Jake and Rex are back in the game and going home. Their new single sees Rex The Dog returning to their original home, German Techno label Kompakt. Easily one of the finest producers out there, Jake Williams and his four legged friend combines his love of 80s SynthPop with analog Disco grooves and twisted DIY Techno to create a sound unlike any other. This uniqueness will only be enhanced by Jake spending the last couple of years learning how to build synths. Sicko was composed on this home-made equipment, check it out.
Sicko is a spacious tune, but the stripped down elements it works with are used to their fullest to deliver a rich and full sound. Innovative arpeggiated rhythmic modulated voice sampling provides a unique and compelling core for the track; which then accessories with vintage Electro beats and Techno effects. This is the space that Rex works best in, taking eclectic instrumentation and turning into something effortlessly funky. Over it’s six minute length Sicko just keeps delivering the surprises, so dive on in. Fire up the strobes lights and raise the dog with laser eyes, Rex is back to wreck shop.
♫ Rex The Dog – Sicko
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is released 2nd March on Kompakt. Pre-order the 12” here, we have!
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Consistently awesome House duo Waze & Odyssey are gearing up for the release of the next EP. These workaholics art dropping new sounds at the end of this month in the form of the Ways Of The Underground EP. As per-usual these guys pour whatever the fancy into a retro dancefloor melting pot and the results are classic dance music gold. Check out the EP’s lead track, Feel On Fire’ below.
It’s bit Chicago, a bit Acid, a bit Deep House, a bit Rave. Feel On Fire rocks a punchy and deep Bleep House bassline against Warehouse beats, Acidic burbles and Rave leads in a concoction that hits the spot. Nostalgic and upfront, this track draws on peak moments in dance music’s history and delivers them in a fresh package. Intoxicating dancefloor magic.
♫ Waze & Odyssey – Feel On Fire
Waze & Odyssey’s Ways Of The Underground EP is released 23rd February.
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In what must be one of the most exciting collaborations in recent years, London club giants Punks Jump Up have teamed up with one half of The C90s Danny Ashenden A.K.A. Earl Grey. The fruits of this meeting of minds is to be the début release on new Exploited sub-label, Exploited Ghetto, a single titled Call Me Up. These guys have known each other for a while and share a deep love of early Chicago House and analog synths; and if you a fan of either of their musics, or a fan of raw, synthesizer dance music, you’re in for a treat here.
Call Me Up kicks off with a low filtered bass playing a pattern that immediately let’s you know what you’re in for. Channelling warehouse sounds with a hint of Acid; Call Me Up is actually as Detroit as it is Chicago, with a strong Juan Atkins feel to some elements. The hard Roland beats, the robotic vocals, the utterly infections bassline; all this adds up to a track made for strobe lights in dingy clubs and sweaty dancefloors. Only time will tell if a track is classic, but Call Me Up has the chops to stand shoulder to shoulder with the tunes that influenced it; and that’s high praise indeed.
♫ PJU & Earl Grey – Call Me Up
PJU & Earl Grey’s Call Me Up is out 16th March.
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Italian/German label Slow Motion Records are celebrating being in existence for five strong years with the release of their first ever compilation. Titled Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno), the record will lay out a selection of label boss Franz Underwear’s secret crate weapons from the likes of Clap Rules, Riders Of The Lost Arp and this stormer from Italian analog Disco/ElectroPop maestro Bottin. Check it out.
Even before pressing play, Acid Disco (No Fear) had out interest piqued. We’ve made no secret in the past of our love for slick Disco mixed with Acid burbling, we feel it’s a sorely underexplored musical avenue, so a title like Acid Disco made us sit up and take notice. Bottin really delivers with this one. It’s a strong retro Disco tune, loaded with vintage synths. An infectious bassline and stabbing keys ride a beat that veers between Disco and House. Running alongside this is a deft 303 hook, slickly filtering in and out of the track, giving it that extra kick. RoboDisco with a twist. Awesome stuff!””
♫ Bottin – Acid Disco (No Fear)
Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno) is released 27th January.
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Brown Sauce is the new single from London based DFAer, acclaimed producer Marcus Marr. An epic, raw, tune that combines the DFA New York Disco sound with a health dose of Acid House.
Here’s the video. It’s wildly literal as Kris, DFA label manager, downs a chip butty. Any guesses as to his choice of condiment?
Marcus Marr’s Brown Sauce is out now.
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This week one of Brooklyn’s finest purveyors of synthesizer goodness AIMES drops his new release via Wonder Stories. It’s a companion to his huge single of earlier this year, Burnin’ featuring five new versions of the tune. This new reMix collection brings together such talent as Auxiliary Tha Masterfader, A Copycat, Perdido Key, Rocco Desentis; and this grinding monster from London Electro hounds Tronik Youth.
As you’ll no doubt be aware, the original was a driving and summery House tune that featured some soulful vocals from NY resident Javi; this is completely flipped as Tronik Youth give the track an East London basement club vibe. A stuttering and ominous Electro rework that despite being abrasive and relentless retains a cheeky charm. Chainsaw synths and squealing leads replace the poolside sounds of the original as Tronik Youth put together a strobe-light oddessy for the early hours. Now there’s a Burnin’ for every occasion!
♫ AIMES (Feat. Javi) – Burnin’ (Tronik Youth reMix)
AIMES’ Burnin’ reMixes are released 8th December.
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Here’s another slice of Acid Pop from Hercules And Love Affair in the form of forthcoming new single Do You Feel The Same?. This huge slice of club gold features vocals from the prolific Gustaph.
AlexandLiane directs this suitably 90s video; giving it a post-apocalyptic outback vibe.
Hercules And Love Affair’s Do You Feel The Same? is out February 2015 on Defected Records
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Legends Dirty Vegas’ new single Setting Sun has been out a while now. If you needed a reason to revisit it’s feel good excellence, check out this brand new video.
It’s some yoga and whatnot on a beach, there’s not much more you can say. Play it loud though!
Dirty Vegas’ Setting Sun is out now.
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Here’s the video for Hercules And Love Affair’s new single. The John Grant featruing I Try To Talk To You, taken from the House collective’s forthcoming album, The Feast of the Broken Heart.
David Wilson directs the clip, a moody kinds of reverse interpretive dance noir.
Hercules And Love Affair’s The Feast of the Broken Heart is released 9th June.
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Åpne Slusa will be appearing on the forthcoming third album from Norwegian Cosmic Disco pioneer Prins Thomas, titled Prins Thomas III. the album will be dropping on Full Pupp and ahead of the release Prins’ own label, Rett I Fletta, is sneaking out an EP based around the track headlined by this Lang Versjon.
And Lang it is too; clocking in at just under ten minutes, Prins revels in the Scandinavian Disco tradition of epic synth wig-outs. Almost immediately the tune hit your with the cowbells, so you know what you;re in for. Italo led quirky Disco grooves and Sci-Fi sounds. Powering forward on an almost Acidic squelchy arpeggio the track takes it’s time to deliver it’s bass heavy galactic core, but when it does you;re already lost in it.
♫ Prins Thomas – Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)
Prins Thomas’ Åpne Slusa is out soon.
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