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Apr 20
2015

Disco Diaries 57

Still in need of a soundtrack for your 4/20 adventures? Look no further-- Disco Diaries has got you covered. Press play, light one up, and let yourself unwind.

Her - Quite Like
Quite Like is the debut track from Rennes-based duo, Her, and it definitely sets the tone for what is shaping up to be a successful career. A little bit of R&B, a little bit of pop, a whole lot of soul, and you've got the perfect addition to your baby-making playlist. There's not much information circulating about Her quite yet, but I'd definitely keep up with them via SoundCloud here.

Nick Monaco - She Got That Fire (Jeremy Sole Remix) [Soul Clap]
Boasting a philosophy of "the weirder, the funkier, the better," Nick Monaco has certainly established a name for himself in the underground music scene. Chicago-born DJ/producer Jeremy Sole has recently reproduced Monaco's She Got That Fire, incorporating a more upbeat essence without foregoing the soulful foundation of the original. If you're looking for more beats in this vein, tune in to Sole's show on L.A.'s KCRW (89.9) every Wednesday at midnight. You can purchase Monaco's appropriately-named Mating Call remix EP here.

Gypsy & The Cat feat. Paul Kelly - Climb Into The Music [Alsatian]
After a two year hiatus, Gypsy & The Cat have returned to us with the infectious Lost Control, and more recently, Climb Into The Music featuring Australian rock icon Paul Kelly. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Xavier Bacash & Lionel Towers of Gypsy & The Cat have become connoisseurs of the indie/acoustic meets synth pop sound with tunes like these. Cop the single on iTunes here.

Junior & Baumon - Don't Listen Much (Radio Version) [Gomma]
If you’re looking for something easy on the ears and soul, you've come to the right place. German songwriter Junior, otherwise known as Fabian Kalker, and Swedish Simone Baumon’s Don’t Listen Much is built on tropical bongos and uplifting chord progressions with Missouri-based Ian Fisher’s catchy bluegrass-style vocals on top. Catch it via Beatport here.

Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drop Out (Kartell Remix)
From Don Diablo to Matoma and everything in between, we have heard endless renditions of Marlon Roudette's When The Beat Drops Out. The latest received a special French touch courtesy of Kartell, Parisian producer and spearhead of the infamous Roche Musique label. Check out the rest of Kartell's jams here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199532506
Her - Quite Like
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/199929594
Nick Monaco - She Got That Fire (Jeremy Sole Remix) [Soul Clap]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198965319
Gypsy & The Cat feat. Paul Kelly - Climb Into The Music [Alsatian]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/201288870
Junior & Baumon - Don't Listen Much (Radio Version) [Gomma]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200173482
Marlon Roudette - When The Beat Drop Out (Kartell Remix)
Apr 13
2015

Disco Diaries 56: Curated by JackLNDN

JackLNDN has become something of a fixture in the last few months for his innovative and modern interpretation of the classic house sound. 2014 saw the release of his Drop Out EP and remix for Grammy-winners Clean Bandit, which all garnered him massive support in the blogosphere and a quick nudge into the spotlight. Showing no signs of showing down, JackLNDN's seductive tunes have earned him a packed tour schedule, but we were lucky enough to catch the producer to curate this edition of Disco Diaries. Hear what JackLNDN is listening to right now up above and read what he has to say about each tune in his own words down below.

Willie Beaver Hale - Groove On [TK Disco]
Kicking things off and setting the mood is this gem of a track from Willie Beaver Hale. There was a memorable edit of this from Snakehips a couple years back, but the original is also very worthy of a listen. Smooth laid-back disco flavors to ease you into the day. You can purchase the vinyl of this single here.

Pat Lok feat. Desirée Dawson - All In My Head [Love & Other]
Moving more into the electronic sphere with this next one. There's a real nice understated groove to this track from Pat Lok. Feel-good vibes, nice plucks, and a great moving bassline all wrapped up with a tidy vocal from Desirée Dawson. Buy your copy here.

Body Language - Really Love (Gold Fields 'Body Funk' Remix) [B3Science]
Up next is a smooth nu disco remix from Gold Fields. This time he's working his magic on Really Love by Body Language. His output over the last 12 months has been nuts! So many of his songs have crept into my sets and for good reason--they are groovy as hell! You can purchase this remix here.

Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
Anything with the words ‘Gregory Porter’ in the title needs a listen. His album is one of my favorite jazz LP’s to drop in a while. The guy's voice is mind-blowingly smooth and effortless, yet has so much soul, so of course when I saw Claptone gave Liquid Spirit a remix, I had to check it out. Sure enough there’s no disappointment, and he delivers a smooth, almost Balearic track that grooves along effortlessly. Grab a copy of the remix here.

