Monday, December 11, 2017

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: Top 10 Hottest Newcomers in 2017

It was A-WA, Daggi Zegreat, Charlotte Day Wilson, Blondage, Wildhart, Wallace, Corine, Yaeji, Blissful and Smerz this time last year when I was cherry-picking the most breakthrough new acts in 2016. Many of them will be heavily featured in the upcoming annual ranking of mine, celebrating #Top100 Greatest Tracks of the Year. Here's my selection of the most promising new artists for 2017:

10. RUTHVEN

FROM: UK
LABEL: Paul Institute
KEY TRACK: "Evil"
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9. LOMBOY

FROM: Japan // Belgium // France
LABEL: Cracki Records // Botanical House Recordings
KEY TRACK: "Loverboy"
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8. K Á R Y Y N

FROM: Syria // Armenia // US
LABEL: Antevasin
KEY TRACK: "Aleppo"
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7. FISHBACH

FROM: France
LABEL: Entreprise
KEY TRACK: "Un autre que moi"
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6. ELLEN MILGRAU


FROM: Brazil
LABEL: self-released
KEY TRACK: "Caçamba Fashion"
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5. LEKENDE LETT

FROM: Norway
LABEL: self-released
KEY TRACK: "Nike"
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4. MIINK

FROM: ???
LABEL: self-released
KEY TRACK: "Who Are You?"
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3. SINK YA TEETH

FROM: UK
LABEL: 1965 Records
KEY TRACK: "If You See Me"
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2. NATHY PELUSO

FROM: Argentina // Spain
LABEL: self-released
KEY TRACK: "SANDÍA"
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1. KWAYE

FROM: UK
KEY TRACK: "Little Ones"
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Crème de la crème: TOP 25 BEST OF NOVEMBER 2017


Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Energia" - Sofi Tukker (self-released)



24 (2) "Who Are You?" - Miink (self-released)



23 (N) "Paradox Garage" - FaltyDL (Aus Music)



22 (N) "Heterotopia" - Oliver feat. Yelle (Interscope/Pulse)



21 (N) "Pain" - Boy Harsher (self-released)



20 (N) "Doubt" - Charlotte Day Wilson (self-released)



19 (9) "Cocktail" - Corine (Kwaidan)



18 (N) "More Than A Woman" - Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)



17 (N) "지금 (NOW)" - Neon Bunny (Seoulight)



16 (N) "Rendez-Vous" - Dita von Teese feat. Sébastien Tellier (Record Makers)



15 (N) "Comeback" - SSION (self-released)



14 (N) "Have Fun" - Smerz (XL)



13 (13) "Raingurl" - Yaeji (GODMODE)



12 (N) "Ring-A-Ring O' Roses" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Because Music)



11 (N) "Blissing Me" - Björk (One Little Indian)



10 (N) "Blue Light" - Kelela (Warp)



9 (N) "Walk Into The Unknown (Alinka Remix)" - Shaun J. Wright & Alinka (Twirl)



8 (N) "Evil" - Ruthven (Paul Institute)



7 (N) "Apprivoisé" - Calypso Valois (Le Label/PIAS)


6 (1) "Somebody Else" - Fatima (Eglo)



5 (N) "Arisen My Senses" - Björk (One Little Indian)

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4 (N) "Mustn't Hurry" - Fever Ray (Rabid)



3 (N) "Temple Of Love" - Jimi Tenor & Freestyle Man (Studio Barnhus)



2 (N) "Mountaineers" - Susanne Sundfør feat. John Grant (Sonnet Sound)



1 (3) "Larme à gauche" - Vendredi sur Mer (Profil de Face)



Saturday, December 2, 2017

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: Top 10 Greatest Jimi Tenor Underground Club Moments + "Sleepover" EP


Finnish maestro Jimi Tenor is famous in muso circles for his eclecticism and artistic versatility. He has always been experimenting with the sounds of jazz, electronica, afro-beat, soul, funk, techno and minimal without ever fully settling for any specific genre. One reoccurring theme across his 2-decade long repertoire is his flirtation with underground club music with his very own avant-garde twist. While Jimi Tenor is releasing a collaborative EP "Sleepover" with Freestyle Man which teleported him back to the alternative club dancefloors, I thought it'd be a rather nice opportunity go over some of his back catalogue. And what better excuse to come up with another list of mine! The magnificent 4-tracker does includes exactly what it says on the tin: "it's jam-packed with classic drum machine funk, congenial synth lines and Jimi's unmistakable lead vocals and flute-playing and it's fuelled by the two maestros' mutual love for New Jersey house music."Sleepover" EP is out now via Studio Barnhus.




Top 10 Greatest Jimi Tenor Underground Club Moments:

10 "Party Girl" - Claptone feat. Jimi Tenor (2015)



9 "Tear It Down" - Nicole Willis, Jimi Tenor & Jonathan Maron (2017)



8 "Total Devastation" (1999)





7 "House of Beloved" - from "Sugardaddy / Take Me Baby" (1997)



6 "Transcend Our Love" - Cola & Jimmu (2013)



5 "Take Me Baby" (1995)



4 "Open Up Your Chakra" - Cola & Jimmu (2013)



3 "Can't Stay With You Baby" (1996)



2 "Call Of The Wild" - with Gus Gus (2003)



1 "Year Of The Apocalypse" (1999)



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CHOON OF THE DAY: "RENDEZ-VOUS" - Dita Von Teese

 Photo by Fabien Breuil for Grazia, 2012

In the most unexpected plot twist Burlesque diva Dita Von Teese teams up with French Pop bard Sébastien Tellier for a vintage flavoured slice of synth pop. Taken from Dita's debut album, written and composed by Monsieur Tellier himself and available in early 2018 via Record Makers. Isn't it so typical we get showered by interesting releases towards the end of the year, just on time to mess up with any muso year-end rankings. Formidable!

Here's what we read in the official press released about this adorable collaboration:

Dita Von Teese: “I’m not a professional singer. In fact, I’m quite uneasy about recording my voice. But I do enjoy the thrill of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. When I performed for the first time at the Crazy Horse in Paris, I invited Sébastien because I was such a fan, not daring to imagine that someday he would compose an entire album for me.“ 

Sébastien Tellier: “When I saw Dita dance to a piece of music I had written for her, I had a feeling that her physical presence and her personality were a perfect fit with my music and I started to compose only for her. When you think that you've finally pierced Dita’s mystery, she turns out to be more than ever, a creature of dreams, totally out of reach.“

P.S. And so the French theme continues...