Åpne Slusa will be appearing on the forthcoming third album from Norwegian Cosmic Disco pioneer Prins Thomas, titled Prins Thomas III. the album will be dropping on Full Pupp and ahead of the release Prins’ own label, Rett I Fletta, is sneaking out an EP based around the track headlined by this Lang Versjon.
And Lang it is too; clocking in at just under ten minutes, Prins revels in the Scandinavian Disco tradition of epic synth wig-outs. Almost immediately the tune hit your with the cowbells, so you know what you;re in for. Italo led quirky Disco grooves and Sci-Fi sounds. Powering forward on an almost Acidic squelchy arpeggio the track takes it’s time to deliver it’s bass heavy galactic core, but when it does you;re already lost in it.
♫ Prins Thomas – Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)
Prins Thomas’ Åpne Slusa is out soon.
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New York Minimal Synth duo Xeno & Oaklander signed up with Ghostly International late last year, which strikes up as a fitting pairing. They’ve just announced their first release for the label, their new album Par Avion, due out in June. The record was inspired by synaesthesia, and you can hear the opening tune below.
Interface feels like a more focused Xeno & Oaklander than ever. It’s a spacious SynthPop tune that flutters in and out of a early New Order-y vibe and washes it was a distinct Shoegaze sound. Imagine Horrorhead era Curve and Joy Division collaborating on a track produced by Kraftwerk and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. Blissful to listen to, this definitely has us interested to see what direction the new album takes.
♫ Xeno & Oaklander – Interface
Xeno & Oaklander’s Par Avion is released 24th June.
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Here’s the new single from Chicago’s finest SynthPoppers, Hey Champ!. Released later this month, Dominoes was actually producers around the time of Cold Dust Girl but is only just now ready for release. Considering the relatively long career these guys have had, we reckon it’s time their acclaim kicked into a new gear; hopefully 2014 will be the year of Hey Champ!
Dominoes sees Hey Champs! rich ElectroPop imbued with a slight Kraftwerkian edge. The stuttering synth bassline is both competing and loaded with robot funk. Considering how long ago the track was born, it sound amazingly fresh, chock full of thick synths and an easy summertime groove. They way the machine like verses bleed into the warm and passionate chorus feels effortless amid this sea of sparking synths. Sunshine SynthPop at it’s best.
♫ Hey Champ! – Dominoes
Hey Champ!’s Dominoes is released 22nd April.
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I think someone’s been reading our secret wish-list, ‘cos The Presets have gone and turned in an official reMix for Kylie Minogue. I Was Gonna’ Cancel will be the second proper single from Kylie’s new album, Kiss Me Once, a track originally produced by Pharrell Williams, is given a left-field House makeover by the Australian masters.
The Presets take an abstract, warehouse, stab at the track; injecting a whole load of their own style into the mix. To a certain extent the tune sounds a lot like The Presets featuring Kylie Minogue, playing with a selection of The Presets trademark sonic flourishes; but Kylie’s voice amongst the experimental House groove adds an extra bit of sparkle. Unexpectedly deep.
♫ Kylie – I Was Gonna’ Cancel (The Presets reMix)
Kylie’s I Was Gonna’ Cancel is released 12th May.
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Minus One is the forthcoming new single from Belgian Housemeister A.N.D.Y.. The man had a pretty good 2013, culminating in the massive single Pump It Up. Now he’s setting his sights on 2014 and kicking things off big style with this new collaboration with vocalist Tayla Malcolm. Never one to sit on a genre, A.N.D.Y. drops some surprising sounds with this one.
Minus One launches with a Rootsy, Dub groove (which immediately makes us love it), before contacting with some pumping, deep, Piano House. This makes for a perfect platform for UK Singer Tayla, whose bluesy voice sits well with both the Dub and the House, lending a soulful slant to both. At it’s peak this track is all compelling vocals, warbling, bright snyths and an un-ignorable kick/piano combination. Looks like A.N.D.Y. has produced something that’ll be getting a lot of spins this summer.
♫ A.N.D.Y. (Feat. Tayla) – Minus One
A.N.D.Y.’s Minus One is released 16th April.
