[Audio] MiGHty mOUse & Ronika’s ‘See Through You’

 

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Well, we’ve been waiting for this for what feels like an eternity. The mighty MiGHty mOUse and the also mighty Ronika. A match made in mirrorball heaven. Even before we we’re told that this was happening we pretty much just assumed it would sooner or later, and now it has in the form of See Through You, the new MiGHty mOUse single set to drop at the beginning of next month. Strap in, this is gonna’ get wild.

MiGHty mOUse brings his Balearic, Cosmic, infectious Disco A-game here with a killer bassline and a funkin;’ beat. What’s really interesting about See Through You, is that alongside the shimmering Disco groove, there a bit of a Post-Punk vibe going on, in a similar way to the whole post-DFA New York scene but with a distinctly British twist. That bassline warps around synth horns, electronic stabs and huge rushes of vintage dancefloor strings while Ronika shimmies over the track with an effortless cool. A glorious homebrew take on shiny Disco-Punk, See Through You is set to be the sound of the holidays, around here at least.

♫ MiGHty mOUse (Feat. Ronika) – See Through You (Original Mix)

MiGHty mOUse’s See Through You is released 1st December.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Marathon’

 

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We were a little light on the posts toward the end of last week ‘cos of illness. Chronic man-flu if you must know (yes, it’s a thing). But as we all know there’s nothing better as a pick me up than a new song from Nottingham’s finest; Ronika. Obviously named for the original version of Snickers, Marathon is the lead track of her forthcoming new EP which, frankly, we weren’t expecting so soon after Selectadisc. Then again, Ron’s a bit of a workaholic so it’s not that surprising.

Marathon is a little glossier than Ron’s previous offering. But glossy in a 70s sheen-y way, rather than a contemporary Pop way. It’s got that movie Disco vibe, recalling the height of the genre’s popularity, though injected with a little bit of an 80s Boogie undercurrent in the squelchy synths. A laid back three and a half minutes of smoothness, Marathon is the kind of tune that can inject a little warmth into these cold Autumn days. Bring on the EP (just in time for X-mas!)

♫ Ronika – Marathon

Ronika’s Marathon is released 1st December via Record Shop.

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[Download] Ronika’s ‘World Is Turning’

 

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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.

Ronika – World Is Turning

Ronika’s Selectadisc is out now.

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[Download] Ronika’s ‘Shell Shocked’ reMixed by CJ Mirra

 

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If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Ronika’s album Selectadisc; do that now. It’s OK, we’ll wait. All done? Good, ‘cos the only people we know who haven’t got the album are idiots, and you don’t want to be associated with that lot. Ronika’s first post-album release will be a reMix package for the tracks Wiyoo and Shell Shocked, and in amongst the Jupiters and the Drop Out Orchestras sits this gem from the man of many synthetic textures, CJ Mirra.

Since we last featured CJ Mirra, he’s been off scoring European art films. Which is pretty cool and has the benefit of sounding like something an 80s student would aspire to. Bringing some of that enigmatic synthesizer beauty to Shell Shocked, CJ Mirra provides a respite from the floorfillers has he delivers something a little more cerebral. Thru arrangement here is a joy to listen to as Mirra glides from mood to mood, replacing futuristic eeriness with cinematic majesty, and drawing to deeper into the track. Waves of synths and a robotic bass swirl around Ron’s vocal, which takes on a new level of melancholy, and seem to have a narrative flow. At least, by the end of it you feel like you’ve just been told someone’s life story.

Ronika – Shell Shocked (CJ Mirra Rmx)

Ronika’s Selectadisc is out now.

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[Audio] Ronika reMixes The Penelopes’ ‘Time To Shine’

 

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London based French duo The Penelopes recent single Time To Shine, a record that we called “Massive” with all it’s moody bombast and stadium ElectroPop leaning, is about to get a bit Massive-er. Fresh from releasing one of the greatest albums of all time, Boogie juggernaut Ronika has contributed to the Time to Shine reMix package with this timeless House mix.

Chicago meets Acid meets Rave in this highly kinetic four and a half minutes. Ronika really keeps the energy going with undulating purcussion and a plethora of classic sounds. At it’s hart a Piano House tune, Ronika brings a load of early 90s elements to the, from the Rave keys to the use of the vocals as samples. This should really be played extremely loud in a field full of revellers, but through your headphones on a sunny day it’ll put just as big a grin on your face.

♫ The Penelopes – Time To Shine (Ronika reMix)

The Penelopes’ Time To Shine is out now.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Selectadisc’ album

 

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Ronika will always kinda’ be ‘the one that got away’ for us. After appearing on electronic rumors volume 1, the album that made us decide to launch a record label, we would have given our right arm to sign Ronika, we just never found an angle. Not only is she an incredibly talented songwriter, performer and producer (having been a professional sound engineer in her pre-Pop star life), but with her own releases via her label Record Shop, a shrewd businesswoman too. Honestly, we could never think of anything we could offer her that she couldn’t already do amazingly well herself. If only we’d had loads of money back then.

