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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Final DJs as a solo act still makes my brain hurt something chronic. I absolutely hate writing it, he really should drop it down to ‘Final DJ’ at least, having to write “Final DJs is” is a crime. Well, at least the music is still coming, and still pretty awesome. Check out his new tune, All That Matters for some sunshine bliss on these increasingly cold evenings.
Final DJs delivers a buoyant House tune here with a touch of a SynthWave sheen over the top. Chirpy beats, think synth bass and a euphoric sample bounce around the track with a carefree glee; awaiting the moment those lush, warm synths slide into serve up their solo. Add in some sweet vintage chimes and you’ve got a nice slice of contemporary retro. It’s a free download too.
♫ Final DJs – All That Matters
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Old 45s is in our top two tracks on Funklordz Chromeo’s third album; White Women. Check out the brand new video for the song which couldn’t be more prefect.
Directed by Dugan O’Neal, the clip essentially just proves that Chromeo are pretty much the coolest people on the planet. HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder get a look-in too.
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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We’re not quite sure why we haven’t written about NY duo Pistol Shrimp before as they’re pretty amazing and their début EP, Heart, has had quite a bit of play around these parts. We’re not omnipotent though and occasionally things do slip through then new. Suffice to say you should all check them out; starting with their new video for the deeply groovy EP track Taking Names.
The clip was directed & Animated by Stefan Hollenbach. It’s got a bit of a lyric video vibe to it, and you know how much lyric videos are the scourge of the music world, but when it;s not being a lyric video it becomes a wonderfully realised quirky animated voyage that’s hard not to love.
Pistol Shrimp’s Heart EP is out now and available to download for free here.
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Costal is the latest slice of sweet, laid back, Tropical Disco Chillwave bliss from the wonderful Mr. Box Of Wolves. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Box Of Wolves hazy dance sounds always take you away to a warmer climate and better times. Check out his new symphony of nostalgia and groove; and prepare to let the sunshine into your life.
Riding in a hazy organ hook, Costal rolls together elements of House, SynthWave, Chillwave and Nu-Disco into one warm and relaxing four minute jam. Layered with intricate purcussion and waves of smokey pads, the track take you on a smooth voyage where you can forget your troubles. Sometimes we thing Tropical is the sound of the summer, but sometimes it occurs to us that Tropical should be the sound of the winter, when you really need warming up, so we’re glad Box Of Wolves brought us Coastal when he did.
♫ Box Of Wolves – Coastal
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German retro House producer Tensnake’s sublime début album, Glow, is currently holding at number two on our top albums of the year list, beating some severe competition, and shows no signs of being usurped in it’s runner up position. It’s an amazing record packed full of highlights, one of them being his collaboration with the legend Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell; Feel Of Love. The track is getting a full single release next month with some storming reMixes, one of which you can check out below, it’s a doozy!
Hot Chip and The 2 Bears’ Joe Goddard takes up the challenge of making one of this year’s soulful House classics his own; and does. This one is an eight minute epic that wastes none of it’s time. From the offset with track begins to build an intricate analog groove, deep beats layering with buzzing synths. Easing the original’s vocals into the tune, Goddard give you half the track’s length to settle into the vibe before launching into a massive, hands-in-the-air, synthesizer symphony that never drops the energy ball.
♫ Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont (Feat. Jamie Lidell) – Feel Of Love (Joe Goddard reMix)
Tensnake’s Feel Of Love out 2nd September.
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London based Swede Blende has deftly delivered a brand new reMix. New Blende tracks are always something to get excited about, let’s not forget the man came first in our top tracks of 2013 with his storming Rikki, and each new tune draws us further into his world. His latest is a mix of the new single from House duo Kraak & Smaak; Just Wanna’ Be Loved, itself taken from their 2013 album Chrome Waves.
Creating a laid back Sci-Fi Disco mood, Blende peppers his track with the kind of retro-future synths that we’ve come to love from him. Easing New York Disco-House legend Joi Cardwell’s mellow diva vocals over the waves of funkified tones Blende keeps the beats tight, but layers cheeky purcussion. As the spikey leads rise toward the tracks finale you’re drawn deeper and deeper into the robo-Disco groove and by the time the five and a half minutes reach their end, you’ll be reaching for repeat.
♫ Kraak & Smaak (Feat. Joi Cardwell) – Just Wanna’ Be Loved (Blende reMix)
Kraak & Smaak’s Just Wanna’ Be Loved is released 15th September.
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Here’s the video for Alex Metric’s new single Heart Weighs A Ton. A glorious, pounding ElectroPop track that features our good buddy Stefan Storm from The Sound Of Arrows. This one’s got the stomping beats of Metric with the big choruses of The Sound Of Arrows; a killer combination.
Jack Wagner and Zach Shields the clip plays to the song’s themes, documenting the life of LA widower Glenn Bruno following his dreams of becoming a professional dancer in honour of his late wife Robin.
Alex Metric’s Heart Weighs A Ton is out now.
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It’s been a long time since we heard anything from awesome Finnish producer Michael Cassette; the last time we can recall was his EP for Anjunadeep a couple of years ago. But out of nowhere this week, they announced their return with a brand new single released at the end of this month on the Digitally Remastered label. This is Disco Frisco.
Re-announcing himself with a massive big room tune was always going to be the way for Michael Cassette. Disco Frisco doesn’t really touch on Disco much. Instead it’s huge Progressive House tune with severe 80s leanings. It’s got all the requisite waves of lush synths and sparking little melodies all mixed up with a hint of SynthWave in it’s vintage aspects. A pounding beat and a breakdown in just the rights place make it ripe for peak time dancefloors. In short, it’s pretty slick stuff, and a welcome return for this retro-floorfiller.
♫ Michael Cassette – Disco Frisco (Edit)
Michael Cassette’s Disco Frisco is released 29th August.
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The next track from Röyksopp & Robyn’s amazing collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, to receive the video treatment is the moody and epic Monument. Probably the albums most emotional moment, and probably the most ripe for visual interpretation.
Max Vitali directs the clip which had a distinctly abstract Sci-Fi vibe to it. All stark tones to match the synth drones. The camera work really flows with the song on this one.
Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again is out now.
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