[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Working Girl’ album

 

Little Boots

We don’t often have the time to do full album reviews these days, too much real life to contend with, but occasionally one comes along that we just have to write about. Here at electronic rumours we have a kind of broad spectrum love of electronic music. We have an absolutely love of Pop music, absolute love of dance music and have an absolute love of Experimental and left-field electronics (this can be attributed to the various genres of electronic music with been into over the past god-knows-how-many decades) and it’s rare to find a single artist that encompasses all our fields of synthesizer music interest, but Little Boots does. electronic rumours has grown up with Little Boots in a way, having launch the website just after Stuck On Repeat was released in 2008 (post-her leaving Dead Disco). Hailing Victoria Hesketh as everything right with UK SynthPop, we followed her career through the early singles and YouTube videos to her major label début album Hands in 2009. Hands, while obviously being the result of a push to make Little Boots a bona-fide Pop Star (something she didn’t need any help with, having already become so organically), Hands revelled in Victoria’s Italo, Disco and SynthPop influences and wore her love of interesting synthesizer music on it’s sleeve through the glossy Pop veneer. 2013’s follow up album, Nocturnes, allowed Boots, now free of major label constraint to deliver a blistering journey through dark Techno and Deep House in an ElectroPop vessel; truly Avant-Garde in places, perfect Pop in others. This interweaving of catchy hits, intoxicating floorfillers and synth geek noodling appeals to all our interests, and it’s why we’ve been on team Boots since day-one. The reason for telling you all that is context; Victoria releases her third studio album, Working Girl, this week and it really does sound like distilled Little Boots. Listen up.

You can’t really begin to talk about Working Girl without briefly touching on aesthetics. We’re not in any way a design website so we won’t go on about it but we are enjoying Little Boots’ 80s pastel power-suited vibe for two reasons. Firstly we love a good concept, and speaking of her time in the music industry resulting in her taking control of her own career and setting up her label, On Repeat Records in a fun, nostalgic way works brilliantly (have you seen the accessories? post-it notes and whatnot. marketing genius!). Secondly; 80s nostalgia is used a lot these days, by a lot of artist, but it’s always the same. The whole palm tree, laser grid, that Purple Rain font, vibe is all well and good if that’s your jam but it;’ not really representative of the actual 80s. It’s especially odd when we see UK artists claiming retro credibility while using imagery that bears little to no relation the the experience of Britain in that decade (save for the odd TV advert). It’s not so often that an British artist comes along taking cues of a particularly British style of 80s as Victoria has done here, it makes it feel more authentic and relatable. (Sorry for sounding all *shudder* UKIP for a second there (“British 80s for British people!” LOL), but the fact is that the 80s didn’t just happen in Miami, which we think most bands seem to forget.).

So, to the music. Little Boots drops you right into the vibe with a Remedy backed answering machine Intro before launching right into the album’s title track (and also we would imagine Victoria’s theme tune), a well rounded DancePop track that has a classic boot’s sound with an added huge, growling, bassline. Really, the track sums up Little Boots for us; deep and heady grooves, playful and noisy synths, and cheery Pop vocals that belie a razor sharp sarcastic wit. No Pressure drags the album straight to the dancefloor with one of the records finest grooves. A sleek 90s House sound permeates No Pressure and Victoria’s hushed performance glides over a hook worthy of your finest warehouse moves. No Pressure’s hypnotics sit in contrast next to the driving synth Funk of Get Things Done, with a Bootsy-esque bassline and energetic melody supporting Victoria’s motivational mantras. Working Girl comes complete with a few track from Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP of earlier this year. The eclectic tribal alt-Pop of Taste It and the lush 90s DancePop of Heroine are present and correct alongside the EP’s rapid fire title track manifesto. Elsewhere the record glides effortlessly from one feel to another as  the pulsating American Pop stylings of Real Girl play out shoulder to shoulder with the dreamy, almost Chillwave, swirling and reverb washed sounds of Help Too. The Game injects the album with some serious late 80s Top Of The Pops vibe. A rich and jaunty ElectroPop tune with a nod to piano House and a beat that would be right at home on Radio 1 in 88. We get eased out of Working Girl with the lush, emotional Paradise and the first single from the album, Better In The Morning; a track that is exemplary of Little Boots’ lovable quirk-Pop. An intimate and carefree tune that leaves the listener on a high. And there we have it; Working Girl is definitely an album worthy of your attention and another example of why Little Boots is probably the most interesting SynthPop artist working today. Leave your preconceptions at the door.

♫ Little Boots – Working Girl

♫ Little Boots – No Pressure

♫ Little Boots – Better In The Morning

♫ Little Boots – Taste It

Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.

Buy Little Boots’ music from:

[Audio] Kate Boy’s ‘Midnight Sun’

 

Kate_Boy

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.

Buy Kate Boy’s music from:

[Video] Parallels’ ‘Civilisation’

 

Civilization by Parallels  Official Video    YouTube

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.

Buy Parallels’ music from:

[Video] JBAG’s ‘Everybody (Come On)’

 

JBAG   Everybody  Come On   feat Shindu   Official Video    YouTube

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.

Buy JBAG’s music from:

[Audio] Ryan Riot & Ay Wing’s ‘Broken Doll’ (+ Punks Jump Up reMix)

 

Ryan Riot

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.

Buy Ryan Riot’s music from:

    

[Video] Arches’ ‘New Love’

 

Arches   New Love  Official Video  ft. Karen Harding   YouTube

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.

Buy Arches’ music from:

[Audio] Mirror People’s ‘I Need Your Love’ reMixed by 2CV

 

Mirror People

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.

Buy Mirror People’s music from:

[Video] Pyramid’s ‘Film Noir’

 

Pyramid   Film Noir ft. Holy Oysters   YouTube

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.

Buy Pyramid’s music from:

[Download] Sunrise HWY cover Happy Mondays’ ‘Kinky Afro’

 

sunrise-hwy

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.

Buy Sunrise HWY’s music from:

 

[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘No Pressure’

 

little-boots

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.

Buy Little Boots’ music from: