London based Swede Blende is at it again. Having pinched the top spot of our favourite tracks of 2013 with his storming single Rikki, Johan is releasing a brand new EP later this month vie Eskimo Recordings. Titled Paramount, the EP boasts three new original tracks, each packed with uplifting and funky vibes. Have a listen to a couple of them below.
The EP’s title track nicely blends (pun intended) a Disco funk with some slick SynthWave. With, what feels like, a decidedly British Pop slant, this five minutes of synthesiser bliss rolls with a mid-80s flavour pushing synth solos and popping electro toms to the forefront and then couples that with a late 70s piano Disco groove. It’s heady combination that is sure to be stuck on repeat. Elsewhere on the EP you’ll find Plush, which sees Blende going even further into cinematic 80s synth territory. Heavy synth bass and plucky synthesized guitars conjure the best in 80s straight-to-video Sci-Fi to mind. Sweeping keys pick up the track’s mood while sparkling melodies dance around the dystopian soundtrack. Heavy, but optimistic stuff. Another killer release from Blende.
Well, how could this be anything but irresistible? The winner of the electronic rumors Award for best song of 2013, London based producer Blende, remixing our favourite Sci-Fi SynthWaver Pyramid. Released at the end of the month as part of Pyramid’s latest single for Kitsuné Music, The Phoenix sees Pyramid throwing caution to the wind and experimenting with Rap, courtesy of Willy Wesly, over his dystopian Disco.Blende joins Likelife on reMix duties.
Blende brings everything together nicely. The reMix is energetic and fun; playing up to both the rhymes and Pyramid’s piercing, analog sounds but injecting the whole affair which a ton of his (now customary) carefree Funk. Riding on the kind of syncopated bassline that just powers the song forward, Blend layers swooshing synths, furious drum fills and some chorus keys that sound almost Gospel in their majesty to create a track full to bursting point; but never overpowering.
♫ Pyramid (Feat. Willy Wesly) – The Phoenix (Blende reMix)
Here is the storming, and we really mean storming, new single from London based Nu-Disco guru Blende. His second release for Eskimo Recordings, Rikki is a track we’ve sat with for twenty four hours and it has still not lost any of it’s wow factor. I’d keep an eye on this one, it’s gonna; do big things.
With one foot well and truly in the ElectroPop arena, the Swedish born funk master teamed-up with X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris for one of the catchiest, most infectious slices of DiscoPop you will hear this year. The tune is the tale of “a robot named Rikki” an is a huge combination of stabbing retro synths, solid Disco grooves and big sing-a-long vocals. Everything you need for dancefloor gold. Taking in a little big of everything, front the warbling 80s digital bass to the 70s funk Moogy twists, Rikki is like an electronic music nexus, all influences meet here and get Popified into the prefect DiscoPop tune.
UK based Nu-Disco producer Blende has applied his skills to French Horn Rebellion’s current single, Dancing Out, a track that’s still getting some play around here in it’s own right, but Blende takes the retro synth vibe and turns it up to 11 in this storming new version of the tune.
Blende works a truck load of epic SynthWave into his Nu-Disco framework right here, resulting in a truly soaring mix. Taking Jody Watley & Young Empires vocal track and keeping it largely intact, Blende gives them a whole new level of cinematic synths and twisting Funk hooks. This is one massive mix, be prepared for you head to be full of winding synth riffs and retro stabs..
♫ French Horn Rebellion (Feat. Jody Watley & Young Empires) – Dancing Out (Blende reMix)
There’s another hot night fast approaching for Londoners in March as Vitalic headlines a special Easter show at Koko in Camden.
We we’re a bit disappointed by Vitalic’s last album, but he does put on a hell of a live show and the supporting talent is pretty insane. Yuksek, who’s set to be the highlight of the evening, with Etienne De Crécy, Kap Bambino, Goose, Dragonette and Blende. that’s some top electronic talent to be gracing one stage, in one night. And that’s before you factor in Punx Soundcheck hosting a second room. Phew!
