The incredible Avec Sans’s new single premièred this week on MTV’s new Scream TV series. That’s some top drawer syncing right there! If MTV aren’t actually going to play music videos anymore then the least they can do is feature the best new music in their TV show. Which they appear to have done. So fair play to them then. Pats on the back all round. Are we in for some more lovely melancholy moods wrapped up in crystal clean and catch ElectroPop. Yes we are. Get your hearing gear around When You Go.
Swoosh! That’s how When You Go begins. Once suitably swooshed you’ll be treated to a booming and majestic tune that sees Jack playing with an almost Dubby groove, albeit it a Dubby groove run through his humming RoboPop machines while Alice’s smokey vocal delivers that particular gloomy optimism that only she can. When You Go is possible the Sans’ most confident and self-assured track to date, a down-tempo masterpiece of cinematic SynthPop. There so much bombast in here, Jack’s thick production sounding as clean and full as ever, but never over-crammed and Alice’s performance rich with an emotional resonance. There’s a new EP on the way. Oh yes there is.
Whoop! There’s a new tune from Brighton based ElectroPop experimentalists IYES. Last year this duo really did the business with a string of tunes, such as Breathe and Toys, which were not only catchy and compelling, but also interesting as hell. These guys have a new EP (the first of many to come), as they put it, brewing; and right now you can have a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming release in the form of the first track to be taken from Part One. This is So Crazy.
So Crazy takes it’s time to get started; rocking a minute of intro, an effected vocal and synthesizer brap that eases it’s way into IYES return to ChipTune sounds and an introspective vocal. So Crazy fills itself with IYES particularly unique blend of Future R&B, Bass and ecclectic electronic sound, wrapping you in a smokey and enveloping groove. Vocals spark with passion while the duo use abrasive synthetic sound in a way that creates beauty. We’re very much looking forward to the EP, and the EP after that, and the EP after that…
The Matts are at it again. Following their surprise monster of a reMix of Pixies’ Monkeys Gone To Heaven a couple of months ago; the Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse coalition of Du Tonc have rocked up with this slick reworking of the late Aaliyah’s 2002 tune Rock The Boat. The duo have a new single out pretty soon, but until then feat your ears on this bubble and laid back Disco reMix. Free download too; which is nice.
Du Tonc serve up a warm and hazy slice if the most laid back Disco sounds around. Utterly without a care int he world, this reMix of Rock The Boat totally strips you of all your troubles and orders you to flippin’ chill. Du Tonc’s trademark combination of cheeky Tropical licks, robust lazy basslines and blissed out keys transport of to a sunnier and altogether more nostalgic place while they pepper the tune with dreamy synths and a hint of talkbox. Believe us, you’ll feel 100-times better after listening to this tune.
So. Here’s the first single from Glaswegian ElectroPop geniuses Chvrches’ forthcoming sophomore album. Scary, huh? The trio’s début record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is one of our favourite records of the decade, if not of all time. But we’ve been burnt before. How often does some ElectroPop shining star come along with a mind blowing première release only to follow that up, after a little success, with a more ‘authentic’ Indie-Folk second album or whatnot. ElectroPop isn’t a stepping stone people! Every Open Eye is due out in September and Leave A Trace is out first hint of what to expect. And it’s good!
You can all stop holding your breath now. Leave A Trace is pure ElectroPop. Pure Chvrches. And top quality Chvrches too, this track sees them on top of their game and sounding slightly more eclectic while still sitting comfortably within the Chvrches we know and love. Maybe there’s a bit more of a swing in it’s step. Maybe the sing-a-long chorus is a tad more rabble rousing this time. There’s something a little different in Leave A Trace amongst the more-of-the-same. Oh yes, the sparking synths, machine beats and Lauren’s heart well and truly on her sleeve are all present and correct here. In short: phew. Also, excited.
♫ Chvrches – Leave A Trace
Chvrches’ second album Every Open Eye is released 25th September.
One of the rising stars of the UK House scene, and in out humble opinion one who deserves a lot more attention, is Dots Per Inch. We’ve featured a number of his tunes on the site, each one some consistently solid work from this enigmatic producer. His latest offering is Take It Slow, which one again sees him teaming up with singer Bia to deliver some infections and funky sounds. Check it out.
