Night Patrol is the new single from the French House legend that is Lifelike. Released next month on his own label, Computer Science, Night Patrol is something to get excited about, as Lifelike originals come too far apart these days, although his collaboration with Tommi Bavo earlier this year was pretty awesome. So sit back an enjoy some of Lifelike’s sweet electronic sounds.
Laidback, smooth and utterly funky, Night Patrol sees Lifelike in familiar territory with slick beats, head nodding basslines and starlight arpeggios. Adding to the track’s atmosphere is a nice selection of police car sirens and general nocturnal street noise, giving the track an urban groove amongst it’s razor sharp nostalgic synths. Night Patrol is the perfect title for this one, load it up before heading out this weekend.
Well, it looks like the rest of the world is catching up to what we’ve been trying to tell them for the last four years; Sweden’s SynthWave king Mitch Murder is one of the greatest musicians recording today, and now maybe he’s on his way to getting the recognition he deserves courtesy of Diplo’s Mad Decent label and their Jeffree’s sub-imprint. Mr. Murder’s forthcoming single for them is titled The Touch, a gloriously 80s tunes as only Johan does best. The single package comes loaded with top quality mixes from the likes of Nite Sprite and Lifelike, here we present the version from French Touch legend Lifelike.
Life like gets lots to work with here, the original has a driving arpeggio pattern and swathes of lush chords, so Lifelike takes that to the max, amping the arps into dancefloor overdrive. Leading more toward the originals SynthWave sound that Lifelike’s usual Disco influenced groove, here he plays with the Italo synths, crating a SynthWave/French Touch hybrid that’s both floorfilling and retro styled. We’re even treated to some soaring solo that slot effortlessly into the sparse arrangement. Although no stranger to the SynthWave scene, this is Lifelike’s furthest journey in that direction, it suits him.
So, we’ve been a little weary of posting any of the myriad reMixes of tracks from Daft Punk’s awesome new album Random Access Memories. There’s a squillion of them out there, every producer and his dog wants in on the action, to ride the tailcoats of hype, and they run the gauntlet from ‘better than the original’ to ‘OGM just stop trying to be a musician right now’. ‘Cos there’s so many posting about them would be like opening floodgates we really haven’t got time for.
Here’s an awesome new slice of Electro Boogie from the team-up of a master and a newcomer.French Touch pioneer and all round dance music legend Lifelike has got together with London based fresh face Tommi Bravo to drop Urban Sex, on Nurvous Records, next month.
The track, which is already getting spins from the likes of Kavinsky, Pyramid, A-Trak and Aeroplane, is a massive slice of retro Pop-House. Taking cues from B-Boy Electro, Electronic Soul and 80s Pop, Urban Sex applies them to a solid House groove. This one’s all about big , stabbing synths, driving kick drums and sweeping flourishes. If you like your dance music loaded with 80s references, but with a chunky big-room feel, then this one’s for you. Lifelike does the business again, and Tommi Bravo jumps onto our radar. Check it out.
♫ Lifelike & Tommi Bravo – Urban Sex
Lifelike & Tommi Bravo’s Urban Sex is released 4th June on Nurvous Records.
A couple of weeks ago we gave you the skinny on Futurecop!’s new single, Atlantis 1997, mentioning that there was a remix on the single from French Touch pioneer Lifelike. Well now, as the single draws ever closer to it’s late March release, we can give you a listen to that very reMix. Its downloadable too!
Atlantis 1997 is a carefree Dreamwave track in which Ricco Vitali from Cavaliers Of Fun delivers a anthemic, summery vocal. Lifelike uses this vocal to it’s fullest over a big filtered Disco backing. Concentrating on the songs chorus, and adding a few chop-up into the mix, Lifelike delivers punchy bass, smooth keys and slick sheen that can only come from being a master of your art. This mix swirls around your ears like euphoric smoke, drawing you into it’s groove.
It’s been a while since we had a new tune from Dutch Disco don Quinten 909, but here he is, to start you week boogieing, with a Funktastic reMix of Lifelike & Kris Menace‘s, now classic, Discopolis.
Squelching up that instantly recognisable bassline and giving the beat a little disco shuffle, give the tune a lighter, groovier feeling, as opposed to the dancefloor stomp of the original. Full of nice filter sweeps and popping rhythms, Quinten 909 does a nice job of turning a big room monster into a laid back, pool party, jam. Get ready for some tasty bass.
