Russian Nu-Disco duo Sohight & Cheevy have been quite the past few months, but it sounds like they have been hard at work working on new material. Not only working on new material, but cultivating a new, fuller, big band sound; as displayed on their brand new tracks, Shine With Me. This one is pretty huge.
Sohight & Cheevy sound like they are backed by a full orchestra on Shine With Me. It’s an amazingly full track, bristling with DiscoPop goodness. Cheevy’s falsetto vocals belt out over a symphony of thick synths, a powerful horn section, a hint of piano and a deep warbling bass. The track is currently unsigned, something someone needs to rectify pretty sharpish and this one could tear up the dancefloor in the right hands.
Ever wondered what the reigning champ of British SynthPop, Bright Light Bright Light, would sound like alongside a truck load of French Touch? Well wonder no more. It’s been an awesome year for BLx2 so far, from being main tour support worldwide for Sit Elton John, to the release of his well received sophomore album, Life Is Easy, AND featuring on electronic rumors last release! What more could the man ask for? How about French Touch pioneer Alan Braxe working his Disco magic on one of your tunes?
Mr. Braxe has had a bit of a resurgence of output int he past twelve months (and by resurgence we mean one EP and a handful of reMixes, which is relatively a lot!), and this reMix really is the pinnacle of that. BLx2’s emotional original was already a captivating and passionate Pop song, but with a healthy injection of continental Disco; courtesy of a rubbery bassline, filtered pads and a rock solid clap-a-long beat, the track takes on new floorfilling dimensions. Sparkling arpeggios jokey for attention alongside Rod’s vocals as the track neatly lifts your mood. The perfect combination.
♫ Bright Light Bright Light – An Open Heart (Alan Braxe reMix)
Bright Light Bright Light’s Life Is Easy is out now.
Caught Up is the forthcoming new single from Nu-Disco vocal staple Stee Downes. Dropping in the middle of next month, the single, a funky slice of live Soul, comes with a loaded reMix package; the most interesting of which is this groove monster from the man Rocco Raimundo. Unfortunately the track is only available on the digital release, not having been included in the vinyl copy, which is a shame as we would have bought the 12” in a heartbeat if this was on there.
Raimundo serves up a mesmerising concoction of Disco, Italo and Tropical influences all riding on a rock solid House beat. A chest shaking subby bassline provides star contrast to an array of shimmering lead synths and a warming Tropical percussive hook. All working together, weaving in and out of each other, to produce a lush whole, these elements create the prefect backing for Downes neo-Soul vocal. With a laid back mood, but driving groove, this reMix is a crate essential.
♫ Stee Downes – Caught Up (Rocco Raimundo Version)
Stee Downes’ Caught Up is released 15th September.
Here it is! The long awaited return of the finest name in Australian Deep ElectroPop; Kids At Midnight.
A singer/songwriter/producer whose reputation precedes her, Jane Elizabeth Hanley, A.K.A. Kids At Midnight, released her début EP, Let You Slide (back in 2012 via Alan Braxe’s Vulture Music label) to critical acclaim whilst simultaneously becoming the Nu-Disco scene’s voice-in-demand; featuring on Edwin Van Cleef’s massive cover of Phoenix’s Lisztomania and Ride The Universe’s A Little Better amongst many others.
Now Kids At Midnight is poised to unleash a brand new double A-side single. Two lush, emotive and rich tracks that blur the boundaries between Deep House, ElectroPop, Nu-Disco, and Indie-Electro. Unashamed and Vapours. If you like your dance music song based, epic and passionate then this release will be unmissable.
A selection of reMixes tune the tracks for every dancefloor with Holmes Price bringing a retro Boogie to Unashamed whilst So Serious (the Deep House alter ego of Phunktastike) give the track an enigmatic groove. Vapours is given a spacey Tropical Tech House workout by Daniel Högberg of Pacific!and a beach party Disco send off by LA’s Dreamwave originator Touch Tone.
♫ Kids At Midnight – Unashamed
♫ Kids At Midnight – Vapours
Kids At Midnight’s Unashamed/Vapours is released 1st September as a Beatport Exclusive followed by a general release on 15th September.
Jonas & Micki, A.K.A Danish production duo Borneland have been gradually drip feeding a whole load of killer reMixes in the past few months, and with their latest they’ve really outdone themselves. The latest muse for their skills is the current, and début solo, single from ex-Fagget Fairys’ Elena Cosovic, now going by the name of Ena. The track’s called Deep Seas and Borneland certainly take both the deep and the seas to heart on this one.
