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May 25
2015

Disco Diaries 62: Animist Premiere

Happy Memorial Day! Whether you're celebrating 'Murica with a BBQ, a pool party, or an extremely long nap, Disco Diaries will provide perfect soundtrack to your day.

PREMIERE: Ephemerals - Life Is Good (Animist Remix) [Jalapeno]
If it was possible to inject positive vibes into the anatomy of song, Animist's remix of Ephemeral's Life Is Good has certainly succeeded. In signature British style, DJ/producer Lee Eden delivers a bass-infused rendition of the soul collective's original track, and LessThan3 has got your exclusive premiere.

Ephemerals brings a undeniable element of classic, genuine soul to every gem they've released, and Life Is Good exemplifies that. With Animist's addictive house beat added, this track becomes the ultimate two-in-one combination. After just a few spins, it's not hard to imagine this record being played out on dance floors across the globe.

This remix is set for a June 8 release via Jalapeno Records, with additional remixes by Techimatic, Titeknots, and Chicky Boom. Catch it via Beatport here.



Life on Planets - So True (Prince Monaco Remix) [Wolf + Lamb]
Baltimore-based duo Life on Planets fits right in with the Wolf + Lamb crew with a subtle-yet-addictively evocative sound that translates excellently into both live and DJ sets. Prince Monaco's remix of their original, So True, is bound to leave you wishing that this was more than a 2:30 preview. Catch the full remix package here.

Future Islands - Haunted By You (The Knocks Bootleg)
The Knocks' remix of Haunted By You marks part four of NYC duo's "Summer Bootleg Series," and it may just be our favorite thus far. Lending their signature funk production to Future Island's epic vocal underpinning, The Knocks have generously offered this remix as a free download here.

Fyfe - Solace (LCAW Remix) [Believe]
German producer LCAW got us hooked over a year ago with his dreamy edit London Grammar's Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me, and his latest remix has boosted the fandom tenfold. While retaining the mellow essence of the two-year-old original, LCAW's deep house tempo takes us to a beautiful place where indie meets electronic.

Moi Je - Respire
Moi Je is yet another artist who proves that the French touch is a real and prevalent phenomenon. This tune boasts passionate vocals, a smooth funky beat, and organic guitar and bass instrumentation to tie it all together. Beatport purchase available here.
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PREMIERE: Ephemerals - Life Is Good (Animist Remix) [Jalapeno]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206066767
Life on Planets - So True (Prince Monaco Remix) [Wolf + Lamb]
Future Islands - Haunted By You (The Knocks Bootleg)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206370519
Fyfe - Solace (LCAW Remix) [Believe]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206555714
Moi Je - Respire
May 18
2015

Disco Diaries 61

Rise and shine--your Monday morning disco fix has arrived.

Gigamesh - The Music
Minneapolis-grown disco guru Gigamesh has graced us with a light-hearted, groovy original, and just in time for pool party season. If you're a fan of the multi-platinum DJ/producer, stay tuned for his personally curated Disco Diaries playlist--coming to you very soon. In the meantime, help yourself to a free copy of The Music here.

WOOT - Don't You [Grandmono]
With Tobias Wolring on vocals and guitar, Sebastiaan Simoen on bass, and Thijs van Teijlingen on drums, Dutch band WOOT has made a lasting impression in a very short amount of time. After winning the Grote Prijs van Nederland, the most prominent band competition in the Netherlands, WOOT released their first-ever single Don't You. Catch the soulful pop-infused jam, along with its instrumental and acapella, here.

POWERS - Beat Of My Drum [B3SCI]
LA/NYC duo POWERS initially hit our radar with addictive vocals on The Knocks' popular Classic, and they've proven worthy of staying there with catchy tunes like Beat Of My Drum. According to POWERS, "the song is about doing your own thing and making your own way, which has always been our mantra." Cop the single via iTunes here.

