Here it is! The long awaited return of the finest name in Australian Deep ElectroPop; Kids At Midnight.
A singer/songwriter/producer whose reputation precedes her, Jane Elizabeth Hanley, A.K.A. Kids At Midnight, released her début EP, Let You Slide (back in 2012 via Alan Braxe’s Vulture Music label) to critical acclaim whilst simultaneously becoming the Nu-Disco scene’s voice-in-demand; featuring on Edwin Van Cleef’s massive cover of Phoenix’s Lisztomania and Ride The Universe’s A Little Better amongst many others.
Now Kids At Midnight is poised to unleash a brand new double A-side single. Two lush, emotive and rich tracks that blur the boundaries between Deep House, ElectroPop, Nu-Disco, and Indie-Electro. Unashamed and Vapours. If you like your dance music song based, epic and passionate then this release will be unmissable.
A selection of reMixes tune the tracks for every dancefloor with Holmes Price bringing a retro Boogie to Unashamed whilst So Serious (the Deep House alter ego of Phunktastike) give the track an enigmatic groove. Vapours is given a spacey Tropical Tech House workout by Daniel Högberg of Pacific!and a beach party Disco send off by LA’s Dreamwave originator Touch Tone.
♫ Kids At Midnight – Unashamed
♫ Kids At Midnight – Vapours
Kids At Midnight’s Unashamed/Vapours is released 1st September as a Beatport Exclusive followed by a general release on 15th September.
Jonas & Micki, A.K.A Danish production duo Borneland have been gradually drip feeding a whole load of killer reMixes in the past few months, and with their latest they’ve really outdone themselves. The latest muse for their skills is the current, and début solo, single from ex-Fagget Fairys’ Elena Cosovic, now going by the name of Ena. The track’s called Deep Seas and Borneland certainly take both the deep and the seas to heart on this one.
It you’re looking for something pulsating and synthetic then look no further. Elena’s vocal is a near perfect husky croon. Smokey, sublime and effortlessly eased into Borneland’s laid back Disco groove. A pure summer evening vibe permeates the whole tune; from it’s solid dancefloor rhythm to it’s layers of sweet, warm synths Borneland’s reMix of Deep Seas conjures a carefree, lazy Disco atmosphere and a rich soundtrack.
Aimed squarely at the dancefloor, You’re The One takes Deep and Chicago House elements and toughens them up. Punchy beats and utterly irresistible bassline dominate the tune; sitting powerfully alongside piano hooks and waves of lush pads. The whole tracks is a floorfilling powerhouse who’s hard edge is tempered somewhat by Moses’ soulful vocal. Only two tracks into their career and already Ku De Ta are setting themselves up as ones to watch.
Just released is the début release from San Diego born, Palm Spring residing, producer Corey James Hurley; who some of your may recognise by the name Colour Vision (interestingly, he’s American and spells ‘Colour’ the English way, while we are English and spell ‘Rumors’ the American way; we have a really good reason for doing it, we wonder if Cory has too?) who has been spending the last few months making a name for himself with a string of well received reMixes. His première single is titles Sur Chic, and comes equipped with reMixes from Fishing Vest, DWTR and Rambo V.
Sur Chic is a deep and groovy tune that sits at the nexus point between Chicago House and Tropical Disco. This one is all about the woody bassline and some seriously upbeat Tropical keys. Whipping up a jam that would work equally well in a warehouse party as it would poolside Colour Vision deftly manoeuvres rolling purcussion, lilting electric piano and distant vocal snatches amidst his dancefloor frenzy. Fishing Vest returns to give the track an extra layer of Funk and a retro, robotic sheen. Giving it more of a West Coast sound, Fishing Vest weaves a little Dreamwave though the track; taking it straight to the beach.
German retro House producer Tensnake’s sublime début album, Glow, is currently holding at number two on our top albums of the year list, beating some severe competition, and shows no signs of being usurped in it’s runner up position. It’s an amazing record packed full of highlights, one of them being his collaboration with the legend Jacques Lu Cont and Jamie Lidell; Feel Of Love. The track is getting a full single release next month with some storming reMixes, one of which you can check out below, it’s a doozy!