It you’re looking for something pulsating and synthetic then look no further. Elena’s vocal is a near perfect husky croon. Smokey, sublime and effortlessly eased into Borneland’s laid back Disco groove. A pure summer evening vibe permeates the whole tune; from it’s solid dancefloor rhythm to it’s layers of sweet, warm synths Borneland’s reMix of Deep Seas conjures a carefree, lazy Disco atmosphere and a rich soundtrack.
Just released is the début release from San Diego born, Palm Spring residing, producer Corey James Hurley; who some of your may recognise by the name Colour Vision (interestingly, he’s American and spells ‘Colour’ the English way, while we are English and spell ‘Rumors’ the American way; we have a really good reason for doing it, we wonder if Cory has too?) who has been spending the last few months making a name for himself with a string of well received reMixes. His première single is titles Sur Chic, and comes equipped with reMixes from Fishing Vest, DWTR and Rambo V.
Sur Chic is a deep and groovy tune that sits at the nexus point between Chicago House and Tropical Disco. This one is all about the woody bassline and some seriously upbeat Tropical keys. Whipping up a jam that would work equally well in a warehouse party as it would poolside Colour Vision deftly manoeuvres rolling purcussion, lilting electric piano and distant vocal snatches amidst his dancefloor frenzy. Fishing Vest returns to give the track an extra layer of Funk and a retro, robotic sheen. Giving it more of a West Coast sound, Fishing Vest weaves a little Dreamwave though the track; taking it straight to the beach.
Bristolian Xenomania drummer come Pop superstar Florrie has just released her latest single, Little White Lies, and amongst the plethora of reMix talent she has enlisted to rework the track is Disco showstopper Moon Boots who takes the track and gives it a tasty House makeover. We’ve had hints of this track singe late last year, mostly in the form of mix rips (Moon Boots himself played it during his Boiler Room set) but now the tune is out in the open.
Moon Boots used the lush, ethereal tone of Florrie’s voice to cast a nice haze over a punchy House track Pulsating synth bass and starlight chimes play out cheekily over the track and Mr. Boots rolls Little White Lies over a relentless Chicago beat. Easy-going, yet an immense dancefloor tune, Moon boots delivers the goods with this one. Come the chorus and Florrie kicks into full sassy Pop mode as she croons over Moon Boots deep soundtrack. Irresistible.
London based Swede Blende has deftly delivered a brand new reMix. New Blende tracks are always something to get excited about, let’s not forget the man came first in our top tracks of 2013 with his storming Rikki, and each new tune draws us further into his world. His latest is a mix of the new single from House duo Kraak & Smaak; Just Wanna’ Be Loved, itself taken from their 2013 album Chrome Waves.
Creating a laid back Sci-Fi Disco mood, Blende peppers his track with the kind of retro-future synths that we’ve come to love from him. Easing New York Disco-House legend Joi Cardwell’s mellow diva vocals over the waves of funkified tones Blende keeps the beats tight, but layers cheeky purcussion. As the spikey leads rise toward the tracks finale you’re drawn deeper and deeper into the robo-Disco groove and by the time the five and a half minutes reach their end, you’ll be reaching for repeat.
♫ Kraak & Smaak (Feat. Joi Cardwell) – Just Wanna’ Be Loved (Blende reMix)
Kraak & Smaak’s Just Wanna’ Be Loved is released 15th September.
Nu-Disco producer Louis La Roché has been away for a while. It’s been almost a year since he released his last EP, Composure, and the man has spent the last twelve months holed up in the studio playing with sounds and moods. He’s about to release some brand new material in the form of the Dusty Cassette EP, which is due for release this week. As a precursor to the EP dropping, Louis has given away this extra track to give you a taste of what’s to come. Check out The Way She Makes Me Feel.
Giving late 80s Soul a funky dancefloor update, Louis lays down the law of his new EP. Gritty sounds, tape noise, old school vibes, Dusty Cassette really sounds like it will live up to it’s name. The Way She Makes Me Feel combines a classic R&B sound, with a little LA funk and a host of Nu-disco editing. The hazy result has got an almost Chillwave-y feel to it and is perfect Sunday listening. The EP should be interesting.
Producer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist, Heavy Disco label boss and electronic rumors alumni Ali Jamieson has been mucking around lately. The funny thing is though, Ali Jamieson mucking around tends to be quite a bit better than many Nu-Disco producers trying to be serious.
What needs to be said, Ali has taken on David Bowie’s Labyrinth destroying Magic Dance with surprising complexity, the Duckula theme tune, which is just amazing (for non British, or very young, readers Count Duckula was a badass cartoon int he 80s) and Mel Brooks’ To Be Or Not To Be (The Hitler Rap) (which, if you don’t know; welcome to comedy). Weird, nostalgic, amazing robo-Boogie ensues.