Anoraak - Odds Are Good [Eskimo]
The odds are good that after one spin, you'll get hooked on this incredibly dreamy, synthpop jam by Anoraak. Odds Are Good is the opening track on the latest compilation by esteemed Belgian label, Eskimo Recordings. The Orange Collection is available here, and you can purchase Anoraak's single here.

Luke Million feat. Jesse Davidson - Fear The Night [etcetc]
There's something about Luke Million's productions that make you feel like you've stepped into an intergalactic world, and Fear The Night fits right in to that category. With Australian singer Jesse Davidson's hypnotic '80s-esque vocals added, this tune becomes a synth disco treasure. The track is set for a May 22 release via etcetc records--stay tuned via Luke Million's Beaport here.
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Gigamesh - The Music
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198399389
WOOT - Don't You [Grandmono]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/205182015
POWERS - Beat Of My Drum [B3SCI]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203994110
Anoraak - Odds Are Good [Eskimo]
Luke Million feat. Jesse Davidson - Fear The Night [etcetc]
May 11
2015

Disco Diaries 60: Curated By Jean Tonique

Over the last few years, Jean Tonique has made quite the impression on nu disco lovers all over the globe. From his groovy remixes of Destiny's Child, Lana Del Rey, Outkast, and more, to his recent You EP released via Yuksek's Partyfine label, the funk is alive and thriving whenever Jean Tonique is involved.

Naturally, this makes the French producer and multi-instrumentalist the perfect candidate to curate our Disco Diaries series. Start your week off right with Jean Tonique's top five songs, along with personal commentary on each. If you still can't get enough, you can catch all his releases via Beatport here.

Benny Sings - Big Brown Eyes [Dox]
This track is one of my favorite songs ever. I love how it combines some sad lyrics, beautiful harmonies, and a really groovy beat. There's also another version of the song, more acoustic, which is also great!
Beatport purchase here.

Towkio - Reflection (prod. by Kaytranada)
Big fan of Kaytranada productions. This one really fits Towkio's intense vocals.

Ben Khan - Eden [Dirty Hit]
I discovered this guy recently, and saw him live in Paris last month. I'm really into his music; it kind of reminds me of a groovy Jai Paul!
Beatport purchase here.

CRIME - Devotion [Monday]
I've been playing this track a lot in my DJ sets recently--it's spreading good vibes all around every time I drop it!

Paradis - Garde Le Pour Toi [Barclay]
I love what Paradis are doing, combining French lyrics and house beats. This one reminds me of last summer; it perfectly fits with nice weather and some good friends around you!
iTunes purchase here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/14670018
Benny Sings - Big Brown Eyes [Dox]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202273695
Towkio - Reflection (prod. by Kaytranada)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145882182
Ben Khan - Eden [Dirty Hit]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/173968075
CRIME - Devotion [Monday]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158261593
Paradis - Garde Le Pour Toi [Barclay]
May 04
2015

Disco Diaries 59: Ganzfeld Effect Premiere

Rise and shine! Disco Diaries is coming in hot with a brand new exclusive, two funky remixes, and two captivating originals from a few of our favorite nu disco artists.

PREMIERE: Ganzfeld Effect - Golden

Through never-ending renditions and remixes, Jill Scott's 2004 Golden has achieved a timeless eminence that's infiltrated nearly all genres of music. The latest rendition comes to us from Manchester-based duo Ganzfeld Effect, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere for you.

In signature British fashion, Ganzfeld Effect has contributed a thumping bass and pitched-down, looped vocals to deliver a product that is refreshingly distinguishable from the original. From the release of their first single Only You in 2013, to their Spinnin' Deep-supported Going Deep, to their 2014 EP Speakers, it's quite evident that Ganzveld Effect continue growing at an undeviating pace.

Golden will be available as a free download via Ganzfeld Effect's SoundCloud May 5.


