[Audio] Keep Shelly In Athens’ ‘Flyaway’

 

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The countdown is well and truly underway to the release of Keep Shelly In Athens’ long awaited début album. We’ve already had a taste of what to expect from the Cascine released record and each time we hear a new track out appetites are whetted even further. The duo have dropped a new tune, Flyway, and it;s our favourite of the tracks so far.

There’s something a little Röyksoppy about Flyway. Maybe its the smooth, laid back Funk, Maybe it’s the icy Scandinavian-esque synths, maybe it’s that we’re listening to it on a sunny day with the windows flung wide open (that’s a Röyksopp thing for us), but it’s got the infectious flow of Melody AM. An infectious dance beat and an inquisitive bassline (yup, we just described a bassline as ‘inquisitive’, deal with it) underpin the track with a rock solid groove, letting the reverb washed vocals and arpeggiated synths glide around the track, easing their way in and out of your conscious listening experience. Not that’s you’d notice, you’ll be too busy shuffling your feet. Album now please.

♫ Keep Shelly In Athens – Flyway

Keep Shelly In Athens’ début album is due out 17th September on Cascine.

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[MP3] Selebrities reMix Keep Shelly In Athens’ ‘Recollection’

 

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It’s part two of the  Keep Shelly In Athens and Selebrities reMix exchange program. After Keep Shelly In Athens reMixed Selebrities’ Temporary Touch, the Selebs are returning the favour for their Cascine labelmates by whipping up their recent single Recollection into a poppin’ vintage synth fest. Why don’t they just get a room!

From the offset, Selebrities drop an infectious B-boy beat, layering it with vintage synths in a way that brings early New Order to mind. Creating a truly beautiful vintage mood, Selebrities manage to keep this surprisingly funky amidst the washy-washy, reverb soaked, nostalgia. Sarah P’s vocals swim through clam waters of electronic sound and effortlessly meld with the five minutes of upbeat, optimistic, 80s glory.

Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection (Selebrities reMix)

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[MP3] Keep Shelly In Athens reMix Selebrities’ ‘Temporary Touch’

 

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You may think it’s Shark Week…but you’re wrong. It appears to be Keep Shelly In Athens week. Hot on the heels of Oostende, their ode to all things double ‘o’, come this wonderful, and a little scary, reMix of fellow Cascine labelmates SelebritiesTemporary Touch.

Eschewing the Post-Punk Shoegazeyness of the original for something a little more ambient and atmospheric, Keep Shelly In Athens take a tiny snatch of the vocals and repeats it through the length of the reMix until it becomes an unsettling mantra. Set against a backdrop of growling tones and ice chords, the vocal chant rides the machine beats and created a totally involving experience.

Selebrities – Temporary Touch (Keep Shelly in Athens reMix)

Selebrities’ Lovely Things is out now on Cascine.

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[Audio] Keep Shelly In Athens’ ‘Oostende’

 

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We don’t mean to repeat ourselves (actually, what are we talking about, of course we repeat ourselves, we must have a keyboard shortcut for typing the word ‘groove’!) but as we mentioned a couple of weeks ago Greek SpacePoppers Keep Shelly In Athens are soon to release their long awaited début album, via those lovely folk at Cascine. The albums called At Home, and this is our second taste of what’s to come, Oostende.

It’s a lovely tune, not least because the title begins with two ‘o’s (always a winner) or that it appears to be named after the Belgian post town us Brits ferry to if we can’t afford France (or are headed to Amsterdam). No, it’s lovely because it’s a swirling blanket of shimmering synths with which to soothe your head. As Sarah P.’s vocals cut through the icy warmth of contradictory soundscapes you’re taken down magic music corridors and you’ve just got to hope Keep Shelly In Athens know where they are going. Also, it’s quite a good Chillwavey ElectroPop tune too!

♫ Keep Shelly In Athens – Oostende

Keep Shelly In Athens’ début album is due out 17th September on Cascine.

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[Audio] Jensen Sportag’s ‘Bellz’

 

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It feels like we’ve been waiting an age for new material from Nashville Chillwavers Jensen Sportag, their Pure Wet EP seems like it was years ago, and that’s because it was, and with only the odd track and reMix here and there since, we feel slightly deprived of cool dreamlike Funk. Fear not though, the duo have been hunkered down in the studio busting out their début album. Set for release in November on Cascine, Stealth Of Days is as good as you’d hope it to be (we’ve had a cheeky listen, shhhh) and here’s your first taste, Bellz.

