[Download] Ali Jamieson edits Sandy Marton’s ‘Camel By Camel’

 

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Were all busying ourselves here at electronic rumors HQ, putting things together for a pretty sweet forthoming release from Mr. Ali Jamieson. While he’s waiting for us to get our shit together, the London based multi-instrumentalist, and Heavy Disco head-honcho, has turned in this rather infectious edit of Croatian Italo champion, and keytar warrior, Sandy Marton’s 1985 tune Camel By Camel

Walking the line between edit and reMix, Ali puts the Turbo Funk touch on the track. Everything is bigger; bigger beats, bigger bass and the track pounds like never before. Toning down the vocals, and giving them a little vocoder company, Jaimeson frees up some space int he track for his juggernaut bass; which powers it’s way through the track, dragging along little Disco licks and Sci-Fi synths in it’s wake. Surprisingly though, the tune never looses the feel of the original, just gives it all the flair of a contemporary production, and it;s that the point of an edit? Mission accomplished.

Sandy Marton – Camel By Camel (Ali Jamieson Edit)

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[Audio] Foreign Boy’s ‘Dance Like A Light’

 

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Out this week via Nude Disco comes the début EP from London’s Foreign Boy. We’ve been quite eagerly awaiting this release ever since he teased us with the slick BedroomPop tune Desperately Broken. The EP’s titled Dance Like A Light and holds four original songs and a reMix of the title track which all present a journey through the funkier side of retro electronics. Check out the title track and the reMix from Boysinadisco below.

Dance Like A Light is a full-on ‘jump up and dance’ track, awash with heavy layers of Italo and Boogie. It’s a surprisingly stomping tune after the introspective Desperately Broken, but still takes it’s cues from the most energetic of 80’s Pop. In five minutes of rapid fire basslines and shimmering synth riffs a vocoded dancefloor command becomes a mirrorball mantra that is easy to obey. Spanish duo Boysinadisco give the tune a Nu-Disco spin with their reMix, injecting the tune with a cheeky Disco licks and a blissful little lead line. Their mix manages to take the tune into heavier territory without loosing the original’s sense of fun. The whole EP is a strong début that makes Foreign Boy as one to watch.

♫ Foreign Boy – Dance Like A Light (Original Mix)

♫ Foreign Boy – Dance Like A Light (Boysinadisco reMix)

Foreign Boy’s Dance Like A Light is out now.

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[Audio] Mild Peril’s ‘The Duel’

 

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London’s Italo and SpaceSynth master Mild Peril this week unleashes a new collection of tracks on digital download or cassette. Teaming up with Telefuture for the release, Mild Peril neatly packages a few tracks we’ve heard before with one or two new surprises in a cheeky tape form. The mini-album, titled Matter,  features the likes of Excalibur and Galatine alongside new tunes such as Paladin’s Theme and The Duel.

Paladin’s Theme is the releases opener, and sets the tone nicely. Revelling in Mild Peril’s recently acquired Medieval overtones, Paladin’s Theme creates an epic mood but pairs that with some sweet orchestral hits (you know how much we love out orchestral hits!) and luxurious synths. The end result is not to dissimilar to a theme from an 80s sword and sorcery movie, it also gives Mild Peril free rein to delivers some truly soaring solo work that really makes this nine minute electronic oddessy something special. The Duel is more full on power-Italo, six minutes of driving apreggios underpinning some superbly rousing synthesizer melodies. Mild Peril guides you through the highs and lows of a music narrative that at times is genuinely exciting. The whole EP is well worth your attention whether you’ve heard  Mild Peril before or not.

♫ Mild Peril – Paladin’s Theme

♫ Mild Peril – The Duel

Mild Peril’s Matter is out now and available here.

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[Download] Fare Soldi reMix Madonna’s ‘Holiday’

 

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Seems like the recipie for the perfect sunshine tune. Take, what is arguable Madonna’s most chipper tune, Holiday, and give it to Italian Fico Disco pioneers Fare Soldi. right now we can’t think of a more perfect match to produce something that will, without fail, put a smile on your face.

Of course they kept the little synth Funk riff, why wouldn’t you? But Fare Soldi have teamed that up with a big bouncy bassline and a sweetly shuffling beat. Upbeat arpeggios and starlight keys spread out over a pair of duelling basslines (one bass,one synth) to serve up something think and funky and genuinely upbeat. Add a bit of Madge over to top and you’ve got something instantly recognisable to your ears and irresistible to your feet.

Madonna – Holiday (Fare Soldi Rmx)

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Selectadisc’ album

 

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Ronika will always kinda’ be ‘the one that got away’ for us. After appearing on electronic rumors volume 1, the album that made us decide to launch a record label, we would have given our right arm to sign Ronika, we just never found an angle. Not only is she an incredibly talented songwriter, performer and producer (having been a professional sound engineer in her pre-Pop star life), but with her own releases via her label Record Shop, a shrewd businesswoman too. Honestly, we could never think of anything we could offer her that she couldn’t already do amazingly well herself. If only we’d had loads of money back then.

