The forthcoming new single from London SynthPop trio Strangers, Something New, has been given a moody electronic workout by enigmatic Manchester based outfit No Ceremony. Something New is due for release later this month backed with another new track Never Enough on Strangers own label, Just Off Pop.
No Ceremony take thing deeper and darker with their haunting electronics. Like Minimal Synth, but with more groove, this reMix plays around with vintage drum machine sounds and space synths against brilliant chimes and running hi-hats. It’s like certain elements of the track were honed to pinpoint accuracy and weaved into a tapestry of Post-Punk, House and Experimental Electronics. A welcome addition to the single.
Hot on the heels of his reMix of Echoes’ Second Best on electronic rumors Volume 1: The reMix EP, Milton’s Party is the latest offering from Australian electronic experimentalist beaumont, or should that be Australian Italo maverick? Milton’s Party sees beaumont channelling a little Moroder into his madcap Disco. While we’re still waiting for the awesome Vampire to be released, Milton’s Party offered more than enough retro Funk to keep us going.
There’s hint of thinks in this track that we haven’t heard from beaumont, not in a while at least. Loaded with 80s Funk, big vintage stabs and a proper Italo groove Milton’s Party bobs and weaves around multiple melodies, combining beaumont’s musical flair with a nostalgic electronic Disco sound. Wrapped up in a major dancefloor weapon, this one’s got a bit of everything. Be prepared to be unable to resist.
Skeleton Lipstickis an ElectroPop/Chillwave/SynthWave/Indie-Electro mash-up outfit out of Philadelphia. They’ll be releasing their début LP next month and in anticipation of that have just droped a free EP.
The You Think You Know Me? EP sits in that nice space between SynthWave and Chillwave. Whilst SynthWave at it’s core, retro beats and vintage lead lines abound. The Lo-Fi recording ethos and washes of reverb swing it toward the Chillier side of things. Skeleton Lipstick like to write on “old, broken, circuit bent or abandoned synths that are difficult to program and work with but yield very rewarding results”, and it comes through as part of the Lo-Fi feel, toytown synths and ChipTune elements work their way into the track’s DNA. I even heard some VL-Tone in there somewhere. the EP’s title track, You Think You Know Me? is probably the EP’s most accessible. A funky little synth number with floaty vocals and a surprisingly Disco groove. Like an 80’s Pop hit heard through a vintage radio, Skeleton Lipstick experiments with electronic sounds and recording techniques but the catchiness of the song shines through. As with I Find All Your Love So Vain, the EP’s most SynthWave track, which sounds like an ‘80’s U2 hit, played though a distortion pedal and then given a Disco reMix. Retro through the grit of Lo-Fi, Skeleton Lipstick keeps it both experimental and infectious at the same time. All four tacks on this EP are worth your attention.
♫ Skeleton Lipstick – You Think You Know Me?
♫ Skeleton Lipstick – I Find All Your Love So Vain
Skeleton Lipstick’s You Think You Know Me? EP is out now.