Enigmatic London ElectroPop duo Avec Sans are back with a new tune. We’ve been eager for more since they dropped their first original tune, Heartbreak Hi, we’ve had our fingers crossed for these guys that it wasn’t a one-off, or a fluke. Those fears have just been assuaged.
The Answer is Avec Sans new tune, and with it came a press release that finally gives us in insight into who these two are. Alice Fox and Jack St James. A Trinidadian international man of mystery and a Mancunian ex-badass, both of whom have done the rounds, and paid their dues, in various bands and musical projects, make up Avec Sans and the background in gigging bands shines though in The Answer. If you said to me that this was a track created by a guy who has experimented with many different forms of electronic music and a vocalist who cut her teeth on the Indie band circuit, I would say that’s exactly what it is. Intricately crafted dance music with a passionate, live, vocal. It’s an anthemic slice of ElectroPop with a real rush of energy for the chorus. The single is flipped with a reMix from Bill Posters and Will Power, why more and more electronic artists feel the need to get uninspired lowest-common-denominator dance music reMixes done I’ll never understand. the reMix is good at what it does, I suppose, but what it does is a bit blah and by-the-numbers. Skipping to the end; Heartbreak Hi definitely wasn’t a fluke, and Avec Sans are definitely amazing..
Madeon – Minimix (Annie Mac Radio 1) = So, give 17 year old wunderkind 5 minutes and he’ll give you more than most DJs with twice or three times his years experience. This 5 minute minimix for Annie Mac BBC Radio 1 show is pretty much Pop Culture part 2. Just jaw dropping.
The tracklist (not 100% in order, and I’m pretty sure there some stuff in there that isn’t listed):
Madeon – Shuriken
The Beatles – A Day In The Life
M83 – Intro.
Surkin – Ultra Light
Groove Armada – Look Me In The Eye Sister
Madeon – Icarus (Minimix Edit)
Røyksopp – Happy Up Here
The M Machine – Immigrants
Daft Punk – Outlands
Julian Perreta – Wonder Why (DatA reMix)
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes reMix)
Phonat – Set Me Free
Justice – New Lands (A-Trak reMix)
Skrillex (Feat. The Doors) – Breaking A Sweat (Zedd reMix)
Yuksek (Feat. Amanda Blank) – Extraball
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (Gigamesh reMix)
Oliver – Dirty Talk
Sebastian – Greel
Anoraak – Nightdrive With You (Grum reMix)
Martin Solveig – C’est La Vie
BWO – Sunshine In The Rain
Knife Party – Tourniquet
Para One – Wake Me Up
Feed Me (Feat. Gemini) – Whiskers
Michael Gray – The Weekend
ABC – The Look Of Love
Woodkid – Iron
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour
Chic – Stage Fright
La Roux – In For The Kill (Danger Ocean reMix)
Dirtyloud – Needle
Black Kids – Boyfriend (The Twelves reMix)
Kanye West (Feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi) – All Of The Lights
Justice – Let There Be Light
Sub Focus – Rock It
Kill The Noise – Talk To Me
Capsule – More More More
Justice – Helix
Kavinsky – Nightcall
Madeon – For You
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Porter Robinson – Say My Name
Muse – Hysteria
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (R3hab & Swanky Tunes Mix)
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Zedd – Slam The Door
Volta Bureau – Alley Cat
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke – Intro
Wolfgang Gartner – Flexx
The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go
Justice & Simian – Never Be Alone
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Rihanna – Russian Roulette
Clock Opera – Once And For All
The Paradise – In Love With You
Clock Opera – Belongings
Madeon – Finale
Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis
Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon reMix)
Queen – We Will Rock You
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Miike Snow – The Wave (Thomas Gold reMix)
Martin Solveig – The Night Out (A-Trak reMix)
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Yelle – La Musique
Metronomy – The Look (Camo & Krooked reMix)
Danger – 3h11
Nari & Milani – Atom
Unicorn Kid – Lion Hat
Daft Punk – Short Circuit
Yuksek – On A Train
Kylie Minogue – Get Outta My Way (Penguin Prison reMix)
Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon reMix)
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
The Killers – Bones
Russ Chimes – Back 2 You
Madeon – Icarus (Original Mix)
Chic – You Are Beautiful
Perfume – Take Off
Earth Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner – Animal Rights
Frankmusik – Confusion Girl (Russ Chimes reMix)
Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica
Daft Punk – Revolution 909
Calvin Harris – The Rain
Mylo – In My Arms
Kanye West – Power
The Killers – This Is Your Life
Kanye West ft. Jay Z – H.A.M
Green Day – Are We The Waiting
The Killers – A Dustland Fairytale
Green Day – 21 Guns
The Clash – London Calling
Alphabeat – What Is Happening
Let’s not forget the astounding Pop Culture itself.
