[Mixtape] The Penelopes’ ‘July Charts 2015’

 

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The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts July 2015 = Those lovable Frenchmen are whipping up another storming selection of their favourite tunes from the past month. This one’s a doozy, primed to be the soundtrack of your summer.

The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts July 2015

The tracklist:
01. Little Wolves – Home
02. Groove Theory – Tell Me (Ghosts Of Venice reMix)
03. Shura – White Light
04. Miami Horror – Love Like Mine (That’s Nice reMix)
05. Citizens! – My Kind Of Girl
06. Romuald & Madji’k (Feat.Slanza) – Fastlane
07. Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Disco Machine (Nude Disco & BroKen DJs reMix)
08. Kris Dane – Sweet On You (ATTAR! reMix)
09. Janne Schra – Carry On (Mason reMix)
10. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique (Feat. Maluca) – Love Is Free
11. Panteros666 (Feat. Woodkid) – Clear (Chambray reMix)
12. Moonbootica – June (Original Extended Mix)
13. Goondocks Project – Balla Ba
14. Baio – Sister Of Pearl
15. Patawawa – Back To Life (LBCK reMix)
16. Pink Murder – Fresh & Made (Demi Re-Edit)
17. Painted Palms – Desintegrate

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[Audio] Ben Macklin’s ‘Never Giving Up’

 

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Heads up! There’s a new single from Ben Macklin around! Never Giving Up is out this week and features some sultry vocals from Charlotte Holmes. The track is the latest in a solid line of on-point singles from Ben this year, he’s flitted from mood to mood, from funky to laid back, in his recent releases and this one seems to neatly tie them all together. Sit back and enjoy some chilled robotic Disco.

Ben mixes together a little Italo, a little Tropical and a little Disco on Never Giving Up. Riding the buoyant groove of a synthetic European bassline, Macklin submits waves of lush synths and dreamy 90s chimes. Holmes’ vocals drift across the track like curling smoke with a vague 90s vibe of their own. Keeping things on a holiday tip Ben rolls in some cheeky Island purcussion. Leave your worries at the door.

♫ Ben Macklin (Feat. Charlotte Holmes) – Never Giving Up

Ben Macklin’s Never Giving Up is out now.

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[Audio] Moonlight Matters reMixes Hot Chip’s ‘Need You Now’

 

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We haven’t heard a lot of Moonlight Matters recently. Easily on of our favourite producers to emerge in the last few years, Seba Vandevoorde seems to have been concentrating on his other musical output (with Jochen from Sound Of Stereo as Arches) of late, which is awesome but we’ve been missing the big Italo infused House and Boogie that MM delivers. So we’re excited that there a new MM reMix in tow, not only that but it’s a reMix of an utterly awesome song; the current single from UK Indie-ElectroPop powerhouses Hot Chip, Need You Now.

Moonlight Matters turns the tune into a massive Piano driven House monster. Loaded to bursting point with growling keys, skippy beats and a cinematic progression, Seba’s work here turns the track into a bombastic floorfiller that feels like it has a very physical energy of it’s own. A driving, kinetic quality that makes for a totally compelling dance track. Alexis’ vocals are just to just the right extent to tie the track together while Moonlight Matters tempers the driving, thick synths with gently melodies weaving in and out of the track’s robust core. And then the piano kicks in…..

♫ Hot Chip – Need You Now (Moonlight Matters reMix)

Hot Chip’s Need You Now (reMixes) is out now.

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[Video] Little Boots’ ‘No Pressure’

 

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Little BootsNo Pressure is one of the more Houseified tracks on just release Working Girl album (read the review here). With an infectious Warehouse groove the tune just makes you move; and now it can make you look too with this freshly released new video.

The clips shrugs off the pressure of working life as Boots basically gives a bunch of office denizens the shut-up-and-dance memo.

Little Boots’ Working Girl is out now.

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[Audio] Duett reMixes Kill Me Softly’s ‘Blue Lights’

 

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Kill Me Softly the slick collaboration between Nude Disco’s Verne and Paul Harris from Paul Harris. October 2013 saw them initially impress us with their debut single Catch featuring Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight. It’s been a long time coming but this week finally sees the release of the follow up single and a host of associated remixes. The track features vocals from London based singer/songwriter Sam Obernik and is titled Blue Lights. Pride of place on the remix collection ghost of this track premièring right here. Check out some sterling work from Duett, alter-ego of the one and only Ben Macklin.

