Louis La Roché’s new single


Today one of the UK’s Nu-Disco champions Louis La Roché releases his new single, the Ad-Apt featuring ‘Untrue’.

Recently Louis has had no fear of playing fast and loose with styles and influences and ‘Untrue’ sees him playing about with his Disco sound, adding some rhymes and R&B vocals to create something new. The result is a track that is both incredibly funky, and incredibly commercial. With all the qualities to make a British summer hit, ‘Untrue ‘ could see La Roché gaining the mainstream recognition he definitely deserves. The B-side, ‘Touch Wood’ is a smooth as silk, straight-to-the-floor, Moog Funk/Nu-Disco collision which you’ll probably be hearing a lot from this year on late night dancefloors. Big piano and slick Disco licks see Louis keeping it tight, oh and it’s got a killer solo.

♫ Louis La Roché (Feat. Ad-Apt) – Untrue

♫ Louis La Roché – Touch Wood

Louis La Roché  will be treating London to a headlining DJ set at this month’s Human Error at 93 Feet East. He’ll be spinning some tunes alongside the likes of Phonat, The Young Punx, Bobby Tank and Discosocks, all playing live as part of Human Error’s hook up with MofoHifi Records in a night that is not to be missed. Details here.


‘Untrue’/’Touch Wood’ is out now.

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Phonat’s ‘Mix Fall’ + London live show


Phonat– Mix Fall 2011 = The man Phonat’s latest mix is a whole hour of in-your-face Nu-Disco, French Touch and House that will get your feet moving whether you like it or not. Effortlessly flowing, Phonat breezes through moods in the mix and doesn’t give much of a fuck about convention.

Phonat – Mix Fall 2011

The tracklist:

01. J Paul Getto – Magic
02. Serial Thrilla – Get Down
03. Keith – Macedonia
04. Phonat – Ghetto Burnin (Baha Cancar reMix)
05. Joey Negro & Gramophonedzie – No Sugar (David Jones reMix)
06. Russ Chimes – Tonic
07. Watt – Kill Kill (Dilemn reMix)
08. Teenage Bad Girl – X-Girl (Bart B More reMix)
09. Eumig & Chinon – Kaschow
10. BeatauCue – Disque Oh (Eumig & Chinon reMix)
11. Phonat – Ghetto Burnin’
12. Phonat – Love Hits The Fan (Bestrack reMix)
13. Sirisumo – Feromonikon
14. Andrea Doria & LXR- Freak Me (Phonat reMix)
15. Siriusmo – Let Me In
16. Credit To The Nation – Drop The Bomb
17. Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (Valerna reMix)
18. Karen Overton, Fatlip, Ol Dirty Bastard & NASA – Strange Enough (Mr. Oizo reMix)
19. Modeselektor – Pretentious Friends
20. Phonat – The Microwave FX
21. Nick Thayer – Yap That Fool
22. Rustie – All Nite
23. Gladkill – Just A Thought

Phonat is playing at the top of an awesome line up this Friday at XOYO in London, definitely well worth the visit if you’re in the area! Check out the science here.


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Human Error week: The Sound Of Arrows speak wonders

the sound of arrows

This Friday (11th November) London’s 93 Feet East play’s host to one of the best ElectroPop line-ups of the year. Brought to us by Human Error, Friday’s event will see Fear Of Tigers, Visitor, The Sound Of Arrows and Queen Of Hearts share the stage in one amazing night of the best electronic music London has to offer. This week, to build your anticipation, electronic rumors will be talking to each of the four acts involved…

The Sound Of Arrows are currently riding high on the critical success of the just released début album ‘Voyage’. With the album, new singe and new video we’ve featured them quite a lot in the last month, and for fans of pure electronic Pop it doesn’t come any better than The Sound Of Arrows. Clean, crisp production in their music allows the big , euphoric lead lines to shine through. Their approach to seeing everything with eyes full of wonder permeates every track, lending it an innocence but at the same time an insight. It’s this, as well as some seriously catchy melodies, that has seen The Sound Of Arrows rise to the top of the ElectroPop pack in the last couple of years, and now their album is finally out, world domination can’t be too far behind.

