After having him reMix his tune Dare, London Tropical groover Ben Macklin has teamed up with Le Flex to produce a brand new original track. Released this week in Macklin’s SoundCloud page, Escape is available as a free download, which is generous of him. Check out the smooth sounds of Escape below.
This is exactly the kind of poolside House jam we love Mr. Macklin for, with an added upbeat injection from Le Flex. Smooth as hell, Escape is dripping with a chilled summertime vibe built on an infectious bass hook and stabbing synths. The percussive keys give it that Topical flavour, but doesn’t overpower it’s laid back House credentials. We’re putting this in the pile marked ‘summer soundtrack’; we can’t wait for better weather to blast this one.
♫ Ben Macklin & Le Flex – Escape
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Another full length record in on the way from Ms. Maya Jane Coles. Her 2013 album Comfort is still in heavy rotation around these parts, amazing body of work that it is; and this year we will be treated to the début album from her Dubby alter-ego Nocturnal Sunshine. The first track taken from the self-titled release, due out in May, is Take Me There.
Take Me There deserves to be played on a big rig. Driven by the subs and a shuffling beat, the track is liberally layered with modulated vocal snatches and MJC’s trademark enigmatic synths. Cole’s has always has one foot in Dub styles, from right back in the She Is Danger days, and on Take Me There she revels in her bassy influences, delivering a mesmerising Dub groove and waves of hypnotic tones. This one gets under your skin.
♫ Nocturnal Sunshine – Take Me There
Nocturnal Sunshine’s self-titled début album is released 25th May on digital with a vinyl release coming on Record Store Day.
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Depeche Mode driving force, Techno enthusiast and one of our generations greatest songwriters, Martin Gore, has just announced a brand new electronic instrumental album, due out next month. The sixteen track record will be released under the MG moniker and titled the same; it was recorded post-Mode’s 2013 tour with Gore wanting to “keep the music very electronic, very filmic, and give it an almost Sci-Fi like quality,”. Check out the first taste of MG below in the form of Europa Hymn.
Europa Hymn is an evocative machine symphony. A track that combines Vangelis-esque synth swells with factors industrial percussion. Rather that this electronic experiment being harsh and moody, Europa Hymn is actually a bright and optimistic track. Gore conveys heaps of emotion in his use of dewdrop melodies and rising keys. We kinda’ wish modern Depeche Mode albums sounded more like this.
♫ MG – Europa Hymn
MG’s MG is released 27 April.
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FineArt is a new producer hailing from windy Brighton. Despite being pretty unknown and just dropping his first track that track has been championed by Annie Mac, who gave it a première on her Radio 1 show. Ruffneck has just been released by Sony. All of which leads us to believe there may be more than meets the eye here. Who FineArt is we’re not sure, but we sure do like the tune.
There’s tons to love about Ruffneck, not least that it kicks off startling similar to The Human League’s Love Action before launching into some hammered House piano. The track is a soup of dance music tropes; the deep bassline is pure Bleep House, the 909 Hats and piano nod to Chicago, the lead and samples are Rave central and the breakdowns UK Deep House gold. All this should be a mess, but FineArt makes it all work perfectly together. A proper festival anthem.
♫ FineArt – Ruffneck
FineArt’s Ruffneck is out now.
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Jake and Rex are back in the game and going home. Their new single sees Rex The Dog returning to their original home, German Techno label Kompakt. Easily one of the finest producers out there, Jake Williams and his four legged friend combines his love of 80s SynthPop with analog Disco grooves and twisted DIY Techno to create a sound unlike any other. This uniqueness will only be enhanced by Jake spending the last couple of years learning how to build synths. Sicko was composed on this home-made equipment, check it out.
Sicko is a spacious tune, but the stripped down elements it works with are used to their fullest to deliver a rich and full sound. Innovative arpeggiated rhythmic modulated voice sampling provides a unique and compelling core for the track; which then accessories with vintage Electro beats and Techno effects. This is the space that Rex works best in, taking eclectic instrumentation and turning into something effortlessly funky. Over it’s six minute length Sicko just keeps delivering the surprises, so dive on in. Fire up the strobes lights and raise the dog with laser eyes, Rex is back to wreck shop.
