[Audio] Ekkoes’ ‘Last Breath’

 

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This weekend sees the release of the eagerly awaited new single from UK ElectroPop heroes Ekkoes. Following the début proper release, the single Fight The Feeling, Last Breath feels like an escalation of activity from Ekkoes. It would be a long time coming; and if it receives a similar kind of attention and radio play as Fight The Feeling, well deserved too. It’s about time Ekkoes burst out into the public consciousness.

Last Breath shows off that particular brand of Ekkoes epicness. A rich, emotional track with a driving tempo, Last Breath blends waves of lush synths with shimmering guitars to provide an unashamedly euphoric soundtrack for Jon’s passionate delivery. Which is odd, as it’s quite a melancholy track, but that’s the way of the best ElectroPop, musically blending the moody and the optimistic, and Ekkoes hold on to that vibe here perfectly. With nods to mid-80’s SynthPop, 90’s Shoegazey Indie and one foot on the dancefloor, Last Breath has the total package.

♫ Ekkoes – Last Breath

Ekkoes’ Last Breath is released 12th October.

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[Download] Final DJs’ ‘All That Matters’

 

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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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[Audio] AlunaGeorge’s ‘Supernatural’

 

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Future R&B/ElectroPop duo AlunaGeorge have unveiled their first new tune in a while. It’s been a quiet year for them, taking a well deserved break after all their hard work built up to the release of Body Work, their début full length record, in 2013. Supernatural premièred on Annie Mac’s last show and bodes very well for AlunaGeorge phase two.

Supernatural has got more of a punchy ElectroPop vibe that we have previously been used to from AlunaGeorge. The bassline alone is worth the admission price, and driving Euro synth line give the track a robotic funk new to the AlunaGeorge sound and some slightly more experimental sounding vocal cutting and chopping bring a new edge to the duo’s sweet avant-garde R&B. Supernatural oozes with effortless cool and synthetic heart; and has us more excited that we thought we’d be for their new album.

♫ AlunaGeorge – Supernatural

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[Video] Chromeo’s ‘Old 45s’

 

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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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[Audio] Clancy’s ‘Revolutions’

 

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Here’s the B-side to the new Anjunadeep released single from Clancy. The A-Side, I Wanna’ Know features duo of the moment, Eli & Fur, and is a futuristic club juggernaut that gonna’ blow up when it’s released this week. The flip side, Revolutions, proves a worthy counterpart as Clancy gets deep and hypnotic.

This one is pure moody House electronics. A stripped back tune that distils House down to it’s basic elements and works them for full dancefloor control. Still retaining Clancy’s Sci-Fi soundtrack vibe, Revolutions is a synth bass heavy groover that gets under your skin. The kind of tune you can loose yourself in on the dancefloor. Clancy’s Anjunadeep dominance has just begun.

♫ Clancy – Revolutions

Clancy’s I Wanna’ Know/Revolutions is out this week.

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[Download] Route94’s ‘Shards Of Glass’

 

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Route94 delivers possible his best tune to date with his new stormer. It’s an exclusive for Mixmag and Rowan Jones has serves up a wonderful Sci-Di Disco House tune that contains everything we love about both club music and synth music. This is the reason Route94 is fast becoming one of the most sought after in the country.

There’s hints of Boogie and Italo in Shards Of Glass, the cutting digital bassline has got a definite 80s swing to it, and the sparking keys leant toward the Jarre end of the synthesizer scale. Pairing that up with some ridiculously heavy bass and a pounding dancefloor beat Route94 delivers something both retro and contemporary, and ties it all up nicely in a House groove. Awesome stuff!

Route94 – Shards Of Glass

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[Video] Film’s ‘Ping Pong With Angels’

 

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Film are a Greek avant-guard synth outfit who’s Vangelis influenced fourth LP, Eclipse, had just been released. Check out the single Ping Pong With Angels, for a taste of the dark retro electronics.

The clip was directed by Gregory Rentis and plays on the title perfectly. We reckon the elephant won.

Film’s Eclipse is out now.

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[Audio] Grum reMixes SecondCity & Ali Love’s ‘What Can I Do?’

