[MP3] Blende & Surrender!

Blende & Surrender!

London purveyors of ballsy, rough, Disco sounds La Bombe have come up with the genius idea of releasing a collaborative EP featuring to of their artists who really took 2012 for and make it their own. UK producer Blende and Turkish wunderkind Surrender! have joined forces to release an EP that is showing signs of being everything a team-up of these proportions promises.

Two tracks from the February released Synapse EP have been aired so far. Circus, a crazy collision between early German Techno and rocking French Electro that soon launches into a full-on baroque Disco stomper that put’s the recent Justice album to shame. The EP’s title track, Synapse kicks straight off with an insanely catchy riff and soon descend into pure, unbridled, French Electro joy. The epitome of everything we love about French Electro, Synapse couple be held up as a masterclass in doing it properly. It makes you sad for everyone else.

Blende & Surrender! – Circus

♫ Blende & Surrender! – Synapse

Blende & Surrender!’s Synapse EP is released 18th February

Check out more from Blende & Surrender! on SoundCloud.

Surrender! reMixed by Blende

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It’s a meeting of La Bombe heavyweights! While your waiting for Turkish producer Surrender!’s self-titled début album (and you probably are after reading out interview with the man here) keep the faith with this reMix from London’s noisiest funkster Blende. You just know this is going to be in -your-face Disco.

And true to form Blende taken on the French at their own game. His reMix of S*M*A*S*H rides high on the combination of digital slap bass, piercing synths and acerbic production. The result is kind of like running Les Rythmes Digitales through a distortion pedal with a touch of Justice (when Justice are being funky, not wanky). It’s a track that would easily be at home of Ed Banger, but La Bombe is probably a much finer place for it to reside. Inducing just as much of a stom as it does a boogie, Blende’s reMix is ripe for peak time dropping, just watch the floor explode!

Surrender! – S*M*A*S*H (Blende reMix)

Surrender!’s self-titled début album is due out in September on La Bombe.

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Some words from Surrender!

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By now Turkish producer Surrender! should be on your Nu-Disco radar. He’s one of those artists that, rather than making a massive splash, has slowly and surely entered our consciousness over the last year to the point where the announcement of his self-titled début album, due out September on La Bombe, was exciting stuff.

And this 23 year-old, despite only a handful of releases to his name, is already earning himself fans in the form of some of electronic music’s top names. Aeroplane, A-Trak, Villa, Treasure Fingers and Digitalism have all become regular spinners of Surrenders! tunes, Digitalism even included his track Travellers on their recent DJ-KICKS album.

His music is instantly familiar, yet uniquely fresh. The obvious elements of French Touch and Electro, Italo and House are all present, but Surrender! pushes them into overdrive, creating something as exciting as chainsaw synthed Electro-House and as Funky as Disco. The forthcoming album promises to be an odyssey through hard hitting, groove laden synth madness.

In the lead up to the album’s release, Surrender! took some time to give us a peek into the world of mad Disco.

ER: So, first up, what prompted the name change from Opptimo to Surrender!? There was a lot of support for Travellers, why the change?

S: What I didn’t knew was that there was another Opptimo with only one ‘p’. Optimo from the UK. And they were also making electronic music. So it was best to change it earlier rather than have problems later. If they were just a rock band I don’t think I would have changed it but hey, I’m really glad I did!

ER: When did you get into making music? How did that happen?

S: I got into making music when I was 18. It wasn’t anything serious at first but as time passed and I learned new things, I started to really love it so I kept going and going. I was always interested in making music.

♫ Surrender! – Volute

ER: What did you listen to growing up, was it electronic and dance music or did you come to that later?

S:When I was about 7 I was in love with Michael Jackson but that changed throughout the years and I started listening to some really hard metal bands. Dimmu Borgir, DEICIDE, Bloodbath etc. But at the same time I always loved the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy. So electronic music was always there with me no matter what. And finally at 15 I just completely fell in love with electronic music.

ER: You’re about to drop your new album in September. Tell us a little about it and what it means to you as a whole body of work?

S: It was really different than just making an EP because EP’s are easy to do for me. I can just use the same formula or same kind of approach with them but an album is a whole another ball game. Just like that Chemical Brothers song: Music:Response. You have to keep the mood alive and think of the album as one rather than just a compilation of tracks because in the end they are like organs of a body. You cannot separate them and expect to have a functioning body. I matured a lot with this album, I actually learned more about music than I did in the last couple of years.

