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Aug 31
2015

Disco Diaries 76: Curated By Satin Jackets

Satin Jackets epitomizes the type of music we seek on a weekly basis for our Disco Diaries playlists. There's truly something special about their ability to manifest the magic of classic disco with a smooth, modern twist, and once you've heard any one of a their original singles, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Satin Jackets was brought to life by two friends, German producer/DJ Tim Bernhardt and lead performer Den Ishu. They've gained notable traction over the last couple years, with infectious singles You Make Me Feel Good and Shine On You, as well as countless remixes hosted by premiere Belgian disco house label, Eskimo Recordings.

Ahead of their upcoming Labor Day Weekend performance, we've invited Satin Jackets to share a bit of their groovy magic with us today. Treat yourself to an enticing preview of the show with Bernhardt's favorite five songs, plus personal commentary below. If you enjoy the below as much as we did, you can look forward to Satin Jackets' Sept. 6 set at The Standard DTLA as part of L'Affaire Musicale and Ouija Entertainment's summer Wicked Paradise series. Find details on the event here and be sure to grab your tickets here.

CASSARA - Fantasma [Soundcolours]
This track reminds me of the good times of early Daft Punk. It's rough and straightforward in its approach, like making a statement. CASSARA is also a Hamburg-based musical friend who's just released a remix for Aeroplane with my label Eskimo Recordings.
Purchase here.

Roosevelt - Hold On [Greco-Roman]
This is indie pop like I love it. Great soundscape, catchy, with smart vocals. Reminds me of New Order but in a modern way.
Purchase here.

Ben Macklin - Never Giving Up (Mogul Remix) [Modal]
Berlin's up-and-coming Mogul shows he can combine jazz and breakbeat into this excellent remix while still keeping it within the house music realm.
Purchase here.

ONUKA - Look (Tigerskin Remix)
I'm a big fan of this Ukrainian band fronted by Nata Zhyzhchenko. The Tigerskin remix of this tune from their first EP puts the right house-y feel on it. Wouldn't mind collaborating with Nata someday.
Purchase here/free download here.

Seoul - Stay With Us [Majestic Casual]
I find the atmosphere of this song very intimate and touching. It brings up images and scenery in my mind. Very dreamy. I used it in my Between the Beats mix and still think it's the highlight of it.
Purchase here.

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Cassara - Fantasma [Soundcolours]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208283217
Roosevelt - Hold On [Greco-Roman]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214540046
Ben Macklin - Never Giving Up (Mogul Remix) [Modal]
ONUKA - Look (Tigerskin Remix)
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Seoul - Stay With Us [Majestic Casual]
Aug 31
2015

Sound Atlas 22

Welcome to Sound Atlas, a weekly series showcasing LessThan3's desire to scan the world for the most exciting sounds in global electronic music. This week, let's close out the summer with a plethora of unique, exciting, and festival-friendly vibes. ​ ​

PNCVZ - Venezuela
Main Course's latest is Venezuelan up-and-comer PNCVZ' bass-heavy electro banger Venezuela is a glitchy and throbbing homage to his home country that drops into a mess of banging organic percussion and Baltimore club breaks. A frenetic underground heater of a production, it packs a wallop for the bass bin and definitely is perfect for the build into peak-hour hard electro mania. Grab this track for free here.

Kashaka - AYYYEEEEE
On tap next from Volume VI of Enchufada's Upper Cuts collection is Afrobeat-inspired trap groove AYYYEEEEE from globally traveled (Latin America, Jamaica, and Ghana) and New York-based producer Kashaka. The track is slow, heavy, and packed with menace with what sounds like a vuvuzela-style horn blaring for extra warning. Check out that jangling tambourine tucked behind the kick, as it pairs with deftly executed vocal chops on the track. From the township to the dancehall, this is unique and premium heat. Download it for free here.

The Frightnrs - Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix)
Early-'80s Island Records reggae vibes are delivered fresh from Queens, NY "Rock Steady"-style group The Frightnrs on their new Mad Decent EP Inna Lovers Quarrel. BBC Radio 1 presenter and top UK producer Toddla T joins with Caribbean vibe favoring Londoner Cadenza for a massive take on EP single Admiration combining elements of '90s-era dancehall, footwork, and drum and bass to provide a wholly modern vibe to the original's classic feel. Grab the Inna Lovers Quarrel EP here.

