[Audio] IYES’ ‘So Crazy’

 

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Whoop! There’s a new tune from Brighton based ElectroPop experimentalists IYES. Last year this duo really did the business with a string of tunes, such as Breathe and Toys, which were not only catchy and compelling, but also interesting as hell. These guys have a new EP (the first of many to come), as they put it, brewing; and right now you can have a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming release in the form of the first track to be taken from Part One. This is So Crazy.

So Crazy takes it’s time to get started; rocking a minute of intro, an effected vocal and synthesizer brap that eases it’s way into IYES return to ChipTune sounds and an introspective vocal. So Crazy fills itself with IYES particularly unique blend of Future R&B, Bass and ecclectic electronic sound, wrapping you in a smokey and enveloping groove. Vocals spark with passion while the duo use abrasive synthetic sound in a way that creates beauty. We’re very much looking forward to the EP, and the EP after that, and the EP after that…

♫ IYES – So Crazy

IYES’ Part One EP is out soon.

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[Audio] Chvrches’ ‘Leave A Trace’

 

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So. Here’s the first single from Glaswegian ElectroPop geniuses Chvrches’ forthcoming sophomore album. Scary, huh? The trio’s début record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is one of our favourite records of the decade, if not of all time. But we’ve been burnt before. How often does some ElectroPop shining star come along with a mind blowing première release only to follow that up, after a little success, with a more ‘authentic’ Indie-Folk second album or whatnot. ElectroPop isn’t a stepping stone people! Every Open Eye is due out in September and Leave A Trace is out first hint of what to expect. And it’s good!

You can all stop holding your breath now. Leave A Trace is pure ElectroPop. Pure Chvrches. And top quality Chvrches too, this track sees them on top of their game and sounding slightly more eclectic while still sitting comfortably within the Chvrches we know and love. Maybe there’s a bit more of a swing in it’s step. Maybe the sing-a-long chorus is a tad more rabble rousing this time. There’s something a little different in Leave A Trace amongst the more-of-the-same. Oh yes, the sparking synths, machine beats and Lauren’s heart well and truly on her sleeve are all present and correct here. In short: phew. Also, excited.

♫ Chvrches – Leave A Trace

Chvrches’ second album Every Open Eye is released 25th September.

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[Audio] Dots Per Inch’s ‘Take It Slow’

 

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One of the rising stars of the UK House scene, and in out humble opinion one who deserves a lot more attention, is Dots Per Inch. We’ve featured a number of his tunes on the site, each one some consistently solid work from this enigmatic producer. His latest offering is Take It Slow, which one again sees him teaming up with singer Bia to deliver some infections and funky sounds. Check it out.

Take It Slow adds a little soulful sheen to DPI’s big House sound. With a rich, vintage feel (including a little record crackle) the London based beat wrangler serves up another of his fine blend of UK Deep House and classic early 90s House vibes. Combining an intoxicating, warm mood, that’s ripe for getting lost in on the dancefloor, with energetic and nostalgic passages, Dots Per Inch has served up another sure fire floorfiller.

♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Take It Slow

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[Audio] Ben Macklin’s ‘Never Giving Up’

 

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Heads up! There’s a new single from Ben Macklin around! Never Giving Up is out this week and features some sultry vocals from Charlotte Holmes. The track is the latest in a solid line of on-point singles from Ben this year, he’s flitted from mood to mood, from funky to laid back, in his recent releases and this one seems to neatly tie them all together. Sit back and enjoy some chilled robotic Disco.

Ben mixes together a little Italo, a little Tropical and a little Disco on Never Giving Up. Riding the buoyant groove of a synthetic European bassline, Macklin submits waves of lush synths and dreamy 90s chimes. Holmes’ vocals drift across the track like curling smoke with a vague 90s vibe of their own. Keeping things on a holiday tip Ben rolls in some cheeky Island purcussion. Leave your worries at the door.

♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Charlotte Holmes) – Never Giving Up

Ben Macklin’s Never Giving Up is out now.

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[Audio] Moonlight Matters reMixes Hot Chip’s ‘Need You Now’

 

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We haven’t heard a lot of Moonlight Matters recently. Easily on of our favourite producers to emerge in the last few years, Seba Vandevoorde seems to have been concentrating on his other musical output (with Jochen from Sound Of Stereo as Arches) of late, which is awesome but we’ve been missing the big Italo infused House and Boogie that MM delivers. So we’re excited that there a new MM reMix in tow, not only that but it’s a reMix of an utterly awesome song; the current single from UK Indie-ElectroPop powerhouses Hot Chip, Need You Now.

