Relfex reMixes Strange Talk


Released later this month is Cast Away, the new single from Australian Indie-ElectroPop outfit Strange Talk. The bombastic, catchy tune is backed by a host of cool reMixes, we’ve already had a listen to Plastic Plates take on the tune, so now it’s time for one of our favourite French double acts, Reflex, to flex their reMix muscles and step up to the plate.

This tune is washed in exactly the kind of fun, slightly quirky electronics. Suited both for the dancefloor, and just to cheep yourself up. Reflex, more than many others in their field, have a real character to their music, even the instrumental stuff. It’s ElectroPop with a very specific personality. The original’s hushed vocals are paired up here with Relfex’s Disco beats, sweeping synths and idiosyncratic melodies. It’s all uplifting and charming stuff, but then Reflex’s tracks always are.

♫ Strange Talk – Cast Away (Reflex reMix)

Strange Talk’s new album is expected to drop next year.

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Hercules And Love Affair’s ‘Release Me’ video

We’re still jamming to Hercules And Love Affair’s new tune, Release Me, taken from their new DJ-KiCKS album. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the tail end of 2012.

The track’s video has just premiered, directed by Mo Stoebe, and comes loaded with retro video effects.

Hercules And Love Affair’s DJ-KICKS is released 29th October on Studio !K7

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Dragonette’s X-Mas single


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the first X-Mas single of the year! jumping the gun slightly in early November (is it time to feel X-Massy yet?), but still wining the prize is Canadian ElectroPop noiseniks Dragonette, who have managed to be seasonal and ‘down with tha kids’ by combining a bittersweet X-Mas tune with text messaging. Nice!

Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) has got bells in it, we should make that clear from the start, and choir sounds. Oh and copious amounts of the work “Fuck”, which is pretty special for an X-Mas song, also pronouncing X-Mas, “X-Mas” is appealing too. So, as you can probably gather, this is the anti-X-Mas love song set the traditional seasonal Pop that’s has had a few rounds in Dragonette’s grinding machine, sounding in-your-face but still holing on to some of that sparking X-Mas tune hopefulness and majesty. The best of all worlds really.

♫ Dragonette – Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message (Explicit Version))

Dragonette’s Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message) is released 20th November.

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Purity Ring’s ‘Lofticries’ video

Here’s the video for 4AD’s Purity Ring’s Lofticries. The duos glitchy ElectroPop album, Shrines,  is sure to make more than a few ‘best of 2012’ lists and this track is one of the reasons why.

The clip is a fascinating montage of character and location, directed by AG Rojas who seems to make the pact work with the track.

Purity Ring’s ‘Shrines’ is out now.

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Juveniles’ ‘Through The Night’ video

French ElectroPop duo Juveniles are about to drop their Through The Night EP, which appears to be just a re-release of their-self titled EP from June this year. It was an awesome release, which most of you have already picked up, particularly the Yuksek reMix of Through The Night which we featured back in the summer. the re-release of the EP will be out on AZ/Universal, so it’s nice that the guys have major label backing now.

Here’s the Edward Housden directed video, which you have also probably already seen (nope, major label backing doesn’t get you a new video apparently), it’s very French.

The guys hit the UK later this month, definitely one not-to-be-missed:

20 Nov – Blind Tiger, Brighton
21 Nov – Shacklewell Arms, London
22 Nov – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Juveniles’ ‘Through The Night’ EP is released 26th November.

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So, we’ve all got pretty used to Australian songstress Chela over the summer. Partly due to her appearance on Clubfeet’s Heartbreak, but mostly from her turn as the voice of Goldroom’s summer destroying Fifteen, one of the biggest tunes of they year. Now it’s time to check out some of her own output as she released two singles, Full Moon and Plastic Gun.

Released yesterday, Full Moon feels a few months too late, it would have been a stonking summer anthem. it’s got all the best qualities of smooth beach part Disco, but with a hazy shimmer that feels pretty unique. The track’s pulsating cosmic Disco and funk bassline are perfectly married to Chela’s vocals, that flip from ethereal to rowdy. It’s a track that sticks in your head for ages. Plastic Gun bring s more live sound to Chela’s repertoire. A reverb washed Indie-Disco jam with an energetic garage feel and a hint of Ladyhawke going on. Chela’s definitely got out interest.

Chela – Full Moon

Chela – Plastic Gun

Check out more from Chela on SoundCloud.


iyes blog

So, let us introduce you to IYES. IYES are a Brighton based Indie-Electro outfit who have a line up of songs prepare that we expect you will be hearing a lot more from in the coming months. These guys have a sound that is sure to see them generating a load of hype from here on in.

