We weren’t sure that Melbourne based Indie-ElectroPop trio Gypsy And The Cat were still active, but this week they dropped a surprise new single that proves unequivocally that they certainly still are. The band first came to our attention back in 2010 with one of the high points of that summer being their single Jona Vark. This new tune, Lost Control is a departure from that summery Indie-Electro sound. Check out what they’ve been up to.
This time around Gypsy And The Cat are all about the exuberant Electro-House. Kicking off like an early Justice record, these guys rock the growling synths and Disco grooves setup so prevalent in France’s early 2000’s output. The put their own mark on the sound, though, with their own Indie-Electro sound, particularly in the vocal arena. It’s a totally unexpected release for a variety of reasons and definitely have us interested to hear more from this iteration of Gypsy And The Cat.
♫ Gypsy And The Cat – Lost Control
Gypsy And The Cat’s Lost Control is released
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We got to catch London based Krautrock/Synth/Coldwave/something outfit Public Service Broadcasting live at Bestival last year and they fast became one of the weekends highlights. While on record they aren’t quite out thing, live they are utterly fantastic. The duo have a new album, The Race For Space out soon and the records lead single, Gagarin, as been given a storming reMix by Disco don come Housemeister Psychemagik.
the original track is an almost Jazzy live performance, loaded with guitars and brass, but Psychemagik takes all those elements and gives them a machine makeover. The bassline, a loose if hypnotic affair on the original, becomes a hard hitting and compelling robots march on this mix aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Retaining PSB’s newsreel feel and the tune’s soul, Psychemagik flips it into an electronic, almost EBM at times, floorfiller.
♫ Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin (Psychemagik reMix)
Public Service Broadcasting’s The Race For Space is released 23rd February.
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The kings of Californian poolside jams, Classixx, have just dropped a brand new reMix, and this one’s a killer. Taking on Janet Jackson’s 1986 single The Pleasure Principle. The track falls somewhere between reMix and Edit as the duo take Shep Pettibone’s mix of The Pleasure Principle (A Cappella) and have their smooth way with it. Sit back in the sun and absorb the results.
Taking all the best bits of the original and sprinkling them with their own brand of chilled Disco, Classixx drop a lazy summertime jam . Bringing the already groove laden tune to a place of contemporary Synth Funk. Whist the track is strewn with retro references, particularly in the buoyant bassline and twisting synth leads, the track sounds bang-up-to-date. Jam, Lewis, Johnson and Moir would be proud. Vibe to this!
♫ Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle (Classixx Recovery Mix)
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House generations new and old come together on this pounding reMix of Disclosure and AlunaGeorge White Noise (possibly our favourite Disclosure tune) by LA legend Todd Edwards. First heard on his 2013 Essential Mix, Edwards claims to have whipped the track up on a train en route to a warehouse party Disclosure had invited him to play at. There’s no leaves on this train track!
The tune is a hard-hitter. Pumping and hypnotic. Edwards crafts a looping machine of rumbling bass and hot piano stabs set to a kick drum on overdrive. Snatches of the original tune, mostly Aluna’s refrain, pepper the track, bring you back to something recognisable. At it’s core though, this is a surprisingly Teutonic slice of late night floorfiller.
♫ Disclosure (Feat. AlunaGeorge) – White Noise (Todd Edwards Nite Noise Edit)
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Kick start you week with this storming reMix from Chicago Housemeister Rogue Vogue. The latest work to be morphed by his retro sound is the current single from Los Angeles IndiePop singer Hayley Kiyoko, This Side Of Paradise. Everything Rogue Vogue’s produced to date has been gold. The Chicago resident has taken his city’s classic trademark sound and cranked it up to 11. Check out his latest.
Rogue Vogue doesn’t disappoint with his reMix of This Side Of Paradise. He’s injected a little Deepness into his sound courtesy of some pulsating, subby, basses but all the elements we love from RV are present and correct. The droning stings, the massive piano hooks, the 909 hats, the relentless kicks all intertwine to serve up an in-your-face warehouse floorfiller. Kiyoko’s vocals make for a good accompaniment to the track, and RV show that he is just at home with a Pop arrangements as he is with sounds for strobelights. Let Rogue Vogue bring a little authentic Chicago to your Monday morning.
♫ Hayley Kiyoko – This Side Of Paradise (Rogue Vogue reMix)
Hayley Kiyoko’s This Side Of Paradise is out now.
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Last year SpaceSynth maestro Mild Peril snuck onto our X-Mas playlists with his epic instrumental take on Walking In The Air, Airwalking, from his Themes EP. This year, after the release of his Matter album, he’s back in a radial reworking (and slightly festive) mood in his just released The Sentinel single. The release contains two tracks, both homages to the works of Mike Oldfield, one of Mild Peril’s biggest influences, in this instance he takes on Sentinel from Tubular Bells II and In The Pool.