Moonlight Matters turns the tune into a massive Piano driven House monster. Loaded to bursting point with growling keys, skippy beats and a cinematic progression, Seba’s work here turns the track into a bombastic floorfiller that feels like it has a very physical energy of it’s own. A driving, kinetic quality that makes for a totally compelling dance track. Alexis’ vocals are just to just the right extent to tie the track together while Moonlight Matters tempers the driving, thick synths with gently melodies weaving in and out of the track’s robust core. And then the piano kicks in…..

♫ Hot Chip – Need You Now (Moonlight Matters reMix)

Hot Chip’s Need You Now (reMixes) is out now.

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[Audio] MiGHty mOUse’s ‘Luna’

 

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Luna is the new single from one of Disco’s most jet-setting producers MiGHty mOUse. The first in a slew of club tracks the mOUse will be releasing in the coming months, Luna was born on his US DJ tour earlier this year and is the premièr entry in a series of tracks crafted purely for the dancefloor. He is releasing it at just the right time too; as of the weather has got great and festival season is kicking off this is exactly the kind of tune to set the mood. Check it out.

Luna is a track that neatly mixes MiGHty mOUse’s Cosmic Disco roots with a majestic left-field House sound and just a hint of Californian Dreamwave. Quirky and playful, Luna anchors itself on an uplifting piano hook and warm SynthWave keys. Around this appealing core MiGHty mOUse injects an array of quizzical synth sounds and warm, lush vocal samples. Rolled over a thumping beat and a rumbling bassline’’, it makes for a surefire summer crowd pleaser. Banging, but not too banging. Chilled, but not too chilled. Luna is the perfect middle ground.

♫ MiGHty mOUse – Luna

MiGHty mOUse’s Luna is out now.

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[Audio] Duett reMixes Kill Me Softly’s ‘Blue Lights’

 

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Kill Me Softly the slick collaboration between Nude Disco’s Verne and Paul Harris from Paul Harris. October 2013 saw them initially impress us with their debut single Catch featuring Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight. It’s been a long time coming but this week finally sees the release of the follow up single and a host of associated remixes. The track features vocals from London based singer/songwriter Sam Obernik and is titled Blue Lights. Pride of place on the remix collection ghost of this track premièring right here. Check out some sterling work from Duett, alter-ego of the one and only Ben Macklin.

Original of blue lights is a jaunty and nostalgic slice of buoyant ElectroPop, with a cheeky, almost Post-punk vocal feel. Duett smooths down the tracks spiky edges with his own smooth brand of laid back Dreamwave. Ben’s duet sound, exceedingly 80s soft focus synths and slow crashing waves of rich vintage keys works perfectly with the early 80s vocal Style. Lovely stuff lazy days in the sun.

♫ Kill Me Softly (Feat. Sam Obernik) – Blue Lights (Duett reMix)

♫ Kill Me Softly (Feat. Sam Obernik) – Blue Lights (Radio Edit)

.Kill Me Softly’s Blue Lights is out now.

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[Audio] Julio Bashmore reMixes Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Last month the Disclosure dropped Holding On, the first single from their forthcoming new album Caracal. Featuring vocals from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter the track is a warm and glowing slice of UK Deep House. This tune has now been given a relentless dancefloor reMix by Bristolian producer Julio Bashmore. Most likely for slated for a forthcoming reMix single, ‘cos there’s no way this track and stay unreleased.

Bashmore takes his time building up hypnotic groove based on undulating loops. Contrasting the reMixes rumbling baseline and knife edge hook with Porter’s comfortable and soulful vocal makes for an intoxicating six minutes. Loaded with a classic build, and groove you can get lost in, this track is summer festival gold and not to be confused with Bashmore’s own Holding On.

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On (Julio Bashmore’s Elevated Mix)

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Audio] Mindscramble reMixes Belleville’s ‘Capture’

 

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Coming together in November of last year Belleville are recently formed indie electro act. Comprising of Maria Christofi and Richard Baldwin, of indie outfit kites, the duo launched the new endeavour with the single Capture. Eight months later the single is given a new lease of life by Manchester Synthwaver Mindscramble who has served up some soaring synths for your listening pleasure. Check it out.

Bubbling basslines kick off this remix as Mindscramble drops rumbling arpeggios to back an array of swelling synths. Not before too long he introduces a solid italo beat and pinprick leads to counter the low smoky vocals provided by the original. Mindscramble’s productions appear to have come on in leaps and bounds with a clean mix and well balanced sound. Give this slick reMix of Capture a listen.

♫ Belleville – Capture (Mindscramble reMix)

Belleville’s Capture is out now

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[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Working Girl’ album

 

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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.

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