Fresh from their sterling work on Chela’s Romanticise, Australian Indie-Electro outfit Gold Fields have turned their attention to Empire Of the Sun’s recent comeback single Alive, to give an already euphoric tune a bouncy, sunkissed, House going over.
Ready for lazy summer days and afternoons by the Pool, Gold Fields version of the tune adds lush synths and big filter sweeps to the mix. Playing around with the vocals a little, this mix slinks along in a laid back, synth bliss, fashion until the mid-way point when some seriously slick jazzy muted trumpet gets added to the mix, playing out the rest of the track in style and giving it a Balearic flavour.
Let us introduce to you Pole Jam Vinyl. A brand new label, or sub-label from Pole Position Recordings and Satin Jackets’ Glam Jam Artists label. Pole Jam’s remit is to bring their blend of smooth Nu-Disco and Deep House grooves to vinyl, making sure only the best makes it to black wax. They’ve just released their first 12”, the Endless Sunday EP,a purely Russian affair featuring two tracks from KLar&PF and two tracks we felt were the EP’s standouts from Moscow’s Deep Sound Express.
The first of Deep Sound Express’ contribution is a collaboration with Too Techs, Sunday Morning. Dropping heavy House vibes, the track is the prefect mix of solid dancefloor workout and laid back sunrise sounds. Definitely one for dancing into the early hours of the morning, the first of Deep Sound Express’ tunes works 909 beats and hazy, jazzy electric piano to create a feel good House mood with a hint of Nu-Disco thrown in for good measure. There’s something immediately comforting about Sunday Mornings slick production. The second track, After Rain, features Raha and is slightly more upbeat. Only slightly though, it still retains the dreamy piano and deep, smokey tones of it’s predecessor but with the added energy of some crooned Funk vocals and slick Disco licks. The whole EP is loaded with classic late night jams, if you;re looking for something to take your dancefloor into the early hours, then this is it.
Fall is the next single to be taken from Australian ElectroPop duo The Presets’ award winning (well, electronic rumors award, anyway) Pacifica album. The single, one of the bigger tunes on the album, comes equipped with a reMix package featuring the likes of Alan Braxe, SymbolOne, Hook ‘N’ Sling, Erick Rincon, Ta-Ku and this mix from, LA based, Danish producer Tomas Barfod.
Barfood cooks up a warm, enveloping, deep dance version of the tune. Folding in a slight House vibe and loads of big, progressive, sounds. Delivering a track that could work either as a hands-in-the-air sunrise tune or something more groovy and intimate, Barfood works a classic dancefloor sound and keeps the emotional content at the fore. While you’re here, check out Erick Rincon mix too, taking a different route, Rincon mashed the song to a jump-up beat and some tribal House electronics.
We’re still rocking to Chicago ElectroPoppers Hey Champ new, and free, single, Comet. The BeuKes featuring tune is one of our favourite tracks of the year so far, well on it;s way to becoming an Indie-Electro anthem. Well, here’s the icing on the cake reining heavyweight champion of German Disco Justin Faust has worked his magic on the track, and everything’s gone dreamy.
Faust’s smooth synthetic Disco sounds are the prefect accompaniment for Hey Champ’s Comet. Loaded with Dreamwave sounds and an infectious groove. Playing off a simple, hypnotic, bassline against starlight, sparking lead lines, Faust creates a fittingly spacey mood that flows as effortlessly as the vocals.You could just listen to this mix and forget the rest of the world even exists.
The next in the line of Ghost Beach reMixes comes from the producer of one of our very favourite albums of last year, Chad Valley. Chad Valley’s Young Hunger album was an absolute stormer that we had on constant rotation in the latter months of 2012, so his contribution to the Ghost Beach’s forthcoming Modern Tongues reMix EP was one we were looking forward to.
