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saturday nite with… VANBOT


Late night bike riding and endless love for retro synthesizers inspired Ester Ideskog to compose synth heavy electro pop hits under her new alias Vanbot. She has spent the past few years writing and producing music, constantly searching for the right sound, with the precious help of companion/producer Sebastian Forslund. Their many sonic experiments led to the release of Vanbot’s self-titled debut album in Spring 2011, quickly followed by a remix EP featuring Niva, Fear of Tigers and Bremen.

Vanbot - Bitter Is The Sweetest Part (Bremen Remix)     

The new chapter in Vanbot’s burgeoning career is the single “Got To Get Out”, which recently premiered on NYLON Magazine and is currently getting a lot of heat worlwide. This brand new tune showcases Vanbot’s talent for creating compelling electronic soundscapes with swirling synthesizers and drum machines. Some might say she’s walking too closely in Robyn‘s footsteps but who are we to complain?

Vanbot - Got To Get Out     

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The Penelopes

Parisian duo Axel Basquiat and Vincent T, better known as The Penelopes, are back after a long pause with the appropriately-titled new single “Now Now Now”. For this new track, released in the UK on November 11 and scheduled for release elsewhere in December, the pair is joined by vocalist Laura Kidd.

Influenced by everyone from Prefab Sprout to Felix Da Housecat to Devo,  The Penelopes make sparkly electropop, with elastic bass lines, lush keyboard sequences and funky guitars.

For more info and music, check out the band’s official site or their page on MySpace. Buy their music on

BARRETSO – CELESTE EP (ElectroSynth/Club – Chile)

Chilean dreamwave wizard Barretso (born Francisco Cofré de la Fuente) first showed up on our radar at the beginning of 2010 and in just over a year his buzz factor has literally exploded! Both his original tracks and his remixes for the likes of Justice, Minitel Rose, Gemini Club and The Vanish have managed to propel him to the forefront of the electro scene.

The Vanish - Heartbeat (Barretso Remix)     

After the critically acclaimed Bright City Lights EP (released in April 2010), Barretso is now finally almost ready to introduce his new record, Celeste EP, which will be out in late Spring. As if we weren’t already shivering with anticipation, Barretso has decided to tease with a new song taken off the forthcoming EP. He dropped it a few days ago on his Soundcloud and it instantly created a shock wave amongst his numerous fans.

Barretso – Chase (Celeste EP Teaser)

On top of this, Tuff Em Up! Records and Trashbags have just announced a massive remix competition ahead of the release. You can already download the stems of “Chase” HERE (password: frankiechase) and start working on your very own remix of this brilliant track. The competition will close on May 23rd 2011 and the winner will  see his remix featured on the Celeste EP and will also get a record release through Tuff Em Up! Records and a pair of WESC headphones. All remixes are to be submitted to Fraser@tuffemup.com

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Fenech Soler

UK-based electro outfit Fenech Soler are known to many dancefloor lovers for their punchy synthpop tunes and they are back again with a gorgeous new single: “Demons”. In the same vein as their previous singles, “Demons” is a ball of energy, packed with killer melodies and hooks, massive synths and an irresistibly dancey beat.

But wait, it gets better! The track has been remixed by none other than French electro rising star Yuksek, who has produced two different versions. And there are eight (8!) more remixes from the likes of Sigma, Wideboys, Drums of Death, Jokers Of The Scene, Plump DJs and Alan Wilkis…

“Demons” is taken off Fenech Soler’s self titled debut album, released in September 2010 on B-Unique (home to Kaiser Chief, Bedouin Soundclash and Har Mar Superstar amongst others). On their explosive debut LP, Ross Duffy, Ben Duffy, Daniel Soler and Andrew Lindsay show their skills as songwriters and beatmakers. They know how to intertwine lush synth melodies and explosions of rhythms to create glistening pop songs.

As a bonus, listen to “Lies” remixed by fellow Englishman Grum

Fenech Soler - Lies (Grum Remix)     

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