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.
♫ Leo Kalyan – Full Circle
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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.
Moderns’ self-titled début EP is out now.
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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 Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts December 2014
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
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Kick start you week with this storming reMix from Chicago Housemeister Rogue Vogue. The latest work to be morphed by his retro sound is the current single from Los Angeles IndiePop singer Hayley Kiyoko, This Side Of Paradise. Everything Rogue Vogue’s produced to date has been gold. The Chicago resident has taken his city’s classic trademark sound and cranked it up to 11. Check out his latest.
Rogue Vogue doesn’t disappoint with his reMix of This Side Of Paradise. He’s injected a little Deepness into his sound courtesy of some pulsating, subby, basses but all the elements we love from RV are present and correct. The droning stings, the massive piano hooks, the 909 hats, the relentless kicks all intertwine to serve up an in-your-face warehouse floorfiller. Kiyoko’s vocals make for a good accompaniment to the track, and RV show that he is just at home with a Pop arrangements as he is with sounds for strobelights. Let Rogue Vogue bring a little authentic Chicago to your Monday morning.
♫ Hayley Kiyoko – This Side Of Paradise (Rogue Vogue reMix)
Hayley Kiyoko’s This Side Of Paradise is out now.
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Taigatrost are a Norwegian duo making some atmospheric and soulful ecclectic ElectroPop. Their new single Unveil perfectly blends Icy Scandinavian Electro with warm and emotional vocals. Check out the video below.
Directed by Espen Skagen, the clip follows a field recording session in the bands hometown Tromsø, in the far north of Norway. It;s pretty stunning.
Taigatrost’s Unveil is out now.
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We’re being treated to so much new Ronika these days. Here most recent shimmering offering Marathon is out this week, backed with a reMix from The Penelopes and B-sided with World Is Turning. Which is all amazing. But wait; there’s more! Here’s one of Ronika’s inspired DIY videos.
Directed by Al Mackay, the clip is almost note perfect for indecipherable late 70s/early 80s European TV as Ron guests on a Mediterranean chatshow. Not sure they get it.
Speaking of The Penelope’s reMix. Wrap your lug-holes around this one. The London based Frenchmen lay down the Synth Disco thick with pounding beats and heavy Electro bass amidst Ronika’s cheeky Boogie.
♫ Ronika – Marathon (The Penelopes reMix)
Ronika’s Marathon is released 1st December via Record Shop.
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Here’s something to treat your ear to this weekend. Say hello to Hippo Disco. This trio are the newest additions to the electronic rumors family and we realised, shamefully, that we hadn’t properly introduced you. Roodmin, Oochi & Vinski are three Scots living in Tokyo (and Bali) who have slowly but surely been making a name for themselves; most recently having delivered a storming official reMix of Etienne De Cercy’s We, Computers. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news of their début EP, and in the meantime check out two choice cuts.
Falling is pure Disco bliss. Effortlessly combining wicked Disco licks with dreamy Balearic keys, Falling has got both the groove and a euphoric sweep. There’s just no way you can resist being drawn into it;s six minute dancefloor dream. Hippo Disco have a knack of making ecclectic and left-field Disco that takes influences from anywhere and doesn’t play by the rules. If Answering Machine doesn’t prove that to you nothing will. Plus music nerd points, but minus cool points, if you know where the bassline comes from. Abrasive and funky as hell all at the same time. Hold tight for the EP!
♫ Hippo Disco – Falling
♫ Hippo Disco – Answering Machine
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Ali Love’s P.U.M.P. album is amongst our favourite LPs of the year. Oof the record’s arresting highlights, Picture Perfect, with it’s Sci-Fi analog Rave vibes, has been given a striking video treatment.
Matilda Finn directed the clip, a dizzying and glamorous hazy nightclub fantasy.
Ali Love’s P.U.M.P. is out now.
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One of the surprise groovers of the summer, London’s Foreign Boy’s Dance Like A Light, is set to receive a new lease of life with a follow up reMix collection. Once again coming courtesy of Nude Disco, the Italo Disco monster gets some heavyweight working over from the likes of LosBikini, Sex On TV, SunnySunday and this juggernaut from our pal The Sanfernando Sound. Listen in.
In contrast to Foreign Boy’s decidedly British take on Italo, The Sanfernando Sound delivers an European epic, complete with thunderous EBM basslines and EuroDance leads, all wrapped up in a retro Disco package. Foreign Boy’s robo-vocals fit this soundtrack perfectly, forming a hypnotic mantra until they give way tot he soaring synth solo. The whole reMix package is currently available on Bandcamp, you should check it out.
♫ Foreign Boy – Dance Like A Light (The Sanfernando Sound reMix)
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Australian SynthWaver Jordan F swings back into the groove this week with his entry in a currently running reMix competition. The subject is fellow Aussie KLP’s current single Medicine; a booming slice of Future R&B that’s been doing some big things recently. Check out what some of electronic music’s finest unsung talents does with the sprawling tune as he drags it to the dancefloor.
Jordan hits the Synth Disco sound hard with his reMix. Rolling on an pumping bass with a head nodding pattern, Jordan keeps the lows heavy and the highs breezy to create a nostalgic slice of poolside that sounds perfect with KLP’s vocals. But wait, there’s more, switching things up a little two thirds of the way though, Jordan treats us to an Italo infused retro finale. Staying loyal to his SynthWave roots, but bringing something new to the table. You can vote for Jordan F’s entry in the reMix competition here.
♫ KLP – Medicine (Jordan F reMix)
KLP’s Medicine is out now.
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