Brixton based Nu-Disco collective Nude Disco are gearing up for the release of their second label compilation. Nude Disco Selections Vol. 2 is set for release at the start of next month and will be a tasty snapshot of the kind of Italo Disco goodness we’ve come to expect from the label and it’s Brixton nightclub home. Sitting loud and proud on this storming collection is this little gem from long time friend of electronic rumors Jules Schimmer. It’s his first new tune in quite a while, it’s called Soar, and you can grab your exclusive first listen below.
Mr. Schimmer serves up as emotional and heartfelt electronic as we’ve ever heard with Soar. It’s a fitting title as the tune is warm and uplifting with comfortable retro Italo and House grooves playing out inspiring chord progressions. Like a mid-90s euphoric Trance tune played by a late-80s House producer, Soar is pleasingly nostalgic with a sunrise rush. That lead hook worms it’s way into your brain and stats with you four hours after you’ve finished listening, and with a hook like that, that’s no bad thing. There’s nothing not to like about this one.
Oh I don’t know what’s going on anymore. The man Goldroom’s Embrace, with Ariela Jacobs on vocals was one of our top tracks of 2013, and now the track is back, Jack. This time around Embrace features the vocals of original co-songwriter George Maple, and is the lead track on Goldroom’s freshly released new EP; It’s Like You Never Went Away (which has also got the Chela featuring stunner Fifteen on again). As we’re just pulling into Summer (fingers crossed!) it seems like the prefect time to dust off the old Embrace and give it another spin.
Like a fine wine Embrace seems to have got better with age. And more alcoholic; in the sense that everything feels like it’s been honed and refined and made, for want of a better word, richer. The new production sheen and slight tweak of arrangement seem to make the track more focused with Maples vocals a hair’s breadth more soulful. Other than that it’s nice to have a track that ruled our summer two years ago return to the top of the playlist pile.
♫ Goldroom (Feat. George Maple) – Embrace
Goldroom’s It’s Like You Never Went Away EP is out now.
The tracklist: 01. Dave DK – Nueva Cancion 02. Tim Penner & Amber Long – Everything to Everyone (Kosmas Epsilon reMix) 03. Dosem – Beyond Standards 04. Journeyman – Crash Reel 05. Pete Oak & Notize – Merula (Martin Roth reMix) 06. Deep Fog & Cream – Kiki 07. Robert Babicz – Sea of Colors (Jamie Stevens reMix) 08. Andre Sobota – Signal (Tim Penner reMix) 09. Verve & Sekuential – Into the Distance (Andre Subota Dub Mix) 10. Christian Smith – Motor (Dave Angel Rework) 11. Ian O’Donovan – Crimson Flare 12. Pax – Longshot (Andre Sobota reMix)
Not only is there a new tune in the offing from French Dreamwave legends Anoraak, but it’s released by Eskimo Recordings. That seems like a match made in heaven. Old School members of the Valerie crew, Anoraak have pride of place on Eskimo’s new addition to their colour coded compilation series, The Orange Collection. Hopefully this means there more new material from Anoraak on the horizon. Check out Odds Are Good.
Anoraak main-man Frédéric Rivière oozes his way through the track with a smokey grace. Haunting vocals and easy nostalgic synths trickle over four minutes of dreamy SynthPop. When the growling, moody bass meets the pin-prick arpeggios, hazy magic happens. This is the kind of classic Anoraak tune that you can just sink into. Let the music envelop you.
♫ Anoraak – Odds Are Good
Eskimo Recording’s The Orange Collection is out this week,
We’ve been sent a few tracks by FM-84 recently that have quite impressed up (not enough time in the day to write about everything though); but this new one, Neon Sunrise, is his best to date. FM-84 is a Scot by the name of Colin Bennett who currently resides in San Francisco where he turned his production attention to SynthWave late last year. His tunes have been getting steadily better, to the point where Neon Sunrise had us hooked from the first beat.
