Roundup, March #2
From disco revivals to melancholic UKG, we roundup our favourite releases of the week. Listen below.
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Florence + The Machine – My Love
The first two singles of Florence + The Machine’s freshly announced album Dance Fever continued her investment in folky indie-rock and baroque pop, but with new single My Love Florence Welch reveals a different side to what we may have expected from this initial set up. While My Love presents a bit of a stylistic pivot for Welch, it sounds exactly like what you might expect house music made by Florence + The Machine to sound like. A four-on-the-floor sequence stitched from earthy organic percussion, breath sounds and finger snaps in place of bass drops and hi-hats, strings and brass interpolating synths, and a pitch-perfect piano house riff.
Overmono – Gunk
Their first single off recently announced EP Cash Romantic sees Overmono continue on their streak of nostalgia heavy UKG formulations, but Gunk is ever so slightly less icy than what’s come before it. A signature pitched up vocal refrain flows throughout the track against a compressed house beat, but it’s the somewhat romantic, somewhat melancholic synth riff pulled from the DJ Seinfeld playbook undulating across the track that seals the deal with this one.
Tinashe, Channel Tres – HMU For A Good Time
On last year’s impeccable 333, Tinashe seemingly broke her own creative boundaries. Expanding her R&B repertoire toward left of centre dance and pop, her experiments with synth pop and undulating club sounds yielded the strongest work of her career. Previously unreleased track and cult status fan favourite HMU For A Good Time is finally seeing the light of day on this edition, but it’s barely recognisable from its original 2018 form. Enlisting Channel Tres, Tinashe takes the R&B club jam and ties it to a St. Andrew’s Cross in her boudoir, trading the original’s slinky hip-hop beat for pounding, bass heavy tech house.
Leon Vynehall – Sugar Slip (The Lick)
From his upcoming fabric presents compilation, British producer Leon Vynehall takes us on a syrupy ride through passages of filtered distortion and ascending pads before arriving on the dancefloor. Splintering into a louche breakbeat and wispy synths, Sugar Slip is programmed to make you move. Characteristically dynamic, Sugar Slip suggests a compilation that will see Vynehall key in on his euphoric club instincts.
Purple Disco Machine, Agnes – Twisted Mind
The new single from retro revivalist Purple Disco Machine is another sizzling funk-house banger, this time featuring Swedish alt-pop star Agnes. PDM’s greatest skill has always been his ability to blur decades, and with Twisted Mind he blends 70’s funk and 80’s drum fills to create an effervescent backdrop for Agnes. Agnes is perfectly suited to the style, and her disco diva vocals bring PDM’s production to life like light bouncing off a mirror ball.