[Mixtape] The Penelopes’ ‘Charts December 2014′

 

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The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2014 = Our favourite French Londoners have picked their top tunes of the past month once again, and what a month it was. Check out their choice cuts on their latest mixtape.

The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2014

The tracklist:
00 Intro.
01. Belle And Sebastian – The Party Line
02. Erconomics – Islands
03. Joywave – Tongues (Giorgio Moroder reMix)
04. Back Back Forward Punch – Big Time
05. Gold Is For The Golden Team – I’m A Revolution (That’s Nice reMix)
06. Royksopp & Robin – Monument Dance (Marcus Mar Dub)
07. AIMES (Feat. Javi) – Burnin’
08. Human Life & Anabel Englund – El Diablo (Adana Twins reMix)
09. Jody Wisternoff – Paranamour X Beth Ditto x The Shoes – Cerrone’s Supernature (PNLP Edit)
10. Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Todd Edwards reMix)
11. Head Of Television – Shining
12. PowerDress – Torture (Pirate Jams Instrumental) x (Pirate Jams reMix)
13. Chromatics – I Can’t Keep Running
14. Shura – Indecision

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

 

Ronika   Marathon   YouTube

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] Hippo Disco’s ‘Falling’ & ‘Answering Machine’

 

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Here’s something to treat your ear to this weekend. Say hello to Hippo Disco. This trio are the newest additions to the electronic rumors family and we realised, shamefully, that we hadn’t properly introduced you. Roodmin, Oochi & Vinski are three Scots living in Tokyo (and Bali) who have slowly but surely been making a name for themselves; most recently having delivered a storming official reMix of Etienne De Cercy’s We, Computers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news of their début EP, and in the meantime check out two choice cuts.

Falling is pure Disco bliss. Effortlessly combining wicked Disco licks with dreamy Balearic keys, Falling has got both the groove and a euphoric sweep. There’s just no way you can resist being drawn into it;s six minute dancefloor dream. Hippo Disco have a knack of making ecclectic and left-field Disco that takes influences from anywhere and doesn’t play by the rules. If Answering Machine doesn’t prove that to you nothing will. Plus music nerd points, but minus cool points, if you know where the bassline comes from. Abrasive and funky as hell all at the same time. Hold tight for the EP!

♫ Hippo Disco – Falling

♫ Hippo Disco – Answering Machine

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[Audio] MiGHty mOUse & Ronika’s ‘See Through You’

 

Mighty Mouse Ronika

Well, we’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an eternity. The mighty MiGHty mOUse and the also mighty Ronika. A match made in mirrorball heaven. Even before we we’re told that this was happening we pretty much just assumed it would sooner or later, and now it has in the form of See Through You, the new MiGHty mOUse single set to drop at the beginning of next month. Strap in, this is gonna’ get wild.

MiGHty mOUse brings his Balearic, Cosmic, infectious Disco A-game here with a killer bassline and a funkin;’ beat. What’s really interesting about See Through You, is that alongside the shimmering Disco groove, there a bit of a Post-Punk vibe going on, in a similar way to the whole post-DFA New York scene but with a distinctly British twist. That bassline warps around synth horns, electronic stabs and huge rushes of vintage dancefloor strings while Ronika shimmies over the track with an effortless cool. A glorious homebrew take on shiny Disco-Punk, See Through You is set to be the sound of the holidays, around here at least.

♫ MiGHty mOUse (Feat. Ronika) – See Through You (Original Mix)

MiGHty mOUse’s See Through You is released 1st December.

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[Download] Ride The Universe cover Ian Pooley’s ‘900 Degrees’

 

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Dapper Disco dons Ride The Universe take us back to the heady golden days of the mid-2000s Disco resurgence with the gloriously retro slice of French Touch. It’s also a cover of a dance track, which is an odd proposition, and a brave one too as covering a track produced entirely with samples and synths could all –to-easily fall into the trap of just being a recreation rather than your own take on a song. The song in question is Ian Pooley’s 2000 Funky House floorfiller 900 Degrees; how do Ride The Universe do?

Not bad at all as it turns out. It’s a pretty faithful representation of the original, albeit with a beefier sound and more of a driving Disco groove, befitting todays dancefloors. We still not sure what constitutes a cover in this instance, more than a reproduction or even a reMix, but it you stop worrying and sink into the tune you’ll find something to drag you to the dancefloor. The end result, as we mentioned, turns out to be classic sounding French Touch. We would have liked to hear a bit more Ride The Universe’s personality in the track; but then again we just want to hear more from Ride The Universe full stop.