♫ Rex The Dog – Sicko
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is released 2nd March on Kompakt. Pre-order the 12” here, we have!
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German Nu-Disco beard master Justin Faust released one of our favorite records of last year. His album, Spellbound, was an unbeatable summer soundtrack. Prior to the full length release Faust dropped an EP via New York label Nurvous in 2013 (and it’s companion reMix EP); Disco Cuts. Now the man returns to Nurvous for the follow up; the sequentially titled Disco Cuts II. Here’s the EP’s lead track, Casino Royale.
Casino Royale takes a slightly different tack from the more Synth Disco driven cuts on his album. This, along with it;s release-mates, are sample driven beach floorfillers (if beaches had floors that is, which they don’t, but sandfillers sounds painful). This is a pure holiday jam that injects an evocative 60s vibe into Faust’s Disco groove. Conjuring the same sort of vibes as it’s title suggests, this one is all mini-skirts and Monte Carlo.
♫ Justin Faust – Casino Royale
Justin Faust’s Disco Cuts II is out now.
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Out next month is the first various artists compilation EP from Clair De Lune Records. This Belgian label hits the ground running with it’s inaugural release featuring work from Leach & Lezizmo, Lumoon & Rob!n and this luxurious tune from one of our favorite deep and dark producers, ATTAR!. ATTAR! weaves Deep House, Disco and EBM through his tunes and this new one, Love, displays all three with a silky finish.
Love serves up some classic House sounds; and then drags them to a mysterious, enigmatic, Sci-Fi space with haunting sounds reminiscent of early Detroit Techno. Amidst all these sweeping futuristic tones and tension building synth strings ATTAR! keeps things from getting to lost in the darkness of space with an infectious House groove. Deeper than Deep House, Love is a House oubliette, one in you’ll never get out.
♫ ATTAR! – Love
Clair De Lune’s Various Friends EP is released 13th March.
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French wunderkind Madeon is like a proper Pop star now, with a proper video and everything., Here’s the clip for his new single with Passion Pit, Pay No Mind.
Well, someone’s investing in Madeon. This video is a glossy and expensive special effects laden blockbuster.
Pay No Mind is take from Madeon’s début album, Adventure, our soon.
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Consistently awesome House duo Waze & Odyssey are gearing up for the release of the next EP. These workaholics art dropping new sounds at the end of this month in the form of the Ways Of The Underground EP. As per-usual these guys pour whatever the fancy into a retro dancefloor melting pot and the results are classic dance music gold. Check out the EP’s lead track, Feel On Fire’ below.
It’s bit Chicago, a bit Acid, a bit Deep House, a bit Rave. Feel On Fire rocks a punchy and deep Bleep House bassline against Warehouse beats, Acidic burbles and Rave leads in a concoction that hits the spot. Nostalgic and upfront, this track draws on peak moments in dance music’s history and delivers them in a fresh package. Intoxicating dancefloor magic.
♫ Waze & Odyssey – Feel On Fire
Waze & Odyssey’s Ways Of The Underground EP is released 23rd February.
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New Mexican poolside Disco juggernaut Solheiro is one half of the Le Touch boys who has struck out on his production lonesome to deliver some truly chilled and groove sounds. Ricardo Bussey Solheiro has been dropping some fantastic reMixes in the past twelve months; but you know our rule for being featured, originals first, reMixes later. So here he is with his début single. This is Last Minute Winner.
Blissful, summertime Disco sounds is what you’ll find here; although Solheiro manages not to sound exactly like everyone else as he carves out an emotional, intricate corner of the genre for himself. Layers of meticulous synths, Dubby effects and hazy vocals add to the bouncy, yet laid back, groove to serve up a top track that we are definitely saving to the warmer months.
♫ Solheiro – Last Minute Winner
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