Marina’s made my week!


Seriously! Ever since these two reMixes of Marina And The Diamonds forthcoming single, ‘Mowgli’s Road’ (Originally the B-side of ‘Obsessions’), dropped into the electronic rumors inbox I haven’t been able to stop listening to them.

And don’t make me pick between the two, I couldn’t do it. Mille’s rework is upbeat with a bouncing bassline. It’s arpeggios and strings brilliantly capture the epicness of the original while Valerie man Russ Chimes brings his 80’s styled disco funk to the track and then hits you with massive electro breakdowns.

Two seriously good reMixes:

Marina And The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road (Mille reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Marina And The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road (Russ Chimes reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Check the original too, in all it’s quirky brilliance!

Marina And The Diamonds – Mowgli’s Road (zShare) (MediaFire)

‘Mowgli’s Road’ drops on November 16th and can be pre ordered at PureGroove, it comes B-sided with a cover of Late Of The Pier’s ‘Space And The Woods’.

Marina And The Diamonds @ PureGroove

Marina And The Diamonds @ 7Digital

Marina And The Diamonds @ Amazon

Valerie And Friends


Tomorrow sees the release of the incredibly eagerly anticipated first compilation from the Valerie collective.

I can’t stress enough how team Valerie are producing some of the best synthesizer music around today, their particular take on Electro-House comes with a huge helping of retro 80’s cool. With a definite slant toward 80’s soundtracks (particularly of the straight-to-video teen/horror/action variety) you can’t help but imagine all the various acts involved hanging out and watching 80’s pulp movies before heading off to their studios

Featuring retro graphic design work, as usual, by The Zonders, the line up for the album is Minitel Rose, Anoraak, Jupiter, DVAS, College, Keenhouse, Electric Youth, Russ Chimes, Maethelvin, The Outrunners, Futurecop!, Moulinex & Press, Release, SymbolOne, Xinobi, Narctrax, Loose Shus and Steve Moore.

Here are Futurecop! and Russ Chimes’ contributions; both great examples of the Valerie sound and what to expect on this record, soaring leads, disco beats and crazy arpeggios…

Futurecop! – Eyes Like The Ocean (zShare) (MediaFire)

Russ Chimes – Daytona (zShare) (MediaFire)

You can view the whole tracklist and listen to the album streaming here.

The Valerie gang are soon launching  their new site, ValerieCollective, and ‘Valerie and Friends‘ is released May 27th on ESR.

‘Valerie And Friends’ @ Amazon



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College, Stravardo reMix


I love it when new stuff comes out of the Valerie collective, it’s always eagerly awaited!

Here we have another reMix of College & Electric Youth’s ‘She Never Came Back’. This time reMix duties are preformed by Stravardo (The dude from Damage!) who turns in an atmospheric retro chiller.

College (Feat. Electric Youth) – She Never Came Back (Stravardo Version) (zShare) (MediaFire)

The Valerie gang are soon launching  their new site, ValerieCollective, and May 27th see the release of their first compilation album ‘Valerie and Friends‘, which will be released on ESR. Exiting stuff!

College @ Beatport

College @ 7Digital

College @ Amazon

Circlesquare reMiexd by Valarie squad!


Valerie crew staples Russ Chimes and Anoraak have got together to gang up on ‘Dancers’, the last single from Canadian electronica solo act Circlesquare.

The mighty reMix team-up takes Circlesquare’s post-punk, experimental, SynthPop by the hand and leads it straight to the dancefloor of an 80’s Disco.

Those Valerie guys just keep knocking them out of the park!

Circlesquare – Dancers (Russ Chimes Vs. Anoraak reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Check the single edit for comparison:

Circlesquare – Dancers (Radio Edit) (zShare) (MediaFire)

grab yourself some Circlesquare below:

Circlesquare @ Beatport

Circlesquare @ Juno

Circlesquare @ 7Digital

Circlesquare @ Amazon

New Pégase tracks


Pégase, side project of Raphaël (the lead singer of Minitel Rose), have dropped a couple of new demos.

As with everything that comes out of the Valerie collective this is quality retro Electro stuff. More upbeat than Pégase’s earlier, spaced-out, tunes these two are full-on ElectroPop goodness. ‘Wherever You Are’ is verging on Electro-Rock.

Pégase – I Try To Be You (Demo.) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Pégase – Wherever You Are (Demo.) (zShare) (MediaFire)

Pégase’s first proper releases are really something to look forward to, until then show the French man some MySpace love!

Pégase @ MySpace

College never came back


College are back with some brand new 80’s synthesized Electro-House goodness.

As to be expected with anything bearing the Valerie stable seal of approval, College’s ‘She Never Came Back’ is a soaring Electro odyssey that wraps you up in layers of FM synthesis featuring vocals from Electric Youth Here treated to reMixes by fellow Valerie crew members Russ Chimes and The Outrunners.

College (Feat. Electric Youth) – She Never Came Back (Russ Chimes reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

College (Feat. Electric Youth) – She Never Came Back (The Outrunners reMix) (zShare) (MediaFire)

I love the fact that, along with Kavinsky and Danger et al., the Valerie lot seem to be putting the musician ship back into Electro-House.

Love all The Zonders artwork too!

You can also catch the video for ‘She Never Came Back’ here.

Go check out some College, then work your way through the rest of the Valerie gang:

College @ Beatport

College @ Juno

College @ 7Digital

College @ Amazon