[Audio] Bondax’s ‘All I See’



UK Deep House duo Bondax jump feet first into the waters of 90s House with their forthcoming new single, All I See. Unveiled late last week, All I See is due for a September release which makes it perfectly primed to take advantage of it’s commercial sound and underground groove to be a festival anthem and chart success.

We’re not sure who lends their vocal talent to All I See, but whoever it is knocks it out the park. You’ve got a big diva vocal with some absolutely enchanting vocal rhythms and flourishes here. Having that flow over a slick Chicago House track, weighted heavy with subby basses and an infectious organ hook , makes for a totally classic house track and instant feel-good vibes. Expect to be hearing a lot of All I See over the summer.

♫ Bondax – All I See

Bondax’s All I See is released 7th September.

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[Audio] Ronika reMixes The Penelopes’ ‘Time To Shine’



London based French duo The Penelopes recent single Time To Shine, a record that we called “Massive” with all it’s moody bombast and stadium ElectroPop leaning, is about to get a bit Massive-er. Fresh from releasing one of the greatest albums of all time, Boogie juggernaut Ronika has contributed to the Time to Shine reMix package with this timeless House mix.

Chicago meets Acid meets Rave in this highly kinetic four and a half minutes. Ronika really keeps the energy going with undulating purcussion and a plethora of classic sounds. At it’s hart a Piano House tune, Ronika brings a load of early 90s elements to the, from the Rave keys to the use of the vocals as samples. This should really be played extremely loud in a field full of revellers, but through your headphones on a sunny day it’ll put just as big a grin on your face.

♫ The Penelopes – Time To Shine (Ronika reMix)

The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.

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[Video] Noosa’s ‘Clocktower’


Noosa   Clocktower  Official Music Video    YouTube

Here’s the video for Clocktower from New York DreamPop outfit Noosa. It comes from their wonderful new album Wonderland. Prepare some some seriously sweet and hazy beat driven ElectroPop.

The video was directed by Jessie Hill and fits the music perfectly. A soft focus, magical journey.

Noosa’s Wonderland is out now.

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[Audio] Croquet Club’s ‘Breathe’ & ‘Rush’


Croquet Club

Out this week on Anjunadeep is the new EP from Croquet Club. After wowing with his début release, Awake/Cardigan (that went on to become an Anjunadeep classic), French producer Jeremy Villecourt is delivering three tracks in the form of the Jacuzzi EP. Of the three tunes involved, it’s hard for us to pick between Breathe and Rush, two storming tunes, so have a listen to both.

Breathe serves up a platter of deep and airy sounds mixed with a laid back ElectroPop feel. Layering ominous tone over haunting vocals Croquet Club keep things enigmatic without ever crossing over into actually being moody or dark. This is achieved by washing this tapestry of rumbling basses and dreamlike keys over a seriously compelling poolside House groove and some cheeky Tropical guitar. Taking cues from the likes of French legends Air, Croquet Club brings that spacious hazy sound to the dancefloor. Rush contrasts Breathe by swinging with full force toward the ElectroPop and Pop-House end of the electronic music spectrum with huge,sweeping, big room sounds, lush stings and a radio friendly Piano led sound. Perfect summertime listening, Rush is feel-good House at it’s finest. there’ll be something for everyone on this EP.

♫ Croquet Club – Breath

♫ Croquet Club – Rush

Croquet Club’s Jacuzzi EP is out this week,

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[Mixtape] MiGHty mOUse’s ‘Edit Tape 1′


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MiGHty mOUse – Edit Tape 1 = Here’s the new mixtape from MiGHty mOUse, and this one is a collection of storming edits of some wicked tunes the Mouse has done himself. The even better news is that he’ll be making them available for download soon!

MiGHty mOUse – Edit Tape 1

The tracklist:
1. Yello – The Race (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
2. Smokey Robinson – Mickeys Monkey (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
3. Sister Sledge – You Fooled Around (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
4. Debbie Jacobs – High On Your Love (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
5. Odyssey – Use It Up, Wear It Out (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
6. Trio – Da Da Da (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
7. A-Ha – Cry Wolf (MiGHty mOUse Edit)

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[Audio] Lemonade’s ‘Stepping’



The latest addition to the ecclectic Cascine stable comes in the form of Brooklyn based trio Lemonade. Two years on from the release of their last record, Diver, these guys are set to release their third album; to be titled Minus Tide, in September. Before then you can have a taste of what to expect from Lemonade in the form of Stepping. A quick search on Discogs.com revels that there is indeed an artist called ‘Vodka’, we smell a collaboration coming on, we’d like a taste of that too!