Major Lazer - Lean On (Adrián Gutiérrez Merengue Remix)
Spaniard Adrián Gutiérrez molds Major Lazer's summertime moombahton anthem Lean On into a piano house-meets-festive Puerto Rican merengue monster. Flexibly comfortable in both carnival and big room situations, this is a bomb of a remix that really showcases the the broad universal pop appeal of the original. While not available for download, do stream this one early and often.

Jamie xx - Loud Places (Altered Tapes Rework)
Chicago beats and breaks reclaimers Altered Tapes build a soulful and booming nu disco edit from Idris Muhammad's 1977 single Could Heaven Ever Be Like This, the building block of Jamie xx and Romy Madley-Croft's ballad Loud Places. The duo takes a different section of the track and wrap Croft's sumptuous vocal around it to create a must-rinse jam. Grab this one for free here.
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PNCVZ - Venezuela (Original Mix) [Main Course]
Kashaka - AYYYEEEEE (Original Mix) [Enchufada]
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The Frightnrs - Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix) [Mad Decent]
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Major Lazer - Lean On (Adrián Gutiérrez Merengue Remix)
Jaime XX - Loud Places (Altered Tapes Rework) [Free Download]
Aug 30
2015

The Rinse 25

Warehouse raiders, The Rinse has returned with a massive salvo of new drum & bass for the week. This week's episode is brimming with music from D&B vets like Wilkinson, Wickaman, DJ Sly, and Break, to name a few. Without further ado, let's dive in!

Wilkinson feat. Shannon Saunders - Breathe (Original Mix) [RAM]
For a limited time, RAM Records' star producer Wilkinson made his most recent tune Breathe available for free on his website as a 'thank you' to his fans. For those that missed it, the tune is now available for purchase and is definitely worth the price of admission. Breathe sees rising UK songstress Shannon Saunders belt out an irresistible vocal on top of a legato bassline and muted lead. The tune is also accompanied by an uplifting music video that can be seen here.
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Homemade Weapons - Mileena (MVP Mix) [Samurai Music]
Burgeoning Baltimore native Homemade Weapons just dropped an off-kilter, bass opus titled Clarion Call and it delivers a huge serving of low frequencies and fresh rhythms. One of the EP's high points is the MVP mix of Mileena--a horror-tinged, bass frenzy built around a relentless kick drum and metallic percussion hits. Make sure to check out the original mix of Mileena for a subtler take, which is also featured on the EP.
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Submorphics - Outer Mission (Original Mix) [SGN:LTD]
San Francisco-based producer Submorphics made serious noise last year with his smooth roller Long Been Gone on Shogun Audio sister-label, SGN:LTD. Now, the producer returns with another release on SGN:LTD titled The Devine--a four-track EP with typical soulful vibes and frenetic rhythms Submorphics is so great at crafting. The EP brings along a notable cast including Jenna G and T.R.A.C., but also shines with the featureless productions such as Outer Mission. Perhaps taking its name for the area of San Francisco, Outer Mission glides along with a thick pad, resonant pad and vocal steeped in delay.
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Friske - Down (Original Mix) [Metalheadz Platinum]
Londoner Friske just released a pressurized, six-track EP on Metalheadz sister label, Metalheadz Platinum--and all six tracks are spectacular. Ant TC1 and TLR render a ruthless remix for the EP's lead off track, but it's the rolling salvo Down that gets the spotlight on this week's episode of The Rinse. Down's chesty bass and syncopated break are essential ingredients for sparking a dancefloor fire.
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Riya feat. Break - I Don't Need (Original Mix) [Spearhead]
Delivering perhaps one the year's biggest D&B albums, Riya has simply been an unstoppable force in 2015. Her album, titled Sublimation, comes by way of Spearhead Records, and showcases production from a bevy of artists including Total Science, Enei, and Emperor. Just one of the album's stellar 14 tracks, I Don't Need features production from Break, who brings Riya's sultry voice together with head-knocking breaks and vintage Reese bass.
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Mob Tactics feat. Joell Fender - Neon Gold (Original Mix) [Viper]
Mob Tactics have made a name for themselves across some of the biggest labels in the scene like RAM, Playaz, and and MTA, among others. Now, the duo has signed exclusively to Viper Recordings and just dropped their label debut, Neon Gold. The tune features a plucked lead, heavily filtered bassline, and UK vocalist Joell Fender's inimitable voice.
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Wickaman & Maverick - The Break Goes On (Original Mix) [Jungle Strikes]
Industry staples Wickaman & Maverick deliver a ragga-inflected gem with their new tune, The Break Goes On. A sample from Sonny & Cher's The Beat Goes On, brings nostalgia to what is otherwise a dancefloor-ready stormer, and the classic break sample combined with a pizzicato lead make for a highly accessible, late-night experience.
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DJ Sly feat. Pretty P - Hands Up (Original Mix) [Higher Stakes]
Out via Dj Sly's own Higher Stakes Recordings, DJ Sly and Pretty P's upfront Hands Up is the lead-off track to DJ Sly's new, seven-track EP, Breaking the Rules. A biting lead and a soothing R&B vocal makes Hands Up a peak-time rollercoaster.
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Wilkinson feat. Shannon Saunders - Breathe (Original Mix) [RAM]
Homemade Weapons - Mileena (MVP Mix) [Samurai Music]
Submorphics - Outer Mission (Original Mix) [SGN:LTD]
Friske - Down (Original Mix) [Metalheadz Platinum]
Riya feat. Break - I Don't Need (Original Mix) [Spearhead]
Wickaman & Maverick - The Break Goes On (Original Mix) [Jungle Strikes]
DJ Sly feat. Pretty P - Hands Up (Original Mix) [Higher Stakes]
Aug 30
2015