After spending the past couple of years releasing some of the finest singles in the country, Ronika is finally ready to drop her début album; Selectadisc. Named after legendary record Nottingham record shop (which is lucky, if we released an album based on our childhood crate digging haunt it would be called ‘Tony’s’, which doesn’t have the same ring to it.), the LP has already been a big part of our life since late last year (at this point I’m going to have to drop the blog ‘we’).

Late last year my dad died. Shit happens, it was pretty dark. Certain sections of the music industry sent over their condolences and musical care packages, it was touching and appreciated. Topping off the outpouring of sympathy Ron send over a copy of the then-just-mastered and untitled Selectadisc. Now, I’m not going to go all soap opera on you and say it made everything better. My dad had just died y’know. But it did do practically the impossible, take my mind of things for a while. And put a smile on my face. The album has been constantly play-listed ever since.

At this juncture, just before slipping back into the entirely more comfortable blog ‘we’, I’d like to point out that had Selectadisc been a bit shit none of that story would make sense. Luckily for all involved it’s not a bit shit, not even a tiny bit. If fact it’s fucking awesome, in every possible way and so far 2014’s best album (and looking unlikely to be beaten). Keep in mind that the likes of Tensnake and Chromeo have released records this year too and I swear that I am being as un-biased as humanly possible when I say that. Best album of the year.

So, to the music. As to be expected (almost) all the ‘hits’ are present and correct. Wiyoo, Forget Yourself, Paper Scissors Stone, Clock, Only Only, In The City and Rough ‘N’ Soothe are all here in newly recorded versions.Collected together here they present a timeline of Ronika’s journey as she weaves in and out of 80s Pop, Disco, Italo and Boogie; unleashing catchy hooks and infectious choruses as she travels. Only Automatic and Do Or Die from Ronika’s discography are missing, but seeing as they are making room for the new material we’ll excuse their absence.

The track we were most excited about hearing on Selectadisc was 1000 Nights. For a long time our live favourite; the tune doesn’t disappoint in studio form as Ronika puts one foot in the 80s Power Pop arena an delivers a huge cinematic epic. Like Bonnie Tyler meets Giorgio Moroder, 100 Nights is the hit single from an imaginary 80s movie soundtrack. There’ll be a ton of dry ice and wind machines in the video. It’s spot as our favourite of Selectadisc’s new material was usurped, though, by Video Collection. Video Collection reigns as one of the album’s standout tracks with it’s driving late 80s beat, punchy Italo bassline, sing-a-long chorus and sense of humour. We’re not sure if “built up my video collection, and now it’s good for nothing” is supposed to be a metaphor for life and emotional investment; but taken literally it pretty much describes our lives.

Album teaser Shell Shocked serves up it’s springy-bass laden soulful epicness, pairing Ron’s vocally sweeter side with some complex synth work, to offer a musically nostalgic TOTP moment amongst the Boogie. Selectadisc’s mid-point moment of cool comes in the form of Believe It, a laid back and involving slice of electronic Soul that finds Ron at her most Motown (vocally) over a shuffling late 80s groove, that serves as the calm before the Earthrise.

Earthrise treads similar bombastic territory to 1000 Nights, but adds a little B-Boy Electro to the Boogie with galloping hi-hats and a comfortable mixture of starlight synths and Disco licks sitting in-between the Robo beats and Ron’s passionate performance. Which makes for a nice contest with What’s In Your Bag?, a track that was our least favourite on first listen. Definitely a grower, our opinion of What’s In Your Bag? has gone from ‘filler’ to ‘work of pure genius’. Both the sunshine Pop vibe and the at-first-glace throwaway lyrics can seem alien on the record, but delving into the track revels a lyrical wit and 90s dance vibe that it is really hard not to love.

The other pre-album teaser Search Siren acts at the album’s spiritual epilogue. It’s enigmatic drama putting a full stop to proceedings with low key beats and one of the finest vocal performances on the album. We say ‘spiritual’ epilogue, because the album actually closes on Mixtape. A fun and funky tune, Mixtape feels a little out of place on Selectadisc but makes for a perfect encore and, in it’s own way, seems to sum up the experience of Selectadisc, only from the outside (it’s also definitive proof of the well known playground wisdom that ‘girls can’t make gun noises’).

So, to summarise (in case you haven’t been paying attention or have skipped to the end); buy this album. We guarantee it’ll either be your favourite record of the year, or in your top five. Ronika can write classic Pop songs with the best of them, but she’s so steeped in Disco, Italo and Boogie that every second of Selectadisc oozes compelling robotic Funk. That’s a combination that many try, but very very few ever master, and Ronika pulls it off better than anyone we can think of. Even Chromeo. So there.

Your summer starts right here.

–Edit– Apparently Mixtape isn’t on the final release of the album, so the world will be deprived of Ronika’s gun noises. Sadface.

