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 feats 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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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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French ElectroPop duo Reflex’s last single; the amazing Sunset, is now all shiny and new in video form. Relive it’s excellence all over again!
The clip is a dazzling Tropical Disco themed affair with extra helpings of geometry. Awesome stuff!
Reflex’s Sunset is out now.
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DreamPoppers Korallreven have signed to Cascine! When did that happen? Look, we’re like one of the top 150 websites in the entire world or some shit; I’m pretty sure that means we’re supposed to get a say in stuff like this. OK, so we would have said “yeah, great!”, but Cascine obviously missed the memo where stuff like this is supposed to be run past us. Seriously, just how is the music industry supposed to survive if people don;t stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to us?!?!
Anyhoo, Korallreven have signed to Cascine; and in much the same way that you might let a friend know that you’re not keen on Anchovies (who are you?!) when they offer you some of their pizza, the Swedish duo aren’t too keen on death (“hey, Korallreven; do you fancy some death?” “Nah, that’s OK thanks, death is not for us”). The new single precedes a sophomore album due out in November and is a gloriously upbeat slice of jaunty, tropical Pop that just seems to worm it’s way into your heart and refuse to budge. There’s a monster bassline and some airy brisk keys too in there too, loads of synth and harmony goodness in that contradictory icy yet warm way that only Scandinavians can pull off.
♫ Korallreven – Death Is Not For Us
Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is released 4th November.
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Here’s the next instalment in the story of Let Em Riot side project Moderns. Releasing a steady stream of tunes, these guys have already impressed with the likes of Sub Urban and Lies and as they gear up to (hopefully) releasing something properly they have unleashed Atlantic Sudden as the latest edition to their fast growing catalogue. Prepare for some lush, emotive, SynthPop.
Moderns songs tend to be slightly colder than Let Em Riot tracks. Well, maybe not colder, but slightly less personal feeling Atlantic Sudden being an example of this. It’s waves of icy synths and densely layered vocals displaying a rich emotional tone, but a less introspective one. This is a glossy SynthPop sound in comparison to Let Em Riot’s more raw ElectroPop. Which one is better? We’ll let you decide that; we love ‘em both.
♫ Moderns – Atlantic Sudden
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Here’s the video fro New Jersey based SynthPopper Teeel’s Disk Go, taken from his brand new album Hydrostatic. A track, which like most of the record, is a squelchy New Wave-fest, loaded with nostalgia.
Adam Murphy directs the VHS tinged clip which runs a nice line in vintage video effects.
Teeel’s Hydrostatic is out now.
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It seems like ElectroPop heroes Lovestarrs have well and truly shaken off the manacles of The Good Natured as Sarah and crew joyously revel in their new found freedom. After the monster rabble rousing début (comeback?) single Get Your Sexy On, team Lovestarrs have been drip feeding us a string of funky and uplifting tracks from their forthcoming new EP, Supernova. Well, premièring right here is the final drip ahead of Supernova’s release. This is 80’s Love Song.
With a surprising amount of retro Boogie in it’s DNA, 80’s Love Song is an exuberant and energetic hot-summer-nights anthem. It’s sassier and slinkier than anything we’ve heard from Lovestarrs (or The Good Natured) to date; rolling on a buoyant Disco groove, leaden with irresistible bass, the tune could have quite easily made for the latest vintage-tinged floorfiller. Not content with filling dancefloors alone though, Sarah adds a smooth, shimmering, and gloriously British Pop sheen with her urban dreamtime narrative, delivered with an infectious optimism. An interesting take on how DiscoPop should sound, a low down groove paired with Indie sensibilities. After a few summers full of LA-esque Indie-DiscoPop tunes, it’s refreshing to get down to a retro summertime vibe that sounds undeniably from the UK. Supernova is looking like the shake-up British SynthPop needs.
♫ Lovestarrs – 80’s Love Song
Lovestarrs’ ‘Supernova’ EP is released tomorrow.
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Ever wondered what the reigning champ of British SynthPop, Bright Light Bright Light, would sound like alongside a truck load of French Touch? Well wonder no more. It’s been an awesome year for BLx2 so far, from being main tour support worldwide for Sit Elton John, to the release of his well received sophomore album, Life Is Easy, AND featuring on electronic rumors last release! What more could the man ask for? How about French Touch pioneer Alan Braxe working his Disco magic on one of your tunes?
Mr. Braxe has had a bit of a resurgence of output int he past twelve months (and by resurgence we mean one EP and a handful of reMixes, which is relatively a lot!), and this reMix really is the pinnacle of that. BLx2’s emotional original was already a captivating and passionate Pop song, but with a healthy injection of continental Disco; courtesy of a rubbery bassline, filtered pads and a rock solid clap-a-long beat, the track takes on new floorfilling dimensions. Sparkling arpeggios jokey for attention alongside Rod’s vocals as the track neatly lifts your mood. The perfect combination.
♫ Bright Light Bright Light – An Open Heart (Alan Braxe reMix)
Bright Light Bright Light’s Life Is Easy is out now.
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London SynthPopper Christianoshi’s Trademark produced track Fake Blood first graced these pages a couple of years ago, and like his other tune, Trust, has got itself a re-release. Except this time he’s enlisted Disco renaissance man and political satirist Ali Jamieson to drag the track a couple of years into the present. Out money is on I Feel Sick being the next Christianoshi release, then he’ll be disappearing for a couple of years to write three new tunes.
Ali get’s his House groove on with this new one; in fact, at times the track veers into the realms of (dare we say it) Techno and even EBM. Amid all the Germanic arpeggios and chopped up vocals it’s reassuring that the tracks rests on a skippy House beat to keep you moving. Layered with a nice line in 90s space-y pads; a Dub version of the tune could nicely fit along side the likes of Orbital in that kind of early-to-mid 90s tough-but-ambient era of dance music. It’s a good job then, that a sweet Dub version of the reMix is also available for your downloading and dancing pleasure.
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson reMix)
♫ Christianoshi – Fake Blood (Ali Jamieson Dub reMix)
Christianoshi’s Fake Blood is out now.
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No sooner had the UK’s ElectroPop finest, Avec Sans, unleashed their brand new single, All Of Time, than they another mighty slab of Synthy Pop goodness. This time in the form of a sparking cover of the legendary Kate Bush’s Running Up that Hill. Now, you’d kinda;’ expect the ‘Sans’ bristling Electro sound not to be so compatible with the ‘Bush’s ethereal Pop, but boy do they make it their own!
Give yourselves a few listens to this on repeat and you’ll start to forget what the original sounded like without all the spikey arpeggios and Alice’s dusky vocal performance. Subtle tribal bests power the track along, imparting an epic drive while James delivers waves of buzzing and shimmering synths. Alice doesn’t try to replicate Kate Bush’s tone, rather usurps the track for her own heartfelt style. Amazing work; like we said, they really make it their own.
♫ Avec Sans – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)
You can download Avec Sans’ All Of Time right now, the full reMix package is released 15th September with work from Mausi, backstroke. and Brightly Coloured
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