Secretly bubbling away in the background, London’s Avec Sans are our next big ElectroPop hope. We’ve been following them with great interest over the past year and really feel that it;s time for them to hit the big time. Perhaps their new single, Hold On, not our 24 hours and already gaining critical acclaim, will be the track to do it.
Rubbing a little ChipTune vibe into their mixture, Avec Sans in equal measures grime up and smooth out their sound. The bitcrushed sounds ass a little roughness to their Icy ElectroPop while the song itself, belted out in a passionate performance from Alice, is the cleanest Pop tune the duo have released to date. This combination of gritty electronics and shiny Pop is what’s going to make keeping an eye, or ear, on Avec Sans so exciting. Hold On delivers compelling beats, a swirl of biting synths and a chorus that’ll stick in your head all day. What more could you want?
♫ Avec Sans – Hold On
Avec Sans’ Hold On is our now featuring reMixes from Avec Sans and VS//YOUTHCLUB.
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As previously mentioned, band name aside, new SynthWave duo Night Drive’s ‘Drones’ single is a thing of awesomeness. An energetic slice of Indie tinged retro Pop that has us expecting great things from these two,
Here’s the brand new video for the track, which features an intense array of visuals. Simplistic, but very effective.
Night Drive’s Drones is out now.
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Parisian left-field ElectroPop outfit Château Marmont’s new single Wind Blows gets itself the video treatment right here.
Jamie Delaney directs the clip, a cute little story that kinda goes hand-in-hand with the mood of the track.
Château Marmont’s The Maze album is out now.
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Here’s the cute video for electronic rumors’ artists New Arcades’ Take A Breath. The track, a glorious slice of optimistic retro ElectroPop, comes from their début self-titled EP.
Rebecca Gravil produced and directed this sweet homage to 80s rom-coms, packing it with little nods to the genre.
New Arcades self-titled EP is out now.
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Last month we introduced you to the Dub Mix of Alex Metric‘s team-up with Jacques Lu Cont’s Safe With You. It’s was surprisingly amazing, but all we could have asked for is a bit more in the vocal department from Niki & The Dove‘s Malin, and more of a Pop structure. Well, we didn’t have to wait long as this past weekend Pete Tong premièred the full vocal version of the track, grab yourself a listen.
Possibly one of the Pop songs of the year, Metric and Lu Cont don’t hold back the big builds and uplifting hook, weaving them effortlessly with hard hitting dancefloor beats and gruff basslines. Malin’s vocals soar over the track and really make the track what it is, the chorus is so insanely hands-in-the-air that not even shoving your hands deep in your pockets will prevent the inevitable. Expect to hear this a lot over the summer, and your life will be enriched for it. Bring Pop and Dance together perfectly.
♫ Alex Metric & Jacques Lu Cont (Feat. Malin) – Safe With You (Single Mix)
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The Fool is the new single from Belgian synthetic Disco maestro ATTAR!. Released later in the month on Eskimo Recordings, The Fool is actually the début solo release from ATTAR!, ex-one half of Mustang, despite the fact that it seems otherwise. ATTAR! has been entertaining us with tracks, reMixes and mixtapes for months now, his last original release being the free Folivora Parade.
Featuring vocals from Cherry, The Fool walks the line between slowed down robotic Disco and Italo in order to deliver a steady tune that’s a brooding as it is funky. With a slightly Killer-esque bassline, heavy on the synths, the track serves up an almost 80s SynthPop feel that is just faintly brushed with a Disco groove to make it dancefloor palatable. Possibly the best of both worlds. The B-side, Colibri, ups the tempo somewhat for a jackin’ House jam that hit’s just the right floorfilling notes. The single comes equipped with a reMix from Pete Oak, definitely worth checking out.
♫ ATTAR! (Feat. Cherry) – The Fool
♫ ATTAR! – Colibri
ATTAR!’s The Fool is released 24th June
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Here’s the video for NYC duo French Horn Rebellion excellent, Jody Watley & Young Empires featuring, new single Dancing Out.
The clip was Directed by Norton, and is a suitably tongue-in-cheek vintage affair.
French Horn Rebellion’s Dancing Out is out now.
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American Dreamwave/Nu-Disco producer All Night Shoes is making forays into DiscoPop and Chillwave with his new tune, Like This. Branching out from his Nu-Disco sound, All Night Shoes plays around with new elements and new tempos with this tune, including some pretty slick vocals to create a different mood altogether from his usual output.
Laid back in it’s approach, and it’s BPM, Like This weaves bits of Chillwave and ElectroPop into a poolside Disco groove. As with his last tune we featured, the Jazzy Hello Jupiter, All Night Shoes isn’t afraid to think outside the box but manages to contain all this experimentation inside a neat Pop structure, making Like This both interesting and accessible. One for lazy summer nights.
♫ All Night Shoes – Like This
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Rad Parisian Disco producer Bestrack has just dropped a whole albums worth of tunes for free. The dude dropped some top reMixes recently but it sounds like he’s been saving the good stuff for this collection of original tunes. And what a collection it is! We would seriously pay money for this record, and it would be one of our top buys that months. Prepare for eight tracks of some of the best Electro-Disco around.
Workout 2000 is the title of the album (Bestrack calls it an EP, but c’mon, eight tracks? Far to generous) and it definitely is a workout. From the very start of the release, the opening bars of In Your Eyes it’s all high-octane dirty Disco. Cut-up funky shit supreme the opener is an almost perfect example of soaring peak-time Disco-House that immediately hooks you into the album, screaming solo and all. Don’t Quit brings a big retro feel to proceedings, with some massive nostalgic DiscoPop, that doesn’t quit for the whole record. This collection of track strikes just the right balance between 80s Pop, Nu-Disco and tough Electro. From the grinding dystopian SynthWave of Jaguar to the hi-energy EuroDisco of Stamina the album covers a myriad of styles, all tried together with Bestrack’s slick groove. The title track is definitely a highlight, bringing together Bestrack’s cinematic SynthWave side with a driving Italo feel and heaps of Disco swing. Summing up the album with it’s huge vintage chords and twisted vocal samples, Workout 2000 is a great ambassador for the whole release. This album would come highly recommended if it cost money, at this price it’s essential.
♫ Bestrack – In Your Eyes
♫ Bestrack – Workout 2000
♫ Bestrack – Don’t Quit
You can download the whole of Bestrack’s Workout 2000 here.
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Did you pick up the new release from reigning Glaswegian ElectroPop trio Chvrches’, Gun? Now you can relive the excitement by checking out the brand new video for the track.
It’s a kaleidoscopic dream of vintage video effects and interpretative dance Enjoy.
Chvrches’ Gun is out now.
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