The track combines the rugged and the sweet, with cascading rhythms that hit almost a tribal point with their undulating kicks, contrasting with airy pads and distant, gentle, vocals. Taking reference points of everything from 90s House to 80s soundtrack material, Stepping feels like a chaotic affair, but it’s really not. There’s order to the madness and some incredibly catchy hooks set adrift on a sea of nostalgic keys and Acidic burbling. It should be a vey interesting album.

♫ Lemonade – Stepping

Lemonade’s Minus Tide is released 9th September.

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[Book] Mad World: An Oral History Of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s by Lori Majewski & Jonathan Bernstein



It’s not often that we get sent non-music promo items, occasionally there will be booze, or gadgets, and there was that time Chromeo sent us a phone, but generally it’s Records and CDs. Last week, though, we got sent a book. That book was Mad World: An Oral History Of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s. It was was written by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, both long time music journalists with a vested interest int he 80s. I’m a big reader, but I can barely string two words together to write a music review, let along tackle a book review.

So here is a book review.

Music books are notoriously hit or miss, more often being disappointingly miss. The last great music book I read was Last Night A DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (which is an amazing history of DJing which is well worth the read), 80s music books in particular, usually make me annoyed with their generalizations of superficial coverage of the topic so I delved into the book with trepidation. However, the way Mad World is constructed is both fun and pretty in depth. What you have is each chapter being dedicated to a particular classic song from the 80s and it’s content being an interview with one or more of the creators. So, for example, the chapter on Yazoo’s Only You features Vince and Alison talking about their relationship and making the record. This is a great format that allows you to pick up and put down the book when you’ve got a spare minute and learn something genuinely insightful about a handful of SynthPop hits and a brief look into the mind of some of the biggest names of the 80s. Those present and correct include The Human League, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, Kim Wilde, The Normal, Duran Duran, ABC, Devo, A-Ha, Thompson Twins, OMD, Ultravox and many more.

So, yeah, book review. I really enjoyed it. Even though it’s a ‘dip in’ type volume, I read the thing from cover to cover. The fact that it’s 99% the voices of the artists who made these records makes it both more interesting, and accurate, than if a third party has just written about the tracks.

Also, there’s tons of photos, and photos from the 80s are a good thing.

One tiny niggle I did have with the book; being an American publication it has these translations for English terms throughout that tends to be a bit patronising and jarring a little. It’s an annoyance that pulls you out of the book. I know much of the books audience will be American, but I’m sure they have enough common sense to realise a “bin man” is what they would call a “garbage man”, context is a wonderful thing.

That aside though, It’s really good read, I would definitely be interested in a Volume Two being released, there’s tons of songs I would love to read about in this format.

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[Video] The New Sins’ ‘Lights Down’


The New Sins    Lights Down   Official Video    YouTube

Here’s the video for Lights Down by The New Sins; who are New Young Pony Club’s Lou Hayter and composer Nick Phillips. Lights Down is a pulsating, stripped back, underground House groover.

The clip was directed by Nova Dando and Sophie Allen and if chock full of video effects and definitely about the lights up.

The New Sins début album is slated for a late 2014 release.

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[Mixtape] Goldroom’s ‘Verano Mix 2014′



Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014 = Goldroom’s newest mixtape rocker our weekend. Check it our for an hour of a smoothest Disco sounds around. This beast features some of our favourite summery tracks from the past few weeks, instant classic.

Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014

The tracklist:
01. Creep Crawl Flash – At Bay
02. From Kid – Sun (Ride The Universe reMix)
03. Blood Cultures – Indian Summer
04. Lifelike – City Lights
05. Misterwives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix)
06. Xtrafunk – Infinite
07. Darius – Hot Hands
08. Portland – Before You (Murer reMix)
09. Les Loups (Feat. Moona) – Out Of Sight
10. Honom – Bedcat (Satin Jackets reMix)
11. Goldroom – Embrace (Glen Check reMix)
12. Tony Betties – So Cool (Holmes Price reMix)
13. David August – Epikur
14. Snakadakal – The Sun II (Just Kiddin’ reMix)
15. Moon Boots – Whatever You Need
16. KAASI – Tell Me
17. Casino Gold – All I Need
18. MØ – Don’t Wanna’ Dance (Goldroom reMix)
19. London Grammer – Darling Are You Gonna’ Leave Me? (LCAW reMix)
20. Mr. Mæn – Slow Love

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