We love unexpected surprises, and this week there was a big one in the form of a new tune, and release details from SynthWaver Com Truise. His new EP is due for release in February next year on Ghostly International to be titled Wave 1. The EP will include this track, a collaboration with Joel Ford (from Ejecta and Ford & Lopatin) called Declination.
Declination is a robust slice of Electro Boogie. A lush retro SynthPop track with heaps of vintage electric Soul and a B-Boy vibe. With a killer bassline, swathes of 80s synths, the track is the prefect launch-pad for Ford’s period fitting vocals. The chorus in particular, is just so authentically 80s it’s easy to forget this is a new release. We think it might be because of the hint of Scritti Politti in the vocals, or the synth stabs sitting amongst the punchy bass, or the Labyrinth-soundtrack-like bells. Whatever the reason, Truise is teasing us with another storming release of retro Electro.
♫ Com Truise (Feat. Joel Ford) – Declination
Com Truise’ Wave 1 EP is released 18th February 2014.
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Currently, Bristol House heard GotSome’s Bassline is seriously blowing up, and we couldn’t be happier for them. This duo definitely has a big future, and whatever they follow Bassline up with is just going to keep that momentum going. The track itself, though, has been given this gloriously groovy workout by Kentucky’s bassmaster Amtrac. Enjoy.
Amtrac keeps thinks deep with his version of the track, utilising subby tones with gentle, evolving chords to deliver a low-slung mood. With a slight hint of Techyness and a sprinkling of Techno amongst his body moving House, Amtrac brings a Robo-Disco quality to GotSome’s festival floorfiller. A real late-night jam, with a few surprises toward the end.
♫ GotSome (Feat. Get Along Gang) – Bassline (Amtrac reMix)
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There You Are is the latest tune from French producer and On The Fruit Records shot-caller Freak You. This lush ElectroPop opus boasts a whole host of amazing collaborative names. Not only was a touch of production wizardry lent by Mr. James Yuill, but vocal duties on the this track are carried out by none other than Bright Light Bright Light. Can it be anything other than amazing?
With a slight dusting of House, and an even subtler dusting of Tropical sounds, There You Are is a deep, warm and mesmerising ElectroPop tune with enough dancefloor funky to be considered Disco-y but Poppy enough to storm the charts. Rod’s vocals are simple but very effective, choosing to opt for a hypnotic refrain while Franck delivers on the promise of full beats, body shaking basslines and big emotional rushes in all the right places. Intelligent SynthPop at it’s finest, not pandering to any trend, just serving up quality.
♫ Freak You (Feat. Bright Light Bright Light) – There You Are
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Here’s a brand new track from Bristolian party monsters The Other Tribe. We don’t know what it’s for. We don’t know if it’s going to be released. It’s just a new track OK? Sometimes having all the answers doesn’t matter. Just turn up the amp, and let Nobody Else invade your mind. (It is probably their next single though, this is, after all, a radio friendly Edit of the track, but shush, don’t worry about it).
Nobody Else is the guys current live set closer. It’s a good choice to end a set on too, it’s got that ‘just keep dancing’ feel to it, keeps the crowd wanting more. the track shows off The Other Tribes trademark combination of House grooves, manic tribal purcussion, Tropical vibes and an Indie sensibility. The result, as per-usual, is an exhilarating and tight House/Pop tune that is both intelligent and rowdy at the same time. Heartfelt vocals and some hands-in-the-air moments are just the icing on the cake.
♫ The Other Tribe – Nobody Else (Edit)
The Other Tribe’s My Girl single is out now.
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The Cosmic Disco champion who only thinks big, Todd Terje, is back with two brand new tunes on his new single. We knew a new epic release was due this week, we weren’t prepared for just how SynthWave the single’s lead track, Spiral is though. It’s pretty amazing, alongside it’s B-side, Q, it represents over twenty minutes of blissful retro synth Disco that it’s hard not to loose yourself in. The man’s working on his début full length record, due next year, and these two tracks have us more excited than ever for it’s release.
Spiral is really, really, SynthWave. Surprisingly so for someone so knows for quirky, Scandinavian Cosmic Disco. But Spiral is an 80s soundtrack masterpiece. With a pumping bassline and starlight arpeggios, Spiral builds up a tension, adding vintage synth stabs to the mix until the track pauses briefly for a big drop, then slams on the accelerator with a massive synth riff a thick chords. It’s B-side, Q, is a little more traditionally Terje. Cowbells and quirky, reedy, synth hooks create that tundra sound we are so used to from him. Hypnotic and fun, Q proves Norwegian Cosmic Disco can’t be beat.
♫ Todd Terje – Spiral
♫ Todd Terje – Q
Todd Terje’s Spiral is out now on his own Olsen imprint.
