The synths in this jammer from Australia's Cassian are so big and bright that it is hard for the listener to not want to listen to Scotch or Doctor's Cat records afterwards. What's interesting, though, is that while "Final Round" references some very Italo sounds, it also has an early-'80s American arena disco-soul feel with its delayed, panning guitar sounds à la Billy Ocean and samples taken from popular video games of the period. Cassian has a record coming out soon, and if it shares the aural splendor of "Final Round," it will be a favorite in this reviewer's car for months, as well as a great new arrival from down under. Bang Gang has been instrumental in fostering this scene, which is documented on The Bang Gang 12inches Compilation, where "Final Round" makes its inaugural appearance.
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Vancouver native Laberge likely has a stack of Cassius and Daft Punk singles at home, but he probably also has a fairly large collection of West End Records' disco-house repertoire from the early '80s. Though many have claimed to be inheritors of the French Touch sound, "We Don't Know" shows that Laberge is in the running to be the genre's new prince. Recalling Room 5's monstrous "Make Luv," but with more strings and a less prominent vocal, the track sizzles with deep kicks and a funky little bassline. Is disco-house moving back to the club's main room? Time will tell, but with all of the fantastic disco being made right now, it seems likely.
Post-punk psychedelic warriors OOIOO have just released a new album, so they've offered this extraordinary piece as a little taste. Featuring a minimal vocal repetition, sex-funk bass, cock-rock guitar solos, and distorted exclamatory lead vocals, "OOIOO-OOIAH" is totally weird and addictive. Little synth bits come in here and there, while the track's live percussion keeps an organic feel that is most unexpected. Much like frontwoman Yoshimi's work with Eye and the other freakonauts of Boredoms, OOIOO sonically questions the boundaries between minimal/maximal, acoustic/electronic, and organic/synthetic.
Brooklyn's Mux Mool makes some truly idiosyncratic music, layering synth sounds that belong in off-kilter Italo tracks with beats that come straight from hip-hop. On "Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom," cosmic arpeggiations are placed atop weird harpsichord-like synths to truly epic effect, and the percussion seems culled from drum-line samples augmented by deep kicks. Set course for the moon with this one, which is out now on the Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation.
Tigerbeat6 offshoot Tigerbass has really ramped up its release schedule as of late, seemingly dropping a new collection of raved-up and tweaked-out bangers every few weeks. The new Jealous Swingers EP from UK-born and Berlin-based Genuine Guy is no exception. "The Illegible Bachelor" marries old-school acid squelch with swirling synths and an '80s funk bassline; bolstered by a bouncy house beat, the track should help liven up your Monday. Hell, it should liven up your whole week.
Taken from their debut album, This Great Pressure, "In America" finds scatterbrained LA duo Jogger artfully combining wistful indie-folk songwriting with a myriad of buzzing bleeps, bloops, and Casio beats. Eventually blooming into a toe-tapping dance number reminiscent of Jimmy Tamborello's various projects, it's easy to see why Daedelus made This Great Pressure the first release on his new Magical Properties imprint.
With everyone gearing up for Halloween tomorrow, this gothy disco track from Chicago's Gatekeeper is perfect for getting into the spook-tacular spirit. Taken from their new Optimus Maximus EP and sounding something like a collaboration between John Carpenter and Ministry, "Forgotten" will certainly appease black-clad creatures of the night, not to mention fans of fine disco everywhere.
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