Portland-based producer, singer, songwriter Leo Islo has shared the uptempo yet soulful “Higher Living”, released via The Los Angeles Music Project (LAMP) in the US and Opening Light (Kazy Lambist, Royaume) in France.
The track opens with floating synths, pitch bending chords and echoing piano stabs, before being cut by a deep, gritty bassline. House-infused beats enhance the songs main groove, layering elements into a hazy cloud before heading back into dance territory. Islo’s signatures airy smooth vocals carefully guide you through each chorus and generating a hypnotic harmony with the core melody.
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Following the success of their 2014 EP Night, Russian indie outfit Pompeya embarked on an extensive US tour, which included a stellar show at SXSW, and then headed straight back into the studio to record new material. After months of isolation and hard work, they are now presenting their third full-length album Real, out worldwide on May 5th.
Featuring their trademark blend of 70s disco, 80s New Wave and 90s indie rock, the band’s much-anticipated new record was recorded in Philadelphia, New York City, Savannah and Orlando — all places Pompeya had never been before. They enlisted producer Brian Mctear (of Local Natives and War on Drugs fame) to give their new songs a fresh sound and the result is effortless and “real”.
“For the new album, we wanted to create music with a larger message,” the band explained in a recent press release. “We were forced out of our comfort zones, forced to experiment more and discuss serious topics like growing up, loss, fatherhood and staying true to yourself without going crazy. These are the real stories of our lives, and the real sound we want to present.”
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Just a few weeks after their hazy and cinematic single “Just Like You”, synth disco four-piece Chromatics are sharing a brand new tune taken from their forthcoming album Dear Tommy. The song is called “In Films” and, as always, it is available as a free download from frontman Johnny Jewel’s SoundCloud.
Chromatics - In Films
“In Films” is surprisingly cheery and bright considering the band’s back catalogue of moody slow jams and melancholic disco tunes. On this new track, Ruth Radelet’s vocals show unprecedented confidence laid over bouncy drums and upbeat guitars, not to mention the super catchy chanted hook. There is still no official release date for the new album but we know that it will include 17 tracks, among which are reworked versions of “Cherry” and “Camera”, two songs taken from the 2013 compilation album After Dark 2.
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Last month saw the release of Sydney-based DJ, singer and producer Elizabeth Rose‘s new single, “Another Earth”, a smooth yet edgy electronic jam that elegantly bridges the gap retro R&B and avant-garde pop. Co-produced by Brooklyn’s Chrome Sparks, it features sparkly synths, rich background textures and an infectious bass line that will make this song bounce around in your head for days.
Having previously worked with Flight Facilities and The Aston Shuffle, Elizabeth Rose released her self-titled debut EP in 2014 and her new single marks yet another exciting chapter in her budding career. Available now via Inertia’s new imprint Midnight Feature, “Another Earth” serves as the first official single off Elizabeth’s forthcoming debut album (due out later this year).
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With an impending tour in June/July 2013 (France, UK, US, Canada, Mexico), electrodisco duo Du Tonc (namely Mighty Mouse and Matt from Van She) are sharing their new single “Surging Memories”, released on UK-based label Cheap Thrills.
Hot on the heels of their hugely successful debut single “Darkness”, the boys once again demonstrate their ability to write catchy melodies and fuse live bass, guitar and drums with their love of disco-tinged synths. “Surging Memories” has already been endorsed by The Magician, who described it as a ‘deep, beautiful and melancholic’ song, reminiscent of ‘very good Röyksopp times’. Couldn’t agree more…
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