Here’s the latest single from one of our favourite producers, London based Swede Blende. So far this guy’s track record is nothing short of flawless and for his new single he’s teamed up with Belgian singer and frequent Hercules And Love Affair and Moonlight Matters collaborator Stef Caers A.K.A. Gustaph for Running. The single is out now on the inimitable Eskimo Recordings and features reMix work from Kraak & Smaak and Knight One. Check out the Turbofunk fuelled track below.
High octane Robo-Funk with that particular snarling Blende rumble; Running is a powerhouse of a tune. Skippy beats, growling bass, and picked synth sounds fall into place throughout the track to be complimented by uplifting horns and wicked little licks to bring an infectious groove that feels like both vintage and futuristic Disc at the same time. Gustaph’s now quite recognisable vocals are the perfect accompaniment, giving that track that extra sense of drama and flair. Blende does it again.
One of Sweden’s finest synthesizer exports Johan Agebjörn is gearing up for the release of his new solo album. The ElectroPop, Italo and disco producer extraordinaire and half of Sally Shapiro, is taking a different tack with his latest opus. Notes is a collection of largely instrumental pieces eschewing his usual infectious grooves for more cerebral and emotional works taking the likes of Young Galaxy, Sally Shapiro along for the ride. The first single is the sublime The Right To Play, check it out below.
Despite being almost beatless, The Right To Play finds itself a strong and energetic rhythm. An intertwining symphony of synthesizer and electric piano, the track is a dreamlike escapade that sees chiming leads dance playfully around each other. The result is, in one word, enchanting. DreamPoppers Korallreven step up for reMix duties, chipping away a little at the tracks light and delivering an enigmatic and moody mirror image driven by robotic beats.
♫ Johan Agebjörn – The Right To Play
♫ Johan Agebjörn – The Right To Play (Korallreven reMix)
Johan Agebjörn’s The Right To Play is released today.
The Binary collective’s most avant-garde alumni Keenhouse is gearing up for the release of his latest long player. Titled A Future Past the album, coming early next year, continues in the Keenhouse tradition of deep synthesizer experimentalism, whist keeping things jazzy and solidly groovy. The first single from the forthcoming album is Argon Decibel; Keenhouse is about to get soundtrack-y.
A laid back, live sounding, jazz mood permeates Argon Decibel. Pairing the lush synths with brushed beats and a smooth horn section, the track evokes smokey café vibes but with an electronic Sci-Fi slant. Introduced by an imposing string sections, the track soon eases into it’s warm style, peppered with half heard vocals and looped effects. Keenhouse is thinking outside the box again.
♫ Keenhouse – Argon Decibel
Keenhouse’s A Future Past is released 22nd January 2015.
One of London’s most interesting artists Leo Kalyan has dropped another new tune to brighten up your week. Stranger was co-written by Leo with Shift K3Y, and sees Leo as ecclectic as ever while he roots himself with an R&B groove, giving him a solid base with wich to go musically nuts over. Keep it on a laid back tip!
Stranger is smooth-as-hell, Leo’s silky voice stealing the show, but almost jostling to hold back the waves of ecclectic electronic sounds. Keeping things spacious, letting every element of the tune have room to breather, Kalyan and Shift K3Y create a smokey soundscape. Stranger is both instinctively emotional and a multi layered synthetic enigma; turn it up and delve into it’s electronic mystery.
Dapper Disco dons Ride The Universe take us back to the heady golden days of the mid-2000s Disco resurgence with the gloriously retro slice of French Touch. It’s also a cover of a dance track, which is an odd proposition, and a brave one too as covering a track produced entirely with samples and synths could all –to-easily fall into the trap of just being a recreation rather than your own take on a song. The song in question is Ian Pooley’s 2000 Funky House floorfiller 900 Degrees; how do Ride The Universe do?
Not bad at all as it turns out. It’s a pretty faithful representation of the original, albeit with a beefier sound and more of a driving Disco groove, befitting todays dancefloors. We still not sure what constitutes a cover in this instance, more than a reproduction or even a reMix, but it you stop worrying and sink into the tune you’ll find something to drag you to the dancefloor. The end result, as we mentioned, turns out to be classic sounding French Touch. We would have liked to hear a bit more Ride The Universe’s personality in the track; but then again we just want to hear more from Ride The Universe full stop.
