[Audio] Falcone’s ‘Ghosts’

 

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Falcone, the artist formally known as Aaron Alexis, is certainly working his way through the Brooklyn production roster. If we’re honest we’d like to see him going back to producing his own material, we really dug the old Aaron Alexis tracks, they had a consistent sonic style; one of warmth and soul. Anyway, this new one, Ghosts, was mixed by AIMES, who throws off his recent Nu-Disco dominance for some of his old school Chillwave flavour.

And very Chillwave Ghosts is too. Reverb drenched vocals swirl about the track as cacophonous beats and waves and waves of lush pads swell and fall from the speakers. It’s actually kinda’ Shoegaze-y, a wall of melodic sound partnered with a cavernous voice. Electronic Shoegaze with soul, that’s Ghosts. Brand new genre?

♫ Falcone – Ghosts

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[Video] Kid Kasio’s ‘Blood Red Sky’

 

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Britain’s reining champ of vintage Pop Kid Kasio is back with another taste of  what to his expect from his forthcoming sophomore album. This is the epic Blood Red Sky.

As usual Kid Kasio delivers an ambitious and expansive video, shot mostly in Spain. Taking advantage of some gorgeous scenery Kasio brings a western theme with a little 80s Pop flair.

Kid Kasio’s Blood Red Sky is out now.

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[Video] Little Boots’ ‘Taste It’

 

Little Boots   Taste It  Official video    YouTube

In the nicest surprise last week had to offer, the wonderful and synthetically ecclectic Ms. Little Boots announced the release of her new EP, Business Pleasure, with the lead track Taste It. It’s a cracking take on left-field Pop that has now got itself a shiny new video. Check it out.

Ish Sahotay and Victoria herself directs the clip, which is pretty unnerving Part ode to, part cautionary statement about, 80s consumerism and excess. All delivered Generation Game style.

Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP is released 1st December. Some very tasty indeed pre-order vinyl/poster/bag/digital watch!!! packages are available here.

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[Download] Strangers cover Shakespeare’s Sister’s ‘Stay’

 

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The reigning champs of epic and emotional British Pop, Strangers, are currently holed up in their studio putting the finishing touches to their eagerly awaited début full length record. Whilst the album is given all due spit and polish, Dave took a breather to indulge himself in this cover version. We gotta’ say, taking on Shakespeare’s Sister’s Stay is pretty fucking brave. The track is so imbued with Siobhan and Marcella’s personality that all you can do is completely make it your own, and that can be hard with such a defining track. Let’s see how Strangers does.

Dave doesn’t;t even try to ape Shakespeare’s Sister (which is probably a good plan), preferring to take an amazing well written song and treat it like it came straight out of Stranger’s studio. The vocals are given a bar-room bluesy treatments that pairs nicely with the tracks haunting piano. The piano, of course, soon gives way to a symphony of pulsating electronic bass and rising synth riffs set to a skippy vintage drum pattern. Thanks Dave; that’ll do nicely until Raife has finished mixing the album, now get on with it!

Strangers – Stay (Shakespear’s Sister Cover) (Demo.)

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[Audio] Tesla Boy’s ‘Keyboards & Synths’

 

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Russian kings of funk infused ElectroPop, Tesla Boy’s new single is an ode to synths. Which we guess if like some old Rock dude singing about how much he loves guitars. Frankly, we can think of few better subject matters for songs. “I’m not so cool or happy, I’m gonna’ sing about keyboards and synths” has surely got to be one of the best lyrics ever written, no?

Loaded with Tesla Boy’s trademark synth funk, Keyboards & Synths serves-up everything we look for in a new tune from these guys. That big squelchy analog bass, warbling keys, Disco beats; there even a slight Electro-Funk vibe to the bridge. Tesla Boy have always, from day one, been able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Chromeo, maybe it’s time for them to be as huge?

♫ Tesla Boy – Keyboards & Synths

Tesla Boy’s Keyboards & Synths is out now.

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[Video] College & Nola Wren’s ‘Save The Day’

 

College feat. Nola Wren   Save the Day  Official Video    YouTube

Dreamwave originator College is back with his first brand new material in what seems like ages. The Save The Day EP is out now. Here’s the lush, retro, title track featuring vocal work from Nola Wren.

Jay Buim directs the video, which stars Nina Tarr in a beautifully shot backwoods horror flick.

College’s Save The Day EP is out now digitally, with limited edition vinyl released 10th December.

