Hervé & Ronika’s old school Rave anthem How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) was finally released yesterday, revealing the most eagerly awaited (as far as we were concerned) of the reMixes. From the moment we heard both the original, and that London’s Disco don MiGHty mOUse was contributing a reMix, for us, that was the one to hear.
And it lives up to expectations, easily positioning itself as the standout of the package. Driven by a deep galactic funk, MiGHty mOUse takes us, and Ronika, out beyond the solar system with some of the most cosmic Disco you’ll hear in a while. A booming robo bassline is perfectly complimented by electro toms popping and pewing like laser fire off the starboard bow. This is the kind of jam they danced to in late 70’s Sci-Fi shows, when the did dance, especially in Buck Rodgers. Like the musical equivalent of a shiny silver jumpsuit, one worn by Madonna Of The Midlands™ Ronika. Which, thinking about it, she’d probably love. Addictive space funk, get involved.
♫ Hervé (Feat. Ronika) – How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) (MiGHty mOUse reMix)
How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) is out now.
Thank fuck for that! Proper autoKratz are back! autoKratz tend to be a bit amazing hit and miss. When they are being autoKratz, and producing pretty hard ElectroPop tracks they can be jaw droppingly good, but the whole Bad Life techno thing was just pretty tedious. So it’s with open arms we welcome the return of actual autoKratz.
Devil’s Touch ticks all the right boxes, it’s got a nice ElectroPop flow and some subtly anthemic vocals, set amongst a big Rave track. The track’s actually got a slight underworld flavour to it, and brings the listener up and down like the best underworld tracks do. I can see this track rocking the festivals this season. The Rave lead and piano riff are big enough to make it a hypnotic hymn to hold a congregation while the dips and builds make for some big party moments.
Premièred on his last mixtape, here is the full length version of, one of Belguim’s hottest properties right now, A.N.D.Y.’s reMix of Bodyspasm’s Twenty Radios. The fellow Belgian’s Twenty Radios single was released in April, now they are gearing up for the release of the reMix package, A.N.D.Y.’s mix is a part of, in this month.
To be honest, the original version as a bit to cheesy Rave for our tastes, the big piercing leads didn’t really do anything for us. A.N.D.Y.’s mix in the other hand keeps all that nonsense in check. With a ‘90’s House bassline at it’s core, A.N.D.Y. blends other elements into this Chicago mix, there’s some of his traditional Belgian Disco in there, some Acid burbling and a brooding ElectroPop breakdown. The finale of the track is a massive, multi-layered testament to A.N.D.Y.’s production skills and love of analog synths. Frankly, this blows the original out of the water.
Ben Mono & Idiotronic’s 1992 EP was released earlier this year. A deep ‘90’s influenced club track. Deep is a bit of an understatement really, the bass, the vocals, everything was such a low down groove. The EP is getting a reMix release next week with work from Rambla Boys, Voxels, Krmpck and these two gems from Justin Faust and Housquare.
Both mixed take things back to the ‘90’s, but in different styles. Faust plays on the deep Chicago vibe and brings it up to date slightly. A hypnotic hook dominates the track, and dominates your consciousness while it’s playing. You can help but move to this track, there’s something infectious about it that just demands, at the very least, a head nod. Housquare take a big ‘90’s post-Rave House track, all staccato riffs, vocal snatches and 909 snare rolls. This is pure nostalgia, and I’ll admit, puts a smile on my face. There’s just something about those sounds, and those techniques, that take me back.
♫ Ben Mono & Idiotronic – 1992 (Justin Faust reMix)
♫ Ben Mono & Idiotronic – 1992 (Housquare reMix)
Ben Mono & Idiotronic’s 1992 reMixes EP is released 16th July.
Incoming is the fourth release on Bromance is the latest double A-Side single from French deep and dark groove merchant Gesaffelstein. Collectively they call the two tracks the Rise Of Depravity EP, but really, there’s noting ‘extended’ about two tracks, it’s a double A-side single to the rest of us.
The lead track is the dark rave juggernaut Depravity. Easing you in with woozy synths the track soon becomes a hammering dystopian Techno track, relentless in it’s sonic dancefloor assault. The highlight, though, is the flipside, ‘Belgium’. It’s a dark, heavy, Techno track that is completely without mercy. A tune that will make you dance and scare the shit out of you at the same time, with a build so intense that at one point you really don’t know if it’s going to end. I’d make sure there are no hard surfaces or sharp corners around when you stick this tune on.
♫ Gesaffelstein – Belgium
Gesaffelstein’s Rise Of Depravity is released 9th July.
So, you may be enjoying the new single from Hervé, ‘How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right)’, featuring out girl, Madonna Of The Midlands™, Ronika. You may be enjoying it’s bass heave old school Rave vibe. But what if it’s just not bass heavy enough for you, if such a thing is even possible? Well, don’t worry yourself, Hervé has got you covered. The reMixes turn the bass heaviness up to 11.