The Sentinel (Tubular Bells II) is a sprawling synthesizer epic (but then again all Mild Peril’s works are), and is bizarrely X-Massy. We say ‘bizarrely’ because it;s not at all X-Massy, yet manages to really be. Yeah, that doesn’t make sense, but once you listen to it you’ll see what we mean. It’s ominous tones and dramatic leads all become sort of comforting and as Mild Peril himself says “because if you do pretty much anything on a tubular bell sound, it will sound like Christmas”. He’s got a point. The Pool is more of a dancefloor Italo classic, dripping with European 80s flair as cheeky snyth riffs dance around each other and a pure Pop bassline. The prefect counterpoint to it’s flip side. Did we mention it’s a free release? Go grab yourself some synth goodness.
♫ Mild Peril – The Sentinel (Tubular Bells II)
♫ Mild Peril – The Pool
Mild Peril’s The Sentinel (Tubular Bells II) is out now on Bandcamp.
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Well, we’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an eternity. The mighty MiGHty mOUse and the also mighty Ronika. A match made in mirrorball heaven. Even before we we’re told that this was happening we pretty much just assumed it would sooner or later, and now it has in the form of See Through You, the new MiGHty mOUse single set to drop at the beginning of next month. Strap in, this is gonna’ get wild.
MiGHty mOUse brings his Balearic, Cosmic, infectious Disco A-game here with a killer bassline and a funkin;’ beat. What’s really interesting about See Through You, is that alongside the shimmering Disco groove, there a bit of a Post-Punk vibe going on, in a similar way to the whole post-DFA New York scene but with a distinctly British twist. That bassline warps around synth horns, electronic stabs and huge rushes of vintage dancefloor strings while Ronika shimmies over the track with an effortless cool. A glorious homebrew take on shiny Disco-Punk, See Through You is set to be the sound of the holidays, around here at least.
♫ MiGHty mOUse (Feat. Ronika) – See Through You (Original Mix)
MiGHty mOUse’s See Through You is released 1st December.
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Falcone, the artist formally known as Aaron Alexis, is certainly working his way through the Brooklyn production roster. If we’re honest we’d like to see him going back to producing his own material, we really dug the old Aaron Alexis tracks, they had a consistent sonic style; one of warmth and soul. Anyway, this new one, Ghosts, was mixed by AIMES, who throws off his recent Nu-Disco dominance for some of his old school Chillwave flavour.
And very Chillwave Ghosts is too. Reverb drenched vocals swirl about the track as cacophonous beats and waves and waves of lush pads swell and fall from the speakers. It’s actually kinda’ Shoegaze-y, a wall of melodic sound partnered with a cavernous voice. Electronic Shoegaze with soul, that’s Ghosts. Brand new genre?
♫ Falcone – Ghosts
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The London crew is all getting together for this one, rising retro-House producer XO is gearing up to release his début EP, Though The Night, at the start of next month and for the record’s second track (after last month’s title track unveiling) track he’s enlisted the help of Mr. Leo Kalyan on vocal duties for a song that was co-penned by songwriter extraordinaire MNEK. This is Pulling Me Under.
Pulling Me Under is a slow groover, a warm and laid back late night jam. Combining Kalyan’s future R&B croon with some involving Deep House sounds; all slotted into an simple and infectious Pop song. The driving forces of the music are all understated and emotion, like the gentle piano hook the runs throughout that contrasts nicely with the feet moving beat. XO is definitely on our radar as one to watch now.
♫ XO (Feat. Leo Kalyan) – Pulling Me Under
XO’s Through The Night EP is released 1st December.
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Our favourite French composer Monsieur Adi has pulled the curtain back on his new single, the follow up to last years What’s Going On?. Enlisting the help of Brooklyn based singer Negin he’s soon to drop Lucky Ones, which sounds like Adi’s bit of the superstardom he so rightly deserves. The first hint we’ve had from Adi’s forthcoming début album, to be titled After Hours and due out early next year; this is undoubtedly the biggest Pop song you’ll have heard this year!
This is huge stuff, proper massive Pop but without any contrivance at all. Adi’s a stunningly talented musician and writer and that ability shines through and elevates the track well above identikit Dance Pop. Pairing pounding beats with layers upon layers of thick synths; Adi brings his knowledge of both Dance Music and Pop into pin-sharp clarity. Negin’s singing isn’t too shabby wither.
♫ Monsieur Adi (Feat. Negin) – Lucky Ones
Monsieur Adi’s After Hours is out next year.
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