[Mixtape] Sunrise HWY’s ‘True Romance #4′ mixtape

 

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Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4 = Just in time for the release of their new reMix EP, New York Disco outfit Sunrise HWY step up for mixing duties on the latest True Romance mixtape. Wrap your ears around an hour of Boogie laden Disco sounds.

♫ Sunrise HWY – True Romance #4

The tracklist:
01. Sunrise HWY (Sunrise Highway) – Compass Point
02. Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids reMix)
03. Double Knots – Double Vision (Toby Tobias reMix)
04. A Vision Of Panorama – Time Capsule
05. Psychemagik – Rendezvous Edit
06. Brothers Johnson – You Keep Me Coming Back
07. Anita Baker – Caught Up In The Rapture (Pixelated Edit)
08. Jeep – Pager
09. Jesse – Easy Steppin’
10. Jagwar Ma – Exercise (Time And Space Machine reMix)
11. Paqua – Late Train (Idjut Boys Dub)
12. Lexx – Serenity
13. Gwen Guthrie – Getting Hot
14. Congo Radio – TimeKeeper
15. Galaxians – Visual
16. XL Middleton – Sunset On Sunset
17. Soft Touch – Swim In The Night (Chrome Canyon reMix)
18. King Mono (Feat. Jesse Boykins III) – Pet Peeves (Sunrise HWY reMix)
19. Third World – One More Time

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[Audio] Tensnake’s ‘Keep On Talking’

 

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After a couple of years of releasing rock solid tracks and reMixes, last year German retro-House producer Marco Niemerski A.K.A. Tensnake dropped his début album, Glow, which, for our money, is easily one of the finest releases of the decade; narrowly coming runner up in our favourite albums of 2014 (had the number one album not existed Glow would have had no competition for the top spot). We weren’t expecting follow up material so soon, but this week the man announced his new single, a double A-side consisting of Keep On Talking and The Walk to be released in June on how own label (and one of our favourite vinyl leaning labels right now) True Romance. Give Keep On Talking a listen.

Led by a woozy electric organ riff, Keep On Talking lays on the Boogie thick with a rubbery synth bassline boinging (yup, ‘boinging’) up and down through reigning in the extravagant lead hook. A buoyant summery House tune, Tensnake works his usual skills in effortlessly blending a retro vibe with upfront dance sounds. As with most of the man’s tunes, fun is that main factor here, it’s an exhilarating nostalgic floorfiller which works those Roland non-808/909 drum machines to their fullest. Dipping and building in just the right places, expect to hear Keep On Talking on a few floors this summer.

♫ Tensnake – Keep On Talking

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[Audio] Sunrise HWY’s ‘Sunrise Highway’ EP reMixed by Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids

 

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Tensnake’s vinyl leaning True Romance is one of our favourite labels right now. We’re avid collectors of their 12”s, each one an analog Disco Boogie gem. One such gem was the laid back retro Disco sounds of New York trio Tim Wagner, Nick Chacona and Amy Douglas, A.K.A. Sunrise Highway,’s self-titled début EP, fist seen in May last year. Now calling themselves Sunrise HWY (presumably for legal reasons) they are revisiting the slick release with an accompanying reMix package that sees Tiger & Woods and Tuff City Kids take on some of the EP’s sweetest tunes.

We weren’t able to pick our favourite of the reMixes, so here’s three for you to wrap your listening gear around. the formidable Larry Tiger & David Woods work their analog Disco magic on Some Kinda’ Fool, sounding not unlike a track from Tensnake’s own Glow, the track liberally spreads a pumping synth bassline over cowbell led Disco beats and heavily filtered snatches of the original’s groove. Germany’s Tuff City Kids choose to tackle two of the EP’s tunes; their version of Never Enough is an 808 heavy slice of synthetic House that pairs robotic Electro sounds with spine tingling piano House that works perfectly with Amy’s big diva vocals. Compass Point emerges from Tuff City Kids grasp with a Euro Disco feel, loaded with warm machine beats and spacey keys to compliment the track wicked Disco lick. The whole release is a joyous excursion into synthesizer Disco, B-Boy beats, summertime vibes and pure Boogie brilliance. We can’t wait to get our hands on the black plastic.

