Marina And The Diamonds is back on form! Saying that though, for a long time I had reservations about her second album, Electra Heart. The bland production from mediocre producers like Stargate and Dr. Luke felt so out of place with Marina’s dark and quirky songs. But going back to it it’s actually really grown on me in recent months, but mainly due to her incredible songwriting though. This first taste of what’s to come from Marina is in the form of FROOT, a track co-produced with David Kosten and makes us a lot more optimistic for album number three.
FROOT swings between raw ElectroPop and Electro-Rock and, like Marina’s first album, doesn’t feel like it;s pandering to anything. This is uncompromising Pop music, with pounding beats, grinding synths and Marina doing what she does best, sugar coating darkly satirical lyrics with a catch sheen. Marina is without a doubt one of the best songwriters on the planet right now, even if she (or her label more likely) sometimes get the vehicle for those songs wrong. FROOT leaves us optimistic that her forthcoming record could channel the off-kilter genius of The Family Jewels.
♫ Marina And The Diamonds – FROOT
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This weekend sees the release of the eagerly awaited new single from UK ElectroPop heroes Ekkoes. Following the début proper release, the single Fight The Feeling, Last Breath feels like an escalation of activity from Ekkoes. It would be a long time coming; and if it receives a similar kind of attention and radio play as Fight The Feeling, well deserved too. It’s about time Ekkoes burst out into the public consciousness.
Last Breath shows off that particular brand of Ekkoes epicness. A rich, emotional track with a driving tempo, Last Breath blends waves of lush synths with shimmering guitars to provide an unashamedly euphoric soundtrack for Jon’s passionate delivery. Which is odd, as it’s quite a melancholy track, but that’s the way of the best ElectroPop, musically blending the moody and the optimistic, and Ekkoes hold on to that vibe here perfectly. With nods to mid-80’s SynthPop, 90’s Shoegazey Indie and one foot on the dancefloor, Last Breath has the total package.
♫ Ekkoes – Last Breath
Ekkoes’ Last Breath is released 12th October.
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Film are a Greek avant-guard synth outfit who’s Vangelis influenced fourth LP, Eclipse, had just been released. Check out the single Ping Pong With Angels, for a taste of the dark retro electronics.
The clip was directed by Gregory Rentis and plays on the title perfectly. We reckon the elephant won.
Film’s Eclipse is out now.
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We’re not quite sure why we haven’t written about NY duo Pistol Shrimp before as they’re pretty amazing and their début EP, Heart, has had quite a bit of play around these parts. We’re not omnipotent though and occasionally things do slip through then new. Suffice to say you should all check them out; starting with their new video for the deeply groovy EP track Taking Names.
The clip was directed & Animated by Stefan Hollenbach. It’s got a bit of a lyric video vibe to it, and you know how much lyric videos are the scourge of the music world, but when it;s not being a lyric video it becomes a wonderfully realised quirky animated voyage that’s hard not to love.
Pistol Shrimp’s Heart EP is out now and available to download for free here.
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DreamPoppers Korallreven have signed to Cascine! When did that happen? Look, we’re like one of the top 150 websites in the entire world or some shit; I’m pretty sure that means we’re supposed to get a say in stuff like this. OK, so we would have said “yeah, great!”, but Cascine obviously missed the memo where stuff like this is supposed to be run past us. Seriously, just how is the music industry supposed to survive if people don;t stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to us?!?!
Anyhoo, Korallreven have signed to Cascine; and in much the same way that you might let a friend know that you’re not keen on Anchovies (who are you?!) when they offer you some of their pizza, the Swedish duo aren’t too keen on death (“hey, Korallreven; do you fancy some death?” “Nah, that’s OK thanks, death is not for us”). The new single precedes a sophomore album due out in November and is a gloriously upbeat slice of jaunty, tropical Pop that just seems to worm it’s way into your heart and refuse to budge. There’s a monster bassline and some airy brisk keys too in there too, loads of synth and harmony goodness in that contradictory icy yet warm way that only Scandinavians can pull off.
♫ Korallreven – Death Is Not For Us
Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is released 4th November.
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Here’s the next instalment in the story of Let Em Riot side project Moderns. Releasing a steady stream of tunes, these guys have already impressed with the likes of Sub Urban and Lies and as they gear up to (hopefully) releasing something properly they have unleashed Atlantic Sudden as the latest edition to their fast growing catalogue. Prepare for some lush, emotive, SynthPop.
Moderns songs tend to be slightly colder than Let Em Riot tracks. Well, maybe not colder, but slightly less personal feeling Atlantic Sudden being an example of this. It’s waves of icy synths and densely layered vocals displaying a rich emotional tone, but a less introspective one. This is a glossy SynthPop sound in comparison to Let Em Riot’s more raw ElectroPop. Which one is better? We’ll let you decide that; we love ‘em both.
♫ Moderns – Atlantic Sudden
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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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