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.
Now that our girl Ronika’s utterly infectious Rough ‘N’ Soothe is out in the wild, and one of our surprise anthems of the summer (we say ‘surprise’ because we weren’t expecting it to get that stuck in our heads), we can give you a listen to the final reMix. this one comes from Sugardaddy, long standing duo comprised of Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay and Tim Hutton.
Sugardaddy whip up a vibe that walks the line between 80s epic and deep bassy House track. Bleeding snatches of rockin’ riff and soulful chimes over a B-Boy beat, this reMix created a enigmatic club groove for Ron’s vocals to drift in and out of. Replete with all manner of synthetic flourishes, the track feels like a Dub version of an existing tune, whist we imagine the other track to be lush 80s electronic Soul, this reMix is squarely aimed at late night dancefloors. Also, 100 points for the hilarious photo, that’s a genuine headline!
Ronika – Escalator To The Equator Mixtape = Here’s the ultimate collection of laid back summery tunes for your holiday weekend. Coming courtesy of Ronika who delivers over an hour of smooth grooves and infectious funk with tunes to make you smile, and tunes to make you move.
The tracklist: 01. Kassav – Langue Moin 02. Tim Maia – E Necessario 03. Amadou And Mariam – Sabali 04. Sophia George – Mek You Feel Fine 05. Jensen Sportag – Jareaux 06. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter 07. Ronika – Rough ‘N’ Soothe (The HICS reMix) 08. Pegasus – Cool Runnings 09. Miami Sound Machine – Rhythms Is Gonna’ Get Ya 10. Mzekezeke – Ngihambha Phantsi 11. Sunless ’97 – Aurora I 12. Robert Ffrench – Heart On Fire 13. Ronika – Rough ‘N’ Soothe 14. Rihanna – If It’s Loving That You Want 15. Aaliyah – Rock The Boat 16. Princess – Say I’m Your Number One 17. Swimming – Kid Global 18. Rita Lee – Maria Mole 19. Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man 20. Free Life – There’s Something Better
Whilst chatting about 90s R&B when we posted about Ronika’s forthcoming new single, Rough ‘N’ Soothe, we were this close to mentioning Mariah Carey. It seems we weren’t the only ones to get this vibe either, as London based Electronic Soul outfit The HICS inject the track with more than enough smooth 90s swing to tip it over the edge straight into Carey ballad territory.
Of course, the key is the chorus and the chimes, both of which are kept intact in the mix, but layered over a booming, laid back, kick & shaker beat and lazy keys. Stirring up a musical daydream, The HICS have delivered that rare of things, a reMix that completely differs from the original (not just a different take on the same thing), but one that sounds just as relevant to the song. It’s not all pastiché either, these guys litter the track with interesting synthetic touches to keep things fresh. We’re looking forward to what else the EP, out in April, holds.
Fancy some smooth vibes and your first taste of what to expect from Ronika’s forthcoming début alum? That’s kinda’ good news, as you’ve come to the right place. If that’s not what you’re here for, sorry Dude, but you really shouldn’t hate fun. Ronika’s album is pretty much one of our most anticipated released of this year, not wanting to sound sycophantic but she’s hasn’t put a foot wrong in her career yet. We’ve really enjoyed everything she’s released so far, we’ve really enjoyed every time we’ve seen her live and you can;t ask much more from a Pop star than that.
Rough ‘N’ Soothe is her new tune, a track that carries us away from urban cool Ronika and takes us into to laid back beach vibe Ronika territory. It feels like the soundtrack to Ron enjoying a day off, washed with an 90’s R&B cool that rubs shoulders with a bouncing Disco bass and rich vintage chords. Almost verging on Tropical at times, in mood if not in sound, Rough ‘N’ Soothe is a blissful slice of Ronika, pool party style. Seriously, the album can’t come quick enough. Also, “Bossa-Nova Casanova, Play it slow on, my Casio will ya…” is the greatest lyric of the year so far.
Ronika – Sweetheart, Dont Be A Nightmare Mixtape = Here’s a Valentines gift from Ms. Ronika featuring a whole heap of gloriously funky synth jams ranging from the stomping to the emotional. Just like a relationship, really.
