Review: It would be fair to say that this is a highly confident debut from Cola Boyy, a 28 year-old Californian multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer who delights in joining the dots between sun-kissed West Coast rock, '80s electrofunk, dream pop, soul and funk. Head first for opener "Penny Girl", a cheery chunk of radio-friendly goodness that sits somewhere between Prince, AOR soul and classic turn-of-the-'80s disco, before turning your attention to the reggae-influenced sunshine funk goodness of "Have You Seen Her". Elsewhere, "Come Mid July" is a spacey and bluesy chunk of Nillson-ish dream pop dragged kicking and screaming into the synthesizer era, while "Beige 70" is a wonderfully loved-up chunk of hazy sunrise soul.
Review: Thanks to France's Record Makers imprint, Dita Von Teese is getting the spotlight that she deserves. The beautiful artist who is, coincidentally, a burlesque dancer, model, singer and actress, recently released her debut LP, self-titled and most firmly lo-fi in every sense of the word. The label has done the smart thing and organized a series of remixers to reinterpret and edit the best pieces but, it is not only the remix idea itself, but the quality and relevance of the artists which make this a special affair. Bullion and Jam City, both Londoners with a penchant for experimentation, take the fame with their respective versions, but there is plenty more heat from Adesse Version - including a fire dub - Kornel Kovacs, Varnish La Piscine, Muddy Monk, Nit, and AAArmstrong. Sick.
Review: Culled from his album Sexuality, and produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, "Roche" is typical of the retro soundtrack style of this well-connected Frenchman. The beats that display a slight nod to modern RnB, but the dreamy synths and quivering 'Je T'aime...' style vocals evoke images of the Emmanuelle movies and this song's spiritual home - the 1970s. Meanwhile Breakbot's remix is all perky early Madonna but its Kavinsky's remix, with its melodramatic '80s thriller soundtrack vibes, that wins out here.