You Love Her Coz She’s Dead are releasing their long awaited self-titled record this month. In preparation, get your ears ‘round one of the album tracks, ‘Leap Of Desire I’.
I’m going to come right out and say it, You Love her Coz She’s Dead are better than Crystal Castles. Yes, there are massive similarities in sound, and I don’t care who came first, the fact is YLHCSD write better songs. You can have all the 8-bit noise and distorted shouting in the world but you get major plus points if there is an actual song to back that up, a gold star if it’s catchy. ‘Leap Of Desire I’ is a slightly Dubstep influenced ElectroPunk-out and, here’s the thing, it’s got a good riff, good melodies and catchy vocals. We’re looking forward to this album.
Focusing on vintage synths, B-Boy Electro & House beats and Solange Knowles vocals H&LA’s reMix provides a nice contract to the funkin’ original and the super funkin’ Breakbot reMix. There’s even an element of Chiptune as the track progresses. If you are at all a fan of Chromeo and electronic music you’re going to love this. It’s a bit of a synth geek track, but in a way with groove.
We haven’t heard from 4TrakZ in a while, but if this track is anything to go by he’s been using his time productively.
‘Love Zone (Ultra)’ sees the Lyon based producer getting some heavy Funk bass amongst his ChipTune inspired Electro. It’s a soaring slice of Electro with video game sensibilities that demands your attention.
2Cage are an Italian duo who mix up a few influences, a bit of ElectroPop, a bit of ChipTune, a bit of Nu-Disco, a bit of Italo, into a n exciting Dreamwave-esq package. Sounding a little like early Danger with more of a Disco footing, these guys are defiantly one to keep an eye on if you like epic retro Electro.
Check the video for their new single, ‘Foot Warmer’.
‘Foot Warmer’ is out 20th May on Tunz Tunz Records.
Highly underrated Aussie Nu-Disco producer Beaumont has teamed up with Ill Collins, who has an awesome name to indulge in some bit-crushed madness.
An EP is forthcoming, but this tune ‘Drane’ is a little extra gift that won’t be appearing on it. If it’s an indicator of how the EP will sound then we are in for a pretty gritty, thumping, treat. Beaumont has always had a soft spot for 8-bit sounds in his music but here he really lets himself go crazy. ‘Drane’ is a mid-tempo grinder that manages to bring a little Cosmic Disco feel to the Lo-Fi doom.
Beaumont’s EP team up with Ill Collins should be out soon
As a side note I know absolutely nothing about who Ill Collins is, but maybe it should be noted though that his SoundCloud profile pic comes from Beaumont’s MySpace album, Beaumont’s 8-bit alter-ego perhaps? Maybe not, maybe he is some Mexican SID freak? Just sayin’…
The first, released in a very limited edition quantity of 500 copies, for Record Store Day tomorrow, is ‘Doe Deer’ is chaotic Crystal Castles at their finest, with a maddeningly repetitive riff and Alice screaming like a nutter over distorted drums and synths it is the Crystal Castles we know and love turned up to 11.
The forthcoming single proper is a bit of a (pleasant) surprise though. It’s not like CC haven’t produced melodic tunes before, but ‘Celestica, is pretty slick, ElectroPop. It’s still intricate in it use of electronic sounds but, in general, it’s a really club friendly Pop track with a dreamlike quality. Proper vocals and everything!
Have a listen to this rip from Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show.
This week Crystal Castles triumphantly announced their return with a new album and two new singles.
In an awesome move the new album, as with their début, will be self titled! Which is just a stroke of genius. The first proper single released will be a track called ‘Celestica’.
Before that, however, the duo are releasing a limited edition (500 copies) 12” of ‘Doe Deer’ to celebrate Record Store Day on 17th April.
To get you warmed up for all this good stuff here’s a couple of new reMixes. Midnight Conspiracy’s take on ‘Crimewave’ is a pretty amazing slice of 8-bit flavoured SynthPop and ‘Untrust Us’ as reMixed by Alex Zelenka, which is a deep bleepy vision of the original.
I gotta’ say, Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip’s ‘Angels’ album is one of my ‘go to’ albums, y’know, when you can’t decide what to listen to, I normally head straight for ‘Angels’. Good music and intelligent witty lyrics, what more do you need?
The end of the month sees the duos second album ‘The Logic Of Chance’ released on Sunday Best and just ahead of it, out now, the single ‘Get Better’, which is surprisingly Italo sounding with a nice 8-bit lead line too. Villa provides one of the reMixes, all synths, cowbells and huge 80’s chords!
Rimeroni Vumani A.K.A. Rimer London is one third of Dutch ElectroPoppers Le Le, and while Le Le go for the sleazy, dirty Electro side of things Rimmer London has one foot squarely in Italo Disco and the other in Chiptune.
Creating Moroder-esq grooves with 8-Bit sounds and warm analog basses these two tracks from his début EP are infections as hell!