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Here’s one tune we’ve been eagerly awaiting for a while now. London’s Disco don MiGHty mOUse and Awesome faceless SynthPop duo Monarchy together on one track. Somewhat of a spiritual follow up to the mOUse’s reMix of Monarchy’s Disintegration, this tune delivers on the price of infectious Cosmic Disco and soaring Pop vocals at the same time as presenting one of the catchiest tracks either of them have released to date.
With a head nodding bass groove courtesy of MiGHty mOUse’s Du Tonc partner in crime, Matt Van Shie, the mOUse style Disco is infused with a brass section whose hook will literally be stuck in your head all day and all manner of sweeping synths. The perfect vintage dancefloor accompaniment for some heartfelt vocals. All-in-all, In Front Of Our Friends is really nice. Lyrically, musically, vocally, just nice. People don’t write enough nice music these days.
♫ MiGHty mOUse (Feat. Monarchy) – In Front Of Our Friends (Disco Mix)
MiGHty mOUse & Monarchy’s In Front Of Our Friends is out now.
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Night Patrol is the new single from the French House legend that is Lifelike. Released next month on his own label, Computer Science, Night Patrol is something to get excited about, as Lifelike originals come too far apart these days, although his collaboration with Tommi Bavo earlier this year was pretty awesome. So sit back an enjoy some of Lifelike’s sweet electronic sounds.
Laidback, smooth and utterly funky, Night Patrol sees Lifelike in familiar territory with slick beats, head nodding basslines and starlight arpeggios. Adding to the track’s atmosphere is a nice selection of police car sirens and general nocturnal street noise, giving the track an urban groove amongst it’s razor sharp nostalgic synths. Night Patrol is the perfect title for this one, load it up before heading out this weekend.
♫ Lifelike – Night Patrol (Radio Edit)
Lifelike’s Night Patrol is released 2nd December.
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The duo Lazyboy are far far from lazy, and to be honest, pretty far from being boys too. This team-up consists of our summer festival overlord, DJ and Sunday Best head honcho Rob Da Bank and London-based producer Dan Carey, a man who credits CSS, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue amongst his musical conquests. Their new single, their first for years and years, Pica Disco, is set to inject a little Balearic sunshine into your winter (unless you live in Australia, in which case just chuck this in your hot weather jams pile, as you might chuck another shrimp on the you-know-what).
An artful mashup of Krautrock, Guitar funk and live dance beats, Pica Disco is a hypnotic groover which leans toward the Scandinavian end of Cosmic Disco, although slightly more Indified. Personally, we could have done with a little less guitar and some synths, but you know us, we’re picky as hell. Regardless, what you’ve got here is an infectious, rolling four minutes of good-time live Disco.
♫ Lazyboy – Pica Disco (Original Mix)
Lazyboy’s Pica Disco is out now.
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OK, stop what you;re dong and listen to this right now, ‘cos it’s bloody brilliant. Glaswegian ElectroPop apparitions Chvrches’ début track, Lies, is re-released with a full reMix package next month. We already posted the not-bad Tourist reMix, which, frankly, pales in comparison from this huge slice of Boogie coming from sometime experimentalist and obvious retro sounds lover Ikonika.
Ikonika delivers her very finest 80s synths and stabs on this one. Frantic B-boy beats and a pulsating synth bass keep the energy levels so far up, choppy samples of the vocals and massive 80s chord hits just adding to the nostalgic dance party that is this reMix. The song itself is left, wisely, intact, but give a whole new twist with hints of electronic Soul retro Pop. There even a lush string section to instil little emotional connection, on and a phone ringing off the hook, which kinda’ works, lyrically. Anyway, it’s, frankly, amazing, and a definite contender for reMix of the year.
♫ Chvrches – Lies (Ikonika reMix)
Chvrches re-release Lies on 2nd December, their début full length record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is out now.
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Some neat analog Disco for you right now in the form of the forthcoming new single from Belgian duo Villa. Released later this month with reMixes from the likes of MiGHty mOUse, The Shoes and Borussia, If I, is the follow up to their single Mint of earlier this year and nicely coincides with the release of their reMix of Röyksopp & Susanne Sundfør’s Running To The Sea.
If typical recent Villa fashion, If I displays an undulating waling bassline and some raw sounding drums. The sparse track slowly builds itself along it’s three and a half minute length, each section of the song adding a new synth line of Disco lick, until the track is a vintage synth workout and you can;t help but like. The slightly cautious vocal does it’s job, but never matches the infectious Disco insanity of the music, still it serves as a nice compliment to the track though.
♫ Villa – If I
Villa’s If I is released 26th November.
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