The reason being that this beat kicks. A powerful mixture of 80s Pop and B-Boy beats provides a rock solid backing for waves of densely layered synth work. Awash with thick pads and starlight melodies, Neon Sunrise serves up a plethora of uplifting and euphoric retro sounds. If this doesn’t put a nostalgic smile on your face you may be a little wrong inside. You might want to see someone about that. Meanwhile, us right thinking people will be eagerly awaiting the next tune from FM-84.
Complete surprise! Out of nowhere, pioneer of the Dreamwave and SynthWave sound, and Valerie collective O.G., Maethelvin has released an album! Save for a solitary track in 2013 we though we’d heard the last from one of our favourite artists of the time back in 2012. Maethelvin was a staple of the Valerie crew since the beginning, back in 2007 but never properly released anything other than a limited edition 7” with Stephen Falken. His new record is called CS005, being part of Valerie’s Composer series and is out this week. The album pretty much collects all his original tunes, some previously hard to find, in one place; we’re so excited to be listening to a full length record from this guy.
Lost In A Big City originally appeared on the absolute legendary classic compilation album Valerie And Friends back in 2009. Quintessentially Dreamwave, this is the prefect example of the sound that stared it all. Punchy beats and gritty, cinematic apreggios drive this powerhouse of a track underneath catchy little Synth Funk melodies. Walking the line between abrasive, high-octane Electro and Disco-fuelled SynthPop, Lost In Big City exemplifies Maethelvin’s, and the original SynthWave, sound
Well, he’s been teasing it all week and now it’s here. The captain of the Chilled disco ship, Mr. Goldroom has unleashed his cover version of Indie outfit Fleet Foxes’ 2009 single, Mykonos. It’s Josh’s favourite tune from Fleet Foxes so not only does he perform a rare cover, but has also chose to sing on the track himself, something we’ve not heard much from since the his NightWaves days. Check it out below, it’s an absolutely free download, ‘cos Goldroom loves you.
Goldroom meshes some sweet nautical Disco vibes with a cheeky Indie vibe on this one. Driven by a pumping bassline, Josh’s cover of Mykonos threads lush pads, synthetic snares and big synth sweeps trough a tapestry of wicked little licks and a dreamy paradise atmosphere. His vocals do the track justice, and you can tell he’s having fun with the track. Top-down sunshine feels from this one.
There a new release forthcoming from LA SynthPop dreamers Leitbur. The EP, titled, The Moment That I Knew You drops at the end of this month; ahead of which you can check out the lead track from the release. it’s a majestic SynthPop epic called Strange In L.A. a nostalgia laden ode to their home city. Sit back for the sweeping mood.
Opening with a classic SynthWave sound, the song soon elevates itself beyond retro pastiche with a war and heartfelt song and a grove that juggled powerhouse ElectroPop for B-boy beats and Sci-Fi synths. Leitbur are no stranger to soaring keys, and in this case the chorus delivers a stratospheric lead paired with catchy vocals. A song like this deserves a suitably epic finale and Leitbur deliver that in heaps. We’d love to catch this one live.
♫ Leitbur – Strange In L.A.
Leitbur’s The Moment That I Knew You EP is released 21st April.
Original releases from Edwin Van Cleef are too few and far between for our linking so were pretty excited at the news of a brand new three track EP. We’ve followed Cleef on his dancefloor journey through Dreamwave, Nu-Disco and House over the fast few years; each time, as his sound evolves, he takes a piece of the past with him to create a funky melting pot of nostalgia and upfront sounds. The new EP is titled Choral; here’s the lead track.
Cleef serves up a classic Progressive House jam with a hypnotic twist on Choral. Playing with heavily effected vocals he created an edgy atmosphere that nicely contrasts a euphoric and arpeggio laden floorfiller. This is real sunrise stuff as Cleef builds up waves of razor sharp synths toward a humungous breakdown and a build with a payoff. watch the hands go in the air for the finale.