Les Sins is the occasional dance music alter-ego of Chillwaver Toro Y Moi. After a sporadic string of singles, Chaz Bundick has just announced his forthcoming début album under the moniker. Michael is out later this year, a collection of tunes recorded over the past two years, and you can check out the first track from it, Bother, below.
Bother mixes up a lazy R&B vibe with some deep deep pounding House. Kinda’ like ADSR-era Simian Mobile Disco doing Deep House, it’s all stuttering samples and hypnotic electronic grooves. Abstract and mesmerising, rather than big and melodic, Bother is definitely a tune for when they are deep in the dance, slap this on and watch the dancefloor loose itself. As precursors to albums go, this is a seriously interesting taste of what’s to come.
♫ Les Sins – Bother
Les Sins’ Michael is released 4th November.
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Here’s the video for Alex Metric’s new single Heart Weighs A Ton. A glorious, pounding ElectroPop track that features our good buddy Stefan Storm from The Sound Of Arrows. This one’s got the stomping beats of Metric with the big choruses of The Sound Of Arrows; a killer combination.
Jack Wagner and Zach Shields the clip plays to the song’s themes, documenting the life of LA widower Glenn Bruno following his dreams of becoming a professional dancer in honour of his late wife Robin.
Alex Metric’s Heart Weighs A Ton is out now.
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Those nice people at Cascine have been busy recently. They’ve launched a new imprint dubbed CSCN for the express purpose of releasing singles from acts they find interesting without all that mucking about with Cascine release schedules. The label kicks things off with this captivating cacophony from Canadian experimental Pop outfit Vogue Dots.
‘Thundering’ is the first word that pops into your head in hearing Way Out, but thundering in a really sweet way. It kinda’ reminds us of an electronic version of the noise end of early 90s Shoegaze; it’s got that wall-of-sound vibe. Stuttering beats and burbling bass seem to hold the track together by it’s fingernails, always in danger of shaking itself apart; but Babette Hayward’s ethereal vocal and waves of melody hold the song together. The more you listen to it, the more you get out of it, the more it comes across actually quite funky.
♫ Vogue Dots – Way Out
Vogue Dots’ Way Out is out now.
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Down The Line is the B-side to Belgian ElectroPop duo Shindu’s awesome current single, Trust Me. A sparse and brooding retro SynthPop track that has now got it’s own video.
Directed and edited by Mats Van Eccelpoel, the clip is a beautifully shot, monochrome journey into one mans dark times.
Shindu’s Trust Me is out now.
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Dutch Disco Duo Keljet are on the reMix again. This time they’ve leant their considerable talents to Russian newcomer Matvey Emerson, souping up his track Over into a massive floorfiller. The single is out now on Beatport and is just the latest in a long like of Keljet killing it.
Slightly more Big Room that we’re used to from Keljet. The normally funky duo got full-on here with big beats, big synths and big bass; the big rubbery bassline being the highlight of the track. The layers of rising, sweeping synths are enough to keep the euphoric vibe going to for the length of the tune while snatches of the original’s vocals lend the track an anchor. Keljet reMixes are generally something to look forward to; even if this one is a big different it still rocks hard.
♫ Matvey Emerson – Over (Keljet reMix)
Matvey Emerson Over is out now.
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Here’s a big surprise for the start of the week. It still feels like not so long ago that ElectroPop rabble-rouser Charli XCX released her début (or second, depending on your point-of-view) album True Romance. Now she;s just announced the impending release of her sophomore (or third, depending on your point-of-view) full length record. Out in October the new one is called Sucker, and thankfully sees her applying her recent flirtation with Punk to a bucket load of synths. Here’s the first taste of what’s to come, Break The Rules.
Break The Rules is a massive tune. Unashamedly Electro-Rock, with a rumbling bassline and pounding beat reminiscent of some of the big stadium tunes of the early 2000’s, but with added euphoric synth rises. You can definitely tell Charli has been getting her Punk on as she belts out her not-giving-a-shit anthem. This one could easily be the subject of some killer reMixes too. Colour us intrigued for the new album.
