We do love synthy X-mas songs around these parts (as we’re sure you’ll become aware in the coming weeks). One of our first of the year comes from Swedish SynthWave mastermind Mitch Murder. Following on from his The Touch release on Mad Decent sub-label Jeffree’s earlier this year, Mitch has contributed to the Mad Decent/Jeffree’s X-mas compilation, A Very Decent Christmas. Check out Mitch teaming up with Santell for Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone.
Mr. Murder goes 80s R&B for this X-mas ballad. A proper festive Pop song, Mitch calls to mind holidays of the past on MTV. It’s a departure for Mitch, there’s less of the vintage synth music that we are used to hearing from him, although there is a hint of retro synth roots, the song is a proper R&B serenade. Still, it’s loaded with Murder’s warn, vintage synth sounds though, and that rubber band bass and chimes that we love him for. More X-mas music to come!
♫ Mitch Murder (Feat. Santell) – Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone
A Very Decent Christmas is out now.
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The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2013 = It’s the time again. Check out French born, London based ElectroPoppers The Penelopes round up of the beat and grooviest tunes of the month. It’s full of crackers!
♫ The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2013
01. Miami Horror – Colours In The Sky
02. What So Not – Touched
03. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
04. Goldroom – Embrace (Night Drive reMix)
05. Karl Kling – Deep In The House Of Love
06. Punks Jump Up – Fairlight (Club Mix)
07. Villa – If I (Mighty Mouse Dub)
08. Anoraak – Guest Star (Club Edit)
09. Party Supplies – Going Back To New York (The Knocks reMix)
10. Kulkid – Have I Ever Told U
11. The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (Bit Funk reMix)
12. French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore – The Fire
13. Zimmer – Galapagos
14. Aimes – Marvin Gardens
15. Back Back Forward Punch – Emergency Bow Tie
16. Breton – ENVY
17. Hippie Sabotage – Stay High (Love Lo Flip)
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Time for some bass heavy French ElectroPop right now from Parisian trio Jolie Chérie. Their new single, One, Two, Three, see a slightly more brooding sound than we are used to from this lot, but the end result is more compelling and involving and something you can really get your teeth into.
Just listen to that all-encompassing synth bass. It’s like a hypnotic monster that seems to suck you in. The track is densely layered with electronic swoops and lead lines that create an almost wall-of-sound atmosphere, but while keeping things melodic. Melina Duval’s husky vocal delivery lend the track an air of mystery and a kind of gentleness to contest the raw synth work. Jolie Chérie are fast on their way to becoming the new starts of French SynthPop.
♫ Jolie Chérie – One, Two, Three
Jolie Chérie’s One, Two, Three is out 16th December.
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A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to the new single from Australian Indie-Disco aviators Flight Facilities. The Micky Green featuring Stand Still made quite a few waves online, but our attention was focused on the fact that at the same time a Com Truise reMix was announced. This kind of thing is exciting to us. Well, here it is, in all it’s enigmatic synth glory.
The Indie-Electro leading original is completely contrasted by this reMix. Com get’s his dark and moody SynthWave on here, which, weirdly (considering the original) works amazingly well with the vocals. The Truise take on the track is driven by a gruelling Synth bassline set amongst atmospheric and evocative layers of electronic sound. It’s the usual, amazing, Dark Future soundtrack vibes from Truise. And a track with proves a little injection of sweet female vocals into that equation does no harm whatsoever. This is one of those tunes that demands repeated listenings.
♫ Flight Facilities (Feat. Micky Green) – Stand Still (Com Truise reMix)
Flight Facilities Stand Still is out now.
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Back in November Devon Indie-ElectroPoppers Metronomy released the first single from their just then announced forthcoming new album Love Letters. I’m Aquarius was a slinky slice of SynthPop with a hint of psychedelia, and the track has now been given a huge dancefloor workout by Mr. Edwin Van Cleef. Check it out.
