[Audio] Alan Braxe reMixes Bright Light Bright Light’s ‘An Open Heart’

 

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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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[Audio] Ali Jamieson reMixes Christianoshi’s ‘Fake Blood’

 

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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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[Download] Avec Sans cover Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’

 

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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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[Video] Kate Boy’s ‘Self Control’

 

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As you’ll know amazing Stockholm ElectroPop outfit Kate Boy just released their new single, Self Control. In lieu of a proper video, here’s a live studio recording that’s pretty cool.

The clip captures about 1/1000000th of how awesome Kate Boy are live, so you should go see them when they are in town.

Kate Boy’s Self Control is out now.

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[Audio] Yelle’s ‘Complètement Fou’

 

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Following the advance teaser, Bouquet Final, Complètement Fou is the first proper release from the forthcoming album of the same name from French ElectroPop trio Yelle. The band’s third album is released at the end of next month, The album has been coproduced by ubiquitous US producer Dr. Luke, and, more than with Bouquet Final, it shows on this lead single.

With a nice line in 90s Pop-House keys and pounding dancefloor drums, Complètement Fou still retains many of the French Electro tropes that we love Yelle for, and Yelle herself lets her personality shine though as always. Whether these elements are straining not to get lost in the shiny American Pop is a question we’ll consider when we get to hear the whole album. So far though, we’re enjoying the singles. Personally, we think Yelle would probably be better off without Dr. Luke (as anybody would!), but we’re still kinda excited to hear the album in it’s entirety.

♫ Yelle – Complètement Fou

Yelle’s Complètement Fou is released 30th September.

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[Audio] Æon Rings’ ‘Pale Blue’

 

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New York SynthPop outfit Æon Rings are the latest edition to Teeel’s Synth Records imprint. This Brooklyn  based duo find themselves a good fit with the retro electronic stable, serving up a modern, digital, take on a classic early 80s sound. Their new EP, Floods,  is set for release next month, until then check out one track from the release; Pale Blue. Prepare for some moody, epic sounds.

Pale Blue delivers a nice mix of contemporary SynthWave music and a warm vintage croon. Bringing together 80s SynthPop sensibilities with a more 2000’s style of songwriting and big crunchy beats makes for an interesting combination and definitely something that bears repeated listening. There’s a deep and brooding synthetic throb underpinning that track, but despite the enigmatic tone, the track never get’s too dark, injecting itself with an air of optimism throughout. Atop the electronic soundtrack sits some gloriously David Sylvian-esque vocals to tie things together. Id keep an ear out for the EP is I were you.

♫ Æon Rings – Pale Blue

Æon Rings’ Floods EP is released 16th September.

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[Video] Avec Sans’ ‘All Of Time’

 

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Yay! There’s a new Avec Sans single in the offing! London’s finest ElectroPop duo are back with All Of Time a rousing, emotional SynthPop track with a surprising and powerful Indie sensibility. Piercing synths and Alice’s passionate vocal delivery wash over some tight dance beats on this one. Check out the shiny new video below.

Directed by Craig Murray, the clip is all stylish wind, lights, and Avec Sans close ups. Plus creepy subliminal beasties. Lovely stuff!

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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[Audio] Vogue Dots’ ‘Way Out’

 

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Those nice people at Cascine have been busy recently. They’ve launched a new imprint dubbed CSCN for the express purpose of releasing singles from acts they find interesting without all that mucking about with Cascine release schedules. The label kicks things off with this captivating cacophony from Canadian experimental Pop outfit Vogue Dots.

‘Thundering’ is the first word that pops into your head in hearing Way Out, but thundering in a really sweet way. It kinda’ reminds us of an electronic version of the noise end of early 90s Shoegaze; it’s got that wall-of-sound vibe. Stuttering beats and burbling bass seem to hold the track together by it’s fingernails, always in danger of shaking itself apart; but Babette Hayward’s ethereal vocal and waves of melody hold the song together. The more you listen to it, the more you get out of it, the more it comes across actually quite funky.

♫ Vogue Dots – Way Out

Vogue Dots’ Way Out is out now.

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[Video] Shindu’s ‘Down The Line’

 

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Down The Line is the B-side to Belgian ElectroPop duo Shindu’s awesome current single, Trust Me. A sparse and brooding retro SynthPop track that has now got it’s own video.

Directed and edited by Mats Van Eccelpoel, the clip is a beautifully shot, monochrome journey into one mans dark times.

Shindu’s Trust Me is out now.

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[Video] Scarlet Soho’s ‘Two Steps From Heartache’

 

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Two Steps From Heartache is the lead track from from UK Indie-Electro act Scarlet Soho’s forthcoming new EP. A contradictory intertwining of retro melancholy SynthPop and optimistic breakin’ beats makes for something strangely anthemic. Check out the video below.

Directed by Steve Hogg the clip which blends glamorous performance footage with the duo being harassed by a mime. We’re not sure how we feel about that. Fucking mimes!

Scarlet Soho’s new EP is released 18th September.

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