June Marieezy - Fly (FKJ Remix) [Roche Musique]
Texas-born June Marieezy made a wise decision when she lent her original, the downtempo Fly, to the superbly talented beat-maker known as French Kiwi Juice. The result speaks for itself. Grab the single via Beatport here and be sure to catch FKJ on his current North America tour through the end of May.

Kraak & Smaak feat. Keyhole - All I Want Is You [Boogie Angst]
Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have been making major waves in the electro funk world since their 1999 EP Money In The Bag, and they're clearly not slowing down anytime soon. After adopting a house-y feel with their last Spinnin' Deep release, Mountain Top, their quintessential groove has made a valiant return with All I Want Is You. Beatport purchase here.

Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - Outside (Funk LeBlanc Remix)
Several remixes of Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding's Outside have come and gone, but none rival the fresh sound and uniquely hilarious artwork of Funk LeBlanc's. Initiate summertime vibes with free downloads of his releases here.

LA PRIEST - Party Zute / Learning To Love [Domino]
If you were fooled by the mellow intro, you're in for a satisfying surprise right around the 2:20 mark and through the end of this magnificently distinct tune. As stated by his record label Domino, LA PRIEST's music is well-summarized by the mantra, "If it doesn’t conform it’s because it’s not supposed to." His debut album Inji is set for a June 29 release, and you can pre-order it here.
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PREMIERE: Ganzfeld Effect - Golden
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June Marieezy - Fly (FKJ Remix) [Roche Musique]
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Kraak & Smaak feat. Keyhole - All I Want Is You [Boogie Angst]
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding - Outside (Funk LeBlanc Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/203247161
LA PRIEST - Party Zute / Learning To Love [Domino]
Apr 27
2015

Disco Diaries 58

Mondays suck. Disco Diaries doesn't. Get your groove on with this week's selection of nu disco heavyweights and budding newcomers alike!

Rationale - Fast Lane
When your first-ever release racks up over 200K plays in one week, hits number one on Hype Machine, and Bastille personally compliments your vocals (0:31), it's safe to assume that the rest of your career is destined for greatness. If you dig "#music to travel to," as it's tagged on SoundCloud, I'd definitely keep Rationale on your radar.

Blonde feat. Alex Newell - All Cried Out (Oliver Nelson Remix) [Parlophone/FFRR]
Blonde's All Cried Out received a house treatment from The Magician, a progressive/electro spin courtesy of Don Diablo, and most recently, a rework at the hands of disco master Oliver Nelson. Needless to say, it fits right in with the rest of Nelson's groovy productions. The full remix EP is due May 3--cop it here.

Tep No - Please Me [Tep No]
Listen to this gem once, and you'll understand why it was dubbed Please Me. In fact, this title could apply to all of the rapidly rising Tep No's addictively sultry originals and mixes. Released via the Canadian producer's self-titled record label, the single is available for free download here and iTunes purchase here.

July Child - So Good (Sonique Cover)
Generally, establishing a lasting artist career by covering other artists' tracks is a challenging undertaking. Amber Clara and Kiks of July Child are the exception to that rule, exerting their musical prowess with captivating covers of J. Cole, Le Youth, Kevin Lyttle, Jay Z, and my personal favorite, this dreamy cover of Sonique's 1999 It Feels So Good. Catch the original from iTunes here.

Jax Jones - Yeah Yeah Yeah
As Duke Dumont's right hand man on the Grammy-winning I Got U, British producer/songwriter Jax Jones had giant shoes to fill with his subsequent original releases. He did not disappoint with the catchy Go Deep and his most recent party-starter, Yeah Yeah Yeah. There is no purchase link for this one as of yet, but stay updated with Jax Jones here.
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Rationale - Fast Lane
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Blonde feat. Alex Newell - All Cried Out (Oliver Nelson Remix) [Parlophone/FFRR]
Tep No - Please Me [Tep No]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186036594
July Child - So Good (Sonique Cover)
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Jax Jones - Yeah Yeah Yeah