It was November 2012 we first wrote about Swedish ElectroPop outfit Kate Boy, and not since June last year have the graced these pages. In the meantime we’ve been lucky enough to catch them live twice, once at Bestival last year and just last week in London, and we can firmly say they are easily one of the best live acts around. Completely pitch perfect and charismatic, Kate Boy dominate whatever stage they are on, be it festival or small club. Anyway, they are back with a brand new single, Self Control, which hints at an album to come.
Self Control is as exiting as Kate Boy are live. A fist pumping ElectroPop powerhouse that (slightly) eschews the bands moodier débuts for a euphoric, although no less hard hitting, anthem. Kate Akhurst’s vocals are as dominating as ever, as it their percussive bass trademark sound, put to good use in getting your out of your seat. ElectroPop that demands your attention, Kate Boy are the perfect package, excelling in both studio and live, and we can’t wait for the album.
♫ Kate Boy – Self Control
Kate Boy’s Self Control is out this week. Their début album is hinted at having a January release.
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Were all busying ourselves here at electronic rumors HQ, putting things together for a pretty sweet forthoming release from Mr. Ali Jamieson. While he’s waiting for us to get our shit together, the London based multi-instrumentalist, and Heavy Disco head-honcho, has turned in this rather infectious edit of Croatian Italo champion, and keytar warrior, Sandy Marton’s 1985 tune Camel By Camel
Walking the line between edit and reMix, Ali puts the Turbo Funk touch on the track. Everything is bigger; bigger beats, bigger bass and the track pounds like never before. Toning down the vocals, and giving them a little vocoder company, Jaimeson frees up some space int he track for his juggernaut bass; which powers it’s way through the track, dragging along little Disco licks and Sci-Fi synths in it’s wake. Surprisingly though, the tune never looses the feel of the original, just gives it all the flair of a contemporary production, and it;s that the point of an edit? Mission accomplished.
♫ Sandy Marton – Camel By Camel (Ali Jamieson Edit)
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LA’s moody future R&B experimentalist BANKS’ new single Beggin For Thread was already making waves with it’s compelling left field (but groovy) dark soulful ElectroPop stylings. Now it;s here in video form.
Directed by Barnaby Roper, the clip captures the dark beauty of BANKS’ music perfectly.
BANKS’ album, Goddess, is released 5th September.
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Released next month is the new single from Portsmouth’s Curxes. The UK’s finest AvantPop duo are building on the breakthrough success of their addictive single of last year, Avant Guarded, with a glorious three minutes of aural chaos in the form of Valkyrie.
How Curxes manage to deliver tracks that are simultaneously ear splitting Industrial assaults, and at the same time deeply funky, we’ll never understand; but they do once more with Valkyrie. Amidst the clattering percussion, rapid fire drums and growling keys lies a strange and beautiful nostalgic groove. The chorus, with it’s waves of Vangelis synths, is a particularly compelling moment of dystopian euphoria. Lovely stuff!
♫ Curxes – Valkyrie
Curxes’ Valkyrie is released 18th August.
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Newcomer House hero SecondCity is set to drop his sophomore solo single, and he’s brought another House hero along for the ride. With Ali Love in tow, SecondCity releases What Can I Do? at some unspecified time in the future via Ministry Of Sound. Premiered on Annie Mac’s show this past weekend, What Can I Do? is poised to be the underground hit of the summer.
A bit piano House monster, What Can I Do? rolls on a slick, pumping beat and some hands-in-the-air hooks. A cheeky Nu-Disco guitar lick weaves in and out of the track, adding a little funk, while warping synth bass and giant piano dominates proceedings. Ali’s instantly recognisable vocals drift over the track, lending it an soulful charm and introducing the final piece of the puzzle. The end result is dancefloor greatness. Expect to hear this a lot over the coming months.
♫ SecondCity (Feat. Ali Love) – What Can I Do?
SecondCity’s What Can I Do? is out soon
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We gotta’ say, this is pretty special. Argentina Nu-Disco bass-merchant Phunktastike has delivered this reMix of Blondie’s classic Rapture. It’s a track that’s been reMixes a few times recently, but Phunk’s take on the track is hands down the best we’ve heard to date as the man whips the track into 2014 dancefloor shape whist keeping true to the groove of the original. Dat bass!
