A brand new reMix from the man Edwin Van Cleef. This one slipped out quite quietly earlier this month as the new single, on which the reMix featured, from Kindred Spirits dropped. Out on Green Martin, the single is called Folies D’anta; which according to Google Translate means ‘On the old follies’, we’re sure something gets lost in context there. Check it out.
Cleef brings it, in warm House style, here. Easing us in with some deep chords and a pounding kick, Cleef slowly serves up a spacious atmosphere before injecting a growling bass into the gradually evolving proceedings. Before things kick off we’re taken through a haunting, ringing, breakdown that snare rolls it’s way into the tracks euphoric and captivating final length. A tune to get lost in.
♫ Kindred Spirits – Folies D’antan (Edwin Van Cleef reMix)
Here’s a new Ronika song… At this point in our website life we could probably just leave things there, but we won’t, ‘cos then we’d just be like every shitty ‘music blog’ that posts track with neither comment or commentary that we hate. Hell, we’ve always had a sneaking suspension that no-one read this waffle anyway. But we are a website that remains arrogantly narcissistic enough to believe our words are important. Also we are a website that is constantly walking the line between integrity and just becoming a Ronika fan blog. The end result being that you’re going to sit there, shut up, and read what we have to say about this fantastic new tune from Nottingham’s finest. This is Step To My Beat.
If you ever needed a Friday post work pick-me-up to get you energised for the weekend then this is it. We start off incredibly tight with a classic Electronic Soul groove; punchy drums, robust synth bass and wicked little rooftop licks drifting across the track’s skyline. Ronika eases us into the groove before unleashing the chorus’ secret weapon; big Miami percussion and Sound Machine-y stabs explode from the speakers in a flurry of exuberant nostalgic dancefloor goodness while Ron invites us to dance. Extended mix anyone?
Sometime Das Moth, sometime just Tim Sullivan, now This Soft Machine released his début single under this moniker next moth. The London based musician has got on board with Eskimo Recordings to present his première double A-side that features the two tracks, On & On and This Place Was Meant For Me. Ahead of the records release you can check out On & On when it features on the latest instalment of Eskimo’s colour themed compilations. The pretty amazing The Orange Collection, due out in May.
Enlisting the talents of a whole bunch of friends, including Lorraine Nicholson on vocals and Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford on synths, This Soft Machine recorded On & On live; which is no mean feat as the track is a pretty complex Cosmic Disco jam. Five minutes in length, On & On evolves as it progresses introducing a warbling synth groove, smooth walking bass and Nicholson husky vocals amid a sea of Sci-Fi electronic brap. Restrained Disco experimentalism that must have been fun as hell to record.
♫ This Soft Machine – On & On
This Soft Machine On & On is released 13th April. Eskimo Recordings’ The Orange Collection is released 4th May.
Check out more from This Soft Machine on SoundCloud.
Rex The Dog’s new single, Sicko, finally turned up on 12”. So we’re happy. The single is out now on Kompakt and should be a must listen for anyone who a fan of synthesizer music.
Rex and Jake have put together this awesome video for the track. Part music clip, part live studio performance and part demonstration of Jake’s DIY RTD-001 modular synth that Sicko is played on; it’s all synth porn.
MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie are back in their Du Tonc guise with the eagerly awaited follow up to January’s Every Song. Written on the radio in the US, Animals marks the start of the journey toward the duo’s début album, of which they are putting the finishing touched to right now. These guys have made a big impact on the Nu-Disco and Indie-Electro scenes since the start of their collaboration back in 2013 and we are pretty pleased they are going the album route (it’s a format we, unlike a lot of people, feel is still very important. It;s gonna’ be a big year for Du Tonc.
Animals serves up generous helpings of, what is now, Du Tonc’s trademark sound; blissful Topical-tinged Indie-Electro with a solid Disco backing. Blissful it may be, but don’t mistake it for shallow. Animals, as with the rest of Du Tonc’s output, is wildly more cerebral than it’s contemporaries, with Matt Van Schie giving an emotional and intelligent performance over a intricately crafted combination of summery ElectroPop and retro-futuristic Cosmic Disco. As ever, Du Tonc deliver something for both the head and the feet.