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London based all-round electronic music voyagers autoKratz has a new single in the pipeline. The duo are referring to the track as their “I ain’t gone soft” moment, as the track takes leave of their usual ElectroPop persona and revels in their love of all things House and Techno (fans of their record label, Bad Life, can testify to this). Push succeeds in reminding people that autoKratz can make some of the grittiest, dirtiest dance music around.
Pure jacking vibes abound on this one. It’s full of Chicago-esque House madness fit for dim, strobe-light lit, warehouse raves. From the deep deep kick to the stabbing lead keys, you couldn’t ask for more of a hypnotic House tune to get lost in on the dancefloor. It’s not all noise noise noise either; autoKratz definitely ain’t gone soft, but they can still bring the grove.
♫ autoKratz – Push
autoKratz’s Push is released 28th May.
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This week; one of our favourite Sweedish artists, ODahl, released a brand new EP via Pole Position Recordings. Your Love is packed with four tracks of blissful Scandinavian Disco tinged House, the title track featuring the vocal talents of Frank H Carter III, and manages to effortlessly straddle both a club sound and something surprisingly Poppy. Check out the lead track.
Soulful is the best way to describe Your Love. ODahl serves up a plethora of slick House beats with a retro slant. Loads of warm synths, retro organs stabs and rumbling basslines come correct, creating a Garage-y vibe whist Carter lets rip with a smooth as hell, R&B vocal performance. these are the things Chicago was build on, and ODahl runs with it.
♫ ODahl (Feat. Frank H Carter III) – Your Love
ODahl’s Your Love is out now
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UK House producers extraordinaire Gorgon City have unleashed their latest slice of (presumably) chart climbing Pop/UK Deep House crossover. London based singer Laura Welsh lends her considerable vocal talent to this one. Fresh rom producing Klaxons’ current single There Is No Other Time, Gorgon City turn in an absolute stormer of their own.
Welsh’s breathy vocals are the perfect foil for Gorgon City’s sub heavy House track. The duo lay down a nice mix of euphoric synths and dark, rumbling, club bass. The perfect festival belter, you can expect to hear this one a lot over the summer. A track of two sides, one minute Welsh’s voice and hazy synths draw you into the song, the next the speaker shaking bass kicks you in the face. Just how we like it.
♫ Gorgon City (Feat. Laura Welsh) – Here For You
Gorgon City’s Here For You is released 15th June.
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Out soon is the début EP, Tigris, from new New York based artist King Deco. A nexus for Future R&B, Chillwave and avant guarde ElectroPop, King Deco is about to release an ambitious record, but one she seems to nail quite comfortably. The highlight of the Brooklyn based Jordanian’s EP is the electronic Pop dream that is Ocean. Wade in.
It’s hard to pinpoint what our favourite element of King Deco’s Ocean is. It’s a toss up between King Deco’s effortlessly beautiful voice or the ghostly electronic beats. Fittingly for a track called Ocean, the synths seem to swim around the track. There’s a very fluid feels to the swirls of rich pads and hazy melodies. A slight Industrial purcussion set injects the track with an icy edge that is tempered only by Kind Deco’s mesmerising vocals. An impressive start.
♫ King Deco – Ocean (Prod. Ryland Blackinton And One Love)
King Deco’s Tigris EP is out this week.
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Out this week is the I Wish I Were Leaving single from Bright Light Bright Light. The title track sees BLx2 performing his critically acclaimed duet with Sir Elton John, but it’s also packed with a couple of B-sides, one of the being the expansive She Carves Her Desire. A mesmerizing SynthPop tune that is epic in both scope and sound. Have a listen.
She Carves Her Desire is a sprawling ElectroPop opus. Backed by shuffling mid-tempo beats, Rod’s voice rises and falls with the string’s swelling, while haunting piano and burbling synths craft out the tracks atmosphere. From Rod belting out the chorus the the piercing synth lead, this is goosebump inducing stuff.
♫ Bright Light Bright Light – She Carves Her Desire
Bright Light Bright Light’s I Wish I Were Leaving is out now
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