We gotta’ say, this is pretty special. Argentina Nu-Disco bass-merchant Phunktastike has delivered this reMix of Blondie’s classic Rapture. It’s a track that’s been reMixes a few times recently, but Phunk’s take on the track is hands down the best we’ve heard to date as the man whips the track into 2014 dancefloor shape whist keeping true to the groove of the original. Dat bass!
Yup, this one’s all about that bassline. Deep and rumbling, the bass in this reMix is utterly intoxicating, drawing to into the smooth, floorfilling, vibe of the track. Debbie Harry’s vocals remain largely intact, including the rap (thank you Phunk!) and are now served up as an ethereal siren’s song over a Sci-Fi Disco, electronic soundscape. Brooding and moody, but with heaps of Funk, this is a retro-future boogie monster that is going to be on repeat ‘round here for a while.
♫ Blondie – Rapture (Phunktastike reMix)
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One of the best albums of the year so far has come from German nostalgic House producer Tensnake with his début LP Glow. And one of the highlights (on an album full of highlights) is the Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell featuring Feel Of Love. The track is getting the single treatment next month and ahead of the release check out the wonderfully weird video.
Directed by Remy Cayuela, the clip features an army of soon-to-be-disappointed sperm in training for the big day.
Tensnake’s Glow is out now, the Feel Of Love single is released 26th August.
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Australian ElectroPop duo Back Back Forward Punch continue in their quest to have everyone cool on the planet reMix them. Having already tussled with the likes of MiGHty mOUse, Dublin Aunts and The Penelopes, the Aussies then set their sights on Canadian House wizard Pat Lok for reMix duties on their latest single. The track’s called Solid Gold, and any new Pat Lok reMix is a cause for a party. So, yeah, let’s party.
But what do we have here? This isn’t a Lok-ian House tune riding a 4/4 kick. What we’ve got here is a board mix of 90s dance and Bristol beat (and yes, being from Bristol, this makes me very happy). In fact, this might be my favourite Pat Lok track to date, or maybe it’s just that the sun is shining and here’s a lazy vibe going on that the track’s slick mix of laid back 90s Hop Hop beats and warm Chicago keys feeds into. Either way the warm bass is filling my head and the shuffling hats are shaking my shoulders and I’m loving it. Enjoy.
♫ Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold (Pat Lok reMix)
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Oh hello. It’s the new solo tune from Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin. Mere weeks after his last single, It’s Over was released the man is back to treat us to five minutes of blissful chilled House to sort out the weekend. If, of course, your weekend starts tomorrow; which ours does this week! Haha, in your face everyone who’s weekend doesn’t start tomorrow this week!
A smooth-as-hell mixture of House beats and dreamy-Dreamwave tones, Let You Down is ‘summer jam’ exemplified. Picking up a Tropical vibe along the way, Let You Down lays it’s beats thick but it’s synths airy , crating a groove you can dance to but is a little something for the mind too. Add a sprinkling of nostalgia (there’s a slight Jan Hammer thing going on here), and you’ve got a tune that’s prefect for chilling by the pool, at the weekend, which (as previously mentioned) starts tomorrow for us (ahahahahaha).
♫ Ben Macklin – Let You Down
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Röyksopp & Robyn’s excellent collaborative mini-album, Do It Again, is still on repeat ’round these parts, and probably will be for the rest of the year. The title tracks of the release has just gone and got itself a shiny new music video.
Martin Se Thurah directs this mini movie, that features a special extended cut of the track, is a six minute mini move of revolution and passion.
Röyksopp & Robyn’s Do It Again is out now.
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Premièred on Radio 1 by Pete Tong on Friday, here’s the new single from producer extraordinaire Starsmith. This is his second single of the year, which is a lot for Starsmith! To be fair to him though he does divide his time between writing music and producing some of the biggest and best ElectroPop acts on the planet. Now I Feel Good features the vocal talents of the generally amazing Clare Maguire and you can check out the tasty Club Mix below.
This tune has got all the hallmarks of a big Starsmith production, the big beats, the punch basslines, the layers of rich keys; with the added bonus of Maguire’s impassioned delivery. The rising, euphoric, synth lines really power the track along, razor sharp in their production and provide a nice ride for the ultimately optimistic vocals travel on. We can’t work out if this is perfect Pop, or perfect Big Room. Probably both.
♫ Starsmith (Feat. Clare Maguire) – Now I Feel Good (Club Edit)
Starsmith’s Now I Feel Good is out soon on Ministry Of Sound
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Duke Dumont’s new single, Won’t Look Back, is about to tear up the summer. A heady commination of storming House beats, deep bassline and a big vocal. House for the UK sunshine.
Check out the video, a heist clip with a bouncy difference.
Duke Dumont’s Won’t Look Back is released 24th August.
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Prick up your ears, there’s a new Pat Lok reMix in town, This time the Canadian funkmaster has tackled the latest tune from Australian breezy Indie-Electro dup Olympic Ayres. The track’s called Control and is taken from their forthcoming début EP, Leisureplex. What does floaty poolside Pop sound like in Lok’s astoundingly groovy hands? Check it out below ad Pat Lok brings the House.
This one is all about the stabbing House hook and the subby bassline. Combining with a slick early 90s House vibe, the bass and riff whip up a deceptively complex and utterly infectious floorfiller. ‘Deceptively complex’ is actually a pretty good overview of the track, intricate House beats, multiple layers of keys and sweet strings all ride that dubby bassline, weaving in and out of each other but the end result feels effortlessly uncomplicated. Add to this totally compelling House anthem Olympic Ayers’ summertime vocal and you’ve got a pretty irresistible track.
♫ Olympic Ayres – Control (Pat Lok reMix)
Olympic Ayers’ Leisureplex is released 17th September.
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It’s another new track from Russ Chimes;’ forthcoming EP. This one is the title track, Sula, which joins We Need Nothing To Collide in peeking out anticipation for this release. The EP is due out in a couple of weeks on Chimes’ own Uno Mas imprint which will feature three tracks, the two aforementioned and Your Love. We can’t wait.
Sula is a sampletastic chilled summer House tune with hints of the Midnight Club EP. Powered along on waves of rolling percussion a surprisingly old school Chimes bassline, Sula conjures a real sunrise vibe with gentle piano loops and horn hooks. This is some serious Balearic tinged euphoria, as Chimes injects this House tune with some real emotional moments. This EP is definitely going to soundtrack some of the finer moments of the coming summer.
♫ Russ Chimes – Sula
Russ Chimes Sula EP is released 14th July via Uno Mas.
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If you like your House Deep and maybe a little bit Techy then London based House producer Meloder is a good place to start. Having released some storming tunes for Pole Position Recordings and even done us the honour of remixing Box Of Wolves’ Let’s Start Again Meloder is gearing up for a new release via UM Records. Due for release in the coming weeks, the tune can be previewed now. Prepare for deep summery good times.
Meloder’s Helios is a juggling act between atmospheric sounds and a punchy-as-hell groove; and one he pulls off with style. Riding a powerhouse bassline and a big room beat, the track layers warbling synths and airy pads to deliver a bit of a Balearic flavour over a tough command to dance. A floaty piano hook is the icing on this Sunrise cake as Meloder offers up a tune fit for beach party peak times.
♫ Meloder – Helios
Meloder Helios is out soon.
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