[Audio] Todd Terje reMixes Jaga Jazzist’s ‘Oban’

 

Jaga Jazzist

Ready for another ten minute Cosmic Disco freak out from the wonderful Mr. Todd Terje? Ever the tasteful lot, the crew over at Ninja Tune have called on the Norwegian groovemeister to reMix Oban, the new 12” from freeform eight piece Jaga Jazzist. Actually, they all hail from Oslo, so are probably homies and hang out and brap all the time. Todd really indulges himself on this cut, so settle in and enjoy.

Stripping most out of the Jazz out of the equation, Todd rides the breakbeat with waves of space age synths; making the reMix a Norwegian Disco epic with an old school Hip Hop feel. An undulating symphony of burbles and swooshes that jokey for attention over a hypnotic walking bassline. Punctuated by rousing string section, this is everything you look for in a Terje track. Tundra Disco at it’s finest.

♫ Jaga Jazzist – Oban (Todd Terje reMix)

Jaga Jazzist’s Oban 12” is released 25th May.

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[Audio] Dots Per Inch’s ‘Too Far’

 

Dots Per Inch

UK House rising star Dots Per Inch has served up another new tune. This one is his forthcoming new single for the London based Xylo label. Too Far sees Dots Per Inch teaming up with vocalist Bia in a track that crosses club and radio play boundaries. It’s Dots Per Inch’s most song oriented tune so far; turn up the bass.

Bai’s soulful yet slightly vulnerable voice glides perfectly over Dots Per Inch’s sweet combination od House, Bass and a little Garage skip. Aimed at summer dancefloors, this tune even brings a little Topical vibe to the booming bass as DPI peppers the track with an Island melody guaranteed to go down a treat at festivals this year. Too Far neatly packages Garage Rhythms, Deep House bass and a compelling groove with a sing-a-long chorus in a huge crowd pleaser.

♫ Dots Per Inch (Feat. Bia) – Too Far (Original Mix)

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[Audio] Tensnake’s ‘Keep On Talking’

 

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After a couple of years of releasing rock solid tracks and reMixes, last year German retro-House producer Marco Niemerski A.K.A. Tensnake dropped his début album, Glow, which, for our money, is easily one of the finest releases of the decade; narrowly coming runner up in our favourite albums of 2014 (had the number one album not existed Glow would have had no competition for the top spot). We weren’t expecting follow up material so soon, but this week the man announced his new single, a double A-side consisting of Keep On Talking and The Walk to be released in June on how own label (and one of our favourite vinyl leaning labels right now) True Romance. Give Keep On Talking a listen.

Led by a woozy electric organ riff, Keep On Talking lays on the Boogie thick with a rubbery synth bassline boinging (yup, ‘boinging’) up and down through reigning in the extravagant lead hook. A buoyant summery House tune, Tensnake works his usual skills in effortlessly blending a retro vibe with upfront dance sounds. As with most of the man’s tunes, fun is that main factor here, it’s an exhilarating nostalgic floorfiller which works those Roland non-808/909 drum machines to their fullest. Dipping and building in just the right places, expect to hear Keep On Talking on a few floors this summer.

♫ Tensnake – Keep On Talking

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[Audio] Makala Cheung’s ‘A Little Deeper’

 

Makala Cheung

Bristolian singer/songwriter Makala Cheung is mixing up ElectroPop with Oriental flavours and a moody atmosphere on her new single A Little Deeper. Released next month, A Little Deeper is the third single from her forthcoming album, Moon, which sounds like it’s set to be her most mature and confident release to date. She’s also one of Bristol’s ‘Happiness Champions’; I gotta’ be honest, I didn’t know we had happiness champions, but somehow feel better knowing that we do.