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[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Taste It’

 

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Business Pleasure. That’s the title of the forthcoming new EP from the awesome Little Boots. We weren’t expecting brand new material so soon (given the length of time between albums one and two), the the early December release will be a nice pre-X-mas present. Victoria has just unveiled the EP’s lead track, Taste It. Which, after her experience with Disco, Pop and House, is surprisingly the most ecclectic song she has produced to date.

There a Grimes-like experimentalism to Taste It, alongside and Scandinavian MØ-ness, but this new avant-garde injection never overshadows Victoria’s ease with pure Pop music. In fact, she finds a certain harmony between the left-field and the Pop that seemed to have escaped others in the genre. Taste It is a hypnotic, bass pulsating, tribal rhythmed electronic dream led by Little Boots mantra vocals. It’s like nothing we’ve ever heard from Little Boots, and it’s exciting to hear her flex her creative muscles without the constraints of label pressure. Also, Com Truise had a hand in production, which is pretty awesome.

♫ Little Boots – Taste It

Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP is released 1st December.

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[Audio] Chvrches’ ‘Dead Air’

 

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So remember that new Chvrches track that they’ve been performing live under the moniker of various American comedians? ‘Gene Wilder’, ‘Eddie Murphy’, ‘Richard Pryor’ etc…? Well it’s actually called Dead Air, and it’s taken from the soundtrack of the new The Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 1, which also features the likes of Charli XCX, Haim and Bats For Lashes. Takes a listen to it in it’s full, not-live, glory below.

Alongside their other new, also soundtrack based, track, Get Away, Dead Air is a massive sigh of relief. All too often bands use ElectroPop to get a bit of recognition and then proceed to make a Folk or Indie follow up (naming-no-names, you know who you are). SynthPop’s not just for X-mas! Thankfully Chvrches seem to be living and breathing synths as their new tune shows off the icy keys and skippy beats we have come to love them for. Tempering the sharp sounds Lauren turns-in another heartfelt performance that rises to anthemic euphoria.

♫ Chvrches – Dead Air

Chvrches début full length record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is out now.

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[Audio] Chvrches’ ‘Get Away’

 

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The last week or so has been a bit of a treat in regards to new material from Glaswegian ElectroPoppers Chvrches. This evening Zane Lowe premièred new tune Get Away on his Radio 1 show. Get Away is taken from a Lowe curated new, alternate, soundtrack to 2011 “oh look everybody, there’s this thing called SynthWave!” movie Drive. The new version of the film will be shown on BBC3 on 30th October with the option (fingers on the Red Button!) to switch between soundtracks; which, for all our Drive-themed cynicism, is actually pretty neat.

Get Away puts to bed any fears that Chvrches (like so many before them) will abandon ElectroPop after their first record. It’s a swirling synth epic that nicely nods in the general direction of it’s Dreamwave predecessors. A particularly pounding beat of subby kicks and snappy snares underpins a fog of rich pads and Chvrches now-trademark razor sharp leads while Lauren’s typically heartfelt performance dominates the song. Very nice indeed.

♫ Chvrches – Get Away

While you’re here, check out another new Chvrches tune. As yet formally untitled, the band have been announcing it under the guises of various US comedians. So far it’s been reported to have the titles of ‘Gene Wilder’, ‘Eddie Murphy’; and in this instance (lifted from Austin City Limits Music Festival) ‘Richard Pryor’.

♫ Chvrches – ‘Richard Pryor’ (Live)

Chvrches début full length record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is out now.

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[Audio] Ekkoes’ ‘Last Breath’

 

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This weekend sees the release of the eagerly awaited new single from UK ElectroPop heroes Ekkoes. Following the début proper release, the single Fight The Feeling, Last Breath feels like an escalation of activity from Ekkoes. It would be a long time coming; and if it receives a similar kind of attention and radio play as Fight The Feeling, well deserved too. It’s about time Ekkoes burst out into the public consciousness.

Last Breath shows off that particular brand of Ekkoes epicness. A rich, emotional track with a driving tempo, Last Breath blends waves of lush synths with shimmering guitars to provide an unashamedly euphoric soundtrack for Jon’s passionate delivery. Which is odd, as it’s quite a melancholy track, but that’s the way of the best ElectroPop, musically blending the moody and the optimistic, and Ekkoes hold on to that vibe here perfectly. With nods to mid-80’s SynthPop, 90’s Shoegazey Indie and one foot on the dancefloor, Last Breath has the total package.

♫ Ekkoes – Last Breath

Ekkoes’ Last Breath is released 12th October.

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