A hypnotic dance track that veers from tub-thumping to spacy and atmospheric (and sometimes both), ‘Forever Girl’ (Raw Beautiful Club Mix) is the new track from New York artist Voodoo Dancer. The collective, based in New York, have a glamourous blend of pop and soul already winning fans, and by employing renowned remixer Eric Kupper (Goldfrapp, Maloko, Usher) to put together this new version of their original track, they’ve scored a winner.
Offering a level of class and sophistication that is rare in independent dance music, ‘Alright (Take My Hand)’ is the new single from Belgium based artist Francis Groove. A producer who specialises in this kind of smooth pop sound, Francis Groove already has something of a reputation in Belgium. And now he is looking to entice the clubs and music fans of the UK to embrace him as well.
With singles like this, Groove has a very good chance of breaking through for two reasons. On a basic level, this is a good song with a strong chorus and is very pleasant to listen to. On a more complex level, the tempo and sparse instrumentation allow a lot of space for DJs to play with and add their own twist. It’s a canny move from a producer looking to make a name.
A brand new, underground artist for lovers of EDM music, Reigen is a US artist based in New York. Over the past couple of years, Reigen has slowly built a reputation for himself with a string of thumping dance tracks, written, recorded and performed by himself from his Brooklyn apartment.
The latest of these is the excellent ‘Real New Yorker’. Inspired by the energy off the city, the song takes that energy and uses it as a metaphor for those in the world who want to create positive social change. It sounds a bit worthy when typed out in black and white, but the concept works once you let the dance rhythms envelope you.
Having previously worked in the pop genre, with perhaps just a touch of electronica in there, existing fans of South African singer C’nky Siwela may be surprised by new single ‘My Name in the Echo’. A full on house/EDM track, it’s a slight departure for him, and perhaps an indicator as to the style of his upcoming second album (out early next year).
If he does go in this direction it will be a bitter sweet move perhaps, as his vocal is fantastic and would have to be carefully managed not to get lost in the layering and production of full on electronic music. On the upside, this kind of music is currently dominating the charts, and by following the trends he shows he’s got his finger on the pulse.
Taken on its own merits, this song is thumping fun. It’s out now on iTunes.
ETCHES return with the much anticipated release of their 2nd single. ‘Ice Cream Dream Machine’ sees the Liverpool outfit, managed by Hattie Pearson (XFM), explore a more experimental sound while retaining the pop sensibilities which gained them initial popularity. Dealing with lyrical themes of modern-day alienation in a consumer driven world, the song’s abstract social commentary underscores an ominous yet strangely uplifting aesthetic.
Their first demo ‘Let’s Move In’ dropped in October 2013 to a wealth of attention. The track gained airplay from XFM (as John Kennedy’s ‘X-Posure Hot One’), BBC Radio 1 Introducing and Amazing radio as well as a featured premiere on The Line Of Best Fit. They followed this demo with a much-praised cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ filmed live in session for Bido Lito! Magazine.
ETCHES released their debut single ‘The Charm Offensive’ on Feb 24th via CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH, playing to a sell out crowd for the single launch at The Sebright Arms in London. In the following weeks ‘The Charm Offensive’ premiered on The 405 and attracted press from NME and Q Magazine, as well as radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 Introducing, BBC 6Music and XFM. They also recorded a live session for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Introducing show with veteren producer Steve Levine (Culture Club, The Beach Boys)
A subsequent tour included shows at The Great Escape Festival, Kendal Calling, Liverpool Sound City, & Les Nuits Botanique in Brussels before the band returned to The Motor Museum in Liverpool to record the forthcoming single.
‘Ice Cream Dream Machine’ is released on October 13th via CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH with supporting shows at St Pancras Old Church, London (Oct 1st) and East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (Oct 2nd)
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do when listening to the latest track by Nuborg it’s skip through it or stop it halfway through. Allowed to play out in its epicness, this is a gradual, affecting song that rewards those with longer attention spans. See for yourself – click play above and let it unfold.
One Day is a song in a series of singles being released the 15th of every month by Norwegian ambient artist NuBorg, until her debut album Sliding Off the Edge of the World is complete – due early next year.
Unique and compelling, this is the latest single from Acollective.
Acollective grew up making music together. In their teenage years, the story started in the way that many others do – with kids making a racket in their parents’ basement. It was an open forum to vent frustration. With no real intention of ever being a full time band, in truth only ever really aspiring to exist as a community of musicians, Acollective’s formative years were spent playing not in gig venues (who books a band that doesn’t have any songs?) but springing up at their own guerilla shows on the streets on their hometown, Tel-Aviv. Crowds started forming, more and more gatherings took place and, with a hook-up in the UK, the band’s first ever real tour was put together. As they went on to storm festivals like Glastonbury, YNOT and SXSW, they never looked back.
Now, ahead of new album Pangaea (Alcopop! Records, July 7th) the band reveals the video for its first single ‘OTM’. Talking of the single, front man Idan Rabinovici comments;
“It’s a celebration of being left behind, of being insulated from the outside world but deeply affected at the same time – in a state of perpetual limbo. Nothing is more dangerous than staying put, and nothing is more heartbreaking than running away.”
Continuing their trend for unique release formats (previous artists have released their music alongside wristwatches and even mountain bikes), Alcopop Records are celebrating Record Store Day with a limited edition Wrestling Mask EP combining songs from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. and Sam Duckworth.
Only 200 of the masks will be available, each with a download code to the brand new music. And five of the masks will be signed by none other than Kurt Angle, Olympic gold medallist, WWE legend and TNA Hall of Famer! (If you’re not a wrestling fan, not much of this will make sense…)
For a taster of what to expect, check out the new tracks from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly:
Catch Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly LIVE: 19/4/14 Truck Store, Oxford 24/4/14 – New Slang, Kingston (vs SD – the final smackdown) 02/5/14 – Le Pub, Newport
Catch Sam Duckworth LIVE: 24/4/14 – New Slang, Kingston (vs GCWCF – the final smackdown) 31/5/14 – Camden Rocks (Full band show) 11/7/14 – 2000 Trees Festival (Solo) 19/7/14 – Truck Festival (Full Band show)
A treatise on the state of the music industry, ‘Knockemdead’ is a track taken from Rude Audio’s upcoming ‘Ruder’ EP (April 28th). With very effective and thought provoking lyrics on an industry that clearly frustrates the electro outfit, this is a reggae number with impact.