 

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As if House newcomer SecondCity and ElectroPop/House legend Ali Love’s What Can I Do? wasn’t awesome enough already; along comes a shiny new reMix package courtesy of Ministry Of Sound. Sat on the single is this massive reMix from Grum. Grum’s having an amazing year with a string of slammin’ reMixes alongside his own acclaimed second album; looks like he’s planning to end the year on a high.

You know what to expect from Grum reMix; emotional synths, big sound, driving dancefloor grooves. All present and correct on his mix for SecondCity. Ali Love’s vocals belt out over a slick combination of House Piano and Progressive synths, rising and evolving as the track pounds toward it’s finale. Euphoric and uplifting, Grum deliver another big room killer with this one.

♫ SecondCity (Feat. Ali Love) – What Can I Do? (Grum reMix)

SecondCity’s What Can I Do? is out now

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[Audio] Starcadian’s ‘Saturdaze’ EP

 

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So, after whetting your appetite with one hell of a mashup late last week New York electro wizard Starcadian dropped his new EP just in time for the weekend. We honestly weren’t expecting another body of work this size for a while; (for us at least) his album Sunset Blood is still fresh in our ears and despite being a year old, still gets constant play (also, writing “despite being a year old” just made us sad. Oh internet, what have you done to the shelf life of music?). The Saturdaze EP ages as somewhat of a companion piece to Sunset Blood; but whereas the album soundtracked the best in straight to video Sci-Fi thrillers, Saturdaze takes Saturday morning TV and runs with it.

And it does hit the ground running, the EP’s opener, Ultralove, is one of Starcadian’s best to date. The intro along is immense strings, synths, sax and crazy toms work the music up into a frenzy before dropping and kicking back in with a synth heavy future Disco belter. Ultralove is a journey through everything Starcadian does best, hard hitting raw Disco, Quite vocoder moments and squealing solos. This one’s got it all. It;s a tough act to follow, but the rest of the EP tries it’s hardest. Dance Or Die is the real TV theme hero here, mixing a rockin’ riff with Chiptune hooks this is your optimistic, action-packed, Cartoon intro here. Money seems to be a spiritual successor to Pompey Pirate a little, a growling, enigmatic Electro track that reminds us that Starcadian can do Dark just as well as Uplifting. Alien Victory jostles for position as the EP’s stand out track, an epic duet between ominous, creeping, synthetic tones and skyrocketing euphoric leads. There’s a whole movie that plays out in your head just to this one track; from the dark times to the hopeful future, Alien Victory will carry you there. All that excitement is followed by Entoptica, the EP’s instrumental power ballad, a soaring solo set against a steady melancholy electric groove before the release plays out on a new, up-tempo, dancefloor friendly version of previous single, and space ballad, He^rt.Kicking the track up a few BMP and dropping a kickin’ beat under the track doesn’t hurt it one bit, and reinvents it as a floorfilling anthem. As you can imagine Saturdaze comes highly recommended; we really can’t stress that enough, you need to get involved.

♫ Starcadian – Ultralove

♫ Starcadian – Alien Victory

Starcadian’s Saturdaze EP is out now. You can pick it up here.

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[Audio] Clancy and Eli & Fur’s ‘I Wanna’ Know’

 

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Our boy Clancy has been snapped up by Anjunadeep, and rightly so. One of the leading lights of the Dreamwave, then Nu-Disco, then Deep House scenes it’s far past time that Clancy blew up; and with his forthcoming new single it looks more likely than ever. The amazing Eli & Fur drop in for vocal duties on I Wanna’ Know which only serves to take the tune to the next level. You could seriously be hearing a lot of this in the coming months.

Drawing on his retro electro past, Clancy injects  the UK Deep House sound with extra helpings of SynthWave-y futurism. Weaving dystopian soundtracks over booming club grooves, I Wanna’ Know presents a epic track that powers the dancefloor with growling basses and pounding drums, but also lays out an atmospheric soundscape. Eli & Fur serve up a hazy vocal accompaniment that hits just the right note to make you sit up and pay attention. An intelligent House monster; we can’t wait for this release.

♫ Clancy (Feat. Eli & Fur) – I Wanna’ Know

Clancy’s I Wanna’ Know is released 6th October on Anjunadeep.

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