We’ve started this monthly trend a little while ago, when we share with you the amazing tunes that our good friend Claire Vial is listening during that particular month. It’s awesome to have so many tracks all in one place and you don’t have to scramble for what you want to hear next, we got you covered, so you’re welcome! Below is the last compilation of the year. In there, you’ll find some goodies from the boys over at French Express, she’s also included tracks from Beerlover, get to know him if you haven’t heard his stuff. French sensation Adrien De Valentin is also included, Oxford, another French don also graces the compilation with his remix of Goldroom’s hit track “Fifteen” with Chela on vocal duties. She closes it out appropriately with “Shadow of The Beast,” the latest single from one of the purveyors of the feel-good, Perseus. We wouldn’t have it any other way, Claire. Enjoy the tunes.
If you were lucky enough to make it to our showcase last month, you know Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo The Mast can throw down. If you didn’t get to see them or haven’t heard of these guys, check out what we’re talking about below. The duo just shared a brand new single pulled from their upcoming album “Pleasure Island” which is set to be released on 1/28/2014. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for it to come out, I’m sure it will be packed with jams like “Raining Down.” Stay on the look out for these guys, 2014 will certainly be their year to shine.
We haven’t stopped listening since Connecticut based young producer Shmallen released that groovy edit of “Stay” with Rihanna and Mikky Ekko. Although his remix for Movement’s single “Us” was the track that caught music bloggers attention everywhere. The tune is featured on every blog imaginable, and deservedly so.
This week he’s back with a brand new track which premiered Earmilk earlier today. ” ‘Tell Me’ rocks a smooth and steady bassline, captivating reverb, and breathes new life into the original melody. Shmallen, weaves together a deep bass line, warping her voice and enchanting the listener for four minutes, whilst only using a small sample, highlighting his ability to create his own high quality production.”
If you haven’t been on, keep your ears open for this young producer. He has a lot of good stuff cooking in the studio for 2014.
More proof that Australia has a massive stranglehold on the dance music scene. There’s so much good stuff coming out of that place and Melbourne disco-electro duo Back Back Forward Punch is here to reinforce that theory with their third single of the year. “Inspired by Du Tonc, Plastic Plates and Chromeo, Andy Liddell and Laura Boland have curated a wonderland of poppy bleeps and warm, bouncing bass-lines dusted with robotic hooks and soothing vocals. ‘Emergency Bow Tie’ is the soundtrack for those times when you didn’t get the dress code memo.”
"Emergency Bow Tie" will be officially released on December 4th. Happy listening!
Lancaster-based duo Bondax is back with a brand new track titled “Fires” with UK singer Josh on vocal duties. Fire is an amazing slow jam, perfect to guide through the winter. “Fires” will be included in Bondax full-length debut album which is set to drop early next year.
I’m sure most of you still can’t get the words for “Don’t Matter” feat Darianna out of your head, I haven’t been able to stop humming the song, it’s so good. Let’s keep the Cherokee train rolling with this brand new remix he did for Amerie "One Thing." There’s a lot of good stuff coming our of Roche Musique, keep your ears open for these guys. Go like Cherokee’s FB page to get a free download.
Adrien de Valentin turns Slowz baby-maker single “It’s You” into dance floor crushing tune. The kid has a sick name, he’s from Avignon, one of my favorite regions in France and he makes music that makes you move, what more do you need. Keep your ears open for Adrien de Valentin, I’m sure there’s a lot more to come. Grab a Free download if you dig the track.
I fell in love the second I heard this song, yes, with BIRKII too. Naturally, I had to share this with you. BIRKII is an electro pop singer from Paris. Although she’s been around the bloc for a while now, we hadn’t heard of her up until recently, despite the fact that two of her originals were featured in Kitsune Parisien I and II. Needless to say, we’re very happy to have discovered her music.
“If the pretty young things in Parisian fashion blogs like Garance Doré wrote songs, they would be like this: synth-y lullabies full of heart-bursting sincerity, plus that French je ne sais quoi. That is, they would sound like Birkii, the latest and greatest of the ingenue chanteuses á la française. But more Breakbot than Edith Piaf, this former conservatory student was recently chosen by fashionista music label Kitsuné for their Paris compilation. Her single “Shade of Doubt” is both old and young, sweet and a little bitter. And the video features Birkii, a gamine brunette, romancing a cardboard cutout of a cowboy Paul Newman. It’s strangely happy-sad — kind of like Birkii.”
Now, we’ll go bug her and try to find out who Mikael is. Keep your ears open for this young talent, I’m confident she has a lot more goodies cooking in the studio in Paris.
French Horn Rebellion just shared an amazingly groovy track that will be sure to get you out of the winter funk.
In their own words “Winter is here. As the snow falls and icicles form we need to keep a fire in our hearts. We pack into cozy bars to get warm and dance by the firelight to remember we’re alive. In “The Fire” Savoir Adore's forest fantasy pop blends with French Horn Rebellion's hot dancefloor beats. The two bands, related by marriage for the last few years, have finally collaborated to keep you warm all season long. Make like David of FHR and Deidre of Savoir Adore and cuddle up under the disco ball, dancing the night away.”
"In the third installment in his series of vibed out freebies, AIMES brings in a touch of classic soul. A thick bassline leads the track into a lush and deep slow burner, while crooner vocals float by and profess affection. At 108 bpm its perfect for the warm-up set or a head nodding headphones session.”
Yes, we’re lazy and didn’t want to describe the song ourselves, and no, AIMES’s team couldn’t have done a better job writing about it themselves. Enjoy this tune and grab a free download while you’re at it.
photo credit: plaisirduplaisir.fr
Finally there are some visuals for Chris Malinchak’s hit track “If U Got It.” Shot in beautiful Barcelona, the video follows Chris Malinchak throughout various parts of the city all while his doppelganger and overly flirtatious girlfriend are always close by.
This track has been around for a while now and has become a major dance floor anthem. Most people would say it put Chris Malinchak on the map, and that wouldn’t be far-fetched. “If U Got It” was tipped by Pete Tong and Chris Malinchak joined the Relentless Records team. Keep your ears open for Malinchak in 2014, I’m sure he’s got a lot of good stuff cooking in the studio.