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Jul 21
2014

Disco Diaries 19: Curated By Solidisco

Greetings to all the groovers out there! Get excited, because we're mixing things up with a very special edition of Disco Diaries this week.

The playlist below has been carefully handpicked by two of the top disco connoisseurs of our time, the New York-based DJ/production duo known as Solidisco. While their own remixes and originals are highly distinguished among modern producers of funk, it's time to take a closer look at the tunes they currently have on repeat, along with their personal commentary on each track. Cheers!

Slam Dunk'd feat. Chromeo & Al-P - No Price [Baked]
"Take an unreleased 1979 disco track and put Dave 1 of Chromeo's vocals on it? Obvious summer banger."

Billy Ocean - Nights (Phiction Edit)
"Got to give the original Mr. Ocean some shine. This is the all-time quintessential summer/pool/beach/palm tree/bikini song. I even had to Google how to spell 'quintessential' to get the point across of how epic this song is."
Free download here.

Sure Thing - Holding You Tight [Defected]
"My God, that bassline and that girl speaking some kinda Spanish....It gets me every single time. Funk Level: 1000."

The Magician - Sunlight
"The Magician has a winner here. This is summer compressed into MP3 format--impossible to listen to just once."

Mat Zo feat. The Knocks - Get Down 2 Get Up
"Mat Zo is an amazing producer. Really glad our bros The Knocks got him to try something in our lane. Dat vocoder got us feeling warm inside."
Free download here.

Follow Solidisco on SoundCloud here.
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Slam Dunk'd feat. Chromeo & Al-P - No Price [Baked]
Billy Ocean - Nights (Phiction Edit)
Sure Thing - Holding You Tight [Defected]
The Magician - Sunlight
Mat Zo feat. The Knocks - Get Down 2 Get Up
Jul 14
2014

Disco Diaries 18

Disco Diaries is back, and I'm not going to lie-- this week is fully-loaded with the ultimate nu disco, indie dance, and electro pop treasures. Cheers!

Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody
Chaka Khan's legacy is back and better than ever with Felix Jaehn and Jasmine Thompson's interpretation of the 1983 mega hit Ain't Nobody. Thompson's Ellie Goulding-esque vocals blend perfectly with Jaehn's signature tropical house melody, creating one of those songs that you just can't get out of your head. As with most of Jaehn's releases, this one's available as a free download here.

Falqo - Feel Your Love (Original Mix)
The stars aligned when Flight Facilities reposted this track and I happened to come across it while browsing through my never-ending SoundCloud feed. After listening to it once, I got the sudden urge time-travel back to the '70s just to dance to it at a bonafide disco. Australia's Alexander White, a.k.a Falqo, provides the funky production and Dennis Dowlut the feel-good vocals for this ultra groovy creation. Cop your free download here.

Miami Horror - Wild Motion (Set It Free) [Vitalic Noise]
Since the releases of Real Slow and Colours in the Sky, Miami Horror was MIA for almost a year. Thankfully, they made a worthy comeback on July 8 with the release of Wild Motion, an easy-listening track that exemplifies Miami Horror's ability to effortlessly blend pop vocals with a retro indie dance production. Purchase the single via iTunes here.

Les Loups feat. Cybil - Colourblind (Original Mix)
Les Loups are a German producer trio who, according to their Facebook bio, "love good French House, Nu Disco and Electro Funk music," and as apparent by this track, produce it as well. With the up-and-coming British singer Cybil contributing the soulful vocals, Colourblind is definitely one to add to the disco playlist arsenal. Lucky for you, the free download is available here.

Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul - Bailando (English) (Matoma Official Remix)
After listening to quite a few of Matoma's tracks, I have to say that he is the ultimate expert in creating quality melodic deep house tracks from the most unexpected songs--this remix of Enrique Iglesias' Bailando being the latest on that list. If you don't believe me, just listen to his remix of The Notorious B.I.G.'s Old Thing Back or his mash-up/remix of Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love with Snoop Dogg's Gangster Luv. See what I mean? If you're into this hip hop and tropical house fusion, I'd definitely be on the look out for more to come from the young Norwegian producer, Matoma.

MIX OF THE WEEK: The Magician - Magic Tape 44
If you've never listened to one of The Magician's Magic Tapes, the time is now. After sharing the massive summer anthem Sunlight a few weeks ago, Stephen Fasano, the producer/DJ extraordinaire, has released yet another mix jam-packed with the best in deep disco and house. The only unfortunate part is the fact that he doesn't provide the tracklist--my suggestion is to have Google search ready because you're going to want to know these tracks. Enjoy!
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Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody
Falqo - Feel Your Love (Original Mix)
Miami Horror - Wild Motion (Set It Free) [Vitalic Noise]
Les Loups feat. Cybil - Colourblind (Original Mix)
Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul - Bailando (English) (Matoma Official Remix)
MIX OF THE WEEK: The Magician - Magic Tape 44
Jul 07
2014

Disco Diaries 17

The bad news: the weekend's gone, and it's time to anchor back to reality. The good news: even though the party's over, the feel-good tunes must go on. Disco Diaries has arrived to alleviate your Monday blues with a special playlist of nu disco, soul, funk, indie dance, and electro pop gems. Cheers!

