You Said is taken from the début mini-album from New York based Indie-ElectroPopster EVVY. After a couple of well received singles; she has, this week, unleashed a seven track self-titled opus. The singles are featured on the dreamily optimistic record, alongside this track which EVVY has nicely made available for you to download as a taster before you but the full-lengther. Which you will.
One of the more soulful moments on Evvy, You Said is a beautiful swirl of hazy synths and dusky voice. Not quite a ballad, it’s too upbeat for that, but a softly presented, mid-tempo, track that is the music equivalent of a ray of sunlight. With a steady and involving beat and chiming keys, EVVY creates a smokey mood in which to serve up some seriously heartfelt vocals. Music to get lost in.
♫ EVVY – You Said
EVVY’s Evvy is out now
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Two Steps From Heartache is the lead track from from UK Indie-Electro act Scarlet Soho’s forthcoming new EP. A contradictory intertwining of retro melancholy SynthPop and optimistic breakin’ beats makes for something strangely anthemic. Check out the video below.
Directed by Steve Hogg the clip which blends glamorous performance footage with the duo being harassed by a mime. We’re not sure how we feel about that. Fucking mimes!
Scarlet Soho’s new EP is released 18th September.
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London ElectroPoppers Bastille fold a little Future R&B into the sound on their new single; bad_news. The track will feature on the bands new EP, Oblivion. The EP will see a limited (1,000 copies) 7” release and feels like a chance for Bastille to air their experiments with new sounds. Apparently some of the new stuff is more Rocky, we’re crossing out fingers that their new sound will settle on deep electronic grooves like bad_news though. Check it out.
bad_news is a combination of complex Future R&B rhythms with rave-y synth squeals and Dan’s instantly recognisable vocals, albeit in a more introspective flavour. A mid-tempo jam that lyrically nicely sums up both the giving and receiving of the titular bad news while an array of synth warbles and whooshes fill the track out in the background. We’re definitely intrigued to hear what Bastille are cooking up for us in the future.
♫ Bastille – bad_news
Bastille’s Oblivion is released 8th September and can be pre-ordered here.
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Here’s another new track from Canadian SynthPop queen LIGHTS’ forthcoming third album Little Machines. This one is called Portal an taken on an almost Chillwave drone in it’s lush and gentle sound.
Check out the video, as hypnotic as the track itself. It’s actually kinda’ calming.
LIGHTS’ Little Machines is released 23rd September.
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A Simple Design is the latest epic (and we mean epic, another nearly eight minute opus) from DFA’er The Juan MacLean. Once again this one comes from his forthcoming new album, In A Dream, which is set for release next month. Alongside all those sweet vintage synths you also get frequent collaborator and fellow DFA crew Nancy Whang putting in some vocal work. Check out A Simple Design Below.
A Simple Design is anything but. A complex, multi-layered Cosmic Disco symphony as Whang, now pretty much a full time partner of The Juan MacLean, gives a New York Disco style performance, part SynthPop diva, part Post-Punk songstress, as waves of analog synths pop and glide around her. Add some skippy hi-hats to the mix, for added swing, and you’ve got an exciting, yet, thoughtful track that bodes extremely well for what the album might hold.
♫ The Juan MacLean (Feat. Nancy Whang) – A Simple Design
The Juan MacLean’s In A Dream is released 16th September.
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Brooklyn troop Body Language as seriously knocking out of the park with their new tune. Drip feeding up tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Infinite Sunshine, they have arrived at the blissful Disco House of Good Things. The EP is released as a free download 12th August, check out Good Things below for a taste of what to expect this week.
The four piece slowly introduce you to the track with a haze of woozy synths before launching into a thick synth Funk groove. A relaxing, but upbeat, vibe permeates the track, facilitated by an array of analog synths and a steady bassline. Angelica Bess’s slick vocals drop in and out of the track, introducing a little soul as the track dabbles with a kinda’ 90s Acid-Jazz feel set to an Electro Nu-Disco tune. We’re eagerly awaiting the EP.
♫ Body Language – Good Things
Body Language’s Infinite Sunshine EP is released tomorrow.
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Torontonian SynthPoppers Austra have released their second video from the Habitat EP. This time it’s the rapid fire synths of Doepfer that get the visuals.
Directed by Adrienne Crossman and Maya Postepski, the video used retro video effects and lasers to freak the hell out of you and make the mundane well trippy.
Austra Habitat EP is out now.
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Brooklyn based Dreampop trio Lemonade are following on from their comeback single Stepping, released in June, with another new track in advance of their forthcoming new album. Come Down Softly is taken from their third album, titled Minus Tide which is due for release next month via Cascine, and sees them coming back even more, by the time the album is released they will have come back so much that they’ll pretty much be standing right in your face. Have a listen before things get awkward.
Contrasting smooth a R&B flavour with pounding, abrasive drums, Come Down Softly switches between the gentle and the slightly less gentle. A luscious slice of chill out electronica with a New Jack Swing. With a booming bass and a selection of synths that transcended the word ‘shimmering’ the soundtrack provides a hazy backing for a impassioned, but slightly swaggering, vocal performance. It’s the kind of song you instinctually want to relax too, but irritatingly it keeps making you want to get up and dance too. Inconsiderate, but funky as hell. We’re looking forward to the album.
♫ Lemonade – Come Down Softly
Lemonade’s Minus Tide is released 9th September.
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Brooklyn’s resident synthesizer dreamer, Danz A.K.A. Computer Magic has just released a new tune for all your ears to wrap themselves around (metaphorically, not physically, ‘cos that would be gross) and get caught up in her nebulous electronics. If you had a lazy chilled Sunday, as we did, and you want to carry that into your week, let Computer Magic help you out with Mindstate.
Computer Magic almost skips, carefree ,into the realm on Chillwave on this new one. Ever the queen of analog dreamscapes and lo-fi ElectroPop excellence, Danz gets all reverb washed with Mindstate. Building layers of frothy synths overs a monster, somewhat subby, bassline delivers a hypnagogic combination of energizing bass and cerebral sparkling leads. Danz’s sweet vocal drifts across the track like vapour with a mix of melancholy and optimism. Excellent laid back summer vibes.
♫ Computer Magic – Mindstate
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Released next month is the new single from Portsmouth’s Curxes. The UK’s finest AvantPop duo are building on the breakthrough success of their addictive single of last year, Avant Guarded, with a glorious three minutes of aural chaos in the form of Valkyrie.
How Curxes manage to deliver tracks that are simultaneously ear splitting Industrial assaults, and at the same time deeply funky, we’ll never understand; but they do once more with Valkyrie. Amidst the clattering percussion, rapid fire drums and growling keys lies a strange and beautiful nostalgic groove. The chorus, with it’s waves of Vangelis synths, is a particularly compelling moment of dystopian euphoria. Lovely stuff!
♫ Curxes – Valkyrie
Curxes’ Valkyrie is released 18th August.
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