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Foxes – Body Talk (2015)

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Louisa Rose Allen

Picking up the pace and putting a needed dose of energy into the week, I give you Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes. Foxes hit the ground running in 2013, when producer Zedd invited her to sing on one of his EDM ‘hits’. Surprisingly, she managed to benefit from the profile, but also showed and artistic integrity by rising above the factory-produced abyss that is EDM. Firstly, the respectable pop orchestrations of last year’s long player Glorious and now something much more interesting. ‘Body Talk’ is a frosty a slice of disco-noir that the Chromatics would be proud of.

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Kavinsky feat. Lovefoxxx – Nightcall (2010)

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Vincent Pierre Claude Belorgey

Also known by the slightly cooler stage name Kavinsky, Vincent Belorgey knows a thing or two about projecting an image. His track ‘Nightcall’ is so perfectly pitched as electroclash-indie synthwave pop (or whatever they are calling the modern take on 1980s electronica) that is was selected as the signature track for Nicolas Winding Refn’s nostalgic movie Drive in all its 1980s neon. The enrolment of CSS’s Lovefoxxx was a nice touch too. Have a great week.

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Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter (2011)

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Glass Candy

It’s August and I’m back. In the mid-to-late noughties, Mike Simonetti formed the Italians Do It Better record label with Johnny Jewel. In the month before I went offline, the label released After Dark 2 – a compilation of music heavily influenced by Jewel the producer. It includes the currency of his Chromatics, but it’s hard to overlook the impact of the opening track from Glass Candy – another of his electronic vehicles. Listening to ‘Warm In The Winter’, I cannot help but hear echoes of Pete Wylie. The 1980s can do that to you.

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Chromatics – Lady (2012)

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After the retrospect of last week, something of the hipster variety to kick off this week. ‘Lady’ is the third single taken off Chromatics’ album Kill For Love, which was released out of their Portland studio earlier this year. The sound they’ve created is very current. Think synthesised M83, the mournful melody of The XX and the dreampop of Beach House – the result is otherworldly and perfectly matched by Ruth Radelet’s detached vocals. Have a good week.

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