Today, though, we can exclusively revel one track from their forthcoming EP. It’s called Daddy and it’s the one instrumental track in the collection but perfectly captures IYES mood. Their sound is kinda’ post-Chillwave with a slightly more British take on the electronics. Daddy is a hypnotic, undulating track that balances Dubby electronics with a dance beat and reverb washed Chillwave guitar. A hazy track that comes across like the musical equivalent of a daydream. Warm and summery but with an air of mystery. We’ve also included the demo version of their track Lighthouse here, it’s probably the most guitary track on the EP but gives you a good idea of where IYES are, vocal wise, there’s a real passion to the dual male/female vocal performance. For now, you’ll have to take our word for it that there is some stunning vocal ElectroPop on the EP, hopefully we’ll be able to share some with you soon.

♫ IYES – Daddy

♫ IYES – Lighthouse (Demo.)

Check out more from IYES on SoundCloud.

Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’


Aussie DiscoPop duo Flight Facilities really do take their time over their releases, and this is a good thing. Unlike many of their contemporaries who are happy to drop release after release, these guys put stuff out when they are good and ready, when things are perfect for them. So here’s their new single, Clair De Lune, featuring Brooklyn based singer Christine Hoberg on vocals, and you can tell they certainly took their time on it.

A departure from their usual vintage sampling Disco, Clair De Lune is a rich slice of Folktronica. A beautiful soundscape that clocks in at just under eight minutes. The track balances an ominous, enigmatic backing, thick with pulsating synths with playful acoustic guitar and Christine Hoberg’s introspective vocal. Not exactly what you were expecting from Flight Facilities? Maybe not, but definitely a direction we;’d like to see them exploring more.

♫  Flight Facilities (Feat. Christine Hoberg) – Clair De Lune

Clair De Lune is out now in Australia & new Zeland, 13th November for the rest of us.

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Chordashian reMixes Touch Tone

We knew it was only a matter of time before we started to hear some reMixes of Dreamwave Original Gangster Touch Tone awesome Make Believe. Make Believe is Touch Tone’s second single under this new moniker and both his track have been in demand for reMixers, once you’ve heard his big, anthemic, DiscoPop you’ll understand why. So, stepping up this time is a duo who have been around for a while, but recently joined the Binary fold, Chordashian.

The Brooklyn duo whip up a nice mix of beach Disco and piano House for their taken on the tune. Alex from LexiconDon’s vocals sound comfortable amidst the stuttering snares and late night House vibe. Chordashian have managed to deliver a reMix that is both extremely dancefloor friendly, but quite musically interesting too, and retaining all the the originals soul.

Touch Tone – Make Believe (Chordashian reMix)

Touch Tone’s Make Believe is out now on Binary.

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Chad Valley’s ‘Young Hunger’


Chad Valley‘s forthcoming début full length record is a departure, or more an evolution, from his previous offerings. The Oxford based producer’s music is at the same time genre-less, and strictly Pop. We usually hate the term ‘genre-less’, we sincerely believe in a good old fashioned pigeonholing and hate the pretension of artists believing they are above that. But it might actually be true in Chad Valley’s case and the new album, Young Hunger, shakes off many of the tropes of his Chillwave roots whilst managing to retain his music’s unique character.

So Young Hunger ends up being some kind of crazy posy-Chillwave, slick R&B Pop with a raw, garage style ElectroPop or Indie-Electro covering. Last years Equatorial Ultravox EP was a dreamlike, Balearically chilled affair, and Youth Hunger builds on that but brings the vocals to the forefront more, making them feel more like traditional Pop songs, albeit ones heard in a dream. The albums opener, the Twin Shadow featuring I Owe You This perfectly exemplifies this, hazy synths and toy town drums should be strange bedfellows with R&B Pop, but it works so well. Twin Shadow isn’t the only guest appearance on the album, TEED, Glasser and Active Child, amongst others, all put in a appearance on the eleven tracks. The previously heard, Tell All Your Friends is one of the albums standouts, a slick retro Pop tune with a catchy as hell chorus that shows just how much Chad Valley’s music has matured. Elsewhere on the album you can hear snatches of LA Funk in the likes of Fall 4 U, the pure 80s soul of Evening Surrender, and the places where the album picks up into proper vintage SynthPop, such as My Girl or the albums title track, both of which wouldn’t seem out of place on the soundtrack to a John Hughes movies. Young Hunger really does exist outside of pigeonholes, and whist that annoys us, it also makes it one of the best albums of the year, and one that can be recommended to fans of ElectroPop, R&B, Pop, Retro Music, Chillwave…y’know, whatever.

♫ Chad Valley (Feat. Twin Shadow) – I Owe You This

♫ Chad Valley – Tell All Your Friends

♫ Chad Valley (Feat. Glasser) – Fall 4 U

Chad Valley’s Young Hunger is released 18th November.

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