Ride The Universe – 900 Degrees (Ian Pooley Cover)

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[Audio] Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm’s ‘Games For Girls’ reMixed by The Penelopes

 

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The funky Disco spike in Australian/Swedish ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s career to day, their collaboration with Comic Disco dog Lindstrøm Games For Girls has been brought back into their more familiar ElectroPop territory with this storming new reMix from our favourite Parisians lost in London, The Penelopes. As Say Lou Lou ramp up to the release of their début album, Lucid Dreaming, early next year, this is the prefect tune to bring the hype.

The Penelopes lay on the Tropical grooves thick to keep things fresh, but the main crux of the reMix is turbocharging the groove. This is a slamming dancefloor take on the tune; the beats pound, the basses pop and the builds go stratospheric. A punchy synth symphony that’s perfectly at home with Say Lou Lou’s vocals, which are kept largely intact here. the Penelopes have turned in an awesome, adrenaline spiking track that we’re saving for the weekend.

♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls (The Penelopes reMix)

Say Lou Lou’s début Album Lucid Dreaming is released 2nd February.

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[Download] Vonavi’s ‘Travel Freak’

 

Vonavi

Vonavi is a Ukrainian producer who making some of the most crazy, left-field Disco tunes you’ll have heard in a long time. He’s just about to release his début album through Keenhouse’s Sunlinxx label. The self-titled record is an ecclectic twelve track oddessy though dancefloor insanity and is pre-ceded but this free download of the record’s lead single, Travel Freak.

Travel Freak is the prefect vessel to show off the albums experimental attitude to dance music. Pinned down by a smooth Funk groove, the track plays with genre conventions and expectations by swinging from laid back poolside Disco vibes to avant-garde synthesizer freeform. This is Disco come experimental jazz and a must listen for fans of vintage progressive synthesizer works. Although the album has one foot on the dancefloor, the club might not be the best arena for it. Whist it might not contain any go to DJ weapons, it certainly makes for sweet Sunday listening.

Vonavi – Travel Freak

Vonavi’s self titled début is released 18th November.

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[Mixtape] Hippo Disco’s ‘Green Mix’

 

Hippo Disco

Hippo Disco – Green Mix = Say hello to Roodmin, Oochi & Vinski; better known as Hippo Disco, the newest addition to the electronic rumors family. These three Tokyo based Scots makes some of the most ecclectic and left-field Disco around, of which you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the coming months. Until then treat yourself to their latest mixtape, 50 minutes of irresistible Disco and House flowing from smooth to raw and back again.

Hippo Disco – Green Mix

The tracklist:
01. Crystal Fighters – At Home (Fusty Delights reMix)
02. Goldroom (Feat. Chela) – Fifteen (Rotkraft reMix)
03. Crayon (Feat. KLP) – Give You Up (Darius reMix)
04. Niki & The Dove – Gentle Roar (Mylo reMix)
05. Blondie – Heart of Glass (Oliver And Thee Mike B reMix)
06. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom reMix)
07. Aendy (Feat. ARomanceJunkie) – So Bad (Trav & Volta reMix)
08. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves reMix)
09. Sumera – Bright Lies (Riptide reMix)
10. Tegan & Sara – Alligator (RAC Mix)
11. Aeroplane – Without Lies (Breakbot reMix)

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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] Futurewife With Sister Girlfriend’s ‘Summer’s End’

 

Futurewife

Seattle’s resident groove master Futurewife and ElectroPop three piece Sister Girlfriend seem like the most nightmarish match made in heaven, yet the results are a pure dream. These guys have teamed fellow local resident Tiffany Wan to deliver this tricked out Funk jam, Summer’s End. So sit back, put your feet up and your headphones on, and sink into some of the smoothest sounds around.

Futurewife serves up some infectious rolling bass hooks and Old School Hip Hop beats for his slick vintage Disco to flow over. Thick synth stabs and retro sweeps form a neat package that allows Futurewife and Tiffany Wan to roll out a sweet duet over the top. It’s an interesting combination of influences, but this time too many cooks certainly don’t spoil anything. This melting pot definitely works.

Futurewife With Sister Girlfriend (Feat. Tiffany Wan) – Summer’s End

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