SHREM’S AUTUMNAL CHOONS
“NUMBER ONE” – GL (Plastic World)
Melbourne’s cosmic-funk revivalists from GL have just released their brand new single “Number One” which follows a similar 80s inspired path as its excellent predecessors “Take Me Back” and “What Happened To Us?”. I’m on cloud nine seeing some of my most beloved 1980’s sounds being revisited so accurately these days by the likes of GL, Sugarz, Jamie Lidell or The Galleria feat. Jessy Lanza. Here’s what we read on Plastic World’s soundcloud about “Number One”: “An infectious treat of glowing synths, stratospheric vocals and luxurious neon-lit pop, “Number One” will enchant first time listeners as well as satiate fans of their debut EP ‘Love Hexagon’ in need of a GL fix.” TUNE!
“DON’T BREAK MY HEART” – TIGA (Counter Records)
Tiga’s live performance with Jori Hulkkonen was the absolute highlight at Metropolis festival earlier on this month and now the Canadian electro wizard releases the dark and slick “Don’t Break My Heart” which should satisfy and excite all of the fans of the Bugatti enthusiast. Mr Sexor is back at it again. Fresh!
“UNPUTDOWNABLE” – RÓISÍN MURPHY (Play It Again Sam)
Róisín Murphy continues to inspire and amaze, this time self-directing the third consecutive music video in her wondrously bizarre saga promoting the Mercury Prize nominated album “Hairless Toys”. The final album track, the charmingly old-fashioned, quasi-folk, “sweet love song” as she describes “Unputdownable” herself, gets a surreal video treatment including multiple costume changes, La Murphy’s inescapable aura of absurdity, fascinatingly complex visual narration and apparently a whole bunch of her friends in various cameos.
“DADADAY” – ANNIE (Pleasure Masters)
Repeating the same mighty trick as back in 2013, Norway’s best POP export Annie teams up with one of the most reliable European producers Richard X for a collection of songs that is already shaping up to be the EP of the year. The aptly titled “Endless Vacation” includes the delightful summer gem “Cara Mia”, the 90s house fuelled “WorkX2” and the delectably euro-trashy “Dadaday” – 2015’s most shamelessly catchy song. Richard X and Annie prove yet again to be the indisputable force in the synth pop department. Pop Royalty.
“GIVE IT TO ME” – PJU FEAT. JOSH CAFFE & ROBERT OWENS (Muzik Box)
This oldskool house flavoured stomper could have been easily released in the genre’s heydays back in late 1980’s. For all the vocal house music lovers “Give It To Me” ticks all boxes.
“BAD BLOOD” – NAO (Little Tokyo Recordings)
One of the most promising newcomers of the past few months, the awe-inspiring NAO continues to impress with “Bad Blood” following her first 2 EP’s: “So Good” and “February 15”. The “Prince-esque” “Bad Blood” is a superb choice for a first teaser introducing the release of NAO’s anticipated debut album. Her vocal range is somehow even more accentuated in this audacious slice of modern funk where she hits both those low register and high pitch notes impeccably while charming the listeners with layers of dreamy vocal harmonies.
“GOLD” – KIIARA (Atlantic)
One of the most talked about and widely adored ditties, which took over Soundcloud, Hype Machine and the whole blogosphere in the last 5 months is finally out. Kiiara’s delightful and instantly captivating “Gold” would have been a number one in a better world.
“GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SOME” – CHROMATICS (Italians Do It Better)
Johnny Jewel’s ethereal ensemble – Chromatics cover Cyndi Lauper’s career-defining single and it’s an utter beauty.
“SHOW” – LXURY & LA PRIEST (Greco-Roman)
I would file this curious collaboration between the garage producer Lxury and the enfant terrible of musical eclecticism LA Priest somewhere between The Miracles Club’s underground house delicacies and Seven Davis Jr’s gritty modern funk. This intriguing house gem does not go away that easily.
“WORRY BOUT US (MACHINEDRUM REMIX)” – ROSIE LOWE (Wolf Tone Limited)
When I first came across Rosie Lowe’s enthralling “Right Thing” back in 2013, it left me stunned, mesmerised and gasping for more. Somehow, despite numerous singles and EP’s released ever since, no other track from Lowe’s repertoire blew me away and made such a strong impression until I heard “Worry Bout Us”, co-written and produced by Machinedrum. The magical song is building up fascinatingly, unraveling its multiple layers. Elegant and truly hypnotising this is electronic soul at its most refined.