Yuksek, Dragonette and Blende are worth the admission price alone.
London purveyors of ballsy, rough, Disco sounds La Bombe have come up with the genius idea of releasing a collaborative EP featuring to of their artists who really took 2012 for and make it their own. UK producer Blende and Turkish wunderkind Surrender! have joined forces to release an EP that is showing signs of being everything a team-up of these proportions promises.
Two tracks from the February released Synapse EP have been aired so far. Circus, a crazy collision between early German Techno and rocking French Electro that soon launches into a full-on baroque Disco stomper that put’s the recent Justice album to shame. The EP’s title track, Synapse kicks straight off with an insanely catchy riff and soon descend into pure, unbridled, French Electro joy. The epitome of everything we love about French Electro, Synapse couple be held up as a masterclass in doing it properly. It makes you sad for everyone else.
London’s Swedish king of ballsy Electro-Disco Blende is gearing up for the release of his new single, Fake Love, later this month. Blende has been consistently impressing with his reMix work this year, but now with blend [pun intended] of French Electro, French Disco and English ElectroPop he’s about to give some of the biggest names on the scene a run for their money.
We’re not saying this lightly either. We were a little lukewarm on the latest Justice album, if it’d sounded like Fake Love, we would have been all over it. It’s loaded with those chainsaw synths and phased piano that we’d normally associate with Justice, but Blende takes it to the next level. Rebecca (from Sweden’s Rebecca And Fiona) provides a rich vocal for the track, adding a catch hook to a track that is so full of Funk, so full of electronic power, that it has to be heard to be believed. Sometimes, just sometimes, the new kids can really take the old masters to school. reMixes are supplied by The Living Islands, Belgian legends Villa, who turn in a gritty Disco stompfest with a hard Electro pump to it and electronic rumors favourites Chordashian who bring their pounding Disco-House groove to the table in the single standout reMix. Fake Love comes highly recommended.
It’s a meeting of La Bombe heavyweights! While your waiting for Turkish producer Surrender!’s self-titled début album (and you probably are after reading out interview with the man here) keep the faith with this reMix from London’s noisiest funkster Blende. You just know this is going to be in -your-face Disco.
And true to form Blende taken on the French at their own game. His reMix of S*M*A*S*H rides high on the combination of digital slap bass, piercing synths and acerbic production. The result is kind of like running Les Rythmes Digitales through a distortion pedal with a touch of Justice (when Justice are being funky, not wanky). It’s a track that would easily be at home of Ed Banger, but La Bombe is probably a much finer place for it to reside. Inducing just as much of a stom as it does a boogie, Blende’s reMix is ripe for peak time dropping, just watch the floor explode!
♫ Surrender! – S*M*A*S*H (Blende reMix)
Surrender!’s self-titled début album is due out in September on La Bombe.
Awww, isn’t it sweet. London’s La Bombe Recordings is turning the ripe old age of two. But rather than crying a lot and soiling themselves like most respectable two year olds, La Bombe is going to be releasing a compilation album to proudly show off what they’ve achieved since their inception and to give you a glimpse into the future.
The ten track record will feature five classics from the La Bombe back catalogue and five brand new tunes. We’ve feature quite a lot of La Bombe output in the past twenty four months here on electronic rumors, mostly from the funkier or more eclectic end of their roster, such as Blende and Douze who always give us something powerful and groovy. But when you want a flat out Electro banger La Bombe is definitely the place to go. Check out some of what to expect from this collection, including ‘Girls’ the new killer from Les Tronchiennes, pleasingly titled ‘A Fistful of Boom’.
Released later this month is the now one from Stockholm duo Blende on La Bombe.
The ‘Words’ single features, amongst others, this reMix from the French king of the groove Douze. Strap yourself in for some serious Cosmic boogie here. This is a euphoric sweeping synth epic that will move your feet and expand your mind. Or something.