Mjolnir, you probably know from their The Chemical Brothers reMix that was doing the rounds a couple of weeks ago. This Indonesian trio make some sweet Disco and Italo influenced ElectroPop that you need to check out.
Picking up the ItaloPop torch from Heartbreak (what’s happened to Heartbreak?) ‘Just A Boy’ is an epic six minutes of mid-80’s sounding SynthPop that could easily be dropped in the middle of an 80’s set and have the crown stroking their chins a commenting that they remember this track, it’s on the tips of their tongues! ‘Midway’ is slightly more contemporary in it’s production but sneaks Duran Duran-esque guitar riff in there amongst the sparkling ElectroPop and vodocer madness, and it’s catchy as hell too.
Space-age DiscoPop trio Cosmonaut jumped into our consciousness with a track on the forthcoming Kitsuné Maison volume 11. We’ve already featured their track ‘Say What You Want’ with it’s organic, analog synth laden, Cosmic sound, so let’s hear a little more from this Australian three piece.
Frankie Barretso got his hands on ‘Say What You Want’ and introduced these three Cosmonauts to an alien machine society with an arpeggio driven track that eschews the live feel of the original for pure robo Funk. ‘Jupiters’ and ‘Terminator Sky’, two original tracks from the trio, are both the same kind of live ElectroPop jam as ‘Say What You Want’. The Sci-Fi subject matter and electronic nature of the music given a human feel and a rawness that makes it feel, at the same time, more accessible yet more epic.
‘Say What You Want’ appears on the ‘Kitsuné Maison 11 ‘The Indie-Dance Issue’’ followed by the ‘Cosmonaut EP’ release on Young Mine. Cosmonaut also have a double A-side single, ‘One Dancefloor’/’Erroneous Monk’, incoming on Bang-Gang Twelve Inches.
Gemini Club’s awesome ‘Ghost’ was defiantly one of our tunes of last year, in all it’s myriad reMix forms. This week sees the track’s proper release, at long last, as a massive reMix package.
Alongside the instant classic original version there’s reMixes you’ll already know, such a Hey Champ!’s, and some new versions from Only Children and Golden Bug. Also featured are these two mixes from Mr. Frankie Barretso and Indie-Electro Newcomers Blue Satellite. Barretso’s effort is a rapid fire Electro take on the tune that’s a pure dancefloor rush while Blue Satellite opt for a laidback, no worries, DiscoPop that’s the prefect smooth comedown.
Here was have the latest offering from one of the UK’s most criminally underrated acts.
The Manchester/London ElectroPop duo of Futurecop! are currently gearing up for the release of their début long player (which those lucky Japanese can already get their hands on!) ‘It’s Forever, Kids’. The album is said to contain more ‘proper’ Pop songs, featuring guest vocalists, alongside their retro inspired Nu-Disco sound. Songs like ‘Venice Beach’ (co-produced by Worship), featuring Ricco Vitalio on vocals. Check the video for some California style ElectroPop goodness!
The track is an easy reminder of why Futurecop! are one of the UK’s top synth outfits and can effortlessly stand toe-to-toe with the very beat Dreamwave from France or LA. I just wish they’d release more!
There’s a couple of reMixes too, from two producers we’ve hyped up here at electronic rumors before. The one and only Frankie Barretso drops his track straight on the dancefloor with a massive Disco mix while France’s 4TrakZ more Electro take on the track still keeps it funky with a killer bassline.
We can’t seem to get enough of Gemini Club’s ‘Ghost’ right now. It’s such a sweet tune and the reMixes to date have been so good it’s hard to choose between them.
Enter Chilean electronic rumors staple Frankie Barretso, who has turned in a really cool, driving reMix. This is arpeggio fuelled powerhouse Disco with some euphoria inducing keys in the chorus. Still couldn’t choose my favourite reMix, but this one is defiantly at the top (probably a toss-up between this and Hey Champ!’s) .
Chilean Dreamwave synth wizard Barretso has taken, 1982 New Wave classic, DEVO’s ‘Peek A Boo’ and stuck it through the retro synth wringer, the end result being an awesome clash of DEVO’s chaotic post-punk and Barretso’s arpeggios and soaring lead lines.
Frankly, if this doesn’t make you move, or at the very least put a smile on your face, then you are dead or at death’s door.
♫ DEVO – Peek A Boo (Barretso Flash reMix)
DEVO’s new album ‘Something For Everybody’ is released 14th July.
Minitel Rose, those purveyors of the smoothest of French SynthPop & Dreamwave, are finally gearing up to drop their second album ‘Atlantic’ this June, and that (if you didn’t know) is an exiting thing! Their 2008 début ‘The French Machine’ still gets weekly play here and was an important record in terms of introducing a smoother French Electro sound to the masses and drawing wider attention to the Dreamwave movement being spearheaded by the Valerie Collective.
Listening to ‘Wild Birds’, the first track from the album, just wets the appetite even more. Their Electro-House tinged Disco SynthPop is in full effect on this energetic, anthemic track. It’s retro synth chords and uplifting vocals seriously bode well for this album being the soundtrack to the summer. electronic rumors fave Barretso give the track a shot of adrenaline with his reMix, busting out his best pumping percussion and shimmering synths to create a powerhouse of a reMix. Kolt13 brings a Disco/Chiptune soundclash to his version, and intricate mixture of Nintendo madness and Discoball funk.
Minitel Rose look like they are going to release an awesome album, with some awesome remixes. Can’t wait!
When electronic rumors fav Barretso dropped his new mixtape the couple of days ago to tracks really held our interest. Both reMixes by Barratso himself, firstly of the Vanish’s ‘Heartbeats’ and secondly of French synthesizer (or Synthetiseur) heroes Housse De Racket’s ‘Oh Yeah!’.
The guys over at Trashbags have finally dropped the Housse De Racket mix and it’s a proper Nu-Disco workout, hard FM bass adds a real kick to Barretso’s sweet lead lines. This is an absolutely killer reMix, when the track kick back in from that build those soaring synths will just carry you away!
As Tuff Em Up gear up for the March release of Barretso’s ‘Bright City Lights’ EP more reMixes of the EP track ‘We Won’t Stop’ have arrived to tide you over.
Aussie’s DEFEAT & Redial (who made it into electronic rumors top 20 tracks of 2009!) clearly show who the next big things to come from down under are going to be, both bring their Electro Disco A-game. Redial, again, particularly impressing us. Farfletched makes up the trio with a deep, choppy, synth string laden funker.
As it draws ever close to the release of his début EP we can give you a feel for the release with the title track ‘Bright City Lights’, a track with a real Nu-Disco/SynthPop mashup feel. Still rocking the perfectly blended mix the smooth vocals just glide over the night time arpeggios. Kolt13 steps up for reMix duties and lets the synths fly and seriously Electro Funks shit up!