Relfex reMixes Strange Talk

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Released later this month is Cast Away, the new single from Australian Indie-ElectroPop outfit Strange Talk. The bombastic, catchy tune is backed by a host of cool reMixes, we’ve already had a listen to Plastic Plates take on the tune, so now it’s time for one of our favourite French double acts, Reflex, to flex their reMix muscles and step up to the plate.

This tune is washed in exactly the kind of fun, slightly quirky electronics. Suited both for the dancefloor, and just to cheep yourself up. Reflex, more than many others in their field, have a real character to their music, even the instrumental stuff. It’s ElectroPop with a very specific personality. The original’s hushed vocals are paired up here with Relfex’s Disco beats, sweeping synths and idiosyncratic melodies. It’s all uplifting and charming stuff, but then Reflex’s tracks always are.

♫ Strange Talk – Cast Away (Reflex reMix)

Strange Talk’s new album is expected to drop next year.

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Hercules And Love Affair’s ‘Release Me’ video

We’re still jamming to Hercules And Love Affair’s new tune, Release Me, taken from their new DJ-KiCKS album. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the tail end of 2012.

The track’s video has just premiered, directed by Mo Stoebe, and comes loaded with retro video effects.

Hercules And Love Affair’s DJ-KICKS is released 29th October on Studio !K7

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Goin’ Old School: Jean-Michel Jarre, Anne Clark & D-Mob with Cathy Dennis

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

In 1981 Jean-Michel Jarre continued to break new ground, both in synthesizer music, and chart music, with his hit Magnetic Fields II.

The amazing Anne Clark’s 1984 breakthrough Our Darkness. Pioneering electronics.

D-Mob with Cathy Dennis, before she penned one of the greatest British Pop songs of all time, hitting the charts with House-lite and C’Mon And Get My Love in 1989.

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Dragonette’s X-Mas single

Dragonette

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the first X-Mas single of the year! jumping the gun slightly in early November (is it time to feel X-Massy yet?), but still wining the prize is Canadian ElectroPop noiseniks Dragonette, who have managed to be seasonal and ‘down with tha kids’ by combining a bittersweet X-Mas tune with text messaging. Nice!

Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) has got bells in it, we should make that clear from the start, and choir sounds. Oh and copious amounts of the work “Fuck”, which is pretty special for an X-Mas song, also pronouncing X-Mas, “X-Mas” is appealing too. So, as you can probably gather, this is the anti-X-Mas love song set the traditional seasonal Pop that’s has had a few rounds in Dragonette’s grinding machine, sounding in-your-face but still holing on to some of that sparking X-Mas tune hopefulness and majesty. The best of all worlds really.

♫ Dragonette – Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message (Explicit Version))

Dragonette’s Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) is released 20th November.

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Lifelike & A-Trak

Lifelike

Can this really live up to expectations? Lifelike and A-Trak together on one track? That’s a lot of anticipation that’s been built ever since we heard this track was on it’s way. French Touch pioneer Lifelike has really bringing his A-game to his collaborations recently, so the thought of him teaming up with A-Track, someone who tends to push the boundaries of Disco, had us eager to hear the result.

And the track, released today exclusively on Beatport, really does sound like a Lifelike and A-Track collaboration. By that we mean you can pick out the Lifelike bits and the A-Track bits in it, it actually sounds like the sum of it’s parts. There’s the arpeggios and continental stabs you’ve expect from Lifelike and a bit of scratching and some funky use of vocal samples, A-Trak’s forte. The result ends up big a huge Disco-House tune that you instinctively put on repeat. Look out for the single which boasts reMixes from Gigamesh, Mauvais Cliché, and The Bloody Sisters.

♫ Lifelike (Feat. A-Trak) – Don’t Stop (Club Mix)

The Don’t StopEP  is out now on Beatport and drops everywhere else  26th November on Kitsuné Music.

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Frankmusik’s ‘Far As I Can’ video

Frankmusik’s back with some new sounds for us. His new track, Far As I Can, sees Vince returning to the big, complex, ElectroPop he shines at.

Here’s the video for the track, with Vince very much looking like the Londoner in LA. Frankmusik’s back y’all!

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Purity Ring’s ‘Lofticries’ video

Here’s the video for 4AD’s Purity Ring’s Lofticries. The duos glitchy ElectroPop album, Shrines,  is sure to make more than a few ‘best of 2012’ lists and this track is one of the reasons why.

The clip is a fascinating montage of character and location, directed by AG Rojas who seems to make the pact work with the track.

Purity Ring’s ‘Shrines’ is out now.

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Juveniles’ ‘Through The Night’ video

French ElectroPop duo Juveniles are about to drop their Through The Night EP, which appears to be just a re-release of their-self titled EP from June this year. It was an awesome release, which most of you have already picked up, particularly the Yuksek reMix of Through The Night which we featured back in the summer. the re-release of the EP will be out on AZ/Universal, so it’s nice that the guys have major label backing now.

Here’s the Edward Housden directed video, which you have also probably already seen (nope, major label backing doesn’t get you a new video apparently), it’s very French.

The guys hit the UK later this month, definitely one not-to-be-missed:

20 Nov – Blind Tiger, Brighton
21 Nov – Shacklewell Arms, London
22 Nov – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Juveniles’ ‘Through The Night’ EP is released 26th November.

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Chordashian’s ‘Call Me’

Chordashian

Released yesterday was Call Me, the new single from Brooklyn Boogiemeisters  Chordashian. Of particular note  with Call Me, is this is the first track from this duo that features in-house vocals. Felix Feygin and Michael Banks lend their vocal tones as well as their production chops to the track for some smooth R&B tinged DiscoPop.

Call Me is a melting pot of ideas and influences wrapped up in slick summer Boogie packaging. The track is actually pretty Housey during the verses. With a deep Chicago bassline and a Warehouse vibe the track lulls you into it’s moody groove before exploding in a shower of 90s R&B beats and Disco synths in each chorus. the vocals work really well, fitting into each section of the song in a similar style, and having a big sing-a-long chorus never hurt anyone. But for a serious House groove, check out the Bronx mix,

♫ Chordashian – Call Me

♫ Chordashian – Call Me (Bronx reMix)

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Sometimes & Andrea Britton

Sometimes & Andrea Britton

Out today on Modal is the new single, So Many Reasons, from Sometimes & Andrea Britton. Sometimes is a collaboration between Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin and Vern of Stretch ‘N’ Vern/Reflekt/Nude Disco fame who have teamed up with London based singer/songwriter Britton to drop this blissful slice of DancePop.

Britton is pretty prolific when it comes do dance music vocals, both as a solo artist and as the voice of countless Trance tracks, she has hones a particularly soulful, yet euphoric, style that she displays expertly on this slick of relaxed, summery electronica. So Many Reasons has actually got this really nice SynthWave undertone to it, especially in the bassline with has got this subtle post-Italo feel to it that injects a little retro feel in the track. This works really well alongside a hint of a Balearic sunrise vibe and insanely infectious ElectroPop tune. More than anything though, So Many Reasons is just a timeless, classic dance tune, the kind that just feels right when you hear it.

♫ Sometimes & Andrea Britton – So Many Reasons

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