A few weeks ago we featured Nova Scotian Chillwave Popster A.A. Wallace and his track Temporal Suspension, a glitchy but soulful slice of Bedroom Pop. this week sees the release of the man’s début album, irritatingly titled (disambiguation). Yes, we know people who use symbols in titles obviously don’t want potential fans to be able to search for their music in online stores, but pretentious moniker aside if you get into the meat of the release, the music, you’ll find something well worth your time and eight tracks that will lift your day.
A.A. Wallace taking in a varied and ecclectic collection of reference point in his journey though (disambiguation), from R&B to SynthWave to Indie-Electro to Ambient, with a feel for both emotional resonance and a Disco groove, Wallace turns each mood to his advantage. The album opens with Offline, a strong tack to lead with. Catchy and optimistic it shows off his skills with both hazy atmosphere and a dancefloor hook combined and is followed by one of the albums two instrumental moments, the haunting Post Mortem Depression. Feels To Real lays on some 80s soul vibes which get churned up with a machine beat and arpeggios. the abrasive second instrumental Complaining About Airports leads into the blissful Chillwave R&B piano ballad Do What You Wunt and the aforementioned, anthemic, Temporal Suspension. The Indie Disco of Lipstick And Stethoscopes makes one of the albums sing-a-long high points, driven by a compelling, summery beat, Lipstick And Stethoscopes revels in distant guitar and frantic Italo arpeggios to power the track along, allowing it’s accessible vocals to flow over the top. The album plays out on We Can Heal, an easy piano groove leading into a lush mid-80s Pop track that could easily be the next single with it’s warm beats and themes or reinvention. (disambiguation) is a confident and solid début that is, frankly, a joy to listen to and is definitely worth your time.
The sounds of London based ElelectroPopper Bastille are making some serious waves, majestic and dramatic, yet pretty introspective they are the perfect fit for this post-TEED world. However, things get really interesting when you add a little of Russ Chimes in the mix.
Flaws is Bastille’s signature tune, and it’s about to get re-released complete with reMix package. Headlining this is Mr. Chimes with a full-on Chicago House created from that dense production styles that we love about him so much. Rather than frantically throwing out whatever track they can knock together, every week, like most producers seem to have been bullied into doing these days, Chime’s tracks are few and far between. But you can see why, each tune is a labour of love, and obviously something that he has taken an immense amount of time and care over. The production alone, with so much going on, yet everything having room to breathe, must have taken ages. Let along the composition itself, a hyper House workout with an infectious bassline hook and complex intertwining melodies. just the right snatches of Bastille’s vocal have been used to give the track an anthemic quality. this one will be packing dancefloors for months to come.
We recently featured the BeatauCue reMix of Indie-Dance stars Two Door Cinema Club’s Sleep Alone, but this is the one we were waiting for. New York Indie-Disco merchants The Knocks sterling rework of the track. Stay tunes for eclectic, jump up Disco sounds.
The Knocks add their percussion fuelled synth Disco sound to the mix and it works amazingly well. Their New York take on funky synths pump uncontrollably, laying down a retro-futuristic boogie with a bit of a Deep House vibe for TDCC vocalist Alex Trimble’s introspective flow. The Knocks really are at the top of their game these days and right here they prove why. This mix is a driving floorfiller, intelligent and groovy as hell.
♫ Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone (The Knocks reMix)
Two Door Cinema Club’s Sleep Alonesingle is out now.
Penguin Prison – September Mix = Smooth Disco and ElectroPop sounds from the king of introspective Indie-Electro.
♫ Penguin Prison – September Mix
01. Rayko – You Don’t Care About My Love (Rayko Edit)
02. Crazy P – The Hit
03. Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Club Mix)
04. George Duke – Shine On (Late Nite Tuff Guy’s Boogie Edit)
05. Reverso 68 – Earthly Powers
06. Fantasy – You’re Too Late (Casual Encounters Edit)
07. Holy Ghost! – Say My Name (Eli Escobar reMix)
08. Todd Terje – Ragysh
09. Metronomy – She Wants (Javi Redondo & Carreno is LB Re-Edit)
10. Black Van – Moments of Excellence
‘Baby Rain’ is more good time gangly synthy Indie-Pop and confirms that the name change hasn’t affected their sound much. Catchy and summery, Brite Futures’ forthcoming album will, no doubt, be another collection of great party tunes.