The album’s first single really show off what the Sportags have been up to these long two years. Bellz rocks a killer digital bassline and smooth retro stabs. For a track seen though the haze of reverb, the groove is amazingly tight. That bassline plays off the shuffling beats with razor sharp precision, which allows the airy Soul vocals and waves of hazy Tropical synths to glide over the tune in a loose fashion without stripping the tune of it’s dancefloor appeal. Which leaves you with the best of two worlds, Chillwave and Disco, really.

♫ Jensen Sportag – Bellz

Bellz is out now, Jensen Sportag’s début album, Stealth Of Days, is due out 12th November.

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[Audio] Keep Shelly In Athens’ ‘Recollection’

 

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It’s all about surprisingly big beats, and a hazy, carefree vibe on Greek Chilly-Indie-Electro duo Keep Shelly In Athens’ new tune, Recollection. The track is a taste of what we can expect from their forthcoming début album, to be released this September on Cascine.

It really is the combination of the big beats and Sarah P’s vocal that keeps this track going. Playing the ethereal voice against punchy rhythms makes for a schizophrenic track,but one that doesn’t suffer for the condition one bit. It’s one both your head and your feet can loose themselves in, but for different reasons. A beautiful cacophony of wall-of-sound electronics compliments the groove, alongside a screaming solo, and the end result is strangely summery. Check it out.

♫ Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection

Keep Shelly In Athens’ début album is due out 17th September on Cascine.

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[Video] Kisses‘ ‘Huddle’

 

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Here’s the video fro KissesHuddle. A track they released back in March that features on their amazing Kids In LA album. Retro ElectroPop sunshine bliss.

Adrian Buitenhuis directs the clip, which actually has a story, which far to many videos don’t these days! Nice retro styling too.

Kisses’ Kids In LA is out now.

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[Audio] Selebrities’ ‘Temporary Touch’

 

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Here’s a lush bit of Shoegaze SynthPop to help soften the edges of the mid-week. Brooklyn four piece Selebrities have unleashed the first new track from their forthcoming second LP Lovely Things. To be released by those fine folks at Cascine, our first flavour of what’s to come is delivered in the form of the swirling Temporary Touch.

It’s a track that makes me feel seventeen again, as it wraps up the best in British early 90s Shoegaze in a bouncy electronic blanket. Temporary Touch slips along with Indie sensibilities and a pulsating synth bassline accompanied by a swathe of post-Chillwave soundscaping. But the hook here is the song, and Maria Usbeck introspective vocal, which have the ability to draw you right into Selebrities world and makes you feel like it’s 1993 again.

♫ Selebrities – Temporary Touch

Selebrities’ Lovely Things is set for release 25th June on Cascine.

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[Audio] Kisses‘ ‘Huddle’

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Huddle is the new single from LA SynthPop duo Kisses, the second to be released from their forthcoming sophomore album, Kids In LA ( to be released on Cascine in the US, Splendour in the EU). The album’s been produced by Pete Wiggs from Saint Etienne and Tim Larcombe, who’s worked with the likes of Sugababes, and is set for release mid-May.

There a nice contrast, on Huddle, between smooth Californian SynthPop and B-Boy Beats that at times feels apart, sometimes together. Leaning on the strength of Kisses songwriting, rather than flashy production or big room beats, Huddle weaves a hazy, Dreamwave, mood of nostalgia while presenting it on the kind of rhythm that should have you headspinning on Lino. We’ve been lucky enough to have already been listening to Kisses’ The Hardest Part, and believe us, you’re in for a treat.

♫ Kisses – Huddle

Kisses’ The Hardest Part is released 14th May.

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[Audio] Keep Shelly In Athens’ new single

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Acclaimed left-field ElectroPop outfit Keep Shelly In Athens have announced their signing to Cascine for the release of the début full-length record. To celebrate the occasion they have unleashed the first single from the album onto an unsuspecting world.

Madmen Love is four minutes of brutal beauty. Deep, ominous bass synths and fidgety, industrial percussion. It’s a track that has a lot in common with much Minimal Synth, dark synthetic pulsating, kling-klang beats and tormented vocals that are pretty relentless, giving way only briefly the the dreamiest of breakdowns, just to build toward a cacophonous climax. Taking in influenced as varied as  UK bass the more avant-garde Goth, Madmen Love is modern Post-Punk done right.

♫ Keep Shelly In Athens – Madmen Love

Keep Shelly In Athens’ Madmen Love is out now, the album is due July 2013.

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