Video Premiere: Colleagues – Parents’ House

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Colleagues are a Swedish five-piece making sparkling technicolor dream pop that stands out even in a vast sea of Scandanivian talent. We’re beyond excited to premiere the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Parents’ House,” featuring exclusive footage from Roy Andersson’s cult classic teen romance film A Swedish Love Story. “Parents’ House” had us at hello with a cloudburst of ambling keyboard lines, shimmering guitar riffs and infectious sing-along vocals. But the love affair got serious during the mid-song breakdown, a quasi-orchestral torrent of pure feeling evoking vintage M83 that spirals into a freewheeling instrumental outro. By the time the track finally dissolves in a ghostly swirl of filter and phase-shifting effects it’s magic. This song is beyond up our alley – it’s redefining our alley right now. Recommended for fans of St. Lucia, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Delorean, eighties sound palettes, and sublime romantic pop.

Colleagues’ double A-side Tears / Parents’ House is out April 14th via In Stereo Records. Buy here.

The 1975 – Settle Down (EMBRZ Remix)

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The wonder boy from Maynooth, Ireland continues to mine glitch-pop gold with a pitch-perfect remix of The 1975′s “Settle Down.” EMBRZ (Jack Casey) is adept at shaping a hodgepodge of short, choppy synth and sample blips into surprisingly expressive tracks, avoiding the emotionally neutered “video game music” territory occupied by some of his laptop-wielding contemporaries. The producer lives up to his name — pronounced “embers” — with this mellow, toasty excursion into sonic dreamland. Stream the remix below, then check out his equally lovely spin on another indie pop gem: Dive In’s “Let Go”.

DOWNLOAD: The 1975 – “Settle Down (EMBRZ Remix)”

Roosevelt – Small Hours (John Martyn Cover)

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Cologne-based producer Marius Lauber (Roosevelt) gives us a blissful spring stargazing tune in this unlikely cover of John Martyn’s 1977 jazz-fusion opus “Small Hours.” A steady drum machine pitter-patter and buoyant synths transform what was originally an ambient, introspective track into lush slow-motion disco. Roosevelt, who cites Arthur Russell among his chief inspirations, gives a nod here to experimental pop and jazz-folk influences you might not expect from a dance producer. Stream the cover below, then check out a haunting live rendition from the original artist here.

Roosevelt’s debut EP Elliot is out now via Greco-Roman, the Berlin/London imprint (co-founded by Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard) that helped to launch TEED and Disclosure.

STREAM: Roosevelt – “Small Hours (John Martyn Cover)”

X priest X – Isn’t It So

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Emotion Records, Sweden’s patron saints of synth pop, have found something good in Florida. The Stockholm imprint that brought us Karl X Johan and World Tour just unveiled this stunning new track from X priest X, an Orlando duo who make what Noisey is calling “post-apocalyptic dream songs.” Celestial melodies and elegant, understated production cut straight to the heart in the prettiest song about drug addiction and the end of days you’ll hear all week. Stream “Isn’t It So” below.

“Isn’t It So” will appear on X priest X’s debut Samurai EP, out April 15th on Emotion.

STREAM: X priest X – “Isn’t It So”

Future Islands – A Dream Of You And Me

We didn’t cover the last awesome single from this beautiful band. That was a mistake. But luckily no one put us in blog jail so we’re still around, and they released another, and here it is.

Future Islands is a band I wish I’d discovered earlier. This North Carolina-bred, Baltimore-based trio manages to hit just about every referential sweet spot without feeling at all contrived. Their music seamlessly combines the sensual pleasures of electro-pop with the emotional resonance of good old fashioned rock songwriting. It’s at once ambient and energetic, romantic and introspective, meditative and anthemic. Sam Herring’s arresting vocals, equal parts Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, provide the compelling lead presence often missing in other electronic-leaning acts. The instrumental backdrop evokes the simple, bass-driven melodicism of New Wave artists like Modern English and New Order, as well as the glimmering, spacey atmospherics of Superhumanoids, Blood Orange and Destroyer. Thematically, as Harris puts it, Future Islands writes “songs about love and loss and nature, just real things.”

