DFA veteran The Juan Maclean hasn’t released a proper album in four years, choosing instead to drop singles when it feels right. “You Are My Destiny” is a gorgeous slice of fun, hard-thumping, groovy house,
Maclean expertly combines reverb-heavy synths, hypnotic programmed beats and chopped-up samples to create a retro-flavoured dreamy club anthem, enhanced by cool vocals from former LCD Soundsytem member Nancy Whang, who delivers the lines with her usual detached nonchalance.
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It’s always exciting to hear new music by Brooklyn lads Holy Ghost!, so it’s great news to know they have a brand new single out. Even better news is that the song is available for free download via Green Label. “I Wanted To Tell Her” is a high energy funky cover of Ministry’s 1983 synthpop classic, which they have re-recorded with a little help from Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) and Juan Maclean.
Holy Ghost! - I Wanted To Tell Her (Ft. Nancy Whang & Juan Maclean)
As a bonus, here is a little remix for all Holy Ghost! fans out there. This synth-based minimal electro remix by Cosmic Kids was included in last month’s Hold My Breath EP and the band is giving it away for free on their official site.
Holy Ghost! - Hold My Breath (Cosmic Kids Remix)
If you can’t get enough Holy Ghost!, catch the guys currently touring across North America with their friends Midnight Magic, Eli Escobar, and Jessica Six!
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Sneaky Sound System is a Sydney-based dance act consisting of Black Angus (guitars and production) and Connie Mitchell (vocals). The original line-up included MC Double D but the band announced in September that he was split from SSS to pursue other interests. During live shows they are joined by Donnie Sloan (from internationally acclaimed OZ act Empire Of The Sun) on bass and keys and Shaun Sibbes on drums. The band cite Hot Chip and Cut Copy as the inspirations to their sound.
Sneaky Sound System - Pictures (Tonite Only Remix)
Their self-titled debut album, put together mainly in their Bondi Beach studio “The House of Whack”, was a collection of high-kicking kitsch electro-pop numbers that had all media raving about them. The trio managed to replicate their debut’s sweeping success with its follow-up, 2, which went straight to #1 in Australia upon its release. This record spawned more typically hook-filled, inventive singles: “When We Were Young”, “16” (listen to it HERE) and “It’s Not My Problem”.
Sneaky Sound System - When We Were Young (Juan McLean Remix)
Sneaky Sound System - When We Were Young (Breakbot remix)
Angus and Connie are currently busy working on some new material. They have already started on the third Sneaky album and there may even be a taste of it before the end of 2010. In the meantime, here’s a mean remix of “Kansas”. It’s pure Lifelike: glittery dance pop and its best. Enjoy!
Sneaky Sound System - Kansas City (Lifelike Remix)
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John MacLean, better known by the stage name The Juan MacLean, is an American electronic musician. His relationship with music is a long and winding road… He started out as guitarist in the band Six Finger Satelite but, after several unfortunate events, decided to get out of the spotlight and move to production work. He then started a collaboration with James Murphy but the band broke off and Murphy moved to New York, where he founded the label DFA Records with Tim Goldsworthy and started the band LCD Soundsystem.
MacLean spent several years out of the music business, only occasionally releasing material under the pressing influence of his former band mate James Murphy, who included several Maclean compositions on DFA compilation records.
Finally in 2005, the first Juan MacLean full length was released, bearing the title Less Than Human, and a tour followed in the fall of 2006. It took two more years for new material to be released. “Happy House”, which would be included in the album The Future Will Come, came out in March 2008 and was supported by a tour with Australian band Cut Copy.
The Juan MacLean is on MySpace and you can also download their freshly released Remix EP on iTunes.