Alison Valentine – Ally’s Cherry Blossom Tape = We’re feeling pretty good about premièring the first of New York Indie-DiscoPop queen Ally V’s new series of mixtapes. Ally’s Cherry Blossom Tape. This forty-five minutes is just the ticket to easy you into a smooth weekend. How the weather is good, ‘cos this needs to be chilled to in the sunshine.
01. Mr. Flash – Domino Part A
02. Kelela – Cherry Coffee
03. Delegation – Oh Honey
04. Diana Ross – Love Hangover
05. Jane Birkin – Lolita Go Home
06. Sade – By Your Side (Neptunes reMix)
07. J Dilla – Don’t Cry
08. Doja Cat – So High
09. Prelow – Simple Song
10. Mmtune – Juicy Fruit
11. Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better
12. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Bxentric Remix)
13. French Kiwi Juice – Lying Together
Alison Valentine – Valentine’s Day Mix = So, Ally V threw a party on Valentine’s Day, and here’s that party’s mixtape. V-Day might be gone now, but this selection of classic love cuts’ll get you back in the mood.
The tracklist: 01. Mickey Mouse Holiday Special, Valentine’s Day 1989 02. Sleepy Brown (Feat. Outkast) – I Can’t Wait 03. Mariah Carey – Fantasy (reMix) 04. Big Punisher – Still Not A Player 05. Lil’ Kim – Crush On You 06. Ariana Grande – Baby I 07. Jeremih – 733 Love (Cashmere Cat Edit) 08. Ciara – Body Party (Summer Occasion reMix) 09. Wale (Feat. Miguel) – Lotus Flower Bomb 10. Kendrick Lamar (Feat. Drake) – Poetic Justice 11. Breakbot (Feat. Irfane) – Make You Mine 12. Alison Valentine – Curious (Chrome Sparks Disco reMix)
With a real vintage approach, Chrome Sparks wades deep in analog synth warbles and galactic Sci-Fi sounds while keeping it warm and groove. Ally V’s vocals sweep through the track, gliding over rich Disco beats and an enigmatic bass. Those retro synths really get going when it comes to solo time, sparing to stratospheric heights and playing against Ally’s grounded voice. Sweet stuff.
Curious is the new one from one of New York’s finest Indie-ElectroPop exports Alison Valentine. We last saw Ally V being featured on a Kitsuné compilation with Circles And Triangles; since then she’s teamed up with one of today’s great unsung analog synth wizards, Chrome Canyon, to produce this lush slice of summery Pop on a vintage Disco meets über-cool IndiePop tip.
Curious is an intoxicating meeting of Allison’s sweet voice and penchant for roller-rink jams with the swooshing, Sci-Fi Disco sounds of Chrome Canyon. Laid back keys ease the song into your heart before introducing warm, funky, bass and a feel-good groove. Warbling synths drag this tune straight out of the 70’s into 2014 with a tune that primed for the summer. Amongst the relaxed poolside sounds Allison’s vocals make the track. A hazy dream; the song is like a wave of catchiness that gets well stuck in your head.
Out this week is the new compilation from Kitsuné Music, Kitsuné America 2. Amongst the many great tunes held within is this gem, the new track from New York Indie-ElectroPop princess Alison Valentine, Circles And Triangles. So settle back and prepare to be enveloped by Valentines musical dream.
As it;s title suggests, Circles And Triangles is a daydreamy, doodley piece of music. A swirling audio painting with an almost Chillwave atmosphere underpinned by some solid Funk bass and drums. Alison delivers her hazy vocal with the kinds of intriguing quirk that we haven’t really heard since the first Marina And The Diamonds records. Managing to somehow be both and smokey and insanely catchy Circles And Triangles is utterly intoxicating.
Alison Valentine – Ice Skate Disco Party Mix = In the mood for some classic 80s Disco? Alison Valentine has put together this cool little party mix for the launch party of her Warm Winter’s Day EP, complete with cake. Enjoy some classic cuts with one or two surprises.
♫ Alison Valentine – Ice Skate Disco Party Mix
01. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moon Boots reMix)
02. Marvin Gaye – Got to Give it Up
03. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
04. Vaughan Mason & Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
05. Prince – Sexy Dancer
06. MAM – One of Them Nights
07. Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock Your
08. Rose Royce – Car Wash
09. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
10. Black Box – Everybody Everybody
11. Breakbot – Shades of Black
12. Sound Stream – Love Town
13. Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
14. Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood
15. Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
16. Skee Lo – I Wish
17. Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
18. Mariah Carey – Fantasy
19. Janet Jackson – All For You
You may remember New York songstress Alison Valentine from her track Peanut Butter, and Moon Boots stunning reMix of it. She’s back this month with a new single, Warm Winter’s Day, and this looks like the one to gain the talented singer the wider attention she deserves.
Warm Winter’s Day, is a perfect example of inviting R&B flavoured ElectroPop. Imbued with that Chillwavey air so often found in New York’s ElectroPop output, reverby beats and toy town synths dance playfully about the track while Alison provides an intimate, personal performance. This would have made an awesome X-Mas single, but a month later it still delivers a warming electronic cheer.
After a couple of recent, stunning reMixes for the likes of Little Boots and a series of ace originals over the summer, American Disco don Moon Boots is keeping up the pressure with this new reMix of Alison Valentine’s Peanut Butter, which seems to be universally loved.
The last time we featured Moon Boots we called him “one of the best Nu-Disco producers working today”, and once again he is proving that to be true, only this time he’s working a little House into the mix. Ms. Valentine, the latest addition to The Knock’s Heavy Roc Music stable, is treated to a bass heavy, summertime, workout. Spacious production gives all the cosmic synths and Tropical percussion room to breathe amongst the infectious House piano and ‘90’s DancePop beat. It’s an amalgamation of funky fresh electronic styles all wrapped up in Moon Boots’ Disco sheen. And the perfect sunshine jam.