Saturday, January 31, 2015

Crème de la crème: TOP 20 BEST OF JANUARY 2015

20 (N) "HOTFOOT" - Doldrums (Sub Pop Records)

19 (N) "Le Pilote" - Exotica (Chambre 404)

18 (N) "Apocalipsi" - Jansky feat. Defled (Primeros Pasitos)

 JANSKY 'APOCALIPSI' from Joan Guasch on Vimeo.

17 (N) "Color Decay" - Júníus Meyvant (Record Records)

16 (N) "Filthy Believer" - BEA (BEA1991)

15 (7) "On The Regular" - Shamir (XL Recordings)

14 (N) "Won't You See" - GL (Plastic World)

13 (N) "Biggest Joke Of All" - Fatima (Eglo Records)

12 (N) "The Lava (Jolie Chérie Remix)" - Equateur (Nouvelle New Wave)

11 (N) "You Can Shine" - Andy Butler feat. Richard Kennedy (mr.intl)

10 (N) "101 Reasons" - J-Felix (Tru Thoughts)

9 (N) "All On You" - Jessie Ware (Island Records)

8 (16) "Vicious Love" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap Records)

7 (N) "The Great Elements" - Mahaut Mondino (unreleased)

6 (N) "Où Tu Veux" - Jolie Chérie & Valli (self-released/free download)

5 (N) "Delirious" - Susanne Sundfør (Sonnet Sound)

4 (N) "Stonemilker" - Björk (One Little Indian)

3 (N) "Christine" - Christine and the Queens (Because Music)

2 (N) "Aerobic Lambada" - Zhala (Konichiwa Records)

1 (N) "Invisions" - Luca C & Brigante feat. Róisín Murphy (Hot Creations)

Friday, January 30, 2015

SHREM'S FUTURE ANTHEMS: "THE LAVA (Jolie Chérie Remix)" - Equateur

It hasn't even been 2 weeks since my favourite Parisian synth-pop trio Jolie Chérie premiered their delicious new single "Où Tu Veux" and they're already serving us another electro anthem in the making. Their rendition of Equateur's "The Lava" is a classic French Touch recipe with a Balearic twist and irresistibly summery vibe. Right next to Vii's "Ton Goût Des Garçons", Kavinsky's "Nightcall" and Black Strobe's "Me And Madonna" among Jolie Chérie's most enjoyable remixes to date. A dancefloor winner, big time!

And here are the other remixes I mentioned above. Let's party!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør returns with "Delirious", the 2nd single announcing the release of "Ten Love Songs". Röyksopp's frequent collaborator stuns with her most astonishing offering to date as "Delirious" electrifies with a powerful melody, impressive vocal harmonies, spectacular production, exquisite string arrangements and multi-layered effects. Synth-pop fierceness and one of the most promising tracks to emerge so far in 2015. "I wanted to write a cinematic song about love and power. It started off with just the beat and bass and as I developed it I added the strings and more and more vocal arrangements, until I felt the message was clear enough." - Sundfør explains in the official press release.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Following the vibrant collaborations with the most flamboyant selection of vocalists, the likes of Antony Hegarty, Shaun J Wright, Kim Ann Foxman, Nomi Ruiz, Aérea Negrot, Krystle Warren, Gustaph, John Grant or Rouge Mary, Hercules & Love Affair's Andrew Butler recruited the velvet voiced Gospel powerhouse Richard Kennedy, to serve his most recent house effort. "You Can Shine", which premiered today on Pitchfork,  is the first of the 2 new tracks which Butler, the "enfant terrible" of the House scene, intends to release under his own name rather than his Hercules alias. "You Can Shine" and "Personality Track" are out February 23 on vinyl, March 16 on Beatport, and March 30 on iTunes and other digital stores via his own label, mr.intl.

As Mr Hercules explains in the official press release, "Whilst Hercules has a collaborative, collective approach, Shine goes for a more direct approach, a stomping, uplifting club 12" but it's me so it will still have something of Hercules about it."

"I wanted to tap into the gospel tradition, for there to be a testifying quality to the record,” he continues. “Richard and I talk in the lyrics about putting ego aside and allowing people around you to shine. You shine when you acknowledge other people's shine, even, if you will, the creator's shine. I hope we've created something new. House is often soulful but you very rarely hear a big gospel-inflected voice paired with booming, doomy techno."


The Swedish Modern Rave diva and Robyn's protégé, Zhala, who stole my heart last year with "I’m In Love" (among Top 10 Best Tracks of 2014) is back with another one of a kind, unstoppable electro moment. I've already listed Zhala alongside Ibeyi, Yumi Zouma and Shamir as one of the hottest newcomers last year so unsurprisingly I am really hoping Konichiwa Records are planning to release her debut album sometime in 2015. Hyper-energetic, bizarrely tribal and inescapably hypnotic, "Aerobic Lambada" adds an extra layer of fascination to the artistic intrigue that is Zhala. I am a huge fan.

Friday, January 23, 2015