This week; one of our favourite Sweedish artists, ODahl, released a brand new EP via Pole Position Recordings. Your Love is packed with four tracks of blissful Scandinavian Disco tinged House, the title track featuring the vocal talents of Frank H Carter III, and manages to effortlessly straddle both a club sound and something surprisingly Poppy. Check out the lead track.
Soulful is the best way to describe Your Love. ODahl serves up a plethora of slick House beats with a retro slant. Loads of warm synths, retro organs stabs and rumbling basslines come correct, creating a Garage-y vibe whist Carter lets rip with a smooth as hell, R&B vocal performance. these are the things Chicago was build on, and ODahl runs with it.
♫ ODahl (Feat. Frank H Carter III) – Your Love
ODahl’s Your Love is out now
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UK House producers extraordinaire Gorgon City have unleashed their latest slice of (presumably) chart climbing Pop/UK Deep House crossover. London based singer Laura Welsh lends her considerable vocal talent to this one. Fresh rom producing Klaxons’ current single There Is No Other Time, Gorgon City turn in an absolute stormer of their own.
Welsh’s breathy vocals are the perfect foil for Gorgon City’s sub heavy House track. The duo lay down a nice mix of euphoric synths and dark, rumbling, club bass. The perfect festival belter, you can expect to hear this one a lot over the summer. A track of two sides, one minute Welsh’s voice and hazy synths draw you into the song, the next the speaker shaking bass kicks you in the face. Just how we like it.
♫ Gorgon City (Feat. Laura Welsh) – Here For You
Gorgon City’s Here For You is released 15th June.
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Disco superstar Goldroom has unleashed his eagerly awaited reMix of Danish QuirkPop enigma MØ’s Don’t Wanna’ Dance. The track is taken from her recently released début album, No Mythologies To Follow, which dropped in early March to critical acclaim. The Dreamwave originator washed the track is some more if his blissful fantasy Tropical vibes.
The vocals on this one are the perfect amount of soulful hazy to pair up with Josh’s beats. A laid back, beach party, House tune, this reMix serves up the sunkissed sounds by the truckload. Punchy synth bass powers the track, doing all the heavy lifting, leaving tons of room of MØ’s dreamy vocal and waves of warm keys to carry you away.
♫ MØ – Don’t Wanna’ Dance (Goldroom reMix)
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Out this week on the mighty On The Fruit Records is the début record from Turkish Duo Paradisko. Already getting a heap of support; the track, the product of the pairing of Thousand Fingers & Hemi, comes complete with a packed reMix package featuring the likes of Xinobi, Digits and Cosmic Disco master MiGHty mOUse.
This one’s all about that utterly infectious synth bass. Funky as all hell, the bassline works it’s way into your head and effects your feet. It’s as playful as it is relentlessly groovy, a head on collision of Italo and Nu-Disco, this robo-Boogie is bound to stay on repeat for a long time to come. MiGHty mOUse’s take on the tune is a slow builder, taking it;s time to layer intricate purcussion and rich pads until it reaches a point where it morphs into a UK House monster that owes as much to early 90s Bleep House as it does to today’s dancefloors. The mOUse delivers a nice mix of ominous bass and light Disco synths with dancefloor destroying precision. It;s an awesome collection of track you definitely need to be checking out.
♫ Paradisko – Chewing Gun (Original Mix)
♫ Paradisko – Chewing Gun (MiGHty mOUse remix)
Paradisko’s Chewing Gum is out now.
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Walter Sobcek – The Parifornia Tapes: April Edition = Hold tight for another forty minutes of upfront Dreamwave, EelctroPop and Nu-Disco from international duo Walter Sobcek. This one’s pure sunshine vibes y’all.
♫ Walter Sobcek – The Parifornia Tapes: April Edition
01. Alan Braxe – Time Machine (Chateaubriand reMix)
02. Bondax – Giving It All (FKJ reMix)
03. Claus Casper – Deep Inside
04. Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (Vintage Culture reMix)
05. Da French Connexion – Revolution
06. Justus Köhncke – Timecode
07. The Cure – Just Like Heaven (The Penelopes reMix)
08. Nervo – Hold On (Fred Falke reMix)
09. Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (Cerrone Funk Mix)
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Working Miracles is one of two B-sides to Hercules And Love Affair’s new single Do You Feel The Same?, released ahead of Andy Butler and crew’s forthcoming The Feast Of The Broken Heart album. The A-side is a spacious funky Acid Disco monster, so H&LA deliver something deeper for the flipside.
