This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a demo of the Roland Jupiter 8.
Video courtesy of YouTube user perfectcircuitaudio.
Here’s the new single from Chicago’s finest SynthPoppers, Hey Champ!. Released later this month, Dominoes was actually producers around the time of Cold Dust Girl but is only just now ready for release. Considering the relatively long career these guys have had, we reckon it’s time their acclaim kicked into a new gear; hopefully 2014 will be the year of Hey Champ!
Dominoes sees Hey Champs! rich ElectroPop imbued with a slight Kraftwerkian edge. The stuttering synth bassline is both competing and loaded with robot funk. Considering how long ago the track was born, it sound amazingly fresh, chock full of thick synths and an easy summertime groove. They way the machine like verses bleed into the warm and passionate chorus feels effortless amid this sea of sparking synths. Sunshine SynthPop at it’s best.
♫ Hey Champ! – Dominoes
Hey Champ!’s Dominoes is released 22nd April.
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I think someone’s been reading our secret wish-list, ‘cos The Presets have gone and turned in an official reMix for Kylie Minogue. I Was Gonna’ Cancel will be the second proper single from Kylie’s new album, Kiss Me Once, a track originally produced by Pharrell Williams, is given a left-field House makeover by the Australian masters.
The Presets take an abstract, warehouse, stab at the track; injecting a whole load of their own style into the mix. To a certain extent the tune sounds a lot like The Presets featuring Kylie Minogue, playing with a selection of The Presets trademark sonic flourishes; but Kylie’s voice amongst the experimental House groove adds an extra bit of sparkle. Unexpectedly deep.
♫ Kylie – I Was Gonna’ Cancel (The Presets reMix)
Kylie’s I Was Gonna’ Cancel is released 12th May.
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Blende – Easter Mix ‘14 = See your Easter bank holiday long weekend thought with this tasty hour from man-of-the-moment Blende; featuring a load of fresher-than-fresh edge tunes with a side order of Blende reMixes.
♫ Blende – Easter Mix ‘14
01. Valles – Heartbeat
02. Blamma! Blamma! (Feat. Kristina Train) – Zsa Zsa (Psychemagik reMix)
03. Glass Figure – Shapeshifting Forms
04. Busy P – This Song (Breakbot reMix)
05. Panama – Always (Classixx reMix)
06. Jaakko Eino Kalevi – When You Walk Through Them All (Peaking Lights reMix)
07. Rogue Vogue (Feat. Patrick Baker) – Until The Dawn (Cyclist re<ix)
08. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action (Liv Spencer Dub)
09. Shit Robot (Feat. Nancy Whang) – Do That Dance
10. Pyramid – The Phoenix (Blende reMix)
11. Tronik Youth – Pain Relief (Haules Baules reMix)
12. Metronomy – Love Letters (Soulwax reMix)
13. Iamamiwhoami – U-2 (Rex The Dog reMix)
14. Les Petits Pilous – Looping
15. DCup – Someone Told Me
16. Miss Dynamite & DJ Fresh – Dibby Dibby Sound (Blende reMix)
Blende’s Paramount EP is out now.
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Minus One is the forthcoming new single from Belgian Housemeister A.N.D.Y.. The man had a pretty good 2013, culminating in the massive single Pump It Up. Now he’s setting his sights on 2014 and kicking things off big style with this new collaboration with vocalist Tayla Malcolm. Never one to sit on a genre, A.N.D.Y. drops some surprising sounds with this one.
Minus One launches with a Rootsy, Dub groove (which immediately makes us love it), before contacting with some pumping, deep, Piano House. This makes for a perfect platform for UK Singer Tayla, whose bluesy voice sits well with both the Dub and the House, lending a soulful slant to both. At it’s peak this track is all compelling vocals, warbling, bright snyths and an un-ignorable kick/piano combination. Looks like A.N.D.Y. has produced something that’ll be getting a lot of spins this summer.
♫ A.N.D.Y. (Feat. Tayla) – Minus One
A.N.D.Y.’s Minus One is released 16th April.
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Leisure Suit Preben is taken from Norwegian Cosmic Disco king Todd Terje’s frankly stunning new album, It’s Album Time. A playful slice of jazzy Disco with a lean Italo bass.
Espen Friberg & Emil Høgset direct this ‘sort of official’ video, following a day in the life of Preben.
Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time is out now.
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London based all-round electronic music voyagers autoKratz has a new single in the pipeline. The duo are referring to the track as their “I ain’t gone soft” moment, as the track takes leave of their usual ElectroPop persona and revels in their love of all things House and Techno (fans of their record label, Bad Life, can testify to this). Push succeeds in reminding people that autoKratz can make some of the grittiest, dirtiest dance music around.
Pure jacking vibes abound on this one. It’s full of Chicago-esque House madness fit for dim, strobe-light lit, warehouse raves. From the deep deep kick to the stabbing lead keys, you couldn’t ask for more of a hypnotic House tune to get lost in on the dancefloor. It’s not all noise noise noise either; autoKratz definitely ain’t gone soft, but they can still bring the grove.
♫ autoKratz – Push
autoKratz’s Push is released 28th May.
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This week; one of our favourite Sweedish artists, ODahl, released a brand new EP via Pole Position Recordings. Your Love is packed with four tracks of blissful Scandinavian Disco tinged House, the title track featuring the vocal talents of Frank H Carter III, and manages to effortlessly straddle both a club sound and something surprisingly Poppy. Check out the lead track.
Soulful is the best way to describe Your Love. ODahl serves up a plethora of slick House beats with a retro slant. Loads of warm synths, retro organs stabs and rumbling basslines come correct, creating a Garage-y vibe whist Carter lets rip with a smooth as hell, R&B vocal performance. these are the things Chicago was build on, and ODahl runs with it.
♫ ODahl (Feat. Frank H Carter III) – Your Love
ODahl’s Your Love is out now
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Here’s the video for DFA Abrasive AcidElectroPoppers Factory Floor’s new single How You Say. An energetic and hypnotic slice of IndustroPop with a House groove.
The clip was directed buy Dan Tombs & Nik Colk Void and features singer Void on TV and loads of stripes.
Factory Floor’s How You Say is released 14th April.
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UK House producers extraordinaire Gorgon City have unleashed their latest slice of (presumably) chart climbing Pop/UK Deep House crossover. London based singer Laura Welsh lends her considerable vocal talent to this one. Fresh rom producing Klaxons’ current single There Is No Other Time, Gorgon City turn in an absolute stormer of their own.
Welsh’s breathy vocals are the perfect foil for Gorgon City’s sub heavy House track. The duo lay down a nice mix of euphoric synths and dark, rumbling, club bass. The perfect festival belter, you can expect to hear this one a lot over the summer. A track of two sides, one minute Welsh’s voice and hazy synths draw you into the song, the next the speaker shaking bass kicks you in the face. Just how we like it.
♫ Gorgon City (Feat. Laura Welsh) – Here For You
Gorgon City’s Here For You is released 15th June.
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