[Download] Avec Sans’ ‘When You Go’

 

Avec Sans

The incredible Avec Sans’s new single premièred this week on MTV’s new Scream TV series. That’s some top drawer syncing right there! If MTV aren’t actually going to play music videos anymore then the least they can do is feature the best new music in their TV show. Which they appear to have done. So fair play to them then. Pats on the back all round. Are we in for some more lovely melancholy moods wrapped up in crystal clean and catch ElectroPop. Yes we are. Get your hearing gear around When You Go.

Swoosh! That’s how When You Go begins. Once suitably swooshed you’ll be treated to a booming and majestic tune that sees Jack playing with an almost Dubby groove, albeit it a Dubby groove run through his humming RoboPop machines while Alice’s smokey vocal delivers that particular gloomy optimism that only she can. When You Go is possible the Sans’ most confident and self-assured track to date, a down-tempo masterpiece of cinematic SynthPop. There so much bombast in here, Jack’s thick production sounding as clean and full as ever, but never over-crammed and Alice’s performance rich with an emotional resonance. There’s a new EP on the way. Oh yes there is.

Avec Sans – When You Go

Avec Sans’ ‘When You Go’ is out now.

Buy Avec Sans’ music from:

[Download] Du Tonc’s rework of Aaliyah’s ‘Rock The Boat’

 

Aaliyah

The Matts are at it again. Following their surprise monster of a reMix of Pixies’ Monkeys Gone To Heaven a couple of months ago; the Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse coalition of Du Tonc have rocked up with this slick reworking of the late Aaliyah’s 2002 tune Rock The Boat. The duo have a new single out pretty soon, but until then feat your ears on this bubble and laid back Disco reMix. Free download too; which is nice.

Du Tonc serve up a warm and hazy slice if the most laid back Disco sounds around. Utterly without a care int he world, this reMix of Rock The Boat totally strips you of all your troubles and orders you to flippin’ chill. Du Tonc’s trademark combination of cheeky Tropical licks, robust lazy basslines and blissed out keys transport of to a sunnier and altogether more nostalgic place while they pepper the tune with dreamy synths and a hint of talkbox. Believe us, you’ll feel 100-times better after listening to this tune.

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Du Tonc Rework)

Buy Aaliyah’s music from:

    

[Audio] Chvrches’ ‘Leave A Trace’

 

chvrches

So. Here’s the first single from Glaswegian ElectroPop geniuses Chvrches’ forthcoming sophomore album. Scary, huh? The trio’s début record, The Bones Of What You Believe, is one of our favourite records of the decade, if not of all time. But we’ve been burnt before. How often does some ElectroPop shining star come along with a mind blowing première release only to follow that up, after a little success, with a more ‘authentic’ Indie-Folk second album or whatnot. ElectroPop isn’t a stepping stone people! Every Open Eye is due out in September and Leave A Trace is out first hint of what to expect. And it’s good!

You can all stop holding your breath now. Leave A Trace is pure ElectroPop. Pure Chvrches. And top quality Chvrches too, this track sees them on top of their game and sounding slightly more eclectic while still sitting comfortably within the Chvrches we know and love. Maybe there’s a bit more of a swing in it’s step. Maybe the sing-a-long chorus is a tad more rabble rousing this time. There’s something a little different in Leave A Trace amongst the more-of-the-same. Oh yes, the sparking synths, machine beats and Lauren’s heart well and truly on her sleeve are all present and correct here. In short: phew. Also, excited.

♫ Chvrches – Leave A Trace

Chvrches’ second album Every Open Eye is released 25th September.

Buy Chvrches’ music from:

[Audio] Moonlight Matters reMixes Hot Chip’s ‘Need You Now’

 

Hot Chip

We haven’t heard a lot of Moonlight Matters recently. Easily on of our favourite producers to emerge in the last few years, Seba Vandevoorde seems to have been concentrating on his other musical output (with Jochen from Sound Of Stereo as Arches) of late, which is awesome but we’ve been missing the big Italo infused House and Boogie that MM delivers. So we’re excited that there a new MM reMix in tow, not only that but it’s a reMix of an utterly awesome song; the current single from UK Indie-ElectroPop powerhouses Hot Chip, Need You Now.

Moonlight Matters turns the tune into a massive Piano driven House monster. Loaded to bursting point with growling keys, skippy beats and a cinematic progression, Seba’s work here turns the track into a bombastic floorfiller that feels like it has a very physical energy of it’s own. A driving, kinetic quality that makes for a totally compelling dance track. Alexis’ vocals are just to just the right extent to tie the track together while Moonlight Matters tempers the driving, thick synths with gently melodies weaving in and out of the track’s robust core. And then the piano kicks in…..

♫ Hot Chip – Need You Now (Moonlight Matters reMix)

Hot Chip’s Need You Now (reMixes) is out now.

