièring on Annie Mac’s show this past weekend, the tune is sure to mop up the remains of Festival season and destroy club dancefloors well into winter.
Loaded with Bashmore’s trademark booming basslines, Simple Love is an intoxicating five minutes of laid back beats and bass. Appropriately titled, the track is deceptively simple with a sparse groove and hypnotic repetition that draws you into it’s filtered goodness. J’Danna’s husky vocals adds a little spice to the mix as part of a track that never once tried too hard to be anything. It just simply is.
♫ Julio Bashmore (Feat. J’Danna) – Simple Love
Julio Bashmore’s Simple Love is out soon on Broadwalk Records.
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London SynthPopper Christianoshi’s Trademark produced track Fake Blood first graced these pages a couple of years ago, and like his other tune, Trust, has got itself a re-release. Except this time he’s enlisted Disco renaissance man and political satirist Ali Jamieson to drag the track a couple of years into the present. Out money is on I Feel Sick being the next Christianoshi release, then he’ll be disappearing for a couple of years to write three new tunes.
Ali get’s his House groove on with this new one; in fact, at times the track veers into the realms of (dare we say it) Techno and even EBM. Amid all the Germanic arpeggios and chopped up vocals it’s reassuring that the tracks rests on a skippy House beat to keep you moving. Layered with a nice line in 90s space-y pads; a Dub version of the tune could nicely fit along side the likes of Orbital in that kind of early-to-mid 90s tough-but-ambient era of dance music. It’s a good job then, that a sweet Dub version of the reMix is also available for your downloading and dancing pleasure.
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson reMix)
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson Dub reMix)
Christianoshi’s Fake Blood is out now.
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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.
♫ Avec Sans – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)
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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