Hot Chip and The 2 Bears’ Joe Goddard takes up the challenge of making one of this year’s soulful House classics his own; and does. This one is an eight minute epic that wastes none of it’s time. From the offset with track begins to build an intricate analog groove, deep beats layering with buzzing synths. Easing the original’s vocals into the tune, Goddard give you half the track’s length to settle into the vibe before launching into a massive, hands-in-the-air, synthesizer symphony that never drops the energy ball.
♫ Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont (Feat. Jamie Lidell) – Feel Of Love (Joe Goddard reMix)
Remember when the weekend started with Fear Of Tigers’ The Guestlist podcast? Well we’re pleases to be able to say once more that your weekend starts right here with a huge new tune from Mr. Tigers. From out of the blue; Fear Of Tigers released, this week, a storming new EP, titled Zoipa, allaying any fears that we’d lost him for good. Grab your first taste with the massive Weekend In Harlem, which Mr. Tigers has kindly made available to download. So download, hit repeat, and kick of your long (in the UK at least; bank holiday Monday!) weekend.
Weekend In Harlem will serve up everything you’ve missed about Fear Of Tigers, and if you say this doesn’t put a smile of your face, you’re lying. This is big room Disco the way it should be. Choppy and tough sitting alongside groovy and soulful. A powerhouse of a track, layered thick with lush synths and snippy samples, big beats and big breakdowns. Our hands are already in the air! Your. Weekend. Has, Just. Begun.
Bristolian Xenomania drummer come Pop superstar Florrie has just released her latest single, Little White Lies, and amongst the plethora of reMix talent she has enlisted to rework the track is Disco showstopper Moon Boots who takes the track and gives it a tasty House makeover. We’ve had hints of this track singe late last year, mostly in the form of mix rips (Moon Boots himself played it during his Boiler Room set) but now the tune is out in the open.
Moon Boots used the lush, ethereal tone of Florrie’s voice to cast a nice haze over a punchy House track Pulsating synth bass and starlight chimes play out cheekily over the track and Mr. Boots rolls Little White Lies over a relentless Chicago beat. Easy-going, yet an immense dancefloor tune, Moon boots delivers the goods with this one. Come the chorus and Florrie kicks into full sassy Pop mode as she croons over Moon Boots deep soundtrack. Irresistible.
Canadian House producer Pat Lok whips up a sever warehouse vibe on his latest reMix. Taking on Trigger, the current single from New York songstress and multi-instrumentalist Sirma. The Turkish singer’s original is a beautiful and intricate wall of sounds, a wall which Lok knocks down and re-builds with an infectious groove.
Slightly more low key than some of his previous mixes, Lok concentrates on dancefloor essentials with this one. Serving up a pure hypnotic track comprising of deep bass, a nice line in organ riffs and a killer piano hook. this is the kind of track that you can stick on, close your eyes, and just see the strobe lights. Or maybe we’ve just got something wrong with our brain? Either way, Lok’s reMix of Trigger is a House-head’s dream.
London based Swede Blende has deftly delivered a brand new reMix. New Blende tracks are always something to get excited about, let’s not forget the man came first in our top tracks of 2013 with his storming Rikki, and each new tune draws us further into his world. His latest is a mix of the new single from House duo Kraak & Smaak; Just Wanna’ Be Loved, itself taken from their 2013 album Chrome Waves.
Creating a laid back Sci-Fi Disco mood, Blende peppers his track with the kind of retro-future synths that we’ve come to love from him. Easing New York Disco-House legend Joi Cardwell’s mellow diva vocals over the waves of funkified tones Blende keeps the beats tight, but layers cheeky purcussion. As the spikey leads rise toward the tracks finale you’re drawn deeper and deeper into the robo-Disco groove and by the time the five and a half minutes reach their end, you’ll be reaching for repeat.
♫ Kraak & Smaak (Feat. Joi Cardwell) – Just Wanna’ Be Loved (Blende reMix)
Kraak & Smaak’s Just Wanna’ Be Loved is released 15th September.