Category Archives: Dance-Synth

Hear electro-dance trio Rufus Du Sol’s “Say A Prayer For Me”

Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective label is set to release its sixth work — and its first full-length album — from Rufus Du Sol, a trio from Australia. It will be Rufus Du Sol’s second album. Bloom will be out Jan. 22.

Listen to their hopeful, modern electro-dance song “Say A Prayer For Me.” Rufus Du Sol, comprising keyboardist Jon George, guitarist and vocalist Tyrone Lindqvist and drummer James Hunt recently won an Aria for Best Dance Release in their native country and are making the next step in their career here in the States.

Odesza hooked up with Rufus Du Sol in 2014, supporting them on their Australian tour. Odesza’s Harrison Mills explains the synergy:

“When an opportunity arose to work with Rufus Du Sol on releasing a track through a our label Foreign Family Collective, we sprung at the idea. They sent us the album to check out and we were blown away. Up until this point, FFC had only released singles. After hearing Bloom in its entirety, we knew we had to break that mold and put out the complete album. It’s one of the best albums we’ve come across in the last decade.”


1. Brighter
2. Like An Animal
3. Say A Prayer For Me
4. You Were Right
5. Be With You
6. Daylight
7. Hypnotised
8. Tell Me
9. Until The Sun Needs To Rise
10. Lose My Head
11. Innerbloom

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French MC Sianna slays on Namaste’s “Wat Wat” remix

South African electronic music producers Spoek Mathambo and DJ Aero Manyelo, who recently formed the collective Batuk, have remixed Namaste’s “Wat Wat,” and along with French MC Sianna, have added fuel to the fire of the dance/rap/synth/ mashup. It’s part of Red Bull Music Academy’s 20 Before 16 series.

“Wat Wat” by Swedish punk singer/rapper Naomi Namasenda, or Namaste, was originally recorded with Gnuchi, as part of the talent program Nasa Niva.


Although there’s plenty of moving parts to this remix that span language and regions, the resulting sound is pretty much electric. These artists might benefit from future collaborations.

Pick up a free download of Namaste’s “Wat Wat (Batuk remix)” at Red Bull Music Academy.

Batuk will release their first music in January. Hear their music below.

Listen to Namaste’s “Wat Wat,” live at East FM.

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Don’t blink now — FKA twigs is changing the face of music with “M3LL155X”

FKA Twigs M3LL155X cover art

There’s good reason FKA twigs easily commands a captive audience. The young British singer, songwriter and dancer has been consistently breaking new ground in electro-pop, dance and trip-hop genres, winning accolades along the way.

Her eye-popping music videos are often overtly sexual without revealing anything, and demonstrate her mature grasp of performance art, skirting the hazy line that separates NSFW and slick production.

Her latest five-song EP, “M3LL155X,” also called “Melissa,” moves fluidly between trip-hop, soul, house and R&B influences. The songs gracefully house her hushed and porcelain vocals, which can drop to almost nothing in one measure and soar wildly in the next.

fka twigs bedThe scratchy, drawn-out groan she emits in the electric “Figure 8” is only one testament to how far she’s willing to go in music. On the explosive “I’m Your Doll,” she portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. “I’m feeling like a loaded gun, and when it’s done, I’m the only one,” she whispers.

For the synth-pop dance song “In Time,” she implores a man to stay committed, promising that together they’ll be unstoppable. But she also softly warns him, “The way you dismiss me/Will turn into missing me like I am yours.” On the tempo-jumping single “Glass & Patron,” she experiences a catharsis that frees her from the deep-seated pain of “being told who I am.” It’s her version of “Vogue” for the 21st century.

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Her accompanying 16-minute conceptual video for the EP sways wildly between vivid imagery and unsettling beauty – it screams to be seen. It’s safe to say few others in music are taking the kinds of risks that FKA twigs is fast becoming known for.

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Hear the Odesza/Little Dragon collaboration “Light”

Odesza today released a new single, “Light,” on which Swedish electronic band Little Dragon is featured. “Light” is part of a deluxe edition of “In Return,” coming Sept. 18 on Counter Records.

There’s a backstory to how Little Dragon and Odesza joined forces on “Light.” Little Dragon had sought out Odesza for a remix a song from their album “Nabuma Rubberband.” According to a press release, Little Dragon’s label sent Odesza the stems for a different song, which was not on the album. The idea sat for months, until Odesza and Little Dragon co-headlined a show in Boston. They got together then to build a new Odesza song around the Little Dragon vocal stem.

Listen to “Light” below. The two bands sound perfect together, like they should have collaborated a long time ago. Yukimi Nagano’s sensual R&B vocals intertwine and flows with Odesza’s trademark swaying melodies.

