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Miami Horror

Love Like Mine

Sun! Summer! Sand! Cocktails! FUNK! Miami Horror released their new album All Possible Futures this week, and while it’s not a full on party record, it’s definitely a wicked accompaniment to time spent basking in the rays of our nearest star. A lot of it has a dreampop vibe, and in places it reminds me of Cut Copy In Ghost Colours, which to be clear is a VERY GOOD THING. Aussie electro rules.

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The Ramones

Judy Is A Punk

39 years ago today, The Ramones released their debut album Ramones. 39 years! That’s longer than I’ve been alive, and I’m fairly ancient. The fact that their records still go down a storm in the club is a testament to how timeless their music is. This is the shortest track on the album, clocking in at a mere 1 minute and 32 seconds, which means you’re best just playing it twice.

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Kendrick Lamar

King Kunta (Island Riot & Casual Connection Rework)

Are you old enough to remember when Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle came out? Musically, it still stands up as an example of just how good g-funk soaked hip-hop is, but lyrically it’s as insanely misogynist as your out of touch granddad. Thankfully we’ve got these guys on the case, bringing the super funk back and reworking this already classic banger in a way that will make you want to walk like this when listening to it. Bringing funky back.

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Suicide

Dream Baby Dream

This isn’t the original version of the song, but there is scant detail on the Soundcloud page of Suicidesongs to say who actually recorded it. The page itself is numerous different versions of Suicide songs, all in a sort of electronica/dark wave style. This take on ‘Dream Baby Dream’ is much more ethereal and distant, a bit closer to a coma than a dream, but perfect for floating away on your thoughts.

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Seven Davis Jr

P.A.R.T.Y.

Imagine you’re in a dark club, the room is filled with smoke and all you can make out are shadows and shapes moving around, but you can’t see any faces. A bright light flashes on briefly and randomly, and for a second you catch a glimpse of a man sitting on a sort of throne in the corner. You stumble over, the light flashes bright again and you see that it is Prince, his pearly white teeth shining being revealed with a creepy half smile, his eyes wide and slightly demented. The look on his face is what this song sounds like.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Say Lou Lou, Lindstrøm

Games For Girls

Take one pair of Australian/Swedish electropoppish twin sisters and combine them with the skills of a Norwegian disco-leaning wunder-producer, and this is what you get – a super happy, bouncy piece of summer fun. The Say Lou Lou debut album Lucid Dreaming received a worldwide release last week, and this song is a definite highlight. Let the sun shine in your ears.

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ESG

Dance (Beto Martini Edit)

Despite their massive aesthetic differences, punk and funk are pretty good bedfellows. When you add a dose of groove and strut to the sharp-edged, sparse sounds of post-punk, the results can be proper good. ESG made their special brand of punk-funk, and on this re-edit by Beto Martini he actually takes the funk fact and cranks it up a notch to hip shaking time.

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Wale

The Helium Balloon

This song is pretty cool, right? But you know what’s even cooler than the combined musical output of the entire of Wale‘s career to date, the fact that his cousin was in The Wire! He played Chris Partlow for three seasons. Oh, and this song gets minus points for not having anyone rapping after having taken helium from a balloon (it’s still a banger though).

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Lambchop

Up With People (Zero 7 Remix)

This is a bit of a golden oldie, but it still hasn’t aged a day. It gives me a swelling feeling in my chest, and the choral backing emanates a feeling of hope that soars and roars. If you’ve woken up on this Sunday morning haunted by what you might have done the night before, full of fear and regret, then play this song loudly and let it wash away those bad vibes. And here, doesn’t the fade out sound a lot like 10cc ‘I’m Not in Love’?

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Luigi Madonna

Unconditional Beauty

During the winter months in Berlin I spent a lot of time walking around the streets at night with my dog, listening to techno. It might seem like a cliche, but the backdrop of the city is the perfect accompaniment to dark beats. The sun might be here now, but when it goes down in the evening it’s time for the shadows to come out and play again, and Luigi Madonna has provided the soundtrack.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Tuxedo

So Good (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

Last week we were claiming that not that enough people were tackling the 80s revival head on. Turns out we were wrong. Tuxedo have followed in the footsteps of Chromeo and made something that is as tongue in cheek as it is groovy. Dimitri From Paris has given their track the remix treatment, making it almost impossibly funky. The VHS styled video for the original is also top work.

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Talking Heads

Once In A Lifetime (Luxxury Edit)

Tinkering with a classic is a dangerous game, and many a person has committed what we would consider crimes against music by tainting the untouchable with bad remix work. You can always rely on Luxxury to deliver the goods, though. He has an incredible knack for editing big tunes in a way that both retains the elements that made the original great, yet also has his own stamp on it. Top notch.

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Shamir

Sometimes A Man

The androgynous, almost falsetto vocal style of Shamir is the ideal accompaniment to his techno flavoured house. It sounds effortlessly cool, and is a refreshing antidote to the seemingly unstoppable proliferation of ‘sultry-female-vocal-deephouse’. I think we’ve all had enough of that shit.

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Kiasmos

Looped

We’ve had the Kiasmos album on constant rotation for a real long time now, and it still isn’t getting old. Undoubtedly one of the finest electronica albums of recent times. ‘Looped’ is lush, deep, melodic, and perfect for melting to on a Sunday afternoon.

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Rex The Dog

Sicko

We’ve been fans of Rex The Dog for a long time now, he whips out solid remixes and his own productions are stellar. This simple tech-house jacker it’s another quality delivery. However, the best thing we learned lately is that he used to be JX. That’s right, this JX! It’s a wonderful world.

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Saturday Looks Good To Me

Whitney Houston

How Will I Know (Oliver Nelson Remix)

Updating and editing 70s disco tracks is all the rage these days, but not as many people are tackling the 80s, which is a shame as the era is a goldmine of pristine pop that is ripe for injecting with a bit more oomph for the dancefloor. Take this example from Oliver Nelson – it makes 80s camp cool again.

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