Rad Parisian Disco producer Bestrack has just dropped a whole albums worth of tunes for free. The dude dropped some top reMixes recently but it sounds like he’s been saving the good stuff for this collection of original tunes. And what a collection it is! We would seriously pay money for this record, and it would be one of our top buys that months. Prepare for eight tracks of some of the best Electro-Disco around.
Workout 2000 is the title of the album (Bestrack calls it an EP, but c’mon, eight tracks? Far to generous) and it definitely is a workout. From the very start of the release, the opening bars of In Your Eyes it’s all high-octane dirty Disco. Cut-up funky shit supreme the opener is an almost perfect example of soaring peak-time Disco-House that immediately hooks you into the album, screaming solo and all. Don’t Quit brings a big retro feel to proceedings, with some massive nostalgic DiscoPop, that doesn’t quit for the whole record. This collection of track strikes just the right balance between 80s Pop, Nu-Disco and tough Electro. From the grinding dystopian SynthWave of Jaguar to the hi-energy EuroDisco of Stamina the album covers a myriad of styles, all tried together with Bestrack’s slick groove. The title track is definitely a highlight, bringing together Bestrack’s cinematic SynthWave side with a driving Italo feel and heaps of Disco swing. Summing up the album with it’s huge vintage chords and twisted vocal samples, Workout 2000 is a great ambassador for the whole release. This album would come highly recommended if it cost money, at this price it’s essential.
♫ Bestrack – In Your Eyes
♫ Bestrack – Workout 2000
♫ Bestrack – Don’t Quit
You can download the whole of Bestrack’s Workout 2000 here.
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Did you pick up the new release from reigning Glaswegian ElectroPop trio Chvrches’, Gun? Now you can relive the excitement by checking out the brand new video for the track.
It’s a kaleidoscopic dream of vintage video effects and interpretative dance Enjoy.
Chvrches’ Gun is out now.
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I think by now we can pretty much assume the Walter Sobcek duo have got a thing for milkshakes, of the romantic kind. The pan-Atlantic duo have been a bit quite in recent months in regard to new tunes, but have released a string of awesome mixtapes, including the Milkshake De Love tape back in February. Which is stunningly similar to the title of their new single, Milkshake D’Amour.
Walter Sobcek have never given up the Dreamwave dream, and this new single just cements their reputation as Dreamwave staples. Floating along on an infectious Italo bassline and wicked Disco licks, the tune weaves an audio tapestry of electric piano, siren synths and breezy beach tones. Add some hushed, passionate and typically Sobcek vocals into the mix and you’ve got a poolside funk tune to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with anything from LA.
♫ Walter Sobcek – Milkshake D’Amour
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Peter & The Magician – Exclusive Mix = Yuksek and ex-Aeroplane DJ The Magician are gearing up to drop their third collaboration in the form of the On My Brain EP, we’ve heard the release and can confirm it’s pretty special, but you can hear snippets of it in this exclusive mix they’ve done to celebrate the forthcoming release. And in a shocking turn of events, The Magician has, for once, graciously decided to respect the artists he uses in his mixtapes by providing a tracklist this time!
♫ Peter & The Magician – Exclusive Mix
01. Peter & The Magician – Peter Pan
02. Kris Menace (Feat. Black Hills) – Waiting For You (Fingerpaint reMix)
03. Shit Robot – Take Me Up (Marcus Marr reMix)
04. Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us
05. Azari & III – Indigo (Dub)
06. Peter & The Magician – On My Brain (Original Mix)
07. Zinc (Feat. Sasha Keable) – Only For Tonight (TEED reMix)
08. Kindness – House
09. Daft Punk (Feat. Panda Bear) – Doing it Right
10. Juveniles – Elisa
Peter & The Magician’s On My Brain EP is released 24th June on Yuksek’s Partyfine label.
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It’s the second reMix to Kavinsky’s forthcoming Odd Look single. We introduced you to A-Trak’s reMix last week and next on the bill it’s fellow Frenchman Surkin. Surkin lends his deep French Electro sound to the originals haunting SynthWave resulting in a pounding slice of robotic emotion.
