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Mar 02
2015

Dillon Francis Previews Zomboy Remix, First DJ Hanzel Release

You can check a couple things off Dillon Francis' recently posted to-do list--the taco-loving funny man has just unveiled his Zomboy remix as well as DJ Hanzel's official first single.

DF dropped his remix of Zomboy’s Nuclear (Hands Up) during Jack U's famed 24-hour marathon party. In the track, Dillon has substituted the original's harsh dubstep growls for some bouncy moombahton, although the track still carries a knockout punch.

On the flip-side, Dillon takes us "vun deeper" with a snippet of the upcoming debut single from his DJ Hanzel alias. The track is titled Anxiety and is a collaboration with LA-based producer Drezo.

No release date yet for either tracks, but we'll keep you updated as new information arises.
Zomboy - Nuclear (Hands Up) (Dillon Francis Remix) (Rip)
DJ Hanzel & Drezo - Anxiety (Preview) (Rip)
Mar 02
2015

Dubai To Construct “New Ibiza” With Man-Made Party Island

Thanks to a newly constructed man-made island in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai will have a 24-hour, non-stop party scene that looks to rival the likes of Ibiza and Vegas.

Tentatively titled Dream Island, the party complex, which is dedicated exclusively for partying, will consist of two “mega clubs,” four beach clubs, and five hotels. The four-million square foot island will be able to host over 20,000 people at any given time and will include over 100 different restaurants. No personal licenses will be required for the purchase of alcohol.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, marketing and sales director George Saad said the island also hopes to cultivate an attractive atmosphere for festivals like Burning Man.

“We're trying to make it the new Ibiza--a mini Ibiza dedicated solely to partying. People will be able to come here, stay in the hotel, party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do. And we are trying to attract festivals to come here--like Burning Man.”
Dream Island is set to be completed in 2018, giving partygoers plenty of time to start planning and saving for the island’s grand opening.

Mar 02
2015

Bestival Announces Canadian Lineup

The inaugural Canadian version of long-time British music festival Bestival has announced its lineup.

For its Canadian debut, the two-day festival, which will take place June 12-13 at Hanlan's Point Beach in the Toronto Islands, will feature an eclectic mix of DJs and live performers such as Florence + The Machine, hip-hop legend Nas, ZHU, Flume, and many more.

View the full lineup down below. General tickets will be available on March 5 here.



Mar 02
2015

Disco Diaries 50

This edition of Disco Diaries is a double cause for celebration--we have reached a milestone 50th edition, and we are only one week away from the official one-year anniversary of the series! We can't believe the time has passed so quickly but we're thrilled to continue sharing the best in nu disco, disco house, soul/funk, indie dance and more every week. Today's playlist primarily features groovy up-and-comers with endless potential, as well as the producer behind one of our top nu disco tracks of 2014. Enjoy these jams and stay tuned for a very special anniversary edition coming at you next week!

Thief - Crazy [Rabble]
Sydney-based singer/producer Thief hit the scene over a year ago with the beautiful synthpop track Broken Boy. On Feb. 24, he made a bold return with the new single Crazy, featuring catchy pop vocals, flashy synths, and an added element of funk. No purchase link available as of yet, but keep up to date with Thief here.

Sailors - Feels So Good [Casual Jam]
When I featured Sailors' Carnival in Disco Diaries 41, I wrote that the brothers "show a very promising trajectory for the new year." Now that we're three months into 2015 and they've released Feels So Good, that prediction seems to be coming true. This tune was released via Casual Jam Records, the music label belonging to the esteemed radio station/YouTube tastemaker MrRevillz. Grab it via iTunes here.

Dolly Parton - Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)
Dolly Parton's 1974 hit Jolene is one of those songs that has been remixed and covered by everyone and their mothers, including Kygo before he became a household name. Todd Tejre's edit stands out by taking the original from a different angle, one that spotlights the Norwegian producer's signature, simple chords extended throughout the track. Download the remix for free here.

Aaron Scott - Like Father Like Son
It's not often that you discover tracks that incorporate both organic bass guitar melodies and classic house production, and it's even less often that the tracks sound as smooth as this one. French producer Aaron Scott has mastered the art of soulful house, and it's evident in his most recent, Like Father Like Son. Stream the rest of his work here.

Shay Lia - So Brand New
Canadian singer, songwriter, and dancer Shay Lia may have gotten her start by collaborating with hip hop/R&B heavyweight Kaytranada, but she's sticking around with solo releases like this one. With instrumentals from Glenda McLeod's 1983 release No Stranger To Love and Lia's sensual and powerful vocals on top, So Brand New is a prime example of modern soul.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Falcon Punch - Citrus Mix
Last week on Disco Diaries, I featured Falcon Punch's Donald's Bird because it evoked nothing but a great mood. This week, I hope to transmit the same feeling via his hour-long Citrus Mix. The Los Angeles-based producer has proven to be an expert in laid-back, relaxing, "cocktail hour disco," and that's exactly what this mix is tagged as. Free download available here.
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192815662
Thief - Crazy [Rabble]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192828855
Sailors - Feels So Good [Casual Jam]
Dolly Parton - Jolene (Todd Terje Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192132135
Aaron Scott - Like Father Like Son
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193415624
Shay Lia - So Brand New
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162664383
MIX OF THE WEEK: Falcon Punch - Citrus Mix
Mar 01
2015

The Magician Conjures A New Magic Tape And Remix

Brussels-based producer The Magician uploaded two treats to his SoundCloud page this week, offering up a remix of Years & Years' forthcoming track King as well as a new Magic Tape mix.

For his first trick, The Magician has transformed King into a sparkling deep house number, imbuing it with a more pronounced and danceable bassline and rhythm section. Despite the track's dramatic metamorphosis, two cornerstones of the original mix--the hymn-like chanting and Olly Alexander's soulful vocals--have thankfully made it into The Magician's retooling. This remix and several others will be released alongside Years & Years' original mix of King on March 1 via Polydor and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.

The Magician also recently uploaded the 50th episode of his ongoing mix series Magic Tape. As always, the mix features many massive tunes, including Spada's forthcoming Sun Sun Sun, due out March 16. There are lots of exclusives in this mix, so be sure to head over to The Magician's SoundCloud page and download it by clicking here.
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https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193222136
Years & Years - King (The Magician Remix) [Polydor]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/192819162
The Magician - Magic Tape 50 (Birthday Edition)