Well, we didn’t think we’d be hearing anything new from Swedish Avant-Pop act Ceo (The Tough Alliance’s Eric Berglund) again, he kinda’ went quiet after the release of his début album, White Magic, but here we are with a brand new single, and news of a forthcoming sophomore album titled Wonderland, on Sincerely Yours/Modular. the track’s called Whorehouse, and it;s Poppy, Catchy and hilarious.
Riding over a stomping beat and a cavalcade of blippy synths, Ceo rocks a Beach Boys vibe with his vocal arrangement, keeping things light and Poppy whist he laments that he’s ‘locked inside a whorehouse’. The whole track is a wonderful and playful mix of infectious Pop and an experimental attitude. It’s bouncy, fun and painfully intelligent. A contradiction that we aren’t going to argue with.
The Only Constant Is Change is the new single from prolific German producerKris Menace. It’s a departure from his normal floorfilling Nu-Disco, being pretty much a SynthWave tune, full of retro goodness.
In this spirit the video too is a wonderful vintage hypnotic clip directed by Mr. Div. just watch the shapes!
The Only Constant Is Change is taken from Kris Menace’s album, The Entirety Of Matter, out now.
In all honesty we just weren’t that keen on RAC’s, MNDR and Kele featuring, Let Go, in fact much of their output ever since they transformed from reMixers extraordinaire to major label Indie-Pop outfit has fallen a bit flat in our opinion, it;s not bad, it’s just not particularly inspired. Being big fans of MNDR, we really wanted to love Let Go, we just weren’t feeling it. However, we very much are feeling this reMix of the tune from New Your Indie-ElectroPop heroes Holy Ghost!, so there’s always that. I wonder if RAC know that the RAC is actually a thing in the UK, like the AA.
So, Holy Ghost! do what Holy Ghost! do best, injecting the track with a ton of their raw synth Disco. Twisting analog lead lines and thick, bouncing bass permeate every second of the track. MNDR’s vocals in particular fit beautifully with Holy Ghosts! NYC groove, moreso than in the original, we’d absolutely love to hear more of a Holy Ghost!/MNDR collaboration. The result here is a smooth and breezy, but definitely urban, slice of synthesizer funk, heave and robust, that’s as playful as it is pumping.
♫ RAC (Feat. Kele & MNDR) – Let Go (Holy Ghost! reMix)
It’s all go in the world of 80s SynthPop legends Blancmange right now. Irene & Mavis, their much lauded début EP from 1980 has been reissued by Minimal Wave records. The six tracks of classic British electronic experimentation, before the catchy Pop tunes, is out now. Alongside which Blancmange are about to head off on a UK tour playing their 1982 breakthrough album, Happy Families, in it’s entirety. Available exclusively on the tour (with a general release coming later) will be Happy Families Too…, a limited edition album set which includes updated recordings of the original songs and reMixes. One of those reMixes sees ElectroPop godfather Vince Clarke, of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure & The Assembly fame, reMixing Blancmange’s biggest hit, Living On The Ceiling. We’re proud to bring you the world exclusive premiere right here on electronic rumors.
A while back Vince Clarke tweeted about how much fun he was having with this reMix, and it sounds like it. Keeping the originals song structure intact (well, you would with such an instantly recognisable tune wouldn’t you), Vince beefs things up a bit with some pounding Techno, borderline EBM, drums and tough synth riffs. Dropping in the odd Acidic squelch here and there, Vince drives the energy levels up as the track heads toward an epic piano breakdown before launching back into it’s power synth finale. As a meeting of SynthPop pioneers, it definitely doesn’t disappoint.
♫ Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling (Vince Clarke reMix)
Blancmange’s Irene & Mavis reissue is out now. Happy Families Too… will be available on their forthcoming UK tour, dates here, in advance of a general release soon.
CJ Mirra is the synthetic alter-ego if John Sampson, after earning critical acclaim in the Indie world, he’s now flexing his creative muscles with an array of electronic gadgetry. CJ Mirra creates eerie soundscapes, Sci-Fi soundtracks and emotionally resonant moods, all set to undulating and intricate rhythms. His début EP was released next month on Colour8 Records with RGB Flowers, it’s lead track, featuring partner-in-crime Ronika.
