City Feeling is the new tune from Australian ElectroPop duo Yale. These guys have slowly but surely making a name for themselves over the past year or so mixing up SynthPop, Nu-Disco and breezy beach sounds in a handful of well received singles. This latest release, City Feeling, was mixed by one of our favourite Aussie producers, and one we don’t nearly hear enough from these days, G.L.O.V.E.S.. Give it a listen.
We’re treated here to some slick, sunkissed, SynthPop with a Disco tinge. Boyant synths and Disco licks introduce you to the track that heaps on the groove in truck-loads. From the rolling Island percussion to the carefree synth stabs, this one is a surefire summer burner, capturing that urban sunshine playfulness needed for a top-down anthem. Yale’s breakthrough tune? Maybe so.
Not for the first time New Jersey’s hardest working synth-head Teeel is taking on the challenge of reMixing LA Indie-Electro outfit New Division. These guys have swapped reMixes a couple of time and the latest of these exchanges sees Teeel working his magic on The New Divisions’ current single, Senseless, which was released earlier this month.
Teeel’s take on Senseless is a cascading synthetic affair. Layers upon Layers of bristling arpeggios and buzzing bass wash over each other, taking time to settle in before Teeel re-introduced the original’s anthemic vocals. Stripping out the Indie side of the track, this one is pure SynthPop, a sprawling track whose expansive synths match the cavernous vocals perfectly.
Amazing Torontonian SynthPop outfit Parallels are back after quite a hiatus. Things have been quite on the Parallels front since their sophomore album XII in 2012 and we feared we’d seen the last of them. But fear not, they’ve just announced that they are hard at work on their third studio record and in the meantime you should check out their new cover of New Order’s Age Of Consent.
It’s a pretty flat out cover with a raw garage feel. It’s nice to hear Holly back in action with some sweet synths. If we’re honest we don’t think the guitar does a good job of standing in for Hooky’s classic bass sound and it’s a bit overpowering in the mix. We’re hoping for a lot less of that on the new original material, but it does give this cover a raw, live feel. That aside it’s an energetic and driving cover of a song we all love and anything that lays the path for Parallels return is awesome by us.
Having scored a UK number one single with King, London ElectroPoppers Years & Years can;t really be called up-and-coming or hotly tipped anymore. They have pretty much delivered what was expected of them with a storming round of festival shows last year and a string of acclaimed singles (including said #1). Earlier than we had expected, the band have just announced the forthcoming release of their début album. To be titled Communion, the LP is due to drop in June’ check out the first new album track, Worship.
Worship continues with Years & Years’ trend for mixing up ElectroPop and Indie-Electro with R&B tinged vocals from singer Olly Alexander. The track rolls on skippy beats and pseudo-Tropical keys that set a laid back, but dancefloor friendly mood for the intensely passionate track. It’s heartfelt dancy ElectroPop at it’s finest.
MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie are back in their Du Tonc guise with the eagerly awaited follow up to January’s Every Song. Written on the radio in the US, Animals marks the start of the journey toward the duo’s début album, of which they are putting the finishing touched to right now. These guys have made a big impact on the Nu-Disco and Indie-Electro scenes since the start of their collaboration back in 2013 and we are pretty pleased they are going the album route (it’s a format we, unlike a lot of people, feel is still very important. It;s gonna’ be a big year for Du Tonc.
Animals serves up generous helpings of, what is now, Du Tonc’s trademark sound; blissful Topical-tinged Indie-Electro with a solid Disco backing. Blissful it may be, but don’t mistake it for shallow. Animals, as with the rest of Du Tonc’s output, is wildly more cerebral than it’s contemporaries, with Matt Van Schie giving an emotional and intelligent performance over a intricately crafted combination of summery ElectroPop and retro-futuristic Cosmic Disco. As ever, Du Tonc deliver something for both the head and the feet.
Up and coming British producer Mark Dobson, A.K.A. Ambassadeurs, started his adventure in electronic music production with OctaMED on the Amiga; this immediately endears him to us as we are old school MED fans. Fast forward to the present day and he’s been slowly but surely making a name for himself with a succession of well received reMixes and steady touring. He’s just released his new EP, Can’t You See?, as a Beatport exclusive and we can give the title track a listen right now.
Can’t You See? neatly bridges the gap between dreamy Chillwave atmospherics and bassy, Future R&B styled UK Deep House. Ambassadeurs lays on waves of lush Synths and haunting samples over a shuffling beat. For such a spacious track, Can’t You See? is pretty upbeat as Ambassadeurs stabs and a twisting lead line into a frenzy as the song progresses. There’s even a little Dub in the mix too. A complex and intricately crafted epic.
Here’s another track from Brooklyn IndiePop outfit Great Good Fine OK’s new EP, 2M2H. A couple of weeks ago we lined up the smooth as hell Shook reMix of the lead track Too Much To Handle. This morning we can take a listen to Something To believe In; a track which features one of Brooklyn’s finest ElectroPop exports, St. Lucia. The 2M2H EP is released this week.
This is the purest of bred American Indie-tinged ElectroPop. Exuberant from start to finish, this breezy tune glides through it’s five minutes with carefree abandon. A sunshine jam, the interesting beats underpin a dense concoction of airy synths and sparkling leads to accompany the hazy vocals. Oh, and a sax solo, which is the best.
♫ Great Good Fine OK (Feat. St.. Lucia) – Something To Believe In
Great Good Fine OK’s 2M2H EP is released this week.
We weren’t sure that Melbourne based Indie-ElectroPop trio Gypsy And The Cat were still active, but this week they dropped a surprise new single that proves unequivocally that they certainly still are. The band first came to our attention back in 2010 with one of the high points of that summer being their single Jona Vark. This new tune, Lost Control is a departure from that summery Indie-Electro sound. Check out what they’ve been up to.
This time around Gypsy And The Cat are all about the exuberant Electro-House. Kicking off like an early Justice record, these guys rock the growling synths and Disco grooves setup so prevalent in France’s early 2000’s output. The put their own mark on the sound, though, with their own Indie-Electro sound, particularly in the vocal arena. It’s a totally unexpected release for a variety of reasons and definitely have us interested to hear more from this iteration of Gypsy And The Cat.
FROOT was the first single released from Marina And The Diamonds’ forthcoming third studio album, and an amazing return to form for one of our favourite singer/songwriters. It was released October last year but is getting a new lease of life in the form of this storming new reMix from Brooklyn’s breezy ElectroPop exponent; St. Lucia.
St. Lucia’s reMix was worth the wait, the man morphs the massive Pop epic into a quirky but imposing floor-filler. Building upon the foundations of a House beat and machine bass, St. Lucia avoids falling into the obvious trap of producing a big commercial dance track but putting Marina’s eclectic vocal from and centre amongst swirling synths. Not hint of a trance lead anywhere, instead we find catchy SynthPop hooks. Good job St. Lucia!
♫ Marina And The Diamonds – FROOT (St. Lucia reMix)
Marina And The Diamonds’ FROOT single is out now, the album is due to drop 16th March.