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Touch Sensitive – Slowments

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Down Under disco wonder and pizza guy extraordinaire Touch Sensitive (né Michael Di Francesco) is back with more of his immaculately conceived synth wizardry. As a founding member of Van She, Di Francesco was architect of “Kelly,” one of my all-time favorite electropop songs. He’s also made a name for himself outside of Van She as a DJ and producer, co-writing Anna Lunoe’s 2012 smash “Real Talk” and helping to define the sound of Aussie nu-disco imprint Future Classic. With “Slowments,” a rework of British sample pop pioneers Art of Noise’s 1983 track “Moments in Love,” Di Francesco extends an unbroken streak of blissful, emotive solo releases. Like his last single “Pizza Guy,” “Slowments” is a leisurely bass-driven excursion through nebulous keyboard textures and artfully pitch-shifted vocal samples. Good vibrations. Stream it below.

STREAM: Touch Sensitive – “Slowments”

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite

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Formidable Norwegian disco-viking Todd Terje is back with more of his mind-bending electronica. “Delorean Dynamite,” a glimpse of his forthcoming LP, is aptly named: the track is a retrofuturistic trip through genres and moods that blazes toward an explosive, colorful finish. The production starts out in the sparse, monochromatic territory of early rave and disco music from the likes of Moroder, Tangerine Dream, and 80s UK house artists before erupting in a technicolor glitter-bomb of interstellar funk that’s uniquely Todd Terje. Outrun basslines give way to Chic-esque funk guitars, swirling arpeggios and prismatic synth beams in a jaw-dropping finale. Stream “Delorean Dynamite” below.

Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time comes out April 8th via his own imprint Olsen Records.

STREAM: Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

Ayer – Circle Down (Wize Remix)

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Parisian producer Wize first caught our ear with his entrancing, ubermelodic remix of Long Courrier’s “Arcane Man.” Now he’s returned to work his cosmic disco magic on another stellar pop track, this time from Brooklyn’s finest new indie electronica act, Ayer. Like other Wize productions, his “Circle Down” remix is an almost shoegazy french touch trip into the aural stratosphere, a slow-building mass of pulsing basslines and shimmering stabs that works toward an emotionally intense drop, achieving catharsis through funk. As an added plus, Wize’s spare intro highlights the awesome, smoldering falsetto force that is Ayer vocalist Danny Schmittler. Stream it below, then head to Ayer’s Soundcloud to check out the stunning original and the duo’s equally great new single “Young.”

STREAM: Ayer – “Circle Down (Wize Remix)”

Anthems – Up In Mine

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Parisian boutique label 25 Years & Running recently unveiled this blissful slice of balearic pop from new signing Anthems. Produced by labelmate Champions League, “Up In Mine” presents an inviting array of glitchy pan flutes, wobbling sub-bass, flitting hand percussion and reverb-drenched vocals. In the style of other atmospheric dreampop artists like Air France, Southern Shores and Postiljonen, it’s less a traditional song than a lovely, evocative piece of sonic ephemera. We’re feeling it. Stream it below.

STREAM: Anthems – “Up In Mine” 

Yumi Zouma – The Brae

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Yumi Zouma‘s gauzy, blissful melodies and achingly pretty arrangements will make you fall in love. The New Zealand-bred dreampop trio’s debut effort, “The Brae,” gracefully tightropes between dark and light, jagged and smooth, raw and polished. Get lost in the meandering iridescent soundscapes of one of our favorite new bands. Recommended for fans of Camera Obscura, Wild Nothing, the Carpenters and the Embassy.

Yumi Zouma’s self-titled EP – Cascine‘s first release of 2014 — is out February 11th in digital and limited edition vinyl.

STREAM: Yumi Zouma – “The Brae”