Ross From Friends: “Romeo, Romeo”

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July 20th, 2017
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Back in March, South London producer Ross From Friends dropped his sophomore release for Lobster Theremin, a four-tracker called “Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes”, and now he’s back with his six-track business venture, “The Outsiders”. The EP gets its name from the classic coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967, and marks the producer’s debut release on Lone’s Magicwire label. Get your first taste of the EP with the ace eight-minute tune “Romeo, Romeo”. Stay gold, Ponyboy.

Ross From Friends’ double 12″ “The Outsiders” arrives on July 28th. Pre-order it here.

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Ross From Friends: “In An Emergency”

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Cut Copy: “Airborne” Video

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July 20th, 2017
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Melbourne’s finest dance-pop band Cut Copy have shared a new video for their great track “Airborne”, the first single in four years since 2013’s LP “Free Your Mind”. Director Gerson Aguerri of the Barcelona-based production company CANADA weaves a tale that begins with a mysterious light shooting across the sky, unbeknownst to Cut Copy lead vocalist Dan Whitford, who is composing a new song on his keyboard.

Speaking about the video, Dan Whitford says, “The video for our song ‘Airborne’ is probably the most interesting and most challenging that I’ve ever been involved in. It was shot in Barcelona, all through the night for three days running and culminated with a final scene with me having not slept for 24 hours and playing a piano on the back of a moving truck. To say it was a once in a lifetime experience is no understatement! Despite the sleep deprivation, Gerson and his team at CANADA did a fantastic job bringing this surreal story to life.”

The single “Airborne” is out now on Astralwerks. Get it here.

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Cut Copy: “January Tape”

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Michael The Lion: “Side Of Life”

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July 20th, 2017
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Philly-based DJ/producer Michael Fichman returns as Michael The Lion with his self-titled debut EP for Soul Clap Records, a quality five-tracker of pure disco goodnesss. The record includes two finely crafted disco-house jams, “Side Of Life” and “Changer”, and remixes of the Amy Douglas-featuring “Get It On” from Bosq and DJ Bruce. In Michael The Lion own words: “This record is the culmination of a few years worth of tinkering and experimentation with the Michael The Lion project – live instruments and voice alongside classic disco textures – all with a positive vibe. Wonderful lyrics and melodies from Amy Douglas and a fire remix from Bosq, whose work I’ve long admired. Uplifting vibes for a time when lift is sorely needed.” Take a ride with one of our favorite cuts, “Side Of Life”, a solid disco gem.

Michael The Lion’s self-titled EP is out now digitally on Soul Clap Records. Buy it here.

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Michael The Lion Edits

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Roosevelt: “Midnight Versions” EP

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July 19th, 2017
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Cologne-based singer/producer Marius Lauber, aka Roosevelt, remixes himself and gives away a four-track EP called “Midnight Versions” as a free download. It’s a great collection of dancefloor-focused reworks of tracks off his excellent debut self-titled album, which was released last year on Greco-Roman/City Slang. As he says: “With the ‘Midnight Versions’ I wanted to show the dancefloor influence on the album, and turn the tracks into longer edits, with more time to breathe and evolve.” It’s yours for free!

The “Midnight Versions” EP is now available as a name-your-price download over at Roosevelt’s Bandcamp. Grab it here.

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Roosevelt: “Moving On” [Joe Goddard Remix]

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Poolside: “Tropical Heartache” Video

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July 18th, 2017
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While their superb second album “Heat” is still on repeat mode on our car stereo, our beloved Los Angeles duo Poolside have shared a fun animated video for one of the record’s standout cuts, “Tropical Heartache”. Watch it above, and get yourself a copy of “Heat” here.

Video by Beto Petiches.

