Monday, August 20, 2018
Our most beloved disco revivalists Midnight Magic are back out of nowhere with not one but two brand new tracks!!! The unparalleled Tiffany Roth and her reliable crew are serving us a double dancefloor feast. The spell-binding "Give Me Life" is a sonic cocktail of house, the Magicians' horn section's signature embellishments and those sublime vocal harmonies and melody twists reminiscing the band's phenomenal club delicacy "Trouble T" which I selected as my 2014 Track of the Year here. And to think that's only a b-side!!! The summery and super-catchy A-side "Give Me a Reason" is an 80's flavoured synth-pop groove which already sounds like a Midnight Magic classic. It will no doubt sound equally charming in a live setting.
Check out also the video for "Down Delay" which the band premiered here back in January.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs
25 (N) "We Should Be Free" - Marquis Hawkes feat. Jamie Lidell (Houndstooth)
24 (N) "Charcoal Baby" - Blood Orange (Domino Recording)
23 (N) "People" - High Hoops (A Label Called Success)
22 (N) "Run The Road" - Santigold (Downtown Records)
21 (N) "God" - Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones (Planet Mu Records)
20 (N) "Panda" - Kornél Kovács (Unknown to the Unknown)
19 (N) "Sophisticated Adult Ent." - Fit Of Body (2MR)
18 (N) "Asembi Ara Amba" - Y-Bayani & Henrik Schwarz (Sunday-Music Records)
17 (N) "Caught in a Lie" - Fatima (Eglo Records)
16 (5) "One of the Girls" - Otha (self-released)
15 (N) "Jungle" - Popular Computer (self-released)
14 (N) "Jet Black" - Channel Tres (GODMODE)
13 (N) "Ekkert Drama" - Reykjavíkurdætur & Svala (self-released)
12 (6) "Malamente" - ROSALÍA (Sony Music)
11 (4) "Innocence" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)
10 (N) "Pienso en tu mirá" - ROSALÍA (Sony Music)
9 (N) "Echo Arms" - Mr Twin Sister (Twin Group)
8 (N) "Marzipan" - felicita feat. Caroline Polachek (PC Music)
7 (N) "For The Night" - Svala (Sony Music)
6 (N) "Doesn't matter (voleur de soleil)" - Christine & The Queens (Because Music)
5 (N) "There Was A Time (было время)" - Kedr Livanskiy (2MR)
4 (3) "Like Sugar" - Chaka Khan (Diary Records)
3 (N) "Gotasoul" - Azari feat. James Bailey (Get Physical Music)
2 (2) "Like" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)
1 (1) "Plaything" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)
Monday, August 6, 2018
2 Swedish divas are back! It's been 4 years since Neneh Cherry's experimental "Blank Project" and 8 years since Robyn's epic Pop triptych "Body Talk". For the euphoric "Missing U" Robyn teams up with her long-term artistic ally Klas Åhlund and Metronomy's Joseph Mount while Neneh Cherry is joined by the legendary Massive Attack's 3D and Four Tet constructing a haunting ambiance of electronica and dub on "Kong". Two very much welcome comebacks in one week.
And here are both singers joining forces for their collaborative single "Out Of The Black" which was out 4 years ago:
Monday, July 30, 2018
The magnificent slice of Ghanaian reggae "Asembi Ara Amba" by The Polyversal Souls feat. Y-Bayani gets an impossibly addictive remix treatment by the mighty Henrik Schwarz. The German dj and producer has previously hypnotised us with his epic mix of Amadou & Mariam's joyful "Bofou Safou" which landed at #2 among my Top 20 Best Remixes of 2017 list. Another fantastic cross-over club track combining African influences and House music to an astonishing effect.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Dinamo Azari aka Azari from the prominent Canadian ensemble AZARI & III (who scored Track of the Year here for 2 consecutive years with "Reckless (With Your Love)" in 2010 and "Manic" in 2011) is back with a solo project heralded by one of the most addictive club tracks we've heard thus far in 2018. The pulsating "Gotasoul", featuring the electrifying vocals of James Bailey, is an acid-house flavoured excursion into underground house clubs dripping with raw energy, sonic hedonism, mystery and sensuality. An immediate anthem which leaves me gasping for Azari's full album scheduled to drop later on this year.
The official press release describes Azari's new project most accurately:
"This project is a reaction to perfection and predictability, a reminder that you don’t have to fit in to function. It’s a return to the raw, expressive and rule breaking days of punk and acid house. It embodies forward thinking music, art and visuals that have the power to incite shock and awe. It’s for a generation that looks beyond labels. It’s a project that places equal power with all genders, sexualities and races, and draws in outsiders at odds with the world’s current categories."
"Gotasoul" is out on 3rd August via Get Physical.
Friday, July 20, 2018
What a week for all the Svala Björgvins aka Kali devotees like myself!!! The Steed Lord-Blissful diva is back with 2 brand new singles today!
The Icelandic vocalist has been recently signed by Sony Denmark and is embarking on a solo career again. "For The Night" is a smooth synth-pop number Svala co-wrote with her long-term artistic (and not only artistic) partner Einar Egilsson and Ryland Blackinton. The song serves the impossibly infectious melody paired with a full palette of vocal harmonies, Svala's signature sounds across her Steed Lord, Blissful repertoire as well as her solo-efforts to date. The video for "For the Night" was directed by Saga Sig.
To spice things up we are also receiving "Ekkert Drama" today which sees Svala teaming up with Iceland's prime feminist rap collective Reykjavíkurdætur. "Ekkert Drama" is a bona-fide urban flavoured deep-house anthem for all the Scandinavian music lovers out there. One for Saturday night no doubt.