Ben Macklin – Spring Breaks Mixtape 3 = Kick-start your weekend with this storming collection of tunes from Mr. Ben Macklin. A selection of current monster tunes and some surprised thrown in, you can;t go wrong with this lot.
The tracklist: 01. Darius – Omeo 02. Monte – You Should Know 03. Rotkraft – To Love You (Fishing Vest reMix) 04. Rise & Fool – Toy Boy (Le Crayon reMix) 05. Bon Iver – Towers (Oliver Nelson reMix) 06. Ben Macklin – Can We Talk (Fishing Vest reMix) 07. Jay West – Got Me Insane (Monte Instrumental Dub) 08. Chris Malinchak – Forever 09. Navigateur – Breathe (Luxar House Excursion) 10. Chela – Zero (Clancy reMix) 11. Max Lyazgin & Hot Sand – Nassau 12. Nude Disco – Neon Hearts (Just Another Discomendment) 13. The Paradise – In Love With you (Oh Yeah reMix) 14. Tonys Wayback Machine – In The Beginning (MiDiMAN reMix)
Make Me Feel is the new single from Cassette Clubber Ben Macklin. Released this week the single features the vocal stylings of Rowan Arnold and comes equipped with reMixes from Tronik Youth, Nude Disco & Culture Culture. On your first listen you’ll instantly realise why Ben is one of our favourite British producers working right now. Check it out.
Neatly blending Tropical vibes and a slick retro SynthPop flavour, Make Me Feel is a nice mid-paced jam that would sit equally at home on by the poolside or on Top Of The Pops in 1986. With elements of Synth Soul, particularly in the bassline and vocals and an uplifting Island Disco chorus, it’s a track that will force a smile onto your face. Nude Disco ups the tempo a tad whist keeping the retro groove, injecting punchy snyths and an array sweeping club hooks. Covering everything from Italo to Nu-Disco via ElectroPop, the single package is strong as hell, you should definitely investigate.
♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Rowan Arnold) – Make Me Feel
♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Rowan Arnold) – Make Me Feel (Nude Disco reMix)
Tronik Youth’s forthcoming new single, Pain Relief, is due to drop at the end of this month with a bunch of sweet reMixes from he likes of KiWi and Gameboyz. The pick of the pack, however, is easily this slick Disco reworking from sometime Cassette Cluber Ben Macklin. Get your shades on for this one.
Macklin’s version of Pain Relief certainly does what it says on the tin,. A soothing flow of warm synths and enveloping beats. A smooth Dreamwave feel and pumping beat combine into slo-mo dancefloor gold. A mirrorballed symphony of slick sounds, pads that wrap you in their cool and a laid back tide that whisks you along with it.
♫ Tronik Youth – Pain Relief (Ben Macklin reMix)
Tronik Youth’s Pain Relief is released 28th February/
One of our favourite British producers, Ben Macklin, has dropped a tasty treat just in time for X-Mas. Delivering the presents, Ben has made the track, Can We Talk?, which is taken from his forthcoming album, free to download until 25th December. Whether as part of Cassette Club or with his solo productions, Macklin always brings the warm grooves, whatever the weather.
Can We Talk? is a blistering slice of semi-Tropical Disco-y House. Filled to the rafters with chilled chords, Island melodies and a Funk that let’s you forget about your worries in life. A laid back jam fit for dancing the winter away, Can We Talk? gives the gift of rubbery bass and keys that fill you with a sense of nostalgia. This is music for the heart.
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.