01. SebastiAn (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne) – Love In Motion 02. Boxcutter – TV Trouble 03. Class Actress – Keep You 04. Com Truise – Brokendate 05. Palmbomen – Galore 06. John Maus – Hey Moon 07. Onra – Don’t Stop 08. Kindness – Anyone Can Fall In Love 09. DâM-FunK – One Less Day 10. George Benson – Turn Your Love Around 11. Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle 12. Julie London – End of a Love Affair
This 13th February marks the one year anniversary of the release of electronic rumors Volume 1. The compilation, spawned from a blog, that spawned a record label.
Released in association with Ninthwave Records, ER Vol. 1, collected 15 of the best ElectroPop, Nu-Disco and Dreamwave artists around onto one big CD and digital release.
To mark Volume 1′s birthday, we’re giving away a free EP. Four artists who appeared on ER Vol. 1, reMixing four other tracks from the album. All exclusive and specially recorded for this EP, and our gift to everyone who has supported us and the artists we’ve worked with in the last twelve months
Some of the finest talent from electronic rumors Volume 1 have kindly contributed to this free reMix EP with the worlds of ElectroPop, Dreamwave and Nu-Disco all represented. Lending their amazing songs to the EP are the queen of DiscoPop Ronika, ElectroPop siren Queen Of Hearts, 80s SynthPopper Kid Kasio and Indie-Electro dreamers Echoes. Turning their skills to reworking these fine tunes are Electro future stars Substatic, the cream of New York ElectroPop She’s The Queen, Dreamwave O.G.s LexiconDon and Electro experimentalist beaumont.
If there’s a bunch of tracks in the past few months we’ve been dying to hear it’s the fruits of the collaboration between Ronika and Mylo. As soon as we heard these two would be working together, Dance legend Mylo has personally chosen our girl Ron to ‘mentor’ as part of Bacardi’s Bacardi Beginnings project that teams up-and-coming artists with veterans, we’ve been itching to check out the result. We know there’s more than one track incoming, and here is the first Dance (The Modern Way).
Weirdly enough, it does actually sound like Ronika And Mylo working together. It’s essentially very much a Ronika track, but in some respects swaps her jagged retro DiscoPop for Mylo’s warmer, more rounded Dance sound. So, without mentioning Ron or Mylo anymore, the track itself is pretty awesome and despite sounding like a stripped down, hypnotic track, has a hell of a lot going on in it. A long, rich, string and vocal led intro lays down a sense of drama as the tune gradually introduces pulsating arpeggios and a classic House riff, winding up the listener like a rubber band until, just before you snap, launches you into a deep House groove. Loaded with Italo overtones, Dance (The Modern Way) juggles Robo-Pop slickness and euphoric 90s House with ease topped of with Ron sounding sultrier than ever. Ronika and Mylo in the same room is definitely not disappointing so far, can’t wait to hear what’s next.
♫ Ronika Vs. Mylo – Dance (The Modern Way)
No word yet about release dates or when the other tracks will surface. We’ll keep out ears to the ground. If you;re in London this weekend you can catch Ronika DJing at the launch of new Disco clubnight West 54th Street.
Ronika – Thugs Get Lonely Too Mixtape = Ron’s done a new mixtape, just ‘cos. Thugs Get Lonely Too runs the gauntlet of 90s House, Disco and R&B. From classics to fresh tunes, Ronika shows that not only does she make awesome music, but has awesome taste too.
01. Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts 02. Kano – Now Baby Now 03. Kartell – Like A Sunset 04. Jasmin Sullivan – Don’t Make Me Wait 05. Mario Basinov (Feat. Miss Bee) – Just Think About It (Social Disco Club & Mirror People reMix) 06. Machinedrum – Freshkids 07. Bettie Boo – Don’t Know What To Do 08. Little Boots – Headphones (Ronika reMix) 09. Toby Tobias – In Your Eyes (Tensnake reMix) 10. Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Jaques Renault reMix) 11. Rubinskee – The Reason Why 12. Sandy Kerr – Thug Rock 13. Elisa Fiorillo & Jellybean – Who Found Who?