Two Steps From Heartache is the lead track from from UK Indie-Electro act Scarlet Soho’s forthcoming new EP. A contradictory intertwining of retro melancholy SynthPop and optimistic breakin’ beats makes for something strangely anthemic. Check out the video below.
Directed by Steve Hogg the clip which blends glamorous performance footage with the duo being harassed by a mime. We’re not sure how we feel about that. Fucking mimes!
Scarlet Soho’s new EP is released 18th September.
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London ElectroPoppers Bastille fold a little Future R&B into the sound on their new single; bad_news. The track will feature on the bands new EP, Oblivion. The EP will see a limited (1,000 copies) 7” release and feels like a chance for Bastille to air their experiments with new sounds. Apparently some of the new stuff is more Rocky, we’re crossing out fingers that their new sound will settle on deep electronic grooves like bad_news though. Check it out.
bad_news is a combination of complex Future R&B rhythms with rave-y synth squeals and Dan’s instantly recognisable vocals, albeit in a more introspective flavour. A mid-tempo jam that lyrically nicely sums up both the giving and receiving of the titular bad news while an array of synth warbles and whooshes fill the track out in the background. We’re definitely intrigued to hear what Bastille are cooking up for us in the future.
♫ Bastille – bad_news
Bastille’s Oblivion is released 8th September and can be pre-ordered here.
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This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a look at the Oberheim Eight Voice
Video courtesy of YouTube user GForce Software.
Producer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, Heavy Disco label boss and electronic rumors alumni Ali Jamieson has been mucking around lately. The funny thing is though, Ali Jamieson mucking around tends to be quite a bit better than many Nu-Disco producers trying to be serious.
What needs to be said, Ali has taken on David Bowie’s Labyrinth destroying Magic Dance with surprising complexity, the Duckula theme tune, which is just amazing (for non British, or very young, readers Count Duckula was a badass cartoon int he 80s) and Mel Brooks’ To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (which, if you don’t know; welcome to comedy). Weird, nostalgic, amazing robo-Boogie ensues.
♫ David Bowie – Magic Dance (Ali Jamieson Edit)
♫ Mike Harding – Count Duckula Theme (Ali Jamieson Edit)
♫ Mel Brooks – To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Ali Jamieson Edit)
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Get on-board with London House producers extraordinaire Gorgon City. With their début album looming on the October horizon, the duo are gearing up to release their next single from the LP. This one enlists the talents of British singer Zak Abel for vocal duties and draws a neat line between UK Deep House and a more soulful strain of Pop. Check out Unmissable below.
Unmissable is immediately infectious, both for a passionate, introspective vocals and the big bass warps. It would be all to easy to get lost int he big bass and skippy hi-hats on the dancefloor, but this one will surprise you with it’s big, catch Pop chorus. Epic and anthemic, the chorus, and the big breakdown, lend the track and energetic excitement in the perfect meeting of two worlds.
♫ Gorgon City (Feat. Zak Abel) – Unmissable
Gorgon City’s Unmissable is released 29th August.
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Here’s the next track unveiling from the forthoming new Cascine released EP from Polish ElectroPop wizards Kamp!. Speaking of camping; we’ll be offline for a while in a few weeks, for our annual holiday, at Bestial. Our new tent has just turned up but the weather’s been so shitty recently we haven’t had a chance to try it out; and we do link to make sure it’s all in order. I mean, no-one wants to turn up at a festival to find they’re missing a bunch of tent pegs. Unless, of course, you’re the guy who actively tries to get his tent to end up in a bush, with him in it; which we are definitely not. Anyway, (*checks word-count*), the new Kamp! single is called Parallels.
Parallels is slightly more the Kamp! we are used to than the previous offering, Early Days. This one kicks off with an undulating analog synth grind which doesn’t let up for the entire anthemic four minutes. There more of a groove to this one to, at times sounding like a heavily reverbed Tesla Boy. The combination of deep pulsating bass and smoky synths leave the track in a dusky nexus spot with the vocals lift the track to new heights. The EP is coming soon and whatnot.
♫ Kamp! – Parallels
Kamp!’s Baltimore EP is released 28th August.
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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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London based producer Orsun is the latest addition to the excellent Nude Disco stable and seems to be bringing a little Space Synth to the label. Anyway, we can’t tell you much about her,or him, because there is nothing to tell. But, despite being shockingly appalling at having an internet presence (hello Orsun, 2014 called; it was wondering when you were gong to catch up?) the music is actually impressive for such a newcomer to music and it’s début, Always Tomorrow, will draw you in with it’s epicness.
Like a mid-90s take on late-70s Italo, Always Tomorrow plays with those retro futuristic themes but with modern digital sounds and clean production. There’s a slight euphoric Trance angle amidst the waves of vintage-a-like Sci-Fi synths; and the arrangement is a true journey throughout the track’s SynthWave-y five minutes with some nice changes of mood along the way. Sit back, relax and sink into Orsun’s electronic world, but be prepared for lift off.
♫ Orsun – Always Tomorrow
Orsun Always Tomorrow is released 18th August.
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Amazing French ElectroPop outfit Yelle, still one of the best live acts we’ve ever seen, have just announced the release of their new album. To be titled Complètement fou, this will be the trio of Yelle, tEPr and GrandMarnier’s third studio offering and, so far, they have been getting better and better with each release. Check out the albums advance single Bouquet Final below (and yes, we know it’s been out on YouTube for a couple of weeks, but y’know, fuck lyric videos!).
So Bouquet Final bodes extremely well for the album. Kicking off with a coarse, crunchy, bit crushed beat the song soon evolves into a giddy, undulating, slo-mo SynthPop powerhouse. Huge grinding synths and a groaning bass wash in and out of the track as Yelle’s energetic vocal glides from sweet to epic. Feasting a nice line in twisted leads and an unrelenting pump, Bouquet Final is a great way to start Yelle phase three,
♫ Yelle – Bouquet Final
Yelle’s Complètement fou is released 30th September.
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Here’s another new track from Canadian SynthPop queen LIGHTS’ forthcoming third album Little Machines. This one is called Portal an taken on an almost Chillwave drone in it’s lush and gentle sound.
Check out the video, as hypnotic as the track itself. It’s actually kinda’ calming.
LIGHTS’ Little Machines is released 23rd September.
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