After spending the past couple of years releasing some of the finest singles in the country, Ronika is finally ready to drop her début album; Selectadisc. Named after legendary record Nottingham record shop (which is lucky, if we released an album based on our childhood crate digging haunt it would be called ‘Tony’s’, which doesn’t have the same ring to it.), the LP has already been a big part of our life since late last year (at this point I’m going to have to drop the blog ‘we’).

Late last year my dad died. Shit happens, it was pretty dark. Certain sections of the music industry sent over their condolences and musical care packages, it was touching and appreciated. Topping off the outpouring of sympathy Ron send over a copy of the then-just-mastered and untitled Selectadisc. Now, I’m not going to go all soap opera on you and say it made everything better. My dad had just died y’know. But it did do practically the impossible, take my mind of things for a while. And put a smile on my face. The album has been constantly play-listed ever since.

At this juncture, just before slipping back into the entirely more comfortable blog ‘we’, I’d like to point out that had Selectadisc been a bit shit none of that story would make sense. Luckily for all involved it’s not a bit shit, not even a tiny bit. If fact it’s fucking awesome, in every possible way and so far 2014’s best album (and looking unlikely to be beaten). Keep in mind that the likes of Tensnake and Chromeo have released records this year too and I swear that I am being as un-biased as humanly possible when I say that. Best album of the year.

So, to the music. As to be expected (almost) all the ‘hits’ are present and correct. Wiyoo, Forget Yourself, Paper Scissors Stone, Clock, Only Only, In The City and Rough ‘N’ Soothe are all here in newly recorded versions.Collected together here they present a timeline of Ronika’s journey as she weaves in and out of 80s Pop, Disco, Italo and Boogie; unleashing catchy hooks and infectious choruses as she travels. Only Automatic and Do Or Die from Ronika’s discography are missing, but seeing as they are making room for the new material we’ll excuse their absence.

The track we were most excited about hearing on Selectadisc was 1000 Nights. For a long time our live favourite; the tune doesn’t disappoint in studio form as Ronika puts one foot in the 80s Power Pop arena an delivers a huge cinematic epic. Like Bonnie Tyler meets Giorgio Moroder, 100 Nights is the hit single from an imaginary 80s movie soundtrack. There’ll be a ton of dry ice and wind machines in the video. It’s spot as our favourite of Selectadisc’s new material was usurped, though, by Video Collection. Video Collection reigns as one of the album’s standout tracks with it’s driving late 80s beat, punchy Italo bassline, sing-a-long chorus and sense of humour. We’re not sure if “built up my video collection, and now it’s good for nothing” is supposed to be a metaphor for life and emotional investment; but taken literally it pretty much describes our lives.

Album teaser Shell Shocked serves up it’s springy-bass laden soulful epicness, pairing Ron’s vocally sweeter side with some complex synth work, to offer a musically nostalgic TOTP moment amongst the Boogie. Selectadisc’s mid-point moment of cool comes in the form of Believe It, a laid back and involving slice of electronic Soul that finds Ron at her most Motown (vocally) over a shuffling late 80s groove, that serves as the calm before the Earthrise.

Earthrise treads similar bombastic territory to 1000 Nights, but adds a little B-Boy Electro to the Boogie with galloping hi-hats and a comfortable mixture of starlight synths and Disco licks sitting in-between the Robo beats and Ron’s passionate performance. Which makes for a nice contest with What’s In Your Bag?, a track that was our least favourite on first listen. Definitely a grower, our opinion of What’s In Your Bag? has gone from ‘filler’ to ‘work of pure genius’. Both the sunshine Pop vibe and the at-first-glace throwaway lyrics can seem alien on the record, but delving into the track revels a lyrical wit and 90s dance vibe that it is really hard not to love.

The other pre-album teaser Search Siren acts at the album’s spiritual epilogue. It’s enigmatic drama putting a full stop to proceedings with low key beats and one of the finest vocal performances on the album. We say ‘spiritual’ epilogue, because the album actually closes on Mixtape. A fun and funky tune, Mixtape feels a little out of place on Selectadisc but makes for a perfect encore and, in it’s own way, seems to sum up the experience of Selectadisc, only from the outside (it’s also definitive proof of the well known playground wisdom that ‘girls can’t make gun noises’).

So, to summarise (in case you haven’t been paying attention or have skipped to the end); buy this album. We guarantee it’ll either be your favourite record of the year, or in your top five. Ronika can write classic Pop songs with the best of them, but she’s so steeped in Disco, Italo and Boogie that every second of Selectadisc oozes compelling robotic Funk. That’s a combination that many try, but very very few ever master, and Ronika pulls it off better than anyone we can think of. Even Chromeo. So there.

Your summer starts right here.

–Edit– Apparently Mixtape isn’t on the final release of the album, so the world will be deprived of Ronika’s gun noises. Sadface.

