Some neat analog Disco for you right now in the form of the forthcoming new single from Belgian duo Villa. Released later this month with reMixes from the likes of MiGHty mOUse, The Shoes and Borussia, If I, is the follow up to their single Mint of earlier this year and nicely coincides with the release of their reMix of Röyksopp & Susanne Sundfør’s Running To The Sea.
If typical recent Villa fashion, If I displays an undulating waling bassline and some raw sounding drums. The sparse track slowly builds itself along it’s three and a half minute length, each section of the song adding a new synth line of Disco lick, until the track is a vintage synth workout and you can;t help but like. The slightly cautious vocal does it’s job, but never matches the infectious Disco insanity of the music, still it serves as a nice compliment to the track though.
Norwegian ElectroPop masters Röyksopp and vocalist Susanne Sundfør’s Running To The Sea was released as a single in Norway about this time last year. Their first new single is bloody ages, it was written off the cuff for an appearance on Norwegian Music TV show Lydverket, but went on to create a massive stir online. As a result there is a full reMix package getting a general release, which will include work from Australian master of the edit Late Nite Tuff Guy and Belgium’s finest Villa.
Villa take a laid back Poppy approach to the track. A breezy piano groove and razor sharp synths keep things suitably icy. but Villa inject the Scandinavian quirkiness with a little dancefloor warmth. An immense and encapsulating track that respects the original totally whilst delivering slightly more funk. Just taking the prize though, for us, is the rework from Late Nite Tuff Guy, who just dismantles the whole track and builds it up again as an Italo Boogie Disco monster. A relentless groove, with a dancefloor swing that bubbles under with Acid intensity. A mixture of Disco bass, twisting 303s, Cosmic synths and Susanne Sundfør’s haunting vocal is pretty hard to beat. The energy just keeps building and building in this one, It’s a free download too!
London’s Swedish king of ballsy Electro-Disco Blende is gearing up for the release of his new single, Fake Love, later this month. Blende has been consistently impressing with his reMix work this year, but now with blend [pun intended] of French Electro, French Disco and English ElectroPop he’s about to give some of the biggest names on the scene a run for their money.
We’re not saying this lightly either. We were a little lukewarm on the latest Justice album, if it’d sounded like Fake Love, we would have been all over it. It’s loaded with those chainsaw synths and phased piano that we’d normally associate with Justice, but Blende takes it to the next level. Rebecca (from Sweden’s Rebecca And Fiona) provides a rich vocal for the track, adding a catch hook to a track that is so full of Funk, so full of electronic power, that it has to be heard to be believed. Sometimes, just sometimes, the new kids can really take the old masters to school. reMixes are supplied by The Living Islands, Belgian legends Villa, who turn in a gritty Disco stompfest with a hard Electro pump to it and electronic rumors favourites Chordashian who bring their pounding Disco-House groove to the table in the single standout reMix. Fake Love comes highly recommended.
You can head over here for our waffle about Moonlight Matters and Gustraph’s new single, ‘Come For Me’. It’s a massive Pop track, with that twanging late ‘80’s digital bass and orchestral hits we love so much. The single is out today on Kitsuné Music, but if you’re just gagging to hear the reMix from London’s Punks Jump Up, well, you’re in luck aren’t you.
Punks Jump Up keep in touch with the late ‘80’s Pop ethos of the track but deconstruct the tune and reconstruct it in their own image. Awash with Electro Boogie, the reMix is a sweet mixture of House beats and B-Boy basslines. Punks Jump Up has also kept on working the orchestral hits, well, who wouldn’t? That would be just crazy. In keeping with the late ‘80’s vibe they’ve also added a little of their Acid tendencies with a burbling 303 hook running underneath that comes into it’s own on the big breakdown. As far as the reMixes go on the single, it’s definitely our favourite, a great addition to the package.
♫ Moonlight Matters (Feat. Gustraph) – Come For Me (Punks Jump Up Freestyle Mix)
Moonlight Matters’ ‘Come To Me’ EP is out now, with the Punks jump up reMix an iTunes exclusive.
Wow, this week is just full of awesome late ‘80’s-esque tunes. This weeks definite highlight comes from Moonlight Matters (Seba from Villa)’s long, long awaited début single, released next month (or now on Beatport) on Kitsuné Music.