RBG Flowers is a pulsating opus that walks the line between futuristic, dystopian, soundtrack and deeply human lament. With rhythms built upon a combination of grinding machine beats and Tabla-esque purcussion, RGB Flowers lays down the juxtaposition of brutal, chainsaw bass and beautiful, Vangelis style synths to create a slightly edgy, slightly unsettling, but always intoxicating piece to take with you into the night. A vaguely recognisable Ronika delivers a performance that adds an extra personal quality to the track, but works more as an additional instrument on CJ Mirra’s sonic canvas than as the tunes focal point. Oh, and there’s a hazy sax solo, and sax makes everything better. The EP comes equipped with and instrumental version of RGB Flowers and the enigmatic and eerie dance beats of Soft Candles and is definitely one you should check out if you fancy a slice of intelligent and meticulously crafted electronica.
♫ CJ Mirra (Feat. Ronika) – RGB Flowers
CJ Mirra’s three track début EP, RBG Flowers, is released 4th November.
This is Tom Aspaul. According to his bio he’s a singer, songwriter, Virgo and in London. Now you’re well acquainted we can let you know that that Tom Aspaul’s Indiana is the inaugural release on Little Boots’ On Repeat Records. The track was produced by R&B tinged House producer MENK and was released today alongside a reMix from FTSE.
Indiana is a pretty classy slice of soulful Electronic Pop. Rolling on a dance beat with a healthy sing to it, the track is thick with arpeggios and vocal harmonies. The bright clean synth sound doesn’t cling to any particular genre, more delivering a classic slab of ElectroPop that will no doubt prove to be timeless. Slight hints of a Tropical vibe, alongside Aspaul’s optimistic vocals, lend the tune a summery feel. All-in-all it’s a might fine piece of SynthPop, a confident début both for Aspaul and for On Repeat Records. There’s only one tiny problem with this otherwise excellent slice of Pop. The vocals are a little too AutoTuned. Either Mr. Aspaul has got serious vocal correction needs or the vocal producer doesn’t really get how to use AutoTune, either as a studio tool or an effect. It’s a small issue though and no where near annoying enough to dilute enjoyment of the track.
Is New Beat coming back? I feel like I’m typing the words ‘New Beat’ a lot these days. Not that I mind, I grew up on the stuff, I had just always thought it was a forgotten genre. But suddenly there is a rash of New Beaty, EBMy, Acidy tunes and events going on. So it feels like there’s a New Beat resurgence happening, maybe because so many Belgian producers are breaking through these days and still feel that influence?
The latest tune to ride the trend comes from Aeroplane, maybe an unlikely source but he is Belgian, who got together in the studio with British producer Bot resulting in the track Country Business under the moniker of Beateria. It’s certainly an 808 fuelled, dirty Acid House, New Beat juggernaut, that’s deep and mysterious an anything else on those strobe lit dancefloors.
♫ Beateria – Country Business
Beateria’s Country Business is released 14th October on AeroPop.
Here’s a luscious slice of flyaway Disco from Sydney based duo Coupons. Emerald Bay sees them teaming up with the Australian come Londoner singer/songwriter who’s name is on everybody’s lips, Christa Vi for all kinds of holiday, boating and sunshine musical metaphors. Just stop for a moment, and drink this in.
“Well, that’s pretty Tropical” is something you might say about this Emerald Bay. And you’d be fairly justified in your assessment, because it is pretty damn Tropical. From the laid back tune’s opening salvo of Island purcussion it’s all growling funky basslines, steady Disco beats and shimmering synths. Christa weaves a nice little mental picture of summery days and holiday vibes until there really isn’t anything you can do to dislike this track. It’s just all about good times.
Tensnake – On Repeat #1 = Here’s a slick new mix from German House guru Tensnake. It’s a pretty storming hour long too, loaded with everything from funky Nu-Disco, to deep and hypnotic house. This’ll get your weekend started!
The contribution to German Nu-Disco Producer Kris Menace’s Features album of last year from the late-great voice of House Romanthony, Nite4U, also puts in a appearance of the reMixed version of the record, released this week. And the producer stepping up to the plate to take on the track? French hype magnet Aeroplane works his euro Disco magic on Nite4U, check it out.
A rolling slice of piano lead dance music, Aeroplane’s mix of Nite4U teeters on the edge of early 90s House without actually taking the plunge. Not quite Disco, not quite House, it’s bulging bassline and snappy 909 beats exist in a timeless, classic, dance music form all of their own. A solid dancefloor workout, Romanthony’s vocals feel perfectly at home amidst the warehouse vibe.