♫ Sunrise HWY – Some Kinda’ Fool (Tiger & Woods reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Never Enough (Tuff City Kids reMix)

♫ Sunrise HWY – Compass Point (Tuff City Kids Nassau Mix)

Sunrise HWY’s Sunrise Highway reMixes drops 20th April on 12” and Digital via True Romance.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Step To My Beat’

 

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Here’s a new Ronika song…    At this point in our website life we could probably just leave things there, but we won’t, ‘cos then we’d just be like every shitty ‘music blog’ that posts track with neither comment or commentary that we hate. Hell, we’ve always had a sneaking suspension that no-one read this waffle anyway. But we are a website that remains arrogantly narcissistic enough to believe our words are important. Also we are a website that is constantly walking the line between integrity and just becoming a Ronika fan blog. The end result being that you’re going to sit there, shut up, and read what we have to say about this fantastic new tune from Nottingham’s finest. This is Step To My Beat.

If you ever needed a Friday post work pick-me-up to get you energised for the weekend then this is it. We start off incredibly tight with a classic Electronic Soul groove; punchy drums, robust synth bass and wicked little rooftop licks drifting across the track’s skyline. Ronika eases us into the groove before unleashing the chorus’ secret weapon; big Miami percussion and Sound Machine-y stabs explode from the speakers in a flurry of exuberant nostalgic dancefloor goodness while Ron invites us to dance. Extended mix anyone?

♫ Ronika – Step To My Beat

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[Video] Ronika’s ‘Marathon’ (+ The Penelopes reMix)

 

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We’re being treated to so much new Ronika these days. Here most recent shimmering offering Marathon is out this week, backed with a reMix from The Penelopes and B-sided with World Is Turning. Which is all amazing. But wait; there’s more! Here’s one of Ronika’s inspired DIY videos.

Directed by Al Mackay, the clip is almost note perfect for indecipherable late 70s/early 80s European TV as Ron guests on a Mediterranean chatshow. Not sure they get it.

Speaking of The Penelope’s reMix. Wrap your lug-holes around this one. The London based Frenchmen lay down the Synth Disco thick with pounding beats and heavy Electro bass amidst Ronika’s cheeky Boogie.

♫ Ronika – Marathon (The Penelopes reMix)

Ronika’s Marathon is released 1st December via Record Shop.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Marathon’

 

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We were a little light on the posts toward the end of last week ‘cos of illness. Chronic man-flu if you must know (yes, it’s a thing). But as we all know there’s nothing better as a pick me up than a new song from Nottingham’s finest; Ronika. Obviously named for the original version of Snickers, Marathon is the lead track of her forthcoming new EP which, frankly, we weren’t expecting so soon after Selectadisc. Then again, Ron’s a bit of a workaholic so it’s not that surprising.

Marathon is a little glossier than Ron’s previous offering. But glossy in a 70s sheen-y way, rather than a contemporary Pop way. It’s got that movie Disco vibe, recalling the height of the genre’s popularity, though injected with a little bit of an 80s Boogie undercurrent in the squelchy synths. A laid back three and a half minutes of smoothness, Marathon is the kind of tune that can inject a little warmth into these cold Autumn days. Bring on the EP (just in time for X-mas!)

♫ Ronika – Marathon

Ronika’s Marathon is released 1st December via Record Shop.

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[Download] Route94’s ‘Shards Of Glass’

 

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Route94 delivers possible his best tune to date with his new stormer. It’s an exclusive for Mixmag and Rowan Jones has serves up a wonderful Sci-Di Disco House tune that contains everything we love about both club music and synth music. This is the reason Route94 is fast becoming one of the most sought after in the country.

