Thursday, November 2, 2017

Crème de la crème: TOP 25 BEST OF OCTOBER 2017


Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "The Sun" - Myd (Because Music)



24 (N) "Wicked Ways" - The Sound of Arrows feat. Annie (Skies Above)



23 (5) "Nostalgia" - NAO (Little Tokyo Recordings)



22 (N) "Огонёк" - ЛУНА (self-released)



21 (N) "Me4U" - Danny L Harle feat. Morrie (PC Music)



20 (N) "Are You Leaving" - SASSY 009 (Hard Up)



19 (N) "Simmer Down" - ionnalee (to whom it may concern)



18 (N) "Half Life" - Smerz (XL Recordings)



17 (N) "Fantasies" - Biyo (Future Classic)



16 (8) "Love Me Please" - Jamie Lidell (self-released)



15 (N) "Omnion (Joe Goddard Remix)" - Hercules & Love Affair feat. Sharon Van Etten (BMG)



14 (N) "Rise" - Dawit & Dolo (Future Times)



13 (N) "Raingurl" - Yaeji (GODMODE)



12 (N) "Sea Of Love" - Midnight Magic (Soul Clap)



11 (RE) "What's Your Problem?" - Shay Lia (N.O.T.E.)



10 (3) "Deadly Valentine" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Because Music)



9 (N) "Cocktail" - Corine (Kwaidan)



8 (1) "Reflect" - GL (self-released)



7 (N) "No Harm" - Smerz (XL Recordings)



6 (N) "To The Moon And Back" - Fever Ray (Rabid)



5 (2) "Are You Certain?" - Hercules & Love Affair feat. مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila (BMG)



4 (N) "Caçamba Fashion" - Ellen Milgrau (self-released)



3 (N) "Larme à gauche" - Vendredi sur Mer (Profil de Face)



2 (N) "Who Are You?" - Miink (self-released)



1 (N) "Somebody Else" - Fatima (Eglo)



Monday, October 30, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "COCKTAIL" - Corine /// "LARME À GAUCHE" - Vendredi sur Mer

Both Corine and Vendredi sur Mer have been on our radar since last year when both chanteuses scored highly in our #BestOf2016 countdown with "Pourquoi Purquoi" and "La femme à la peau bleue" accordingly.


"Cocktail" is Corine's another attempt to revive the wondrous French disco traditions with a sensual, slow disco moment, reminiscent of Cerrone, Bernard Fevre and Amanda Lear. This half-whispered, saxophone-laden, seductive late night groove is Corine's first new material since her rapturous debut EP "Fille De Ta Région" and her unexpected space disco cover of Serge Gainsbourg "My Lady Héroïne ". Have a sip of this sweet and salty Disco Pop below.





Photo by Lucie Gibierge

Vendredi sur Mer is a Swiss electro Pop artist who caught our attention with a stream of delectably dreamy, half-recited/half-sung singles. Joining forces with Lewis OfMan once again for her brand new song "Larme à Gauche", Charline Mignot is announcing the release of "Marée Basse" - a 6-tracker scheduled for release via Profil de Face on 24th November. With the previously praised "Les filles désir" (#3 in our June Crème de la Crème) it is shaping already to be a double bill for Vendredi sur Mer at the end of 2017 when compiling our annual Best Of countdown.

You can preview the whole EP HERE!



Monday, October 23, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "SOMEBODY ELSE" - Fatima /// "WHO ARE YOU?" - Miink


Fatima. Always sophisticated. Never uninspiring. The Eglo Records ambassador returns with "Somebody Else" - the elegantly produced slice of neo soul integrating many a genre in her signature slick way. From jazzy piano vibes, layers of fervent vocal harmonies (that low register though!) and juicy downtempo beats to a whole palette of scratches, strings, samples, synthetisers, horns, 808's and a saucy dose of sub bass, "Somebody Else" sounds like a bona fide masterpiece. Electronica-meets-soul-meets-hip-hop-meets-jazz. Produced by rising star JD. Reid. Right up there with "Do Better" and "Technology" among Fatima's most exquisite recordings to date in her ever so distinguished underground career.

Purchase/stream "Somebody Else" HERE!




Keeping with the theme of urban sounds, musical eclecticism and artistic uniqueness, may I introduce you to the distinctly enigmatic Miink whom I have discovered thanks to our fellow bloggers at Disco Naïveté the other day. "Who Are You?" is a truly sublime excursion into electronic soundscapes, gliding between the creative worlds of Jai Paul, FKA Twigs or even Jamie Woon while remaining completely unparalleled aesthetically. Breathtaking! Miink is certainly one to watch even if unusually absent or even difficult to track down on the internet.



