What do you get when you combine a master’s degree in philosophy with a love of dance and electronic music production and a fascination with the latest forms of disco influenced sounds? Philosophy Of Sound – an electro nu-disco project spearheaded by Melbourne based producers Martin K and John Salmon, bringing you hot disco guitar licks, booty shaking bass and a selection of some of Melbourne’s best vocalists.
Martin is a philosopher turned music producer originally hailing from Poland, who after spending some time in his other project Koshowko decided to start a ’beyond-disco’ side project. John has an international background as a DJ and producer. Over the last few years both have been working in close collaboration with various electronic music labels and artists, which has led to many remixes and releases on several labels in both Australia and Europe.
“It Is Like That” is the duo’s debut single with Discotexas and it is part of a three release plan that will be unveiled in the following months. As of now, the single is already supported by The Magician, Social Disco Club, Tiago and Tronik Youth.
As a bonus, get your hands on Philosophy of Sound’s excellent remix of “Cairo” by Polish up-and-coming electropop trio Kamp!
It’s been a long time coming, but Canyons‘ debut album Keep Your Dreams is finally here! Featuring seething synth lines, roaring saxophone, tribal drums and chugging bass lines, the West Australian duo’s album is an incredible collage of sounds and melodies. Possibly the best track on here, debut single “My Rescue” infuses the disco-tinged electronic music the group is known for with heavy guitars and rattling drums.
Canyons - My Rescue
Second single “See Blind Through” on the other hand is pure disco-funk goodness. Check out this remix of the song by Melbournian DJ Mic Newman.
While Keep Your Dreams certainly is a strong debut for Ryan Grieve and Leo Thomsen, it tends to be a bit all over the place, sounding more like an assemblage of jagged, weirdo house music than a cohesive whole. There are quite a few memorable moments, and Canyons make it clear they can excel at pretty much any musical genre, but the album might have needed a clearer direction.
To celebrate the album’s release, Canyons will get out of the studio and onto the road with a string of shows in Australia, and a special support for Justice! Show Canyons some love on their official site or Facebook. Stream the album in its entirety on SoundCloud and buy it on
Portland-based nu disco outfit Chromatics has a new album on the way, Kill For Love, and it’s set to be released in January 2012 on Italians Do It Better. Between now and then, the band will be leaking videos and singles from it to whet your appetite.
The first single off the new album is the title track “Kill For Love”. It features lead singer Ruth Radelet crooning her trademark breathy vocals, unadorned and plain against the song’s synth-driven beat and cascading synths. This long overdue introduction to Chromatics’ new album is as sad and melancholic as it is dreamy and hypnotizing.
“Kill For Love” is out now on iTunes and will be released soon on 12″ vinyl with exclusive bonus tracks on the B side… The single is backed by a beautiful, vintage-looking video directed by Alberto Rossini. It features grainy live footage of the band performing live around Europe in December 2010. You can watch it now on YouTube.
To help you wait for the new album, here is a little something for you! Check out “Hands in the Dark” taken off Italians Do It Better’s 2007 compilation After Dark (featuring unreleased tracks by Glass Candy, Farah, Mirage).
Chromatics - Hands In The Dark
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It has been a long time in the making, but in the 2nd half of 2011 Joakim will release his 4th studio album on Tigersushi Records. Following the critical success of his latest single “Heartbreak Samba”, a sweet and sour mix of electro and soca, released in April and distributed as a free download across the internet, Joakim just launched “Forever Young”, the first single taken from his new album and also his first single to be released on Tigersushi.
Joakim describes the thought process behind the production of “Forever Young” as trying “to make the soundtrack of a late Indian summer sunset, on a beach.” It is both delightful and a little melancholic, with a dark undertone that pervades the song and a chorus resolving itself on an unresovable question…’where do you belong?’
This new single seems to be a coming of age story that coincides with the story of an artist coming home to his label. Recorded and produced close to the Tigersushi office Joakim delves into his label roster for collaborators and remixers with “Mark Kerr, who’s been in my band since the beginning, playing those bouncy african-inspired drums.” Discodeine provides the star quality for the remixes and new artists DyE rises to the occasion by taking on remix duties.
As a bonus, here’s Joakim’s excellent remix for Australian beach pop outfit Mitzi.
Mitzi - India (Joakim Remix)
To listen to more music, check out Joakim’s page on MySpace. You can buy his new album on
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