♫ Surrender! (Feat. Jhameel) – Hurry (Lovin’ Is Crazy)

ER: When you sit down to write a track, what is influencing you other than music?

S: Not a lot of things. A good road trip and meeting new people always seems to give me new ideas and thoughts about music though.

ER:So what’s the Surrender!’s studio? Do you have a favourite bit of studio kit? Any favourite synths?

S: I wouldn’t even call where I make my music a studio because the only hardware I have is my M-Audio midi keyboard along with a T.C Electronic sound card. I don’t even have monitors. It’s funny to see people visit my place and ask where all the gear is.

♫ Surrender! – Locate

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

S: Juno 106.

ER: Do you prefer songwriting/studio work or playing live/DJing?

S: I think that they complement each other. It would really hard to do just one and skip the other.

ER: What’s your breakfast preference? Cereal or cooked breakfast? Would your answer change the day after a show?

S: Right now I’m actually working out and eating healthy for a change so my breakfast is a few small tomatoes, a little cheese, 2 egg whites and green tea. And yes, after a show it would change probably Haha.

♫ Surrender! – Fast Days

Surrender!’s self-titled début album is due out in September on La Bombe.

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Surrender!’s ‘Volute’

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Turkish producer Surrender! is about to drop a brand new single in advance of his forthcoming album. Coming out next month on the consistently Funky La Bombe, ‘Volute’ and it’s B-Side ‘Fast Days’, show off two different facets of Surrender!’s infectious groove.

‘Volute’ is a twisting, cosmic, number. With heavy, pulsating, Funk foundations a spacey mixture of Italo and Cosmic Disco play around the track, arpeggios flying, to create something that is both dancefloor addictive and space-age atmospheric at the same time. The flip side, ‘Fast Days’ breaks out the House piano and some massive synth stabs. It’s a driving mixture of Disco and House which is pure uplifting party starter. Both tracks have got a nice grunge o their production, they’re not too clean, not too polished, which (in our opinion) always works better on the dancefloor. Get down and dirty with these tunes! Surrender!’s already getting some play from major names including being part of Digitalism’s new DJ-KICKS album. We’d definitely predict big things for this guy.

♫ Surrender! – Volute (Radio Edit)

♫ Surrender! – Fast Days (Radio Edit)

Surrender!’s ‘Volute’ single is out 2nd July on Beatport.

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Anniversary compilation from La Bombe

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Awww, isn’t it sweet. London’s La Bombe Recordings is turning the ripe old age of two. But rather than crying a lot and soiling themselves like most respectable two year olds, La Bombe is going to be releasing a compilation album to proudly show off what they’ve achieved since their inception and to give you a glimpse into the future.

The ten track record will feature five classics from the La Bombe back catalogue and five brand new tunes. We’ve feature quite a lot of La Bombe output in the past twenty four months here on electronic rumors, mostly from the funkier or more eclectic end of their roster, such as Blende and Douze who always give us something powerful and groovy. But when you want a flat out Electro banger La Bombe is definitely the place to go. Check out some of what to expect from this collection, including ‘Girls’ the new killer from Les Tronchiennes,  pleasingly titled ‘A Fistful of Boom’.

♫ Blende – One Sided (Louis La Roché Innovation)

♫ Douze – Go’

♫ Blende – Egypto

♫ Douze – Get Over You

♫ Les Tronchiennes – Girls

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Seya

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Next up on La Bombe is some Disco-House goodness from Seya.

That goodness takes the form of a two track single featuring the tracks ‘Float’ and ‘Backlight’. ‘Float’ the lead track is pumping full-on Nu-Disco workout which sees Disco samples battling it out with Funky synth riffs in a filter heavy arena. The flip side is more of a soulful Nu-Disco tune that sees Seya in funky dancefloor mode.

♫ Seya – Float

♫ Seya – Backlight

‘Float’ is released 14th November.

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BEENS & Dachstuhl’s ‘Fogger’

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Something a little deep and house for you right about now courtesy of BEENS & Dachstuhl. their new release for La Bombe is ‘Fogger’.

‘Fogger’ is a heavy, heavy, dancefloor assault, this track isn’t going to make you comfortable, it’s designed to get you moving. The reMix A-side comes straight from Nom De Strip who brings the straight-up 90’s rave vibe to the track.

♫ BEENS & Dachstuhl – Fogger (Original Mix)

♫ BEENS & Dachstuhl – Fogger (Nom De Strip reMix)

‘Fogger’ drops 15th August Beatport.