Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, better known as Lindstrøm, is releasing his first solo album in five years, It’s Alright Between Us As It Is, on October 20 via Smalltown Supersound.
In the spirit of the anticipated release, he’s shared a new avant-garde, sweeping disco number off the album titled “Bungl (Like a Ghost).” The track features the critically acclaimed Norwegian artist Jenny Hval. Lindstrøm has even gone on to describe the latest number as “the glue to the album.”
“If it wasn’t for ‘Bungl,’ the album would not have happened. Jenny’s contribution transformed an unfinished idea into something really special,” he says.
Hval herself added, “I recorded some vocals over this little baroque piece, and for some reason I felt like I was invading it, or haunting it. I felt like the ghost voice from classic literature.”
“Bungl (Like a Ghost)” solidifies the notion that the album’s experimental cultivation will be considerably expanse. Between the balmy, earworm-inducing instrumental house melody of the previously shared “Tensions,” to the darker sonic spectrum on “Bungl,” the new record will surely be a cutting-edge body of work.
Few duos in the world of dance music have amassed as loyal and global of a following as Australian supergroup Flight Facilities. Known for their enchanting brand of nu-disco and deep house, they’ve created an unmistakable trademark style and sound. This year the twosome formerly known as Hugo and Jimmy made their Boiler Room debuted in their native Australia to a packed out crowd in Sydney. Flight Facilities showcased their immense musical prowess throughout the nearly two-hour performance, filling the intimate setting with a quirky and euphoric blend of music that communicated their aesthetic.
Boiler Room has long established itself as one of the most cutting-edge events in dance culture and this performance from Flight Facilities perfectly sums up what listeners can expect from this iconic brand. Watch the video from Flight Facilities’ performance in Sydney on Boiler Room’s Youtube Channel.
The Amsterdam-based label Atomnation is celebrating its 50th release with a compilation album. Dubbed 50AN, the album features new work from a slew of artists it’s worked with in ￼the past such as David Douglas, Weval, Sau Poler, and Gidge.
By way of the label’s longtime openmindedness towards music, they’ve incorporated everything from ambient and electronica to music with more dance or house tendencies. Certainly, Atomnation had made a name for itself in the underground circuit. Once operating as a strictly Bandcamp operation, the label has without a question come quite far.
Among the record’s standout numbers is a reworking from Weval. The group, consisting of Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers, rework the track “Ways To Go”off their 2016 self-titled release. The result is much more driving, compelling version of the tune. It makes sense when considering both Harm and Merijn got their start in the film industry, which is where they met in 2010, as the new “Ways To Go” is a compelling, cinematic earworm.
50AN Full Tracklist:
01. Polynation – Tikken 02. Portable Sunsets – If 03. Sau Poler – Elsus 04. Tunnelvisions – Alahambra 05. David Douglas – Liquid Love 06. Axefield – A Good Night Just Outside Of Bamako 07. Beacon – You’re Wondering (Applescal Guitar Dub) 08. Weval – Ways To Go (Alternative Version) 09. Koett – No Sooner Than They Will Come 10. Olaf Stuut – Suspended Animation 11. Gidge – Huldra (Other Version)
Oliver Heldens is back — this time, with a collaborative single that’s already destined to hit the mainstream which he’s titled “What the Funk.” Over the past year, the Dutch powerhouse has developed quite a strong relationship with the gaming world, even creating his own channel called Twitch. It seems he intends to maintain that connection, as the track was premiered on the widely popular mobile game BeatFever. There’s also word that the music video for the track will be a user-generated piece, featuring submissions from fans all across social media.
“What the Funk” sees Heldens exploring new territory as a musician, with a unique sound that blends together pop, house and even a little 70s disco/90s dance influence. Adding in funky guitar riffs and keyboard synths under Danny Shah’s energetic vocals, Oliver creates an upbeat, feel-good track that’ll make listeners want to dance uncontrollably in any setting.
It’s been only a few days since The Killers released their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful. Already, though, there’s a surprising standout track at the end of the 13-song deluxe collection.
Duke Dumont has done a remix for the album: a funky, retro take on “The Man.” Playing up the single’s grungy guitar riffs and Brandon Flowers’ recognizable vocals, Dumont molds his rework into a vintage, disco-influenced masterpiece. With a hollowed-out dance beat, Dumont flips “The Man” into a remix that’s both innovative and nostalgia-inducing.
