At the start of the week we dropped the majestic ElectroPop new single from Ladytron’s Helen Marnie, Wolves. Today we drop the video. Go there to read the words, stay here to watch the pictures. Simple.
The clip was directed by Helen herself and Michael Sherrington and is a glossy, hazy, performance piece. I hope you like lens-flare.
Marnie’s Wolves is out now.
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Here’s the video fro New Jersey based SynthPopper Teeel’s Disk Go, taken from his brand new album Hydrostatic. A track, which like most of the record, is a squelchy New Wave-fest, loaded with nostalgia.
Adam Murphy directs the VHS tinged clip which runs a nice line in vintage video effects.
Teeel’s Hydrostatic is out now.
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It seems like ElectroPop heroes Lovestarrs have well and truly shaken off the manacles of The Good Natured as Sarah and crew joyously revel in their new found freedom. After the monster rabble rousing début (comeback?) single Get Your Sexy On, team Lovestarrs have been drip feeding us a string of funky and uplifting tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Supernova. Well, premièring right here is the final drip ahead of Supernova’s release. This is 80’s Love Song.
With a surprising amount of retro Boogie in it’s DNA, 80’s Love Song is an exuberant and energetic hot-summer-nights anthem. It’s sassier and slinkier than anything we’ve heard from Lovestarrs (or The Good Natured) to date; rolling on a buoyant Disco groove, leaden with irresistible bass, the tune could have quite easily made for the latest vintage-tinged floorfiller. Not content with filling dancefloors alone though, Sarah adds a smooth, shimmering, and gloriously British Pop sheen with her urban dreamtime narrative, delivered with an infectious optimism. An interesting take on how DiscoPop should sound, a low down groove paired with Indie sensibilities. After a few summers full of LA-esque Indie-DiscoPop tunes, it’s refreshing to get down to a retro summertime vibe that sounds undeniably from the UK. Supernova is looking like the shake-up British SynthPop needs.
♫ Lovestarrs – 80’s Love Song
Lovestarrs’ ‘Supernova’ EP is released tomorrow.
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Australian Indie-ElectroPoppers Miami Horror are on the road to releasing their sophomore album later this year; ahead of which they have unleashed the single Wild Motion (Set It Free). The original leans slightly toward the jangle Indie guitar side of things, but Chicago finest purveyor of the city’s House sound, Rogue Vogue, is here to bring the track kicking and screaming back to the dancefloor with this infectious reMix.
Sitting alongside a version from RAC’s Pete Herbert on the official release this reMix is surely the releases highlight and available here to download. Cranking his retro House sound up to 11, Rogue Vogue heaps on the shuffling 909 hats and a deep Organ hook the worms it;s way into your brain. Pushing the anthemic vocals to the fore, Rogue Vogue conjures up a track that is both hardcore floorfilling material and a song that retains it;s Pop sensibilities. We can’t ask for more than that can we?
♫ Miami Horror – Wild Motion (Set It Free) (Rogue Vogue reMix)
Miami Horror’s Wild Motion (Set It Free) is out now.
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Last year; Crystal World, the début album from Ladytron’s Helen Marnie turned out to be one of our favourite records of the year. It’s an LP that still gets a fair amount of play around these parts, so we never expected to get our first taste of Marnie’s album number two so soon, but here is Wolves, the first single from her sophomore release; due out next year.
Instantly more uplifting and optimistic that the content of Crystal World; Wolves, a track inspired in part but the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, is loaded with swelling chords and rousing choruses. Easing itself in with a growling, buzzing synth line, the track soon erupts into a rapturous choir of majestic synths and anthemic vocals. Marnie’s follow up album could turn out to be an entirely different beast.
♫ Marnie – Wolves
Marnie’s Wolves is out now.
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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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