Alex Frankel (Holy Ghost!) released his Still Got It EP with two remixes by France’s Breakbot (La Fiesta Remix and Club des Vedettes Remix), a Choices Remix and the instrumental version of the single. Earlier Alex Frankel shared the video for “Still Got It”, an anthem for embracing the next step whatever it may be, all out now on CASUAL / Ed Banger. Alex celebrates everybody’s return to the dancefloor with a wildly fun video that finds him dancing outside some of France’s iconic dance clubs and reveling in front of party flyers. The photos of French club exteriors featured in the video were pulled from Prost’s book After Party. He teamed up with motion designer Dixsaut to turn them into the dance party on the streets the video invites us to join.
“Still Got It” is a glimpse into Alex’s world as he works towards a full length in 2022.
“Still Got It” finds joy in resilience and celebrates the personal spark each of us has that fortifies our optimism even in hardship. It’s a quick glance back while dancing into the future that invites everyone, “Let’s have a toast to staying young as we get old”. The song plays with some of the hallmarks of classic 80s pop and reimagines them for this moment, with a wave of euphoria that keeps rising as it builds from just Alex’s voice to a choral arrangement performed by the East Coast Inspirational Singers choir.
The Breakbot remix of “Still Got It” (Breakbot Club des Vedettes Remix) was shared by Adult Swim Singles as part of their 2021 program, and puts a playful and synthy spin on the single. The rework, by French electronic mainstay Breakbot, is especially fitting as the original single marked Alex’s initial release for Ed Banger, rendering him the first American signee to the legendary European label. Listen to it here. Alex also shared a celebratory new DJ mix last week on Magnetic Magazine to kick off the summer with his blend of house, funk and disco.
Alex says of the songs origins, “I played the demo for Thibaut ( Breakbot) one night at Bernie’s Restaurant while we were outside on a smoke break (back when, you know… people still ate dinner out) and on the spot he demanded we go try it on the audience at his gig that night. The response was great and after that, I knew I had to finish it. I called the East Coast Inspirational Singers, my favorite gospel group in NYC and they came by to help me get it there.”
Alex Frankel first emerged as one half of beloved NYC duo Holy Ghost! whose hybrid of synth pop, disco, and a range of electronic music made them an international dancefloor and festival staple. Along with their own albums and EPs for DFA and West End, the group have been in demand remixers sought out by their peers like LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, and Cut Copy. Alex has also done remixes for US Girls, Naeem, Neon Indian and Moby.
Izzy Bizu is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from South West London, born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father. She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright, and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.
Being 2016 Brits Critics Choice finalist, The BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year 2016 and chosen as the voice of the 2016 Euros with her cover of Edith Piaf’s La Foule, she is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of the year. Garnering early support from 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1 on her independent six-tracker, Coolbeanz EP, before signing to Sony/RED MUSIC there’s been plenty a new fans in the front row thanks to instant classics like “White Tiger”, now with over 75 million global Spotify streams, the heart-wrenching “Mad Behaviour”, and viral Honne collaboration “Someone That Loves You”.
Drawing on her time moving countries, schools and the relationships that have entailed, Izzy is a cultural explorer, memories, experience and feelings evoking the songs we’re soon to hear and the thought-provoking conversation she already provides. Wearing her thoughts on her sleeve, you’ll be pushed to find many a debut this honest.
Her debut album, A Moment of Madness is out now (which you can stream via Spotify HERE); and the South London born singer/songwriter is debuting the Cat Carpenters remix of her hit “White Tiger,” which you can check out below along with tour dates alongside Coldplay!
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
8/12 Minneapolis MN – US Bank Stadium
8/14 Omaha NE – Centurylink Center
8/15 Kansas City MO – Spirit Center
8/17 Chicago IL – Soldier Field
8/19 Cleveland OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/21 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/22 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/25 Houston TX – NRG Stadium
8/28 Miami FL – Hard Rock Stadium
“True Love” is the debut single from JUIC3BOX, an artist alias from singer, songwriter, and producer Sam Gray. With over 30 million streams on Spotify across 4 current single releases, Sam is ranking the charts with hits from Hardwell (“Creatures of the Night” – 5.6m), Julian Perretta (“Tied Up” – 4.5m), DJ Katch (“Lights Out” – 23.5m) and Manovski (“My Redemption Song” – 680k). While attending ADE in Amsterdam, he discovered Dutch singer Alice Franceand immediately invited her to record this outstanding new dance anthem. Alice France is a vibrant young artist and songwriter from the Netherlands. Her appreciation for singing and R&B started early on, inspired by legendary divas like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin. Her classic, soulful vocals bring “True Love” to life, and leave every listener wanting more.
“True Love” has already been well received, with the Wide Boys Pool Party mix giving a great electro house boost to the already invigorating track. You can check out the original and the Wide Boys mix via SongSpace here.
Recently Australian producer POOLCLVB gave us the first peek at his forthcoming debut EP with a summery new track called “Always”, and this week he is excited to share two incredible remixes of that track from Brisbane duo Odd Mob and US producer Ocular.