Friday, October 13, 2017

SHREMIVERSARIES: Róisín Murphy's "OVERPOWERED" 10th

RÓISÍN MURPHY "OVERPOWERED"


RELEASE DATE: 11th October, 2007
LABEL: EMI
PRODUCERS: Dan Carey, Andy Cato, Jimmy Douglass, Ill Factor, Róisín Murphy, Parrot & Dean, Richard X, Seiji, Mike Ward


SINGLES:

1. "OVERPOWERED" (Released: July 2007)




2. "LET ME KNOW" (Released: October 2007)




3. "YOU KNOW ME BETTER" (Released: March 2008)



4. "MOVIE STAR" (Released: October 2008)






FAVOURITE NON-SINGLE TRACKS:

"FOOTPRINTS"



"PRIMITIVE"



[Photo: Brodie/Clash Magazine]

"PARALLEL LIVES"



"PANDORA"



[Photo: You Know Me Better Video]

FAVOURITE B-SIDES:


"FOOLISH" (b-side on "Overpowered")



"UNLOVABLE" (b-side on "Let Me Know")



[Photo: Brodie/Clash Magazine]

"SUNSHINE" (b-side on "Let Me Know")



"SWEET NOTHINGS" (b-side on "Overpowered")




FAVOURITE REMIXES:

"Movie Star (JNRSNCHZ Lax Mix)"



"Overpowered (Hervé and Róisín In the Secret Garden Mix)"



"Let Me Know (Joey Negro's Destination Boogie Vocal Mix)"




LIVE AT FOREST NATIONAL, BRUSSELS



Thursday, October 12, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?" /// "BLUE" [feat. KAYTRANADA & BadBadNotGood] - Shay Lia


I have already been singing the praises of Shay Lia earlier this year but now the impossibly addictive "What's Your Problem?" gets a fresh video treatment and the track has deservedly started circulating around the blogosphere de nouveaux. This urban club stomper, produced by Kaytranada, already stood a solid chance to compete for one of the top stops on our annual "Track of the Year" list but now we are falling in love with it all over again. It's a fitting opportunity to remind ourselves of this French/Djiboutian singer-songwriter's previous single "Blue" which features the aforementioned and bountiful producer Kaytranada as well as the Canadian band BadBadNotGood.





Saturday, October 7, 2017

Crème de la crème: TOP 25 BEST OF SEPTEMBER 2017


Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Dare to Dream" - DUVV (self-released)



24 (4) "Waves" - Chrystal (self-released)



23 (N) "Love Nebula" - Kainalu (self-released)



22 (7) "LMK" - Kelela (Warp)



21 (N) "Propagation" - Com Truise (Ghostly Int)



20 (N) "Let Me" - Rainbow Chan (self-released)



19 (N) "Pretty Baby" - Sassy 009 (Hard Up / LuftRecordings)



18 (N) "Me Voy" - Ibeyi feat. Mala Rodríguez (XL Recordings)



17 (N) "Homeschool Sweethearts" - Sheila and the Kit (Bert / TCBYML)



16 (N) "Rafale" - Alligator (La Souterraine)



15 (1) "Featherlight" - Gus Gus (self-released on Bandcamp)



14 (N) "Nerve (Ross From Friends Remix)" - Jordan Rakei (Ninja Tune)



13 (N) "Pull Me In" - Shaun J. Wright & Alinka (Twirl)



12 (12) "Make It Better" - Blissful (Vitund)



11 (N) "Italove" - Emmanuelle (DEEWEE)



10 (N) "The Gate" - Björk (One Little Indian)



9 (N) "Running" - Hercules & Love Affair feat. Sísý Ey (BMG)



8 (N) "Love Me Please" - Jamie Lidell (self-released)



7 (2) "Last Breath" - Yaeji (GODMODE)



6 (N) "Selfish Love" - Jessie Ware (An Island Records / Universal)



5 (N) "Nostalgia" - NAO (Little Tokyo Recordings)

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4 (N) "Пули" - ЛУНА (self-released)



3 (N) "Deadly Valentine" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Because Music)



2 (N) "Are You Certain?" - Hercules & Love Affair feat. مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila (BMG)



1 (N) "Reflect" - GL (self-released)