After a shaky piano and sample intro, Working Miracles drop and thumping, almost Psy Trance, beat. Undulating and hypnotic, the groove builds and builds into an ecclectic and bassy House juggernaut. Taking cues from their Industrial roots and their Warehouse DNA, Working Miracles moves in both dancefloor and avant-garde circles.
♫ Hercules And Love Affair – Working Miracles
Hercules And Love Affair’s Do You Feel The Same? single is released 14th April.
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Ben Macklin – Spring Breaks Mixtape 3 = Kick-start your weekend with this storming collection of tunes from Mr. Ben Macklin. A selection of current monster tunes and some surprised thrown in, you can;t go wrong with this lot.
♫ Ben Macklin – Spring Breaks Mixtape 3
01. Darius – Omeo
02. Monte – You Should Know
03. Rotkraft – To Love You (Fishing Vest reMix)
04. Rise & Fool – Toy Boy (Le Crayon reMix)
05. Bon Iver – Towers (Oliver Nelson reMix)
06. Ben Macklin – Can We Talk (Fishing Vest reMix)
07. Jay West – Got Me Insane (Monte Instrumental Dub)
08. Chris Malinchak – Forever
09. Navigateur – Breathe (Luxar House Excursion)
10. Chela – Zero (Clancy reMix)
11. Max Lyazgin & Hot Sand – Nassau
12. Nude Disco – Neon Hearts (Just Another Discomendment)
13. The Paradise – In Love With you (Oh Yeah reMix)
14. Tonys Wayback Machine – In The Beginning (MiDiMAN reMix)
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Bass heavy, imposing, House with a swing now from Psychemagik. His new single, Black Noir Schwarz, and both eerie and funky in equal quantities.
Charley Bayliss directs the track’s video, which really takes the title and runs with it.
Psychemagik’s Black Noir Schwarz is out now.
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DancePop powerhouse Clean Bandit team up with Sharna Bass for their new single, Extraordinary. A House lite ElectroPop tune so catchy there’s no way it won’t chart.
Anna Patarakina and Daria Novickay put the clip together, which is just all kinds of chaos in Cuba.
Clean Bandit’s Extraordinary is released 19th May.
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It’s been three years since the release of Leeds based Scot Grum’s début album, Heartbeats, about five years since he first came to our attention with a slew of amazing Dreamwave and Nu-Disco tracks and reMixes. In those years Grum has been quietly doing something that very few of his contemporaries from around that time have seemed to be able to do. Evolve. It wasn’t long after the release of Heartbeats that Grum started releasing Euphoric Trance tracks, then Bleep House, then Progressive tunes all the while the lazy online press was still calling him ‘Disco’. Grum forthcoming sophomore album, Human Touch, should come as a revelation to them, a slap in the face realisation that they have missed these past three years, that Grum is so much more than a Disco producer, and that is why he’s risen to the top of the pack.
The album opener, and title track, Human Touch, sets this up perfectly. A moody and emotional House tune, loaded with enigmatic, low tones and haunting vocals. Not the first track floorfiller you might expect, but a track that grasps your interest and let you know there is something more intelligent going on here than simply crowd pleasing hooks. As if to compound the genre-spanning attitude of the collection, the following track, Sunrise, is an Acid-Balearic epic. A mesmerising hands-in-the-air tune that lives up to its name. There are tracks we’ve herd before on Human Touch. Previous singles the Simple Minds referencing The Theme and the nostalgic Warehouse vibe of Everytime are present and correct. Grum delves even more into the world of late 80s/early 90s House experimentalism on tracks like Autumn, with a pure early House riff you will swear you’ve heard somewhere before it’s so authentic, and the Haçienda-meets-SynthPop classic Dance sound of Tears. As the album progresses it become more and more melodic, with Three Thousand East being a play of retro leads against touch beats and Lotta’ Love feeling the influence of Melodic Trance energy before that album brings things down to ease the listener out on the deep, synthetic, Serotonin and the Chillwave R&B of the album’s closer Eyes Shut. For fans wanting a little classic Grum Dreamwave, Raindrop totally delivers vintage keys and a big vocal hook and Feel It Everywhere’s vocoded nostalgia could easily be an early Grum single. The Nu-Disco side of things, too, is covered by the likes of In Love, with it’s Acid flavour funk. Human Touch has got enough of that rousing classic Grum feel, enough interesting experiments with genre, and enough of a timeless Dance Music DNA to keep most fans of electronic music coming back for more. Definitely recommended.
♫ Grum – The Theme
♫ Grum – Everytime
Grum’s Human Touch is released 14th April.
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