Falcone, the artist formally known as Aaron Alexis, is certainly working his way through the Brooklyn production roster. If we’re honest we’d like to see him going back to producing his own material, we really dug the old Aaron Alexis tracks, they had a consistent sonic style; one of warmth and soul. Anyway, this new one, Ghosts, was mixed by AIMES, who throws off his recent Nu-Disco dominance for some of his old school Chillwave flavour.
And very Chillwave Ghosts is too. Reverb drenched vocals swirl about the track as cacophonous beats and waves and waves of lush pads swell and fall from the speakers. It’s actually kinda’ Shoegaze-y, a wall of melodic sound partnered with a cavernous voice. Electronic Shoegaze with soul, that’s Ghosts. Brand new genre?
♫ Falcone – Ghosts
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One of London’s most interesting artists Leo Kalyan has dropped another new tune to brighten up your week. Stranger was co-written by Leo with Shift K3Y, and sees Leo as ecclectic as ever while he roots himself with an R&B groove, giving him a solid base with wich to go musically nuts over. Keep it on a laid back tip!
Stranger is smooth-as-hell, Leo’s silky voice stealing the show, but almost jostling to hold back the waves of ecclectic electronic sounds. Keeping things spacious, letting every element of the tune have room to breather, Kalyan and Shift K3Y create a smokey soundscape. Stranger is both instinctively emotional and a multi layered synthetic enigma; turn it up and delve into it’s electronic mystery.
♫ Leo Kalyan – Stranger
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Britain’s reining champ of vintage Pop Kid Kasio is back with another taste of what to his expect from his forthcoming sophomore album. This is the epic Blood Red Sky.
As usual Kid Kasio delivers an ambitious and expansive video, shot mostly in Spain. Taking advantage of some gorgeous scenery Kasio brings a western theme with a little 80s Pop flair.
Kid Kasio’s Blood Red Sky is out now.
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The funky Disco spike in Australian/Swedish ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s career to day, their collaboration with Comic Disco dog Lindstrøm Games For Girls has been brought back into their more familiar ElectroPop territory with this storming new reMix from our favourite Parisians lost in London, The Penelopes. As Say Lou Lou ramp up to the release of their début album, Lucid Dreaming, early next year, this is the prefect tune to bring the hype.
The Penelopes lay on the Tropical grooves thick to keep things fresh, but the main crux of the reMix is turbocharging the groove. This is a slamming dancefloor take on the tune; the beats pound, the basses pop and the builds go stratospheric. A punchy synth symphony that’s perfectly at home with Say Lou Lou’s vocals, which are kept largely intact here. the Penelopes have turned in an awesome, adrenaline spiking track that we’re saving for the weekend.
♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls (The Penelopes reMix)
Say Lou Lou’s début Album Lucid Dreaming is released 2nd February.
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In the nicest surprise last week had to offer, the wonderful and synthetically ecclectic Ms. Little Boots announced the release of her new EP, Business Pleasure, with the lead track Taste It. It’s a cracking take on left-field Pop that has now got itself a shiny new video. Check it out.
Ish Sahotay and Victoria herself directs the clip, which is pretty unnerving Part ode to, part cautionary statement about, 80s consumerism and excess. All delivered Generation Game style.
Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP is released 1st December. Some very tasty indeed pre-order vinyl/poster/bag/digital watch!!! packages are available here.
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The reigning champs of epic and emotional British Pop, Strangers, are currently holed up in their studio putting the finishing touches to their eagerly awaited début full length record. Whilst the album is given all due spit and polish, Dave took a breather to indulge himself in this cover version. We gotta’ say, taking on Shakespeare’s Sister’s Stay is pretty fucking brave. The track is so imbued with Siobhan and Marcella’s personality that all you can do is completely make it your own, and that can be hard with such a defining track. Let’s see how Strangers does.
Dave doesn’t;t even try to ape Shakespeare’s Sister (which is probably a good plan), preferring to take an amazing well written song and treat it like it came straight out of Stranger’s studio. The vocals are given a bar-room bluesy treatments that pairs nicely with the tracks haunting piano. The piano, of course, soon gives way to a symphony of pulsating electronic bass and rising synth riffs set to a skippy vintage drum pattern. Thanks Dave; that’ll do nicely until Raife has finished mixing the album, now get on with it!
♫ Strangers – Stay (Shakespear’s Sister Cover) (Demo.)
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Mediterranean Dreamwaver Cavaliers Of Fun is has just dropped this brand new sunshine-y reMix to warm your ears this winter. Ricco has been quite quiet for a while, but he’s chosen to remind you all of his holiday vibes with this take on Gwen Stefani’s ‘comeback’ single of earlier this year, Baby Don’t Lie.
Ricco keeps a lot of the original intact on his version, the vocals, backing vocals and lead line are all present and correct; but added to this you have both the Cavaliers Of Fun pumping Disco bass, and Vitali’s disturbing love of beach guitar. The end result is a version of the single with the groove turned up to 10, it’s not a massive departure from Stefani’s vision, but enough to make it supremely dancefloor friendly.
♫ Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (Cavaliers Of Fun reMix)
Gwen Stefani’s Baby Don’t Lie is out now.
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Sorry IYES, we’re a bit behind with this one. Because stuff. Anyway, the Brighton ElectroPop duo continue to impress with their unique, emotional and powerful sound. Glow, a track that’s been kicking around for a while now, is finally getting a proper release. Ecclectic stuff.
Check out the video, directed by Kenny McCracken, which appears to feature the duo being uncovered with sand.
IYES’ Glow is released 22nd December.
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The London crew is all getting together for this one, rising retro-House producer XO is gearing up to release his début EP, Though The Night, at the start of next month and for the record’s second track (after last month’s title track unveiling) track he’s enlisted the help of Mr. Leo Kalyan on vocal duties for a song that was co-penned by songwriter extraordinaire MNEK. This is Pulling Me Under.
Pulling Me Under is a slow groover, a warm and laid back late night jam. Combining Kalyan’s future R&B croon with some involving Deep House sounds; all slotted into an simple and infectious Pop song. The driving forces of the music are all understated and emotion, like the gentle piano hook the runs throughout that contrasts nicely with the feet moving beat. XO is definitely on our radar as one to watch now.
♫ XO (Feat. Leo Kalyan) – Pulling Me Under
XO’s Through The Night EP is released 1st December.
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Russian kings of funk infused ElectroPop, Tesla Boy’s new single is an ode to synths. Which we guess if like some old Rock dude singing about how much he loves guitars. Frankly, we can think of few better subject matters for songs. “I’m not so cool or happy, I’m gonna’ sing about keyboards and synths” has surely got to be one of the best lyrics ever written, no?
Loaded with Tesla Boy’s trademark synth funk, Keyboards & Synths serves-up everything we look for in a new tune from these guys. That big squelchy analog bass, warbling keys, Disco beats; there even a slight Electro-Funk vibe to the bridge. Tesla Boy have always, from day one, been able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Chromeo, maybe it’s time for them to be as huge?
♫ Tesla Boy – Keyboards & Synths
Tesla Boy’s Keyboards & Synths is out now.
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