Cleef brings pulsating, bass heavy, groove to the tune. Embracing the original’s psychedelics and 60s shoop-shoop flavour, this reMix wraps all that up in a pounding bassline and some skippy beats. The vocals take second place to big synth stabs and pin-prick arpeggios here, weaving in and out of Cleef’s remix almost as another instrument, but it’s that big bass and drums that make this one so compelling.
♫ Metronomy – I’m Aquarius (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Metronomy’s I’m Aquarius is out now, Love Letters is released 10th March 2014.
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We featured Indie-ElectroPoppers Echoes long awaited new single, Fight The Feeling, last month and at the time we’d heard whispers that there was a flash video coming, and here it is!
Directed by Daniel Beck & Nye Williams, the clip is a cavalcade of shapes and colours that manages to be both retro and fresh.
Echoes’ Fight The Feeling is released 9th December on Wall Of Sound.
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Unsurprisingly, the next single from Russian ElectroPoppers Tesla Boy’s amazing current album, The Universe Made Of Darkness, will is Broken Doll. This tune, featuring some vocal work from Tyson, is prime single material. Frequent Tesla Boy reMixers Pioneerball once again contribute to the single reMix package with this thick slice of Boogie.
This one is all about that heavy, heavy, synth Fun bassline. Popping and bubbling away in the background, the irresistible bass serves as a groovy core for Pioneerball’s arsenal of retro synth shimmers. Keeping things mid-paced and solid, Pioneerball serves up a rich vintage DiscoPop powerhouse that perfectly compliments Tesla Boy’s Anton’s vocals. The single also includes a Dub version by Tesla Boy themselves and a reMix of Invisible from Sportloto.
♫ Tesla Boy (Feat. Tyson) – Broken Doll (Pioneerball reMix)
Tesla Boy’s Broken Doll single is out now.
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Late last month Australian/Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou finally released their long awaited Better In The Dark single. Here’s the just premièred video for the track.
It’s a beautiful looking clip, directed by Magnus Härdner. It’s all nicely filtered, it’s like a fancy Instagram video.
Say Lou Lou’s Better In The Dark is out now.
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Ooo cheeky! You may recall we had all but promised that we had closed the door on featuring more reMixes of Goldroom’s blissful Embrace. Then Dutch Disco duo Keljet come along with this bad boy and despite out better judgement we can’t help but feature it. Keljet are on such a roll right now, storming track after track and really making a name for themselves. A well deserved name too, and a reputation this reMix does nothing to quash.
Keljet bring the hypnotic House vibes to the track this time around. it;s a well established science fact these days that Embrace has got an awesome vocal, and in the right hand it can be an amazing thing. Keljet’s hands are up to the job as they weave the vocal in and out of a slightly Tropical, pumping, tune that’s not exactly laid back, but not exactly upbeat either, just a nice groovy middle ground. Totally intoxicating.
♫ Goldroom – Embrace (Keljet reMix)
Goldroom’s Embrace EP is out now.
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We’ve been kept mightily amused by the Budgies over the last couple of months. That being the mundane adventures of a couple of giant budgie headed Curxes types. Have a gander at their Instagram account if you have no idea what we’re talking about. To soundtrack this searing insight into the parakeet world, the Brighton/Portsmouth Electro-Industro-Pop duo have released a new single, Avant-Guarded.
In contrast to their last single, the haunting Further Still, Avant-Guarded relentless noise assault. But unlike many forays into the realms of the experimental, Curxes manage to combine a left-field musicality with some surprisingly catchy ElectroPop. Post-punk in places, vocally, and musically a bit R&B at times, Avant-Guarded is a strange beast. Although with a title like that it;s probably to be expected. There’s an amazing sonic pallet being worked with here, new synth sounds and rhythms to keep you interested on repeated listens. What Curxes have done here, is take the far to often po-faced and taking-itself-seriously world of experimental electronics and made it fun. Quite the achievement.
♫ Curxes – Avant-Guarded
Curxes’ Avant-Guarded is out now.
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