But we’ve talked about them enough in the last few weeks, time for them to talk about themselves:

ER: So, The Sound Of Arrows, where did it all begin? What’s your background with music? How did you get into it, were you in other bands and was it always this style of music?

TSOA: It all started with us becoming the best of friends and wanting to do creative things together. First we wanted both to work in films and started collaborating on music videos and such things. Then we stumbled across a Yamaha SK20 and the rest is history. We’ve both been in pretty horrible bands, doing all kinds of genres before. I am happy to say that TSOA the first mom-approved act. A definite sign of quality!

ER: And where did The Sound Of Arrows name come from? What’s the meaning?

TSOA:The fancy explanation would include some vague rambling about forward-movement and adventure but the truth is that we liked the word ‘Arrows’ in a purely aesthetical point of view. The sound of was tacked on to make it a bit more broad.

ER: What influences you and your sound, not just musically?

TSOA: To us we’re equally influenced by films as we are music. In our world these both elements are 50/50. Sometimes a song starts with an idea of a scene or a picture rather than a melody. The films that has meant the most to this album are; Stand by Me, Last Picture Show, Lost Boys, Legend, My Summer of Love, Mad Max, When The Wind Blows, Star Wars and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Music-wise the acts we’ve listen to the most during the birth of the album are Vangelis, Enya, Boards of Canada, MGMT, Cut Copy (2nd album) and Niki And The Dove.

♫ The Sound Of Arrows – Wonders

ER: You new album ‘Voyage’ is released this week, how proud are you now it’s finally out? If you just met someone on the street, how would you describe the album?

TSOA: We would describe it as grand, melancholic and euphoric widescreen Pop. With a touch of Dreamrave thrown in for good measure.

ER: The album, as a whole, seems very optimistic, very hopeful. Would you say that this was your outlook on life personally or is the album an attempt to make, what can be a shitty world, seem a bit better.

TSOA: First and foremost the latter. But truly, the album to us is quite melancholic. Escapism and nostalgia is very much a bittersweet thing. Magic, for example, was originally written from a fatalistic POV – everything is going to shit so you might as well try to have fun while it lasts.
There is Still Hope is about looking past obstacles and dark times and never surrender.

ER: Was the move from Stockholm to London purely a music industry thing? Has working on The Sound Of Arrows changed now you are here?

TSOA: Of course it’s changed us! All experiences in life shapes who you are.. This album has been such a journey for us, mostly for better but also at times for worse, and our lives will never be the same. London is a great place but we truly belong on the countryside. Big, open landscapes, that’s where our hearts at.

♫ The Sound Of Arrows – M.A.G.I.C.

ER: We have to talk about the MAGIC video? How epic was that? How did it come about? How did you feel when you first watched it?

TSOA: Bah! We did it ourselves together with our good friend Andreas Ohman. No surprises there when watching the finished thing! 😉

ER: Any crazy rock ‘n’ roll stories from your adventures from giging as The Sound Of Arrows?

TSOA: We’re not a very rock n’ rolling band to tell you the truth but there’s been some crazy-crazy nights.. Especially in Spain – our fans there are crazy, in the best, most fun possible way!
Another, less party-based story would be when we were in Austria this summer my voice just died on me after coming down The Alps. It was completely gone! I had every treatment imaginable. Acupuncture, herb-medicine, proper hard-core medicine, massage, alcohol and two needle-shots of something really, really strong. It barely worked.

♫ The Sound Of Arrows – Into The Clouds (Fear Of Tigers reMix)

ER: So what’s in The Sound Of Arrows’ studio? Do you have a favourite bit of kit?

TSOA: Our synths man. It’s what we live for. We love them all like they were our own spawn but the absolute favorite is our Yamaha SK20, such an underrated piece of equipment. There Is Still Hope is 70% SK20.

