John Talabot‘s debut album for Permanent Vacation is difficult to define. Words have been bandied ranging from ambient house/nu-disco with experimental vocals to deep electronica. However you choose to label it, ‘ƒin’ is one of the most complete and aesthetic album offerings of recent times, even getting the thumbs up from The Guardian and Dazed Digital amongst others. Talabot had stated that he did not want to make a club album, and the result of spending up to three days at a time at home making music is a masterful compilation of eclectic beats and sounds. The highlights of the album are the collaborations with Pional, which add an extra vocal dimension. You can buy the album digitally and on vinyl here and here. Is it too early to say album of the year?
John Talabot - Destiny feat. Pional
John Talabot - So Will Be Now… feat. Pional
Escape From New York is an electropop/synth outfit from the 80′s, and information about them is hard to come by apart from that a mint condition copy of their hit song ‘Fire In My Heart’ will set you back around 250 quid on Discogs. In the last year or so, a lad from South Liverpool called Gareth Chesire put together a couple of outstanding edits of some EFNY songs and has made them available for free download. The Egyptian inspired introduction of ‘Fire In My Heart’ is a huge start to any set, before the authentic 80′s vocals kick in and knock you down. Highly, highly recommend.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK – FIRE IN MY HEART (GARETH CHESHIRE EDIT)
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK – SAVE OUR LOVE (GARETH CHESHIRE EDIT)
If you’ve been craving some new Tiger & Woods-esque deep disco re-edits then today is your lucky day. The lads from Pop & Eye have put together their second EP for Editainment entitled ‘Toil For Olive Oyl’, strange yes? The press release doesn’t tell us much, like when it is going to be released and whether it will be available digitally, but it does describe the four tracks as “gentle uppercuts” of “space R&B, Atlantis disco, Carribean new wave, minimal boogie and a declaration of love”. I’ve spotted an edit of George Benson’s ‘Give Me The Night’ under the not so secretive guise of Give Me The Fight, and Blow Me Down is a punchy edit of Sade’s ’Sweetest Taboo’.
You can preview the EP here
Update: The vinyl was released on 21/1 on Juno, and ‘Blow Me Down’ is also the inscription on the first Pop & Eye record.
Regular transmission has resumed so let’s start 2012 with a bang. I’m not going to sugar coat things, this song is 6 months old. Not the best start then, but if you haven’t heard it already then you’ll thank me. MAM released their The Needing Love EP in July of last year, but as you know, good music never ages. The duo comprises of Miguel Campbell of ‘Baby I Got It‘ fame, and Matt Hughes. Think bass driven funk and tropical throwback disco vocals, that’s what the A-side ‘Share Your Love’ is all about.
If that isn’t enough for you they’ve even dished up a hefty edit of Surface’s 1983 jam ‘Falling In Love’
The Frenchest sounding man in New York, Jacques Renault, is at it again with the latest release on his and Marcos Cabral’s On The Prowl record label. Party Breaks Volume 6 is arguably the best yet and begins with an unexpected take on a Mary J. Blige classic. It’s quintessential Renault deep house bass with additional sirens for good measure. The runner up on the release goes to Machines, a very familiar sounding edit if you’ve ever been to one of his DJ sets. The distinctive 2 bar loop which is the backbone of the edit is catchy as hell, and if you aren’t already dancing you will be when you hear the vocal sample of ‘There But For The Grace Of God’ by the suddenly apt artist, Machine. The release is now available on wax and digitally.
The official music video for Flight Facilties’ second single Foreign Language dropped today, replacing the unofficial video released a couple of months ago featuring clips from the 1979 movie Roller Boogie. The new video is everything we could’ve hoped for and fits the song perfectly, whilst managing to include a Russian bad guy, interracial crime-fighting duo, sexy female compatriots and a scary black muscular woman. Foreign Language has been a huge success in Australia, receiving airplay as expected on Triple J, but also on the more mainstream stations, increasing Flight Facilities’ exposure exponentially and prompting an Australia wide tour in support of the single. If you’re in Sydney on New Year’s Day be sure to catch Flight Facilities at Field Day.
Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft. Jess (Rocco Raimundo Re-Interpretation)
I first heard this song while listening to Art Department’s Essential Mix. I knew it was Ali Love because of his dramatic and distinctive vocals and listened to the shitty SoundCloud stream 12-13 times in a row before giving up on finding any information..
Fast forward two months and Hot Creations unveil Infinity Ink, the new project between Ali Love and Luca C, who have previously joined forces to create Different Morals and On A Star alongside Brigante. The first song they’re releasing is entitled Games, the same deep house that stunned me and anybody I showed months ago. It’s being released on the first of two samplers through Hot Creations, but it’s available to buy now on Beatport. I highly, highly recommend you get your hands on this, Ali Love is on fire this year.
Luca C & Brigante feat. Ali Love – Different Morals
Housse de Racket are a mouthwatering prospect. The Philippe Zdar produced Parisians encapsulate the Kitsuné vibe whilst sounding like a polished version of Jamaica. The duo’s sophomore album Alesia doesn’t disappoint, with some catchy pop melodies in the form of Château and Roman. The music video for Roman can’t be faulted either, but the Oliver remix takes the original to another level by adding a punchier beat worthy of a Mickey dj set. Oliver is of course the Los Angeles duo comprising of disco bros U-Tern and Oligee, who evidently not only share the name ‘Oliver’, but have also found a winning combination of musical styles. Hopefully we can expect to see more transatlantic collaborations in the not too distant future.
Housse De Racket – Roman (Oliver Remix)