Hey readers. A couple of weeks ago my father passed away, you may have seen a lull in posts. When all was done and dusted I felt the need to do something, both to commemorate my Dad and to give a little to an organization that helps both sufferers and carers, especially at a time like Christmas. So X-Mas Rumors was born. Four artists from the label kindly gave me their time and talent (and hopefully had a little fun) cover four beloved Christmas tunes.
Soundtrack your Christmas party, and do a little good in the process, with this new EP loaded with electronic cover versions of classic Christmas songs. Four of electronic rumors’ finest artists have generously devoted their time to covering their favourite Christmas songs for X-Mas Rumors, and EP whose entire earnings with be going to the Alzheimer’s Society.
electronic rumors newcomer (and Vulture Music veteran) Kids At Midnight work some kind of silky magic on Wham!’s Last Christmas, while the 60′s classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love gets an energetic retro ElectroPop re-envisioning by SynthWaver Let Em Riot. New York ElectroPoppers She’s The Queen deliver their upbeat take on Stevie Wonder’s classic What Christmas Means To Me and the EP plays out with electronic experimentalist beaumont intricate take on Little Drummer Boy.
The EP is being released with a ‘pay what you want’ price mark, with 100% of the revenue going to the Alzheimer’s Society we’re hoping people are full of Christmas cheer and give generously.
You may recall, at the start of the month we let you know about a great new compilation from a great new record label. Nude Disco is now one of London’s top club nights, a production outfit AND a record label and to kick off their label venture they self-released the Nude Disco Selections Vol. 1 compilation album. That Nude Disco & Friends record is now getting a general release with the Beatport edition coming with three exclusive tracks, the most exciting coming from Kill Me Softly, a collaboration between Nude Disco’s Vern, Dirty Vegas’ Paul Harris and our very own Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight.
Catch is a bright, sparkling, Poppy Nu-Disco track. Prepare yourself for one of those choruses that’ll be stuck in your head for the rest of the week. Thick with a sweet pumping bass and a broad selection of breezy keys, Vern and Paul whip up a top quality DiscoPop track with a comfortable poolside vibe. It’s to this mix that Jane injects a passionate performance. Heartfelt vocals that manage to be both touching and a massive earworm. It may not be summer anymore, but re-capture the vibes with this one.
♫ Kill Me Softly (Feat. Jane Elizabeth Hanley) – Catch
Nude Disco & Friends’ Nude Disco Selections Vol. 1 goes on general release on 4th November, until then you can pick up the album (minus the bonus tracks) on Bandcamp.
Kids At Midnight – Chick Date Mixtape =A lot of people could take note from Kids At midnights’ mixtapes. Jane actually themes and thinks about her tapes. Unlike most people’s monthly tapes, which on the whole seem to consist of stringing together the latest blog buzz tracks in the vague hope that people won’t forget about you, a Kids At Midnight tape tells a story. Her latest mix, Chick Date, is a collection of tracks from female artists who have influenced her and her vocal style. She writes at some length about the tape on the mix’s SoundCloud page, go read it. Also, it’s a lovely, morning, nostalgia trip. Enjoy.
01. Toni Braxton – You’re Makin Me High
02. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
03. Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
04. Blondie – Rapture
05. Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
06. Stevie Nicks – Edge Of Seventeen
07. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
08. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
09. Madonna – Like A Prayer (12″ Dance Mix)
10. Black Box – Ride On Time
11. Sade – Smooth Operator
12. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
Kids At Midnight – Perc Up Get Down Mix = What are you doing this afternoon? Well stop it, you have new plans. This afternoon you’ll be rocking to the new mixtape from Kids At Midnight. Not only is it chock full of some ace Disco, but there one or two surprises in there too. A nice bit of Happy Mondays and the cure toward the end, there’s even some Take That in there. Fun fun fun.
01. Black Box – Fantasy (Extended Mix)
02. Young Digerati – Next Phase (Leisure Council reMix)
03. Finnebassen – Bella
04. Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Time & Space Machine reMix)
05. The Human League – Sky (Plastic Plates reMix)
06. Phunktastike – All Night Fire
07. Take That – Do What You Like
08. Hunter/Game – Reckless Lady
09. Lancelot – Higher Ground
10. Kids At Midnight – Habits
11. Matthew Dear – Her Fantasy (Tornado Wallace reMix)
12. Moon Boots – Got Somebody
13. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
14. The Cure – Lullaby (Extended Mix)
18. Phoenix – Definitive Breaks
Some deep sounds now from Jane Elizabeth Hanley’s Kids At Midnight project. Since their Let You Slide EP on Alan Braxe’s Vulture Music, Kids At Midnight’s releases have, more and more, been exploring a more moddy, emotional, end of the ElectroPop spectrum, taking in influences from Deep House and Warehouse vibes. This new track, Habits, is the epitome of that sound.
Achingly beautiful, Habits is an intoxicating swirl of night-time sounds. Smokey and dreamlike, the track melds a House beat with ominous tones and a haunting piano line which provide an insomniac backing for Jane’s ethereal diva vocals that phase in and out of the track like whispers on the wind. An alluring soundtrack to those who just can’t sleep.
