[Audio] Kickstarter Lovestarrs’ new album and EPs



UK band Lovestarrs are the Rocky Balboa of the SynthPop world. They keep getting knocked down, and keep getting back up again. Sarah Mackintosh rose to critical acclaim as The Good Natured; starting with her Grandma’s old Yamaha keyboard and ending up as one of Britain’s most hotly tipped Indie-Electro acts. Juggling moody lyrics and a Gothy aesthetic with catchy and rousing ElectroPop tunes, The Good Natured were one of the more interesting and unique acts in a saturated mid-2000’s scene.

The the setbacks begun. Signing to Parlophone seemed like a good thing at the time with the backing of another EP and the announcement of the forthcoming album, to be titled Prism. A good thing short-lived though with the news, after a period of quiet, that The Good Natured had been dropped from the major and had spent the previous few month trying to secure the rights to the Prism masters; to no avail. The album was buried, and The Good Natured died.

In our opinion, this is the biggest dick move a major label can pull. We’ve seen it happen before and we’ll see it happen again. We don’t understand why, if you’re dropping an artist, you can’t just let them release their recordings. Sure, you’ve paid for them; so let them release them themselves and take a cut (surely that way at least you get something back for the recordings you paid for rather than nothing at all). It makes no sense to us and largely just comes across as spiteful.

Anyhoo, you can’t keep a good act down; and with almost a middle finger to the music industry, Sarah came bursting back on our radar as the bombastic Lovestarrs. Backed by her brother Hamish, Sarah’s new output was buoyant and optimistic. Pink replaced back and exuberance replaced gloom; and their début single, Get Your Sexy On, was a party fuelling manifesto proclaiming that Lovestarrs was a different beast to The Good Natured, keeping the lush SynthPop textures but washing them in a lavish, colourful nostalgia (epitomised by 80s Love Song, one of our top tunes of 2014).

Now staunchly DIY (and who can blame them) despite working with indie label Defdisco, Lovestarrs have set up a Kickstarter campaign to cover the release of their next two EPs and début album. The plan is to pay for the releases themselves, and licence them to Defdisco. The desire to pay for, and own, their own records is completely understandable coming from a band who had the last album they recorded held hostage. It’s one of the worthier Kickstarter campaigns we’ve come across. These guys deserve to own their own music, we can imagine how heartbreaking it was to record your début album and then have it disappeared by gangsters.

Lovestarrs are serious about this too; one of the rewards (in exchange for a shit ton of money!) is Sarah’s Grandma’s aforementioned Yamaha keyboard!

The duo have been releasing teasers of what to expect from the releases, you will hopefully find it in your heart it help out with, on their SoundCloud page in the past couple of weeks. From the chant-a-long fun of WTF to the robotic rabble-rousing of Frank Sinatra the album sounds like it’ll be wearing it’s 80s influences on it’s sleeve. Tracks like Somebody Like You sound classic Sarah Macintosh (whether The Good Natured or Lovestarrs) while the likes of Good Girls sound like the will bring something new, and more contemporary, to the table.

Just do it. Go and contribute. Lovestarrs deserve this and, goddammit, we want this album released.

♫ Lovestarrs – WTF (Demo.) (Snippet)

♫ Lovestarrs – Frank Sinatra (Demo.) (Snippet)

♫ Lovestarrs – Somebody Like You (Demo.) (Snippet)

♫ Lovestarrs – Good Girls (Demo.) (Snippet)

Get on board with Lovestarrs’ Kickstarter campaign here.

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[Audio] Duke Dumont’s ‘Ocean Drive’


Duke Dumont

Disco and House infused hit-maker Duke Dumont has announced a series of new EP releases on Blasé Boys Club; the first one being cleverly titled Blasé Boys Club Part 1. The EP series looks set to replace the traditional album format for the Duke (so don’t expect a full length release anytime soon, just queue up those EPs) and the première release is set to feature legendary ’80s house vocalist, Fingers Inc. member Robert Owens on a track called Robert Talking. That’s not on this track though, although we guess it is possibly Robert singing on this one too, it does sound a bit like him (although more glossy and 21st century), anyway this is Ocean Drive.

Ocean Drive is Duke Dumont’s foray into the world of 80s Boogie. Heavy with digital Funk basslines and a warm Italo Disco tempo. The bassline is the killer app here, a springy and comforting slab of robo Disco. Accompanying that is clouds of lush, easy keys and a relaxed, but passionate, vocal with lots of driving metaphors. This one is a laid back monster for lazy summer days. Great stuff.

♫ Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

Duke Dumont’s Ocean Drive is out now.

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[Audio] Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s ‘Disco Machine’



Last week we premièred the AIMES reMix of the new single from Dutch groover Auxiliary Tha Masterfader, Disco Machine. Alongside AIMES, RipTidE and BroKen DJs step up to the plate for reMix duties, but right here, right now, we’re going to take a listen to Aux’s boogiefied original. The single is out right flippin’ now via Brixton’s Nude Disco imprint, but before heading on over to pick up a copy check out Disco Machine in all it’s Extended Mix glory.

