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
“I made some not disco” Canadian, er, Disco, producer Pat Lok exclaimed on Twitter yesterday evening. Well, for a start he wasn’t lying, and it’s awesome to see producers playing fast and loose with genres. Many artists produce their best work when experimenting and branching out, and let’s face it Nu-Disco is getting a bit repetitive, it’s no wonder the more creative on the scene want to spread their musical wings.
So where does that leave Pat, the track Crazy Juice is a brooding Chicago House/early 90s Rave crossover that keeps Lok’s funk, but channels it toward a darkened warehouse. Loaded with shuffling 909 beats and a big warping bassline, Crazy Juice brings the kind of strobe light vibe that takes us back to our youth. One for a full-on night out.
One of the stars of the last couple of years, French ElectroPoppers Reflex, have done it again. We’ve covered Belgian outfit Shindu’s new single for Continental Records, Just Go, quite a bit this past month. It’s released as part of the reMix single of Just Go on 10th December and amongst the likes of Kamp!, Plaisir De France and Oxford, will sit this gem from our favourite French duo.
Just Go is a very cool track indeed, so it’s a hard one to top, but Reflex do just that. Loaded with Reflex’s fun and funky take on ElectroPop, with an injection of Disco and tons of quirkiness. A pounding Disco beat and springy synths bounce all over this track with a summery smoothness, perfect for knocking out the winter blues. The little interactions between lead lines are a work of synth art. This is definitely the killer version of this tune.
♫ Shindu – Just Go (Reflex reMix)
While you’re here, check out Continental boss man Mr. Jerry Bouthier’s edit of the Plaisir De France reMix as a free download. It’s got a hypnotic old school rave feel tied up with a Disco-Housey bow.
Well, it looks like The Good Natured is finally on her way to releasing her début album. It’s been quite a road, and one that has been a pleasure to watch, Sarah (without wanting to sound pretentious) has done it properly. No flash-in-the-pan success or unnatural blog hype. The Good Natured’s rise has been build on hard work and developing a fan base at a sustainable rate. In advance of the album comes a new EP 5-HT, named after the chemical in the brain that releases serotonin, and it’s a bit mental.
The Good Natured goes Rave. that’s what’s going on here, proper Old School breakbeat and orchestral stab Rave. In the choruses at least. What 5-HT does is neatly mix-up Sarah’s introspective Indie-Electro with big hands-in-the-air moments. Richard X was behind the desk for this tune, we’re not sure who the frantic drums and laser-light vibe is down to him or now, either way is a surprising, but amazing prelude of what’s to come.
♫ The Good Natured – 5-HT (Edit)
The Good Natured’s 5-HT is released March 10th 2013, reMixes from Kat Krazy, Ghostwerk remix and Sarah’s cover of Fine Young Cannibals’ She Drives Me Crazy.
Hervé & Ronika’s old school Rave anthem How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) was finally released yesterday, revealing the most eagerly awaited (as far as we were concerned) of the reMixes. From the moment we heard both the original, and that London’s Disco don MiGHty mOUse was contributing a reMix, for us, that was the one to hear.
And it lives up to expectations, easily positioning itself as the standout of the package. Driven by a deep galactic funk, MiGHty mOUse takes us, and Ronika, out beyond the solar system with some of the most cosmic Disco you’ll hear in a while. A booming robo bassline is perfectly complimented by electro toms popping and pewing like laser fire off the starboard bow. This is the kind of jam they danced to in late 70’s Sci-Fi shows, when the did dance, especially in Buck Rodgers. Like the musical equivalent of a shiny silver jumpsuit, one worn by Madonna Of The Midlands™ Ronika. Which, thinking about it, she’d probably love. Addictive space funk, get involved.
♫ Hervé (Feat. Ronika) – How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) (MiGHty mOUse reMix)
How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) is out now.
Thank fuck for that! Proper autoKratz are back! autoKratz tend to be a bit amazing hit and miss. When they are being autoKratz, and producing pretty hard ElectroPop tracks they can be jaw droppingly good, but the whole Bad Life techno thing was just pretty tedious. So it’s with open arms we welcome the return of actual autoKratz.
Devil’s Touch ticks all the right boxes, it’s got a nice ElectroPop flow and some subtly anthemic vocals, set amongst a big Rave track. The track’s actually got a slight underworld flavour to it, and brings the listener up and down like the best underworld tracks do. I can see this track rocking the festivals this season. The Rave lead and piano riff are big enough to make it a hypnotic hymn to hold a congregation while the dips and builds make for some big party moments.
Premièred on his last mixtape, here is the full length version of, one of Belguim’s hottest properties right now, A.N.D.Y.’s reMix of Bodyspasm’s Twenty Radios. The fellow Belgian’s Twenty Radios single was released in April, now they are gearing up for the release of the reMix package, A.N.D.Y.’s mix is a part of, in this month.
To be honest, the original version as a bit to cheesy Rave for our tastes, the big piercing leads didn’t really do anything for us. A.N.D.Y.’s mix in the other hand keeps all that nonsense in check. With a ‘90’s House bassline at it’s core, A.N.D.Y. blends other elements into this Chicago mix, there’s some of his traditional Belgian Disco in there, some Acid burbling and a brooding ElectroPop breakdown. The finale of the track is a massive, multi-layered testament to A.N.D.Y.’s production skills and love of analog synths. Frankly, this blows the original out of the water.
Ben Mono & Idiotronic’s 1992 EP was released earlier this year. A deep ‘90’s influenced club track. Deep is a bit of an understatement really, the bass, the vocals, everything was such a low down groove. The EP is getting a reMix release next week with work from Rambla Boys, Voxels, Krmpck and these two gems from Justin Faust and Housquare.
Both mixed take things back to the ‘90’s, but in different styles. Faust plays on the deep Chicago vibe and brings it up to date slightly. A hypnotic hook dominates the track, and dominates your consciousness while it’s playing. You can help but move to this track, there’s something infectious about it that just demands, at the very least, a head nod. Housquare take a big ‘90’s post-Rave House track, all staccato riffs, vocal snatches and 909 snare rolls. This is pure nostalgia, and I’ll admit, puts a smile on my face. There’s just something about those sounds, and those techniques, that take me back.
♫ Ben Mono & Idiotronic – 1992 (Justin Faust reMix)
♫ Ben Mono & Idiotronic – 1992 (Housquare reMix)
Ben Mono & Idiotronic’s 1992 reMixes EP is released 16th July.
Incoming is the fourth release on Bromance is the latest double A-Side single from French deep and dark groove merchant Gesaffelstein. Collectively they call the two tracks the Rise Of Depravity EP, but really, there’s noting ‘extended’ about two tracks, it’s a double A-side single to the rest of us.
The lead track is the dark rave juggernaut Depravity. Easing you in with woozy synths the track soon becomes a hammering dystopian Techno track, relentless in it’s sonic dancefloor assault. The highlight, though, is the flipside, ‘Belgium’. It’s a dark, heavy, Techno track that is completely without mercy. A tune that will make you dance and scare the shit out of you at the same time, with a build so intense that at one point you really don’t know if it’s going to end. I’d make sure there are no hard surfaces or sharp corners around when you stick this tune on.
♫ Gesaffelstein – Belgium
Gesaffelstein’s Rise Of Depravity is released 9th July.