L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.
For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.
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Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar). Created in 2005, the band signed with Moshi Moshi Records and released their debut album Yeah So in 2009.
In 2014 they produced their most ambitious and complete record yet, Complete Surrender, touching on everything from Motown to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s. Equally influenced by Frankie Valli and David Bowie the album sounded like an instant classic, something so familiar and timeless it’s difficult to believe it wasn’t recorded 30 years ago.
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Australian duo Bag Raiders have shared the Checkmate EP, the last in a series of EPs released over 2015-2016. The pair keeps things tropical and chilled with this groovy new offering.
The title track of this new EP is a euphoric dancy electro number featuring vocals from SAFIA frontman Ben Joseph. “Checkmate” is built around infectious melodies and catchy vocals backed by soaring synths and intricate beats.
The EP features two other tunes alongside the title track: “Magic Feel” and “Breakdown”.
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Paris-based synth disco outfit Agar Agar have just released their debut EP, Cardan, via Cracki Records. The duo consisting of singer Clara Cappagli and producer Armand Bultheel offer listeners an eclectic collection of synth-laden late night disco jams with a nostalgic twist.
“Prettiest Virgin” is a spellbinding 6-minute late night disco pop jam, laced with layers of icy synths and sleek minimal beats. Singer Clara lights up the dancefloor with her smooth and sultry vocals that tell the same old bittersweet story of unrequited love at the disco.
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Cooling you off from the summer sun, British/French electro duo Loframes and Paris-based dreampop wunderkind Anoraak team up for a disco-chill release. “Since You’ve Gone” guides listeners through a sea of psychedelic guitars, lush chords and ethereal vocals that will resonate with anyone who’s ever been in love.
Accompanying the original are two remixes that retool the song for clubs. Brooklyn’s own Lefti boosts the tempo and trades disco for synthpop, paying homage to an era of neon skylines and underground clubs. Swiss producer Worship closes out the EP with layer upon layer of synths building the track up to an ecstatic climax.
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