Our girl LIGHTS is back with something old and something new. The Canadian ElectroPop princess has teamed up with London dubby production outfit Darkstars to put together this cover version of Talk Talk’s 1986 hit ‘Living In Another World’.
The track is being released as part of a Talk Talk tribute album, ‘Spirit Of Talk Talk’, curated by none other than Alan Wilder. Darkstars and LIGHTS hooked up when former Talk Talk keyboardist Ian Curnow heard LIGHTS cover and happened to be managing Darkstars. Convenient. It’s a deep Dubby track with a lush ominous tone to it. LIGHTS voice is really highlighted and sounds amazing as ever and alongside the plucked strings have a real emotional urgency to them. It would be kinda’ interesting to hear LIGHTS’ original as some of the track gets a bit clichéd Dubstep wob toward the end, but it’s not a big deal and doesn’t overpower the track. All in all very enjoyable stuff, we’d love to hear LIGHTS working with someone a little more original though.
♫ LIGHTS (Feat. Darkstars) – Living In Another World (Talk Talk Cover)
‘Spirit of Talk Talk’ is released 3rd September on Fierce Panda Records with proceeds benefiting the conservation organization BirdLife International.
Posttod are a Sweedish Electronica duo who push genre boundaries and wrap up myriad influenced in their beautiful, icy soundscapes.
The recently released their ‘Moon’ EP for free and should you take advantage of that amazing deal you’ll be treated to seven tracks of electronic, dreamlike soundtracks. Taking in components from everywhere from Dubstep to Chillwave to ElectroPop to Disco, Posttod create something decidedly Scandinavian sounding that just conjures images of forests and tundra. There’s something in this EP that reminds me of Røyksopp, maybe not directly in the sound, but in the approach to electronic music. The two acts are definitely experimental, and avant-garde, but highly melodic too. Here Posttod utilise broken beats, Dub basses, heavily reverb washed vocals and synth drones, but all the time accompany this with sweet melodies and passionate leads. ‘Moon’ is an accomplished peice of work that all fans of synthesizer music should check out.
It’s Substatic update time! When last we left out heroes they were knocking around on ‘electronic rumors Volume 1’ and playing a blinding set at the album launch party. That set showcased not only their new, leaner, line up but also a plethora of new material and, dare I say it, a new ‘sound’, one with a tad more Funk.
Here’s two new tracks to get your aural juices flowing. ‘iMake Noise’ is a bass fuelled steamroller of a track, the don’t-call-it-Dubstep bassline slowly grinding against your brain makes for the perfect accompaniment to Colleen’s sultry, dangerous, vocals. It’s a track with a sense of urgency, a nervous energy that threatens to break at any moment amidst the chiming lead lines. There’s definitely something cinematic about ‘iMake Noise’. ‘Arcadia’ is an instrumental track and, I presume, a tribute to the giant, travelling robo-stage of the same name. Last year at Bestival I was camped literally right next to Arcadia and whilst this track doesn’t quite capture the 5:30am ground shaking, can’t sleep, bass, what it does instead is make you wanna’ jump up with it’s shuffling beats and dirty, funk fuelled synth grind. Capturing the best of those times you can loose yourself on the dancefloor, ‘Arcadia’ should be played at peak time in a field with 30,000 other nutters!
Sometimes I get the feeling people don’t really know what to do with an artist like Little Jinder.
Take her forthcoming single, the big bass and little voiced ‘Keep On Dreaming’, I wouldn’t be trying to sell this to the UK Funky or Dubstep crowd, I’d shop this to the eclectic Indie-Electro listeners. It’s a really good track that might not get the recognition it deserves if it’s stuck in a pigeon hole.
‘Keep On Dreaming’ is out 13th March on Trouble & Bass.
Sismique ain’t your everyday Dubstep. The brain child of Steve Markovits, one third of the amazing Substatic, Sismique folds a unique experimentation and musicality, that must come from a range of eclectic influences, into the Dubstep formula.
Incorporating as much of the haunting lead lines and glitchy rhythms of, post-Artificial Intelligence, Warp Records output (think ‘Incunabula’ era Autechre) as it does the deep robotic grooves of Dubstep, Sismique create a listening experience that is both bassy & visceral and musically interesting. ‘Toulouse’ is a perfect example of this meeting of the intricate and sledgehamer. The jump up beat and catchy sample hook compel you to dance while the meticulously programmed percussion, melodies and chord progressions elevate the track into something more mature and intelligent. ‘Sunday’ takes a more haunting approach and a, dare I say it, more Bristol approach. Dub influenced echo on the vocal snatches and rolling rhythms make this a prefect Sunday festival soundtrack. With ‘Almost Everywhere’ sees Sismique in 2 step mode with a deep House bassline and glitchy garage beats forming a bedrock for some sweet laid back lead melodies. Outside of the confines of Substatic’s song structure Steve seems able to run with his musical ideas, showing a knack for hypnotic grooves and cerebrally pleasing tunes.