It’s been five years since The Killers released an album, but with Duke Dumont on the lead-out, it’s a surefire hit.
While the Western hemisphere begins to prepare for winter, Australian disco ambassadors, Midnight Pool Party, are gearing up for the incoming summer weather down in their home country. The Aussie duo are coming off their highly-praised Dalliance EP that came together six months ago, and now they come back with their first single since called “Signals.”
Instilling a mellow yet upbeat atmosphere from the opening chord progression, Midnight Pool Party incorporate sultry R&B elements into their usual groove-saturated sound to give fans a new spin on their usual offerings. Regardless if listeners are saying goodbye or hello to summer, “Signals” is a surefire mood booster.
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Sometimes you just want to relax. Well, search no further for a soundtrack to such a mood, this week’s Launchpad playlist has you covered. Narrowing in on the indie electro and nudisco genres, you’ll find a varied collection of electronic productions under soothing, hypnotic vocals. We know it’s not always easy to relax, but hopefully this playlist will help make that happen.
DA Launchpad Selects:
NEW ARTIST ALERT! Los Angeles’ BAER (by way of Taiwan) is one you should watch out for. The singer comes through with an incredibly groovy track on “What Does It Matter,” her first release in a year. BAER clearly has a very talented production team working with her, because every element of the song is top notch, from her vocals to the synth-heavy downtempo production.
Reminiscent of other male-female duos like Sofi Tukker or AlunaGeorge, DAVVN (pronounced “Dawn”) sticks with the proven formula of really strong production combined with haunting, siren-like vocals to round things out. The duo has just released their second single to the public, “Hold This Love” and they’re clearly on to something big.
BAER – “What Does It Matter” DAVVN – “Hold this Love” Lanna – “Nobody (feat. Jodi Valentin)” Chester Lockhart – “Kiss” Ruby Haunt – “Freeway Crush (Nutrition Remix)” ELKI – “Thunder” Mic Raygun – “Just Dream” Ansible – “Color Me Threatened” Jack Colwell – “Don’t Cry Those Tears (remake) [feat. Fennesz]” IVOURIES – “Regret It” Ani Glass – “Geiriau” Pho Queue – “Downtight” Betty Moon – “Life Is But A Dream (Birdee Remix)”
Nu-disco duo Classixx have returned with a brand new track steeped in funk just in time to celebrate the summer as it comes to a close. On SoundCloud, they wrote of the production, “For the final days of summer, we’re giving out a new track to extend the pool party,” continuing, “We made this for fun with some help from our friend Vaughn Oliver.” — one half of the quasi-eponymous duo Oliver.
“Possessive,” as it’s titled, is plenty rich in groove and also features a sneaky sample of a gospel choir singing a line from Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.” The track marks the first of the summer from Classix, as their last release was a cover of Van Halen’s “Right Now” from earlier this year. Last year, Classixx released their latest record, Faraway Reach and while there’s no word yet — we certainly wouldn’t mind some more tunes to get down to.
Newcomer Charles Rivers’ latest effort “Burning” is a beautiful follow-up to his second single, “Calling Out To You.” Taking on writing, production, and performing duties for the song, the 22-year-old Miami-based artist flexes his skills with a warm, house-driven indietronic track. Filtered samples and rich vocals mix together in perfect harmony over immaculate synths and expertly programmed percussion, bringing the listener on an unexpected and unique journey. A testament to Rivers’ talents, “Burning” is sure to add many new listeners to his growing fan base and leave people yearning in anticipation of his next release.
Almost four months have passed since The Chainsmokers released their debut studio album, Memories…Do Not Open, and things have been quiet — at least musically — in the Alex and Drew camp. The EDM frat boys’ ascent into commercial pop stardom has earned them a 61-week domination of the Billboard Top Ten, a Grammy for ‘Best Dance Music Recording,’ and a sold-out headlining North American tour.
While on that tour, the guys began to notice how well their poppy piano ballad, “Honest,” was being received by fans. What better move, then, than to release an official collection of their favorite remixes for the track, which is out today, August 4th.
From Lifelike’s taunting, disco-induced rendition to Rootkit’s seething, downtempo re-boot, the “Honest” Remixes feature many intriguing subtleties that highlight the emotional lyrics of Alex Pall. Perhaps most interesting on the pack is the speedy bpm of Gil Glaze’s remix against the slowed-down pace of Malibou & UNKWN’s brassy version. The pack also features club-ready remixes from the likes of Tritonal and SAVI.