Ahh to be in the late 80s in an Indie club! Before BritPop made British Indie music shit Happy Monday’s were riding the Madchester wave to Indie-Dance glory. On the cusp of a new decade they released Kinky Afro, and now two decades later New York Disco dons Sunrise HWY are giving the track another spin. Not content with a couple of True Romance released EPs, this trio are giving this one away for free. Give your ears a treat.
Sunrise HWY stay true to the groove of the original while making it well and truly their own. The cover has a raw, immediate, Disco feel. Despite being loaded with smooth keys and heavily processed guitars, the track has a gritty, grimy feel that lends itself to the song well. We will admit it’s a little odd to hear those verses not sung by Shaun Ryder, it’s like Rowetta singing the whole song, but it really does work. With a nice little Acidic undercurrent Sunrise HWY have turned in a fine cover version with a slick funk all of it’s own.
♫ Sunrise HWY – Kinky Afro (Happy Mondays Cover)
Sunrise HWY’s Kinky Afro is out now.
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In the mood for some self-styled Horizontal Disco? Well have no fear because Mr. Horizontal Disco himself, Parisian producer and DJ Zimmer, is back with a brand new tune. Enlisting the help of Norwegian vocalist Emilie Adams, Zimmer has unleashed Escape. Escape is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming EP, Coming Of Age, due out next month via Roché Music. Give it a listen below.
Taking a pinch of Tropical, a hint of Chicago and just a dash of UK Deep, Zimmer serves up one of his trademark beautiful and laid back poolside dancefloor tunes. Escape is loaded with Island riff and a resounding piano hook. Playing out over rooms drums and a percussive bassline Adams’ raspy vocals are neatly interspersed with half heard Sax. This is smokey House music for urban late nights. Summer in the city is here.
♫ ♫ Zimmer (Feat. Emilie Adams) – Escape
Zimmer’s Coming Of Age EP is out next month.
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Coming from her new album, Hairless Toys, Evil Eyes is the new single from Avant-DiscoPop siren Róisín Murphy. Accompanying the single is this suitably left-field video for the track.
Murphy appears both in front of, and behind, the camera in this clip, a darkly humorous descent into suburban madness.
Róisín Murphy’s Hairless Toys is out now.
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Two years on from her début album, Illuminators, London based ElectroPop songstress Patchy is still releasing some of the most interesting SynthPop in the capital. She’s just served up this brand new tune, titled Wild 1, on her SoundCloud page. We hope the weather’s good where you are, this is one tune that deserves sunshine and good times.
Wild 1 hits the ground running with some magnificent lush chords that glide into Patchy’s voice, full of personality. Played out over a surprisingly gentle beat, layered with shuffling hats and reverb drenched claps, Wild 1 weaves a rich tapestry of ringing synths and growling tones. Patchy’s introspective performance ties the track together with a deeply personal mood. We’re hoping there’s lots more coming from Patchy.
♫ Patchy – Wild 1
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CSCN, Casine’s singles label, is going from strength to strength. It’s a really good idea for a sub label; keeping the artist development with Cascine and letting CSCN just be a celebration of songs that they love. This time it’s Swedish duo TVÅ who get some CSCN love. Their single, Always Be (backed with Keep Me A Secret) gets a single release. Prepare for some ScandiPop goodness.
This brother and sister pairing have come up with a couple of beautiful and lush SynthPop tunes. Always Be is a glistening, gentle array of tundra synths. Turning icy elements into a warm and inviting whole, TVÅ deliver a tune that swirls around you and wraps you in it;s emotional depths. Incredibly understated, Always Be incorporates sparse drums and distant keys into a track that sounds full as the biggest production. Sublime stuff.
♫ TVÅ – Always Be
TVÅ’s Always Be is out now.
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Undoubtedly one of Canada’s finest SynthPop exports, Parallels, dropped a surprise new single this week. Now boiled down to a line up of founding member Holly Dodson along with her brother Nick and Artem Galperine, they are currently in the studio working on their eagerly anticipated third album, of with Civilisation is out first proper taste (this year’s other offering being a cover of New Order’s Age Of Consent). The new long player is due out later this year, but in the meantime check out Civilisation, the title track of an upcoming five track EP, below.
Civilisation is a fine introduction to this third-era Parallels. Sparking SynthPop with thoughtful lyrics and a gently catchiness that you can just sink into. The breezy synths that ease you into the track are soon accompanied by Holly’s sweet voice and a an energetic piano that weaves itself in and out of the lush electronics, adding a little urgency to Civilisation. It’s a deceptively complex mixture of classy ElectroPop, introspective Indie-Electro and dancefloor sensibilities that feels effortless when put together. Surprisingly euphoric stuff, we can’t wait to hear more.
