The last week or so has been a bit of a treat in regards to new material from Glaswegian ElectroPoppers Chvrches. This evening Zane Lowe premièred new tune Get Away on his Radio 1 show. Get Away is taken from a Lowe curated new, alternate, soundtrack to 2011 “oh look everybody, there’s this thing called SynthWave!” movie Drive. The new version of the film will be shown on BBC3 on 30th October with the option (fingers on the Red Button!) to switch between soundtracks; which, for all our Drive-themed cynicism, is actually pretty neat.
Get Away puts to bed any feats that Chvrches (like so many before them) will abandon ElectroPop after their first record. It’s a swirling synth epic that nicely nods in the general direction of it’s Dreamwave predecessors. A particularly pounding beat of subby kicks and snappy snares underpins a fog of rich pads and Chvrches now-trademark razor sharp leads while Lauren’s typically heartfelt performance dominates the song. Very nice indeed.
♫ Chvrches – Get Away
While you’re here, check out another new Chvrches tune. As yet formally untitled, the band have been announcing it under the guises of various US comedians. So far it’s been reported to have the titles of ‘Gene Wilder’, ‘Eddie Murphy’; and in this instance (lifted from Austin City Limits Music Festival) ‘Richard Pryor’.
♫ Chvrches – ‘Richard Pryor’ (Live)
Chvrches début full length record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is out now.
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Black Magic Disco is back in effect with this new slice of House goodness. It’s a reMix of one of the new tunes from US project Glass Slipper; put together by Lisa Cork-Twiss, formerly of Real McCoy, and San Francisco DJ BradElectro. Their new release, the Universal Love Vibe EP, features the track, Caught Up, and BMD’s monster rework of it.
Black Magic Disco comes on string with the early 90s Chicago vibes on this one. The vocal here mixes up big diva moments with a particularly 90s soulful sound, and BMD works them to their dancefloor friendly fullest. Pairing them up with a deep filtered organ and punchy bassline, he hits the House nail on the head and serves up a modern club track that plays to nostalgic bliss in the best way possible. It’s got a nice Poppy sheen too, this could easily be a classic tune; and maybe it’s desisted to be.
♫ Glass Slipper – Caught Up (Black Magic Disco reMix)
Glass Slipper’s Universal Love Vibe EP is out now.
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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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The best thing to come out of Scandinavia in recent years (and that’s saying a lot!), and one of the best and most exciting live acts around Kate Boy have unveiled yet another new track. Following August’s Self Control this new single is the second to come from their hotly tipped début album, which we have been looking forward too ever since Northern Lights. Open Fire has us more eager than ever.
Wearing that Kate Boy ‘sound’ on it’s sleeve, Open Fire powers along on those post-EBM rhythmic synths and high energy percussive arpeggios forming an irresistibly compulsive soundtrack for Ms. Akhurst’s imposing and passionate performance. Managing to maintain a balance between being hard hitting, grinding alt-Pop and, at the same time, being funky as hell; Kate Boy seem to have found a sweet spot in Pop that no-one else has been able to get right in a long time. Open Fire is another instant anthem from Kate Boy, we can;t wait for this release.
♫ Kate Boy – Open Fire
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Our favourite French composer Monsieur Adi has pulled the curtain back on his new single, the follow up to last years What’s Going On?. Enlisting the help of Brooklyn based singer Negin he’s soon to drop Lucky Ones, which sounds like Adi’s bit of the superstardom he so rightly deserves. The first hint we’ve had from Adi’s forthcoming début album, to be titled After Hours and due out early next year; this is undoubtedly the biggest Pop song you’ll have heard this year!
This is huge stuff, proper massive Pop but without any contrivance at all. Adi’s a stunningly talented musician and writer and that ability shines through and elevates the track well above identikit Dance Pop. Pairing pounding beats with layers upon layers of thick synths; Adi brings his knowledge of both Dance Music and Pop into pin-sharp clarity. Negin’s singing isn’t too shabby wither.
♫ Monsieur Adi (Feat. Negin) – Lucky Ones
Monsieur Adi’s After Hours is out next year.
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Marina And The Diamonds is back on form! Saying that though, for a long time I had reservations about her second album, Electra Heart. The bland production from mediocre producers like Stargate and Dr. Luke felt so out of place with Marina’s dark and quirky songs. But going back to it it’s actually really grown on me in recent months, but mainly due to her incredible songwriting though. This first taste of what’s to come from Marina is in the form of FROOT, a track co-produced with David Kosten and makes us a lot more optimistic for album number three.
FROOT swings between raw ElectroPop and Electro-Rock and, like Marina’s first album, doesn’t feel like it;s pandering to anything. This is uncompromising Pop music, with pounding beats, grinding synths and Marina doing what she does best, sugar coating darkly satirical lyrics with a catch sheen. Marina is without a doubt one of the best songwriters on the planet right now, even if she (or her label more likely) sometimes get the vehicle for those songs wrong. FROOT leaves us optimistic that her forthcoming record could channel the off-kilter genius of The Family Jewels.
♫ Marina And The Diamonds – FROOT
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Here’s the video for the The Inevitable End version of Röyksopp & Robyn’s Monument. The Inevitable End being Röyksopp’s forthcoming final album release. This album seriously can’t come soon enough.
The clip is mostly footage from Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again tour, which pretty much leaves us pissed that they largely snubbed the UK. Looks like fun.
Röyksopp’s The Inevitable End is released on November.
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This weekend sees the release of the eagerly awaited new single from UK ElectroPop heroes Ekkoes. Following the début proper release, the single Fight The Feeling, Last Breath feels like an escalation of activity from Ekkoes. It would be a long time coming; and if it receives a similar kind of attention and radio play as Fight The Feeling, well deserved too. It’s about time Ekkoes burst out into the public consciousness.
Last Breath shows off that particular brand of Ekkoes epicness. A rich, emotional track with a driving tempo, Last Breath blends waves of lush synths with shimmering guitars to provide an unashamedly euphoric soundtrack for Jon’s passionate delivery. Which is odd, as it’s quite a melancholy track, but that’s the way of the best ElectroPop, musically blending the moody and the optimistic, and Ekkoes hold on to that vibe here perfectly. With nods to mid-80’s SynthPop, 90’s Shoegazey Indie and one foot on the dancefloor, Last Breath has the total package.
♫ Ekkoes – Last Breath
Ekkoes’ Last Breath is released 12th October.
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Future R&B/ElectroPop duo AlunaGeorge have unveiled their first new tune in a while. It’s been a quiet year for them, taking a well deserved break after all their hard work built up to the release of Body Work, their début full length record, in 2013. Supernatural premièred on Annie Mac’s last show and bodes very well for AlunaGeorge phase two.
Supernatural has got more of a punchy ElectroPop vibe that we have previously been used to from AlunaGeorge. The bassline alone is worth the admission price, and driving Euro synth line give the track a robotic funk new to the AlunaGeorge sound and some slightly more experimental sounding vocal cutting and chopping bring a new edge to the duo’s sweet avant-garde R&B. Supernatural oozes with effortless cool and synthetic heart; and has us more excited that we thought we’d be for their new album.
♫ AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
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Old 45s is in our top two tracks on Funklordz Chromeo’s third album; White Women. Check out the brand new video for the song which couldn’t be more prefect.
Directed by Dugan O’Neal, the clip essentially just proves that Chromeo are pretty much the coolest people on the planet. HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder get a look-in too.
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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