Promises was definitely one of the highlights of The Presets’ under promoted, and underrated, comeback album Pacifica and with the single release we’re definitely getting a better crop of reMix talent that the previous couple of singles from these guys. First up there was Plastic Plates’ awesome mix, now comes Lifelike fresh from the release of Don’t Stop with A-Trak, to take a crack at the track.
Lifelike? reMixing The Presets? Tonight are we going to party like it;s 2008? Indeed we are, this tune is both classic Lifelike and classic The Presets. It’s like This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike reMix) part 2, and that’s an amazing thing! A bit slower, a bit more funky than Lifelike’s frantic arpeggio fuelled The Presets reMix, but the same vibe shines though. The vocals in this track are pretty epic, a true gift for any producer who specialises in massive dancefloor tunes, such as Lifelike, which is handy. Punchy digital bass, solid beats, a swell of sparking synths that wrap around the chorus, all classic Lifelike sounding. Needless to say, this tune is very good.
♫ The Presets – Promises (Lifelike reMix)
The Presets’ Promises is released 7th December on Modular Recordings.
Can this really live up to expectations? Lifelike and A-Trak together on one track? That’s a lot of anticipation that’s been built ever since we heard this track was on it’s way. French Touch pioneer Lifelike has really bringing his A-game to his collaborations recently, so the thought of him teaming up with A-Track, someone who tends to push the boundaries of Disco, had us eager to hear the result.
And the track, released today exclusively on Beatport, really does sound like a Lifelike and A-Track collaboration. By that we mean you can pick out the Lifelike bits and the A-Track bits in it, it actually sounds like the sum of it’s parts. There’s the arpeggios and continental stabs you’ve expect from Lifelike and a bit of scratching and some funky use of vocal samples, A-Trak’s forte. The result ends up big a huge Disco-House tune that you instinctively put on repeat. Look out for the single which boasts reMixes from Gigamesh, Mauvais Cliché, and The Bloody Sisters.
♫ Lifelike (Feat. A-Trak) – Don’t Stop (Club Mix)
The Don’t StopEP is out now on Beatport and drops everywhere else 26th November on Kitsuné Music.
So as we enter the final approach to the release of Visitor’s long, long, long awaited new double A-side single, Coming Home/RNB, it time for the trickle of reMixes to begin. And there’s a lot to look forward to, with work from Viceroy, FM Attack, Bestrack and SymbolOne incoming. But first up is this reMix of Coming Home from French Touch pioneer Lifelike.
this was actually out first taste of the track, it was featured back in the June 2011 edition of Fear Of Tigers’ The Guestlist. Coming Home is an epic ElectroPop anthem to begin with, so the addition of solid dancefloor knowledge from one of the scenes leading lights cannels that uplifting energy straight to the dancefloor. Built around of of Lifelike’s trademark big hooks and a rolling bassline the reMix does a neat job of transferring the tracks euphoria to a peak time dancefloor. Kinda’ excited to hear the rest!
♫ Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike reMix)
Visitor’s Coming Home/RNBis released 10th September.
Lifelike – Mixtape June 2012 = Here’s French Touch legend Lifelike’s latest mixtape. it’s full of filtered summery grooves, which is perfect timing seeing as (here in the UK) it has finally stopped raining. Bring on the sun!
01. Pitchben – Soda (Lorenz Rode reMix)
02. Pitchben – Stand Up (Tiger & Woods reMix)
03. Scandal – Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem reMix)
04. Kris Menace & The Kiki Twins – We Are (PWNTIAC reMix)
05. Dionigi – Italo Girls 80 (Original Mix)
06. Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (The Magician reMix)
07. Cabaret Voltaire – Easy Life (Original 1990 Mix).
08. Mason – The Kickoff (Original mix)
09. Brazen – Wishing Heart (Fonzerelli Big Hair reMix)
10. Van She – Idea Of Happiness (SebastiAn reMix)
11. Mr. Gonzo – Dance On You (Tagteam Terror reMix)
12. Mickey & Monarchy – Love For Sale (Safari reMix)
13. Popular Computer – Popheart (Lifelike reMix)
14. Bonar Bradberry – Loose Grip (Original Mix)
15. Sébastien Tellier – Cochon Ville (Original Mix)
Lifelike & Popular Computer’s ‘Getting High’ is out now.