Buy Hot Chip’s music from:

[Video] Little Boots’ ‘No Pressure’

 

Little Boots   No Pressure   YouTube

Little BootsNo Pressure is one of the more Houseified tracks on just release Working Girl album (read the review here). With an infectious Warehouse groove the tune just makes you move; and now it can make you look too with this freshly released new video.

The clips shrugs off the pressure of working life as Boots basically gives a bunch of office denizens the shut-up-and-dance memo.

Little Boots’ Working Girl is out now.

Buy Little Boots’ music from:

[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Working Girl’ album

 

Little Boots

We don’t often have the time to do full album reviews these days, too much real life to contend with, but occasionally one comes along that we just have to write about. Here at electronic rumours we have a kind of broad spectrum love of electronic music. We have an absolutely love of Pop music, absolute love of dance music and have an absolute love of Experimental and left-field electronics (this can be attributed to the various genres of electronic music with been into over the past god-knows-how-many decades) and it’s rare to find a single artist that encompasses all our fields of synthesizer music interest, but Little Boots does. electronic rumours has grown up with Little Boots in a way, having launch the website just after Stuck On Repeat was released in 2008 (post-her leaving Dead Disco). Hailing Victoria Hesketh as everything right with UK SynthPop, we followed her career through the early singles and YouTube videos to her major label début album Hands in 2009. Hands, while obviously being the result of a push to make Little Boots a bona-fide Pop Star (something she didn’t need any help with, having already become so organically), Hands revelled in Victoria’s Italo, Disco and SynthPop influences and wore her love of interesting synthesizer music on it’s sleeve through the glossy Pop veneer. 2013’s follow up album, Nocturnes, allowed Boots, now free of major label constraint to deliver a blistering journey through dark Techno and Deep House in an ElectroPop vessel; truly Avant-Garde in places, perfect Pop in others. This interweaving of catchy hits, intoxicating floorfillers and synth geek noodling appeals to all our interests, and it’s why we’ve been on team Boots since day-one. The reason for telling you all that is context; Victoria releases her third studio album, Working Girl, this week and it really does sound like distilled Little Boots. Listen up.

You can’t really begin to talk about Working Girl without briefly touching on aesthetics. We’re not in any way a design website so we won’t go on about it but we are enjoying Little Boots’ 80s pastel power-suited vibe for two reasons. Firstly we love a good concept, and speaking of her time in the music industry resulting in her taking control of her own career and setting up her label, On Repeat Records in a fun, nostalgic way works brilliantly (have you seen the accessories? post-it notes and whatnot. marketing genius!). Secondly; 80s nostalgia is used a lot these days, by a lot of artist, but it’s always the same. The whole palm tree, laser grid, that Purple Rain font, vibe is all well and good if that’s your jam but it;’ not really representative of the actual 80s. It’s especially odd when we see UK artists claiming retro credibility while using imagery that bears little to no relation the the experience of Britain in that decade (save for the odd TV advert). It’s not so often that an British artist comes along taking cues of a particularly British style of 80s as Victoria has done here, it makes it feel more authentic and relatable. (Sorry for sounding all *shudder* UKIP for a second there (“British 80s for British people!” LOL), but the fact is that the 80s didn’t just happen in Miami, which we think most bands seem to forget.).

So, to the music. Little Boots drops you right into the vibe with a Remedy backed answering machine Intro before launching right into the album’s title track (and also we would imagine Victoria’s theme tune), a well rounded DancePop track that has a classic boot’s sound with an added huge, growling, bassline. Really, the track sums up Little Boots for us; deep and heady grooves, playful and noisy synths, and cheery Pop vocals that belie a razor sharp sarcastic wit. No Pressure drags the album straight to the dancefloor with one of the records finest grooves. A sleek 90s House sound permeates No Pressure and Victoria’s hushed performance glides over a hook worthy of your finest warehouse moves. No Pressure’s hypnotics sit in contrast next to the driving synth Funk of Get Things Done, with a Bootsy-esque bassline and energetic melody supporting Victoria’s motivational mantras. Working Girl comes complete with a few track from Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP of earlier this year. The eclectic tribal alt-Pop of Taste It and the lush 90s DancePop of Heroine are present and correct alongside the EP’s rapid fire title track manifesto. Elsewhere the record glides effortlessly from one feel to another as  the pulsating American Pop stylings of Real Girl play out shoulder to shoulder with the dreamy, almost Chillwave, swirling and reverb washed sounds of Help Too. The Game injects the album with some serious late 80s Top Of The Pops vibe. A rich and jaunty ElectroPop tune with a nod to piano House and a beat that would be right at home on Radio 1 in 88. We get eased out of Working Girl with the lush, emotional Paradise and the first single from the album, Better In The Morning; a track that is exemplary of Little Boots’ lovable quirk-Pop. An intimate and carefree tune that leaves the listener on a high. And there we have it; Working Girl is definitely an album worthy of your attention and another example of why Little Boots is probably the most interesting SynthPop artist working today. Leave your preconceptions at the door.

