Oh hello. It’s the new solo tune from Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin. Mere weeks after his last single, It’s Over was released the man is back to treat us to five minutes of blissful chilled House to sort out the weekend. If, of course, your weekend starts tomorrow; which ours does this week! Haha, in your face everyone who’s weekend doesn’t start tomorrow this week!
A smooth-as-hell mixture of House beats and dreamy-Dreamwave tones, Let You Down is ‘summer jam’ exemplified. Picking up a Tropical vibe along the way, Let You Down lays it’s beats thick but it’s synths airy , crating a groove you can dance to but is a little something for the mind too. Add a sprinkling of nostalgia (there’s a slight Jan Hammer thing going on here), and you’ve got a tune that’s prefect for chilling by the pool, at the weekend, which (as previously mentioned) starts tomorrow for us (ahahahahaha).
♫ Ben Macklin – Let You Down
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The almighty Cinnamon Chasers is back this month with a new single. Taken from his forthcoming latest album, Hurts Too Much sees CC folding a downtempo groove into his space age synths and adding haunting, melancholy vocals to create a beautiful tune.
The video was directed by David Strindberg, who uses smoke and filters to evoke a dreamlike mood. Oh, and interpretive dance.
Cinnamon Chasers’ ‘Hurts Too Much’ is released 28th July.
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It seems like only yesterday that ElectroPop heroes Tesla Boy’s amazing second album The Universe Made Of Darkness came in at number three in our favourite albums of 2013. Now the Russian outfit are looking to launch a new chapter in their history with their brand new single, Strong, out this week. Settle in for some retro Pop goodness.
This is archetypal Tesla Boy, but with a little less Funk and a little more Power Pop than before. Strong still works in all the vintage synths, classic production and Anton’s nostalgic croon are all present and correct; but this feels like a more sophisticated Tesla Boy, more mature in it’s approach to songwriting. Having already tackled 80s SynthPop, then 80s Disco, it’s now time for Tesla Boy to grab the Tears For Fears end of the 80s and make it their own, and they do so with style.
♫ Tesla Boy – Strong
Tesla Boy’s Strong is out now.
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International jetsetters Walter Sobcek have teamed up with LA sweetheart Mereki for Midnight Crush, a silky smooth Nu-Disco tune fit for poolside afternoons and mirrorballed nights.
The video, directed by Emmanuel Gobert & Walter Sobcek, is what you’d expect from a Sobcek video, slick and stylish and nicely put together.
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Next up for Dreamwave O.G. and RoboPop innovator Touch Tone is this brand new reMix of breezy Indie-Rockers machineheart’s Circles. machineheart are an La based five piece who produce the kind of feel good Indie-Pop that is destined to be selling Apple lifestyle products sometime soon and Touch Tone takes that vibe and runs with it. Check out his reMix below.
Injecting the track with a healthy dose of Tropical fun, Touch Tone sweeps in with an infectious piano hook and a bouncy bassline. The whole reMix has got an island swing to it, giving it a jaunty groove that is bound to put a smile on your face. the lilting vocals match this vibe perfectly. This is proper afternoon sunshine music. Enjoy.
♫ machineheart – Circles (Touch Tone reMix)
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This, we imagine, is the last of our posts about Canadian funksters Chromeo’s Jealous (I Ain’t With It). Once the stems to a song like this are released into the world, everyone and their dog grabs those coat-tails. We already featured Ride The Universe’s amazing reMix of the tune, a slick laid back Disco stormer. At the other end of the spectrum sit our favourite Finn, Lenno, who takes the track straight to the big room. We’re not expecting anyone to do any better than these two, so case closed.
Taken from their new album White Women, Jealous (I Ain’t With It) was Chromeo’s first single from the album, but weirdly probably the album’s least-strong track. That is, before the likes of Lenno got their hands on it. As we’d expect from Lenno, he makes things truly massive with layers of hugs synths, perfectly produced, Building and building over a Boogie-esque bassline that gives the track a little Disco undertone, Lenno would have the dancefloor in the palm of his hand with this one. Dave 1’s vocals are just the icing on the cake here. We’ve got this on on repeat.
♫ Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Lenno reMix)
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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One of our favourite SynthWave artists, the Pittsburgh based Arcade High has just released his new EP. Out on digital, or CD (with bundled T-shirt!) via Telefuture, the Heat Wave EP is the first proper release we’ve had from Arcade High since last summers storming Pixel Passion album and sees Ryan indulging his high energy ElectroPop side. Check out the EP’s title track below.
