Last week, we tweeted and posted on G+ “If I was writing this week (as opposed to starting again on Monday) I would be writing about this!” in regard to Dimitri From Paris’ reMix of Breakbot’s Break Of Dawn. Since that tweet that track has received a fair bit of coverage, not least because it’s a free download, but we haven’t found anything in the past seven days that we would rather write about, so it gets a post anyway (even though, if you follow is on Google+ or Twitter you’ll have probably already heard it).
The last few months have been a revelation in respect to Dimitri From Paris, we’ve featured him a lot over the years on electronic rumors, but in 2012 he really knocked out socks off. The man has two tracks in our favourite reMixes of 2012, and I can tell you that was very nearly three, and it looks like he’s busting into 2013 in the same fashion. Break Of Dawn is the opener of Breakbot’s acclaimed début album, By Your Side. A gliding, slick, 70s Disco tune that, in Dimitri’s hands, become a late 80s ElectroPop monster. Funky digital bass and little Disco licks give it an Electric Soul vibe whist the B-Boy beat lends a necessary punch. A fantastic way to start the year.
We all got hold of the surprising B-side to French groover Breakbot’s new single a while back. Now we can check out the singles lead track which sees Breakbot back together with Irfane and sounding a bit more like the Breakbot we all know and love.
‘One Out Of Two’ is a gorgeous slice of late ‘70’s synthesizer Funk which, like the B-Side, Programme’ sees Breakbot working some interesting instrumentation into his tracks. It’s some seriously smooth, lazy Disco with a uplifting catchy chorus. Also it sounds like a wacky late ‘70’s sitcom theme. The standout of the single is easily the reMix from LA Oliver themed duo Oliver, who consistently blow us away with each new track. Here they bring a sexy late night vibe to the track with that mix of Disco and Dreamwave that Oliver do best. Wicked Disco licks and strings sit next to bouncy retro synths as Oliver work the vocal and make it even more catchy than the original.
♫ Breakbot (Feat. Irfane) – One Out Of Two (Oliver reMix)
It has been far, far, far, far too long since there was some proper new Breakbot material. And now that there is, we find ourselves surprised by it. This track ‘Programme’ is the B-Side to his forthcoming new single, itself a precursor to the long awaited album ‘By Your Side’ which Ed Banger is set to released in September.
Surprising because, ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Baby I’m Yours’ this ain’t. But it does seem to follow the whole recent Ed Banger trend, they seem to ebb and flow into styles as a whole label, which is actually quite cool. ‘Programme’ kicks of in true Breakbot fashion with some slick disco with a raw bass and lush synth chords. Soon though, the synth snare from A Flock Of Seagulls’ ‘Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)’ turns up and brings some epic guitar soloing in tow and the whole track turns into an unexpectedly experimental, but ultimately melodic journey through a beautiful arrangement. It’s a really good peice, maybe not quite the second coming some people are making it out to be but it is only a B-side, that has us very interested to hear what the new album holds. Musically, ‘Programme’ is a stunning peice of work, massive respect to Breakbot’s talent, it just caught us a little off guard. But that’s a good thing, right?
Nico drops his huge Disco sound right from the offset, keeping the song pretty much intact but heavily processing the vocals and increasing the layers of thick retro synths by a factor of a million. The track is just as Poppy as it ever was, but now ever more rooted on the dancefloor.
The next single from Chromeo’s latest LP, ‘Business Casual’ is going to be smooth-as-hell ‘When The Night Falls’, with a sweet reMix line up.
Alongside Lifelike and Hercules And Love Affair, will stand this low down Funk version of the track from Breakbot. The Frenchman does a stellar job with his track, bringing some classy Moog Funk to the table and smoothing over an already smoothest-of-the-smooth track. Do you know how smooth that makes it? I don’t even know if you’re ready for this level of smooth. Listen with caution!
Breakbot and Ruckazoid’s ‘Fantasy’ is tearing it up right now, bringing it’s sweet Disco to the masses.
Enter Viceroy, to give it a cut-up disco workout. Viceroy has been dropping some choice tunes of late and this reMix continues his tradition of soulful summer grooves and the prefect start to yuo weekend. Get down!
I really don’t know how much I can say here, the original of Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ featuring shared vocal duties with Lovefoxxx of CSS is pretty incredible, elevating Kavinsky far far above being an electro-House or French House artist, it’s a proper, retro-tinged, ElectroPop track. it’s pretty dark (save for Lovefoxxx’s counterpoint vocals), it’s mid paced, and actually really emotive. There’s no ‘banging’ in sight. It’s, dare I say it, beautiful!
So, let’s throw Breakbot into the mix shall we! Although (and this is just my personal preference) I prefer the original, I absolutely cannot fault Breakbot’s Disco opus, it’s got everything, literally everything, you’d look for in a Disco track!
♫ Kavinsky (Feat. Lovefoxxx Of CSS) – Nightcall (Breakbot reMix)(zShare)(MediaFire)
-Edit- I’ve removed the .mp3, apparently that wasn’t the finished master, which essentially means the final track will be even better!
The ‘Nightcall’ EP, the continuing adventures of the Dead Cruiser, is released 15th March and includes a reMix from Dustin N’Guyen, who is rumoured to be Xavier DeRosna, we shall see!
Breakbot’s first official EP for Ed Banger Records drops on Valentine’s Day. ‘Baby I’m Yours’, featuring Irfane on vocals, is some smooth Disco basslined French House.
With razor sharp production Breakbot clears the floor of all competitors as he show how this Synth Funk should be done. ‘Make You Mine’ is more of a chilled, summer Sunday, ElectroFunk Vocoderfest that i will defiantly be breaking out in a few months time!