Back in 2012, when we were just getting to know his work, New York’s synthesizer mastermind Starcadian released what is possibly one of the best mashups ever unleashed on the world. First Kill crammed in Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Pharoahe Monch, Queen, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes and Wu Tang Clan over some seriously hard hitting Disco sounds. Now, with one of our favourite albums of last year, Sunset Blood, under his belt, and with the storming new Saturdaze EP, on the horizon Starcadian drags you back to the dancefloor with his follow-up bootleg. This is Wrecking Shot.
This time around Miley Cyrus, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Kelis and Tracy Weber get run through Starcadian’s galactic groove machine and spat out the other side in as a mirror-balled glam jam. Piled high with the finest French Touch, Nu-Disco and a surprising amount of Italo, Wrecking Shot once again surprises us as Starcadian makes seemingly disparate songs weave in and out of each other seamlessly. Where Fist Kill was full throttle Electro, Wrecking Shot has a smooth and soulful side. This should more than keep you going until Starcadian brings his urban synth Disco, with a Saturday morning TV theme vibe, on the new EP.
It seems like ElectroPop heroes Lovestarrs have well and truly shaken off the manacles of The Good Natured as Sarah and crew joyously revel in their new found freedom. After the monster rabble rousing début (comeback?) single Get Your Sexy On, team Lovestarrs have been drip feeding us a string of funky and uplifting tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Supernova. Well, premièring right here is the final drip ahead of Supernova’s release. This is 80’s Love Song.
With a surprising amount of retro Boogie in it’s DNA, 80’s Love Song is an exuberant and energetic hot-summer-nights anthem. It’s sassier and slinkier than anything we’ve heard from Lovestarrs (or The Good Natured) to date; rolling on a buoyant Disco groove, leaden with irresistible bass, the tune could have quite easily made for the latest vintage-tinged floorfiller. Not content with filling dancefloors alone though, Sarah adds a smooth, shimmering, and gloriously British Pop sheen with her urban dreamtime narrative, delivered with an infectious optimism. An interesting take on how DiscoPop should sound, a low down groove paired with Indie sensibilities. After a few summers full of LA-esque Indie-DiscoPop tunes, it’s refreshing to get down to a retro summertime vibe that sounds undeniably from the UK. Supernova is looking like the shake-up British SynthPop needs.
In a surprise middle-of-the-week highpoint there’s a new track from Ronika.That’s right; new! It’s not on her critically lauded début album Selectadisc, not on her awesome EP’s, this is like a DVD extra you only discover later! An whilst we certainly weren’t expecting anything new so soon we’re more than happy about it. This will be out last post for a while as we’re off to Bestival, and World Is Turning is the perfect tune to leave you with.
Ronika puts a different spin on her retro Boogie sound with this one. Leveraging a little chill summer R&B gives the track a blissful afternoon vibe that’s nicely offset with the shuffling Electro beats. As always, Ronika doesn’t dig too deep into one genre Moreover she serves up a smorgasbord of dancefloor goodness; with Disco bass, B-Boy beats, and sweet Pop hooks, and presents it in her own unique style. Going for a drive this afternoon? Here’s your soundtrack.
Our friends over at Stoney Roads got themselves the killer scoop on this new reMix from Sydney House master Cassian. He’s served up a bouncy-as-hell reMix of the forthcoming new single from Mr. Alex Metric; Heart Weighs A Ton. The track, of course, features the vocal stylings of the one and only Stefan Storm from The Sound Of Arrows, which just means there is so much pedigree, and so much to like, about this track from the offset.
Cassian pulls out the springiest of rubbery basses for this one. Deep and booming yet bouncing all over the track, the bassline fires itself across razor sharp drums with Cassian grabs snatches of Stefan’s uplifting vocal and drops them here and there. Enter the piano hook to tie the track together and elevate it to a place of dancefloor madness. Time to get your head down and keep dancing.
♫ Alex Metric (Feat. Stefan Storm) – Heart Weighs A Ton (Cassian reMix)
Alex Metric’s Heart Weighs A Ton is out 3rd October.
This is the new single from Bristolian Pop/House duo Blonde, still riding high on the success of their Higher Ground tune. I Loved You is the apex of the R&B/Chicago House revival crossover, that is becoming more and more prevalent, in that is sounds so much like early 90s soul anyway that it ends up sounding both nostalgic and fresh. Check it out.
There’s a great Pop/Soul vocal here (riffing on Tamia’s 2004 release More), that shares the tracks limelight with a massive piano hook chorus. Clocking in at a perfect three minutes in length, this is exactly how Pop/House should sound; respectful of it’s warehouse roots but effortlessly catchy and easy enough to listen to as it is to dance to. This is upbeat, feel-good Chicago House jammage that’s hard to beat.
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.
London SynthPopper Christianoshi’s Trademark produced track Fake Blood first graced these pages a couple of years ago, and like his other tune, Trust, has got itself a re-release. Except this time he’s enlisted Disco renaissance man and political satirist Ali Jamieson to drag the track a couple of years into the present. Out money is on I Feel Sick being the next Christianoshi release, then he’ll be disappearing for a couple of years to write three new tunes.
Ali get’s his House groove on with this new one; in fact, at times the track veers into the realms of (dare we say it) Techno and even EBM. Amid all the Germanic arpeggios and chopped up vocals it’s reassuring that the tracks rests on a skippy House beat to keep you moving. Layered with a nice line in 90s space-y pads; a Dub version of the tune could nicely fit along side the likes of Orbital in that kind of early-to-mid 90s tough-but-ambient era of dance music. It’s a good job then, that a sweet Dub version of the reMix is also available for your downloading and dancing pleasure.
No sooner had the UK’s ElectroPop finest, Avec Sans, unleashed their brand new single, All Of Time, than they another mighty slab of Synthy Pop goodness. This time in the form of a sparking cover of the legendary Kate Bush’s Running Up that Hill. Now, you’d kinda;’ expect the ‘Sans’ bristling Electro sound not to be so compatible with the ‘Bush’s ethereal Pop, but boy do they make it their own!
Give yourselves a few listens to this on repeat and you’ll start to forget what the original sounded like without all the spikey arpeggios and Alice’s dusky vocal performance. Subtle tribal bests power the track along, imparting an epic drive while James delivers waves of buzzing and shimmering synths. Alice doesn’t try to replicate Kate Bush’s tone, rather usurps the track for her own heartfelt style. Amazing work; like we said, they really make it their own.
This time last week Charli XCX gave us the first taste of her just announced sophomore album, Sucker. That track, the rabble-rousing Break The Rules, has now itself a video.
A video which is almost exactly what you would expect. Whilst the song, and the clip, are pretty awesome, we’re kinda’ hoping that Charli’s recent assentation to US collaborative fame doesn’t stop her from being the producer of some of the most interesting Pop around. The occasional Break The Rules is great; but more Nuclear Seasons and You’re The One please.