There’s hints of Boogie and Italo in Shards Of Glass, the cutting digital bassline has got a definite 80s swing to it, and the sparking keys leant toward the Jarre end of the synthesizer scale. Pairing that up with some ridiculously heavy bass and a pounding dancefloor beat Route94 delivers something both retro and contemporary, and ties it all up nicely in a House groove. Awesome stuff!

Route94 – Shards Of Glass

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[Audio] Lovestarrs’ ’80’s Love Song’

 

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It seems like ElectroPop heroes Lovestarrs have well and truly shaken off the manacles of The Good Natured as Sarah and crew joyously revel in their new found freedom. After the monster rabble rousing début (comeback?) single Get Your Sexy On, team Lovestarrs have been drip feeding us a string of funky and uplifting tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Supernova. Well, premièring right here is the final drip ahead of Supernova’s release. This is 80’s Love Song.

With a surprising amount of retro Boogie in it’s DNA, 80’s Love Song is an exuberant and energetic hot-summer-nights anthem. It’s sassier and slinkier than anything we’ve heard from Lovestarrs (or The Good Natured) to date; rolling on a buoyant Disco groove, leaden with irresistible bass, the tune could have quite easily made for the latest vintage-tinged floorfiller. Not content with filling dancefloors alone though, Sarah adds a smooth, shimmering, and gloriously British Pop sheen with her urban dreamtime narrative, delivered with an infectious optimism. An interesting take on how DiscoPop should sound, a low down groove paired with Indie sensibilities. After a few summers full of LA-esque Indie-DiscoPop tunes, it’s refreshing to get down to a retro summertime vibe that sounds undeniably from the UK. Supernova is looking like the shake-up British SynthPop needs.

♫ Lovestarrs – 80’s Love Song

Lovestarrs’ ‘Supernova’ EP is released tomorrow.

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[Download] Ronika’s ‘World Is Turning’

 

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In a surprise middle-of-the-week highpoint there’s a new track from Ronika.That’s right; new! It’s not on her critically lauded début album Selectadisc, not on her awesome EP’s, this is like a DVD extra you only discover later! An whilst we certainly weren’t expecting anything new so soon we’re more than happy about it. This will be out last post for a while as we’re off to Bestival, and World Is Turning is the perfect tune to leave you with.

Ronika puts a different spin on her retro Boogie sound with this one. Leveraging a little chill summer R&B gives the track a blissful afternoon vibe that’s nicely offset with the shuffling Electro beats. As always, Ronika doesn’t dig too deep into one genre Moreover she serves up a smorgasbord of dancefloor goodness; with Disco bass, B-Boy beats, and sweet Pop hooks, and presents it in her own unique style. Going for a drive this afternoon? Here’s your soundtrack.

Ronika – World Is Turning

Ronika’s Selectadisc is out now.

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[Download] Ali Jamieson edits David Bowie’s ‘Magic Dance’, the Duckula theme and Mel Brook’s ‘To Be Or Not To Be’

 

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Producer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, Heavy Disco label boss and electronic rumors alumni Ali Jamieson has been mucking around lately. The funny thing is though, Ali Jamieson mucking around tends to be quite a bit better than many Nu-Disco producers trying to be serious.

What needs to be said, Ali has taken on David Bowie’s Labyrinth destroying Magic Dance with surprising complexity, the Duckula theme tune, which is just amazing (for non British, or very young, readers Count Duckula was a badass cartoon int he 80s) and Mel BrooksTo Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (which, if you don’t know; welcome to comedy). Weird, nostalgic, amazing robo-Boogie ensues.

David Bowie – Magic Dance (Ali Jamieson Edit)

Mike Harding – Count Duckula Theme (Ali Jamieson Edit)

Mel Brooks – To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (Ali Jamieson Edit)

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