A Little Deeper is a way from happy though. A melancholy lament set to a dramatic and cinematic symphony of growling subs, rousing synths and an array of oriental instrumentation. With an avant-garde edge to it, this is a tune that draws you into it’s exotic and pain ridden world and doesn’t let you out. Intricately crafted and honestly delivered, A Little Deeper feels both personal and alien at the same time. Also, it’s quite catchy too, which is always nice.

♫ Makala Cheung – A Little Deeper

Makala Cheung’s A Little Deeper is released 11th May,

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[Audio] Ben Mono’s ‘Gamma’

 

Ben Mono

Out in May is the new release from dancefloor renaissance man Ben Mono on MadTech. It’s taken from MadTech’s MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation alongside the likes of Human Life, Bontan, Celsius, Leftwing & Kody, Josh Butler and Alexis Raphael. The track, Gamma, sees Mono in Deep House mode but giving it a twist of something close to our hearts, Bleep House. Check it out.

The lead lines or hooks of Gamma could have been taken directly from a release in the brief golden ear of the Warp Records cantered Bleep House scene. The Sci-Fi stabs and synthetic House robo-riffs could easily slide onto any number of records from that period; but here Mono layers them over a booming, festival ready, UK Deep House rhythm section. This is machine funk at it’s finest. Whether you came for the bass or to jack, this one’s got it all.

♫ Ben Mono – Gamma

Ben Mono’s Gamma is taken from the MadTech 02: Ibiza compilation; released 11th May.

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[Audio] FM-84’s ‘Neon Sunrise’

 

FM-84

We’ve been sent a few tracks by FM-84 recently that have quite impressed up (not enough time in the day to write about everything though); but this new one, Neon Sunrise, is his best to date. FM-84 is a Scot by the name of Colin Bennett who currently resides in San Francisco where he turned his production attention to SynthWave late last year. His tunes have been getting steadily better, to the point where Neon Sunrise had us hooked from the first beat.

The reason being that this beat kicks. A powerful mixture of 80s Pop and B-Boy beats provides a rock solid backing for waves of densely layered synth work. Awash with thick pads and starlight melodies, Neon Sunrise serves up a plethora of uplifting and euphoric retro sounds. If this doesn’t put a nostalgic smile on your face you may be a little wrong inside. You might want to see someone about that. Meanwhile, us right thinking people will be eagerly awaiting the next tune from FM-84.

♫ FM-84 – Neon Sunrise

FM-84’s Neon Sunrise is out now

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[Audio] Maethelvin’s ‘Lost In Big City’

 

Maethelvin

Complete surprise! Out of nowhere, pioneer of the Dreamwave and SynthWave sound, and Valerie collective O.G., Maethelvin has released an album! Save for a solitary track in 2013 we though we’d heard the last from one of our favourite artists of the time back in 2012. Maethelvin was a staple of the Valerie crew since the beginning, back in 2007 but never properly released anything other than a limited edition 7” with Stephen Falken. His new record is called CS005, being part of Valerie’s Composer series and is out this week. The album pretty much collects all his original tunes, some previously hard to find, in one place; we’re so excited to be listening to a full length record from this guy.

Lost In A Big City originally appeared on the absolute legendary classic compilation album Valerie And Friends back in 2009. Quintessentially Dreamwave, this is the prefect example of the sound that stared it all. Punchy beats and gritty, cinematic apreggios drive this powerhouse of a track underneath catchy little Synth Funk melodies. Walking the line between abrasive, high-octane Electro and Disco-fuelled SynthPop, Lost In Big City exemplifies Maethelvin’s, and the original SynthWave, sound

♫ Maethelvin – Lost In Big City

Maethelvin’s CS005 is out now.