Hervé sometime partner in crime Sinden is up first with a stomping tribal Rave mix that drops you into a deep hypnotic groove before smacking you in the face with that massive riff. Hervé, in his Death Rose Cult alter-ego, drops a truly massive reMix that straddles the line between rave and Dubstep by layering buzzsaw rough synth over a pumping beat. This is the one that’s gonna’ rip your face off on the dancefloor. Detboi serves up a future Garage mix complete with shuffling beats and warp bassline, not heard a full on Garage track in quite a while, Detboi delivers it flawlessly. These guys really need to stop being greedy with the bass or there will be no bass left for anyone else!
♫ Hervé (Feat. Ronika) – How Can I Live Without You? (Make It Right) (Make It Right) (Sinden reMix)
OK, this track has been kicking around in out Inbox for the better part of a month now, we’ve been um’ing and ah’ing about whether to post it or not, but in trying to make the decision we’ve listened to it so much that we’re pretty hooked on it now. So we’re posting it. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophesy, the mere act of considering posting it results in a post. That, and the tracks is bizarrely badass.
So here’s Brodinski’s third release on his new Bromance imprint. The single is actually a double A-Side with Club Cheval’s ‘Now U Realise’, a proper dark Rave track on one side and Brodinski’s own ‘Nobody Rules The Streets’ on the other. ‘Streets’ features, again, Louisahhh!!! on vocals and, for a moody, gritty, Rave tune is surprisingly Poppy. Catchy and rabble rousing, in that way early ‘90’s Indie sometimes was, complete with police sirens, ‘Nobody Rules The Streets’, has got a bit of a Simian Mobile Disco circa ADSR vibe to it, which I think is why we like it so much.
♫ Brodinski (Feat. Louisahhh!!!) – Nobody Rules The Streets
♫ Club Cheval – Now U Realize
‘Nobody Rules The Streets’/’Now U Ralize’ is out this week.
Well, we’ve been hearing about this for a while now, both in person and on Twitter, but now we can feast our eyes on the video, and have our first listen to the full vocal version, of Hervé and Ronika (ahem, Madonna Of The Midlands™)’s ‘’How Can I Live Without You (Make It Right)’.
Directed by Jack Lightfoot & Robin Mason at Blindeye Films, the clip features little Ron and little Hervé, and slightly less little Ron, but seems to be missing a big Hervé. Wassup with that?
Van She’s ‘Idea Of Happiness’ was finally released this week and alongside the awesome original and the kicking SebastiAn reMixes we’ve already heard sits this Rave monster from Hervé. A surprising standout on the single, the reMix is bally, Acidic, in-you-face and bass bass bass heavy.
‘Idea Of Happiness’ looks set to become the anthem of the summer, an amazing comeback for Van She, and between the Indie-ElectroPop of the original, the French Disco of SebastiAn’s mix and now Hervé’s big Bass track there is a reMix for every occasion. Hervé has dropped a tune that will be dominating festivals and big parties in the coming months. Keeping most of the track intact for the into, he then goes Rave crazy once the track kicks in with Acidic riffs and booming basses in a track that seems to constantly build.
♫ Van She – Idea Of Happiness (Hervé Room 1 reMix)
The single is out now and features additional reMixes from SebastiAn, Jonti, Hervé, and What So Not. Van She’s new album will be out this 6th July on Modular Recordings.
Adamski has had a long and illustrious career. Instrumental in bringing dance music to the Pop masses when he, along with his Ensoniq SQ80, brought digital synths into Acid House (I had an SQ80, used to spend ages trying to copy Adamski!) and gave the world Seal (movie soundtracks would never be the same again). That was back in ‘89, and he’s been recording off and on ever since, sometimes as Adamski, and in recent times as Adam Sky.
But it took our friend Jerry Bouthier’s Continental Records to get him to don the Adamski hat once more for his forthcoming ‘I Like It’ EP, and it strangely sounds just like Adamski should! The lead track is a big Disco-tinged rave monster. It’s a definite London vibe, deep, hypnotic riffs and brain infecting synths work best on the capitals dark mysterious dancefloors. Places you can loose yourself in a track that takes in the last two decades of the producer’s career. ‘Wot Happened To You?’ is more straight-up Nu-Disco, still with a strong ‘90’s House vibe but more of a solid groove and slick Disco guitar snatches here and there. We first heard ATTAR!’s reMix of ‘I Like It’ on the last Aeroplane mixtape and it does an amazing job or reining the track in with a solid bassline and, naturally cowbell (the only thing the original track didn’t have). ATTAR!’s mix has such an epic lead line that’s pure euphoria inducing, there’s no way that this won;t kill on the dancefloor. Discotexas’ Mirror People smooth things out even more with their late ‘70’s Funk inspired Disco workout of ‘Wot Happened To You?’. moving you with the Disco and surprising you with some Rave keys. Holding the read is another mix of ‘Wot Happened To You?’ from French synth guru Blackjoy with a Disco sampling dark and moody Italo version that stands out from the pack in it’s pure difference to the rest, it’s an epic, cinematic track that is the perfect closer.
♫ Adamski – I Like It
♫ Adamski – Wot Happened To U?
♫ Adamski – I Like It (ATTAR! reMix)
♫ Adamski – Wot Happened To U? (Mirror People reMix)