British electronic artist, FNP (“Fake Name Preferably”), likes his dance music fun and nostalgic. His new single, ‘Weeks Of Rain’ is perfect, disco-infused house with lashings of hazy synthwave and retro drums.
Inspired by indietronica, we asked FNP to put together a playlist for us, and here it is below:
Nina – My Mistake
Love a chugging bassline…Actually heard this first on a Mercedes advert and spent a long long time trying to find out what it was! Beauty…
Baynk – Settle
Really lush mix of organic and electronic elements. Sinead Harnett’s vocal just makes it pop as well.
Shura – 2shy
Massive fan of pretty much everything shura does but this is a favourite for me.. Proper summer vibes on this.
SG Lewis – Chemicals
This one is just summer in a bowl – The lyrics are quite clearly about getting off your bonce as well which is bonus points for me.
Breakbot – Be Mine Tonight
Pretty close to a perfect Nu-Disco track this. Can’t fault it in any way. The little synth melodies are so, so lovely.
Lou Hayter – Cherry on Top
Epic use of a classic sample. Really nice work on this, pure beach vibes and her vocal works perfectly on it.
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Sylvia Says
Charlotte Gainsbourg might just about be the coolest most chic person on Earth…Considering she does a lot of acting and other muse stuff, she ain’t bad at music either. Probably takes from her dad on that.
Confidence Man – Out The Window
Could have chosen any confidence man track to be honest but this one is a bit special. Proper screamadelica, uplifting 90’s vibes on show here.
Blood Orange – EVP
For me, the best of many great Dev Hynes productions – Those chords are just sublime, much prefer this album to the newer stuff, so much more funk.
Frances – Borrowed Time
Simple yet effective – The production here is really lush but there’s really not much to it. Love the chord sound contrasting the sharp vocal.
Chromatics – Cherry
An absolute monster of a tune this. Chromatics are absolutely stellar at what they do and for me, this is their best work. That guitar melody is just..
IRAH – Into Dimensions
Really powerful new artist from the Eastern Bloc – Thick, warm analogue synths are the order of the day on this one.
Born from a simple plan – make music friends in a flatshare in former East Berlin, BLOODHYPE is a Berlin-based, independent gang of four that demand to be noticed.
Masterminded by frontman Weyland and UK producer John “P Nut” Harrison (AmyWinehouse, AliceMerton), their new single ‘Violent Heart’ caught us from the get-go. It’s an addictive slice of modern indie pop full of 80’s inspired self-pity.
Foreign Fields is US-based Eric Hillman and Brian Holl, who create a bewitching melting pot of acoustic sounds.
As with all promising folk contenders, the duo wrote and recorded their upcoming album, ‘The Beauty of Survival’ in the winter in a back-to-basics cabin with no heating built by a two-man father-and-son team in Western Wisconsin.
Looking like they are having the best time, the video footage was taken from many of their past videos plus some extra shots from 2010 to 2019.
HUMANS is a Canadian indie-electronic duo made up of musicians Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq. Focusing on performance and production styles of both the past and present, HUMANS have consistently impressed upon audiophiles with their technical and compositional skills.
Introducing Zach DeGaetano and Bridget Boltz – aka Mannequin Online.
Pushing sonic and ideational barriers with gritty, yet refreshing off-kilter pop, may their sound forever remain bright, gritty, and unapologetic. Listen to ‘I Do’ and check out the glorious Gorgeous guitar solo.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Poolside, VHS Collection, The Knocks, Miami Horror
Belgium electronic label, Eskimo Recordings, have just shared ‘The Red Collection’, the 6th instalment in the label’s colour series it brings together the best of the label’s recent releases with unreleased gems from their friends and family including Satin Jackets, Atella, This Soft Machine and many more.
Label manager, Captain E, has put together a special playlist for us to celebrate the release of ‘The Red Collection’.. Listen below.
TSM aka This Soft Machine – Absence Of Rhythm
This Soft Machine was introduced to the idea of dance music and rock music being completely compatible, when he lived in London and had people like Erol Alkan and Rory Phillips dj’ing at Trash. I lived in Gent where the Eskimo parties took place, with The Glimmers and 2manydjs aka Soulwax playing there. 2manydjs had a radio show called Hank The Dj, which was the foundation of As Heard On Radio Soulwax. No need to add that the way they blended different musical genres into one had a big impact on me. TSM is one of my favourite dj’s around as well, just listen to his mixtapes.
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Ewan Pearson produced the Jagwar Ma albums, and also did this remix of Uncertainty. He’s one of my favourite producers around, so I was very happy that he loved the idea of doing a remix of the NTEIBINT x Stella single ‘Hide In’ last year and boy, did he deliver! Back to Jagwar Ma: loved the Howling album, loved the Uncertainty track, loved the remix. There’s a dub mix as well, but for your listening pleasure, here’s the ‘vocal’ mix. How can you look so gloomy?