♫ Ronika – Shell Shocked

♫ Ronika – Rough ‘N’ Soothe (Single Version)

♫ Ronika – In The City (Single Version)

♫ Ronika – Wiyoo (Single Version)

Ronika’s Selectadisc is due out 2nd June and can be pre-order on vinyl from the Record Shop shop here.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Wiyoo’ reMixed by Jupiter

 

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Our relationship with her tune Wiyoo is almost as long our relationship with Ronika herself. Her second single; the track also appeared on electronic rumors volume 1, and then reMixed by Substatic on the cunningly titled electronic rumors Volume 1: The reMix EP, so you could say Wiyoo has been pretty influential in our journey from blog to label. Ass has been shaken to it on more than one occasion too.

In advance of the long awaited release of Ron’s début album, Selectadisc (review coming soon, possibly the most personal thing we’ve ever written), here come this brand new reMix of Wiyoo from French DiscoPop dynamic duo Jupiter. The Parisians drop the tempo slightly and deliver slab loads of thick synth funk with a playful, cheesy, Pop heart. Ron’s vocals glide over a bed of springy deep bass, airy analog stabs and an earworm of a lead hook. Mixing up French Disco with a little LA Funk vibe, Jupiter serve up a completely different take on the track.

♫ Ronika – Wiyoo (Jupiter reMix)

Ronika’s Selectadisc is due out 2nd June.

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[Mixtape] Ronika’s ‘Shut Up And Kiss Me Mixtape’

 

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Ronika – Shut Up And Kiss Me Mixtape = Who wants an hour and a half of Ronika’s handpicked? We all do, obviously. gearing up for the release of her début album, Selectadisc, next month; Ron drops some smashing tracks (including a fair few we’ve featured on these pages) so you know your in for a cavalcade of Boogie and Disco to set up your weekend.

Ronika – Shut Up And Kiss Me Mixtape

The tracklist:
01. The Subs (Feat. Colonel Abrahams) – Trapped
02. Club Nouveau – Jealousy
03. Nine Lives – Adagio
04. Kid Sister – You Ain’t Really Down
05. New Look – Janet
06. Fox The fox – Precious Little Diamond
07. Ronika – Shell Shocked
08. Justus Kohncke – Tell Me
09. Mild Peril – Galatine
10. Jessy Lanza – Keep Moving
11. Vivien Vee – Higher
12. Neptune Safari (Feat. Clara la San) – Morning Sun (Funk Le Blanc reMix)
13. Broke One – Lightheart
14. Matt Zo – Like It Used To Be
15. John Wizards – Lyongwe
16. Fingerman – Like 2 Baby
17. George Duke – Reach Out
18. Ronika – Wiyoo (Jupiter reMix)
19. The Sequence – I Just Want To Know
20. Donna Allen – Serious
21. Persnickety All Stars – One Hundred And Nine (Mr. Snippy Mix)
11. Chela – Zero

Ronika’s Selectadisc is due out 2nd June.

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[Audio] Ronika’s ‘Shell Shocked’

 

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Our girl Ronika has finally announced her long long long awaited forthcoming début album. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome. We shouldn’t really say any more at this point, but it’s easily going to be one of the highlights of the year. It’s titled, Selectadisc, after the Notts record shop, and Ron’s giving you lot a taste of what’s to expect in the form of album track Shell Shocked. Check it out.

Shell Shocked is what Ronika does best. A slightly Disco-y blend of Pop and Electro Boogie that’s deceptively complex and insanely catchy. One of the emotional highs of the album, Shell Shocked delivers some spine tingling 80s Power Pop moments amid a sea of thick synth bassed vintage Funk. With the epicness of an 80s movie soundtrack and the street groove of Electro Soul, Shell Shocked is a fine primer for what’s to come. Believe us, this is the year Ron blows up.

♫ Ronika – Shell Shocked

Ronika’s Selectadisc is due out 2nd June.

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[Audio] CJ Mirra’s ‘RGB Flowers’

 

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CJ Mirra is the synthetic alter-ego if John Sampson, after earning critical acclaim in the Indie world, he’s now flexing his creative muscles with an array of electronic gadgetry. CJ Mirra creates eerie soundscapes, Sci-Fi soundtracks and emotionally resonant moods, all set to undulating and intricate rhythms. His début EP was released next month on Colour8 Records with RGB Flowers, it’s lead track, featuring partner-in-crime Ronika.

RBG Flowers is a pulsating opus that walks the line between futuristic, dystopian, soundtrack and deeply human lament. With rhythms built upon a combination of grinding machine beats and Tabla-esque purcussion, RGB Flowers lays down the juxtaposition of brutal, chainsaw bass and beautiful, Vangelis style synths to create a slightly edgy, slightly unsettling, but always intoxicating piece to take with you into the night. A vaguely recognisable Ronika delivers a performance that adds an extra personal quality to the track, but works more as an additional instrument on CJ Mirra’s sonic canvas than as the tunes focal point. Oh, and there’s a hazy sax solo, and sax makes everything better. The EP comes equipped with and instrumental version of RGB Flowers and the enigmatic and eerie dance beats of Soft Candles and is definitely one you should check out if you fancy a slice of intelligent and meticulously crafted electronica.

♫ CJ Mirra (Feat. Ronika) – RGB Flowers

CJ Mirra’s three track début EP, RBG Flowers, is released 4th November.

Check out more from CJ Mirra on SoundCloud.