I love Little Boots and so should you. As much as I want a new album to follow on from the brilliant 'Hands' which had such great ElectroPop singles such as 'New in Town', 'Remedy' and 'Earthquake', Little Boots has been keeping herself busy with DJ sets and remixing tracks. Here's a mix she put together for a recent DJ set at the closing party at Space in Ibiza. It's a 52 minute slab of disco which might be a bit too much if you're indoors on your own but if you're having a bit of a gathering or a party, it's about the same length as an album so if you can't afford to get Little Boots to turn up and DJ in your living room, here's the next best thing. Pop this on your playlist and pretend she's the sound selector in the corner bopping about.
Arp Attack are a three-piece from Southampton. I first saw them at The Marrs Bar where they took to the stage dressed (disarmingly) as crocodiles, costumes retained from their recent music video shoot for Crocodile Tears. This only lasted for one song before they stripped out of them, it was a lot of flesh for just one stage. At one point, Frankie said the band had a new ep and we (the audience) could get copies off her after the show in exchange for a hug. Needless to say, after they finished playing I found her by the bar, said 'Hey, so about this new ep...' and held out my arms for a hug... she said "Yeah, they're £4." I jestured with my arms again but again '£4." Ah well. I also brought a fairly cool looking handmade t-shirt off the drummer which had ARP ATTACK written in big big letters across the chest in gold glitter. Sadly, that all went an unfortunate shade of green after a couple of spins in the washing machine.
I know all this doesn't tell you anything about their music, but you can listen to the track below before downloading, plus you can always watch this. I sent this video to the organisers of Blissfields who were putting on a Road to Blissfields gig in Southampton. I told them to book Arp Attack in as a trial run and they obviously delivered on their end as they were then asked to play at the main festival. Horray.
Scraps is the work of Brisbane's enigmatic synth pop songstress Laura Hill who wears her obsession with 80s synth rock on her sleeve, citing The Human League, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, A Flock of Seagulls, OMD, Gary Numan and Devo as influences.
The 80s loom large in her subject matter as well. Lead track 1982 is a love/tribute song to all the machines that didn't get the girl in movies like Short Circuit and Electric Dreams, where the machines are much more interesting than the men.
The 7 inch single Secret Paradise (out 23 July) was premiered on Radio One when Huw Stephens featured Critical Heights as his Label of Love. The video can be seen here and her 3 track single can be brought directly from here.
School of Seven Bells are a dream pop/shoegaze band from Brooklyn, New York. They formed in 2007 and I remember seeing a flyer for one of their shows when I was out in NYC in 2008 but I didn't know who they were, I just remember thinking it was a cool name. Up until October 2010, the group consisted of identical twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and Benjamin Curtis on guitar and electronics. That's them in the picture above, in that order. 'Windstorm' is a great example of their sound and was released as a single in 2010 to promote the 'Disconnect from Desire' album.
Brilliant news! Chew Lips are back! After 15 months of living in Paris and now a new record deal with Sony, a second album is finally on the way! I realise that's three exclaimation marks on three sentences but I'm finding the whole thing quite exciting. I've been a big fan since I first heard 'Salt Air' back in 2009. 'Unicorn' was a big album for me during 2010 and definitely one of my most listened to albums of that year so to finally have another album on the way and to be able to share this with more people than just those who turn up in my living room is a joy. This is now without a doubt my favourite song so far of 2012, utterly flawless electro pop. If you're the type who has house parties, or even just big gatherings, put this on and I promise you won't go wrong.
With a title like, Mini Mixtape - Vol 1, you can't help but feel that there's balently mroe to come! There's also a nice little clip of a new Chew Lips track called 'Do You Chew?' which, if like me, you've been waiting years for any new music from Chew Lips, then this is very good news indeed.
Here's the tracklisting:
Caramba - Fedora / Kia Ora
MIA - Bad Girls
Chris Brown - Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)
Prince - I Would Die 4 U
LV - Northern Line (feat. Joshua Idehen)
Beck - Get Real paid
Carlos d'Alessio - Tika Tika Walk
Chew Lips - Do You Chew?
Andre Jacquemin - Um Bongo, Um Bongo (They Drink It In The Congo)
_Recognize the bracelet?
Maya has locked horns with some of the biggest, most-forward thinking producers in the business – including Flood (Depeche Mode, The Killers, PJ Harvey), Dave McCracken (Roc Nation, Beyonce, Oh Land) and Dimitri Tikovoi (Placebo, The Horrors, Nicola Roberts) – to help produce her debut solo album. She also brought her new found love for club-land beats to the writing sessions for Nicola Roberts - Maya penned the Girls Alouder’s first hit ‘Beat of My Drum’ that was produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and Diplo. ‘’For Nicola I’d imagined a ‘Pon de Floor’ style song that was overlaid with Uffie-like vocals and cheerleader chants… and everyone loved it. I was happy to bring a slice of the underground to the forefront of UK pop!’‘
_Yeah, that's right. More Little Boots.
1. Little Boots - Shake
2. Metronomy - The Bay
3. Nomi Ruiz - Desire
4. Oh Land - Sun of A Gun (Savage Skulls remix)
5. Laid Back - White Horse
6. The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine (Henrik Schwarz remix)
7. Tyson - After You're Gone
8. Gazebo - Midnight Cocktail
9. Company B - Fascinated
10. Madonna - Into the Groove
11. Kid Gloves - Below the Belt
12. Beni - It's A Bubble
13. The Magician - I Don't Know What To Do (feat. Jeppe)
14. Classixx - Into the Valley (Julio Bashmore remix)
15. Joe Goddard - Gabriel (feat. Valentina)
16. Little Boots - Shake
Victoria Christina Hesketh is better known by her stage name 'Little Boots' and first caught my attention in late 2007 with her bedroom demo track videos when she was building her fanbase via YouTube channel. By the time she released her fantastic electropop album 'Hands' her popularity had grown massively, her first single 'New in Town' was everywhere. I remember being inNew York at the time and hearing it in various places over there and thinking 'Wow, this is that singer from Dead Disco?!' Here's a 40 minute mixtape that she put together featuring a mix of Factory Floor, Screamin' Rachael and Roxy Music. It's pretty dancy, a bit house, very electro. It's also in WAV format and 411MB so you may want to have a listen to it first and see if it's your cup of tea before downloading it and running it through an mp3 converter. Some helpful soul on SoundCloud worked out a tracklisting, with only two unidentified tracks, do you know what they are?
Factory Floor - Two Different Ways
Azari & III - Reckless (Tiga remix)
Deee-Lite - What Is Love (Holographic Goatee mix)
Kim Ann Foxman - Creature
Roxy Music - Love is the Drug (Todd Terje Dub)
Larry Heard - The Sun Can't Compare
Screamin' Rachael - Fun With Bad Boys (Jack Me Bad Boy mix)
Kylie Minogue - Slow (remix)
L-Vis 1990 - Feel the Void
Little Boots - Into the Future
Making your music folder better, one song at a time.
_Pretty much everyday I seem to find some amazing exclusive tracks that
some awesome artists are giving away for free as a special one off
promotion. Today, it occured to me that instead of just downloading
them, maybe reposting them on facebook if they're special enough/someone I know and
then moving on, I should start a little music blog on here. Even if it
doesn't last forever, it's still a free song for you each day that it
does! I'd say the character of this blog is mostly electropop and singer/songwriter but I've got plans for mathcore, post-rock and glitch-hop. A lot of these tracks have a download limit of 100 so get in there on the quick. I'd also point out that a lot of the songs will need renaming once you've downloaded them so I'd do them one at a time.