FKJ - Waiting feat. Madelyn Grant [Roche]
French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) is the perfect phrase to describe the music that FKJ creates: sweet, smooth, and with that distinctive French flare. Waiting is the first single from his upcoming EP, Take Off, to be released via Roche Music on July 21. If this track is any indication as to how the rest of the EP will sound, then the countdown to July 21 has officially commenced.

Disciples - Mercy
If you decide to remix Marvin Gaye, you absolutely have to do it right. I must say, the London-based DJ/production trio Disciples have done it more than right. They've retained every ounce of soul from the 1971 slow jam, but with a slightly more uptempo, very contagious beat. If you're digging this style, I highly recommend browsing the rest of Disciples' catalog.

Nora En Pure feat. Penny Foster - Higher In The Sun [Enormous Tunes]
As of late, Nore en Pure has been gaining exponential heat in the realm of deep house and indie dance fusion, and her recent release with Penny Foster is a true testament to that. With its uplifting lyrics, catchy flute melody, and emotional piano accompaniment, Higher In The Sun is just another notch on Nore En Pure's belt of quality original productions. This track will be available for iTunes purchase on July 14.

Montmartre — Inside Of Me (Skogsrå Remix) [Universal France]
Skogsrå is the latest signing of Perfect Havoc, the label and management group boasting disco favorites Oliver Nelson and Tobtok, and let's just say he fits right in with the talented bunch. With a fascinating, mysterious Facebook bio describing the Swedish origins of his name and several tunes at the quality level of this remix, Skogsrå is definitely one artist with whom you should get familiar.

Bag Raiders - Savannah [Modular]
After the release of the extremely tribal-esque Nairobi, Bag Raiders have taken it one step further with a similar style--simple, organic beats coming together to form a fun, bouncy house track. This number will be on the Nairobi/Savannah EP to be released via Modular Recordings on July 8 in the US.

MIX OF THE WEEK: L C A W - Dreaming (Summer Mix Vol.VI)
Following the release of his euphoric remix of London Grammar's Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me, it became clear that 19-year-old L C A W is a force to be reckoned with. After listening to his Dreaming mix, it all made sense: as illustrated by his track choices, his influences and style must come from only the best in the melodic deep house genre. I hate to admit that I typically do not listen to mixtapes in full, but this one is a major exception--every track is a favorite and made me excited for the next. Be sure to turn it on next time you aim to enter full relaxation mode.
FKJ feat. Madelyn Grant - Waiting [Roche]
Disciples - Mercy
Nora En Pure feat. Penny Foster - Higher In The Sun [Enormous Tunes]
Montmartre - Inside Of Me (Skogsrå Remix) [Universal France]
Bag Raiders - Savannah [Modular]
MIX OF THE WEEK: L C A W - Dreaming (Summer Mix Vol.VI)
Jun 30
2014

Disco Diaries 16

Ready to boogie? Disco Diaries is here to assist! Enjoy this week's playlist of the freshest tunes in deep and nu disco, indie dance, funk/soul, and electro pop.

Years and Years - Take Shelter
When I initially heard Years and Years' single Real, I knew this band was something special. The next time they surfaced on my radar was on June 24, when The Magician debuted the highly anticipated Sunlight featuring Olly Alexander, the lead singer of Years and Years. Following two extremely catchy hits, expectations were high when Take Shelter was released the very next day, June 25. Needless to say, the band delivered exactly what fans expected. You can pre-order this tune via iTunes here.

Zimmer feat. KLP - Sensify Me [Roche Music]
Although "sensify" is not an official term, it should be added to the dictionary immediately, along with this track to illustrate. With Paris' favorite disco producer Zimmer flawlessly fusing his typical dreamy house sounds with KLP's smooth, alluring vocals, Sensify Me truly awakens all the senses within the span of a mere four minutes and sixteen seconds. It comes out on June 30 via Roche Music, along with remixes from Crayon and Canblaster. Order via iTunes here.

Kovary - Missing [Erase]
There's nothing quite like resurrecting a classic hit with a modern-day twist, and this track exemplifies just that. Hungarian producer Kovary has lent a very serious bass kick to Everything But The Girl's emotive Missing, and it succeeds in reminding us why this song is so powerful and timeless without making it feel outdated. You can snatch this one from Kovary's Beatport now.