Original of blue lights is a jaunty and nostalgic slice of buoyant ElectroPop, with a cheeky, almost Post-punk vocal feel. Duett smooths down the tracks spiky edges with his own smooth brand of laid back Dreamwave. Ben’s duet sound, exceedingly 80s soft focus synths and slow crashing waves of rich vintage keys works perfectly with the early 80s vocal Style. Lovely stuff lazy days in the sun.

♫ Kill Me Softly (Feat. Sam Obernik) – Blue Lights (Duett reMix)

♫ Kill Me Softly (Feat. Sam Obernik) – Blue Lights (Radio Edit)

.Kill Me Softly’s Blue Lights is out now.

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[Audio] Julio Bashmore reMixes Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Last month the Disclosure dropped Holding On, the first single from their forthcoming new album Caracal. Featuring vocals from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter the track is a warm and glowing slice of UK Deep House. This tune has now been given a relentless dancefloor reMix by Bristolian producer Julio Bashmore. Most likely for slated for a forthcoming reMix single, ‘cos there’s no way this track and stay unreleased.

Bashmore takes his time building up hypnotic groove based on undulating loops. Contrasting the reMixes rumbling baseline and knife edge hook with Porter’s comfortable and soulful vocal makes for an intoxicating six minutes. Loaded with a classic build, and groove you can get lost in, this track is summer festival gold and not to be confused with Bashmore’s own Holding On.

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On (Julio Bashmore’s Elevated Mix)

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Audio] Little Boots’ ‘Working Girl’ album

 

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We don’t often have the time to do full album reviews these days, too much real life to contend with, but occasionally one comes along that we just have to write about. Here at electronic rumours we have a kind of broad spectrum love of electronic music. We have an absolutely love of Pop music, absolute love of dance music and have an absolute love of Experimental and left-field electronics (this can be attributed to the various genres of electronic music with been into over the past god-knows-how-many decades) and it’s rare to find a single artist that encompasses all our fields of synthesizer music interest, but Little Boots does. electronic rumours has grown up with Little Boots in a way, having launch the website just after Stuck On Repeat was released in 2008 (post-her leaving Dead Disco). Hailing Victoria Hesketh as everything right with UK SynthPop, we followed her career through the early singles and YouTube videos to her major label début album Hands in 2009. Hands, while obviously being the result of a push to make Little Boots a bona-fide Pop Star (something she didn’t need any help with, having already become so organically), Hands revelled in Victoria’s Italo, Disco and SynthPop influences and wore her love of interesting synthesizer music on it’s sleeve through the glossy Pop veneer. 2013’s follow up album, Nocturnes, allowed Boots, now free of major label constraint to deliver a blistering journey through dark Techno and Deep House in an ElectroPop vessel; truly Avant-Garde in places, perfect Pop in others. This interweaving of catchy hits, intoxicating floorfillers and synth geek noodling appeals to all our interests, and it’s why we’ve been on team Boots since day-one. The reason for telling you all that is context; Victoria releases her third studio album, Working Girl, this week and it really does sound like distilled Little Boots. Listen up.

You can’t really begin to talk about Working Girl without briefly touching on aesthetics. We’re not in any way a design website so we won’t go on about it but we are enjoying Little Boots’ 80s pastel power-suited vibe for two reasons. Firstly we love a good concept, and speaking of her time in the music industry resulting in her taking control of her own career and setting up her label, On Repeat Records in a fun, nostalgic way works brilliantly (have you seen the accessories? post-it notes and whatnot. marketing genius!). Secondly; 80s nostalgia is used a lot these days, by a lot of artist, but it’s always the same. The whole palm tree, laser grid, that Purple Rain font, vibe is all well and good if that’s your jam but it;’ not really representative of the actual 80s. It’s especially odd when we see UK artists claiming retro credibility while using imagery that bears little to no relation the the experience of Britain in that decade (save for the odd TV advert). It’s not so often that an British artist comes along taking cues of a particularly British style of 80s as Victoria has done here, it makes it feel more authentic and relatable. (Sorry for sounding all *shudder* UKIP for a second there (“British 80s for British people!” LOL), but the fact is that the 80s didn’t just happen in Miami, which we think most bands seem to forget.).