Take It Slow adds a little soulful sheen to DPI’s big House sound. With a rich, vintage feel (including a little record crackle) the London based beat wrangler serves up another of his fine blend of UK Deep House and classic early 90s House vibes. Combining an intoxicating, warm mood, that’s ripe for getting lost in on the dancefloor, with energetic and nostalgic passages, Dots Per Inch has served up another sure fire floorfiller.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts July 2015 = Those lovable Frenchmen are whipping up another storming selection of their favourite tunes from the past month. This one’s a doozy, primed to be the soundtrack of your summer.
The tracklist: 01. Little Wolves – Home 02. Groove Theory – Tell Me (Ghosts Of Venice reMix) 03. Shura – White Light 04. Miami Horror – Love Like Mine (That’s Nice reMix) 05. Citizens! – My Kind Of Girl 06. Romuald & Madji’k (Feat.Slanza) – Fastlane 07. Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (Nude Disco & BroKen DJs reMix) 08. Kris Dane – Sweet On You (ATTAR! reMix) 09. Janne Schra – Carry On (Mason reMix) 10. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique (Feat. Maluca) – Love Is Free 11. Panteros666 (Feat. Woodkid) – Clear (Chambray reMix) 12. Moonbootica – June (Original Extended Mix) 13. Goondocks Project – Balla Ba 14. Baio – Sister Of Pearl 15. Patawawa – Back To Life (LBCK reMix) 16. Pink Murder – Fresh & Made (Demi Re-Edit) 17. Painted Palms – Desintegrate
Heads up! There’s a new single from Ben Macklin around! Never Giving Up is out this week and features some sultry vocals from Charlotte Holmes. The track is the latest in a solid line of on-point singles from Ben this year, he’s flitted from mood to mood, from funky to laid back, in his recent releases and this one seems to neatly tie them all together. Sit back and enjoy some chilled robotic Disco.
Ben mixes together a little Italo, a little Tropical and a little Disco on Never Giving Up. Riding the buoyant groove of a synthetic European bassline, Macklin submits waves of lush synths and dreamy 90s chimes. Holmes’ vocals drift across the track like curling smoke with a vague 90s vibe of their own. Keeping things on a holiday tip Ben rolls in some cheeky Island purcussion. Leave your worries at the door.
♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Charlotte Holmes) – Never Giving Up
We haven’t heard a lot of Moonlight Matters recently. Easily on of our favourite producers to emerge in the last few years, Seba Vandevoorde seems to have been concentrating on his other musical output (with Jochen from Sound Of Stereo as Arches) of late, which is awesome but we’ve been missing the big Italo infused House and Boogie that MM delivers. So we’re excited that there a new MM reMix in tow, not only that but it’s a reMix of an utterly awesome song; the current single from UK Indie-ElectroPop powerhouses Hot Chip, Need You Now.
Moonlight Matters turns the tune into a massive Piano driven House monster. Loaded to bursting point with growling keys, skippy beats and a cinematic progression, Seba’s work here turns the track into a bombastic floorfiller that feels like it has a very physical energy of it’s own. A driving, kinetic quality that makes for a totally compelling dance track. Alexis’ vocals are just to just the right extent to tie the track together while Moonlight Matters tempers the driving, thick synths with gently melodies weaving in and out of the track’s robust core. And then the piano kicks in…..
♫ Hot Chip – Need You Now (Moonlight Matters reMix)
Little Boots’ No Pressure is one of the more Houseified tracks on just release Working Girl album (read the review here). With an infectious Warehouse groove the tune just makes you move; and now it can make you look too with this freshly released new video.
The clips shrugs off the pressure of working life as Boots basically gives a bunch of office denizens the shut-up-and-dance memo.
Soul/Jazz./Disco legend George Duke’s Latin infused Brazilian Love Affair, the lead track from the album of the same name, is no stranger to the world of Nu-Disco edits. Maybe it’s those cowbells? Maybe it’s the slap bass? Maybe it’s the carefree left-field groove? Something makes the track crack for producers. Just because a track has been given the edit treatment before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to better it. That’s what Ali Jamieson, producer of some of our favourite edits in the past year or so, has done. And he’s brought his A game.
Slowly layering elements to east you into the groove. Ali builds up the very best bits of the track until the track is full to the brim. Where the original is a slinky, laid back, airy tune, Jamieson’s edit is an exuberant, unrelenting floorfiller that only briefly let’s up for it’s freeform breakdowns before launching back into the laser sighted Funk. Jazz Fusion turned Cosmic Disco. Excellent stuff.