German Italo SynthPop outfit The Sweeps have just dropped a brand new tune, Touch Me. The trio have just had a track featured on legendary Italo compilation provider ZYX Music’s latest Italo compilation, Italo/Euro Disco New Generation Vol. 6; and this new tune, which sees them going more retro than ever, has been unleashed to mark the compilation’s release.
Touch Me is wonderfully nostalgic three minutes of perfect retro Pop. Taking in the softer side of Italo, mid 80s European Discotheques and and classic SynthPop into it’s DNA, Touch Me is a blissful excursion through the history of electronic Pop music. Sweet vocals with a 80s twang, glide effortlessly over a symphony of vintage synth, burbling bass and majestic pads, to deliver and authentic 80s Pop experience.
♫ The Sweeps – Touch Me
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Ever wonder what happened to the huge voice of Louisa Strachan from The Vanity Clause? Well wonder no further. She’ steamed up with a fellow Southend native to form Apachelux, a new excursion into the harder side of ElectroPop. With an exhaustive array of influences, these two are just starting their musical journey under this moniker and releasing their début single next month. This is This Time.
Loaded with moody tones and ominous chords, This Time sees Louisa taking up a kinda’ Bille Ray Martin place in the music landscape as her epic vocals glide over a succession of rapid fire beats and brooding synths. It’s a nice combination on unnerving music and warm vocals that makes it a particularly intoxicating tune. We’d be very interested what these guys could do with a little more dancefloor orientation, a little slicker production, as it’s a confident and highly enjoyable début that leaves us wanting to hear more
♫ Apachelux – This Time
Apachelux’s This Time is released 13th April.
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A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.
Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.
♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Kindred Spirits’ Folies D’antan is out now.
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City Feeling is the new tune from Australian ElectroPop duo Yale. These guys have slowly but surely making a name for themselves over the past year or so mixing up SynthPop, Nu-Disco and breezy beach sounds in a handful of well received singles. This latest release, City Feeling, was mixed by one of our favourite Aussie producers, and one we don’t nearly hear enough from these days, G.L.O.V.E.S.. Give it a listen.
We’re treated here to some slick, sunkissed, SynthPop with a Disco tinge. Boyant synths and Disco licks introduce you to the track that heaps on the groove in truck-loads. From the rolling Island percussion to the carefree synth stabs, this one is a surefire summer burner, capturing that urban sunshine playfulness needed for a top-down anthem. Yale’s breakthrough tune? Maybe so.
♫ Yale – City Feeling
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Not for the first time New Jersey’s hardest working synth-head Teeel is taking on the challenge of reMixing LA Indie-Electro outfit New Division. These guys have swapped reMixes a couple of time and the latest of these exchanges sees Teeel working his magic on The New Divisions’ current single, Senseless, which was released earlier this month.
Teeel’s take on Senseless is a cascading synthetic affair. Layers upon Layers of bristling arpeggios and buzzing bass wash over each other, taking time to settle in before Teeel re-introduced the original’s anthemic vocals. Stripping out the Indie side of the track, this one is pure SynthPop, a sprawling track whose expansive synths match the cavernous vocals perfectly.
♫ The New Division – Senseless (Teeel reMix)
The New Division’s Senseless is out now.
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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?
♫ Ronika – Step To My Beat
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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.
Chic’s I’ll Be There is out today.
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Sometime Das Moth, sometime just Tim Sullivan, now This Soft Machine released his début single under this moniker next moth. The London based musician has got on board with Eskimo Recordings to present his première double A-side that features the two tracks, On & On and This Place Was Meant For Me. Ahead of the records release you can check out On & On when it features on the latest instalment of Eskimo’s colour themed compilations. The pretty amazing The Orange Collection, due out in May.
Enlisting the talents of a whole bunch of friends, including Lorraine Nicholson on vocals and Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford on synths, This Soft Machine recorded On & On live; which is no mean feat as the track is a pretty complex Cosmic Disco jam. Five minutes in length, On & On evolves as it progresses introducing a warbling synth groove, smooth walking bass and Nicholson husky vocals amid a sea of Sci-Fi electronic brap. Restrained Disco experimentalism that must have been fun as hell to record.
♫ This Soft Machine – On & On
This Soft Machine On & On is released 13th April. Eskimo Recordings’ The Orange Collection is released 4th May.
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In a week that saw the huge reMix of UK SynthPoppers Monarchy’s Dancing In The Corner from The Penelopes, we are also treated to a brand new video. The clip is for Black Widow, taken from the duo’s just released Abnocto album.
The video features Monarchy’s best chum, Dita Von Teese, and has Ross McElwain & Manos Ioannou directing some monochrome bondage and synth shenanigans.
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Amazing Torontonian SynthPop outfit Parallels are back after quite a hiatus. Things have been quite on the Parallels front since their sophomore album XII in 2012 and we feared we’d seen the last of them. But fear not, they’ve just announced that they are hard at work on their third studio record and in the meantime you should check out their new cover of New Order’s Age Of Consent.
It’s a pretty flat out cover with a raw garage feel. It’s nice to hear Holly back in action with some sweet synths. If we’re honest we don’t think the guitar does a good job of standing in for Hooky’s classic bass sound and it’s a bit overpowering in the mix. We’re hoping for a lot less of that on the new original material, but it does give this cover a raw, live feel. That aside it’s an energetic and driving cover of a song we all love and anything that lays the path for Parallels return is awesome by us.
♫ Parallels – Age Of Consent (New Order Cover)
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