♫ Ronika – Shell Shocked

♫ Ronika – Rough ‘N’ Soothe (Single Version)

♫ Ronika – In The City (Single Version)

♫ Ronika – Wiyoo (Single Version)

Ronika’s Selectadisc is due out 2nd June and can be pre-order on vinyl from the Record Shop shop here.

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[Audio] Garth Knight’s ‘Knight Of The Disco’

 

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Glaswegian SynthWaver Garth Knight is normally known round these parts for his high-octane line in cinematic retro Electro. With his latest single he’s flexing his dancefloor muscles and walking with Moroder on Knight Of The Disco. Proving that those rapid fire basslines and nostalgic keys can be just as funky as the can exciting, Garth effortlessly brings his action packed soundtrack vibe to the realm of the mirrorball.

Leaning heavily, as to be expected, on the Italo end of the Disco spectrum, Knight Of the Disco races along on a arpeggiated bassline that’s razor sharp and a Machine Funk beat. This covers the dancefloor compulsion and leaves the rest of the track to revel, quite playfully, in vintage Sci-Fi sounds and Disco pops and zaps. The kind of retro-future Disco tune that you’d find Buck Rogers dancing to, Knight Of the Disco packs some surprisingly emotive Vangelis-esque leads in the mix, resulting in a tune that’ll make you both smile and dance. Get Involved.

♫ Garth Knight – Knight Of The Disco

Garth Knight’s Knight Of The Disco is out now.

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[Audio] Ben Macklin’s ‘It’s Over’

 

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Out today is the new single from Mr. Ben Macklin. Hot on the heels of his other outfit Cassette Club’s new tune, Collide, comes It’s Over. This new tune shows of Macklin’s smoother, more soulful side. Helped out in no small measure by the silky the vocals of Emma Brammer,

There’s something about It’s Over that reminds us of the classic Dance tracks of our youth. The smokey UK Soul vocals have a particularly very-early 90s vibe to them and Macklin’s piano led Nu-Disco certainly has a nostalgic flow that sweeps you away with it. Perfect lazy sunshine listening. Tommy ‘86 (yup, Tommy has assed an ‘’86’ to his moniker) amps up his cinematic Italo in a reMix that at first glance seems like a strange match, but soon warms you up with a lush 80s groove that finds it’s place with Brammer’s voice. A couple of classy tunes from these guys, and a great start tot he week.

♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Emma Brammer) – It’s Over

♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Emma Brammer) – It’s Over (Tommy ‘86 reMix)

Ben Macklin’s It’s Over is out now, exclusively at Beatport.

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[Audio] ATTAR!’s ’45 Days’

 

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Belgian synth warrior ATTAR! returns this week with a brand new single. Once again showing off his electro prowess as he recruits Induce & Santana to drop 45 Days. Out now via Eskimo Records, the single comes complete with reMixes from Douze and Rob Made and an English version of the originally French tune.

But the reMixes have nothing on the sleazy SynthPop of the original. Pulling everything from Acid House to Italo into a slightly disco influenced mix, ATTAR! has created something akin to Visage meeting Jean-Michele Jarre produced by Phuture. As cinematic as it is groovy, Induce & Santana’s duelling vocals are the icing on the cake.

♫ ATTAR! (Feat. Induce & Santana) – 45 days

ATTAR!’s 45 Days is out now

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[Audio] Miles Prower’s ‘Who Needs Real Life, Anyway?’

 

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Bristol SynthWavers Miles Prower are back with another new tune. Taken from their forthcoming new EP, titled Virtually Reality, the new track is an Italo infused instrumental that goes by the name of Who Needs Real Life, Anyway? and we’re guessing it’s the euphoric high-point of the release. 

Keeping things sparkly and shimmering, Miles Prower deliver three minutes of synthesizer love, awash with bright melodies and starlight keys that drift over a sea of rapid fire arpeggio basslines. Taking it’s time to build up to full steam, Who Needs Real Life, Anyway? eases you into it’s optimistic groove before launching into it’s high-octane SynthWave cavalcade. The EP should be a good ‘un.

♫ Miles Prower – Who Needs Real Life, Anyway?

Miles Prower’s Virtually Reality is due out this summer.

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[Audio] Prins Thomas’ ‘Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)’

 

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Åpne Slusa will be appearing on the forthcoming third album from Norwegian Cosmic Disco pioneer Prins Thomas, titled Prins Thomas III. the album will be dropping on Full Pupp and ahead of the release Prins’ own label, Rett I Fletta, is sneaking out an EP based around the track headlined by this Lang Versjon.

And Lang it is too; clocking in at just under ten minutes, Prins revels in the Scandinavian Disco tradition of epic synth wig-outs. Almost immediately the tune hit your with the cowbells, so you know what you;re in for. Italo led quirky Disco grooves and Sci-Fi sounds. Powering forward on an almost Acidic squelchy arpeggio the track takes it’s time to deliver it’s bass heavy galactic core, but when it does you;re already lost in it.

♫ Prins Thomas – Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)

Prins Thomas’ Åpne Slusa  is out soon.

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