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Poolside: “Heat”

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Palms Trax: “Honey Lemongina”

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July 18th, 2017
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2017 sees Dekmantel celebrating its 10th anniversary. The fourth release in Dekmantel Record’s celebratory release series is a four-track EP of new material from some of the label’s favourite artists. A blend of the old and new, brought together through a shared love of electro, and wave influenced grooves by the likes of Palms Trax, The Egyptian lover, Interstellar Funk, and Syracuse & Epsilove. Our favorite cut from the EP is “Honey Lemongina”, a great new tune from Berlin-based producer Jay Donaldson, aka Palms Trax. This time round, Palms Trax delivers a hallmark slab of classic-analogue, summertime house, a track that will get some serious rotations this summer. Blast it above.

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Palms Trax: “High Point On Low Ground”

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Balako: “Hora De Balako”

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July 18th, 2017
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Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Balako, the duo of Rodrigo Peirão and Diogo Strausz, land on Joe Goddard’s label Greco-Roman with their incredible debut single “Hora De Balako”. It’s an infectious slice of Latin-flavored disco that’s perfect for your next summer rides. The Brazilian duo aren’t about making music to fit. Their styles range from techno and house to salsa and carimbo, blending 70’s disco and funk in the process and creating something both retro sounding and current. The word Balako derives from an 80’s Brazilian slang word which fittingly translates as – ‘a good type of mess.’ The single “Hora De Balako” comes with a retro video, which Balako’s Rodrigo Peirão co-directed with Mauro Lima.

“Hora De Balako” is out now on Greco-Roman. Get it here

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Last year, the ever-excellent San Francisco label Dark Entries has reissued another sublime album from Greek electronic pioneer Lena Platonos, her debut solo album “Μάσκες Ηλίου” (“Sun Masks”). Originally recorded in 1984, the “Sun Masks” LP was Platonos’ first record to feature her own lyrics and vocals. The album featured experiments with different sounds and a new batch of electronic equipment, such as the Roland TR 808 drum machine and Yamaha C60 synthesizer. Lena narrates each song in deadpan fashion, skillfully reciting her surreal Greek poetry. Her lyrics deal with the futility of love, the gap of human relationships, consumerist alienation in the bourgeois lifestyle of the 1980s.

Dark Entries has recruited four of their favorite producers to remix their favorite tracks from “Sun Masks”. The remix EP also features a great new remix of “Hoping By Shopping” by New York-based DJ/producer/vocalist and Firehouse Recordings boss Kim Ann Foxman. In her capable hands, the spacey robotic original track is transformed into a dynamic deep house workout, tough and dreamy all at once. You can now stream it exclusively on La.Ga.Sta.

Lena Platonos’ “Sun Masks” Remixes EP, which also includes three finely crafted remixes by Avalon Emerson, Lena Willikens and Borusiade, is out now on Dark Entries. Buy it here.

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Lena Platonos: “Liqueur Ruby” [Red Axes Remix]

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Hercules & Love Affair: “Omnion” (feat. Sharon Van Etten) Video

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July 17th, 2017
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Andy Butler’s New York disco-house collective Hercules & Love Affair are getting ready to drop their fourth studio album “Omnion” in September. Before then, you can watch the video for the Sharon Van Etten-featuring title track “Omnion”, which was directed by Crown & Owls. It’s a timeless story of a spirit reborn in an original and nuanced way. The album “Omnion” arrives on September 1 on Beat Big Records. Pre-order it here.

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Hercules & Love Affair: “Controller”

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Hidden Spheres: “It Ain’t Easy”

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July 14th, 2017
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After two sublime EPs on Distant Hawaii, Detroit-via-Manchester producer Hidden Spheres is cruising into Lobster Theremin waters with his new EP “It Ain’t Easy”. A record of four sun-soaked and heart-meltingly infectious slices of his trademark soothing and late-night house. The EPs title track sets the mood in a deeply meditative style. Rolling and natural drum patterns intertwine with playful melodies and soothing vocals, slowly shifting the sand across the beach as the sun slides over the horizon. Give it a spin above.

The “It Ain’t Easy” EP drops on July 28 on the new Lobster Theremin white label.
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Hidden Spheres: “Beachy”

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