Severing Ties is the latest tune from DC based single Young Summer. It’s taken from her album Siren, and is a sprawling and moody slice of folky electronic in that particularly American vein. But more than that, the track has just been given a whopping (yes! whopping!) reMix treatment from our favourite London duo (we’d better duck for cover, ‘cos there’s a lot of London based duo’s we’ve just pissed off!); Avec Sans. There’s a play button below, use it!
Taking cues from the slightly retro vibe of the original, the Sanses serve up what is possibly their most 80s sounding tune to date (yeah, we know, a lot of people say Avec Sans sound quite 80s anyway, but they are all very very wrong. You can get ElectroPop that doesn’t sound 80s y’know!). Even their usual playful use of sampling sounds a bit SK-1 (that’s a compliment BTW) amidst the layers of lush, twisting synths. From the thick chords, to the skippy arpeggios, there’s buoyant nostalgia that permeates this reMix and elevates the original’s vocals into something entirely more euphoric.
Victoria Sheahan A.K.A. Lemon. is a brand new artist hailing from Toronto (as many of the best people in the world do). Unlike many of her contemporaries, Lemon. steers clear of the Nu-folky tropes, it’s so easy for solo artists to fall into, in favour of pairing her lilting voice with an emotionally used array of synths. Check out her début track, You Know Too Much, and wrap your ears around the start of something special.
You Know Too Much sees Victoria deliver a passionate and heartfelt vocal performance. Her delicate voice really sounds like it is wearing it’s heart on it’s sleeve. The song itself is in the finest tradition of North American singer/songwriters, relatable and laced with heartbreak. What sets the song, and Lemon., apart is the waves of ominous and beautiful electronic. Haunting and bizarrely catchy (in an otherworldly yet Tropical way), from he dark brooding tones to the drifting melodies, Lemon. has perfectly matched her intoxicating voice with smokey clouds of synth brilliance. You need to hear this.
It’s been a while we’ve been waiting for the next track from the coalition of Matts Du Tonc. International jet-setters MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie have chosen to kick off this year with a track that they’ve been kicking around for a while, honing it to perfection. Every Song is the first track from the Indie-Disco duo to be picked up by Eskimo Recordings; we can see that partnership between the acclaimed label and these guys being a long and fruitful one.
Breezy Island vibes kick off Every Song; which is possibly the most 80s track from Du Tonc to date. A Disco New Wave oddessy with a swirling mixture of rolling bass and gently stabbing synths liberally peppered with Island guitar that gives off a Tropical early-80s Blondie vibe. This all makes of a blissful soundtrack for Matt (the Van She one) to deliver a summery croon that exudes an effortless cool. January feels like July with Every Song dripping out of the speakers.
So, we weren’t particularly enamoured with Italo Disco legend Giorgio Moroder’s ‘comeback’ single, 74 Is The New 24, it seemed to us to be a bit pedestrian. Modern dance music made by someone who had just discovered it, all over compressed kicks and stuff. That said, we were still eager to hear his new album, hoping some of it channels the shiny analog Disco we love Moroder for, and particularly the collaborations with Charli XCX and Kylie Minogue. Well look what happened over the weekend, the Kylie track leaked, and it’s amazing.
Right Here, Right Now is shimmering synthetic DiscoPop created by the original innovator. It seems some of Moroder’s time with Daft Punk rubbed off on him as the track occasionally shows hints of Random Access Memories, but with more of an electronic Pop sheen. This is big vintage Disco with contemporary Pop production, utterly infectious. Kylie sounds as sweet as ever as the track strikes exactly the balance of new and old we were anticipating from the album. Right Here, Right Now makes up for Moroder’s last couple of single attempts a hundred times and with a video rumoured to have been shot it looks likely this will be a single.
♫ Giorgio Moroder (Feat. Kylie Minogue) – Right Here, Right Now
Giorgio Moroder’s 74 Is The New 24 album is out soon.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts January 2014 = The Parisian twosome continue to deliver a monthly serving of the best ElectroPop, Nu-Disco and House sounds around with their January charts. There’s some awesome stuff up in here!
The tracklist: 01. Final DJs – Rough Boy 02. MisterWives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix) 03. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall reMix) 04. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (Yuksek reMix) 05. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows (Radio Edit) 06. Danglo – Swept Away 07. Acrobat – Invicible (Marcus Harris reMix) 08. Just Kiddin’ – Thinkin’ About It (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber reMix) 09. Moonbootica – Superdrive (Less Hate reMix) 10. Drop Out Orchestra & Barnaby Bruce – Gecko (Achilles & One reMix) 11. Röyksopp - Sordid Affair (Watermat reMix) 12. Roisto – I’m Who You Need (TJH87 reMix) 13. Oh Land – Head Up High (Penguin Prison reMix) 14. YesYou (Feat. Noah Slee & Castle Rays) – Waste Away 15. Years & Years – Take Shelter (STAL reMix)
Hello! the latest tune from Leo Kalyan may just be our favourite to date from the London based Future R&B experimentalist. It’s the next tune to be débuted from Leo’s upcoming mixtape, Stranger, and sees him sharing production duties with fellow Londoner and Bass man Grades. Here’s a taste of what we can expect from Kalyan (big things we predict) in 2015; this is Full Circle.
Haunting yet infectious, Full Circle pulls off the neat trick of building an ethereal electronic soundscape, and still being funky as hell. Kalyan and Grades layer waves of half hear samples, voices and bird calls, amidst a sea of lush synths and delicate arpeggios. Leo’s voice curls over the track like smoke, tying the tack together with his dulcet tones. Feeling both Lo-Fi and expansive, Full Circle is the kind of track you can keep on repeat and just sink into.
Here’s the new video from Let Em Riot side project Moderns. It’s for a track called Kowalski from their self-titled début EP; a sweeping and majestic slice of Dreamwave ElectroPop. There’s power in this one.
Check out the hypnotic video below, and grab their new EP right now on their Bandcamp page.
The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2014 = Our favourite French Londoners have picked their top tunes of the past month once again, and what a month it was. Check out their choice cuts on their latest mixtape.
The tracklist: 00 Intro. 01. Belle And Sebastian – The Party Line 02. Erconomics – Islands 03. Joywave – Tongues (Giorgio Moroder reMix) 04. Back Back Forward Punch – Big Time 05. Gold Is For The Golden Team – I’m A Revolution (That’s Nice reMix) 06. Royksopp & Robin – Monument Dance (Marcus Mar Dub) 07. AIMES (Feat. Javi) – Burnin’ 08. Human Life & Anabel Englund – El Diablo (Adana Twins reMix) 09. Jody Wisternoff – Paranamour X Beth Ditto x The Shoes – Cerrone’s Supernature (PNLP Edit) 10. Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Todd Edwards reMix) 11. Head Of Television – Shining 12. PowerDress – Torture (Pirate Jams Instrumental) x (Pirate Jams reMix) 13. Chromatics – I Can’t Keep Running 14. Shura – Indecision