It was back in March that Awesome Australian ElectroPop outfit Kids At Midnight released their long awaited début single via Alan Braxe’s Vulture Music. Since then, things in camp KaM have, at times, been a little up-in-the-air leaving Kids At Midnight essentially Jane Elizabeth Hanley’s solo project. Having weathered the storm Jane is now gearing up to come back fighting (after a brief diversion supplying the massive vocals for this little number) with some amazing new music, beginning with this reMix of LA Dreamwaver Touch Tone’s second single, Make Believe.
Jane decidedly proves she can easily handle the Kids At Midnight moniker solo as she delivers a Housed-up monster of a track. Equal parts laid back Nu-Disco and early 90’s House, the Kids At Midnight reMix offers up some superb piano hooks set against a backdrop of 909s driving basslines. All this Housey craziness actually works really well with Alex from LexiconDon’s vocal, allowing it to take on a slightly different mood than in the original, it almost feels like there is more optimism in his voice when set to such a jump-up backing. We’re hoping this is the first of many new Kids At Midnight track, soon-ish.
Today sees the release of Ride The Universe’s ‘A Little Better’ on Juno. I can’t tell you how proud we are to be releasing this package, it’s already getting shit-loads of play and even now, after hearing it a million times, it still leaves us grinning from ear to ear.
I’m just going to copy and past the press release right here (I know, copy and pasting press releases is the single lamest thing a music blog can do, but I wrote it, so it’s all good!).
The long awaited début single from Dreamwave supergroup Ride The Universeis finally here!
After a string of acclaimed Nu-Disco reMixes Ride The Universe are now ready to drop their première original single. A Little Better is a summery, funk fueled, synth Disco juggernaut that features the sweet vocals of Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight(Vulture Music) and is the first step on a wonderful galactic beach-party journey.
Not long now! In ten days galaxy conquering Dreamwave supergroup Ride The Universe unleash their début original single via electronic rumors. Featuring Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight, A Little Better has been a staple of all good Nu-Disco DJs crates for most of the summer and 5th November sees the track getting a remastered release with a whole host of reMixes that have been premièring on some of the internets top sites this week. We’ve had versions from Frankmusik, Pat Lok, Dublin Aunts, Auxiliary Tha Masterfader and Melee premiere this week. It’s a massive package!
But that’s not all! Oh no. Also on the single you will find the second Ride The Universe original. Which we are going to premiere right here, right now. Because it’s our record label and we can do that sort of thing. So here it is. Full-on cosmic Boogie. Buck Rogers beats and shiny jumpsuits are mandatory. This is Silky Way Galaxy.
♫ Ride The Universe – Silky Way Galaxy
Ride the Universe’s A Little Better single is released 5th November as a Juno exclusive, 19th November elsewhere via electronic rumors.
Kids At Midnight – Songs For Dancers & Lovers = To celebrate the release of their storming new single, Australian ElectroPop duo Kids At Midnight have dropped an awesome 40 mins of some of the freshest and funkiest synthesiser sounds around.
♫ Kids At Midnight – Songs For Dancers & Lovers
01. Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
02. Polographia – Tropic Fruit (Frames reMix)
03. Lancelot – We Can Dance (Goldroom reMix)
04. Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake reMix)
05. Justin Faust – High Hopes (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver reMix)
06. Ride The Universe (Feat. Jane Elizabeth Hanley) – A Little Better
07. Mondo Rock – Come Said The Boy (Dublin Aunts Deflowering Edit)
08. Kids At Midnight – Let You Slide
Kids At Midnight’s long awaited début single for Vulture Music is released today, we spoke about how the anticipation for this release has killed us and gave you a listen to one of the reMixes yesterday, today you can wrap your ears around the lead track.
‘Let You Slide’ is a revelation. It’s not the full on DancePop track we was expecting, and I’m glad. Maybe we just got used to tracks featuring Jane but in the back out our minds we we’d assumed the single would be some big Nu-Disco-esque track. It isn’t, and that’s awesome ‘cos I’m utterly enamoured with that it actually is. So what is it? Well, and I’m sure no-one is going to thank me for saying this, the first thing that popped in my head was female-fronted-The-Postal-Service (which for me is rad, I loved The Postal Service). It’s less glitch but has a very similar tone to it. It feels personal and intimate. Led by toms and an organ it’s, musically, a gentle affair, concentrating on moving your heart rather than your feet, slowly layering and building as the intensity of Jane’s vocals increases. Jane’s vocals too, aren’t the big dance diva power vox we’re used to, this a more introspective Jane and one who’s totally emotionally believable. ‘No No Yeah Yeah’, on the flip side, is a more traditional SynthPop offering that I prefer to it’s reMix. It’s a nice meeting of elements of Bedroom Pop, Indie-Electro and LA Dreamwave in a package that is pretty unique. Less personal that ‘Let It Slide’, ‘No No Yeah Yeah’ is more geared toward summer good time, it;s a track for driving with the top down and makes a perfect complimentary track. ‘Let You Slide’/’No No Yeah Yeah’ is a stunning début, challenging expectations and creating something beautiful with it.
♫ Kids At Midnight – Let You Slide
♫ Kids At Midnight – No No Yeah Yeah
‘Let You Slide’/’No No Yeah Yeah’ is released today.