Ben Browning, of Cut Copy fame, has unveiled the second single from his forthcoming début solo album, Turns. The full length record is due out next month and sees Browning drawing from a wide variety of influences to express his personal vision. This new single, Friends Of Mine, follows the well received Make It Easy from earlier this month and loads on some blissed out summery Disco. Check it out.
Ben takes it easy with this one; a carefree nostalgia-fest that is a joy to listen to. Taking those breezy beach Disco sounds so often associated with L.A. and mixing it us with a little Cut Copy-esque Aussie Indie-ElectroPop Friends Of Mine treats the listener to a skippy symphony of warm bass, twinkling leads and Ben’s contented vocal over a steady Disco groove. Like a cool drink on a warm day, this is summer comfort at it’s finest.
♫ Ben Browning – Friends Of Mine
Ben Browning’s début album, Turns, is released 16th June.
The amazingly named Cardboard Foxes are a North London based outfit who are about to blow up with their début single, Forever. Enlisting the help of Minerva for this slice of buoyant Pop-House that look set to be hammered out this summer. The track’s called Forever and it’s out next month ahead of the group’s première long player, due out later this year. Check it out.
Dropping you into the action with a hammerfall piano hook, Forever soon lightens the mood with sparkling leads and an easy House groove. Minerva’s vocals dip in and out of the track giving it a slick commercial touch that is surefire airwave friendly while still maintaining a dancefloor dominating vibe. With just the right touch of euphoria, to be uplifting but not cheesy, Forever is bound to lift spirits this festival season.
♫ Cardboard Foxes – Forever
Cardboard Foxes’ Forever is released 29th June.
Check out more from Cardboard Foxes on SoundCloud.
Nude Disco and Foreign Boy are at it again. The Nude Disco Records staples have collaborated on yet another track, this one our first hint of what to expect from Foreign Boy’s début full length album; coming later this year in the Autumn. When these two get together synth Disco amazingness generally happens; so get you dancing shoes on for S E X E.
Sitting at the nexus point between Boogie and House, S E X E comes laden with an absolutely pounding synth bassline. This heavy and infections bass is accompanied by a warehouse beat and Foreign Boy’s vocal drifting across the mix. Honestly, you won’t be able to get enough of that bassline. This bodes well for FB’s premiere release, let’s hope we can expect more of thins Vintage, jackin’ SynthPop groove.
♫ Nude Disco & Foreign Boy – S E X E
Foreign Boy’s début album is set for release later this year.
In a post-Business Pleasure world we are eagerly awaiting the release of the queen of ElectroPop, Little Boots,’s third album. It’s titled Working Girl and set to be released in July, and in advance of that, we can have our first taste in the form of the pre-release single which was unleashed this week. The single is called Better In The Morning, a track that she’s been teasing for the past few days and is now available for your listening pleasure in all it’s glory.
Better In The Morning is a continuation of the evolution of Little Boots sound. As hinted at on the Business Pleasure EP, the new material seems to be less Deep House influenced and taking a Alt-Pop slant. It’s got itself a quirky DiscoPop groove, which more of a Raw feel that her very early DiscoPop track. This feels like the DIY Pop we’ve always though of her as. It’s Pop with no rules. Woody bassline and a solid beat propel the track, which is leaden with robotic sound effects and synth scratches while Boot’s enigmatic nursery rhyme vocals feel pleasingly biting and tongue-in-cheek. It’s a track that you just have to bob your head to, there’s no preventing that. We’re dead excited for the album.
After premièring it on their recent Music To Show Aliens When They Land On Earth mixtape, Du Tonc (the globe trotting team-up of Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse) have unleashed their the surprise tune from that mix. A reMix of Pixies late 80s/early 90s Indie club staple; Monkeys Gone To Heaven. As a prelude to their forthcoming new single, released later this month, this reMix is bound to keep you going for a while.
Effortlessly blending a bit of Indie nostalgia (if you like that sort of thing) with their magical Tropical Disco sound, Du Tonc strip down most of the original, keeping a few grooves and vocal snatches, but manage to hold onto Monkeys Gone To Heaven‘s feel with Matt Van Schie’s trademark Disco dream basslines and the waves of lush synths and wicked little licks we expect from these two. It’s a track the you can’t help but smile about, particularly if you’re familiar with the original. Summer goodness right here.
We’re a week or so away from the release of Swedish ElectroPop outfit Colleagues forthcoming EP; Visits. We’ve already had a gander at a couple of the tracks from the release; Tears back in march followed by Somewhere early last month. Both of which have been floating our boat. Now, in the final furlong before their début release, we can take a listen to another glorious slice of chill Pop from Visits; Talk It Out.
Were treated to more of the same dreamy SynthPop with this one. A euphoric track, Talk It Out comes filled to the brim with lush synths and energetic beats. Another heartfelt and passionate vocal performance flow over a tumbling and kinetic synthesizer symphony, resulting in a massively anthemic powerhouse. A future live favourite.
HousePop princess, and frequent collaborator with the likes of Tensnake and Rudimental, Syron is back with her latest single. Now signed to London based Fame Music she’s unleashing All I Need, a tune she initially wrote in LA but brought back to the London to give it a UK feel. For All I Need she enlisted the help of Rice & Peas on production duties and has delivered a more mature sound. Give it a listen.
Rocking a Garage groove with an early 90s vibe, All I Need delivers a more mature and confident sound from Syron. Musically walking the line between Garagey R&B and UK Deep House the track pleases on both counts while Syron serves up a rich Pop tune as a compliment. With warbling synths and big builds All I Need would work just as well on the dancefloor as on the radio.
Drum roll please; it’s Avec Sans first track of the year! Well, they did that reMix for Young Summer back in January, but this is 2015’s first original. London’s finest ElectroPop duo have been on a pretty solid winning streak in the past couple of years, seemingly concentrating on quality over quantity. It’s a philosophy I can get behind. Remember when a band you like’s new release was an exciting event? When bands didn’t just throw up everything they ever do on SoundCloud in an attempt to ride a relevance wave until a new track from so-and-so just becomes a mundane everyday occurrence? No? Well I do; and Avec Sans, in releasing only the cream of their crop, only when perfectly honed, bring back a little of that new release excitement into liking a band. Anyhoo, here’s Resonate.
Opening up in constricting style with some abrasive, grinding, synth work being tempered by Alice’s sweet vocal. When he’s not cosplaying a younger me, Jack St. James has a knack for intertwining aggressive grooves with sparling melodies, bringing musical beauty out of an ominous pallet. Resonate is a thumping mid-tempo ElectroPop epic that it’s hard not to get swept up in and the starlight arpeggios swirl around an intimate and intoxicating vocal performance, all set to a hammerfall kick. We (the UK) should be dead proud of The Sans, we’re more than happy with them flying the flag for British ElectroPop. Represent.