Goin’ Old School: John Foxx, New Order & Gary Numan

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Later this week we’ll be shutting up shop for a while, as we are off to Bestival. More on that tomorrow but today’s Goin’ Old School highlights three classic SynthPop acts who will be appearing at Bestival this weekend, starting with ex-Ultravox dark Electro pioneer John Foxx and 1980’s He’s a Liquid.

Headlining Bestival on the Saturday are New Order. Here’s the Arthur Baker produced Confusion from 1983.

And finally SynthPop pretender Gary Numan kicks of Bestival on Thursday night. This is his finest moment, 1985’s Call Out The Dogs.

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ZX, now Zedex, reMixes Fenech-Soler + free EP

Electro-House duo ZX have been a bit quite for a while now, since we last wrote about the them have changed their name (well, spelling at least) to Zedex (which I think is better) and, if their new reMix of their friends Fenech-Soler new current ‘Demons’ is anything to go by, have been developing a smoother, slicker sound.

The reMix rocks more of a Disco vibe than their previous, more distorted noisy House, offerings, showing a defiantly maturing of their sound. This track almost goes Cosmic in places with big, lush, synth pads washed with reverb siting atop deep, deep bassline. there is certainly something unique about Zedex’s tunes, I can’t put my finger on it, maybe there’s a little Chicago House influence in there or something. Whatever it is, it’s Nu-Disco with a twist, and I can’t wait to hear more.

Fenech-Soler  – Demons (Zedex reMix)

On top of all this, Fenech-Soler are giving away, or the small price of an email address, an EP of stripped down session versions of four of their best tunes. The White Versions EP is available here.

‘Zulu X-Ray’, Zedex’s awesomely titles second EP is out in April, Fenech-Soler’s ‘Demons’ is out now.

Fenech-Soler @ Beatport

Fenech-Soler @ Juno

Fenech-Soler @ 7Digital

Fenech-Soler @ Amazon

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New Delorean single


Spanish SynthPop outfit Delorean have recently announced their signing with True Panther records along with a new single and début full-length album.

Gaining some recognition with their EP ‘Ayrton Senna’ (leading to offers to support Miike Snow on tour) Delorean have quite an eagerly awaited record on their hands.

‘Stay Close’ will be the first single form the album, ‘Subzia’, and it’s an upbeat, quite Lo-Fi, slice of summery SynthPop with a Hot Chip-esq lead line and loads of reverby backing vocal acrobatics!

Delorean – Stay Close (zShare) (MediaFire)

Delorean – Come Wander (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘Subiza’ is planned for an 8th June release.

Delorean @ Beatport

Delorean @ Juno

Delorean @ 7Digital

Delorean @ Amazon

The Phenomenal Handclap Band + Clock Opera


12th March sees the release of ‘Baby’, the new single by space indie-funk outfit The Phenomenal Handclap Band, on Gomma.

The single includes reMixes by Blackstrobe, Daniel Haaksman, Rodion and this one by Clock Opera, which has a sweet, chilled, Indie-Disco vibe that makes you think everything is going to be alright!

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Baby (Clock Opera reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Clock Opera have reMixes in the works for two electronic rumors favs, Marina & The Diamonds and Yes Giantess, were gonna’ be very interested to hear them!

The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Beatport

The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Juno

The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ 7Digital

The Phenomenal Handclap Band @ Amazon

The Antlers get the Buffetlibre treatment


NYC Indie/Folk outfit The Antlers’s track ‘Two’ was a twee little acoustic guitar excursion, not the most obvious choice for a good hard reMixing but those kinds of the unexpected reMix the Buffetlibre DJs have done just that.

What the Buffetlibre duo have done is created a really good SynthPop track out of the tune, it’s got the beats and the synths but loses none of it’s Indie (as Carles would put it) meaningfulness.

The Antlers – Two (Buffetlibre reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘Two’ is originally from the album ‘Hospice’, available now.

The Antlers @ Beatport

The Antlers @ Juno

The Antlers @ 7Digital

The Antlers @ Amazon

Calling In Sick reMixes Bertie Blackman


I first fell in love with Calling In Sick’s music after I heard their storming reMix of Midfield General (Feat. ViLa)’s ‘Disco Sirens’.

The Aussie duo’s latest project is this rework of Bertie Blackman’s ‘Black Cats’ and it’s got that wicked digital slap bass and huge distorted synth riffs that I loved about Calling In Sick’s previous reMixes. This’ll tear up any electro dancefloor!

Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Calling In Sick reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Bertie Blackman has just won ‘Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year’ and ‘Best Independent Release’ at the Australian Independent Record Label Association Awards.

Bertie Blackman @ Beatport

Bertie Blackman @ Juno

Bertie Blackman @ Amazon

We Have Band Vs. Le Matos


We Have Band’s new single, ‘Honey Trap’, has been masterfully reMixed by Canadian synth heads Le Matos.

Rapid fire arpeggios fuel the track on top the steady disco beat. We Have Band and Le Matos is a pretty sweet pairing actually, the track works really well. Check out the driving ElectroPop tune here:

We Have Band – Honey Trap (Le Matos reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘Honey Trap’ is available from We Have Band’s official site.

We Have Band @ Beatport

We Have Band @ Amazon

Kiss In Cities reMix Performance, well, themselves


OK, so they may be reMixing their own band but Kiss In Cities, the amazing Manchester ElectroPop act, we told you about here, who are comprised of two thirds of Indie-Dance outfit Performance (Née (We Are) Performance ;)), have reworked said parent band’s most popular track to date. ‘Reptile’.

The original song is cool but this reMix is just pretty mind blowing, almost perfect electronic pop, this will absolutely slay on any ElectroPop dancefloor!

Performance – Reptile (Kiss In Cities reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

The ‘Reptile’ Single is available for free here.

Performance @ 7Digital

Performance @ Amazon

Van She don’t fear the reaper


Ever since we got our hands on that radio rip of Van She covering Blue Öyster Cult’s ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’, we have been waiting impatiently for it to drop. The Bacardi B-LIVE folks have been telling us they were releasing it soon soon, but it never seemed to come soon enough!

Well, it’s finally here and, to be honest, it was worth the wait. Those huge Van She bass and lead synths are back! This is easily the best version of this song I’ve heard, Van She’s Indie-Space-Disco is prefect for it!

Van She – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (A B-LIVE Original) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Word on the street has it that there is a Holy Ghost! reMix on it’s way!

Van She @ Beatport

Van She @ Juno

Van She @ 7Digital

Van She @ Amazon

Mille reMixes The Sound Of Arrows


Ever since Mille’s reMix of Marina And The Diamonds ‘Mowgli’s Road’ I have had a thirst for all reMixes Mille.

Swedish Indie Pop act The Sound Of Arrows hare next up for Mille treatment and as per-usual he walks a big spacey line between Electro-House and Dreamwave. Here he mixes up 8-bit sounds, huge 80’s lead lines and some crazy side-chaining!

The Sound Of Arrows – Into The Clouds (Mille reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

The Sound Of Arrows’ ‘Into The Clouds’ single is out now and go show Mille some MySpace love!

The Sound Of Arrows @ 7Digital

The Sound Of Arrows @ Amazon