[Video] The Penelopes’ ‘Time To Shine’

 

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London based French ElectroPoppers The Penelopes’ power good SynthPop anthem Time To Shine is still getting loads of play at electronic rumors HQ. Such an epic track certainly deserved a video. Good thing too, as now it has.

The clip, or mini-movie, was directed by Mattias Erik Johansson and starts French actress SoKo is actually pretty stunning, both visually and in it;s narrative. But being a movie we won’t spoil it for you, treat your eyes to in intense eight minutes.

The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.

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[Audio] LIGHTS’ ‘Up We Go’

 

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Canadian ElectroPop goddess LIGHTS made the surprise announcement of her forthcoming third studio album this week. The album’s title is Little Machines  and with a bit of luck will finally see her getting a little bit of mainstream recognition outside of Canada. After the saccharine shiny ElectroPoptronica of her first album The Listening and the harsher Indie-Electro of album number two, Siberia our first hint of Little Machines, Up We Go, points toward a more anthemic, summery sound. Check it out.

Up We Go actually feels like a cross between The Listening era LIGHTS and Siberia. The big beats and raw synths of Siberia are present alongside The Listenings’ uplifting optimism. Add to the a breezy Indie-Electro, almost Tropical, vibe and you’re presented with a track that is a huge driving powerhouse of an ElectroPop song with tons of heart. Roll on the album.

♫ LIGHTS – Up We Go

LIGHTS’ Little Machine is released 23rd September.

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[Download] Ben Macklin’s ‘Let You Down’

 

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Oh hello. It’s the new solo tune from Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin. Mere weeks after his last single, It’s Over was released the man is back to treat us to five minutes of blissful chilled House to sort out the weekend. If, of course, your weekend starts tomorrow; which ours does this week! Haha, in your face everyone who’s weekend doesn’t start tomorrow this week!

A smooth-as-hell mixture of House beats and dreamy-Dreamwave tones, Let You Down is ‘summer jam’ exemplified. Picking up a Tropical vibe along the way, Let You Down lays it’s beats thick but it’s synths airy , crating a groove you can dance to but is a little something for the mind too. Add a sprinkling of nostalgia (there’s a slight Jan Hammer thing going on here), and you’ve got a tune that’s prefect for chilling by the pool, at the weekend, which (as previously mentioned) starts tomorrow for us (ahahahahaha).

Ben Macklin – Let You Down

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[Video] Cinnamon Chasers’ ‘Hurts Too Much’

 

Cinnamon Chasers   Hurts Too Much  Official Music Video    YouTube

The almighty Cinnamon Chasers is back this month with a new single. Taken from his forthcoming latest album, Hurts Too Much sees CC folding a downtempo groove into his space age synths and adding haunting, melancholy vocals to create a beautiful tune.

The video was directed by David Strindberg, who uses smoke and filters to evoke a dreamlike mood. Oh, and interpretive dance.

Cinnamon Chasers’ ‘Hurts Too Much’ is released 28th July.

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[Audio] Cut Copy’s ‘Believers’

 

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Australian Indie-Electro champs Cut Copy’s awesome Free Your Mind album is getting itself a shiny new deluxe version release this week. The record, originally released late last year, will come equipped with a host of brand new track, including this one, Believers. There five additional tracks in total, and if there anything like Believers, you’ll be hankering to pick up Free Your Mind all over again.

A luxurious slick of Acid Pop, Believers is equal parts noisy and melodic. Kicking off with some 909 rims and 303 burbling, Believers soon unashamedly revels in it’s 90s-ness with vocal snatches and a piano hook. All this complemented by Cut Copy’s inherent Indie-Electro feel courtesy of Tim’s heartfelt vocal performance. The track doesn’t;t hold out as it gets rapidly noisier and more fanatic towards it’s finale, building the energy for one last freak out.

♫ Cut Copy – Believers

Cut Copy release the deluxe version of Free Your Mind this week.

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[Audio] Tesla Boy’s ‘Strong’

 

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It seems like only yesterday that ElectroPop heroes Tesla Boy’s amazing second album The Universe Made Of Darkness came in at number three in our favourite albums of 2013. Now the Russian outfit are looking to launch a new chapter in their history with their brand new single, Strong, out this week. Settle in for some retro Pop goodness.