♫ Parallels – Civilisation
Parallels’ Civilisation EP is released 26th June.
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Amazing Glaswegian ElectroPopsters Prides’ track Messiah, a tune taken from their really quite good The Seeds You Sow EP of last year has been given a chugging workout be none other than synthesizer legend Giorgio Moroder. Moroder’s modern music can be irritatingly hit or miss, so any new offering is approved with hesitation. In all honestly this one didn’t grab us immediately, sounding a little too close to Giorgio’s attempts to court the American Dance music mainstream (yeah, those ’orrible three letters), but has actually massively grown on us, in all it’s in-your-face glory.
The more we listen to it, the more it starts to sound like some amazing Electro-House track from 2007, back when everything was all Indie vocals over chainsaw synths and relentless beats. The main hook itself is a powerhouse riff that shakes you until you are paying attention while the rest of the track is an odd mixture of pounding big room rhythms, richly layered synths and Prides’ heartfelt vocals. We’re not sure about the lowest-common-denominator builds, but on the whole the track just seems to work. Weird…
♫ Prides – Messiah (Giorgio Moroder reMix)
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Earlier this month we featured Nu-Disco groover Louis La Roché’s reMix of Go! from one of our favourite live acts of the past year, Public Service Broadcasting. Now it’s the turn of one of our favourite producers of all the years, Russ Chimes, to have a crack at the tune. It’s taken from the Go! single, released last week, which also sees Errors contributing a version alongside Russ and Louis. Chimes whips up a hypnotic and euphoric House cavalcade with this one. Give it a listen.
Clocking in at just under nine minutes, this truly is an intergalactic oddessy. Chimes lays out his track like the thematic space mission; gradually building from it’s launch point, layering synths and chugging bass over a solid beat until the track breaks into full-on Balearic euphoria. A timeless and classic-sounding slice of sunrise dance music, Russ takes all the majesty of the originals subject matter and works that into a, soundtrack-esque at times, uplifting journey. You can get so lost in this track.
♫ Public Service Broadcasting – Go! (Russ Chimes reMix)
Public Service Broadcasting’s Go! is out now.
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The shaping-up-to-be-utterly-amazing new project from ex-Van She man Matt Van Schie and ex-Van She man Touch Sensitive; Tear Council have offered up another new tune for us. My Car follows on from the duo’s début single Anywhere, and continues in a similar vein. While we were writing this post we wondered what happened to Tomek, Matt, Michael and Nicky have done loads of post-Van She stuff but Tomek is barely heard from. Well, Tomek is now a furniture designer. So that happened.
Anyway…My Car glides out of the speakers in that breezy Van She manner we’re all used to. Low key and subtly smooth, My Car blends easy going basslines and relaxed Disco beats with a cheeky vocal that doesn’t take itself to seriously. The waves of summer evening synths that roll over the track capture a carefree mood and are the icing on the nostalgic cake. Pure sunshine bliss.
♫ Tear Council – My Car
Tear Council’s My Car is out now.
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Viceroy – Summertime All The Time Vol. 01 = Kick start your summer with the latest mixtape from San Francisco groover Viceroy with this sunshine hour of Nu-Disco, Tropical, House and IndiePop sounds. It’s quite a mix-up of stuff going on, but always keeps it breezy.
♫ Viceroy – Summertime All The Time Vol. 01
01. Client Liaison – Feed The Rhythm
02. Goldroom – Mykonos (Fleet Fox Cover)
03. Hard Rock Sofa & Skidka – Arms Around Me (Tobtok reMix)
04. Nihils – Help Our Souls (Urban Contact reMix)
05. LANY – ILYSB (Ferdinand Weber reMix)
06. Chaka Khan – Miss My Love (Cazzette Bootleg)
07. Philip George – Wish You Were Mine
08. Yolanda Be Cool & DCup – Soul Makossa (Money)
09. Alesso – Cool (Autograf reMix)
10. ??? – ???
11. Earth Wind & Fire -September (Wolfskind & Mokoa Bootleg)
12. Giuliano Rascan – Desires (SYRE reMix)
13. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Slaptop reMix)
14. Sam Feldt – Show Me Love (EDX reMix)
15. King Arthur (Feat. Michael Meaco) – Belong To The Rhythm (Don Diablo Edit)
16. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Don Diablo & CID reMix)
17. Gigamesh – The Music
18. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind (Two Friends reMix)
19. Alex Schulz – Ways
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