Sunday, September 16, 2018

LA MURPHY SAGA CONTINUES: "JACUZZI ROLLERCOASTER" / "CAN'T HANG ON" [with Maurice Fulton & Ali Love] - Róisín Murphy

So here it is, the 3rd chapter in the ever so captivating collaborative saga between Róisín Murphy and Maurice Fulton. The "Jacuzzi Rollercoaster" / "Can't Hang On" single is featuring London based singer Ali Love whom you may know, aside from his solo projects, from his previous joint efforts with Freeform Five, Luca C & Brigante & Hot Natured, all of whom would have also joined artistic forces in the past with La Murphy herself. "Jacuzzi Rollercoaster" is a full-flavoured slice of mid-tempo electronic-funk-meets-synth-pop, embellished with some rather delectable 1980's R&B reminiscences. The track certainly fits into the Irish artist's very own description of her current sound "My kind of dancing: all low and funky, allowing itself to be a little out of control". The throbbing "Can't Hang On" on the other hand is an invincible dancefloor-ready stomper with layers of Murphy's vocals.

The single was preceded by the equally vibrant double offerings of "All My Dreams" / "Innocence" and "Plaything" / "Like".

"Jacuzzi Rollercoaster" and "Can't Hang On" are both available now on all digital outlets and you can pre-order your own copy of the limited edition 12" via The Vinyl Factory ahead of its 22nd September release.

The very talented Portuguese New Yorker Bráulio Amado designed all the exclusive artwork for the whole series of these four exhilarating 12" singles produced by Maurice Fulton. Roll on October release of "The Rumble" / "World's Crazy" combo.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Our most favourite French disco chanteuse Corine is back with yet another stellar single heralding the arrival of her most anticipated debut album scheduled for 16 November. We're expecting a hedonistic avalanche of synth-pop and nu-disco in a vivacious aura of all sounds kitsch, camp and coquettish. The glamorously retro-chic "Maquillage" is on a par with Corine's previous singles such as "Pluie Fine", "Pourquoi Pourquoi" or her alluring duet with Juliette Armanet "Épopée Solaire". J'adorrrrre...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Crème de la Shrem: TOP 25 BEST OF AUGUST 2018

Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Funky Thang" - Shay Lia (Gravats)

24 (N) "Red Light Drive" - Hira (Paul Institute)

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23 "Girls Night Out" - Charli XCX (Asylum Records)

22 (N) "Linda e Louca" - Ellen Milgrau (self-released)

21 (N) "I'm Good" - Wafia (Future Classic)

20 (13) "Ekkert Drama" - Reykjavíkurdætur & Svala (self-released)

19 (N) "La Marcheuse" - Christine & The Queens (Because Music)

18 (N) "Blinded by the LEDs" - Lindstrøm (Feedelity Recordings/Smalltown Supersound)

17 (N) "Glide" - Channel Tres (GODMODE)

16 (N) "Wszystko Czego Dziś Chcę" - A_GIM & Brodka (Kayax)

15 (N) "Kong" - Neneh Cherry (Smalltown Supersound)

14 (8) "Marzipan" - felicita feat. Caroline Polachek (PC Music)

13 (14) "Jet Black" - Channel Tres (GODMODE)

12 (N) "Just a Little" - Lauren Faith (The Label)

11 (N) "Make Me Feel (The Juan Maclean Remix)" - Kim Anh (Good For You Records)

10 (7) "For The Night" - Svala (Sony Music)

9 (N) "When I'm With Him" - Empress Of (Terrible Records)

8 (N) "Missing U" - Robyn (Konichiwa Records)

7 (N) "Escape" - Ouri (Ghostly International/Make It Rain Records)

6 (N) "Give Me A Reason" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap Records)

5 (N) "Falling For You (Virginia Remix)" - Shaun J. Wright & Alinka (Twirl)

4 (2) "Like" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)

3 (N) "5 Dollars" - Christine & The Queens (Because Music)

2 (1) "Plaything" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)

1 (N) "Give Me Life" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap Records)

Monday, August 27, 2018


2 new talented singer-songwriters and one prolific producer. Following his work with Kali Uchis, Mary J Blige and Katy B, among others, the omnipresent Haitian-Canadian producer Kaytranada expands his vast catalogue of collaborations with these two fresh singles by Lauren Faith and Shay Lia.

For the uplifting summer afternoon groove "Just a Little", Kaytranada teams up with British vocalist Lauren Faith. Her smooth vocals paired with his signature modern take on contemporary R&B create a luscious listening experience.

As for Shay Lia, I have blogged about this Djiboutian artist on a number of occasions already, "Cherish" and "What's Your Problem?" being my favourites of Lia's songs to date. It's always a pleasure to see her back. "Funky Thang" is a 90's house flavoured anthem in the making. Pure fun!

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

Crème de la Shrem: TOP 25 BEST OF JULY 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 Baley (Get Physical Music)

2 (2) "Like" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)

1 (1) "Plaything" - Róisín Murphy (The Vinyl Factory)