Australian/Swedish majestic ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s long awaited début album, Lucid Dreaming, is released this week. To celebrate the duo have premièred their new video. This one’s for the track Nothing But A Heartbeat; a robust slice of Scandinavian SynthPop.
Joanna Nordahl directs the clip, a monochrome chase that becomes increasingly abstract.
Say Lou Lou’s Lucid Dreaming album is out now.
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Alice On The Roof is an upcoming singer/songwriter from Mons in Belgium who’s just released Easy Come Easy Go; début EP of bombastic Indie-Pop. Four tracks of alternative Pop and tucked away a the end a reMix from our Vancouver based homie Mr. Pat Lok. Settle in for some blissful, funked up grooves from Indie roots.
Lok revels in an array of funky influences for this stellar reMix. Easing us in with an old school Hip Hop beat and loose keys, Pat soon makes things more complex with intricate percussion and a metallic synth bass. Juggling a ton of distinct elements, Lok never lets anything overpower the track and seemingly effortlessly blends the tracks parts into four and a half minutes of left-field DancePop and summertime grooves. Eclectic and funky-as-hell.
♫ Alice On The Roof – Easy Come Easy Go (Pat Lok reMix)
Alice On The Roof’s Easy Come Easy Go EP is out now.
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Denver’s own moody ElectroPopper Roniit has unleashed a bran new video upon the world. It’s for her track of late last year, Runaway. A chilling blend of Electro Goth and Future R&B.
The clip was directed by Hannah Purport; who delivers ominous and smokey visuals to match the song’s atmospheric vibes.
Roniit’s Runaway is out now.
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We hope you all had an awesome long bank holiday weekend, but now it’s time to get back to work, back to the grind; time to face your colleagues once more. Although some colleagues can be a chore to deal with, thankfully some colleagues are pretty chill. Our Swedish Colleagues are of the chill variety; brightening up our workday with their sweet variety of dreamy ScandiPop. They are about to release a brand new EP, Visits, in May; here’s the first cut; Somewhere.
Somewhere is a skippy five minutes of tundra electronics and distant vocals. From the get-go, Colleagues serve up a symphony of machine percussion and piercing, frigid synths tempered with spacious, passionate vocals. A roomy and inviting SynthPop excursion with a sweet DreamPop feel, you should really consider letting Somewhere carry you away somewhere.
♫ Colleagues – Somewhere
Colleagues’ Visits EP is out 18th May.
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German Italo SynthPop outfit The Sweeps have just dropped a brand new tune, Touch Me. The trio have just had a track featured on legendary Italo compilation provider ZYX Music’s latest Italo compilation, Italo/Euro Disco New Generation Vol. 6; and this new tune, which sees them going more retro than ever, has been unleashed to mark the compilation’s release.
Touch Me is wonderfully nostalgic three minutes of perfect retro Pop. Taking in the softer side of Italo, mid 80s European Discotheques and and classic SynthPop into it’s DNA, Touch Me is a blissful excursion through the history of electronic Pop music. Sweet vocals with a 80s twang, glide effortlessly over a symphony of vintage synth, burbling bass and majestic pads, to deliver and authentic 80s Pop experience.
♫ The Sweeps – Touch Me
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Ever wonder what happened to the huge voice of Louisa Strachan from The Vanity Clause? Well wonder no further. She’ steamed up with a fellow Southend native to form Apachelux, a new excursion into the harder side of ElectroPop. With an exhaustive array of influences, these two are just starting their musical journey under this moniker and releasing their début single next month. This is This Time.
Loaded with moody tones and ominous chords, This Time sees Louisa taking up a kinda’ Bille Ray Martin place in the music landscape as her epic vocals glide over a succession of rapid fire beats and brooding synths. It’s a nice combination on unnerving music and warm vocals that makes it a particularly intoxicating tune. We’d be very interested what these guys could do with a little more dancefloor orientation, a little slicker production, as it’s a confident and highly enjoyable début that leaves us wanting to hear more
♫ Apachelux – This Time
Apachelux’s This Time is released 13th April.
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A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.
Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.
♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Kindred Spirits’ Folies D’antan is out now.
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City Feeling is the new tune from Australian ElectroPop duo Yale. These guys have slowly but surely making a name for themselves over the past year or so mixing up SynthPop, Nu-Disco and breezy beach sounds in a handful of well received singles. This latest release, City Feeling, was mixed by one of our favourite Aussie producers, and one we don’t nearly hear enough from these days, G.L.O.V.E.S.. Give it a listen.
We’re treated here to some slick, sunkissed, SynthPop with a Disco tinge. Boyant synths and Disco licks introduce you to the track that heaps on the groove in truck-loads. From the rolling Island percussion to the carefree synth stabs, this one is a surefire summer burner, capturing that urban sunshine playfulness needed for a top-down anthem. Yale’s breakthrough tune? Maybe so.
♫ Yale – City Feeling
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Not for the first time New Jersey’s hardest working synth-head Teeel is taking on the challenge of reMixing LA Indie-Electro outfit New Division. These guys have swapped reMixes a couple of time and the latest of these exchanges sees Teeel working his magic on The New Divisions’ current single, Senseless, which was released earlier this month.
Teeel’s take on Senseless is a cascading synthetic affair. Layers upon Layers of bristling arpeggios and buzzing bass wash over each other, taking time to settle in before Teeel re-introduced the original’s anthemic vocals. Stripping out the Indie side of the track, this one is pure SynthPop, a sprawling track whose expansive synths match the cavernous vocals perfectly.
♫ The New Division – Senseless (Teeel reMix)
The New Division’s Senseless 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 Korg MiniKorg-700S.
Video courtesy of YouTube user zerozero island.