Here is the storming, and we really mean storming, new single from London based Nu-Disco guru Blende. His second release for Eskimo Recordings, Rikki is a track we’ve sat with for twenty four hours and it has still not lost any of it’s wow factor. I’d keep an eye on this one, it’s gonna; do big things.
With one foot well and truly in the ElectroPop arena, the Swedish born funk master teamed-up with X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris for one of the catchiest, most infectious slices of DiscoPop you will hear this year. The tune is the tale of “a robot named Rikki” an is a huge combination of stabbing retro synths, solid Disco grooves and big sing-a-long vocals. Everything you need for dancefloor gold. Taking in a little big of everything, front the warbling 80s digital bass to the 70s funk Moogy twists, Rikki is like an electronic music nexus, all influences meet here and get Popified into the prefect DiscoPop tune.
Keeping up with the current crops of younger producers, showing their older contemporaries a thing or two, comes sixteen year old Kyogi hailing from Devon. Despite his age, this guy has already racked up releases on Shifting Peaks and The Fat! Club and a HypeM number one, as well a support from the likes of Bondax, Karma Kid and Armeria. He’s just released his latest EP, Higher, which is free right now on Bandcamp.
Higher is a big, thick tune that melds the worlds of Electro-House and Nu-Disco into a big room sound. A stuttering groove permeates the track thanks to a warping bassline and cut-up vocal samples. With an interesting array of instrumentation, Kyogi drops in everything from organs to warbling, oriental synths amongst the heave bass pump. A definite mid-paced floorfiller. Elsewhere on the EP you’ll find His Secret. More upbeat, His Secret hits you in the face with an infectious melody before launching into a warehouse jam complete with modulated vocals and subs galore. An impressive start to this young producers career.
Jerry Bouthier – Kitsuné Maison 15 MiniMix = Kitsuné Music have got their latest instalment of the Maison compilation series lined up for an October release. Can you believe it’s volume fifteen!? All Kitsuné’s freshest cuts for the past few months are present and correct alongside some future treats. Once again JBAG’s Jerry Bouthier is on MiniMix duties.
The tracklist: 01. Antimatter People – Only Ark 02. Years & Years – Traps 03. The Swiss – Kiss to Kiss (Amtrac reMix) 04. Portland – Deezy Daisy (Oliver Nelson reMix) 05. Jonny Pierce – Home 06. Techniques – Switch (Adelaide reMix) 07. Horixon (Feat. Robert Owens) – Lifeline 08. Chela – Romanticise 09. Nonono – Scared 10. Denitia And Sene – Casanova
This week Pet Shop Boys released their new single, Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, taken from their recent Electric album. We already introduced you to the funky-as-all-hell reMix from Little Boots earlier this week, so let’s grab a listen to another reworking, this time from London based French ElectroPop duo The Penelopes.
Choosing to concentrate on, and highlight, the track’s background strings and horns brings a whole new infection to the track and pairing them with a bouncy Electro backing, fitted with chainsaw synth hooks and pumping beats, give the track a subtler dancefloor vibe to the original’s in-you-face kicks. A slick slice of ElectroPop with a baroque feel and a certain majestic quality to it. Neil’s voice has never sounded so cinematic.
♫ Pet Shop Boys – Love Is A Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes Official reMix)
Pet Shop Boys’ Love Is A Bourgeois Construct is out now.
LA based Oliver themed Nu-Disco duo Oliver go especially large with their latest reMix. Inhabiting a mid-way point between their older smoother Dreamwave Nu-Disco style and some of their more recent, more commercial Electro-House output, this reMix of upcoming American Pop singer Bonnie McKee’s ‘American Girl’ could see the guys getting some major attention.
Imagine someone walked up to you and said “here is a catchy, sing-a-long Pop tune that has been reMixed for the big room”, that’s exactly what Oliver have delivered here. Everything is turned up to 11, big synths, big beats, big riffs. This one obviously been geared to appeal to America’s current wave of dance music frenzy, but still retains that classic Oliver ,musicality and soulful flare to give it the edge on the competition.
After two years, here is the eleventh, and final, part of Marina And The DiamondsElectra Heart epic. Electra Heart is the characters swan song which kinda mashes up all the styles on the album. Whilst he hope we get old Marina back now, we have to applaud her for her vision.
The video, like the song, is a reflection on the last two years of Electra Heart’s journey.
Marina And The Diamonds’ Electra Heart album is out now.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. This week Oxford based Disco terrorists and convicted synth abusers (seriously, they’re on the register) Coloureds release their new single, Pop Forlorn. It;s been a while since we heard anything from these guys and in the past few months the have spawned a new Coloured. Green now joins Blue and Yellow in their brutal Electro-House oddessy.
Pop Forlorn is at once relentless and funky. Terminator basses ride roughshod over a cacophony of synths that belies a solid groove in what is possibly Coloured’s tightest, and more dancefloor friendly, track to date. Cut-up samples battle it out with pulsating digital sounds to see who can make you move more, just give in to it. The B-side, Automate, is where things start to get really Coloureds-esque, as they bring out their trademark chainsaw synths and set about carving up Disco and putting it back together to create some kind of compelling, groovy Frankensteinian best. The release come backed with reMixes from Sshh! The Deaf Have AIDS, Kenji Run and Tiger Mendoza, of which Kenji Run;s is the standout. Pick this shit up and kick off your weekend in style.
OK, so this is full-on cheesy. Unintelligent, uninspired, lowest common denominator dance music. But there’s just something about it that’s pretty infectious. Sure it’s the same old arpeggiated mid-90s Trance leads and really obvious builds, but this reMix of Shiny Toy Guns’ excellent single Somewhere To Hide, from their album III, by New York producer Gosteffects won us over.
Gosteffects keeps a good level of excitement and works the vocals well to deliver a pretty epic dance track. It’s not the kind of thing that would usually be to our tastes (at least not since the early 00s) and is probably what uninformed Americans would call ‘EDM’, but we just can’t help but like it. Maybe it is the big builds, maybe it is the cheesy leads, maybe we’re just not a cynical as we used to be (yeah, right!), but this has us wishing we were dancing in a field with thousands of others. Switch off and enjoy.