Jimmy Somerville’s new EP, with Fred Falke, Siriusmo & Felix Gauder

Jimmy Somerville

Well this is certainly the surprise release of the week. ‘80’s Pop icon Jimmy Somerville, second singer in the awesome Bronski Beat before going on to form The Communards and have a reasonable successful solo career, has this week released a new EP. ‘80’s icons releasing new material is always a bit hit and miss, especially if, like Jimmy, they haven’t really had the track record, or entrenchment in dance music, between then and now. What I wasn’t expecting was a sublime collection of contemporary ElectroPop tracks and a handful of reMixes be some of the coolest names around.

The ‘Solent EP’ contains four original new tracks, all of which are modern Nu-Disco tinged electronic Pop tunes awash with Somerville’s falsetto. the surprising this is how much of an understanding of dance music in 2012 they show, so often worth ‘80’s Electro artists making modern dance records you get the feeling that they are playing catch-up, but not so with tracks on the ‘Solent EP’ like ‘Some Wonder’, a full on DiscoPop track or ‘Taken Away’, a classic dance tune that could have (and may have been) put together by any of today’s top producers. And the reMix line up too, shows an insight into modern electronic music that many of Jimmy’s peers wouldn’t get. ‘Taken Away’ is reMixed by French Touch original Fred Falke, who works his soaring synth magic on the track to produce the EP’s standout track. Siriusmo, another surprising appearance, reMixes ‘Kites’ into a laidback Disco-tinged number loaded with bass and stings. Felix Gauder takes on ‘Some Wonder’ in a more traditional dance track way, loads of hands-in-the-air moments. The EP also comes with more originals and a reMix from Johnny winfield.

♫ Jimmy Somerville – Taken Away

♫ Jimmy Somerville – Taken Away (Fred Falke reMix)

♫ Jimmy Somerville – Kite (Siriusmo reMix)

♫ Jimmy Somerville – Some Wonder

♫ Jimmy Somerville – Some Wonder (Felix Gauder reMix)

The ‘Solent EP’ is out this week.

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The Vandroid has landed!

It’s been a while since we wrote about them here, now there’s finally some movement on the Vandroid front.

More tracks from the soundtrack to the mythical 1984 Sci-Fi action movie Vandroid have surfaced. As you might recall the first of the Vandroid tracks we heard was the Van She Tech reMix, now reMixes from Yuksek, Fred Falke, Boy 8-Bit and Siriusmo have been unearthed and put together in the form of the ‘Master And Slave’ reMixes EP..

First up, this Yuksek reMix is one of the best things I have heard all year, no question, pure Nu-Disco, ElectroPop brilliance with that slightly rough sound from his album. Using the vocals sparsely, but to rad effect Yuksek really knocks it out the park. Fred Falke’s is wicked too. Stripping the track down to an, almost Industrial, Electro Rock track. These are backed up by Boy 8-Bits’ deep Electro groove as be brings a hypnotic track with some standout distorted synth percussion and Siriusmo’s cut-up Disco take on the track.

The Vandroid project is totally exiting, not just ‘cos some of the biggest names in Electro are contributing some of their best work, but because they have made the whole thing fun, interesting and addictive. It’s a pity we’ll never actually get to see the movie!”

Vandroid – Master And Slave (Yuksek reMix)

Vandroid – Master And Slave (Fred Falke Mix)

Vandroid – Master And Slave (Boy 8-Bit reMix)

Vandroid – Master And Slave (Siriusmo ‘Slave Disco’ reMix)

You can get the whole EP in high quality for free, and more on the backstory, on the official Vandroid site.

Vandroid @ Official Website

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Bodi Bill & Siriusmo

BodiBill

I’d honestly never heard of Bodi Bill before their current single, ‘I Like Holden Caulfield’, landed in the electronic rumors inbox, but I was immediately all over it.

This German act is hard to pin down, a bit Lo-Fi, a bit Indie-Electro, a bit Bedroom Pop, even a little bit Folktronica, they have defiantly carved out a unique niche for themselves in the SynthPop landscape. Their glitchy beats and eclectic electronic instrumentation really keep the listener on their toes!

Siriusmo, who should be no stranger to you, provides a reMix of the track ‘Tip Toe Walk’ for the single and turns in a deep and atmospheric mix complete with buzzing organs, echoing piano and military drums.

Bodi Bill – Tip Toe Walk (Siriusmo reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘I Like Holden Caulfield’ is now.

Bodi Bill @ Beatport

Bodi Bill @ Juno

Bodi Bill @ Amazon

Chromeo; ‘Night By Night’ video

Chromeo have just dropped the video for ‘Night By Night’, the track the released on Mountain Dew’s music project in September, directed by Jeremie Rozan the clip features Dave1 getting his Saturday Night Fever on!

Check these reMixes by Siriusmo & Digikid84 as a bonus too.

Chromeo – Night By Night (Siriusmo reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Chromeo – Night By Night (Digikid84 reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

You can download ‘night By Night’ from Green Label Sound.

Chromeo @ Beatport

Chromeo @ Juno

Chromeo @ 7Digital

Chromeo @ Amazon