One of our favourite French SynthPop duos, Jupiter, are back after a couple of year’s hiatus. they’ve just announced the impending release of their second album; Bandana Republic. The follow up to 2012’s incredibly well received Juicy Lucy, Bandana Republic is due to drop in May. Recorded between Paris and Los Angeles, the album is informed by a Californian road trip vibe that injects some interesting new 70s influences into Jupiter’s Parisian DiscoPop. Check out the first hint of what’s to come, the track Do It.
From the offset, Do It hits you with thick, bassy synths and an irresistible hook (if your head doesn’t start immediately nodding you may want to see a doctor about that neck problem you have!). Any doubts that Jupiter couldn’t recreate the bottled lightning of Juicy Lucy are rapidly swept away; Do It is as good a DiscoPop track as you could ask for. Steady beats, funky apreggios, heavy synth bass and Amélie sounding as sweet and catchy as ever. Ladies and gentlemen, Jupiter are back.
London bass monster DiscoSocks has quietly snuck out a new tune. His first new tune since the middle of last year, this one proves he’s not been making the most of his time. Sitting on his SoundCloud page as a free download is Getcha’. After a couple of Housier outings DiscoSocks returns to his bass slappin’ roots with a huge chunk of old school Funk for your ears. Get Involved.
Setting up a groove, liberally peppered with cowbells and dirty, growling, slap bass, that would be right at home on an old Hip Hop record (think the Wild Style soundtrack), DiscoSocks works up something infectiously nostalgic and a compelling floorfiller. Building on the rhythms as the track progresses keeps the energy levels rising, but as always the star of the show is DiscoSocks bass. Soak it in.
Airwolf is one of those artists that drift in and out of our consciousness. We tend to forget about him when he’s not abut but were always excited to see a new Airwolf track crop up. This tune, Lose The Lazy, is his new single; due out later this month. Featuring vocals from Stahsi (is that pronounced Stasi? Like the East German secret police?), this one contains some huge sounds.
Lose The Lazy is a pretty carefree summery dance track. Leaning in the general direction of House, the track has a quirky Pop flavour, thanks mostly to Stahsi’s fun vocals, which bounce along the tune as Airwolf delivers some big room, or big field, synths and pounding drums with a classic hands-in-the-air breakdown. This one is perfectly crafted for good times. Enjoy.
♫ Airwolf (Feat. Stahsi) – Lose The Lazy (Radio Edit)
If there’s any dance track of recent years that can genuinely be called a ‘classic’ already, it’s probably Norwegian Cosmic Disco kind Todd Terje’s instantly recognisable Inspector Norse. Despite being a couple of years old now you can still hear it played out now, and come festival season are bound to hear it a lot more. Terje himself commissioned a couple of reMixes from ex-!!! man Justin Van Der Volgen, including this version of Inspector Norse. This and Van Der Volgen’s take on Strandbar are available on 12” now.
Making Inspector Norse your own, while retaining the qualities that make it so loves, must be no mean feat; but Van Der Volgen has a good old crack at it. He wisely let’s himself be indulgent with the percussion without trying to replace the instantly recognisable synths too much. Giving us teases of the tracks hook here and there amongst it’s off-beat keys. The track is ten minutes long, and in that time seems to build and build and build on the back of screaming synth sweeps until the seven minute mark where it explodes into it’s own galactic version of the originals hook. It’s an odd beats, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
♫ Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Justin Van Der Volgen reMix)
The latest release on Pole Jam Vinyl, the awesome physical label from the fine folks at Pole Position Recordings and Glam Jam Artists, comes in the form of another groove packed compilation. This one features the talents of Cassara, Darko Kustura, and Benny & Gain, collectively titled the Lady Leopard EP. This one is our favourite on the record, coming from London production duo Benny & Gain, this is Approval.
The most laid back tune of the release, Approval is an enchanting five minute synthesizer odyssey. Sunrise Disco vibes with a carefree, hypnotic groove you can get lost in, Approval gently invites you to walk with it’s chilled Disco beats, lazy House keys and starshine lead lines. One for late nights or early mornings; Benny & Gain have delivered a slice of dance music bliss.
♫ Benny & Gain – Approval
The Lady Leopard EP is due out late March/early April. Pre-order the EP here.