Here’s the video for Alex Metric’s new single Heart Weighs A Ton. A glorious, pounding ElectroPop track that features our good buddy Stefan Storm from The Sound Of Arrows. This one’s got the stomping beats of Metric with the big choruses of The Sound Of Arrows; a killer combination.
Jack Wagner and Zach Shields the clip plays to the song’s themes, documenting the life of LA widower Glenn Bruno following his dreams of becoming a professional dancer in honour of his late wife Robin.
Alex Metric’s Heart Weighs A Ton is out now.
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Those nice people at Cascine have been busy recently. They’ve launched a new imprint dubbed CSCN for the express purpose of releasing singles from acts they find interesting without all that mucking about with Cascine release schedules. The label kicks things off with this captivating cacophony from Canadian experimental Pop outfit Vogue Dots.
‘Thundering’ is the first word that pops into your head in hearing Way Out, but thundering in a really sweet way. It kinda’ reminds us of an electronic version of the noise end of early 90s Shoegaze; it’s got that wall-of-sound vibe. Stuttering beats and burbling bass seem to hold the track together by it’s fingernails, always in danger of shaking itself apart; but Babette Hayward’s ethereal vocal and waves of melody hold the song together. The more you listen to it, the more you get out of it, the more it comes across actually quite funky.
♫ Vogue Dots – Way Out
Vogue Dots’ Way Out is out now.
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Here’s a big surprise for the start of the week. It still feels like not so long ago that ElectroPop rabble-rouser Charli XCX released her début (or second, depending on your point-of-view) album True Romance. Now she;s just announced the impending release of her sophomore (or third, depending on your point-of-view) full length record. Out in October the new one is called Sucker, and thankfully sees her applying her recent flirtation with Punk to a bucket load of synths. Here’s the first taste of what’s to come, Break The Rules.
Break The Rules is a massive tune. Unashamedly Electro-Rock, with a rumbling bassline and pounding beat reminiscent of some of the big stadium tunes of the early 2000’s, but with added euphoric synth rises. You can definitely tell Charli has been getting her Punk on as she belts out her not-giving-a-shit anthem. This one could easily be the subject of some killer reMixes too. Colour us intrigued for the new album.
♫ Charli XCX – Break The Rules
Charli XCX’s Sucker is released 21st October.
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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.
♫ Louis La Roché – The Way She Makes Me Feel
Louis La Roché’s Dusty Cassette EP is released 19th August.
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London ElectroPoppers Bastille fold a little Future R&B into the sound on their new single; bad_news. The track will feature on the bands new EP, Oblivion. The EP will see a limited (1,000 copies) 7” release and feels like a chance for Bastille to air their experiments with new sounds. Apparently some of the new stuff is more Rocky, we’re crossing out fingers that their new sound will settle on deep electronic grooves like bad_news though. Check it out.
bad_news is a combination of complex Future R&B rhythms with rave-y synth squeals and Dan’s instantly recognisable vocals, albeit in a more introspective flavour. A mid-tempo jam that lyrically nicely sums up both the giving and receiving of the titular bad news while an array of synth warbles and whooshes fill the track out in the background. We’re definitely intrigued to hear what Bastille are cooking up for us in the future.
♫ Bastille – bad_news
Bastille’s Oblivion is released 8th September and can be pre-ordered here.
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Get on-board with London House producers extraordinaire Gorgon City. With their début album looming on the October horizon, the duo are gearing up to release their next single from the LP. This one enlists the talents of British singer Zak Abel for vocal duties and draws a neat line between UK Deep House and a more soulful strain of Pop. Check out Unmissable below.
Unmissable is immediately infectious, both for a passionate, introspective vocals and the big bass warps. It would be all to easy to get lost int he big bass and skippy hi-hats on the dancefloor, but this one will surprise you with it’s big, catch Pop chorus. Epic and anthemic, the chorus, and the big breakdown, lend the track and energetic excitement in the perfect meeting of two worlds.
♫ Gorgon City (Feat. Zak Abel) – Unmissable
Gorgon City’s Unmissable is released 29th August.
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Amazing French ElectroPop outfit Yelle, still one of the best live acts we’ve ever seen, have just announced the release of their new album. To be titled Complètement fou, this will be the trio of Yelle, tEPr and GrandMarnier’s third studio offering and, so far, they have been getting better and better with each release. Check out the albums advance single Bouquet Final below (and yes, we know it’s been out on YouTube for a couple of weeks, but y’know, fuck lyric videos!).
So Bouquet Final bodes extremely well for the album. Kicking off with a coarse, crunchy, bit crushed beat the song soon evolves into a giddy, undulating, slo-mo SynthPop powerhouse. Huge grinding synths and a groaning bass wash in and out of the track as Yelle’s energetic vocal glides from sweet to epic. Feasting a nice line in twisted leads and an unrelenting pump, Bouquet Final is a great way to start Yelle phase three,
♫ Yelle – Bouquet Final
Yelle’s Complètement fou is released 30th September.
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Nu-Disco meets New Jack Swing right here with this remix of 80s Soul-Hop outfit Force MDs’ breakthrough hit, Tender Love. Nude Disco is the one who has stepped up to the plate to rework this 1985 classic. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the original, that’s some pretty big shoes to fill!
Nude Disco takes the track to the synth crown with a strong Italo/Synthwave bassline underpinning the whole tune. The combination of a punchy bassline and the smooth-as-hell track is an interesting one and works surprisingly well. Nude Disco keeps the bulk of the arrangement intact (well, you’d have to with this song wouldn’t;t you?), but the whole thing is seemingly re-energized with a sprinkling of Nu-Disco and a sprinkling of Tropical.
♫ Force MDs – Tender Love (Nude Disco reMix)
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New Yorkian future R&B songstress Alison Valentine recently unleashed this brand new track. It originally cam as part of this mixtape, but thankfully Ally decided to give the whole track to the world as it deserves to be heard in it’s entirety. So sit back in the moonlight, and check out Ally V’s Pixie Dust.
Stepping up for production duties on this one is French producer Para One, a man who’s no stranger to big bass and Hip Hop beats, both of which shine though on this slow and slinky Future R&B track. It’s got a distinctly R&B vocal flavour alongside some West Coast sounds, but that’s mixed up with a complex experimental flair as the track breezily cascades into an intricate synth jam while Ally’s silky vocal rides the booming bass.
♫ Alison Valentine – Pixie Dust
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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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