The utterly amazing Swedish/Norwegian SynthPop chanteuse Karin Park’s latest appearance comes from an unexpected collaboration with German Techno powerhouses Booka Shade. Maybe now so unexpected though, as Booka Shade provided a reMix for her current single, Hurricane, so perhaps this is her returning the favour. The track itself, Line Of Fire, actually appeared on Booka Shade’s 2014 EP of the same name in it’s Club Mix form; check out the Vocal Mix, with added Ms. Park.
There may be a little backlash amongst diehard Booka Shade fans against the commerciality of Line Of Fire, but they can just crawl back under their rock of 90s Techno obscurity ‘cos this is one of Booka Shade’s finest moments. Against a deep and hypnotic Tech-House backing Ms. Park serves up one of her unique and passionate performances as punchy kicks, growling bass and metallic leads deliver a mesmerising and involving club anthem.
♫ Booka Shade (Feat. Karin Park) – Line Of Fire (Extended Vocal Mix)
Booka Shade’s Line Of Fire is released 23rd March.
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The best (in our opinion) live act around right now and Scandinavia’s top ElectroPop act at the moment, Kate Boy, have just released a new EP collecting all the track from their single’s to date. Northern Lights, The Way We Are, Open Fire and Self Control are present and correct in all their epic SynthPop glory; alongside which we are treated to a new track. A long-time live favourite, this is the anthemic Higher.
Higher is always the nexus point of Kate Boy’s live set, part anthem, part manifesto; it’s the pivotal point the show revolves around. The perfect balance of melancholic music and euphoric, optimistic vocals; Kate Boy’s trademark juggernaut drums and powerful, rhythmic synths drive the track along, but this one is all about the vocals. Anyone who has seen them live will get chills, anyone who hasn’t will be looking forward to when they will be able to.
♫ Kate Boy – Higher
Kate Boy’s Kate Boy EP is out now.
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French SynthWave maestro come retro-Disco groover Tommy ‘86 (y’know, used to be just Tommy) today releases his brand new EP. Fittingly titled Disco Machine this is the latest in a long line of quality releases from one of the shining lights of the SynthWave scene. We’ve long been followers of Tommy ‘86’s career here on electronic rumors and are excited to hear each new tune. Check out the EP’s title track below.
High octane dancefloor thrills and spills is what your in for with Disco Machine. From it’s opening vocoded announcement, the track blares along on energetic Italo arpeggios and lush vintage keys. Tommy’s got to soling down pat on this one, as he delivers soaring lead lines over the rapid fire Boogie backing. Living up to it’s moniker 100%, this track truly is a Disco Machine.
♫ Tommy ‘86 – Disco Machine
Tommy ‘86’s Disco Machine EP is out today, you can pick it up here.
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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.
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The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts March 2014 = It’s that time again! Our favourite London based French DiscoPop duo deliver their choice pick of the past months tunes. Some great stuff going on here so dig in and get your weekend started.
♫ The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts March 2015
01. Kids Of Bethnal Green – 1-2-3-2-1 Go!
02. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (The Penelopes reMix)
03. Lindstrøm And Grace Hall – Home Tonight (Extended Version)
04. Just Kiddin’ – Always There (Instrumental Mix)
05. Rogue Audio – Here+Now
06. Moonbootica – Work Your Body
07. Stanton Warriors – Loving Me Wrong (Terace reMix)
08. Midnight Pool Party – Stay
09. Underworld Vs. Heller & Farley – Baby Wants To Ride (Radio Edit)+(12’’ Mix)
10. Freestylers – Fall Down (Club Mix)
11. Son Of Sound – Sumthin’ Else
12. Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Nude Disco reMix)
13. Odesza (Feat. Shy Girls) – All We Need (Autograf reMix)
14. Seinabo Sey – Younger
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Johnny Jewel has shared another new track from the forthcoming Chromatics album, Dear Tommy, the follow up to their 2012 near-classic Kill For Love.. Following last month’s unveiling of the albums initial single, Just Like You, Jewel and the gang have lifted the lid on the second taste of what’s to come from Chromatics. This one is called I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around.