Yup, this one’s all about that bassline. Deep and rumbling, the bass in this reMix is utterly intoxicating, drawing to into the smooth, floorfilling, vibe of the track. Debbie Harry’s vocals remain largely intact, including the rap (thank you Phunk!) and are now served up as an ethereal siren’s song over a Sci-Fi Disco, electronic soundscape. Brooding and moody, but with heaps of Funk, this is a retro-future boogie monster that is going to be on repeat ‘round here for a while.
♫ Blondie – Rapture (Phunktastike reMix)
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One of the best albums of the year so far has come from German nostalgic House producer Tensnake with his début LP Glow. And one of the highlights (on an album full of highlights) is the Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell featuring Feel Of Love. The track is getting the single treatment next month and ahead of the release check out the wonderfully weird video.
Directed by Remy Cayuela, the clip features an army of soon-to-be-disappointed sperm in training for the big day.
Tensnake’s Glow is out now, the Feel Of Love single is released 26th August.
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ElectroPop troopers Lovestarrs are gearing up the release of their first proper EP. Due out soon the Supernova EP follows the single Get Your Sexy On and a couple of free downloads since their metamorphosis from The Good Natured late last year. The lead track of the forthcoming release is Life Is A Bitch, check it out.
As you might expect from the title, Life Is A Bitch is generally about how shitty life can be. Pretty morose subject matter for a song, but Lovestarrs manage to turn the depressing topic into a jaunty, slightly tropical, Pop tune. Musically it’s dead optimistic, loaded with thick synths and a catchy hook that flows to an island flavour, which makes the whole thing deliciously tongue-in-cheek; and decidedly British. While you’re here check out Lovestarrs last free download, Dukes Up, which we forgot to post, ‘cos stuff.
♫ Lovestarrs – Life Is A Bitch
♫ Lovestarrs – Dukes Up
Lovestarrs’ Supernova EP is out soon.
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We’re generally not massive fans of Lana Del Ray reMixes, some things can become a bit tedious, but our interest was piqued when we heard that Lana herself has requested London based French ElectroPop duo The Penelopes to delver a reMix for her forthcoming new single Ultraviolence, the title track of her latest LP. In fine form on this one, The Penelopes hit the ground running with a tune that is relentless in it’s infectiousness.
Fun and funky, The Penelopes’ reMix lifts the track from Pop gloom to a euphoric dancefloor place. Underpinned by a drivingly optimistic synth bass, the track effortlessly flows between majestic Pop, Chicago House and slinky Nu-Disco, trading on an uplifting piano hook and a subtle horn section. Del Ray’s voice, which can grate at times, sound luscious and hazy here, a smokey chanteuse amidst a sea of punchy Disco sounds. The Penelopes are on a roll right now and this reMix (which, let’s face it; is pretty high profile) should see them gaining more of the mainstream recognition they so much deserve.
♫ Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (The Penelopes reMix)
Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence single is released in August.
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Australian ElectroPop duo Back Back Forward Punch continue in their quest to have everyone cool on the planet reMix them. Having already tussled with the likes of MiGHty mOUse, Dublin Aunts and The Penelopes, the Aussies then set their sights on Canadian House wizard Pat Lok for reMix duties on their latest single. The track’s called Solid Gold, and any new Pat Lok reMix is a cause for a party. So, yeah, let’s party.
But what do we have here? This isn’t a Lok-ian House tune riding a 4/4 kick. What we’ve got here is a board mix of 90s dance and Bristol beat (and yes, being from Bristol, this makes me very happy). In fact, this might be my favourite Pat Lok track to date, or maybe it’s just that the sun is shining and here’s a lazy vibe going on that the track’s slick mix of laid back 90s Hop Hop beats and warm Chicago keys feeds into. Either way the warm bass is filling my head and the shuffling hats are shaking my shoulders and I’m loving it. Enjoy.
♫ Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold (Pat Lok reMix)
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