Back in 2012, when we were just getting to know his work, New York’s synthesizer mastermind Starcadian released what is possibly one of the best mashups ever unleashed on the world. First Kill crammed in Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Pharoahe Monch, Queen, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes and Wu Tang Clan over some seriously hard hitting Disco sounds. Now, with one of our favourite albums of last year, Sunset Blood, under his belt, and with the storming new Saturdaze EP, on the horizon Starcadian drags you back to the dancefloor with his follow-up bootleg. This is Wrecking Shot.
This time around Miley Cyrus, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Kelis and Tracy Weber get run through Starcadian’s galactic groove machine and spat out the other side in as a mirror-balled glam jam. Piled high with the finest French Touch, Nu-Disco and a surprising amount of Italo, Wrecking Shot once again surprises us as Starcadian makes seemingly disparate songs weave in and out of each other seamlessly. Where Fist Kill was full throttle Electro, Wrecking Shot has a smooth and soulful side. This should more than keep you going until Starcadian brings his urban synth Disco, with a Saturday morning TV theme vibe, on the new EP.
You can always rely on Torontonian producer Cyclist to deliver something a little more left-fied within the Nu-Disco arena. A talented Funk musician as well as a skilful Disco producer, Cyclist throws all his traits into the mix here as he takes on the mighty Beastie Boys’ Root Down.
That bassline is just impossible to ignore, Cyclist’s reMix kicks of with some grinding synths, before launching into the funkiest four minutes you’ll have hear din a while. Doing The Beasties proud, Cyclist works his strongest 70s Disco and Funk together the deliver a powerhouse tune. Every attention to detail is paid as the track injects flourishes in all the right places, rocking with the tune at every tune. This one kept us going this past weekend.
Well, how could this be anything but irresistible? The winner of the electronic rumors Award for best song of 2013, London based producer Blende, remixing our favourite Sci-Fi SynthWaver Pyramid. Released at the end of the month as part of Pyramid’s latest single for Kitsuné Music, The Phoenix sees Pyramid throwing caution to the wind and experimenting with Rap, courtesy of Willy Wesly, over his dystopian Disco.Blende joins Likelife on reMix duties.
Blende brings everything together nicely. The reMix is energetic and fun; playing up to both the rhymes and Pyramid’s piercing, analog sounds but injecting the whole affair which a ton of his (now customary) carefree Funk. Riding on the kind of syncopated bassline that just powers the song forward, Blend layers swooshing synths, furious drum fills and some chorus keys that sound almost Gospel in their majesty to create a track full to bursting point; but never overpowering.
♫ Pyramid (Feat. Willy Wesly) – The Phoenix (Blende reMix)
Get ready for some summery vibes coming from the new release on Jerry Bouthier’s Continental Records stable. The release in question hails all the way from Switzerland and laid back Nu-Disco duo Mannequine team up with three piece Hip Hop outfit Jas Crew. it;s an unusual combination, but one that end’s up working really well. Tropical-Hop anyone?
The track’s called Bombay Night Story and it revels in it’s dual facets. Musically it’s filled to the brim with Island beats, steely purcussion, warm, nostalgic synths and a skippy little snare that add a little playful swing. Add to this some Swiss-rhymes with a hazy flow that finds a home in the beach party disco perfectly. Bouthier himself has worked up a cheeky little Club Dub of the track (available as a free Download) that brings all those beats, basslines and chords to the front, delivering hypnotic dancefloor groove, whist labelmates Shindu inject the track with some tough snyths and some lush 80s keys for something a little darker and deeper. Another interesting release from Continental.
This is the new video for the forthcoming Gold Teeth single from Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip. The product of a collaboration with Flux Pavilion is taken from the duos forthcoming third album Repent, Replenish, Repeat and was débuted at Bestial earlier this month (we know this fact because we were there)
Directed by Scroobius Pip and in his own words “This is what the classic “Rapper in a strip club” video would look like if half the industry didn’t lie about how rich they were”, which is so true and pretty hilarious.
Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip’s Gold Teeth is out now.
It’s My Party has been kicking around since the early-60’s Lesley Gore original, but y’all probably know it best from 1981’s SynthPop classic version from Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin. It’s a song with numerous covers under it;s belt, the most recent coming from those Swedish exponents of raucous ElectroPop Icona Pop. Actually, that;s not strictly true, the girls haven’t exactly covered the song, more just lifted the chorus, as is their wont, to create something new.
Featruing a laid back flow, and some general chit-chat, from Brooklyn MC Zebra Katz, Icona Pop’s take on It’s My Party is a bass booming, anthem canting, surprising melting pot of ideas. Icona Pop’s now-trademark, shouted vocals and abrasive synths sit alongside a thick Hip Hop influenced Dance Pop. The duo’s début album is due next month, it’ll be interesting to see whether they can deliver a range of moods.
♫ Icona Pop (Feat. Zebra Katz) – My Party
Icona Pop’s début album, titled This Is… with drop in September.
Canadian producer Wolf Saga just can’t keep his hands off of Iggy Azalea’s tune, can he? Thankfully it’s to all our benefit as his obvious love for the source material allows him to create these amazing ElectroPop, SynthWave, Hip Hop mashups that just work. We have no idea how they work, but the just do.
So, who’d have thought some lush 80’s synths, Dreamwave beats and sparking leads would have married up perfectly with Iggy’s dirty south flow? No-one? Well Wolf Saga does and for the second time, this time with Bounce, he delivers swirling, nostalgic synths and a steady retro groove that is so intertwined with the vocals that, again, it;s hard to imagine they weren’t always supposed to be line this. More upbeat than his previous Iggy mix, Work, Wolf Saga’s take on Bounce is a summer afternoon hit.
This week SynthWave king Mitch Murder combines two of our passions in life, 80s sounding synth tunes and B-Boy Electro, on his latest offering. Breakazoid is Mitch getting his Boogie on with a glorious mix of Electro, Electronic Soul, Boogie and 80s Pop.Mr. Murder’s last few tunes have been produced with his epic soundtrack hat on, this one delves a little more into Mitch’s considerable, but slightly less shown-off talent for groove.
Breakazoid has got that late Electro sound, reminiscent of the mid to late 80s when the street sounds of New York had filtered into chart Pop. You still have the B-Boy beats, and punchy digital bass but with a sparkly high-class production sheen. And that’s that Mitch Murder shows off here so well, Breakin’ vibes with Pop sensibilities. We love this track, and would love to hear it with some upbeat female vocals too.