We gotta’ say, this is pretty special. Argentina Nu-Disco bass-merchant Phunktastike has delivered this reMix of Blondie’s classic Rapture. It’s a track that’s been reMixes a few times recently, but Phunk’s take on the track is hands down the best we’ve heard to date as the man whips the track into 2014 dancefloor shape whist keeping true to the groove of the original. Dat bass!
Yup, this one’s all about that bassline. Deep and rumbling, the bass in this reMix is utterly intoxicating, drawing to into the smooth, floorfilling, vibe of the track. Debbie Harry’s vocals remain largely intact, including the rap (thank you Phunk!) and are now served up as an ethereal siren’s song over a Sci-Fi Disco, electronic soundscape. Brooding and moody, but with heaps of Funk, this is a retro-future boogie monster that is going to be on repeat ‘round here for a while.
♫ Blondie – Rapture (Phunktastike reMix)
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ElectroPop troopers Lovestarrs are gearing up the release of their first proper EP. Due out soon the Supernova EP follows the single Get Your Sexy On and a couple of free downloads since their metamorphosis from The Good Natured late last year. The lead track of the forthcoming release is Life Is A Bitch, check it out.
As you might expect from the title, Life Is A Bitch is generally about how shitty life can be. Pretty morose subject matter for a song, but Lovestarrs manage to turn the depressing topic into a jaunty, slightly tropical, Pop tune. Musically it’s dead optimistic, loaded with thick synths and a catchy hook that flows to an island flavour, which makes the whole thing deliciously tongue-in-cheek; and decidedly British. While you’re here check out Lovestarrs last free download, Dukes Up, which we forgot to post, ‘cos stuff.
♫ Lovestarrs – Life Is A Bitch
♫ Lovestarrs – Dukes Up
Lovestarrs’ Supernova EP is out soon.
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We’re generally not massive fans of Lana Del Ray reMixes, some things can become a bit tedious, but our interest was piqued when we heard that Lana herself has requested London based French ElectroPop duo The Penelopes to delver a reMix for her forthcoming new single Ultraviolence, the title track of her latest LP. In fine form on this one, The Penelopes hit the ground running with a tune that is relentless in it’s infectiousness.
Fun and funky, The Penelopes’ reMix lifts the track from Pop gloom to a euphoric dancefloor place. Underpinned by a drivingly optimistic synth bass, the track effortlessly flows between majestic Pop, Chicago House and slinky Nu-Disco, trading on an uplifting piano hook and a subtle horn section. Del Ray’s voice, which can grate at times, sound luscious and hazy here, a smokey chanteuse amidst a sea of punchy Disco sounds. The Penelopes are on a roll right now and this reMix (which, let’s face it; is pretty high profile) should see them gaining more of the mainstream recognition they so much deserve.
♫ Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (The Penelopes reMix)
Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence single is released in August.
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While we generally dig Patrick Baker’s featuring appearances on everything that was ever released between 2012 and 2014, it’s always a lot more exciting to hear one of his own tunes. This is Patrick Baker as he was meant to be heard, his own vision. Patrick Baker: the director’s cut. The man has slowly but surely been making the transition from 80’s SynthWave Popster to smooth 90s soulful crooner and this new tune, Lies, is the epitome of that sound.
Smooth and slinky, Lies, mixes up a growling 90s R&B groove with a hint of Swingbeat and a little dusting of Disco. A slo-mo opus to drift across city rooftops at the peak hour of the night. A hot summer vibe, made up of chiming keys, warm tones and a solid dance beat, compliments Patrick’s soulful voice. This is one for putting your feet up, forgetting the world and letting the silky sounds envelops you. Super chilled stuff.
♫ Patrick Baker – Lies
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Premièred on Radio 1 by Pete Tong on Friday, here’s the new single from producer extraordinaire Starsmith. This is his second single of the year, which is a lot for Starsmith! To be fair to him though he does divide his time between writing music and producing some of the biggest and best ElectroPop acts on the planet. Now I Feel Good features the vocal talents of the generally amazing Clare Maguire and you can check out the tasty Club Mix below.
This tune has got all the hallmarks of a big Starsmith production, the big beats, the punch basslines, the layers of rich keys; with the added bonus of Maguire’s impassioned delivery. The rising, euphoric, synth lines really power the track along, razor sharp in their production and provide a nice ride for the ultimately optimistic vocals travel on. We can’t work out if this is perfect Pop, or perfect Big Room. Probably both.
♫ Starsmith (Feat. Clare Maguire) – Now I Feel Good (Club Edit)
Starsmith’s Now I Feel Good is out soon on Ministry Of Sound
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What’s better than a Charli XCX track? Not a lot, but maybe a Charli XCX track reMixed by Belgian Disco don Aeroplane? The French Touch O.G. has taken Charli’s track from the The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack (and soon to be her next single) Boom Clap, and given is a supremely slick dancefloor workout, just short of cheesy, this is the bounciest thing you’ll hear all day.
This reMix is textbook Aeroplane, suited to the dancefloors of 2009. That’s no bad thing, it’s a classic sound that is bound to get the juices of any Nu-Disco fan flowing. It’s got those big French House synths that we all love so much stuttering out their eminently funky hook, and the punchiest of basslines to boot. Charli’s vocal mixture of smokey and shouty could have made for a strange combination, but Vito blends his irresistible good-times dancefloor gold with Boom Clap’s vocals like they were always meant to be. Here’s the start to your weekend.
♫ Charli XCX – Boom Clap (Aeroplane reMix)
Charli XCX’s Boom Clap is due out 20th July.
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UK RetroPop hero Kid Kasio is back in business! This time he’s brought Manchester producer The Sanfernando Sound along for the ride as the two of them deliver driving ElectroPop goodness with this new tune, Letters Of Love.
The video, directed by Ed Crofts, captures the mid-80s Top Of The Pops vibe perfectly with a degraded video recording of a classic Kid Kasio TOTP performance.
Kid Kasio & The Sanfernando Sound’s Letters Of Love is out today.
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One of London’s best kept secrets, BedroomPopseter Foreign Boy is about to become less of a secret with the release of hid début EP. Out at the end of the month via Nude Disco, the Dance Like A Light EP features a track we posted last September, Desperately Broken, which has now got a video.
The clip is an orbital dream that perfectly matches the tone of the track.
Foreign Boy’s Dance Like A Light EP is out 21st July.
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So, the amazing Queen Of Hearts just released her début album. Yesterday. Just like that. It’s called Cocoon and in order to give it at least a little bit of the fanfare it deserves here’s a brand new video for the album track Like A Drug. Euphoria alert!
Robert Francis Muller directs the clip, whos kaleidoscopic kinetic energy matches the track’s hands-in-the-air bliss pretty well.
Queen Of Hearts’ Cocoon is out now.
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UK Deep House duo Bondax jump feet first into the waters of 90s House with their forthcoming new single, All I See. Unveiled late last week, All I See is due for a September release which makes it perfectly primed to take advantage of it’s commercial sound and underground groove to be a festival anthem and chart success.
We’re not sure who lends their vocal talent to All I See, but whoever it is knocks it out the park. You’ve got a big diva vocal with some absolutely enchanting vocal rhythms and flourishes here. Having that flow over a slick Chicago House track, weighted heavy with subby basses and an infectious organ hook , makes for a totally classic house track and instant feel-good vibes. Expect to be hearing a lot of All I See over the summer.
♫ Bondax – All I See
Bondax’s All I See is released 7th September.
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