What Arcade High has served up with Heat Wave, which features a nostalgic, Debbie Gibson-esque vocal turn from Morissa Trunzo) is a classy slice of pure American 80s Pop. This one’s all about the pinprick brightness of the synths. Crisp electronic melodies play against each other in a carefree manner to provide a kinetic instrumental for Trunzo’s euphoric performance.A summer soundtrack if ever there was one, Heat Wave is a buoyant and insouciant tune that invites you along with it, you’d be a fool to say no.
♫ Arcade High (Feat. Morissa Trunzo) – Heat Wave
Arcade High’s Heat Wave EP is our now, you can pick up a copy here.
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Jerry Bouthier – Heart & Soul #4 = Here’s the latest in Jerry Bouthier’s Hear & Soul series of mixtapes. What you’ll find inside is some of the choisest ElectroPop and Nu-Disco cuts around, Mr. Bouthier sure does know how to pick ‘em.
♫ Jerry Bouthier – Heart & Soul #
01. Don Carlos – Chicago (Enzo Elia reMix)
02. Pacifique 16 MMM
03. Raik (Feat. Henri) – Hold Me (Henri reMix)
04. The Cautious Arc – I Always Got You Brother
05. Vera – Beatfanatic remix
06. The Cautious Arc – Sunsick
07. Boot & Task – Confuzed House
08. Little 15 – Peckham
09. Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – And You
10. Little Comets – Joanna (Amtrac reMix)
11. Gwenno – Golau Arall (Islet reMix)
12. Wild Culture – Fade (Lexer reMix)
13. Colour Vision – Nite Swim (Club Edit)
14. Mirror People (Feat. Iwona Skwarek) – Come Over (Instrumental)
15. Amane – Tangerine
16. Original Swimming Party – Requiem
17. Scanner – Masterdisk Europe
18. Nikita Soul – Future (Ullapul reMix)
19. Klangschwester – Please Don’t
20. Kodak To Graph – Lo Lindora
21. Irrelevant – Epitaph
22. French Horn Rebellion – Prelude No.7 In Eb Major BWV
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Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014 = Goldroom’s newest mixtape rocker our weekend. Check it our for an hour of a smoothest Disco sounds around. This beast features some of our favourite summery tracks from the past few weeks, instant classic.
♫ Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014
01. Creep Crawl Flash – At Bay
02. From Kid – Sun (Ride The Universe reMix)
03. Blood Cultures – Indian Summer
04. Lifelike – City Lights
05. Misterwives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix)
06. Xtrafunk – Infinite
07. Darius – Hot Hands
08. Portland – Before You (Murer reMix)
09. Les Loups (Feat. Moona) – Out Of Sight
10. Honom – Bedcat (Satin Jackets reMix)
11. Goldroom – Embrace (Glen Check reMix)
12. Tony Betties – So Cool (Holmes Price reMix)
13. David August – Epikur
14. Snakadakal – The Sun II (Just Kiddin’ reMix)
15. Moon Boots – Whatever You Need
16. KAASI – Tell Me
17. Casino Gold – All I Need
18. MØ – Don’t Wanna’ Dance (Goldroom reMix)
19. London Grammer – Darling Are You Gonna’ Leave Me? (LCAW reMix)
20. Mr. Mæn – Slow Love
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Picture the scene. It’s 2011, a sunny May. We’re still using Five months earlier LA’s finest Dreamwavers Fiero (now Leisure Council) had teamed up with German Nu-Disco powerhouse digitalfoxglove. Calling themselves Ride The Universe they’d gained a little attention with a handful of slick reMixes, but nothing would prepare the world for what was to come. 11th May they unleashed a reMix of Canadian Funketeers Chromeo’s Hot Mess that was so massively awesome, floor slammingly funky, so relentlessly badass, that it still had the power melt brains three years later. It’s one of our favourite reMixes of all time, it set the tone for the trademark Ride The Universe sounds, and it’s why we fell in love with them.
Seconds out! Round Two! They’re bringing it back, Delivering their Chromeo reMix: the sequel, the Ride The Universe boys has got to grips with Chromeo’s recent single, Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (taken from their really quite good new album, White Women) as part of the currently running reMix competition. The prize is cash, and these four deserve it for two very good reasons. Firstly, they’ve never met, some of the prize money would go toward shipping digitalfoxglove off to LA to actually meet his band-mates and get to work on that damn album; and secondly some of the prize money will be donated to a kid’s music education charity. Sounds like a worthy cause to us. The reMix itself is pure smoothness. A blissful LA Funk vibe permeates every pore of this tune; working it’s laid back squelchy synths around Dave P’s vocals, creating an urban late night groove for the more discerning dancefloor. Complemented by starlight chimes and a sauntering rubble of bass, this one’s got everything to swing to under the city lights. Vote for this bad-boy here, never has there been a more deserving reMix competition winner.
♫ Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Ride The Universe reMix)
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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