The deluxe edition of “In Return” will have live versions of “Bloom,” IPlayYouListen,” and “Say My Name” (which features Zyra), plus instrumental versions of each song on “In Return.”  A limited 10-inch vinyl will be out Nov. 1.

The second phase of the group’s just-announced tour includes dates in Australia, Germany and across the U.S.

ODESZA IN RETURN WORLD TOUR (new shows in bold):
Thu. Sept. 3 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Fri. Sept. 4 – Calgary, AB @ (Mad Decent Block Party)
Sat. Sept. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Sun City Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 6 – Stroud, OK @ Backwoods Camping & Music Festival
Thu. Sep. 24 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Fri. Sep. 25 – Auckland, New Zealand @ St. James Theatre
Sat. Sep. 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sun. Sep. 27 – Perth, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sat. Oct. 3 – Sydney, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sun. Oct. 4 – Brisbane, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Fri. Oct. 9 – Brussels, Belgium @ VK
Sat. Oct. 10 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
Sun. Oct.11 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
Wed. Oct. 14 – London, United Kingdom @ KOKO
Thu. Oct. 15 – Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus
Fri. Oct. 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Sat. Oct. 17 – Cologne, Germany @ Club Bahnhof
Fri. Oct. 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Oct. 31 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
Tue. Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Nov. 5 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 6 – Richmond, VA @ The National (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (early show added) (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (late show) (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Wed. Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (early show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (late show) (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Nov. 12 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 14 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (3rd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 18 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia
Thu. Nov. 19 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Fri. Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Sat. Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Sun. Nov 22 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
Mon. Nov. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Tue. Nov. 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Thu. Nov. 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
Fri. Nov. 27 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
Tue. Dec. 1 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Wed. Dec. 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Thu. Dec. 3 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Dec. 4 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Dec. 5 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Dec. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Mon. Dec. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (3rd show added)
Fri. Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sat. Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 3 – Miami, FL @ Holy Ship!

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DJ Andrew Weatherall remixes Gwenno’s “Chwyldro”

DJ, producer and remixer Andrew Weatherall has remixed electro-pop artist Gwenno Saunder’s song “Chwyldro” off Gwenno’s recent release, “Y Dydd Olaf” (“The Last Day”).

Gwenno, who was a dancer in her youth and was formerly leader of the Pipettes, sings almost the entire album in Welsh, a language only about 500,000 people in the world speak.

gwenno Y Dydd Olaf album cover

Gwenno has also culled her new music from a 1976 sci-fi novel by Owain Owain, billing “Y Dydd Olaf” as a political-concept album. The record is, at its core, a modern, refreshing take on ‘80s electro-pop and vintage-Cure and Krautrock styles.

Weatherall, as a producer, has worked with Beth Orton and Primal Scream, as well as remixed songs by Bjork, Siousxie Sioux, New Order, My Bloody Valentine and James.

Weatherall keeps alive the astro-rock elements of the original “Chwyldro,” while transforming Gwenno’s voice to a sultry whisper in a song that’s already breathy and dreamy. Weatherall adds frantic synth notes and Indian beats that lead you into Gwenno’s peaceful vocals.

Gwenno’s “Y Dydd Olaf” is out now on Heavenly Recordings.

Listen to the Andrew Weatherall Remix:

Watch Gwenno’s psychedelic/kaleidoscopic video for “Chwyldro”:

You should also check out the vintage sound of Gwenno’s “Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki.” It moves between early Cure via their “Seventeen Seconds,” with a pulsing synthesizer wave; it’s a slower take on the likes of Berlin’s “The Metro”:

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Night Beds’ upcoming “Ivywild” streaming now on NPR

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The incredible band Night Beds is streaming their upcoming album, “Ivywild,” on NPR.

The startling synth-pop single from earlier this year, “Me, Liquor and God,” promises good things from the new album. It’s the sophomore project by Winston Yellen, who said in May that his first impressions of the “sad sex jams” of Kanye West’s “Yeezus” influenced him on “Ivywild.” We can only imagine how that was channeled.

“Ivywild” is out Aug. 7 on Dead Oceans.

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Revolutionary new rapper Tunde Olaniran releases single “Namesake”

Afro-futurist rapper Tunde Olaniran’s new single is a wake-up call.

Olaniran, who hails from Flint, Michigan, merges genres on “Namesake” while promoting positive messages of personal identity, leaning into classic dance music notes, then without a breath lays down heavy rap effortlessly.

Vocal sound bites meet hip-hop, which meets melodic singing, which leaks in between rapid-fire raps and ’80s electronic guitar and drum licks. And he’s not all serious either, whipping light-hearted hip-hop lines which are topped with truth bombs.

tunde olaniran

“Everybody’s hoping and scraping and wishing they could be something outside themselves … If I can be me, then you can be yourself,” he repeats without a shred of loftiness, then switches into angry mode, declaring,”It’s like we’re never satisfied.”

