Ben Macklin – Mixtape Two = Here’s Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin’s second mixtape. A brisk thirty minutes of some of Ben’s favourite tracks around right now from the worlds of Nu-Disco, SynthWave, ElectroPop and House. Your Tuesday pick-me-up.
At a party in the depths of South London at the weekend, our friends over at Nude Disco (one of the capital’s grooviest clubnights) launched their and new record label. Now that’s definitely something you should be keeping en eye on, Vern and the guys have got stunning taste in music so you can definitely expect an interesting stable putting out nothing but quality releases.
The celebrate the beginning of big things, Nude Disco & Friends have put out a free compilation album and a gateway into their world. Amongst Nude Disco Selections Vol. 1 you’ll find ten tracks from the core Nude Disco crew, ranging from Nu-Disco to SynthWave to ElectroPop. Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin puts in a solo appearance with Saved, five minutes of dreamy poolside Italo funk, alongside London based French ElectroPop duo The Penelopes’ single, Now Now Now, here give the Nude Disco treatment in big summery piano House fashion. Much of the album is built up from Nude Disco himself, who opening track, Neon Hearts, is retro SynthPop excellence, unusually pure Pop from Nude Disco, but totally irresistible. Foreign Boy’s contribution to the album is a slick late 80s tinged DiscoPop tune that is a lot more polished than we’ve heard from him before, signalling big things from this guy. As far is opening manifesto’s go, this one a loaded with killer tracks, you’d be a fool not to grab yourself a copy.
Taken from his forthcoming EP for Modal Recordings, Make Me Feel is the new tune from Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin. Featuring Rowan Arnold from The Dukes on a vocal turn, Make Me Feel has seriously got us in the mood for the rest of the EP with it’s laid back Tropical take on Electro-Funk-Pop.
Loaded to bursting point with Boogie, Make Me Feel channels 80s electronic Soul as it builds it’s walking groove to toward a chorus the injects a little of the Balearic into the mix. A stuttering, bubbling, synth bassline give the tune it’s charm, coupled with a B-boy beat it gives the track a gruff, nostalgic, feel, before the Island Disco and Arnold’s smooth vocal take care of the tracks easy going poolside elements. Head nodding, pensive, stuff.
So, we’ve been a little weary of posting any of the myriad reMixes of tracks from Daft Punk’s awesome new album Random Access Memories. There’s a squillion of them out there, every producer and his dog wants in on the action, to ride the tailcoats of hype, and they run the gauntlet from ‘better than the original’ to ‘OGM just stop trying to be a musician right now’. ‘Cos there’s so many posting about them would be like opening floodgates we really haven’t got time for.
Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin’s solo effort with Stockholm born, France residing singer Yota (Lifelike/Zoo Brazil/DLG), Controller, is finally seeing release next month. We covered the track a while back, featuring Cassette Club’s own reMix of the tune. Now, with imminent release, we get to wrap our ears around the original version in all it’s glory.
An order more laid back and dreamy than the CC mix, Controller is a blissfully smooth slice of hushed soulful Disco. Pairing Macklin’s SynthPop inspired, but groovy as hell, electronics with Yota’s smokey vocals creates a duality that is transcended by the whole. Like a chilled Robot disco that’s been invaded by an ethereal, emotional presence, Controller tames it;s synthetic nature and delivers classy urban synth grooves.
♫ Ben Macklin & Yota – Controller
Ben Macklin & Yota’s Controller is released 4th March.
London Producer Ben Macklin is having a really prolific six months. Not only has his main outfit, Cassette Club come back in style, but this new solo release, featuring the vocals of Yota (Lifelike/Zoo Brazil/DLG), come hot on the heals of his Sometimes collaboration with Vern. His latest single, Controller, also comes with a reMix by the aforementioned Cassette Club, which he is generously giving away for free.
The Cassette Club reMix of Controller is a lush slice of urban Dreamwave. A warm, dreamy Disco track with a smokey, inner-city vibe, the track rolls along intertwining Yota’s ethereal vocal with vintage pads and razor sharp leads atop a sturdy dancefloor groove. As well as a slightly Italo Funk, this tune has a mysterious quality to it. One that captures all the promise of summer nights in the city with it’s infectious bassline and it;s beat that won’t sleep. One for the nightowls.
Out today on Modal is the new single, So Many Reasons, from Sometimes & Andrea Britton. Sometimes is a collaboration between Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin and Vern of Stretch ‘N’ Vern/Reflekt/Nude Disco fame who have teamed up with London based singer/songwriter Britton to drop this blissful slice of DancePop.
Britton is pretty prolific when it comes do dance music vocals, both as a solo artist and as the voice of countless Trance tracks, she has hones a particularly soulful, yet euphoric, style that she displays expertly on this slick of relaxed, summery electronica. So Many Reasons has actually got this really nice SynthWave undertone to it, especially in the bassline with has got this subtle post-Italo feel to it that injects a little retro feel in the track. This works really well alongside a hint of a Balearic sunrise vibe and insanely infectious ElectroPop tune. More than anything though, So Many Reasons is just a timeless, classic dance tune, the kind that just feels right when you hear it.
London based Disco producer, and one half of releasers of the excellent 4 Me,Cassette Club, Ben Macklin, stopped by the electronic rumors Inbox with some awesome news. Cassette Club are gearing up for the release of a brand new single. The track is called Flash, and Mr. Macklin delivers a pumping reMix.
Macklin’s mix of Flash is a five minutes of nostalgic bliss. From the tracks opening the buzzing synths and shuffling beat the tone is set. Carefree ElectroPop with a sprinkling of Disco washes out of the speakers. Synths evolve and build around a ‘80’s Synth Pop flavour bassline to a euphoric point where things get almost Balearic. A hint of the original’s impassioned vocals drifting across the track and the cowbell fills give the track a bit of a beach part vibe. A beach party…at sunset….in the mid-‘80’s. Right now I can’t thing of anywhere I’d rather be. Definitely looking forward to this release.