ER: If money was no object, what piece of studio gear would be your dream to own?

TSOA: Easy. A Yamaha CS80 – the classic monster of a synth that Vangelis made famous.

ER: How does The Sound Of Arrows live setup work?

TSOA: Me and Oskar and two of our very best friends have loads of fun together. And lotta’ video-stuff. Projections and TVs etc…

♫ The Sound Of Arrows – Nova (II Figures reMix)

ER: How Friday’s show going to be? Who else are you most looking forward to seeing?

TSOA: Friday’s show is not a proper show. We’re doing a weird mashup-DJ-medley together with our friends. You should come down to Cargo on the 16th when we and Niki and the Dove are playing together at a Neon Gold club event.

ER: Is The Sound Of Arrows a Cereal or a Full English Breakfast kinda’ band? Would your answer change the day after a show?

TSOA: Def cereal. No doubt about it. With Soy milk. We’re a bit twee that way.

Many thanks to the guys for taking the time to talk to us.

The Sound Of Arrows will be playing as part of this Fridays phenomenal Human Error line up at 93 Feet East in London. Full details can be found here.

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The Sound Of Arrows’ ‘Voyage’ is out now.

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Human Error week: Queen Of Hearts; An interview with ElectroPop royalty


This Friday (11th November) London’s 93 Feet East play’s host to one of the best ElectroPop line-ups of the year. Brought to us by Human Error, Friday’s event will see Fear Of Tigers, Visitor, The Sound Of Arrows and Queen Of Hearts share the stage in one amazing night of the best electronic music London has to offer. This week, to build your anticipation, electronic rumors will be talking to each of the four acts involved…

Does Queen Of Hearts really need an introduction? Go type the name into that little search box on the right and you’ll be presented with a document of one of the hardest working women in ElectroPop’s rocket-ride of the last six months. If there’s anybody we feature here on our little corner of the internet that I would put money on being huge, it’s Queen Of Hearts. Working with some of the best acts in the business, from Diamond Cut to The Sound Of Arrows to Monarchy with a voice full of passion and an edge to her lyrics, the Queen is our best hope for thoughtful, authentic (I hate to use the word ‘authentic’, but I really mean it here) ElectroPop to dominate the charts once more. And dominate the charts she will.

The Queen kindly took some time from being all regal and wotnot to let you in on a little of a monarch of SynthPop.

ER: So, Queen Of Hearts, where did it all begin What’s your background with music? How did you get into it, were you in other acts and was it always this style of music?

QOH: I’ve always been into ElectroPop. Growing up I was surrounded by a lot of Wham, The Human League, Howard Jones, Michael Jackson and Prince. I knew exactly the type of music I wanted to make and the kind of artist I wanted to be, so it was about finding the right people to work with and help develop my ideas and sound. I started working with Dreamtrak about a year ago, and Freestyle was the first track I ever wrote for the project. After that, things just grew quite organically, other producers came on board and Queen of Hearts was born.

ER. What influences you and your sound, not just musically?

QOH: I’ve always been influenced by strong women – icons; Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Bjork, Robyn. I think there’s nothing sexier than a woman with power and grace, and that plays a big part in everything I do, from the clothes I choose, to the way I perform and how I want to be portrayed.
Musically, I’m SynthPop through and through. My iPod has unhealthy amounts of Goldfrapp, Hurts, Empire of the Sun, Marina and the Diamonds, Frankmusik, Robyn, Yelle, to name a few.

