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?
Here it is. Long awaited. It’s Nile Rodger’s Chic’s first new song in 23 years; I’ll Be There. A glorious blend of classic Chic and modern touches, celebrating the history of Disco. If fair to say no-one has replaced Nile in the last two decades.
So, here’s the video. It features Karlie Kloss, who is apparently a supermodel or something, and also seems like a bit of an idiot. To be honest we’re a bit disappointed with the clip. We expected more from Nile than ‘rake thin model writhes in her pants’. Oh well, let’s hope there’s a next time to make up for it.
MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie are back in their Du Tonc guise with the eagerly awaited follow up to January’s Every Song. Written on the radio in the US, Animals marks the start of the journey toward the duo’s début album, of which they are putting the finishing touched to right now. These guys have made a big impact on the Nu-Disco and Indie-Electro scenes since the start of their collaboration back in 2013 and we are pretty pleased they are going the album route (it’s a format we, unlike a lot of people, feel is still very important. It;s gonna’ be a big year for Du Tonc.
Animals serves up generous helpings of, what is now, Du Tonc’s trademark sound; blissful Topical-tinged Indie-Electro with a solid Disco backing. Blissful it may be, but don’t mistake it for shallow. Animals, as with the rest of Du Tonc’s output, is wildly more cerebral than it’s contemporaries, with Matt Van Schie giving an emotional and intelligent performance over a intricately crafted combination of summery ElectroPop and retro-futuristic Cosmic Disco. As ever, Du Tonc deliver something for both the head and the feet.
If there’s any dance track of recent years that can genuinely be called a ‘classic’ already, it’s probably Norwegian Cosmic Disco kind Todd Terje’s instantly recognisable Inspector Norse. Despite being a couple of years old now you can still hear it played out now, and come festival season are bound to hear it a lot more. Terje himself commissioned a couple of reMixes from ex-!!! man Justin Van Der Volgen, including this version of Inspector Norse. This and Van Der Volgen’s take on Strandbar are available on 12” now.
Making Inspector Norse your own, while retaining the qualities that make it so loves, must be no mean feat; but Van Der Volgen has a good old crack at it. He wisely let’s himself be indulgent with the percussion without trying to replace the instantly recognisable synths too much. Giving us teases of the tracks hook here and there amongst it’s off-beat keys. The track is ten minutes long, and in that time seems to build and build and build on the back of screaming synth sweeps until the seven minute mark where it explodes into it’s own galactic version of the originals hook. It’s an odd beats, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
♫ Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Justin Van Der Volgen reMix)
Motor Mouth, the Disco duo made up of German DJs Linntronix and DJ Friction, released a new EP this week on the excellent Silhouette Music. These guy have been working together since 2006 and the Zodiac EP marks their first release for Silhouette. It holds six tracks of Nu-Disco and Electro Funk goodness; here’s our pick of the release. The vocal version of Balearic Winter, featuring Phil on vocals.
Balearic Winter is, in contrast to it’s name, a super summery jam. Although it does have a certain chill to it so maybe that’s a thing. Phil drops some urgent vocals over a slick soundtrack of bobbing bass and squelchy synths on a track that draws the line between Indie-ElectroPop and poolside Nu-Disco. This is Disco with an air of mystery; dig in.
Torontonian Disco multi-instrumentalist Mark Penner A.K.A. Cyclist unleashes not one, but two new tunes this week. Both are exclusives to the new compilation from Toolroom Records, this year’s Poolside Miami. The compilation was released this week and sees Cyclist’s tunes sit alongside the likes of Eli & Fur, NTEIBINT, LoFrames and 5 Reasons. For one of his contributions Cyclist has taken on the task of reMixing fellow Canadian House genius Pat Lok’s excellent All In My Head.
Cyclist takes Lok’s Desirée Dawson featuring original, a full-on Disco House monster, and give it a Funky House makeover with a raw analog feel. The original vocal ride over a seemingly laid back backing, but one that bristles with nervous dancefloor energy. Spikey synths and punchy bass lay themselves thick over a slick Disco beat all building towards the welcomes Acidic growl of the finale’s hypnotic riff. Surprisingly soulful for what is, at first glance, quite an abrasive Disco tune.
