One of the most interesting producers coming out of France right now, and in the past half-decade, is Pyramid. Film Noir, (a collaboration with Holy Oysters) is out now on Kitsuné Music as part of the Night Tales EP, alongside this official video.
Rodrigue Huart directed this turbulent tale of band in-fighting.
Pyramid’s Night Tales EP is out now.
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Ahh to be in the late 80s in an Indie club! Before BritPop made British Indie music shit Happy Monday’s were riding the Madchester wave to Indie-Dance glory. On the cusp of a new decade they released Kinky Afro, and now two decades later New York Disco dons Sunrise HWY are giving the track another spin. Not content with a couple of True Romance released EPs, this trio are giving this one away for free. Give your ears a treat.
Sunrise HWY stay true to the groove of the original while making it well and truly their own. The cover has a raw, immediate, Disco feel. Despite being loaded with smooth keys and heavily processed guitars, the track has a gritty, grimy feel that lends itself to the song well. We will admit it’s a little odd to hear those verses not sung by Shaun Ryder, it’s like Rowetta singing the whole song, but it really does work. With a nice little Acidic undercurrent Sunrise HWY have turned in a fine cover version with a slick funk all of it’s own.
♫ Sunrise HWY – Kinky Afro (Happy Mondays Cover)
Sunrise HWY’s Kinky Afro is out now.
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We’ve got a feeling that there’ll be a few posts featuring new tracks from UK’s ElectroPop queen Little Boots in the run up to the release of her third full length album, Working Girl, next month, as she drip feeds us fresh material on her SoundCloud page. We’ve already been treated to the first single, Better In The Morning, and the album’s title track, and now Boot’s had unleashed the record’s second single, No Pressure. Give it a listen while you wait for that vinyl you pre-ordered (‘cos you did, didn’t you?) to drop.
No Pressure just adds to our excitement about the new record. Taking a different angle, again, from Better In The Morning’s avant-Pop and Working Girl’s UK House overtones No Pressure is a curiously enchanting mix of Chicago House, Synthwave (is Com Truise’s hand at play here?) and Deep House with a stripped back rawness to it. Over this heady mix of analog beats and droning synths comes an almost Balearic hook alongside Victoria’s impassioned vocal. It sees Little Boots is taking no prisoners on this new LP, ignoring rules and genres to deliver something truly her own.
♫ ♫ Little Boots – No Pressure
Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.
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Australian duo Bag Raiders are amongst our favourite acts of the past decade. Easily. We’re never quite sure if they are ever going to release anything else or if they have packed it in; so whenever a new tune, or a nugget of news slips out we’re always a) relieved they are still going and b) excited to hear their new material. We’ve got both right here (new tune and nugget of news that is). The guys have announced a brand new EP due at the end of this summer. Titled Waterfalls, it’ll be the now-L.A. based pair’s first new music since last years Nairobi/Savannah double A-side. Check out the first track from the EP, Vapour Trails below, it’s a free download from Bag Raiders website.
Vapour Trails is a dream six minutes of laid back vocal House. It’s decidedly Bag Raiders (more reminiscent of first-album era Bag Raiders than their more recent, tougher, output) but also reminds us a little of Dirty Vegas. A warm and enticing tune that pairs comfortable vocals with a smooth, laid back, Electronica groove and rising strings in a track that has us eager to hear more. DancePop at it’s hazy finest; it’s so good to have Bag Raiders back.
♫ Bag Raiders – Vapour Trails
Bag Raider’s Waterfalls EP is due out later this year.
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Sweedish Pop overlord (overlady?) Robyn has unveiled the first track from her long hinted at side-project La Bagatelle Magique (French for ‘the magic trifle’). The outfit is comprised of Robyn, Markus Jägerstedt, and the late Christian Falk and they have released their first official song along with New York based artist Maluca. It’s called Love Is Free and you may have heard this one live if you were lucky enough to catch Röyksopp & Robyn’s recent Do It Again tour.
