London based French ElectroPoppers The Penelopes’ power good SynthPop anthem Time To Shine is still getting loads of play at electronic rumors HQ. Such an epic track certainly deserved a video. Good thing too, as now it has.
The clip, or mini-movie, was directed by Mattias Erik Johansson and starts French actress SoKo is actually pretty stunning, both visually and in it;s narrative. But being a movie we won’t spoil it for you, treat your eyes to in intense eight minutes.
The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.
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Canadian ElectroPop goddess LIGHTS made the surprise announcement of her forthcoming third studio album this week. The album’s title is Little Machines and with a bit of luck will finally see her getting a little bit of mainstream recognition outside of Canada. After the saccharine shiny ElectroPoptronica of her first album The Listening and the harsher Indie-Electro of album number two, Siberia our first hint of Little Machines, Up We Go, points toward a more anthemic, summery sound. Check it out.
Up We Go actually feels like a cross between The Listening era LIGHTS and Siberia. The big beats and raw synths of Siberia are present alongside The Listenings’ uplifting optimism. Add to the a breezy Indie-Electro, almost Tropical, vibe and you’re presented with a track that is a huge driving powerhouse of an ElectroPop song with tons of heart. Roll on the album.
♫ LIGHTS – Up We Go
LIGHTS’ Little Machine is released 23rd September.
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Australian Indie-Electro champs Cut Copy’s awesome Free Your Mind album is getting itself a shiny new deluxe version release this week. The record, originally released late last year, will come equipped with a host of brand new track, including this one, Believers. There five additional tracks in total, and if there anything like Believers, you’ll be hankering to pick up Free Your Mind all over again.
A luxurious slick of Acid Pop, Believers is equal parts noisy and melodic. Kicking off with some 909 rims and 303 burbling, Believers soon unashamedly revels in it’s 90s-ness with vocal snatches and a piano hook. All this complemented by Cut Copy’s inherent Indie-Electro feel courtesy of Tim’s heartfelt vocal performance. The track doesn’t;t hold out as it gets rapidly noisier and more fanatic towards it’s finale, building the energy for one last freak out.
♫ Cut Copy – Believers
Cut Copy release the deluxe version of Free Your Mind this week.
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It seems like only yesterday that ElectroPop heroes Tesla Boy’s amazing second album The Universe Made Of Darkness came in at number three in our favourite albums of 2013. Now the Russian outfit are looking to launch a new chapter in their history with their brand new single, Strong, out this week. Settle in for some retro Pop goodness.
This is archetypal Tesla Boy, but with a little less Funk and a little more Power Pop than before. Strong still works in all the vintage synths, classic production and Anton’s nostalgic croon are all present and correct; but this feels like a more sophisticated Tesla Boy, more mature in it’s approach to songwriting. Having already tackled 80s SynthPop, then 80s Disco, it’s now time for Tesla Boy to grab the Tears For Fears end of the 80s and make it their own, and they do so with style.
♫ Tesla Boy – Strong
Tesla Boy’s Strong is out now.
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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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Next up for Dreamwave O.G. and RoboPop innovator Touch Tone is this brand new reMix of breezy Indie-Rockers machineheart’s Circles. machineheart are an La based five piece who produce the kind of feel good Indie-Pop that is destined to be selling Apple lifestyle products sometime soon and Touch Tone takes that vibe and runs with it. Check out his reMix below.
Injecting the track with a healthy dose of Tropical fun, Touch Tone sweeps in with an infectious piano hook and a bouncy bassline. The whole reMix has got an island swing to it, giving it a jaunty groove that is bound to put a smile on your face. the lilting vocals match this vibe perfectly. This is proper afternoon sunshine music. Enjoy.
♫ machineheart – Circles (Touch Tone reMix)
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Jerry Bouthier – Heart & Soul #4 = Here’s the latest in Jerry Bouthier’s Hear & Soul series of mixtapes. What you’ll find inside is some of the choisest ElectroPop and Nu-Disco cuts around, Mr. Bouthier sure does know how to pick ‘em.
♫ Jerry Bouthier – Heart & Soul #
01. Don Carlos – Chicago (Enzo Elia reMix)
02. Pacifique 16 MMM
03. Raik (Feat. Henri) – Hold Me (Henri reMix)
04. The Cautious Arc – I Always Got You Brother
05. Vera – Beatfanatic remix
06. The Cautious Arc – Sunsick
07. Boot & Task – Confuzed House
08. Little 15 – Peckham
09. Falcon Punch & Roller Radio – And You
10. Little Comets – Joanna (Amtrac reMix)
11. Gwenno – Golau Arall (Islet reMix)
12. Wild Culture – Fade (Lexer reMix)
13. Colour Vision – Nite Swim (Club Edit)
14. Mirror People (Feat. Iwona Skwarek) – Come Over (Instrumental)
15. Amane – Tangerine
16. Original Swimming Party – Requiem
17. Scanner – Masterdisk Europe
18. Nikita Soul – Future (Ullapul reMix)
19. Klangschwester – Please Don’t
20. Kodak To Graph – Lo Lindora
21. Irrelevant – Epitaph
22. French Horn Rebellion – Prelude No.7 In Eb Major BWV
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London based French duo The Penelopes recent single Time To Shine, a record that we called “Massive” with all it’s moody bombast and stadium ElectroPop leaning, is about to get a bit Massive-er. Fresh from releasing one of the greatest albums of all time, Boogie juggernaut Ronika has contributed to the Time to Shine reMix package with this timeless House mix.
Chicago meets Acid meets Rave in this highly kinetic four and a half minutes. Ronika really keeps the energy going with undulating purcussion and a plethora of classic sounds. At it’s hart a Piano House tune, Ronika brings a load of early 90s elements to the, from the Rave keys to the use of the vocals as samples. This should really be played extremely loud in a field full of revellers, but through your headphones on a sunny day it’ll put just as big a grin on your face.
♫ The Penelopes – Time To Shine (Ronika reMix)
The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.
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Here’s the video for Clocktower from New York DreamPop outfit Noosa. It comes from their wonderful new album Wonderland. Prepare some some seriously sweet and hazy beat driven ElectroPop.
The video was directed by Jessie Hill and fits the music perfectly. A soft focus, magical journey.
Noosa’s Wonderland is out now.
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The latest addition to the ecclectic Cascine stable comes in the form of Brooklyn based trio Lemonade. Two years on from the release of their last record, Diver, these guys are set to release their third album; to be titled Minus Tide, in September. Before then you can have a taste of what to expect from Lemonade in the form of Stepping. A quick search on Discogs.com revels that there is indeed an artist called ‘Vodka’, we smell a collaboration coming on, we’d like a taste of that too!
The track combines the rugged and the sweet, with cascading rhythms that hit almost a tribal point with their undulating kicks, contrasting with airy pads and distant, gentle, vocals. Taking reference points of everything from 90s House to 80s soundtrack material, Stepping feels like a chaotic affair, but it’s really not. There’s order to the madness and some incredibly catchy hooks set adrift on a sea of nostalgic keys and Acidic burbling. It should be a vey interesting album.
♫ Lemonade – Stepping
Lemonade’s Minus Tide is released 9th September.
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