Out this week is the new single from French Disco guru Daze. This time he’s joined by Girl Is Tough for New York 1984, which could end up being one of the surprise hits of the summer. Prepare to feel good, ‘cos, quite frankly, here’s no other way to feel when this tune is on.
So, New York 1984 is the perfect slice of funky Disco. It’s loaded with the kinds of pumping bass, squelchy Moog leads and wicked Disco licks you’d expect from the best of Nu-Disco, but what pushes it over the edge to greatness is the addition of Girl Is Tough smooth and sexy vocals. Fu and soulful the vocals bring out the late night groove in the track. there’s a whole host of reMixes, but the picks come from one of our favourite producers Pyramid, who plays around with the vocals over a beautiful five minutes of cosmic, analog, Disco flavoured SynthWave. He really makes the track epic. Also stepping up is Le Crayon who brings out the ‘70’s Disco flavour in the track and rounds off the track with a soaring synth solo that sets the track on fire. The prefect summer groove.
♫ Daze (Feat. Girl Is Tough) – New York 1984
♫ Daze (Feat. Girl Is Tough) – New York 1984 (Pyramid reMix)
♫ Daze (Feat. Girl Is Tough) – New York 1984 (Le Crayon reMix)
A new track from France’s Pyramid is always something to get excited about. Always delivering the very best Sci-Fi synth music, Pyramid’s musical narrative and ability to combine the atmospheric and the funky makes every one of his tunes a killer. Hot on the heels of his ‘Rising Day reMixes’ EP come this new track, the driving The Frontier.
The Frontier brings all Pyramid’s talents together. There’s the epic, cinematic quality to Pyramid’s tracks, a solid Disco groove, a hint of French Touch and some of the most rousing solo work we have heard in a while. Add to this a big euphoric breakdown and you’ve got a track that ticks all the boxes. An airy journey though a futuristic soundscape, The Frontier is such an intricately crafted track, there’s so much going on and so much of it is really subtle, like half heard bass flourishes, or blended textures. Pyramid really is a master when it comes to creating musically rich, SynthWave and Nu-Disco. Roll on the album.
Last week we told you to go and but Pyramid’s long awaited reMix EP companion to his Sci-Fi epic ‘Rising Day’. Well, it’s out now, did you buy it? Of course you did, it’s awesome! just in-case you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s Monsieur Adi contribution to the collection to convince you further.
Turning his attention to ‘Citizen’ from ‘Rising Day’, Adi works his, frankly awe inspiring, cinematic electronic magic on the track. As epic ad you would expect from Adi, this reMix is also driving and powerful, based around a rough, distorted bassline. An unusual grittiness for Adi, but have no fear, the dirty Disco is still layered with his rousing orchestration. Monsieur Adi delivers a full on pedal-to-the-metal dancefloor destroyer with the dual goals of hard dance and emotional resonance. It’s a futuristic car chase with you in the drivers seat. But this whole EP now!
♫ Pyramid – Citizen (Monsieur Adi reMix)
The ‘Rising Day reMixes’ EP is out now on Beatport.
It’s been only two months since French Sci-Fi producer Pyramid self-released his ‘Life Above The Stars’ EP, a masterpiece of Cosmic electronics which itself was to tide us over in the dark between his last label release, ‘Rising Day’ on Monsieur Adi’s Technofavrik imprint and next month’s ‘Rising Day reMixes’.
The new EP contains reMix word from the likes of Stay Ali, Pilotpriest, Monsieur Adi, Final DJs and Thomas Barrandon and this, Pyramid’s own ‘Auto reMix’ of ‘Sleeping Fox’. This Auto reMix keeps much of the original intact, but gives it a 2012 kick in the bass. No loosing one drop of Pyramid’s trademark analog future funk the track still has all the futuristic dystopian shimmer it always had, but pumps in a way the original didn’t. While the original was all about B-Boy beats and Italo basslines, this version rolls with a Galactic Disco groove and soaring synths. The EP should be a killer with both Final DJs and Monsieur Adi turning in some excellent work.
Frances finest purveyor of Sci-Fi soundscapes, Pyramid, has release yet another EP, the man is a SynthWave machine!
‘Life Above The Stars’ is a four track masterpiece in bright, piercing synths and bassy machine beats. From the EP’s opener, Trouble, a rich, rousing electronic epic you are welcomed into Pyramid’s futuristic dystopia where his shifting arpeggios and layered Vangelis synth work soundtracks your every move. The thing we love about Pyramid is the way he mixes so much into his style. Bit’s of B-Boy Electro, bits of synthesizer Disco, bits of the electronic instrumental works of Jarre, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, to create his own score of the future.
Pyramid’s ‘Life Beyond The Stars’ is out now, the EP is free, but there are bonuses for dropping some €€€. 2€ gets you a bonus track called ‘TV Show’. €4 will get you you’ll receive the exclusive track and a 5 minute preview of the next Pyramid EP.
Pyramid is going from strength to strength, every time he releases a new slice of Sci-Fi electronica it’s even more awesome than the last.
The French SynthWave genius’ latest tune ‘Troubles’ is a slow burning synthesizer delight. Building layers upon layers of machine melodies and arpeggios Pyramid carries the listener away to some futuristic dystopia. I immediately want to compare to Vangelis or Jarre, but out of the two I think Pyramid leans toward the Jarre side of things, he seems to be able to capture the same kind of moods, the same contradictory optimistic melancholia, in his tunes.
Singer/songwriter Louisa Rose Allen’s recently had a second wind, as Foxes, when Neon Gold, always with the finger on the pulse of eclectic Pop, snapped her up for the release of her new single ‘Youth’. released earlier this month.
Appropriately for Neon Gold, the single exists in the nexus between Ellie and Marina. Take Marina’s quirkiness and Ellie’s percussion led bombast and wrap them up with impassioned vocals and a sense of accessibility and it should see Foxes make quite a mark in 2012. You know Neon Gold has an eye for these things. The internet has been graced with some wonderful reMixes of the tune too. Pyramid, who début is still regularly playlisted round these parts, delivers an seriously impressive, driving, SynthWave mix. With a real analog rawness to it, yet still with a Pop sheen. Some majestic organs elevate a track which is probably my favourite version of the song, which is saying a lot when you hear the other reMix. Monsieur Adi, who since his début has done no wrong in our eyes, turns in an awesome, rhythmically exciting, slice of soaring Nu-DiscoPop. Frantic drumming and dagger sharp synth leads and a hint of Samba all fall into Adi’s melting pot and the result is a seven minute aural party.
Dropped in thanks for hitting 1500 ‘likes’ on Facebook, ‘On A Walk’ is an instrumental analog synth balled with a Sci-Fi feel. We’re still loving the way Pyramid combines Italo style basses with more raw, live sounding elements along with his beautiful melodies and atmospheres.
What starts at an tabla lead chunk of dubby electronica soon warps into a Sci-Fi soundscape in Pyramid’s new tune.
Futuristic and beautiful, ‘Space Wind’, with it’s Sci-Fi elements, it’s harsh wind undercurrent and it’s ethnic percussion, to me anyway, is kinda’ what I imagine as a Dune soundtrack (to the books, not David Lynch’s peice of shit). It’s big synth chords fading into the distance, almost lost amongst the sheer space of this tune. If you like your synthesizer music Disco informed, but a little more otherworldly then Pyramid is the guy for you.