Friday, July 3, 2015
4AD's protégée Megan Remy a.k.a. U.S. Girls continues to tease us before the release of her latest album "Half Free". This new single "Woman's Work" sounds like a collage of Glass Candy's dark take on Italo Disco, Nancy Nova's early 80's "disco-not-disco" pop experiments and Linda Lamb's one-off electro clash underground classic extraordinaire "Hot Room". The album drops 25th September and judging by "Woman's Work" and the fantastic "Damn That Valley" we might be receiving one of this year's most memorable records the very same day.
Here are the songs "Woman's Work" reminded me of:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I have already been singing praises to Trulz & Robin's epic house single "Find My Love" from "The Orange Collection" - the latest episode in Eskimo Recordings' series of colour themed compilations. Now I have fallen for another Norwegian synth-pop composition echoing some of those ethereal synthesisers à la Röyksopp or Susanne Sundfør. Ary's debut single "Higher" is everything one may wish for in an electro pop environment. Such a terrific little pop gem!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
My favourite Parisian trio - the delightful Jolie Chérie are giving away their latest song "We Are Young" generously for free on their Soundcloud. "We Are Young" is a wondrously vibrant journey into vintage French Pop, oldskool synthesisers and sublime vocoders. Another flawless 1980's flavoured production from the underrated electro pop troopers, following the oldskool soundscapes of its predecessor - the charming "Où Tu Veux" featuring Valli. Bravo Melina, Samir et Etienne you have me completely hypnotised again! Très très chic!
It sounds like a perfect moment to remind ourselves about Jolie Chérie's lush Balearic rendition of Kavinsky's cult single "Nightcall". A masterpiece of a remix in my books:
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Shura returned with her epic synth-pop odyssey "White Light" earlier on this month and now her single receives a video treatment directed by Noel Paul of That Go and starring her twin brother Nick Denton. In company with the ubiquitous "Indecision" and the 1980's balladry echoing "2Shy", this is Shura's 3rd excellent single in a row. I am looking forward to seeing her live at Electric Picnic later on this year. "White Light" is out 29th June.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Janet Jackson returns in big style! The classy "No Sleep" announces the release of her 11th studio album later on this year, the first fully new material since "Discipline" in 2008. This flawlessly produced gem echoes some of her most vibrant ballads from her vast back catalogue, subtle reminiscences of "Any Time, Any Place", "Rope Burn" or "70's Love Groove" anyone? I am beyond excited about this album and Jackson's upcoming "Unbreakable World Tour"! Miss Janet on top of her game!
Monday, June 15, 2015
SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "YOU NEVER SHOW YOUR LOVE" - Jessy Lanza feat. DJ Spinn & Taso /// "CALLING CARD/MEZZANINE" EP - The Galleria
I have been anticipating new material from Jessy Lanza impatiently ever since I have fallen in love with her splendiferous debut album "Pull My Hair Back" back in 2013. "You Never Show Your Love" is a joint effort between Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso and announces the release in the latest episode of Hyperdub's saga of flawless electronica singles. The song is a meticulously produced ethereal excursion into the future R&B soundscapes. You can pre-order the EP now on iTunes and download the song instantly.
If this wasn't enough for all the Jessy Lanza devotees, the multi-talented artist has also collaborated with the legendary Morgan Geist on his new project The Galleria which, as described in the official press release, "ripples with echoes of the indigenous music of long-dead suburban New Jersey shopping malls and NYC radio stations: bombastic freestyle, club dubs, razor-edits and bubblegum-pop R&B". Think The Cover Girls, D'Train, Zapp, Jody Watley, Shannon or Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam. A much more oldskool, dancefloor-friendly sonic territory for Lanza confirming the Canadian electronic producer's vocal versatility and aesthetic unpredictability.