So, to the music. Little Boots drops you right into the vibe with a Remedy backed answering machine Intro before launching right into the album’s title track (and also we would imagine Victoria’s theme tune), a well rounded DancePop track that has a classic boot’s sound with an added huge, growling, bassline. Really, the track sums up Little Boots for us; deep and heady grooves, playful and noisy synths, and cheery Pop vocals that belie a razor sharp sarcastic wit. No Pressure drags the album straight to the dancefloor with one of the records finest grooves. A sleek 90s House sound permeates No Pressure and Victoria’s hushed performance glides over a hook worthy of your finest warehouse moves. No Pressure’s hypnotics sit in contrast next to the driving synth Funk of Get Things Done, with a Bootsy-esque bassline and energetic melody supporting Victoria’s motivational mantras. Working Girl comes complete with a few track from Little Boots’ Business Pleasure EP of earlier this year. The eclectic tribal alt-Pop of Taste It and the lush 90s DancePop of Heroine are present and correct alongside the EP’s rapid fire title track manifesto. Elsewhere the record glides effortlessly from one feel to another as  the pulsating American Pop stylings of Real Girl play out shoulder to shoulder with the dreamy, almost Chillwave, swirling and reverb washed sounds of Help Too. The Game injects the album with some serious late 80s Top Of The Pops vibe. A rich and jaunty ElectroPop tune with a nod to piano House and a beat that would be right at home on Radio 1 in 88. We get eased out of Working Girl with the lush, emotional Paradise and the first single from the album, Better In The Morning; a track that is exemplary of Little Boots’ lovable quirk-Pop. An intimate and carefree tune that leaves the listener on a high. And there we have it; Working Girl is definitely an album worthy of your attention and another example of why Little Boots is probably the most interesting SynthPop artist working today. Leave your preconceptions at the door.

♫ Little Boots – Working Girl

♫ Little Boots – No Pressure

♫ Little Boots – Better In The Morning

♫ Little Boots – Taste It

Little Boots’ Working Girl is released 10th July.

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[Video] JBAG’s ‘Everybody (Come On)’

 

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London’s DiscoPop powerhouse production duo JBAG’s storming new single Everybody (Come On) is out now. The track features an enchanting mantra of a vocal performance from Chibi of Belgian ElectroPop outfit Shindu as Jerry and Andrea lay down some seriously thick beats and funk fuelled  vintage House. The bass alone is enough to shake you to the dancefloor.

Check out the brand new video, which we’re premièring right here, A simplistic affair proving you don’t need a budget or to be a great artist to make a video as it flashes in time to the JBAG’s monster tune and features a cast of superstars.

JBAG’s Everybody (Come On) is our now.

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[Audio] Ryan Riot & Ay Wing’s ‘Broken Doll’ (+ Punks Jump Up reMix)

 

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One of Switzerland’s finest Nu-Disco and House export, Ryan Riot, is set to release his newest single next month via Y Este Finde Qué’s imprint. The release sees him teaming up with Ay Wing for Broken Doll which is due out at the end of July. Not only is it a smooth as hell slice of warm House but it comes backed with a killer reMix from London’s Punks Jump Up to boot!

Deftly integrating vintage Disco mirrorball shimmer into a big Piano House track, Ryan Riot and Ay Wing serve up a soft focus floorfiller. Ryan pulls out his whole arsenal here, from the Warehouse beats to the Topical keys everything is placed for the maximum dancefloor potential. The big hooks and big, yet slightly quirky, diva vocals are present and correct here and keep the track’s energy levels high. For their reMix, Punks Jump Up strip back the groove and morph it into a late-night Acid-ish jam that is vintage sounding Chicago gold, practically a strobe light made audio. Check out those deep, warbling synths; love it!

♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll

♫ Ryan Riot & Ay Wing – Broken Doll (Punks Jump Up reMix)

Ryan Riot & Ay Wing’s Broken Doll is released 23th July.

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[Video] Arches’ ‘New Love’

 

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Arches (Seba Vandevoorde A.K.A. Moonlight Matters and Jochen from Sound Of Stereo) dropped the Karen Harding featuring New Love back in April. It’s an amazing slice of Poppy House that has now got itself a brand new video. Peep this.

Karen herself starts in this clip, as her and her friends take on London’s nightlife; looking for that new love.

Arches’ New Love is out now.

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