Aux breaks out the vintage galactic Funk for this one. Disco Machine revels in it’s Italo and Boogie DNA; it’s undulating bassline laying down solid ebb-and-flow foundations for all manner of synthesizer noodling gentle vocoding. Sounding authentically like an early 80s European dancefloor hit, Disco Machine sets up all the genre’s tropes for Aux to give them his own person spin. Synthesizer gold.

♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (Extended Mix)

Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Disco Machine is out now.

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[Audio] AIMES reMixes Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s ‘Disco Machine’



Dutch Disco don Auxiliary Tha Masterfader and Brooklyn’s dancefloor master AIMES go full Italo with his new release. Due out next week on Brixton’s Nude Disco label, Disco Machine is Aux’s new single (the original of which can be heard on the recently released Nude Disco Selections Vol 2 compilation) and features reMixes from the likes of RipTidE and BroKen DJs. It’s also been taken to synthetic heaven by AIMES. This one is pure retro electronics gold. Get involved!

Brace yourself for a six minute robo Disco assault. A dancefloor Terminator. AIMES offers up every machine beat, vintage synth and vocoded vocal in his arsenal and wraps them up in a smooth and funky delivery. This one is loaded with popping electro toms, spikey synths, a choppy bassline and a silky galactic groove. As the hazy mechanized voice commands you to “dance”, it hard not to comply. Think Kraftwerk under a mirrorball.

♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (AIMES reMix)

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[Audio] Tensnake’s ‘The Walk’



We’re massive fans of both German retro House overlord Tensnake and his record label True Romance. Shocking revelation; we know! We eagerly look forward to releases from both, and when they are together it’s something switch on your ‘email me when it’s released’ notification on Juno for so you can get that vinyl ASAP. The new release will be Keep On Talking, which we have already been grooving to for a bit; back with this new tune, premièred at Mixmag, titled The Walk.

The Walk rumbles along on a propulsive bassline after the introduction of meticulously synthesized drums and Balearic percussion. This one is a pure joyous House tune, with no pretentions other that making the crowd loose themselves on the dancefloor. Snappy snares and irresistible retro-hooks offer up a megaton slab of classic House with a pitch perfect build. Timeless and unshakably funky; The Walk feels like a solid, workhorse, crate filler.

♫ Tensnake – The Walk

Tensnake’s Keep On Talking is released 8th June.

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[Mixtape] Edwin Van Cleef’s ‘Chroma II’



Edwin Van Cleef – Chroma II = The next instalment of Edwin Van Cleef’s Chroma Mix series is here. Chroma II is an hour of upfront and underground tuneful House to brighten up your week.

Edwin Van Cleef – Chroma II

The tracklist:
01. Dave DK – Nueva Cancion
02. Tim Penner & Amber Long – Everything to Everyone (Kosmas Epsilon reMix)
03. Dosem – Beyond Standards
04. Journeyman – Crash Reel
05. Pete Oak & Notize – Merula (Martin Roth reMix)
06. Deep Fog & Cream – Kiki
07. Robert Babicz – Sea of Colors (Jamie Stevens reMix)
08. Andre Sobota – Signal (Tim Penner reMix)
09. Verve & Sekuential – Into the Distance (Andre Subota Dub Mix)
10. Christian Smith – Motor (Dave Angel Rework)
11. Ian O’Donovan – Crimson Flare
12. Pax – Longshot (Andre Sobota reMix)

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[Audio] Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s ‘Feel About U’


Auxiliary Tha Masterfader

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new original tune from Dutch Disco wizard Auxiliary Tha Masterfader, a string of awesome reMixes recently, sure, but originals? It’s been a while. Now the man has hooked up with Mason’s record label, Animal Language, to release his storming new single. It’s called Feel About U, and it’s out this week. Hold tight for the bouncy synth groove.

Aux wastes no time  hitting us up with a powerfully infectious walking bassline. Simple and effective, the bass worms it’s way into your head, setting up residence while Feel About U unleashes some massive, soulful vocal samples and lush vintage synths. Aux switches up between thick retro chords and tight leads, creating a multi-layers nostalgia fest. There’s nothing frantic about this one, a mid-tempo, laid-back, Disco burner perfect for chilling to on hot summer evenings.

♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Feel About U (Original Mix)

Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Feel About U is out now.

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[Audio] Nude Disco & Foreign Boy’s ‘S E X E’



Nude Disco and Foreign Boy are at it again. The Nude Disco Records staples have collaborated on yet another track, this one our first hint of what to expect from Foreign Boy’s début full length album; coming later this year in the Autumn. When these two get together synth Disco amazingness generally happens; so get you dancing shoes on for S E X E.

Sitting at the nexus point between Boogie and House, S E X E comes laden with an absolutely pounding synth bassline. This heavy and infections bass is accompanied by a warehouse beat and Foreign Boy’s vocal drifting across the mix. Honestly, you won’t be able to get enough of that bassline. This bodes well for FB’s premiere release, let’s hope we can expect more of thins Vintage, jackin’ SynthPop groove.

♫ Nude Disco & Foreign Boy – S E X E

Foreign Boy’s début album is set for release later this year.

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



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’



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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