The funky Disco spike in Australian/Swedish ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s career to day, their collaboration with Comic Disco dog LindstrømGames For Girls has been brought back into their more familiar ElectroPop territory with this storming new reMix from our favourite Parisians lost in London, The Penelopes. As Say Lou Lou ramp up to the release of their début album, Lucid Dreaming, early next year, this is the prefect tune to bring the hype.
The Penelopes lay on the Tropical grooves thick to keep things fresh, but the main crux of the reMix is turbocharging the groove. This is a slamming dancefloor take on the tune; the beats pound, the basses pop and the builds go stratospheric. A punchy synth symphony that’s perfectly at home with Say Lou Lou’s vocals, which are kept largely intact here. the Penelopes have turned in an awesome, adrenaline spiking track that we’re saving for the weekend.
♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls (The Penelopes reMix)
Say Lou Lou’s début Album Lucid Dreaming is released 2nd February.
Here’s the latest slice of synthesizer goodness from The C90s’ Danny Ashenden in his Earl Grey guise. It;’s for Australian producer Tunnel Signs who’s teamed up with the half of Act Yo Age and awfully named Jerk Boy to release Traxworks, a pretty slick and rumbling Techno track that Earl Grey lifts into space-age House territory.
Earl Grey’s take on the tune is a glorious burbling House track that leans heavily both on Acid and Cosmic Disco with a sweet does of Bleep House thrown in for good measure (and seeing as Bleep House is one of our favourite forms of House music, that seriously endears the track to us). Danny keeps the track spacious and atmospheric, with layers of Sci-Fi soundscaping, but never looses sight of that tight tight warehouse vibe; delivering an out-of-body dancefloor experience.
♫ Tunnel Signs & Jerk Boy – Traxworks (Earl Grey ‘Tunnel Of Love’ reMix)
Tunnel Signs & Jerk Boy’s Traxwork is out 26th November.
Hey look! there’s a tune with features both Ben Macklin and Deep Sound Express, two artists that we’ve given a fair bit of support to in the past. Well, we say ‘support’, it’s not like we’re lending them money or anything, or helping out round the house, or comforting them in times of grief. It’s more of a waving a flag at the side-lines kinda’ support. We’re certainly not load bearing. So, here’s Mr. Macklin reMixing a track that first featured on Pole Position Recordings and Glam Jam Artists’ Pole Jam Vinyl label’s début release.
Deep Sound Express’ After Rain features the vocals of Raha and is generally considered one of Pole Positions finest moments; so they’ve just released a reMix package for the track. Enter Ben Macklin. Ben serves up a smooth and soulful take on the tune. Warm and retro, the track conjures the Electro Soul of the 80s and Poolside Disco of the now and peppers it with a laid back Piano House flavour. The slickest of slick jams.
♫ Deep Sound Express (Feat. Raha) – After Rain (Ben Macklin reMix)
Deep Sound Express’ After Rain reMixes is out now.
Sorry IYES, we’re a bit behind with this one. Because stuff. Anyway, the Brighton ElectroPop duo continue to impress with their unique, emotional and powerful sound. Glow, a track that’s been kicking around for a while now, is finally getting a proper release. Ecclectic stuff.
Check out the video, directed by Kenny McCracken, which appears to feature the duo being uncovered with sand.
Russian kings of funk infused ElectroPop, Tesla Boy’s new single is an ode to synths. Which we guess if like some old Rock dude singing about how much he loves guitars. Frankly, we can think of few better subject matters for songs. “I’m not so cool or happy, I’m gonna’ sing about keyboards and synths” has surely got to be one of the best lyrics ever written, no?
Loaded with Tesla Boy’s trademark synth funk, Keyboards & Synths serves-up everything we look for in a new tune from these guys. That big squelchy analog bass, warbling keys, Disco beats; there even a slight Electro-Funk vibe to the bridge. Tesla Boy have always, from day one, been able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Chromeo, maybe it’s time for them to be as huge?