Australian/Swedish Say Lou Lou duo are currently riding the wave of success with their current single Julian. In order to commemorate the critically acclaimed track, the girls are giving away a free reMix bundle featruing some choice cuts from some interesting artists. Here’s out favourite two.
Australian Nu-Disco Lancelot producer can always be counted on to deliver the goods, and with his take on Julian he’s gone off in a deep, almost Bleep, House direction and totally nails the sound. Pulsating subsonic basses and warm filtered organs swirl around the track. A lavish palette of rounded sounds fill every corner of the mix, spellbinding warehouse grooves and seedy beats create an air of danger and mystery that allows the girls vocal to take on a new, moody, aspect. The Bleep House riff is pretty killer too. Newcomers The Chainsmokers, in contrast, bring the full on, uplifting, dance-party sheen which teeters on the edge of cheesy when compared to Lancelot’s mix, but you can’t help but smile to this one. Those two aren’t all that included in the free bundle, you can download the whole thing here.
We’ve raved about French prodigy Yuksek’s new, Oh Land featuring, single a couple of times, but not yet been able to play you the track itself. Now the single is out, on Yuksek’s own new label Partyfine, the original (and best) mix and Yuksek’s own Club Mix are officially online for your listening pleasure, one of the catchiest singles of the year.
It’s hard to what to say about Last Of Our Kinds, kinda’ needs to be heard. It’s a swirling orchestra of drama and tribal drums. With a piano hook like a 70s musical, complete with “ahhh-ahhh”s and Oh Land’s 60s-esque vocal being the icing on the cake. It’s not your usual Electro track, it’s not your usual Pop track, but it works so well. Yuksek’s club take on the track delivers big beats to go with the quirky infectiousness. Stabby synths and a ton of clap and snare rolls, buzzing basses and deep electronic grooves, make this mix both a dancefloor smash, but quite ecclectic too. If you haven;t already you need to check out this single package right now.
There’s definitely something going on at camp Fear Of Tigers. First we get a new track last month, Golden Age, now an official reMix for hotly tipped songstress A*M*E’s new single Heartless. All this new activity gives us hopes for the long awaited release of Fear Of Tigers’ Hypnerotomachia Poliphiliout, the follow up to 2009’s Cossus Snufsigalonica.
This reMix is pure classic Fear Of Tigers too. Epic, emotional, nostalgic ElectroPop full of those big chords and intricate electronic flourishes that we love FoT for. Taking A*M*E’s R&B flavoured tune and turning it into a huge 80s Power Pop synth epic is no mean feat, but Fear Of Tigers pulls it off with style. This tune is big.
♫ A*M*E – Heartless (Fear Of Tigers Futurepop Mix)
Hot on the heels of the storming release of her sophomore album Nocturnes, the queen of ElectroPop Little Boots has snuck out this funky little reMix of the album’s preceding single Broken Record. Not on the official release, this rework comes from LA duo Cosmic Kids.
Cosmic Kids bring a little Tropical flavour and dreamy, laid back, LA Disco vibe to the track. Never veering to far into full on poolside Disco thought, The duo keep things pretty Housey, with a burbling Acid bassline and pumping beat. Cavernous synths swirl around the track, weaving themselves in and out of ghostly vocal snatches, while the overall moody groove is offset with bright, shimmering chimes. Lush, spaces Disco/House sounds right here.
Check out the latest reMix from Mr. Russ Chimes. I think out love for this guys music is pretty well documented by now, so we’ll shut up about it this time. Josh Kumra is an artist who’s new to us, but seems to have been building some serious hype in the past few months, especially around the release of his début album, Russ has delivered a reMix of his track, The Answer, which is out now.
We had a quick listen to the original, it seemed pretty stand public-school-boy-acoustic-Pop which is so prevalent in the UK right now, but Chime’s turns that right on it’s head, grabbing vocal snatches of the original and weaving them into an mysterious, evolving House tune that’s as energetic as it is compelling. One of the things we dig about Chimes’ music is the little flourishes and fills that litter his tunes, and this one if no exception, it’s coursing House groove is peppered with rolls, dips and tape stops, giving each section an added excitement. Layer all this with a big Rave lead and you’ve got a powerful dancefloor juggernaut.
Here’s another slice of enigmatic, emotional, Dance from Belfast’s creative don Figure Of 8. His latest groove is a reMix of Lana Del Ray’s cover of the classic Blue Velvet, and, atmospherically, owes as much to the David Lynch film of the same name as it does Del Rey’s original. Prepare for some mysterious, edgy, and uncomfortably confortable sounds.
Inviting the listener into a warm, encompassing, field of sound that becomes increasingly loaded with nervous tension, Figure Of 8 commands the dancefloor with mesmerizing beats and synth bass, ensuring that no-one shy’s from the knifelike synths and haunting vocal. For a dance track, it’s brimming over with drama and mood new new secret contained within it’s intricate arrangement on every new listen.
Dance-Bass-Pop singer Katy B’s new single is pure House vibes with a hint of old school rave. What Love Is Made Of follows on from her free Danger EP of late last year and is the first hint we’ve had of the sound of her forthcoming second album, due out in the autumn. Sounds like it could be a storming release.
Building on a groove Chicago core What Love Is Made Of layers a big Rave riff and Katy’s silky vocal in a departure from the more urban sound of her first album. This track is more slick, euphoric, 90s DancePop than Katy’s previous releases. What you are treated to here is an uplifting array of bright synths and driving beats with some incoming hands-in-the-air moments. Possible not destined for the same chart success as her first crop of singles, What Love Is Made Of will definitely strike a chord with lovers of intelligent House-Pop.
♫ Katy B – What Love Is Made Of (Radio Edit)
Katy B’s What Love Is Made Of is released 8th July