Currently Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, Love Is Free is an 90s Rave monster. A seemingly disparate orchestra of low key piano and synthetic squeals that this trio meld into a compelling whole. Riding over a kinetic beat and pleasingly nostalgic synth bass, the track, alongside Robyn’s chanted vocals and Maluca’s eclectic flow, is insanely catchy and one of those tunes that just puts a smile on your face and a shuffle in your feet.
♫ Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique (Feat. Maluca) – Love Is Free (Radio Rip)
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique’s Love Is Free is out now.
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In the mood for some self-styled Horizontal Disco? Well have no fear because Mr. Horizontal Disco himself, Parisian producer and DJ Zimmer, is back with a brand new tune. Enlisting the help of Norwegian vocalist Emilie Adams, Zimmer has unleashed Escape. Escape is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming EP, Coming Of Age, due out next month via Roché Music. Give it a listen below.
Taking a pinch of Tropical, a hint of Chicago and just a dash of UK Deep, Zimmer serves up one of his trademark beautiful and laid back poolside dancefloor tunes. Escape is loaded with Island riff and a resounding piano hook. Playing out over rooms drums and a percussive bassline Adams’ raspy vocals are neatly interspersed with half heard Sax. This is smokey House music for urban late nights. Summer in the city is here.
♫ ♫ Zimmer (Feat. Emilie Adams) – Escape
Zimmer’s Coming Of Age EP is out next month.
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Coming from her new album, Hairless Toys, Evil Eyes is the new single from Avant-DiscoPop siren Róisín Murphy. Accompanying the single is this suitably left-field video for the track.
Murphy appears both in front of, and behind, the camera in this clip, a darkly humorous descent into suburban madness.
Róisín Murphy’s Hairless Toys is out now.
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One of our prized pick-ups from this year’s Record Store Day was the second reMix 12” from L.A. Future R&B experimentalist BANKS. The reMixes Part 2 release featured two version of her most often reMixed track Beggin’ For Thread; one of which came straight from Belgian Disco maestro Aeroplane. Vito De Luca’s mix has just hit the digital world on his SoundCloud page, so if you didn’t manage to get hold of the record you can wrap your Internet ears around it right now.
You know where you are with an Aeroplane reMix. Vito consistently delivers quality like a brand name you can trust. Cleanly produced Disco and House, bright and shiny, with Pop sensibilities that what Aeroplane stands for and on this reMix he flips BANKS’ enigmatic presence into a bouncy DiscoPop existence, her smoky vocals taking on a new upbeat quality among Aeroplane’s buoyant bass and lush pads.
♫ ♫ BANKS – Beggin For Thread (Aeroplane reMix)
BANKS’ reMixes Part 2 is out now.
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Last week we premièred the AIMES reMix of the new single from Dutch groover Auxiliary Tha Masterfader, Disco Machine. Alongside AIMES, RipTidE and BroKen DJs step up to the plate for reMix duties, but right here, right now, we’re going to take a listen to Aux’s boogiefied original. The single is out right flippin’ now via Brixton’s Nude Disco imprint, but before heading on over to pick up a copy check out Disco Machine in all it’s Extended Mix glory.
Aux breaks out the vintage galactic Funk for this one. Disco Machine revels in it’s Italo and Boogie DNA; it’s undulating bassline laying down solid ebb-and-flow foundations for all manner of synthesizer noodling gentle vocoding. Sounding authentically like an early 80s European dancefloor hit, Disco Machine sets up all the genre’s tropes for Aux to give them his own person spin. Synthesizer gold.
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (Extended Mix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Disco Machine is out now.
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Two years on from her début album, Illuminators, London based ElectroPop songstress Patchy is still releasing some of the most interesting SynthPop in the capital. She’s just served up this brand new tune, titled Wild 1, on her SoundCloud page. We hope the weather’s good where you are, this is one tune that deserves sunshine and good times.
Wild 1 hits the ground running with some magnificent lush chords that glide into Patchy’s voice, full of personality. Played out over a surprisingly gentle beat, layered with shuffling hats and reverb drenched claps, Wild 1 weaves a rich tapestry of ringing synths and growling tones. Patchy’s introspective performance ties the track together with a deeply personal mood. We’re hoping there’s lots more coming from Patchy.
♫ Patchy – Wild 1
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