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[Audio] Crystal Castles’ ‘Frail’

 

Crystal Castles

What do Crystal Castles sound like without Alice Glass? Well, it looks like were about to find out. Really, we weren’t sure Crystal Castles was even still a thing, but the remaining member, Ethan Kath, has just uploaded a brand new tune, with vocals by someone called Edith, titled Frail. The accompanying blub feels a tad bitchy: “I wish my former vocalist the best of luck in her future endeavours. I think it can be empowering for her to be in charge of her own project. It should be rewarding for her considering she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs. (She’s not on “Untrust Us”. “Not In Love”, “Vanished”, “Crimewave”, “Vietnam”, “Magic Spells”, “Knights”, “Air War”, “Leni”, “Lovers Who Uncover”, “Violent Youth”, “Reckless”, “Year of Silence”, “Intimate”, “1991”, “Good Time”, “Violent Dreams”, etc.). People often gave her credit for my lyrics and that was fine, I didn’t care.”. Honestly, we didn’t know she wasn’t on so many of CC’s hits, but she was still the front-person of the band; the bands energy and face. We guess we’ll just have to see where things progress to from here.

Frail does sound sounds pretty Crystal Castles-y. I don’t know why we might have expected it to sound otherwise. The rousing and evocative rave synths are in place, alongside the pounding drums and heavily modulated vocals. It has the driving energy of the best of Crystal Castles. The beats sound a little disjointed, but that grows on you. It’s a solid Crystal Castles tune, but we can’t help feeling that Alice’s departure might have been a good point to try something different. nonetheless, it;s nice to have a new CC tune on the playlist.

♫ Crystal Castles – Frail

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[Audio] Monsieur Adi’s ‘Runaway’

 

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Here’s the latest tune from our favourite French renaissance man, Monsieur Adi. It’s actually been a while since we’ve heard a new original tune from Adi, but then again he’s spends his days reMixing and producing some massive starts these days so we’ll let him off. For his new song he’s raining in the high-octane, cinematic Electro for an laid back, emotional groover; Runaway.

Vocoder passion and thick heavy synths permeate every second of Runaway. The drums are a bit of a departure for Adi, verging into neo-Madeon drum territory, as the man heaps on piles of rich and emotive keys, stack deep but exquisitely mixed so each layer delivers it’s resonant punch. Add to that a heartfelt vocoder performance, like a robotic lament, and you have some powerful electronics right here.

♫ Monsieur Adi – Runaway

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[Audio] Sunrise HWY’s ‘Sunrise Highway’ EP reMixed by Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids

 

Sunrise HWY

Tensnake’s vinyl leaning True Romance is one of our favourite labels right now. We’re avid collectors of their 12”s, each one an analog Disco Boogie gem. One such gem was the laid back retro Disco sounds of New York trio Tim Wagner, Nick Chacona and Amy Douglas, A.K.A. Sunrise Highway,’s self-titled début EP, fist seen in May last year. Now calling themselves Sunrise HWY (presumably for legal reasons) they are revisiting the slick release with an accompanying reMix package that sees Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids take on some of the EP’s sweetest tunes.

We weren’t able to pick our favourite of the reMixes, so here’s three for you to wrap your listening gear around. the formidable Larry Tiger & David Woods work their analog Disco magic on Some Kinda’ Fool, sounding not unlike a track from Tensnake’s own Glow, the track liberally spreads a pumping synth bassline over cowbell led Disco beats and heavily filtered snatches of the original’s groove. Germany’s Tuff City Kids choose to tackle two of the EP’s tunes; their version of Never Enough is an 808 heavy slice of synthetic House that pairs robotic Electro sounds with spine tingling piano House that works perfectly with Amy’s big diva vocals. Compass Point emerges from Tuff City Kids grasp with a Euro Disco feel, loaded with warm machine beats and spacey keys to compliment the track wicked Disco lick. The whole release is a joyous excursion into synthesizer Disco, B-Boy beats, summertime vibes and pure Boogie brilliance. We can’t wait to get our hands on the black plastic.

♫ Sunrise HWY – Some Kinda’ Fool (Tiger & Woods reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Never Enough (Tuff City Kids reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids Nassau Mix)

Sunrise HWY’s Sunrise Highway reMixes drops 20th April on 12” and Digital via True Romance.

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