This is archetypal Tesla Boy, but with a little less Funk and a little more Power Pop than before. Strong still works in all the vintage synths, classic production and Anton’s nostalgic croon are all present and correct; but this feels like a more sophisticated Tesla Boy, more mature in it’s approach to songwriting. Having already tackled 80s SynthPop, then 80s Disco, it’s now time for Tesla Boy to grab the Tears For Fears end of the 80s and make it their own, and they do so with style.

♫ Tesla Boy – Strong

Tesla Boy’s Strong is out now.

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[Download] Box Of Wolves reMixes Hawaii94’s ‘Runaway’

 

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Canadian smooth merchant Box Of Wolves has offered up another of his awesome reMixes. Be prepared for some driving beats and dreamy keys on this reMix of frequent collaborator Hawaii94’s Runaway. The track is taken from the Australian producers recent Nightvision EP, which is available now, and walks a nice line between nostalgic and contemporary.

You’d think it would be hard to reconcile the pounding beats and pulsating synth bass of this track with the hazy keys and slight Tropical undertones, but Box Of Wolves juggles the styles with ease, delivering a track that is both light and airy and a floorfilling juggernaut. Hiwaii94’s anthemic vocals on the track serve to enhance this effect and his vintage style lends the track a retro twist. All-in-all you’re left with a track that’s just as suited to the headphones as it is the dancefloor, both epic and irresistibly funky.

Hawaii94 – Runaway (Box of Wolves reMix)

Hawaii94’s Nightvision EP is out now.

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[Video] Röyksopp & Robyn’s ‘Do It Again’

 

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Röyksopp & Robyn’s excellent collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, is still on repeat ’round these parts, and probably will be for the rest of the year. The title tracks of the release has just gone and got itself a shiny new music video.

Martin Se Thurah directs this mini movie, that features a special extended cut of the track, is a six minute mini move of revolution and passion.

Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again is out now.

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[Download] Patrick Baker’s ‘Lies’

 

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While we generally dig Patrick Baker’s featuring appearances on everything that was ever released between 2012 and 2014, it’s always a lot more exciting to hear one of his own tunes. This is Patrick Baker as he was meant to be heard, his own vision. Patrick Baker: the director’s cut. The man has slowly but surely been making the transition from 80’s SynthWave Popster to smooth 90s soulful crooner and this new tune, Lies, is the epitome of that sound.

Smooth and slinky, Lies, mixes up a growling 90s R&B groove with a hint of Swingbeat and a little dusting of Disco. A slo-mo opus to drift across city rooftops at the peak hour of the night. A hot summer vibe, made up of chiming keys, warm tones and a solid dance beat, compliments Patrick’s soulful voice. This is one for putting your feet up, forgetting the world and letting the silky sounds envelops you. Super chilled stuff.

Patrick Baker – Lies

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[Audio] Little Boots’ bootleg of Todd Terje’s ‘Inspector Norse’

 

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Little Boots returned this this weekend to bring a ray of sunshine into our lives in the form of this cheeky bootleg of Norwegian Cosmic Disco king Todd Terje’s now legendary Inspector Norse. We’re not really sure what it’s called; it comes from a mixtape Boots did for Vice’s Thump website where it is noted in the tracklist as ‘Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Little Bootleg)’, whereas she uploaded it to YouTube under the moniker ‘Little Bootleg – Todd Is So Hot’. So we’re calling it ‘Todd Terje (Feat. Little Boots) – Inspector Norse (‘Todd Is So Hot’ Little Bootleg)’, which we think nicely covers all the bases. Also; ‘Little Bootleg’ is genius.

Boots delivers an edit with a twist. Well, if you’ve got a voice like Victoria then why wouldn’t you sing all over stuff? Taking Inspector Norse, and already incredibly and catchy-as-hell- tune, to the next level, Little Boots lends the track a floaty layer of vocals, exceptionally suited to the burbling dancefloor groove. Terje delivers vintage, cosmic and quirky while Boot’s serves up shiny, glamorous and mirrorballed; the two work together perfectly. We’d love this to be released!

♫ Todd Terje (Feat. Little Boots) – Inspector Norse (‘Todd Is So Hot’ Little Bootleg)

Little Boots’ Nocturnes album is out now.

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