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.
London ElectroPop duo Cassette Club are back next month with a brand new single of soulful Disco electronics. Fire is released in September, but ahead of the release they had made this remix of the track from recent Mullet Records signings Fishing Vest available though their Bandcamp page, just in time for another heatwave.
Fishing Vest get their Tropical groove on with this mix up between LA beach Disco and twisted synth Funk. That’s the prefect accompaniment for Cassette Club’s impassioned croon. With a nice Housey piano hook bouncing along over the Island purcussion and thick Moogy bass, this reMix serves up everything you’d want in a chilled summery floorfiller. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP.
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.
RememberCassette Kids’ Spin? Australian Indie-ElectroPoppers Cassette Kids were the talk of the town as we entered our second year in existence and Spin, their fifth single rocked 2010. You’ll see in our original piece on the track that we mention a reMix from London’s DiscoPop kings Cassette Club, but the single, when released came with just the Russ Chimes mix. The Cassette Club mix never surfaced. Until now.
Ban and Tom have reached into the vault and pulled out this storming tune that makes us nostalgic for the summer of ‘10 (if it’s actually possible to be nostalgic for three years ago?). This is classic Cassette Club, literally and contains all the sounds that were rocking us back then, and, to be honest, haven’t stopped rocking us. A bouncy ElectroPop/Disco crossover bassline, big lush synths, summery sweeps and that kind of feel-good shoulder-shaking groove that sums up the late 2000’s. Good times, we’re so grateful the guys decided to unleash this gem.
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.
Out today on Modal is the new single, So Many Reasons, from Sometimes & Andrea Britton. Sometimes is a collaboration between Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin and Vern of Stretch ‘N’ Vern/Reflekt/Nude Disco fame who have teamed up with London based singer/songwriter Britton to drop this blissful slice of DancePop.
Britton is pretty prolific when it comes do dance music vocals, both as a solo artist and as the voice of countless Trance tracks, she has hones a particularly soulful, yet euphoric, style that she displays expertly on this slick of relaxed, summery electronica. So Many Reasons has actually got this really nice SynthWave undertone to it, especially in the bassline with has got this subtle post-Italo feel to it that injects a little retro feel in the track. This works really well alongside a hint of a Balearic sunrise vibe and insanely infectious ElectroPop tune. More than anything though, So Many Reasons is just a timeless, classic dance tune, the kind that just feels right when you hear it.
London ElectroPop duo’s Cassette Club recent Flash single, out now on Modal, is still riding high on various music outlets sales charts. The guys have been in a giving mood recently, with their free EP of unreleased material, and that giving mood continues with two brand new reMixes of Flash for the noting-at-all-really- price of £1.
First up to have their way with Flash is LA based Dreamwave duo D.A.R.E. whose Disco influended sunshine ElectroPop melds perfectly into Cassette Clubs’ sound turning Flash into a laid back beach-party jam that has a gentle melody that washed the track like waves lapping at your toes. But D.A.R.E.’s smooth LA Funk influenced groove is only one half of this package. On the flip-side the amazingly named The Found New Hardware Wizard bring an almost late 90s Trance vibe to the table. Their reMix of Flash is full-on hands-in-the-air stuff and whilst the big Trance leads sound a little dated the tracks huge lead line more than makes up for it. We’re so glad that Cassette Club seem to be on a roll these days. Bring on the CC juggernaut!
♫ Cassette Club – Flash (D.A.R.E reMix)
♫ Cassette Club – Flash (The Found New Hardware Wizard reMix)
London ElectroPop duo Cassette Club are now gearing up for the release of the full version of their Flash EP on Modal later this month (the two track single is available on Bandcamp now), and amongst the track contained within is this gem from scene workaholics Nude Disco. It’s a reMix of Bodylights, which was last featured on Cassette Club’s recent free Unreleased EP.
Nude Disco drop a little Funky House, a little Deep House and a little Nu-Disco into the mix for their latest jam. Luckily the vocal refrain remains intact, as it’s one of the smoothest choruses you’ll hear all year and Nude Disco use that to it’s fullest, wrapping it up in a heady mixture of throbbing basslines, pounding drums and hypnotic synths. Nude Disco add a little drama to proceedings too, with a big vocoded build midway before dropping you back in the Funk.
♫ Cassette Club – Bodylights (Nude Disco reMix)
You can download the whole Unreleased EP for free right here.
Cassette Club, one of London’s best Disco tinged ElectroPop acts, and one of the most underrated synth outfits in the country, have just released a free EP of unreleased and older material. Five tracks of some of the finest, most soulful electronic music around right now.
Some of this collection we’ve heard before, some is new to us, all of it sounds fresh as hell, despite the odd track being a few years old. We looked in on Talk to Me a few weeks ago, a slick DiscoPop number that serves as a addition to this EP which kicks off proper with Don’t Go, a resonate, smooth jam that immediately strikes as being head and shoulders above a good chunk of UK DiscoPop acts right now, an opinion only strengthened as the EP slides into the retro synth Funk of Living In A Video. Living In A Video is pure class late 80’s robotic R&B, ElectroPop with a powerful Disco injection, it could give Chromeo a run for their money. Number Seven has more of an 80’s Pop soul feel to it, with heavy synth overtones, like a meeting of The Human League and ABC with contemporary production. The EP plays out on Bodylights, a fantastic closer and probably the slickest groove on the EP, this is a one-hundred-percent late night jam. Silky smooth and Moog Funk fuelled , Bodylights will leave you wanting more. Cassette Club have just given you a full EP, for free, that beats most of what you have paid for this year, it;s all old stuff too, just imagine what a new album from them would be like. We can’t wait!