Horixon feat. Else Born – Colours
Always happy when two Eskimo artists work on some music together. Andrew & Joe from Horixon have other projects (Monarchy, Joe Ashworth), while Else Born is Turid Alida from Norwegian twisted pop sensation Philco Fiction. A perfect marriage between electronica, indie and pop. Fell in love with the Colours demo instantly, made me think of other big acts I like a lot. Approved by Stella McCartney, and both artists are on The Red Collection.
Blacknecks — Don’t Dream It Be It (Prins Thomas version)
As featured on Prins Thomas presents Paradise Goulash. All credits go to Thomas (and Blacknecks of course). It started with this great concept of him as a chef making “Paradise Goulash”, and ended with him doing his very own version of the original track so it was ready to be played in his amazing sets. Also love the track title!
Nese Karaböcek – Yali Yali (Todd Terje Edit)
First played in Todd Terje’s Essential Mix in 2013, a hypnotic slice of Turkish disco. The original already had a hint of the ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ vibe.
Moscoman – Fernandez
Another track I loved instantly. A bassline (and more) to dance to. Play!
Hermigervill – Brewed in Belgium
Icelandic producer with a strong Belgian connection, even speaks a bit of Dutch. I first heard of him when I saw this video featuring a lot of Belgian beers, then I met him in Oslo and now he’s the opening act on The Red Collection.
Bolis Pupil – Wèi?
A bit in the same musical vibe as the Hermigervill track perhaps, out on the DEEWEE label run by Soulwax. Just like Eskimo, their label is Gent based, so we run into each other quite frequently. Bolis Pupil is a musician from Gent who also plays in other bands like Hong Kong Dong and the fictional band The Shitz, who were on the Belgica OST.
Tony Wilson – Hangin’ Out In Space
One of the many, many highlights on Psychemagik’s curated Ritual Chants release, that ended up in Rough Trade’s Compilations of the Year, after being Rough Trade’s Album of the Week and Rough Trade’s Album of the Month at the end of 2016. When Dan from Psychemagik sent me the track, I played it a couple of times in a row. Could listen to it all day, or all night long.
Atella – The Monster
I actually think the latest Atella single featuring Froder beats what Röyksopp is doing lately, but don’t tell them. Fun to know that both Atella and Röyksopp are great producer duos from Norway. For indietronica I chose the debut single from Atella called The Monster. Stunning video by Chris Ullens too.
Transvolta – Disco Computer
Hello everybody. I am the future. Dan Lacksman at work. Pretty incredible how this tiny country called Belgium had such an impact on the international scene. When you get the chance, watch the documentary called The Sound Of Belgium, and check the playlist on Spotify if you want to dig deeper. Pump up the jam?
Lata Ramasar – Greatest Name That Lives (Alessandro Adriani Remix)
Released in the year that both I and the very first TR808 drum machine were born. Amazing remix, hard to find. Always love how the crowd reacts to this one when they hear it for the first time. (Same goes for the Yali Yali edit.) The original is great as well.
Musical talent and synthologist, Cassicus makes a surprising return to our stereos with his debut EP, ‘Baby’s Coming Back’, and to celebrate he has put together a playlist for the readers of Indietronica.
Shura – White Light
There are so many things I love about her sound. In particular this tune. It’s the way she hooks you in with melodies that snap between short Haim-y bursts and dreamier, slower lines. Super clever writing.
Photay – Reconstruct (feat. Seafloor)
Nothing beats when you just get recommended something by a mate at a party and end up totally digging it. The groove in this tune kills me.
Honne – Gone Are The Days
I’ve known these boys for a long time and they’re two of the hardest working musicians I know. The quality of their songs reflects this – writing & production at it’s most refined.
Twin Shadow – Golden Light
That chorus melody. My friend put this on the stereo when we were driving through LA at 1am and the match seemed perfect.
Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary
As if the Robert Palmer original wasn’t beautiful enough, turning the song on its head and making it a slow jam AND with a Brian Ferry vocal; one of my favourite ever reinterpretations.
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
This song builds in a way that cuts deep. The tension is mad. He uses his voice like a drum, the rhythm of his phrasing makes my head swing like crazy.
Blood Orange – You’re not Good Enough
This guy makes the most beautifully intricate pop songs and this is just one example of many.
Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis
I had the great pleasure of being her touring drummer back in 2011/12, and during our time in studio I helped write this song. A massive part of my musical roots.
Jessie Ware – Running
It was through this record I discovered the production of Dave Okumu, who I learned a lot from listening to. The vocals on this record get me every time – she’s incredible.
The Cure – Close To Me
My Mum and Dad used to play them all the time when I was a kid. Listening to this record was the first time I remember understanding what a hook was.