Quick Picks: Fred Falke, Haerts Remix, Culture Culture, Gryffin

Photo Credit: Fred Falke.
Photo Credit: Fred Falke.

Fred Falke Goes ‘Alpha’

French producer Fred Falke recently released, Alpha, an exquisite four-track disco house EP.

Falke, also a legendary DJ and remixer who has apparently been making music with Electric Youth, offers us a collection of triumphant and expansive disco, house, and pop cuts that underscore the producer’s ability to evoke authentic emotion in listeners. The standout track is “It’s a Memory,” featuring Elohim and Mansions on the Moon. I can’t believe this song isn’t everywhere.

Haerts Remix Secret Weapons’ “Something New”

Photo Credit: Secret Weapons
Photo Credit: Secret Weapons

Synthpop group Haerts have taken Secret Weapons upbeat and catchy pop number, “Something New,” and remixed it to sound more like, well, Haerts.

Whereas the original has the sheen and pace of Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking,” paired with some serious synthpop sunshine, this new take features Haerts’ well-developed, slow-burning introspection.

It’s probably best to rely on both tracks, depending on the situation you’re in. It’s a healthy balance that will make life on this mortal coil that much easier.

Culture Culture – RGB

Photo Credit: Culture Culture.
Photo Credit: Culture Culture.

Atlanta-based synthpop group Culture Culture recently released the fucking gorgeous retro cut “RGB,” a slow-rolling disco number rightly controlled by a driving bass, a delicate array of oceanic guitars, and a panoply of hazy synth arpeggios.

With understated vocals that sound like Ernest Greene, “RGB” is in many ways Washed Out doing disco. All in all, Culture Culture is in all ways doing the right thing with this.

Here’s hoping this song is a harbinger of great things to come.

Gryffin Heads Home

Photo Credit: Gryffin/Darkroom.
Photo Credit: Gryffin/Darkroom.

NYC-based Gryffin, a producer known for his remixes of Tove Lo and Years & Years, has released the massive “Heading Home,” with Josef Salvat on vocal duties.

Though this brand of house isn’t typically something you’ll see on Vehlinggo, I had to write about it because there’s something dreamy and warm about it. Or perhaps it’s the colorful synth patches he uses. It could be the retro-mindedness Gryffin employs.

Regardless, it’s definitely worth a listen.

 

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