♫ Little Boots – Working Girl

♫ Little Boots – No Pressure

♫ Little Boots – Better In The Morning

♫ Little Boots – Taste It

Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.

Buy Little Boots’ music from:

[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘No Pressure’

 

little-boots

We’ve got a feeling that there’ll be a few posts featuring new tracks from UK’s ElectroPop queen Little Boots in the run up to the release of her third full length album, Working Girl, next month, as she drip feeds us fresh material on her SoundCloud page. We’ve already been treated to the first single, Better In The Morning, and the album’s title track, and now Boot’s had unleashed the record’s second single, No Pressure. Give it a listen while you wait for that vinyl you pre-ordered (‘cos you did, didn’t you?) to drop.

No Pressure just adds to our excitement about the new record. Taking a different angle, again, from Better In The Morning’s avant-Pop and Working Girl’s UK House overtones No Pressure is a curiously enchanting mix of Chicago House, Synthwave (is Com Truise’s hand at play here?) and Deep House with a stripped back rawness to it. Over this heady mix of analog beats and droning synths comes an almost Balearic hook alongside Victoria’s impassioned vocal. It sees Little Boots is taking no prisoners on this new LP, ignoring rules and genres to deliver something truly her own.

♫ ♫ Little Boots – No Pressure

Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.

Buy Little Boots’ music from:

[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Working Girl’

 

Little Boots

Oh yeah. Little Boots, along with opening up the pre-orders for the vinyl of her eagerly anticipated third album, Working Girl, has dropped the records title track. Working Girl (the track) follows on from Better In the Morning to build up a picture of how this new full lengther will sound, and come across conceptually. Utilizing a slick mid-80s yuppie aesthetic to convey the empowerment of being her own boss (Working Girl comes out on Little Boots’ own On Repeat imprint) and her experience of the industry. It sounds like personal and insightful stuff, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s funky as hell.

Co-written with On Repeat artist Tom Aspaul and Grades, Working Girl show off a deeper groove that it’s predecessor. Easing you in with a silky smooth, undulating, hook and Victoria’s hushed vocals Working Girl soon escalates into a sublime mixture of UK Deep House and DiscoPop, cherry-picking the best of both. In fact, Working Girl feels like distilled Little Boots, encompassing everything we’ve grown to love about here over the past decade. Those hazy, yet catchy vocals, those warm club tones, that slightly left-field approach to a storming Pop tune. We can’t wait for the album.

♫ Little Boots – Working Girl

Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.

Buy Little Boots’ music from:

[Audio] TVÅ’s ‘Always Be’

 

TVA

CSCN, Casine’s singles label, is going from strength to strength. It’s a really good idea for a sub label; keeping the artist development with Cascine and letting CSCN just be a celebration of songs that they love. This time it’s Swedish duo TVÅ who get some CSCN love. Their single, Always Be (backed with Keep Me A Secret) gets a single release. Prepare for some ScandiPop goodness.

This brother and sister pairing have come up with a couple of beautiful and lush SynthPop tunes. Always Be is a glistening, gentle array of tundra synths. Turning icy elements into a warm and inviting whole, TVÅ deliver a tune that swirls around you and wraps you in it;s emotional depths. Incredibly understated, Always Be incorporates sparse drums and distant keys into a track that sounds full as the biggest production. Sublime stuff.

♫ TVÅ – Always Be

TVÅ’s Always Be is out now.

Buy TVÅ’s music from:

    

[Audio] Prides’ ‘Messiah’ reMixed by Giorgio Moroder

 

Prides

Amazing Glaswegian ElectroPopsters Prides’ track Messiah, a tune taken from their really quite good The Seeds You Sow EP of last year has been given a chugging workout be none other than synthesizer legend Giorgio Moroder. Moroder’s modern music can be irritatingly hit or miss, so any new offering is approved with hesitation. In all honestly this one didn’t grab us immediately, sounding a little too close to Giorgio’s attempts to court the American Dance music mainstream (yeah, those ’orrible three letters), but has actually massively grown on us, in all it’s in-your-face glory.

The more we listen to it, the more it starts to sound like some amazing Electro-House track from 2007, back when everything was all Indie vocals over chainsaw synths and relentless beats. The main hook itself is a powerhouse riff that shakes you until you are paying attention while the rest of the track is an odd mixture of pounding big room rhythms, richly layered synths and Prides’ heartfelt vocals. We’re not sure about the lowest-common-denominator builds, but on the whole the track just seems to work. Weird…

♫ Prides – Messiah (Giorgio Moroder reMix)

Buy Prides’ music from: