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Nation Of Language – Deliver Me From Wondering Why

16 Jan

We were taken with this one from the opening few seconds. New wave synths (think Depeche Mode) and then some vocals with a bit of a new romantics feel – early 80s British electronic influences galore! As the track develops there are blasts of laser guns and trickles of waterfalls. The synth wall builds beautifully whilst maintaining a Kraftwerk like rhythm.

Lars Night – Ruin

16 Jan

Here’s another up and comer from Australia – Brisbane to be precise (we’ve spent some quality time in that beautiful city). Lars Night is a trained jazz vocalist but is leaning towards sophisticated dance music with new banger ‘Ruin’ which she says was inspired by Deadmau5 and Kaskade. It’s quite entrancing and we’re going to keep an eye on what Lars does next.

Pearl Charles – Only For Tonight

16 Jan

Who knew ABBA jamming with Weyes Blood would be a vibe? Well Pearl Charles achieves that very effect on her new track ‘Only For Tonight’ which comes from her just released ‘Magic Mirror’ record. The album is an absolute delight for retro revellers.

Kalbells – Purplepink

16 Jan

Indie psychedelic sci-fi RnB anyone? Heck yes! ‘Purplepink’ from Kalbells is Kelis meets Skunk Anansie via Tame Impala with a touch of Prince Rama too. We have to say it’s extremely cool indeed. There’s a new album coming in March entitled ‘Max Heart’ and we are intrigued. Groovy single artwork too.

Kara Marni – Trippin’

16 Jan

Some gorgeous old school RnB with a classic sample to boot. The chorus of Amerie’s ‘1 Thing’ is reimagined as ‘Trippin’. It’s as smooth as heck with a jazz tinged vocal recalling Tamia and Chante Moore. Classy stuff Kara.

KEiiNO – Monument

15 Jan

KEiiNO are coming for ya Eurovision 2021! They totally deserve their moment and ‘Monument’ is epic, dramatic pop. This has the potential to be an absolute anthem on the night in question and you know they are going to perform the heck out of it – especially when that monster note at the end is delivered (not in doubt)!

Donna De Lory featuring Bright Light Bright Light – Just A Dream (Bright Light Bright Light Remix)

15 Jan

Donna De Lory’s cult classic ‘Just A Dream’ single (penned by Madonna and Patrick Leonard of course) from way back when has just been reissued and included is a delightfully warm disco remix from T&D regular Bright Light Bright Light. Rod has taken such care and shown proper attention to detail on his respectful and uplifting spin on the track – in the process making it sound entirely current.

The Night Game – I Feel Like Dancing (Droid Bishop Remix)

15 Jan

Droid Bishop has taken The Night Game’s already retrotastic ‘I Feel Like Dancing’ and made it sound like the poppiest, funkiest thing Hall and Oates never did. A terrific example of a feel good tune for those kitchen disco moments we are all having right now.

Number One Popstar – I Hate Running

15 Jan

Hot on the heels of Ultraflex’s album which was almost a new genre in itself (which we have dubbed aerobic pop), Number One Popstar comes forth with a further take on that sound. ‘I Hate Running’ is an electro pop workout with Debbie Harry meets Sophie Ellis-Bextor style vocals and some spoken word sections recalling the 80s classic ‘Kissing With Confidence’ by Will Powers. Proper fun pop but expertly executed.

Lou Hayter – Time Out Of Mind

15 Jan

Lou Hayter’s debut solo album ‘Private Sunshine’ is going to be the pop event of the year. Not that we were in any doubt after the two recent singles including the mesmeric title track, but ‘Time Out Of Mind’ has sealed the deal. A cover of the Steely Dan classic, Lou gives it her unique pop charm whilst blending The Pointer Sisters, Bananarama and Christopher Cross. Having seen the tracklist we are also thrilled to see the inclusion of ‘Cherry On Top’, a single from a while back. We must also mention the consistency of the artwork for this project which appears to peak with the album cover – we are going to need posters Lou!