Belgian ElectroPoppers Shindu has put together this blistering cover version of Indie legends Pixies Gouge Away. Those amongst you who are sceptical about how Pixies frantic, wall-of-sound guitar music translates into SynthPop really need to hear this. This is how you make a track your own.
It’s the bass that really makes this tune what it is, synth heavy but keeping it raw, Shindu centre the track on a driving bassline that flows to the progression of the original. Even singer Chibi’s voice takes on an edgy quality here, doing justice to the song itself. We can imagine this song is killer live, the rising electronic tones and gritty riffs easily doing the job of droning guitars whilst injecting the track with a little Funk too.
Get ready for some summery vibes coming from the new release on Jerry Bouthier’s Continental Records stable. The release in question hails all the way from Switzerland and laid back Nu-Disco duo Mannequine team up with three piece Hip Hop outfit Jas Crew. it;s an unusual combination, but one that end’s up working really well. Tropical-Hop anyone?
The track’s called Bombay Night Story and it revels in it’s dual facets. Musically it’s filled to the brim with Island beats, steely purcussion, warm, nostalgic synths and a skippy little snare that add a little playful swing. Add to this some Swiss-rhymes with a hazy flow that finds a home in the beach party disco perfectly. Bouthier himself has worked up a cheeky little Club Dub of the track (available as a free Download) that brings all those beats, basslines and chords to the front, delivering hypnotic dancefloor groove, whist labelmates Shindu inject the track with some tough snyths and some lush 80s keys for something a little darker and deeper. Another interesting release from Continental.
This week sees the release of a sweet collection of reMixes of Polish quirky ElectroPop duo Rebeka’s Melancholia single. Their label, Brennnessel, has pulled together some of the top names on raw electronic Disco to deliver three hefty versions of the tune. Moullinex, Shindu and Brennnessel bosses Kamp! all weave their dancefloor magic with Iwona’s epic vocals.
Moullinex’s reMix is instantly recognisably his. An energetic, Cosmic Disco take on the song, that borrows a few tricks from Dub and gets quite dark at times. Put together on all analog equipment, Moullinex’s offering blends his rough ‘n’ ready Disco sound with Rebeka’s soaring ElectroPop to great effect. Belgium’s Shindu get enigmatic as they tackle the tune. Working around a deep synth bass and sparkling 80s leads, Shindu turn in a reMix that is a dancefloor intoxicant yet reminiscent of the best in 80s Pop. Once you get drawn into Shindu’s bass and keys, it’s hard to get out again as the track envelopes you in it’s warm layers of sound. Brennnessel’s own Kamp! take the energetic route with their version, opting for a French House influenced floorfiller. Big beats, big riffs and a piano hook to get lost in are the order of the day here. This is definitely one for the crate, indeed they all are. Check em out, did we mention that they are free?
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.
We last saw Belgian ElectroPop act Shindu releasing on Kitsuné last summer. their storming cover of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ Happy House went down a treat. Now the slimmed down two piece are back with a new single on Jerry Bouthier’s Continental Records which is already getting a ton of support from some of the coolest DJs ion the planet.
Just Go is a big, rousing, slick of European SynthPop, all vintage synths and sultry vocals. Alongside the Original and a reMix from the amazing Cyclist, Jerry Bouthier himself gets a look-in with a rocking Dub version that’s primed for the dancefloors. Spinning the best of the original out into a floor-filling five minutes, JB works the buzzing analog synth bass and baroque leads, bringing out their most euphoric qualities. Mixing in just the right amount of vocals in the chorus the track takes on a new, anthemic, quality. Expect to be hearing this one all over.
Kitsuné Music’s latest single release is Belgian act Shindu’s take on Siouxsie And The Banshees 1980 hit ‘Happy House’.
It’s a track that was begging for a modern workover and Shindu have certainly lived up to the challenge. Dropping Topical and Disco vibes over the song works so well. Produced by Moonlight Matters the track is already being tipped to be one of tunes of the summer. London’s ElectroPop double act supreme JBAG take it to the next level though with a huge dancefloor aimed retro monster of a track. With a killer bassline and a constant build to the finale, this records is going to tear up some floors this summer. Herr Styler contribute a deep House mix with a 90’s piano sound that turns the track into a majestic epic.