Madeon Releases Fun & Funky “Pay No Mind” Remix EP

If you're like us and you can't get enough of French wunderkind Madeon's incredible debut LP, Adventure, you're in luck, because he's back with a new remix EP of one of the album's biggest hits, Pay No Mind featuring Passion Pit.

While the EP's highest profile track is undoubtedly Dillon Francis' explosive remix of Imperium, the three versions of Pay No Mind are well worth several rinses. Eclectic Norwegian duo Lemaitre delivers a stripped-down electro-funk version that oozes summery vibes and relies on the strength of Passion Pit's vocals. Japanese dance/pop producer Yasutaka Nakata serves up a bouncy, faster-paced production, and the EP ends with my personal favorite, a special "live" version crafted by Madeon himself.

Pick up the EP on iTunes here, and grab the original song on the Adventure album here. Interested in seeing the French maestro live? Click here for tour details.
Madeon feat. Passion Pit - Pay No Mind (Lemaitre Remix) [Sony]
Madeon feat. Passion Pit - Pay No Mind (Yasutaka Nakata 'CAPSULE' Remix) [Sony]
Madeon feat. Passion Pit - Pay No Mind (Live Version) [Sony]
Aug 29
2015

Hear Kill The Noise ‘Kill It 4 The Kids’ With AWOL NATION and Rock City

Jake "The Human" Stanczak, better known as Kill The Noise, shares the second cut from his forthcoming Occult Classic album in Kill It 4 The Kids featuring the talents of Rock City and AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno.

Hip hop duo Rock City joins the OWSLA OG for their second collab on the album after their feature alongside Tommy Trash in Louder, the album's first reveal. Our second taste is the lead-off track, which wastes no time bringing the aggression with Bruno's repeated request for silence serving as a fitting intro to the 10-track package. The balance of Kill It 4 The Kids is a classic KTN beatdown that even incorporates some of his own guitar work into a blend of twerk and electro at a chugging 102 BPM for a two-and-a-half-minute tear of a bass cut. Combined with the vicious electro house in Louder, the Occult Classic LP is shaping up to be just that.

Hear more about the making of the tune in Kill The Noise's interview with Rolling Stone here, and pre-order the album here.
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Kill The Noise feat. Rock City & AWOL NATION - Kill It For The Kids (Original Mix) [OWSLA]