A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.
Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.
♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Kindred Spirits’ Folies D’antan is out now.
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We’ve been itching all week to drop this one. A true meeting of genius. Two of London’s finest SynthPop outfits. The epic and enigmatic Monarchy and our favourite Capital based Frenchmen The Penelopes together on one track. The Penelopes’ have stepped up to the plate to serve up this fantastic reMix of Monarchy’s single of earlier this year, Dancing In The Corner. Here we have the end result of four of the most talented people working in electronic Pop music in one six minute bite; and boy, it does not disappoint.
The Penelopes hit the ground running with the rapid fire arpeggio that the track is driven by. Whipping up some big room sounds, the Parisian Londoner’s delver an almost EBM take on hands-in-the-air euphoria with a twisted web of musical DNA that takes in everything from Enola Gay, through 90s Trance, French Electro to contemporary Tropical tinged House in one powerhouse melting pot that Ra’s vocals glide over like silk. This is one big tune!
♫ Monarchy-Dancing In The Corner (The Penelopes reMix)
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Rex The Dog’s new single, Sicko, finally turned up on 12”. So we’re happy. The single is out now on Kompakt and should be a must listen for anyone who a fan of synthesizer music.
Rex and Jake have put together this awesome video for the track. Part music clip, part live studio performance and part demonstration of Jake’s DIY RTD-001 modular synth that Sicko is played on; it’s all synth porn.
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is out now.
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Next up on Crosstown Rebels is the new single from label head honcho Damian Lazarus. We’ve never really been too sure who The Ancient Moons are, but the track features the soulful vocals of new LA based singer Moses Sumney. Having already ranked up the honour of being one of Pete Tong’s Essential New Tunes, Vermillion is due out next month. Give it a listen below.
Kicking off in tribal fashion Vermillion is soon dousing you ears in a warm House groove. There’s an interesting combination of world percussion and twisting arpeggios that keep the tune high energy in contrast to Sumney’s breezy, laid back vocals. This is hypnotic House pulled into a Poppier arena, and it really works.
♫ Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons (Feat. Moses Sumney) – Vermillion
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons’ Vermillion is released 27th April.
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Parisian Horizontal Discomeister Zimmer is back with a brand new track. Saturday Love has the French producer teaming up with fellow Parisian DJ and Producer Pallace and enlisting Boston based singer Aria Lanelle for vocal duties. It’s his first tune since last summer’s Sensify Me and it sees Zimmer side-stepping his normal smooth groove and wearing his love of Piano House on his sleeve.
Saturday Love is warm as hell. Zimmer put’s his own Tropical twist on a Chicago House sound, complimenting the deep warehouse bass and hammerfall piano hooks with the ubiquitous poolside Disco vibe having island keys shoulder to shoulder with skippy 909 drums and vintage House synths. Lanelle’s playful vocals tie the track together nicely. Summertime stuff!
♫ Zimmer X Pallace (Feat. Aria Lanelle) – Saturday Love
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One of our favourite French SynthPop duos, Jupiter, are back after a couple of year’s hiatus. they’ve just announced the impending release of their second album; Bandana Republic. The follow up to 2012’s incredibly well received Juicy Lucy, Bandana Republic is due to drop in May. Recorded between Paris and Los Angeles, the album is informed by a Californian road trip vibe that injects some interesting new 70s influences into Jupiter’s Parisian DiscoPop. Check out the first hint of what’s to come, the track Do It.
From the offset, Do It hits you with thick, bassy synths and an irresistible hook (if your head doesn’t start immediately nodding you may want to see a doctor about that neck problem you have!). Any doubts that Jupiter couldn’t recreate the bottled lightning of Juicy Lucy are rapidly swept away; Do It is as good a DiscoPop track as you could ask for. Steady beats, funky apreggios, heavy synth bass and Amélie sounding as sweet and catchy as ever. Ladies and gentlemen, Jupiter are back.
♫ Jupiter – Do It
Jupiter’s Bandana Republic, is released 4th May.
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London bass monster DiscoSocks has quietly snuck out a new tune. His first new tune since the middle of last year, this one proves he’s not been making the most of his time. Sitting on his SoundCloud page as a free download is Getcha’. After a couple of Housier outings DiscoSocks returns to his bass slappin’ roots with a huge chunk of old school Funk for your ears. Get Involved.
Setting up a groove, liberally peppered with cowbells and dirty, growling, slap bass, that would be right at home on an old Hip Hop record (think the Wild Style soundtrack), DiscoSocks works up something infectiously nostalgic and a compelling floorfiller. Building on the rhythms as the track progresses keeps the energy levels rising, but as always the star of the show is DiscoSocks bass. Soak it in.
♫ DiscoSocks – Getcha’
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We’re a week or so late on this one, but we’re pretty sure it is deserved of your attention if you haven’t already jumped on it. Norwegian ElectroPop chanteuse Maya Vik has teamed up with fellow Nord and Cosmic Disco powerhouse Lindstrøm for this track from her just released EP Beyond The Basics. It’s called Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas), which is an odd subject matter for a song, but there we go.
Vik, vocally, serves up a nice mix between Scandinavian icy Pop and retro SynthWave-y nostalgia which makes for the perfect partner for Lindstrøm Space-Age tundra Disco. Slightly more ElectroPop than his recent collaboration with Say Lou Lou, Lindstrøm offers up a driving, energetic slab of Poppy House that, combined with Maya Vik’s vocals and the quirky subject matter make for some ScandiPop gold.
♫ Maya Vik – Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas) (Prod. By Lindstrøm)
Maya Vik’s Beyond The Basics EP is out now.
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The New Sins are a London based outfit comprised of New Young Pony Club’s Lou Hayter and composer Nick Phillips. They released their single Lights Down in summer 2014, a burbling House groover that has now been given a new lease of life by a couple of the most consistently quality producers around; Waze & Odyssey. Lights Down is due for a re-release, with a loaded reMix package, at the end of this month on Defected.
From the first bar this tune is an infectious jackin’ House tune. Riding a skippy warehouse beat, Waze & Odyssey deliver deep style basslines and euphoric lead synths. All accompanied by snatches of the originals vocals repeated to mantra effect, the tune is definitely one to keep the dancefloor moving. The sweeping breakdown is the icing on the cake; there’s no stopping this one.
♫ The New Sins – Lights Down (Waze & Odyssey reMix)
The New Sins’ Lights Down is released 30th March.
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Here’s a big new tune from Manchester producer Sam O’Neill A.K.A. TCTS and featuring Mr. Leo Kalyan on vocal duties. Thinking About You is a huge and emotive House track that’s catchy as hell and bound to be doing the business this summer.
Check out the video, directed by WVLFCVB, and follow this disgruntled warehouse worker’s daydreams.
TCTS’ Thinking About You is released 30th March.
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