Member of Hot Chip, 1/2 of the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label, Joe Goddardis a man of many hats. Following hot on the heels of singles ‘Lose Your Love’ and ‘Music Is The Answer’ he recently released his brilliant new album Electric Lines via Greco Roman / Domino Records.
The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career.
Combining an unquenchable thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music, Electric Lines confirms Joe Goddard’s place in the front rank of British producers.
Mikah Freeman, Vance Musgrove and Ross McGrath started The Aston Shuffle in 2005 in Canberra and their ascent has been nothing short of spectacular, especially in the last few years. Despite Ross McGrath’s departure in 2008, Freeman and Musgrove have kept the flame of dancefloor-friendly electro burning with their singles, remixes and long-awaited debut album, Seventeen Past Midnight, released last year.
The Aston Shuffle - Into Forever (feat. Nik Yiannikas)
The album may not be as original as one could have hoped, skipping across many genres and often sounding like many other dance artists, but it has enough good tunes to be a real crowd-pleaser. As you can imagine, The Aston Shuffle’s hot dance jams have attracted the attention of countless producers and DJs who have created a whole lot of great remixes.
Joe Goddard, best known as co-frontman of UK electronica outfit Hot Chip, is quite a busy man. Some may even say he is borderline hyperactive. As if his nonstop touring across the globe with Hot Chip and as a solo DJ wasn’t enough, the man also finds time to lock himself up in the studio and remixe tracks for his mates, make some tunes as one half of Two Bears and produce DELS debut album. And in his spare time he decides to co-found Greco-Roman Records – a collective of musicians, DJs and artists on the Berlin/London axis who throw experimental speakeasies, DJ together as a soundsystem and casually release records too.
You’d think Goddard might take a well-deserved break? Well, not even close! The multitalented singer/beatmaker is now back to introduce his new EP. The irresistible title track, “Gabriel” is a modern classic built around live drum samples and signature Goddard synths. Icing on the cake, it features angelic guest vocals by Valentina, who adds the necessary passion and emotional weight to proceedings.
The EP is rounded out with the Theo Parrish-influenced “Jump”, before ending with the 10-minute Lullaby “All I Know” which features vocals by Goddard himself. Listen to it in streaming on Greco-Roman’s Soundcloud.
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