Boston based producer André Obin made some ripples last year worth the release of his The Arsonist album. He returns in the first half of this year with another collection of eclectic electronic tunes called Ways Of Escape; the first track form which is Loaded Soul, and EBM lite Germanic opus that should have him nervous that Goths might like him, ‘cos then his career will be over.
A lot of people are throwing around the word ‘Darkwave’, and whilst those word throwers have probably never heard of Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Project Pitchfork or Das Ich they do have a point. The simplistic, growling synth bassline and whispered vocals are loaded with Teutonic, mascara fuelled, connotations. There’s a little House flavour in there too, and a surprising funk, amidst the synthesizer swirls and Loaded Soul turns-in a confident and engrossing SynthPop soundtrack.
♫ André Obin – Loaded Soul
André Obin’s Ways Of Escape is released 29th April.
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Norwegian Cosmic Disco master Prins Thomas has given his legendary Diskomiks treatment to the new single from New York DiscoPop duo Holy Ghost!’s new single, Bridge & Tunnel. The track is taken from their storming album Dynamics and sees Tomas deliver two reMixes, a Diskomiks and a Diskodub, alongside work from Midnight Magic.
Clocking in at seven minutes, Prins’ take on on Holy Ghosts! ode to their hometown lays the Scandinavian Disco vibes thick. Layered with a playful bassline and washes of space-age synths, the track also nods to it;s subject matter with broad vintage Disco strings and horns. There’s a nice retro crescendo around the four minute mark, before the track dives into a typically Thomas synth freak out.
♫ Holy Ghost! – Bridge & Tunnel (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
Holy Ghost!’s Bridge & Tunnel is out now.
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Manchester groover Nine Lives is gearing up for the release of his new single. The Nu-Disco producer is soon to unleashed Adagio, on Vendition Records; due out next month. If you want to start you week with the best on Nu-Disco and Boogie then you’ve come to the right place, Nine Lives delivers both in heaps. Check it out.
An utterly smooth grove, Adagio eases you into it’s flow with a punchy bassline, boarding on Italo and smokey keys. The tune is guided by a warm and soulful vocal, who’s hazy sound contests nicely with the tight synthetic Boogie. A carefree summery tune, this is one of those tracks that makes the world suddenly go into soft-focus. Beats like silk.
♫ Nine Lives – Adagio
Nine Lives’ Adagio is released 7th April
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It’s not Sunday today, but I‘m writing this on a Sunday morning, and there is nothing more perfect for a Sunday morning I’ve found recently than the new track rom New York ElectroPop outfit HAERTS. More dialled back and chilled than we are previously used to with these guys, Call Me Name shows a new facet to their music, and one we welcome.
Sounding like a moody ElectroPop take on classic American Pop, Call Me Name may be our first hint of what to expect from this Brooklyn four piece’s début album, rumoured to be being co-produced by St. Lucia,. A sweeping cloud of warm synths and gentle beats. Let the almost Chillwave vibe wash over you as single Nina Fabi’s lament rings out in the distance. Like I said, Sunday stuff.
♫ HAERTS – Call Me Name
HAERTS’ Hemiplegia EP is out now.
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V V Brown is well and truly back to the beats with the forthcoming release of Faith, the third single to be taken from her sophomore album, last years’ Samson & Delilah. This new single version of the track sees ex-Bloc Party frontman and ElectroPop artist in his own right, Kele Okereke take up duet duties adding a new dimension to the song.
Brooding and electronically ominous, the tune could quite easily fell into he trap of being cold and distant, but Brown and Okereke’s warm vocals make sure the tune never looses it’s soul. The Deep House beats and synth grumbling give the song a dancefloor twist too. At first glace it’s a melancholic track, but more intensive listening revels a buoyant optimism but lyrically and musically,
♫ V V Brown (Feat. Kele Okereke) – Faith
V V Brown’s Faith is released 28th April.
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Dutch Disco producer NSFW has just released a brand new single via New York’s Nurvous Records, a laid back slo-jam full of soul and rolling bass. The reMix package for the single picks up the tempo and energy levels a bit, especially in the case of this arpeggio fuelled post-Italo beast from London’s Punks Jump Up who’s sparking synths pretty much make the release.
Relentless beats and a pure London Electro vibe permeates every second of this reMix. It takes the dark minimal acid Disco sound of the capital’s seediest clubs and injects a little Nu-Disco fun into them. Delayed analog snyths and a hazy use of the vocal sample push the track into warehouse territory with hypnotic and evolving synth patterns. Whist not as Poppy as some of Punks Jump Up’s output, this reMix is guaranteed to lock them to the dancefloor.
♫ NSFW – Getting Away (Punks Jump Up reMix)
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Who’s Falcone then; I hear you ask? Well boys and girls, it’s the new alter-ego of our good friend Aaron Alexis who, for reasons that are either obvious to your or aren’t, has decided to claim himself a shiny new name and kick on with the majestic ElectroPop offerings. And it is quite a shiny new name too, one that matches the big dramatic sounds the man makes. The first of those theatrical Pop tunes id a cover of Aaliyah’s Are You That Somebody?
We’d suggest you sit yourself somewhere comfortable and grab your headphones for this one. Aaron whips up a pulsating, enigmatic tune loaded with cinematic piano a relentless march of snares. Co-produced with She’s The Queen’s Drew, this is one of those tracks to give you goosebumps as Aaron’s powerful coon cuts through the mix, finding it’s place amongst piercing arpeggios and ominous synths. It;s got a nice funk to it too.
♫ Falcone – Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah Cover)
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Olympic Ayres are an Australian duo who make some breezy Indie-Electro tunes. A while back they released the bouncy ElectroPop single Magic, which has now been given a massive work-over by SynthWave superhero Jordan F who turns the tune into a nostalgic, imposing, retro smash.
Returning slightly to his SynthWave roots, Jordan F delivers a pounding Italo groove, moody and ominous, which morphs the carefree vocals into some kind of hypnotic chant. The combination of the warbling vintage synth bass and shimmering arpeggios give the track it’s momentum, bringing the drama of the best 80s soundtracks to the dancefloor with anthemic vocals. Pounding hammerfall beats and relentless synths, awesome stuff.
♫ Olympic Ayres – Magic (Jordan F reMix)
Olympic Ayres Magic is out now.
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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.
♫ Ceo – Whorehouse
Ceo’s Whorehouse is released 2nd December.
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The Only Constant Is Change is the new single from prolific German producer Kris 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.
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