♫ Queen Of Hearts – Where Are You Now? (Produced By Diamond Cut)

ER: You know when you first came out, with the 30 second video teaser etc…, I questioned your authenticity. But you soon won me over, not just with the music, but seeing you speak about ElectroPop with a real passion turned me around. I think my cynicism about new female ElectroPop artists comes from the fact that so many of them make an awesome first album then shrug off electronic music like they are relieving themselves of a embarrassment. Recently both La Roux and Ellie seem to be walking this road announcing Folk albums in the works. Make me feel like ElectroPop was just a stepping stone. With that in mind, what’s your second album going to be like? 😉

QOH: You’re forgiven. 😉
There’s no major label machine or hype powering what I do – the type of music I do often isn’t the most commercially viable, but I simply write music I would want to buy, play out loud and dance to on a night out. What’s the point otherwise?? If you don’t love what you do, how can you make others fall in love with it? Electro/Synth led music gives me goosebumps.
I don’t plan on radically switching styles at any point – I always think a second album should be about consolidating your sound and making it stronger, rather than reinventing yourself.

ER: Rewinding to the present, you must be so proud of your début EP (you should be!), how did it feel when it was finally released?

QOH: It’s great to finally have something out there. The support I’ve had this year is amazing and knowing that people are buying and more importantly liking it, is just amazing.
I’m really proud of all the songs, and I think each one tells a slightly different story and shows off a snippet of who I am, and what is to come.

♫ Queen Of Hearts – Shoot The Bullet (Produced By The Sound of Arrows)

ER: You’ve worked with some amazing production talent, do you find them or do they find you?

QOH: A bit of both really, some producers have contacted me, and others I’ve had to flutter my eyelashes at or give up a limb to get in their studios. Twitter for me, is the best networking tool. If you want to work with someone, give them a tweet and you never know, they just might say yes. I’ve been very lucky so far.

ER: Do you think we’ll see you trying you hand at the production side of things yourself in future

QOH: Never say never. I really admire producers, they spend hours and hours finding sounds, manipulating vocals, mixing levels. I’m not sure I have the patience for it, but I do find it fascinating.

♫ Queen Of Hearts – Black Star (Produced By Devils Gun)

ER: I’ve always felt the 3m30s Pop song can change your life, or at least define a time. Are there any songs that so totally define a time and place or changes your perspective completely?

QOH: I 100% agree! For some people it might be a smell or a certain place that brings back a memory, but for me, it’s always a song. I have a habit of playing an album on repeat for weeks and weeks, absorbing every lyric, every adlib, before moving onto the next. So, when I hear a track from an album I haven’t heard in years, it takes me right back to the very first time I heard it and I get tingles. It happens everytime.

ER: Any crazy rock ‘n’ roll stories from your adventures from giging as yet?

QOH: Team QOH like to party hard. What happens on tour, stays on tour.

ER: What’s the songwriting process for you, is it sitting at a piano or scribbling on the bus?

QOH: I have lots of bits of paper in my handbag with lyrics scribbled on them. Melodies come quite naturally, but sometimes writers block hits on the lyric front, so when an idea pops in, I grab a pen and run with it. I work with a set of producers who really understand my style and together we create instrumentals for me to build ideas on top of until we have a song, and ideally, a hit song. I’m quite a perfectionist.

♫ Queen Of Hearts – Freestyle (Produced By Dreamtrak)

ER: How does Queen Of hearts live setup work?

QOH: Depending on the size of the stage or the mood I’m in, it can be me just on stage, or with my dancers, or even with a full band, dancers and a kitchen sink thrown in for good measure. I like to mix things up and try and make each performance different from the last. For me, a show should be a show, I like to dress up and have some fun.

ER: How Fridays show going to be? Who else are you most looking forward to seeing?

QOH: I’m really looking forward to it, it’s exciting to be billed alongside bands I really like, and I think the whole night is going to be a lot of fun. I have a new song to premiere and some other bits up my sleeve, so I’m hoping it’ll be a great performance. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Sound of Arrows, as I haven’t had the chance to yet.

ER: Is The Queen a Cereal or a Full English Breakfast kinda’ gal? Would your answer change the day after a show?

QOH: You can’t go wrong with a good bowl of cereal. I’m partial to a Coco-Pop.

Queen Of Hearts will be playing as part of this Fridays phenomenal Human Error line up at 93 Feet East in London. Full details can be found here.

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Queen Of Hearts’ ‘The Arrival’ EP is out now.

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