Penguin Prison - All Night Long
New York's Christopher Glover, better known as Penguin Prison, took on a major challenge when he agreed to cover the legend that is Lionel Richie. Nevertheless, the groovy, tropical beat combined with Glover's polished, enchanting voice definitely serves the original proper justice, and I would bet that Mr. Richie himself would be quite fond of this track. Cop your free download through Penguin Prison's SoundCloud here.

Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle (Kartell Remix) [HW&W]
Yes, you read it right: Kartell has remixed Christina Aguilera's 1999 mega-hit Genie In A Bottle, and the end result is probably nothing like what you would expect. He's chopped up, mixed up, and sped up the vocals to create something completely new, something that Aguilera's fans as well as UK garage/house lovers alike are sure to appreciate. This remix was released on June 27 via the currently booming record label Huh What and Where (HW&W).

Goldroom - Verano Mix 2014
No matter what stresses are getting you down in life, you can always count on Goldroom's mixtapes to induce a tranquil, content state of mind. Each of his compilations are musical representations of the current season named in Spanish: Inverno mix for the winter, and now Verano to kick off the summer. Along with a very personalized message from Josh Legg (Goldroom) in the SoundCloud description, Verano Mix 2014 is the perfect soundtrack to all of the exciting (and relaxing) summer activities ahead.
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Years and Years - Take Shelter (Original Mix)
Zimmer feat. KLP - Sensify Me (Original Mix) [Roche Music]
Kovary - Missing (Original Mix) [Erase]
Penguin Prison - All Night Long (Original Mix)
Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle (Kartell Remix) [HW&W]
MIX OF THE WEEK: Goldroom - Verano Mix 2014
Jun 23
2014

Disco Diaries 15

"You know how many times someone told me I was good in my life? Two! Twice! Two f***in' times! This raise today, and dancing at the disco!"

This quote was spoken by John Travolta's character Tony Manero, who was famous for his disco dance moves in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever. Trying to reach his level? Brush up on your own moves with this week's Disco Diaries playlist, featuring the best in deep and nu disco, indie dance, soul, funk, and electro pop.

Bell Biv DeVoe - Poison (Roman Kouder Remix)
In 1990, the hip hop trio Bell Biv DeVoe's released Poison, which reached number one on Billboard's R&B charts and paved the way for R&B acts through the '90s and beyond. Now, Parisian producer Roman Kouder has resurrected the hit single with a serious groovy twist, inducing an pleasant blend of '90s and '70s nostalgia. Snatch the free download here.

Blood Cultures - Indian Summer
Indian Summer is the debut single from New Jersey act Blood Cultures, whose biographical information (and face) remains a mystery to everyone who has already fallen in love with this track. However, with such melodic chord progressions and dreamy vocals, the music speaks for itself and personal details seem almost unnecessary. With two more releases since, and several references to Jai Paul floating around the web, I'd definitely keep an eye out for what's to come from Blood Culture.

Sinkane - Hold Tight [DFA/City Slang]
Hold Tight differs significantly from Sinkane's past releases, with its Sade-esque vocals and spaced-out, thumping bass taking it to a whole new degree of soul. This number will be included on the Sudanese singer's forthcoming album Mean Love, to be released via DFA Records in North America and City Slang in the rest of the world.

Nile Rodgers - Do What You Wanna Do (Moon Boots Remix) [CR2]
LessThan3 premiered Chocolate Puma's remix of Nile Rodgers' Do What You Wanna Do a couple weeks ago, and now comes the deep and dynamic remix by none other than the French Express disco star Moon Boots. This tune came out on Cr2 Records on June 16, and it will be included as part of a hefty remix package coming out on August 10.

Sons Of Maria - I Got A Thrill (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes]
Talk about a feel-good summer anthem--Sons of Maria's got you covered with this one. I Got A Thrill provides easy-listening bliss with its catchy, bouncy beat and warm vocals. Stay tuned because this track will be out on Beatport on July 11 and iTunes/Spotify on July 25.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Darius - Mix For LeMouv
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Darius can do no wrong. After releasing a series of beautiful productions over the last several months, all of which showcase his incredible talent in the deep/nu disco genre, he's compiled a mix of similar tunes for us to enjoy. Press play, close your eyes, and let Darius' picks take you to a dreamlike state of mind.
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Bell Biv DeVoe - Poison (Roman Kouder Remix)
Sinkane - Hold Tight (Original Mix) [DFA/City Slang]
Blood Cultures - Indian Summer (Original Mix)
Nile Rodgers - Do What You Wanna Do (Moon Boots Remix) [CR2]
Sons Of Maria - I Got A Thrill (Original Mix) [Enormous Tunes]
MIX OF THE WEEK: Darius - Mix For LeMouv