Polychrome release their lyrical cover version of the Stranger Things theme, ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ on exciting new indie label Hilo Lohi on 10th November 2017, with accompanying original song ‘The Call’ released on 29th December.
This is probably your first shoe-ward gaze at East London’s Polychrome. Unless you’ve come across their nostalgic, sega-tronic dream-pop track Final Kiss which featured on fashion brand La Mania’s campaign across Europe, and lead to further syncs with Vogue and Audi, giving the band an underground following in Europe.
The group is a coming together of the musical minds of Victoria Harrison from Victoria and Jacob, Oliver Price from Bronze Medallists, and long-time Lamb and Lou Rhodes collaborator/guitarist William Burnett. They met in the achingly hip Dalston where the beards are thick and the electro-shoe gaze is, well, way better than Foster the People…
As fans of the Synthwave soundtrack of Drive, Polychrome were naturally enthralled to hear the theme music for the Netflix original series Stranger Things. After binge watching the series in-between recording sessions, on one particularly stormy night whilst mixing the album, they got offered some down-time in the studio, and recorded their own lyrical adaptation of the Stranger Things Theme, in homage to the original.
The track combines dusty analogue synths with Victoria’s breathy, airy vocals and Oliver’s vocoded voice. Spookily, after they finished tracking the last vocal, a mysterious power failure shut down the studio! Luckily iCloud is immune to the upside-down and saved the day.
Forthcoming original track, The Call is a washed-out explosion of euphoria that showcases Polychrome’s depth of artistry. It fizzes along with some of their trademark pitched vocal hooks, recorded using a purple 1950’s harmonica microphone found in a car boot sale in Salem!
A remix by Simon Loulourgas, which exposes the song’s darker side, completes the cluster of releases, and precedes their self titled debut album which they are currently mastering and is slated for release on Hilo Lohi in the new year. For more bleached–out synths and soaring melodies, watch this shoe!
Catch Polychrome live on 6th December @ The Old Queens Head, London and look out for more dates in the new year!
Here’s a Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town” cover by Johnny Jewel’s Heaven project. Video by Chromatics. Heaven’s “Lonesome Town” EP Out May 10th. Get it here http://italiansdoitbetter.bigcartel.com
Norwegian duo Ost & Kjex make a welcomed return to Crosstown Rebels with a heady club cover of Prince’s Dirty Mind. Ninja Tune’s Seven Davis Jr. and German producer Basti Grub step up to remix with stellar results.
After label boss Damian Lazarus asked why they hadn’t sent any new music lately, talented pair Ost & Kjex made it their mission to make a new release for Crosstown after 8 years. Delivering the goods, Dirty Mind is a minimalistic bomb with pulsating beats and soaring synths that lead you deep into the night.
“Our version of ‘Dirty Mind’ features our friend Mr. Mung from Mungolian Jet Set on vocals and we couldn’t be happier with our return release. The second track ‘Moviebox’ started of by using sounds from old 80s VHS machines, a sound design affair which turned out to be more melodic and trippy.” – Ost & Kjex
Ost & Kjex are responsible for the huge Crosstown releases How Not To Be A Biscuit and anthem Summertime with Jamie Jones. The duo have been releasing music for over a decade with two albums under their belt and notable releases on Solomun’s Diynamic amongst others.
Best known for his releases on Ninja Tune, Seven Davis Jr. is a trained gospel vocalist, raised on the classic vocal sounds of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince. A fitting remixer for this cover, he delivers a sleazy cut with an intoxicating bassline. Recognised for releases on the likes of Cocoon and Desolat, Basti Grub also makes his first appearance on Crosstown. For his remix he serves up an intricate slice techno for the big room with hypnotic layers.
Dirty Mind (Seven Davis Jr. ‘Doves’ Remix)
Dirty Mind (Basti Grub Remix)
Phantogram are diving into 2017 with two new releases for fans- the first is a fresh take on their hit song “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” from remix legend A-Trak, with an additional verse from SaveMoney Crew’s Joey Purp. The remix will be available for purchase and on all streaming services tomorrow but you can preview now via XXL.
While recently in Australia on tour, Phantogram recorded a cover of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes”, in addition to their own song “Cruel World”, for Triple J radio, which aired today.
Check out links to both below and catch Phantogram out on the road in support of their third studio album, Three, out now on Republic.
Ten Fé just recorded a cover of Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy .NUXX’.
They’ve taken the original dance track and flipped it into an amazing emotive indie rock tune that has the feel of New Order or LCD.
And here’s a Christmas message from the guys:
We jammed this at our Office Xmas Party last week … and enjoyed it so much! So here she is, re-born, and recorded as a Christmas special : Underworld’s BORN SLIPPY
Merry Merry Christmas and A Vibey New Year from Ben & Leo
Debut album HIT THE LIGHT produced by Ewan Pearson out 3 February 2017 – pre-order here. The band have announced additional European dates to their Spring tour. 28 date UK and Europe tour in Feb/Mar – details / tickets here.
Luc [Luke] – A partnership between people based on a shared perspective; often signifying a break from tradition.
Our take on the song by the Kings of Convenience. We love to take a great song and make it our own. With new chords and a newer, more electronic palette of sounds, we’re excited to finally put this one out into the world for you all to hear.
Kid Flicks shares tropical cover of 70s greek psych-folk duo Λήδα-Σπύρος.
Right after the release of his self-titled album, Athens based producer / songwriter Kid Flicks (aka Nikolaos Dervisis) shared a tropical sunglass pop cover of the 70s psych-folk song “Οι Μηχανές Μου”, originally written and performed by the cult greek duo Λήδα-Σπύρος.
The track was featured on SonofMaketing’s new My AweSOMe Mixtape 3.0 Compilation, also featuring Lies, Lilies on Mars and Leland Did it.
Kid Flicks’ new LP is available on digital download and vinyl and distributed through wordandsound Records. You can purchase it through Bandcamp.
Howling perform live Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” at Sonar Festival 2016..
Legendary Bristol trip hop band Portishead have just released a video for their darkly minimal cover of Abba’s pop classic “SOS”. The video is a tribute to Jo Cox #MoreInCommon.
Greek musician Panagiotis Melidis, aka Larry Gus, has just released a new 7-track EP, “At Your Desk”, a companion to his excellent second LP “I Need New Eyes” for DFA Records. The release features two original tracks, a cover of Bjork’s “I Miss You”, and four epic remixes by the likes of 40 Thieves, Musik Non Stop, Luke Vibert, and Daniel.T. & Cooper Saver.
Get it here.