Our first taste of Ducktails' upcoming The Flower Lane was in the title-track – an enjoyable, well-produced number that comfortably chilled in the Real Estate wheelhouse with its lush, jangly guitar interplay. That makes "Letter Of Intent" a flat-out shock. It's straight electro-pop with synths by wizard Daniel Lopatin, vocals from Jessa Farkas and Joel Ford on bass. Rather than encouraging slacking, this goes for the 4am iciness of groups like Chromatics.
In the hands of Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Theme Park's "Two Hours" becomes an atmospheric torch song that goes right for the gut. The original, a title track on their EP, definitely tugs away with a powerful, nostalgic vocal performance, but this one hits something cloudier with deeper sonics, careful dynamic range and gaseous elements floating throughout the mix.
Well this here is a nice little treat! All-around master of glacial electro-pop Johnny Jewel has been gearing-up for the release of After Dark 2 – the sequel to the classic compilation that brought icy groups like Chromatics, Glass Candy and Professor Genius to bigger audiences. The bad news? It's going to be delayed because Chromatics had a killer year. The good news? Jewel remastered the first compilation, mixed it all together and just gifted it to the world as a freebie. Revisit your favorites (seriously, "Hands In The Dark" still rules so hard) or discover a whole new world of pop music.
Poppy veterans Tegan And Sara will release a new album early next year, and the duo has unveiled an early single to tease the effort. “Closer” was recorded with Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon) and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83). The synth-laden number tries-on a slight ‘80s tone as the two musicians use a propulsive beat and surging melodies to propel the track forward. Plus, it’s pretty sexy.
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There has been a resurgence of Kate Bush-inspired ladies lately, though few are doing it with the vocal prowess of Zambri. Sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica Zambri take the electro goth charge one step further, using largely their own smoky, synth-sounding vocals to build the intricate crescendos of tracks such as "Heather." Lyrics like "call me Heather or whatever but just for tonight" add a sassy kick to the experimental hiss beneath them. Grab debut EP Glossolalia November 8 on Kanine.
Classic electro pop, stand up! For those that love the amorous fun of Yaz, Erasure, early Duran Duran, hell, even Ace Of Base, German producer Thomas Dören--bka Kimono Kops--has your back. Earlier this week Dören sent over the fluffy pastel joint "Upstairs At Erica's," a track we weren't totally sold on until it fully unfolded its jaunty chorus, where singer Klara Fall pines lovingly to her upstairs neighbor Clara under some cheap Casio strings and playful programming. There is also a pretty shredding guitar solo in the bridge. Seriously. Risky business, this electro pop stuff, but this one is a gem.
Every once in a while you stumble upon a dance party club song and you're pretty sure it's going to get dropped during sweaty hipster dance parties for months to come and people might not know what that song is, but they will like it and they will dance. I just never thought that song could come from Boston. The Bodega Girls are a 4-some from my home town - usually known more for aggressive sports fans than groups who write lines like, "an unadulterated penetration into the gaping hole of the sicko's soul" in their bio. The opening line on their MySpace page just says, "we'll play your party," and you can be fairly certain they will take your "party" and make it a "PARTY." The Bodega Girls play Europa on Thursday so head on down and listen to the song we've got on RCRD LBL today. Apparently Bodega Girls = Political Correctness.
Sounds Like: Louis XIV, the Virgins, Read Yellow, Cut Copy
Why aren't there more full-on chick electro bands? Especially ones that spit out pumping electro music with playful beats and lyrics that spew cheeky venom. Take Legoparty. In their song "Alarm," they state seductively "We are the children of mistakes.......and we won't let you run away...." The whole thing sounds a bit as though Ladytron took a dose of uppers and added some more Go Team! esque cheerleading.....check it. If you dig it and all other forms of electronica, and happen to be in Europe, they will be performing at Les Ardentes Festival in Liege Belgium this week.
Sounds Like: Go Team!, Black Kids, Ladytron
With the upcoming Yaz world reunion tour approaching, tensions are running high here at the RCRD LBL HQ: will the duo live up to what we have essentially been waiting for most of our adult life? After watching the awesome video for "Nobody's Diary" for the 1000th time, the answer is yes, undoubtedly YES!
Summer. Ice pops. Water fights. Dodge-ball in the park. Electro-tinged pop. It's about this time of year we bring in the real guilt-free F*-all songs. That's where Walter Meego comes in. The Chicago-based DJ duo Justin Sconza and Colin Yarck craft low-tempo and breezy electro Pop (with a capital P) that is infectious. Like first it's your foot tapping, and then your head, and by the end of the day, you feel the ridiculous urge to go pick up a old-school 1963 sea green convertible, suit up in white linens and ray-bans, roll the top down, and cruise down to Miami with this tune "Forever" pulsing to your ears and a pina colada on the mind.
SOUNDS LIKE: Hot Chip, Data Rock, Cut Copy