And he doesn’t disappoint. Taking the New York IndieDiscoPop Duo’s Teat Us Apart and giving it a Lo-Fi retro workout. Sparkling like stardust, the synths intertwine with each other to form an emotional, hazy, optimistic tune straight out of an 80s teen movie. Chad Valley’s take on the track replaces guitars with lush, but gentle, layers of electronic that gives the vocals a new, heartfelt lease of life. the chorus, particularly, becomes something simply epic in this version of the track. There’s still more to come, Ghost Beach’s Modern Tongues reMix EP will also feature work from the likes of Penguin Prison and Gigamesh.
♫ Ghost Beach – Tear Us Apart (Chad Valley reMix)
Ghost Beach’s Modern Tongues reMix EP is released at the end of March.
We’re not really sure what the current trend of releasing music videos months after the single is out actually achieves. Surely using the video to hype the single’s release is the point? Anyhoo, here’s the clip for Passion Pit’s track of last year, Carried Away. An ace track.
Directed by Ben Brewer & Alex Brewer, the video features Sophia Bush. Maybe it took ages to get her?
Just out is the new single from Belgian Disco-House master A.N.D.Y., and it kinda’ drops the Disco side of his musical equation. Featuring the vocals of New York singer/MC Nyemiah Supreme, the track is, we would go so far as to say, Hip-House. A genre not seen for over a decade, but well due for a funky comeback.
The appropriately named Pump It Up, is a slice of pure late 80s brilliance. The trick with Hip-House was to keep it upbeat and keep the raps catchy and both those boxes are ticked here. Kicking off with a woody House bassline it all goes a little Technotronic (no bad thing!) but with a decidedly 21s Century intelligence. Nyemiah’s party rap and big Pop-House chorus work amazingly well with A.N.D.Y.’s invigorating Chicago influenced groove. A classic sounding track with all the experience of Dance music in 2012.
♫ A.N.D.Y. (Feat. Nyemiah Supreme) – Pump It Up (Original)
What is it with Russia right now? They are cleaning up the SynthWave and of Nu-Disco and claiming it for their own. There is so much stuff to have come out of that part of the world in the past year, and almost all of it is so good it puts much of the rest of the world to shame. Olivaw is next in line. Hailing from Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, Olivaw is quietly making some of the grooviest Outrun you’ll hear in a while.
His latest track, Summer Breeze, is a buzzing, swirling, intoxicating tune. A no-worries nostalgic vibe that carries you along with it, embraced by warm retro synths and buzzing lead lines. Olivaw has got a handle on the Outrun beat perfectly, Italo influenced but not to overpowering, just right to drive the track along. His older tunes include the massive Disco tinged SynthWave of Sleepless Nights, a track that piles on layer after layer of melodic, soloing madness and The Guardians Of Time a punchy classic ‘80’s soundtrack inspired jam, all big beats and rousing synths. In unusual for a new SynthWave artist to hit the ground running in such a slick, polished style, but Olivaw has marked himself as one to watch. The denizens of Russia nail retro synth once more.
Brooklyn Indie-Disco orchestra Midnight Magic released the track Calling Out back in April as part of their What The Eyes Can’t See mini album. Now the live analog funk track has been given a new lease of life by Parisian ElectroPopsters Jupiter, who bring their unique musical slant to that track, and life everything they touch the reMix comes off sounding effortlessly cool and quirky as hell.
Dropping straight in with a 909 beat, we are soon treated to Jupiter’s own brand of Disco wrung through a C64 as the French duo add a little ChipTune to their eclectic mixing bowl of sounds. Giving the track a nice vintage buzz, and playing with the vocals until the become another instrument, Jupiter drag the track straight to the dancefloor, layering more and more elements until Calling Out becomes a retro dance frenzy. One again Jupiter have proven they aren’t afraid to go against the grain, mix things up a little, and just have fun with their reMixes.
♫ Midnight Magic – Calling Out (Jupiter reMix)
♫ Midnight Magic – Calling Out
Midnight Magic’s What The Eyes Can’t See is out now.