♫ Pat Lok (Feat. Desirée Dawson) – All In My Head (Cyclist reMix)
While you’re here check out Cyclist’s new original tune too. Featuring Jocelyn Alice on vocals, Heartbeat Speed is a slinky five minutes of warm House with a breezy summertime vibe. Amusingly Mark and Jocelyn met when she answered his Craigslist ad for a new roommate. Random!
This week Polish producer Chloe Martini released her new EP via Roche Musique. Warsaw based musician Anna Zmijewska is already the subject of quite a bit of attention from the likes of Bondax, Annie Mac and Friend within who have all championed her tunes. With a manifesto to Bring back the 80s, Chloe Martini serves up some of the smoothest Electronic Soul and Dreamwavey Nu-Disco around. Her new EP is titled Private Joy; here’s our favourite track from the release, Volatile Dreams.
Volatile Dreams features talkboxed vocal stylings from Azteka to help it along it’s thick synth Funk path. Slick-as-all-hell retro Disco is provided by a densely layered concoction of lush synths, punchy vintage bass and busy rhythms. For such a new and young artist, Volatile Dreams is an incredibly mature production showing a deep understanding of 80s Soul, Funk, Disco and Boogie. It’s also the perfect summertime jam. A powerhouse dancefloor track, but also nostalgic to the max. Impressive stuff.
Tensnake – True Romance Mixtape #3 = For the third volume of Tensnake’s record label True Romance, the man himself steps up to the decks to deliver an hours of sweet nostalgically flavoured House and Disco slinking into deeper grooves.
♫ Tensnake – True Romance Mixtape #3
The tracklist: 01. D.K. – License To Dream 02. First Touch – Sure Feels Good To Me 03. Sunrise Highway – Some Kinda’ Fool (Tiger & Woods reMix) 04. Late Nite Tuff Guy – Love Is 05. DJ Vas Edits – The Moment 06. Inkswel – Ompai 07. Detroit Swindle – Pursuit 08. Ilo – It’s You 09. Burnski – Visions 10. Flashmob (Feat. Lowheads) – Don’t Leave (DJ W!Ld Dub Mix) 11. Mad Rey – Quartier Sex 12. Tom Trago – Hidden Heart Of Gold
Dreamwave originator and purveyor of all things nautical Disco Goldroom has treated us to a brand new reMix. He’s been a bit quiet recently, since‘Till Sunrise, due to all the constant gigging and whatnot so it’s nice to hear some fresh music. The object of his talents this time is Brummie Rebekah/Rebecca themed duo Ekkah’s single of last year, Last Chance To Dance. Soak it up.
Goldroom immediately drops you in the middle of some island bliss with rolling percussion and delicate arpeggios before launching into dreamy beach House vibes. Ekkah’s vocals have a certain soulful quality and skippy Pop groove that lends themselves perfectly to Goldroom’s piano lead feel-good soundtrack. Can’t stop vibing to this.
We’ve made no secret of the fact that Dutch musical master Shook is one of our favourite Disco producers around. The multi-instrumentalist adds a layer of musicality to his music that many of his contemporary producers can’t manage. Most recently he’s lent his talents to Brooklyn based Indie outfit Great Good Fine OK in reMixing their new single Too Much To Handle. This single is released ahead of their 2M2H EP to be released later this month.
Shook has a little fun with this reMix. For his take on Too Much To Handle he’s whipped up a bouncy, vintage affair. Quite stripped back and subtle, Shook decides not to got for the big, attention grabbing reMix tricks in favour of delivering a sweet, chilled, tune that borrows much from 80s Soul and captures some perfect Sunday afternoon listening vibes.
♫ Great Good Fine OK – Too Much To Handle (Shook reMix)
Great Good Fine OK’s 2M2H EP is released 16th March.