In contrast to Just Like You’s subtly downtempo vibes, I Can’ Never Be Myself When You’re Around is more energetic vintage Disco. A magical soundscape of lush synths and undulating rhythms, I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around provides an electrically charged platform for Ruth Radelet’s vocals (and backing vocals from Megan Louise From Desire) at their dreamy finest.
♫ Chromatics – I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
Chromatics’ Dear Tommy is released this month.
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Last month leftfield DiscoPop queen Róisín Murphy announced her forthcoming new album, Hairless Toys, with a sneak peek at the first single from the record, Gone Fishing. In parallel to this, though, she’s teamed up with DJ Parrot (of Sweet Exorcist and The All Seeing I fame) for a one off release via Crosstown Rebels of this storming floorfiller, Jealousy. Due out next week, the tune was premièred by Annie Mac last week, check it out.
Whereas as the album allows Murphy to flex her musical muscles (she always injects her dance music with a certain avant garde quality) this single is right at home on Crosstown Rebels, being a pure club experience. Jealousy is a stripped back tune, distilled dancefloor ingredients, where Róisín’s vocals ride over eight minutes of a punchy House bass infused hypnotic groove. It’s not until the halfway point that the track really lets loose, adding an electric piano hook and a rising vocal arrangement to the mix. The whole affair has got a classic sound, due in part to Róisín’s vocals, which are so much a part of UK dance music history, and would slot neatly into almost any set.
♫ Róisín Murphy & DJ Parrot – Jealousy (House Mix) (Radio Rip)
Róisín Murphy & DJ Parrot’s Jealousy is released 16th March.
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Brooklyn rising stars Avan Lava continue to showcase tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Make It Real. Last Month we were treated to Leave It All Behind and this week we can take a listed to another new track; Wanna’ Live. The EP is set for release at the end of this month via JD Samson’s Atlas Chair imprint. Like the EP’s début tune, this one continues their journey into huge House-Pop tracks.
Wanna’ Live really takes the concept of a big chorus and runs with it. The verses in this tune are, by comparison, quiet moments. Deep House-ish grooves roll under heartfelt vocals until that snare roll kicks in and then the chorus brings in the Trance leads and massive pads.Walking dangerously close to the line of trite throwaway dance music, Avan Lava keep from falling into that precipice with some classic and emotional songwriting and a passionate vocal performance. The end result really works in their favour.
♫ Avan Lava – Wanna’ Live
Avan Lava’s Make It Real EP is due out 31st March.
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After having him reMix his tune Dare, London Tropical groover Ben Macklin has teamed up with Le Flex to produce a brand new original track. Released this week in Macklin’s SoundCloud page, Escape is available as a free download, which is generous of him. Check out the smooth sounds of Escape below.
This is exactly the kind of poolside House jam we love Mr. Macklin for, with an added upbeat injection from Le Flex. Smooth as hell, Escape is dripping with a chilled summertime vibe built on an infectious bass hook and stabbing synths. The percussive keys give it that Topical flavour, but doesn’t overpower it’s laid back House credentials. We’re putting this in the pile marked ‘summer soundtrack’; we can’t wait for better weather to blast this one.
♫ Ben Macklin & Le Flex – Escape
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Torontonian Disco experimentalist Hemingway always serves up something interesting with every tune he releases, which means we pay attention whenever a new track appears. This one right here comes from the Stratford Ct. 1yr Anniversary Compilation, which is apparently a compilation to mark the one year anniversary of another compilation. It’s worth checking out if just for Lost Tribe, Hemingway’s latest compelling offering.
Hemingway offers up some seriously intoxicating Disco sounds on this one. Intricately crafted, Lost Tribe takes distant elements and melds them into an amazingly funky whole, all held in place by a hi-hat heavy rhythm and a warbling bass. Haunting sound drop in and out of the mix and lilting, emotional melodies drift around the track, making it something wildly more cerebral than it’s contemporaries, but all the time keeping the dancefloor vibes strong.
♫ Hemingway – Lost Tribe
The Stratford Ct. 1yr Anniversary Compilation is out now, get it here.
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