[Video] Jean-Michel Jarre & Little Boot’s ‘If..!’

 

Jean Michel Jarre  Little Boots   If..    YouTube

To say we are massive fans of French synthesizer legend Jean-Michel Jarre would be an understatement. We’ve been pretty fascinated by the man ever since Channel 4 aired Destination Docklands in ‘89 and he’s most likely got something to do with our persistent love of electronic music. As you’ll know JMJ has been releasing collaborative singles in the past few months, all in the lead up to a new album, and album which was finally announced over the weekend. Electronica Pt. 1: The Time Machine (there will be a part 2 in Spring 2016) is released in October and contains 16 tracks, each one seeing JMJ teaming up with another, often contemporary, artist.

We’ve approached Jerre’s new material with trepidation. Legends making comebacks have been pretty hit and miss in recent years; and even when they have (somewhat) hit, they’ve still not been able to capture the essence of what made them legends in the first piece (Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers spring to mind) trying to hard to be relevant and up-to-date whilst missing the point of why people loved them in the first place. The fact that JMJ is collaborating with so many current artists rang a few alarm bells.

So far our fears have been, mostly, quashed by what we’ve heard. The first three singles, with Gesaffelstein, Tangerine Dream and 3D were all good, good enough for us to fork out for The Vinyl Factory’s 12” releases of them. Glory, the track he did with M83 was also good. His track with Armin Van Buuren was OK-ish. The announcement of the album came with a list of the remaining team-ups. Vince Clarke, AIR and John Carpenter will no doubt all produce some interesting results (the teasers of the Clarke and Carpenter tracks sound amazing). Fuck Buttons, Moby, Laurie Anderson, Lang Lang and Pete Townsend’s collaborations should be worth a listen. Boys Noize is their too, let’s hope feeling slightly more innovative than his 2007-Boys-Noize-by-the-numbers offerings of recent years.

And amongst those names sits one of right-now’s top tier electronic musicians. Little Boots. The Jarre/Boots collaboration is out now as an album pre-order track. It’s called If..! and, honestly, it’s the best thing we’ve heard from Electronica Pt. 1 to date. It’s just a massive Pop song. Built up over layers of synthesized bass; undulating kick drums pop and pulse coalescing into a summery swing, rolling and shaking from bar to bar. Victoria’s on fine Pop form as she delivers a catchy, carefree ditty wrapped in waves of warm electronics. We’re feeling like this might be the most commercially accessible track on the album and with the right push we could easily see this one charting. It’s definitely got a Jarre production sheen, being a thicker sounding track than the more stripped back production in Little Boots’ recent Working Girl album but with Victoria’s unique left-field take on ElectroPop permeating every second of it. We were around 50% excited, 50% nervous about Jarre’s new album, If..! has done a lot to push the swing-o-meter in the excited direction.

Check out the video below. We’re not 100% sure what’s going on there. There Jarre himself hanging out with some modular synths and lens flares, and some bearded dude and a girl being random. We’re probably missing something. Looks nice enough.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s Electronica Pt. 1: The Time Machine is released 16th October.

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[Video] Kate Boy’s ‘Midnight Sun’

 

Kate Boy   Midnight Sun   YouTube

Midnight Sun, the first single from Australian/Swedish ElectroPop overlords Kate Boy’s forthcoming new album, The One, has only gone and got itself a shiny new music video hasn’t it. Listen with your ears and see with your eyes below.

Directed by the band themselves and actually partly filmed in Kate Akhurst’s apartment. The girl is getting down!

Kate Boy’s Midnight Sun is out now.

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[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.

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[Video] Stranger Cat’s ‘Sirens’

 

Stranger Cat    Sirens   Official Video    YouTube

ElectroPop side-project of singer/songwriter Cat Martino, Stranger Cat’s Sirens actually dropped last year originally, being taken from the album In The Wilderness. But now it’s lush, post-Chillwave, has got itself a shiny new video. Direct your eyes and ears this way.

The clip, which was co-directed by Martino and Andre Costantini, neatly captures the nervous energy of the insomnia which inspired the track.

Stranger Cat’s In The Wilderness is out now.

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[Video] Alice In Videoland’s ‘Let Go’

 

Alice In Videoland   Let Go   YouTube

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Sweedish ElectroPunks Alice In Videoland are back, when it totally seemed like they wouldn’t be. As exuberant as ever, the new single, Let Go, is classic AiV. Big synths, big riffs and Toril’s vocals on fine form.

Check out the slick video. Put together by Andreas Johansson & Anders Printz the clip looks surprisingly big budget for a DIY band like Alice In Videoland.

Alice In Videoland’s Let Go is out now.

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[Video] Parallels’ ‘Civilisation’

 

Civilization by Parallels  Official Video    YouTube

We covered the SynthPop gold that is the new single from Toronto’s Parallels a week or so ago. Civilisation is taken from the EP of the same name, which is out now; as is this lovely new video. See it with your eyes below.

Mark Moliterni directly this shimmering clip; with some softest focus performance shots contrasted with sharp, real world footage and some nice projector overlays.

Parallels’ Civilisation EP is out now.

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[Video] JBAG’s ‘Everybody (Come On)’

 

JBAG   Everybody  Come On   feat Shindu   Official Video    YouTube

London’s DiscoPop powerhouse production duo JBAG’s storming new single Everybody (Come On) is out now. The track features an enchanting mantra of a vocal performance from Chibi of Belgian ElectroPop outfit Shindu as Jerry and Andrea lay down some seriously thick beats and funk fuelled  vintage House. The bass alone is enough to shake you to the dancefloor.

Check out the brand new video, which we’re premièring right here, A simplistic affair proving you don’t need a budget or to be a great artist to make a video as it flashes in time to the JBAG’s monster tune and features a cast of superstars.

JBAG’s Everybody (Come On) is our now.

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[Video] Arches’ ‘New Love’

 

Arches   New Love  Official Video  ft. Karen Harding   YouTube

Arches (Seba Vandevoorde A.K.A. Moonlight Matters and Jochen from Sound Of Stereo) dropped the Karen Harding featuring New Love back in April. It’s an amazing slice of Poppy House that has now got itself a brand new video. Peep this.

Karen herself starts in this clip, as her and her friends take on London’s nightlife; looking for that new love.

Arches’ New Love is out now.

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[Audio] Mirror People’s ‘I Need Your Love’ reMixed by 2CV

 

Mirror People

Portuguese Disco producer Rui Maia, better know to you fine folks as Mirror People, originally dropped I Need Your Love back in February ahead of the release of his début album Voyager. The track is now getting a full single release equipped with a couple of reMixes including this stormer from Paris based Dutch duo 2CV. Check it out.

2CV serve up an eclectic slice of analog Disco on this one. Layered with electronic bleeps and whirs, the duo put together a slick combination of retro Disco beats and ringing vintage synths belting out a bouncy bass and warping lead lines. Weaving the original’s vocals in and out of their synthetic symphony, 2CV manage to create some order from this dancefloor chaos.

♫ ♫ Mirror People – I Need Your Love (2CV Vocal reMix)

Mirror People’s I Need Your Love reMixes is out now.

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[Video] Pyramid’s ‘Film Noir’

 

Pyramid   Film Noir ft. Holy Oysters   YouTube

One of the most interesting producers coming out of France right now, and in the past half-decade, is Pyramid. Film Noir, (a collaboration with Holy Oysters)  is out now on Kitsuné Music as part of the Night Tales EP, alongside this official video.

Rodrigue Huart directed this turbulent tale of band in-fighting.

Pyramid’s Night Tales EP is out now.

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