The chord progression of the original tune is one that is evocative and cinematic, and that plays nicely into Surkin’s hands as he delivers a bassy Electro-House floorfiller with enough raw beats to keep the kids happy and enough humanity to lift their spirits. We can see this one going down a treat at certain gatherings over the summer months.The EP is out soon, along with Kavinsky’s Dead Cruiser mobile game.
♫ Kavinsky – Odd Look (Surkin reMix)
Kavinsky’s Odd Look single is released soon, the OutRun album is out now.
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This week’s capsule of Synthesizer Zen, to carry you into the weekend, comes from a look at the 1972 ARP Odyssey.
Video courtesy of YouTube user AnalogAudio1.
Remember Cassette Kids’ Spin? Australian Indie-ElectroPoppers Cassette Kids were the talk of the town as we entered our second year in existence and Spin, their fifth single rocked 2010. You’ll see in our original piece on the track that we mention a reMix from London’s DiscoPop kings Cassette Club, but the single, when released came with just the Russ Chimes mix. The Cassette Club mix never surfaced. Until now.
Ban and Tom have reached into the vault and pulled out this storming tune that makes us nostalgic for the summer of ‘10 (if it’s actually possible to be nostalgic for three years ago?). This is classic Cassette Club, literally and contains all the sounds that were rocking us back then, and, to be honest, haven’t stopped rocking us. A bouncy ElectroPop/Disco crossover bassline, big lush synths, summery sweeps and that kind of feel-good shoulder-shaking groove that sums up the late 2000’s. Good times, we’re so grateful the guys decided to unleash this gem.
♫ Cassette Kids – Spin (Cassette Club reMix)
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Here’s the second single from Portland Minimal Synth Robo-Pop duo Soft Metals’ forthcoming sophomore album, Lenses. We had a taste of what’s to come back in May with the first release, Tell Me, now this new track, In The Air, has us even more eagerly awaiting the new record.
With Glaswegian Electro master JD Twitch providing hypnotic warehouse drum programming ion this one, In The Air nicely mixes up ethereal DreamPop with a gritty Acid House groove. With futuristic pulsating Acid bass and retro, clap laden, House beats In the Air has a dark, strobe lit, quality to it that is tempered only by Patricia’s haunting siren song. Lenses is definitely shaping up to be one of the albums of the year.
♫ Soft Metals – In The Air
Soft Metals’ In The Air is released on 16th July.
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One of the top names in the new SynthWave scene is Glaswegian producer Garth Knight, has just released his new EP. Titled, Mandroid, the new record follows on from his slick Goliath album released earlier this year and sees Knight take his rough, cinematic, electronics to ever darker places.
The pulsating, synthesizer soundtrack to some long-forgotten Sci-Fi Horror flick, Mandroid oozes electronic menace as it ploughs though it’s five tracks. Kicking off with Construction, you can already feel an old school EBM influence infecting Garth Knight’s work as it lays down it’s rapid fire arpeggios and machine beats amidst a sea of haunting and abrasive tones. Escape works a little mid-80s Depeche Mode flavour into the EP with heavy synth bass and ringing chimes that builds up to a droning and evocative finale. The EP’s high energy centrepiece, On The Run once again shows of the EBM styling of the EP, right down to the Industrial purcussion, this is pure Front 242 territory, albeit updated for the SynthWave scene with lush cinematic chords. After the climactic onslaught of On The Run, the rest of the EP delivers a little respite with Sanctuary, a gentle and evocative synth piece where layers of melody wrap themselves around each other, and the EP’s outro, Shut Down a rousing, but ultimately final, cascade of deep synths. All in all, Mandroid is another settling body of work from Garth Knight and at a pay-what-you-like price, can;t really be beat.
♫ Garth Knight – On the Run
♫ Garth Knight – Construction
♫ Garth Knight – Escape
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It’s a brand new video for AlunaGeorge’s You Know You Like It. Back in 2011 the You Know You Like It single sported AlunaGeorge’s first proper slick video. Now the single’s got a brand new clip to promote the duo’s forthcoming album Body Work.
The is probably the first basic Pop video the twosome have released, they’re are normally a bit more high-brow than this. This one right here is full-on 90s Pop swing.
AlunaGeorge’s Body Work album is out 29th July.
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