One of the best albums of the year so far has come from German nostalgic House producer Tensnake with his début LP Glow. And one of the highlights (on an album full of highlights) is the Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell featuring Feel Of Love. The track is getting the single treatment next month and ahead of the release check out the wonderfully weird video.
Directed by Remy Cayuela, the clip features an army of soon-to-be-disappointed sperm in training for the big day.
Tensnake’s Glow is out now, the Feel Of Love single is released 26th August.
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ElectroPop troopers Lovestarrs are gearing up the release of their first proper EP. Due out soon the Supernova EP follows the single Get Your Sexy On and a couple of free downloads since their metamorphosis from The Good Natured late last year. The lead track of the forthcoming release is Life Is A Bitch, check it out.
As you might expect from the title, Life Is A Bitch is generally about how shitty life can be. Pretty morose subject matter for a song, but Lovestarrs manage to turn the depressing topic into a jaunty, slightly tropical, Pop tune. Musically it’s dead optimistic, loaded with thick synths and a catchy hook that flows to an island flavour, which makes the whole thing deliciously tongue-in-cheek; and decidedly British. While you’re here check out Lovestarrs last free download, Dukes Up, which we forgot to post, ‘cos stuff.
♫ Lovestarrs – Life Is A Bitch
♫ Lovestarrs – Dukes Up
Lovestarrs’ Supernova EP is out soon.
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We’re generally not massive fans of Lana Del Ray reMixes, some things can become a bit tedious, but our interest was piqued when we heard that Lana herself has requested London based French ElectroPop duo The Penelopes to delver a reMix for her forthcoming new single Ultraviolence, the title track of her latest LP. In fine form on this one, The Penelopes hit the ground running with a tune that is relentless in it’s infectiousness.
Fun and funky, The Penelopes’ reMix lifts the track from Pop gloom to a euphoric dancefloor place. Underpinned by a drivingly optimistic synth bass, the track effortlessly flows between majestic Pop, Chicago House and slinky Nu-Disco, trading on an uplifting piano hook and a subtle horn section. Del Ray’s voice, which can grate at times, sound luscious and hazy here, a smokey chanteuse amidst a sea of punchy Disco sounds. The Penelopes are on a roll right now and this reMix (which, let’s face it; is pretty high profile) should see them gaining more of the mainstream recognition they so much deserve.
♫ Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (The Penelopes reMix)
Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence single is released in August.
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Australian ElectroPop duo Back Back Forward Punch continue in their quest to have everyone cool on the planet reMix them. Having already tussled with the likes of MiGHty mOUse, Dublin Aunts and The Penelopes, the Aussies then set their sights on Canadian House wizard Pat Lok for reMix duties on their latest single. The track’s called Solid Gold, and any new Pat Lok reMix is a cause for a party. So, yeah, let’s party.
But what do we have here? This isn’t a Lok-ian House tune riding a 4/4 kick. What we’ve got here is a board mix of 90s dance and Bristol beat (and yes, being from Bristol, this makes me very happy). In fact, this might be my favourite Pat Lok track to date, or maybe it’s just that the sun is shining and here’s a lazy vibe going on that the track’s slick mix of laid back 90s Hop Hop beats and warm Chicago keys feeds into. Either way the warm bass is filling my head and the shuffling hats are shaking my shoulders and I’m loving it. Enjoy.
♫ Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold (Pat Lok reMix)
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London based French ElectroPoppers The Penelopes’ power good SynthPop anthem Time To Shine is still getting loads of play at electronic rumors HQ. Such an epic track certainly deserved a video. Good thing too, as now it has.
The clip, or mini-movie, was directed by Mattias Erik Johansson and starts French actress SoKo is actually pretty stunning, both visually and in it;s narrative. But being a movie we won’t spoil it for you, treat your eyes to in intense eight minutes.
The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.
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Canadian ElectroPop goddess LIGHTS made the surprise announcement of her forthcoming third studio album this week. The album’s title is Little Machines and with a bit of luck will finally see her getting a little bit of mainstream recognition outside of Canada. After the saccharine shiny ElectroPoptronica of her first album The Listening and the harsher Indie-Electro of album number two, Siberia our first hint of Little Machines, Up We Go, points toward a more anthemic, summery sound. Check it out.
Up We Go actually feels like a cross between The Listening era LIGHTS and Siberia. The big beats and raw synths of Siberia are present alongside The Listenings’ uplifting optimism. Add to the a breezy Indie-Electro, almost Tropical, vibe and you’re presented with a track that is a huge driving powerhouse of an ElectroPop song with tons of heart. Roll on the album.
♫ LIGHTS – Up We Go
LIGHTS’ Little Machine is released 23rd September.
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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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Australian Indie-Electro champs Cut Copy’s awesome Free Your Mind album is getting itself a shiny new deluxe version release this week. The record, originally released late last year, will come equipped with a host of brand new track, including this one, Believers. There five additional tracks in total, and if there anything like Believers, you’ll be hankering to pick up Free Your Mind all over again.
A luxurious slick of Acid Pop, Believers is equal parts noisy and melodic. Kicking off with some 909 rims and 303 burbling, Believers soon unashamedly revels in it’s 90s-ness with vocal snatches and a piano hook. All this complemented by Cut Copy’s inherent Indie-Electro feel courtesy of Tim’s heartfelt vocal performance. The track doesn’t;t hold out as it gets rapidly noisier and more fanatic towards it’s finale, building the energy for one last freak out.
♫ Cut Copy – Believers
Cut Copy release the deluxe version of Free Your Mind this week.
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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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Canadian smooth merchant Box Of Wolves has offered up another of his awesome reMixes. Be prepared for some driving beats and dreamy keys on this reMix of frequent collaborator Hawaii94’s Runaway. The track is taken from the Australian producers recent Nightvision EP, which is available now, and walks a nice line between nostalgic and contemporary.
You’d think it would be hard to reconcile the pounding beats and pulsating synth bass of this track with the hazy keys and slight Tropical undertones, but Box Of Wolves juggles the styles with ease, delivering a track that is both light and airy and a floorfilling juggernaut. Hiwaii94’s anthemic vocals on the track serve to enhance this effect and his vintage style lends the track a retro twist. All-in-all you’re left with a track that’s just as suited to the headphones as it is the dancefloor, both epic and irresistibly funky.
♫ Hawaii94 – Runaway (Box of Wolves reMix)
Hawaii94’s Nightvision EP is out now.
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