Besides his music endeavors, Olaniran also an author, choreographer and activist who works for Planned Parenthood in Michigan. He works as an educator promoting sexual equality and awareness.

Olaniran’s full-length album comes after the success of his 2014 EP “Yung Archetype.”

“Transgressor” will be out Aug. 7 on Quite Scientific.

Listen to “Namesake” below:

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Django Django are master experimenters on “Born Under Saturn”

Django Djano’s “Born Under Saturn” revels in the beauty of tranquil harmonies as much as it envelopes itself in new territory.

The British art-rock quartet’s sound lands squarely in the realm of synth-dance music, but the difference lays in their cool harmonies – think of the Beach Boys under a psychedelic black light.

Vincent Neff’s smooth, layered vocal workings remind us that while life is homogenized and often oblivious to negativity, human emotions are messy, and that’s to be celebrated.

The band wraps in ‘80s progressive-tech influences, adding Jamaican and African rhythms, forming a hybridization of sonic layers that Django Django handles with ease.

Django video 2The vintage progressive-synth notes of “Shot Down” are further cultivated on the electric-dance notes of “First Light.” The sultry sax on “Reflections” brings in a jazzy art-rock feel that warms up its chilled space-rock synthesizer.

Vegas kitsch kick-starts the percussion sound in “Found You,” while “4000 Years” is straight biker-chic comic-book rock. Traditional slow piano and swooning drums color the hometown sound of “Beginning to Fade.”

The astral “High Moon” gives space to that place between darkness and dawn, creating a digital landscape of satellites, blazing sun and shades of night.

On “Break the Glass,” xylophone surprisingly follows an upbeat guitar strum, creating one of the album’s strongest electro-dance numbers.

The scorching, slow build of “Born Under Saturn” establishes Django Django as funk-synth grand experimenters, and is as an example of how to blaze new territory while in a landscape of indecisive subgenres.

The album is out now on Ribbon Music.

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Django Django’s all in pieces over their “Reflections” video

Django video 2Leave it to Django Django to break apart conventional music videos.

Their video for “Reflections” is as bizarre as they come. It’s all computer-animated and shows people playing musical instruments; but the “people” lack fingers, eyes, ears and lots of other stuff that would qualify him as human, or even a robot.

django-reflections videoThe video was filmed at Framestore film studios, which is known for the movie “Gravity.” The director for the video, Natalia Stuyk, described it as “a futuristic and surreal take on on the traditional performance music video.”

According to a press release, using Motion Capture and Face Shift technology, Django Django members are translated into abstract sculptures.

Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” video, re: 1985, was as groundbreaking then as “Reflections” is now.

Dire-Straits_Money-for-nothingIn “Money For Nothing,” the members of Dire Straits come to life as  computer-generated, faceless, bright neon musicians who knew how to rock, as well as sell color TVs.

The robots on “Reflections,” meanwhile, are made out of pieces of chrome and metal and various geometric shapes. It’s kind of fascinating to watch. Thank god their mouths are intact, and they’re still able to play their instruments– that’s all that really matters anyway. Check out the video on Youtube.

Django Django’s new album, “Born Under Saturn,” is streaming now on iTunes’ First Play. It’s out May 5 on Ribbon Music.

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Gulp! Caribou’s video for “Can’t Do Without You” is a rainbow of emotions

Caribou has released a video for last year’s big song off “Our Love,” and it’s no fish tale.

The video is deceptively simple — it’s all about this little boy and his chance encounter with a giant flying fish (just go with it). The entire video is in slow motion. The boy is seen running, and it first it looks like the fish is chasing him, but then you realize the two are sharing a kind of brief friendship, before the fish continues on without him.

The boy gets a brief opportunity to run his hands along the the fish’s feathers, which are bathed in vibrant reds, greens, yellows, blues and shiny golds, and it may be the most touching part of the video.

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With just one scene, the video covers the gamut of a child’s purest emotions: joy, sadness, wonderment and fear.

Watch Caribou’s video for “Can’t Do Without You” on Youtube. Caribou’s set to play Coachella this Friday.

If you have an affinity for this brilliantly oversized flying creature, you have a chance to win him.

Here’s a special message from the aquatic animal:



You’ve just seen me in the ‘Can’t Do Without You Video’ but where am I going next?

Give me a purpose, an adventure, somewhere unique for me to call home.

Can you provide me with a special plan for the rest of my days?

I’m 12 feet long, 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide and weigh 50 lbs.

Tell me what your dream is for me by emailing before April 22nd.

If your idea is chosen I will be delivered to you ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

Hope to see you soon x

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