There’s definitely a soft spot in my heart for New Zealand’s finest Indie-Electro export Pip Brown A.K.A Ladyhawke. Although her sophomore album, Anxiety, was a tad too Rocky for my tastes; her self-titled début (from way back in 2008) was the bomb. A slick and personal combination of funk-fuelled breezy ElectroPop with a dusting of New Wave layered over some truly catchy songs that spanned deeply heartfelt to party anthem. That album was in our headphones for a long time. And the reMixes, oh the reMixes! Modular really delivered, getting the top ‘Blog House’ producers of the day to work on the 12”s.
As mentioned, the second album was very good, just not-so-much my thing. A little too much emphasis on the guitars, a little less emphasis on the synths. There was some good songs in there, but the sound didn’t do much for me. So it was with a mixture of excitement and nervousness that I greeted the news that Pip was back with a third full length record.Titled Wild Things, the new album is due out on 3rd June via Polyvinyl and the first single from the LP is A Love Song. And it’s good.
A Love Song is upbeat and purely electronic, two things I wasn’t anticipating from Ladyhawke. The massive Pop chorus is unexpected, but not unwelcome ,making the synth bass heavy verses sound almost low-key in comparison as Pip quiet vocals deliver bittersweet lyrics over subtle beats and a slow build. Then the chorus happens; a big sing-a-long over huge sidechained leads. A Love Song has definitely got my attention again.
Check out the lyric video below. While I hate, hate, hate lyric videos, this one is kinda’ neat; featuring animation by Paul Robertson who Pip got in touch with after seeing his pixelated take on the Simpsons intro with it’s psychedelic couch gag.
In the first of a Gigamesh double whammy today we finally get to hear his version of Ladyhawke’s new single ‘Sunday Drive’. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the one! This is the killer version of this track! This is the one you’ll be dancing to for the next couple of months!
It’s a Disco juggernaut. Loaded with majestic chords and arpeggios that fly around the mix. There something incredibly dramatic about the almost Acid arpeggio sweeps in this mix, adding a rising and falling tension which, when coupled with the track make for something quite special. Whilst we do love the songs on Ladyhawke’s new album, the whole tone isn’t as fun new wave is is was previously so it;s the reMixes that we are excited about. We’re big fans of Pips voice and songwriting, so when we hear them over tom-popping Disco like this it really makes out day.
Ladyhawke being reMixed by Treasure Fingers? Oh, it’s just like the good old days, or at least 2008, when Pip ruled all and TF reMixed everyone!
So this nostalgic team up actually delivers the goods. Leaning very much in a ‘90’s House direction, Treasure Fingers drops beats, breaks and House Piano liberally only keeping the chorus and the tiniest bit of synth from Ladyhawke’s original. Although much more retro House than he used to be you can still tell a Treasure Fingers production, just like you can always tell Pip’s vocals. Ahh, the memories…
Here’s another reMix of Ladyhawke’s first single from her forthcoming sophomore album ‘Anxiety’, ‘Black, White And Blue’. This time it’s Nile Delta stepping up to the plate to drop a deep electronic Acid Disco groove.
There’s a real old school Chicago feel to Nile Delta’s version. 909 rimshots and burbling Acid lines are the order of the day here, which work surprisingly (and I do mean surprisingly) well with Pips vocals. The whole thing sounds slightly more detached than before, but in a dark, strobe fuelled, club kinda’ way. Both alienating and involving. It’s my favourite mix of this track so far.
We’re still in two minds about what we’ve heard of Ladyhawke’s forthcoming new album, some of what we’ve heard is amazing, some of it too rocky for our tastes. I guess we’re just wishing for the good old days of 2008 New Wave Ladyhawke. Take the new single, ‘Black, White & Blue’ it sounds like catchy Ladyhawke, but all those standard rock guitars kinda’ grate on our ears. Enter Punks Jump Up to save the day.
Their reMix of ‘Black, White & Blue’ is exactly what I wanted to hear for the single. I love Pip’s voice so much, so that combined with Punks Jump Up’s bouncy FM bassline is pure gold. Full of hits, stabs and other retro dance tropes this track is gonna’ be so much fun to drop on a dancefloor.
♫ Ladyhawke – Black, White & Blue (Punks Jump Up reMix)
The week in Bangers: While electronic rumors isn’t strictly an Electro-House blog, we do cover a lot of Electro-House that crosses over in to our realm. So many good club tunes and reMixes surface each week we can’t (and wouldn’t) cover them all, so this is a round up of some of the best from the week that we didn’t have time to dedicate individual posts to…
A while back, here, we blogged about London Indie-Electro producer Build’s reMix of Cut Copy’s ‘Hearts On Fire’, which we really liked. Build has been busy, he also has two more reMixes to share with the world Both are of Indie-Electro modern classics. ‘Feeling Better’ by French Indie/SynthPop mob The Teenagers and Ladyhawke’s oft-reMixed ‘Back Of The Van’, of which Build’s reMix more than holds it’s own!
Ladyhawke’s ‘Paris Is Burning’ is re-released this week, canine cover an’ all, so before you click on over to your favourite .mp3 emporium check this reMix Alex Metric has dropped turning ’Paris’ into a driving Electro growler.