Goin’ Old School: Electronic, Mantronix & Electribe 101

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

From 1989, Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr’s Electronic project, here’s featruing Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant with Getting Away With It….

Pretty much Mantronix’s best tune, 1987’s Who Is It? Here on The Tube, as there’s no video.

Here’s Electribe 101 & Bille Ray Martin’s 1988 début, Talking With Myself.

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Charli XCX’s The Internet reMix video

This is the new official video for Odd Future’s The Internet reMix of one of the best songs of the year, Charli XCX’s You’re The One. The reMix is nice enough, not a patch on St. Lucia’s but it’s got a nice groove. The rapping, however, by Mike G, is some of the laziest, worst rhyming we’ve ever heard. Shame really, it ruins quite a cool mix.

Directed by Claire Boyd and Rayn Andrew, the video is all a bit three years ago. We’ve seen the whole Goecities/.gif thing done so many times now, admittedly this is probably the best we’ve seen it done, but it’s still done.

The You’re The One EP is out now, the single version is released 19th August.

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Goin’ Old School: Trans-X, Pop Will Eat Itself & Soul II Soul

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

Power Italo first from Trans-X and Message On The Radio from 1986, it’s now all Living On Video y’know!

The the mighty Pop Will Eat Itself’s Def Con One from 1988.

And from 1988, Soul II Soul’s first release, the Rose Windross featuring Fairplay.

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Queen Of Hearts Vs. Tinie Tempah

Queen Of Hearts

Well, this track has just about made my week! It’s ‘No More’, one of the extra tracks on the digital version of Queen Of Hearts current ‘Neon’/‘Tears In The Rain’ single, mashed-up with the instrumental of Tinie Tempah master hit ‘Pass Out’.

There’s not much more I can say about that. Awesome, instantly recognisable Electro track, awesome, epic vocals. Sorted. Frankly, if you don’t love this, you don’t love life, and are probably going to have a miserable weekend.

Queen Of Hearts – No More (‘Pass Out’ Soundclash Version)

Queen Of Heart’s ‘Neon’/’Tears In The Rain’ single is out right now. Also out now is ‘electronic rumors Volume 1’ on which Queen Of Hearts features.

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Lenno reMixes Gracias


Here’s a new reMix from one of our favourite current Nu-Disco producers, The Finnish Lenno. Originally recorded for a re-cap video of a Nike event in Helsinki, the man has now made it available to download from his Facebook page.

We briefly check out out the original, it’s well done, but pretty standard Hip Hop from Gracias called ‘40k Volts’. Lenno has stripped it down to it’s barest essentially, keeping just the occasional snatched of vocal and the rebuilt it as a main room Nu-Disco stormer. Lenno has such a huge peak time sound that is fast becoming his trademark. Dropping an extra bit of House piano into the mix, Lenno actives an even fuller track, and a groove that is guaranteed to keep the dancefloor moving. Isn’t it about time for a new Lenno EP? We definitely think so.

♫ Gracias X JTT (Feat. Eboi) – 40k Volts (Lenno reMix)

You can download the reMix in exchange for a ‘Like’ here.

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Electrosexual reMixes Peaches


Here we have a reMix of ‘Billionaire’ from Canadian ElectroPunk Peaches’ last album, ‘I Feel Cream, from 2009. It’s from French House genius Electrosexual and features Yo! Majesty’s Shunda K.. It’s a weird collection of elements that were big three years ago but it’s pretty awesome regardless.

You can kinda’ tell it’s a few years old, it’s got the crunchy Electro sound that fit in that period. It’s also really EBM, or at least Electro Industrial, it’s got chunky guitar samples, militaristic basslines and random LFO’d synths. Add to this Peaches and Shunds K.’s rapping it could be something from Consolidated, or The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy from the early ‘90’s, and I mean that in the best possible way, albeit with a bit of a contemporary glitterball sheen. You’re probably not going to be dropping it in your latest set, but it;s good fun nonetheless.

Peaches (Feat. Shunda K.) – Billionaire (Electrosexual reMix)

Peaches’ ‘I Feel Cream’ is out now.

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Mikill Pane and Little Bear

I almost passed this one over, but I’ve glad I didn’t. this is alternative rapper Mikill Pane with Little Bear of Ursa Minor (Little Bear) with ‘Cut Back FFWD’ and eclectic melting-pot track with a heavy dose of the ‘80’s.

The video is directed by Gaika Tavares, who keeps things simple and VHS choppy.

The track is taken from Mikill Pane’s ‘Morris Dancer’ EP, out now on Invader Music.

Mikill Pane and Little Bear will be  playing together at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Ursa Minor (Little Bear) play at London’s XOYO on 9th June and at Natural Rhythm Festival on 17th July.

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Goin’ Old School: Salt ‘N’ Pepa, Falco & Billy Ocean

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

One of the best synth riffs in existence, from 1988, Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s ‘Push It’.

Austrian Pop maverick Falco‘s ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ was an unexpected runaway hit in 1985.

In 1984 Mr. Billy Ocean released one of the smoothest songs of all time, ‘Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)’. Performed here on TOTP.

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Goin’ Old School: Simon Harris, Lil’ Louis & Neneh Cherry

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

Simon Harris’ ‘Bass (How Low Can You Go)’ video from 1988 was like who’s who of UK Hip Hop in the ‘80’s, some US pioneers too…and Dave Pearce.

From 1989, Lil’ Louis’ groaning ‘French Kiss’ terrified old people at the time. Hypnotic Sex House will do that.

Neneh Cherry’s 1989 follow up to ‘Buffalo Stance’, ‘’Manchild’ was a more personal affair.

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Keith Masters’ new album

Keith Masters

If you are at all a fan of retro Electro you’ll have probably, possible unknowingly, got down to Mr. Keith Masters before. He’s the provider of rhymes on Futurecop!’s track, including the amazing ‘Tonite’s Hero’. This week the man drops his new album, ‘Electromajic: The Remixtape’ on Keiz Beats.

The album, and Keith’s music in general, is a strange beast. It’s genre destroying, that’s a phrase I absolutely hate but in this case it’s actually true. There’s a lot of ways you could describe Keith’s style, but when it comes down to it what you’ve got here is SynthWave and Nu-Disco Hip Hop. And it works, it works so well. There’s two really great elements to what’s on offer here; the music is real slick retro ElectroPop, mixed up with the occasional Hip Hop beat amongst the soaring synths and Keith’s rhymes are so involving. Littered with pop cultural references, hipster commentary and geek Easter eggs alongside the expected raps, all delivered with a laid back flow that suits the music in an unexpectedly perfect way. if you’re looking for something a little different, you could do a lot worse than check out Keith Masters’ ‘Electromajic: The Remixtape’.

♫ Keith Masters – I Love To Floss (Flashworx reMix)

♫ Keith Masters (Feat. Natalie Oliveri) – Let’s Talk About (Produced by Futurecop!)

♫ Keith Masters (Feat. Digikid84) – Rebel  (Produced by Digikid84)

♫ Keith Masters – Gary Busey (Life Good) (Produced by Ren Riz)

Keith Masters’ ‘Electromajic: The Remixtape’ is out now.

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