Archive | June, 2020

Washed Out – Time To Walk Away

30 Jun

‘Purple Noon’ is the name of the forthcoming Washed Out album and it’s arriving very soon. From it we have a stunningly gorgeous new song entitled ‘Time To Walk Away’. The artwork for the single (and also the album) is a pastel delight and the song is the soundtrack to a short-lived Mediterranean holiday romance – it’s soft, sun-kissed and a little forlorn.

MINIQ – Little Miss No. 1

29 Jun

Aussie sisters Belle and Dominique have been tagged as the Antipodean Haim but to our ears if we were going to mention another sister act with crunchy guitar lines and knock out harmonies we’d say The Pierces (we love Haim by the way). ‘Little Miss No. 1’ is a fiery way to sprint out of the blocks. Ones to watch.

Hotel Garuda – Rush

29 Jun

Hotel Garuda gets so many styles of dance and electronica into one song – listen to new tune ‘Rush’ and you’ll know what we mean. Starting like a classic 80s TV show theme (Miami Vice anyone?), before morphing into a club banger but then tinged with disco in places too. A rather epic and uplifting five minutes of music.

 

Kimchii – Free Mind (NICOLAAS Yacht Remix)

29 Jun

We came to know and love Kimchii via his remix work for Rebecca & Fiona. This time it’s his own single getting a makeover via NICOLAAS who turns ‘Free Your Mind’ into a sunny synthwave gone yachtpop track perfect for our virtual vacations.

Fragrance – So Typical (Julia Bondar Remix)

29 Jun

Two new names for T&D – please say bonsoir to Fragrance and also to remixer Julia Bondar. On Fragrance’s Soundcloud the bio simply says “synthpop from Paris”. With Julia’s rework we are in grubby (in a good way) Italo with a little techno territory. Johnny Jewel meets Marie Davidson if you will.

 

Young Ejecta – 9 To 5

28 Jun

There’s another amazing pop album out this week – the supreme electronica of Young Ejecta’s ‘Ride Lonesome’. We;ve featured the stunning early singles already and we are loving the unexpectedly all out twinkling pop of early album highlight ‘9 To 5’ (no, not the Dolly Parton or Sheena Easton songs!). This particular ‘9 To 5’ has some wonderful early 80s British synthpop stylings ranging from Yazoo to ‘Catch As Catch Can’-era Kim Wilde – a more recent(ish) reference point might be Class Actress. All in all, you’re in for an electronic pop record of top quality.

 

Cut Copy – Cold Water

28 Jun

We tend to think of Cut Copy as kings of the indie dancefloor with their colourful brand of pop. It would seem, however, that forthcoming album ‘Freeze, Melt’ might find them in more reflective mood. Latest single ‘Cold Water’ is a melancholic and quite lovely example of electronica. “The sky is falling down, or am I falling up?” they question on this hypnotic mellow offering. ‘Freeze, Melt’ is out on 21 August.

Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

28 Jun

Our Twitter timeline is completely consumed with friends and followers raving enthusiastically about the brand new Jessie Ware album. We were promised warm disco in the build up and that’s certainly what’s been delivered. It’s a treasure trove of golden goodness from beginning to end and is being mentioned in the same breath as Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ for pop album of the year (we say Nina’s ‘Synthian’ and They/Live’s ‘Ablation’ deserve to be in that conversation too).

We’re sharing the title track as the truest representation of what to expect across the 12 song collection. Yes it’s disco but we just adore the synth stabs which remind us of classic late 70s/early 80s Prince when at his electro-funk best. The lyrical mantra of “push, press…..more, less” says so much with so little. There’s not a wasted note or sound throughout.

 

Breakbot – Translight

28 Jun

‘Translight’ is part two of a single release double header for Breakbot on Ed Banger Records. This track follows ‘Be Mine’ with Delafleur. This one is more glittery authentic sounding funky disco, mainly instrumental this time aside from gentle and occasional background vocals.

Dombrance – Poutou (Yuksek Remix)

28 Jun

Yuksek is on such a hot streak right now. From his own album ‘Nosso Ritmo’ to his prolific remix work he’s not putting a foot wrong. Dombrance recently jumped on the remix of  ‘Nosso Ritmo’ highlight ‘Gorgeous’ featuring Confidence Man and Yuksek is now repaying the favour on Dombrance’s ‘Poutou’. Within thirty seconds the percussive sounds and disco laser flashes let you know what you’re in for – Yuksek at his magical best.