“We went a little bit more experimental with this remix whilst still retaining the summery-road trip vibes of the original” – Odd Mob
“The first time I heard the track and the vocals I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Most of my tracks lately have been more graves and MYRNE-esque but I went back to my roots with this one.” – Ocular
“Always”is a homage to Australian house, with summery, playful rhythms and samples. Carl Fox (of Porsches) lends his languid and sultry vocals, telling the classic story of ‘boy meets girl’.
“Written and recorded in a single day, we bounced lyrics back and forth and it just came together so organically. Sometimes guys don’t express their feelings as much as girls, we wanted this track to do just that. If you find it hard to say I love you, let this track speak for you.” -POOLCLVB
With candied, sprightly melodies over dance-flecked synths and drum machines, POOLCLVBbrings to mind the infectious feelings of a new relationship; brimming joy and seemingly endless possibilities.
Check out the original of the track below:
“Always” is available now through etcetc music, ahead of POOLCLVB’s forthcoming debut You + Me EP which is seeing its release in January 2017.
Miike Snow are currently running a remix competition for their track “My Trigger”, which was the second single off their awesome 2016 album ‘iii’, and today we are premiering one of the remix entries by Australian electro-disco duo, Midnight Pool Party.
“We have been fans of Miike Snow since they released their first album back in 2009. The way they approach their song writing and production is something we admire, and it has influenced the way we approach songwriting as well.
When we heard that the stems were available for “My Trigger”, we knew this was something we just had to have a go at – give it the MPP touch.
We hope everyone enjoys our take on this song, and we hope you feel we’ve done it justice.” – Midnight Pool Party
Voting for the “My Trigger” remix competition closes this Friday, September 9 so get on over there and give Midnight Pool Party some voting love.
The Temper Trap’s eagerly awaited third studio album Thick As Thieves is set for release June 10th on Glassnote Records. The band has released plans for an extensive North American tour in September/October following a series of select album release shows (SF, LA, NYC) in June. Tickets will be available for public sale beginning today via thetempertrap.com. A full listing of the dates can be found below.
The album’s anthemic lead single “Fall Together” – dubbed “a powerhouse” tune by Billboard – has been given a dance-floor ready update by fellow Aussie act Just A Gent. The “Fall Together” Just A Gent Remix premiered and you can check that out below.
Thick As Thieves marks the first time The Temper Trap has collaborated with outside songwriters in their history, with striking results. Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey, Sia, Bat For Lashes) worked on “Fall Together”, whilst the album also features collaborations with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), Malay, co-writer & producer of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke, Goldfrapp). Working with these exceptional producers and co-writers allowed The Temper Trap to explore a new musical ground while remaining true to their inimitable signature sound.
North American Tour Dates
# = w/ Walking Shapes
* = w/ Coast Modern
6/5: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine #
6/6: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda #
6/9: New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
9/19: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/20: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
9/21: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
9/25: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
9/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre *
9/28: Chicago, IL @ Metro *
9/29: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
9/30: Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix *
10/4: Boston, MA @ Royale *
10/5: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *
10/6: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
10/9: Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley *
10/11: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
10/12: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
10/13: Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
10/16: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
10/17: Orange County, CA @ The Observatory *
10/18: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco *
10/19: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre *
With two platinum records under her belt in her homeland of Greece, Monika emerges with a cunningly crafted collection influenced by ‘80s art pop and organic leftfield disco tones. Her new critically acclaimed album, Secret In The Dark is out now via Other Music Recording Co. The Stereogum-dubbed “musical sensation” is taking her captivating live show on the road. The stint of dates includes a stop at Making Time in Philadelphia, a support slot with Carly Rae Jepsen and kicks off on February 23 in Los Angeles.
Secret In The Dark breathes generational genre-spanning influences. Amassing a dream-team of musicians, Homer Steinweiss, Thomas Brenneck, Nick Movshon, Victor Axelrod, Leon Michels, and others from the Brooklyn scene join Monika on Secret In The Dark. Recorded at the Daptone-renowned Dunham Sounds Studios (Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Dan Auerbach) and produced by Dap-Kings & Menahan Street Band founding member Homer Steinweiss, the album exudes generational and genre-spanning influences. Monika’s live show is a force to be reckoned with.
Ships Have Sailed, an alternative pop-rock trio hailing from Los Angeles, debuted their first EP, Someday in 2014, which gained heavy airplay on College, NPR, and commercial radio in the US and Canada. Its success inspired the band to tour the East Coast, during which time they began piecing together their first full-length album, Moodswings.
With the success of Moodswings, Ships Have Sailed have partnered up with several DJ’s to remix the hit singles off the LP, resulting in Re: MIX, out July 14. Among the 4 DJ’s are San Francisco’s future bass impresarios, Dimond Saints, as well as Swedish DJ, Goatmilk.
Check out Goatmilk’s remix of “Out of Time” right now — it’s amazing!!!