♫ Charli XCX – Break The Rules
Charli XCX’s Sucker is released 21st October.
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Amazing synthesizer wizard Pilotpriest has been releasing a sting of sweet single recently, his latest, The Last Goodbye, is a thing of beauty. This is really one you should paly through some decent headphones and let the sound absorb you. As with most of Pilotpriest’s output, it’s a blissful soundtrack piece that will carry you to far off places and wrap you in it’s synthetic depths. It’s been quite some time since Pilotpriest’s stunning Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album; he;s lost none of his touch.
Clocking in at nearly six minutes, The Last Goodbye really does take the listening on a musical journey. Easing you into it’s world with gentle pads and a vinyl crackle, the tune slowly builds itself up with undulating vintage synths and a punchy bassline. After the no-quite-melancholic-but-subdued build of the track’s first half, an appreciated breakdown heralds Pilotpriest launching into a rousing and energized finalize. It’s spine tingling, emotional stuff. Get involved.
♫ Pilotpriest – The Last Goodbye
Pilotpriest’s The Last Goodbye is out now.
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Liverpudlian producer, and Disclosure collaborator, Friend Within has served up this wonderful House reMix of LA experimental R&B songstress BANKS ‘s latest single Beggin’ For Thread. Friend Within is currently making quite a name for himself, having turned in a mix for Annie Mac, a critically acclaimed EP in Hypercolour and releasing the track The Mechanism with Disclosure; all in such a short amount of time. This massive reMix is only going to add to his reputation.
Ensuring his House is both Deep and Chicago on this reMix, Friend Within takes BANKS’ woozy original straight to the dancefloor. There’s no mucking around on this one, it’s just straight up 909s, organ stabs and a booming bass. There’s even a little bit of an Acid vibe burbling away in the background. Friend Within utilises the vocals pretty perfectly, chiming in with the chorus in just the right spots. High energy goodness from an awesome original.
♫ BANKS – Beggin’ For Thread (Friend Within reMix)
BANKS’ Beggin’ For Thread is out now
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Nu-Disco producer Louis La Roché has been away for a while. It’s been almost a year since he released his last EP, Composure, and the man has spent the last twelve months holed up in the studio playing with sounds and moods. He’s about to release some brand new material in the form of the Dusty Cassette EP, which is due for release this week. As a precursor to the EP dropping, Louis has given away this extra track to give you a taste of what’s to come. Check out The Way She Makes Me Feel.
Giving late 80s Soul a funky dancefloor update, Louis lays down the law of his new EP. Gritty sounds, tape noise, old school vibes, Dusty Cassette really sounds like it will live up to it’s name. The Way She Makes Me Feel combines a classic R&B sound, with a little LA funk and a host of Nu-disco editing. The hazy result has got an almost Chillwave-y feel to it and is perfect Sunday listening. The EP should be interesting.
♫ Louis La Roché – The Way She Makes Me Feel
Louis La Roché’s Dusty Cassette EP is released 19th August.
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Late last week Orlando Higginbottom A.K.A. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs A.K.A. T.E.E.D announced the launch of his new record label, Nice Age. Actually it’s more of an anything label, being an outlet for music, clothes, parties and whatever else T.E.E.D. wants to unleash. The première release is this intricate collaboration with LA based Aussie Anna Lunoe; Feels Like.
T.E.E.D.’s sonic pallet tends to travel from introspective and quaint SynthPop to absorbing Deep House, but here he incorporated a whole heap of Techno into the mix. Layering skippy Garage beats with crunchy Techno kicks T.E.E.D. and Lunoe build up a compelling festival groove that keeps things tight enough for the pair to roll out a floaty duet over the top. it’s a track that is both surprising and complex. Maybe it shouldn’t work, but it does, Really well.
♫ Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs X Anna Lunoe – Feels Like
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs X Anna Lunoe’s Feels Like is out now.
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