After having him reMix his tune Dare, London Tropical groover Ben Macklin has teamed up with Le Flex to produce a brand new original track. Released this week in Macklin’s SoundCloud page, Escape is available as a free download, which is generous of him. Check out the smooth sounds of Escape below.
This is exactly the kind of poolside House jam we love Mr. Macklin for, with an added upbeat injection from Le Flex. Smooth as hell, Escape is dripping with a chilled summertime vibe built on an infectious bass hook and stabbing synths. The percussive keys give it that Topical flavour, but doesn’t overpower it’s laid back House credentials. We’re putting this in the pile marked ‘summer soundtrack’; we can’t wait for better weather to blast this one.
This week Jerry Bouthier’s awesome label, Continental, released the new double A-side single from fresh French ElectroPop outfit Bleu Toucan. The duo is made up of Léo Becerra (The Victorias) and Emmanuel Bonzé (Made In Taiwan) and have already released one slab of DiscoPop via Profil de Face Records, now this second release kicks things up a notch. The single comes equipped with the relevant quota of reMixes, including this dreamy gem, of the track Imagine, from our favourite Parisians, Reflex.
Reflex serve up something a little different to their normal output with this one. Less Tropical, more deep and groovy House. The French duo show off their dreamy side with a hazy production of warm tones and atmospheric pads over a bed of shuffling House beats and pumping and subby bassline. It’s awesome to see this other side to Reflex as the twosome flex their musical muscles. You should check out the whole single, it’s top stuff.
The awesome Continental Records has just released the second round of reMixes of 1987 classic No Memory from Scarlet Fantastic. The first incarnation of this reMix onslaught contained work from the likes of Luke Million, Pherotone and Mighty K, and just two months later the second EP is unleashed this week. This time around label boss Jerry Bouthier’s own JBAG duo leads the charge with this deep, Topical ElectroPop rework.
A departure from JBAG’s usual straight up DiscoPop masterpieces, this reMix of No Memory takes in some broader influences. With a jump-up beat and a breezy Island groove, the tune is more Chilled than we are used to from this pair, but still retains a solid dancefloor feel. Airy licks permeate a buoyant track loaded with heavy synth bass and a healthy dose of Reverb. The original’s vocals are used sparingly and with a haunting quality. Awesome stuff you can download right now!
Los Angeles based Miami Horror spin-off Wunder Wunder have a habit of choosing the smoothes of producers for their reMixes. Back in the summer we vibed to Goldroom’s take on their tune Coastline; now Parisian Horizontal Disco mastermind Zimmer turns in this lazy, poolside jam in his version of Midnight Hours. The track is taken from Wunder Wunder’s début album, Everything Infinite.
Zimmer serves up a chilled mix of laid back piano and swirling pads alongside a woody Disco groove. The sleepy vibes are the prefect accompaniment for the original’s Psychedelic Pop sensibilities, creating something dancefloor friendly, but dreamy and spaced out. Stick this in your headphones and sink into the sounds.
The funky Disco spike in Australian/Swedish ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s career to day, their collaboration with Comic Disco dog LindstrømGames For Girls has been brought back into their more familiar ElectroPop territory with this storming new reMix from our favourite Parisians lost in London, The Penelopes. As Say Lou Lou ramp up to the release of their début album, Lucid Dreaming, early next year, this is the prefect tune to bring the hype.
The Penelopes lay on the Tropical grooves thick to keep things fresh, but the main crux of the reMix is turbocharging the groove. This is a slamming dancefloor take on the tune; the beats pound, the basses pop and the builds go stratospheric. A punchy synth symphony that’s perfectly at home with Say Lou Lou’s vocals, which are kept largely intact here. the Penelopes have turned in an awesome, adrenaline spiking track that we’re saving for the weekend.
♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls (The Penelopes reMix)
Say Lou Lou’s début Album Lucid Dreaming is released 2nd February.
Hey look! there’s a tune with features both Ben Macklin and Deep Sound Express, two artists that we’ve given a fair bit of support to in the past. Well, we say ‘support’, it’s not like we’re lending them money or anything, or helping out round the house, or comforting them in times of grief. It’s more of a waving a flag at the side-lines kinda’ support. We’re certainly not load bearing. So, here’s Mr. Macklin reMixing a track that first featured on Pole Position Recordings and Glam Jam Artists’ Pole Jam Vinyl label’s début release.
Deep Sound Express’ After Rain features the vocals of Raha and is generally considered one of Pole Positions finest moments; so they’ve just released a reMix package for the track. Enter Ben Macklin. Ben serves up a smooth and soulful take on the tune. Warm and retro, the track conjures the Electro Soul of the 80s and Poolside Disco of the now and peppers it with a laid back Piano House flavour. The slickest of slick jams.
♫ Deep Sound Express (Feat. Raha) – After Rain (Ben Macklin reMix)
Deep Sound Express’ After Rain reMixes is out now.
Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin just isn’t letting up this year! Becoming one of the scene’s mote prolific producers, Ben continues his journey into Tropical Disco with this new tune, Physical. Depending on whether you’re a glass half full, or glass half empty, type of person this will either carry you away from these cold winter months to a warmer vibe, or remind you just how must it isn’t summer anymore. Either way, get involved.
Macklin drives things home with a solid House backing, a pumping, tight groove that makes a rock solid base for layers of hazy, almost Chillwavey, synths and samples to dance around the track. Keeping the vibes in check is a hypnotic Island lead line that shines down on the track, bringing the sunshine. This is top-down crusin’ music, although maybe you should wait a few months to act on that. Unless you;re in Australia, in which case go for it.
Here’s the video for Nautical Disco superstar Goldroom’s current offering ‘Till Sunrise. The track features Australian electronic producer Mammals and has been pretty much doing the business for the last couple of months.
The clip was directed by Dianna Agron and is one of those young-people-in-soft-focus-doing-some-stuff videos that are all the rage. Nice crane shots too!
Philly DJ, French Express founder and one half of Mr. Falcon, Blueshift, is back with a brand new jam. Well, he’s not really; this one is fresh in the wild but dates from 2010 “or something” and has been dug up from his archives and delivered here as a free download. Blueshift has had a pretty awesome year with some storming released and mixes, but now he’s looking back with Low Tide; a track that comes from an age old time when the man “was really into nu-disco”. Like he’s not anymore!
Saying that though, Low Tide maybe loaded with Tropical hooks, but there’s a load of House in there too. The track rolls on big 909 snares and big Chicago-esque vocal samples. Sure, that rubs shoulders with cascading island purcussion and a Disco-y line in piano riffs, but there’s House there all the same. And it makes for a nice mix, Blueshift shouldn’t keep stuff like this to himself for so long!
Here we have the new outing from Cassette Club’s Ben Macklin; get your shorts on, ‘cos this one is ultra-Tropical. Teaming up once again with frequent collaborator Emma Brammer Ben is serving up some of the dreamiest Disco sounds around to ease you out of the summer gently. Dare is released this week and comes correct with a couple of reMixes from fellow Londoner Luxar.
So recline on your pool lounger, flip the shades down, take a sip on that cocktail and slide into the smooth bassline and swelling vocals of Dare. A steady Nu-Disco tune with a little undercurrent of House and a Balearic vibe, Macklin deliverers it all with this one. Island chimes subtly blending into a hazy piano hook set the tone for the track, mixing Chicago with LA and laying the groundwork for Brammer’s smokey vocal to swirl around the track. The summer ends here, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop dancing.