Moonlight Matters has been knocking out some of the best reMixes around for the last year or so, but despite some amazing work, we never, never, expected his début to blow us away like ‘Come For Me’ did. The EP’s title track features Gustaph from Hercules And Love Affair and is one of the biggest power Pop tracks you will hear in a while. Combining a slight bit of his Disco groove with that proper late ‘80’s sound that is starting to seep into dance music inbetween all the retro ‘80’s and ‘90’s sounding stuff. You know what I mean, epic stadium vocals, digital bass and those wonderful orchestral hits, and ‘Come For Me; has them all, and uses them perfectly. It’s a track with a tiny bit of melancholy to it, but mostly just makes you want to punch the air. Less Disco more PowerSoulPop was a brilliant move, Moonlight Matters works it perfectly. ‘Standing Up For Love’, brings down the tempo but keeps the same Electronic Soul feel with Starving Yet Full providing an impassioned vocal in a track that features the smoothest of smooth sax solos. One again Seba draws from Pop from the tail end of the ‘80’s and sucks up all the best elements for a pure TOTP experience. The final original track on the EP is ‘Rain Dance’, a lush, atmospheric, dance track. A bit tribal, this is the track that brings Moonlight Matters a bit more into the realm of ‘90’s dance, powered by crunchy stabs that play like the soundtrack to an action movie. The extended versions of the EP come with reMixes of the title track from Punks Jump Up (on the iTunes version), who deliver a twisted retro Acidic mix, Junior (on the Beatport version) ‘s glitchy Electro-House builder and Herr Styler (on the Juno version) with a deep, raw sounding, House mix with a hypnotic groove. For the title track alone it’s contender for single of the month.
♫ Moonlight Matters (Feat. Gustraph) – Come For Me
Moonlight Matters’ ‘Come For Me’ EP is out now via Beatport and 18th June elsewhere.
I’ve got to admit, BeNi’s been off my radar a bit recently, after a string of awesome tunes he kinda’ lost me with recent singles. ‘It’s A Bubble’ was totally underwhelming and the whole viral campaign that went with it just an embarrassment. However, the internet reckons VillA’s reMix of his new tune ‘Someone just Like You’ is the mutts nuts, and whop am I to argue with the internet.
They are so right, VillA injects the track with a robotic nervous energy creating some funky SynthPop that could easily sit an any number of classic mid-80’s compilation (as an extended 12” version of course). I suppose it’s time then to give BeNi’s album a chance, you can stream the whole thing here.
♫ BeNi (Feat. Mattie Safer) – Someone Just Like You (VillA Rmx)
BeNi’s album, ‘House of Beni’ is out 11th October.
We told you it was coming, and now it’s here! The brand new video from SynthPop legends The Human League for their eagerly awaited new single ‘Night People’.
We’ve already let you know what we though of the single, we loved its combination of ‘Sound Of The Crowd’ style old League and an epic second half. The video does what it says on the tin, a voyeuristic look into the lives of some wildly different night people!
Still loving it when the song goes all impassioned toward the end!
As previously mentioned, amongst the reMix package is this little gem from Villa who layer the track with frantic strings and and Acid burbling to give the tune a new sense of nervous energy. If the Leagues original is the soundtrack to an amazing night out the Villa’s reMix is the soundtrack to a dark and dangerous evening!
Ali Love’s ‘Love Harder’ album seems to have been on the horizon for an eternity.
Now things look like they are getting ready to happen with the news of the lead-in single ‘Smoke & Mirrors’. Awesome Pop goodness with a reMix package featuring Bottin, Funtcase and Villa, who turn in this pretty epic, analog synths and piano, jam.
I gotta’ say, Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip’s ‘Angels’ album is one of my ‘go to’ albums, y’know, when you can’t decide what to listen to, I normally head straight for ‘Angels’. Good music and intelligent witty lyrics, what more do you need?
The end of the month sees the duos second album ‘The Logic Of Chance’ released on Sunday Best and just ahead of it, out now, the single ‘Get Better’, which is surprisingly Italo sounding with a nice 8-bit lead line too. Villa provides one of the reMixes, all synths, cowbells and huge 80’s chords!