Sometimes, a vocalist can sound sexy even when singing totally laughable lyrics. Luckily, most disco isn't eloquent about anything except a desire to screw, so Le Le's "Disco Monster" isn't brought down by lines like "I'm a disco monster/A glitter hitter/I hit her, hit her/I'm a glitz dance-mitter". Instead, the track is a Morgan Geist-like run through late-disco synth sounds and a truly fat bass sound. Though the group's sound is most certainly a French thing more appropriate for Kitsuné, it wouldn't be surprising to find the DFA putting out a Le Le record in the future.
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It seems about time that a serious acid revival should happen; after all, we've seen disco and early house sounds come back into fashion, so why not acid? Yeah, no one can afford a 303, but even so, Chicago's Thunderous Olympian manages to craft a somewhat squelchy, truly jacking slice on "Jack (The Movie)." Hardfloor meets the builds of "Full Clip" meets mid-career Carl Craig on the track, which is replete with vocal samples, high-frequency synth flourishes, and thunderous kicks. And with Thunderous Olympian being only 22 years old, there's a lot more to look forward to from this young buck.
Taken from the debut album, Enchanted, by A Bridge Far Away, "Drift feat. Indi Kaur" gets a makeover from fellow UK-based producer Grievous Angel. What was once meandering and atmospheric trip-hop is now a bass-heavy and crunchy dubstep track with Kaur's chopped, sliced, and pitched vocals crawling all over it. Grievous Angel's remix pays tribute to the original song when the elements expand into spacier regions, but its core always remains punchy and solid.
San Antonio's Ernest Gonzales (pictured above) transforms the indie-pop sound of A Sunny Day in Glasgow's "Shy" into a track that floats in an ambient ether, then suddenly becomes a lo-fi take on drum & bass. With a catchy synth loop and Annie Frederickson's vocals hovering above it all, though, no amount of genre nostalgia can bring down the track's luminosity. For more on A Sunny Day in Glasgow, check out our feature on the group in our Philly City Special.
Syntaks, the Danish duo comprised of producer Jakob Skott and vocalist Anna Cecilia, has shared the opening track from their debut album Ylajali, an ethereal intro entitled "Twentytwohundred." The song's long-stretching angelic vocals wouldn't be out of place on an M83 record and sound even more powerful when flanked by dark rhythms and swirling synth melodies. Ylajali is out now on Ghostly.
London's Gold Panda is no stranger to the remix, having already taken shots at songs by artists like HEALTH and Telepathe, so it's no wonder his own rendition of The Field's "I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet" sounds so well-conceived and fully fleshed-out. Built on samples gathered from the original track on vinyl, Gold Panda's remix features the kinds of cuts and crackles one might find in a Flying Lotus or Dilla remix, yet remains true to the chilly techno source material. It's a strong fit and should remain a standout next to other reworkings from Walls and Rainbow Arabia when Yesterday and Today Remixe sees release on December 7.
Blockhead makes instrumental hip-hop that merges the crate-digging sensibilities of early DJ Shadow with the more electronic proclivities of Prefuse 73. With a warped jazz loop, a booming breakbeat, and various melodic passages peppered in, the NYC-based producer/DJ takes the listener on a slow-grooving journey with "Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer," a track taken from his forthcoming third album, The Music Scene. The composition plays a lot mellower than its title would suggest, and makes for a perfect head-nodding soundtrack for that early-morning ride to work or late-night walk home after the bars let out.
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