Searching For Glory: Hit The Dancefloor With MØ And Chela

When MØ sings "Life is cynical, despite your heart of gold" on the fantastically titled "XXX 88," she knows what she stands for. The Danish singer born Karen Marie Ørsted makes sophisticated synth-pop for realists, and this Diplo and Ronnie Vindahl-produced track shows she’s kept the bar high since previous singles "Pilgrim" and "Waste Of Time." The sumptuous, horn-laden beat recalls a time before Diplo ruled over a kingdom of white girls twerking, though the only thing Ørsted needs to express herself is her voice. She switches easily between soaring verses and primal punctuation, sounding simultaneously unrestrained and totally in control. Look out for "XXX 88" on MØ’s upcoming EP for Sony/Chess Club.

Ever-reliable boutique label Kitsuné’s latest find is Chela, an Australian newcomer who’s ready to keep sharpening her pop chops. She’s Chelsea Wheatley to her mates, and on her debut EP Romanticise, she delivers pared-down synth bliss. On "Romanticise," Wheatley sings her heart out over a disco-inflected beat, perfect for the kind of party where no one’s taking themselves too seriously. (This is obviously the best kind of party.) The Romanticise EP is out now, featuring remixes from acts including Gold Fields and Boys Get Hurt.

BlackBook Streaming Gildas & Jerry’s Kitsuné Soleil Mix

Here’s a depressing thought: the Summer Solstice has come and gone, which means the days are only going to be getting shorter from here. On the upside, the nights are getting longer, and French music and fashion house Kitsuné are dropping a bangin’ summer mixtape for the club, backyard barbecue, deck party or wherever your warm-weather shenanigans take you.

Kitsuné honcho Gildas Loaec and collaborator Jerry Bouthier have curated a fun an eclectic assortment of remixes from the electronica, dance-pop, house and indie worlds, including appearances from UK dance legend Adamski, Felix Da Housecat, Citizens! and many, many more. Choice cuts include a spacey, spiraling remix of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s "Anna" from Moonlight Matters, Trentemøller’s take on M83’s "Midnight City," Cut Copy remixing The Rapture and a Friendly Fires remix that sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire’s "Let’s Groove Tonight" in the middle of its test for eligibility to be sent into space. 

Here’s Moon’s mini-mix of the album, which is now on Kitsuné’s website.