Cavalier x Brasstracks - Everyday (Original Mix)
This last track by Cavalier x Basstracks is just awesome. I have no idea what it is--it's some blend of disco, funk, and future beats. A very successful combo pulled of with flare and style, and with a delicious groove throughout. You can buy Everyday here.

Check out JackLNDN's full US tour schedule below and be sure to catch him on the Los Angeles leg as he opens for Fred Falke at Sound Nightclub. You can RSVP and purchase tickets at L'Affaire Musicale and Ouija Entertainment's Facebook event page here.

Willie Beaver Hale - Groove On [TK Disco]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/185676107
Pat Lok feat. Desirée Dawson - All In My Head [Love & Other]
Body Language - Really Love (Gold Fields 'Body Funk' Remix) [B3Science]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194335263
Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198312462
Cavalier x Brasstracks - Everyday (Original Mix)
Apr 06
2015

Disco Diaries 55

Your Monday's about to get a lot groovier with the finest selection of nu disco, funk, and indie dance tunes in all the land. Get your dancing shoes on for Disco Diaries 55.

LA+CH - J'adore [sideways]
Boundary-pushing producer and multi-instrumentalist LA+CH has recently emerged from sideways, a Toronto-based artist collective comprising fellow budding artists, Coleman Hell, Michah, and Shan Vincent de Paul. If you're like me and can't get enough of fresh and funky synth-pop, I highly recommend LA+CH's debut album. Keenly titled +, the 13-track record came out on March 31 via the sideways label. Purchase your copy here.

Du Tonc - Animals [Eskimo]
Du Tonc's Facebook bio claims that the duo produces "music to show aliens when they land on Earth," and they have certainly stepped up to the challenge. Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie's Animals not only provides a warm welcome for our inter-terrestrial friends, but is also rather enjoyable for the human kind. Catch the single via Beatport here.

aeble feat. Tom Aspaul - Better By Your Side [Estate]
If you're on the hunt for fresh tunes, it doesn't get much fresher than aeble. Better By Your Side is the very first track on the producer's SoundCloud, and had it not been for the Tom Aspaul's vocal feature, this beautiful song may have, very tragically, slipped through the cracks. Stayed tuned for the official release, yet to be announced via Estate Records.

Moullinex - Take a Chance [Discotexas]
After covering several Xinobi and Moullinex tracks, it has become quite apparent that there is a certain level of quality required for each and every Discotexas release. Moullinex's Take a Chance is the latest from the Portuguese label, and not surprisingly, it fits right in with the refined bunch. It is the first single from Moullinex's forthcoming album Elsewhere, set for a May 19 release and available for pre-order here.

Aeroplane feat. Benjamin Diamond - Let's Get Slow [Capitol]
When you combine Aeroplane's signature smooth production with a French vocalist who sounds strikingly similar to Pet Shop Boys, you are left with an enchanting song that doubles up as an '80s time machine. The Dutch producer's upcoming EP drops worldwide on April 20, but you can cop an instant download of Let's Get Slow if you pre-order the EP starting today. Stayed tuned for news on that here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198450997
LA+CH - J'adore [sideways]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196130447
Du Tonc - Animals [Eskimo]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194985442
aeble - Better By Your Side feat. Tom Aspaul [Estate]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198393149
Moullinex - Take a Chance [Discotexas]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197959028
Aeroplane feat. Benjamin Diamond - Let's Get Slow [Capitol]
Mar 30
2015

Disco Diaries 54: The Allergies Premiere

Coming off the insanity of yet another Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival, we thought we'd ease you back into the work schedule with a special premiere from The Allergies in this week's Disco Diaries.

PREMIERE: The Allergies - Be With You (Original Mix) [Jalapeno]
Bristol-based DJ Moneyshot and Rackabeat are a disco revivalist's dream with their modern take on a classic sound as The Allergies. Be With You marks the duo's first release with Jalapeno Records, seeing the track debut on the label's Jalapeno Funk Vol. 6 compilation. The track's slinky bassline follows catchy pitched vocals and well-timed string chords for a result that is undeniably funkified. You're hearing Be With You here first but it will be available soon on their Kicking Up Dust EP as well as the Jalapeno Funk Vol. 6 compilation here.



Robert Delong - Long Way Down (Sean Glass Remix) [Glassnote]
Sean Glass' remix of Robert Delong has enjoyed massive support over the past week, seeing SoundCloud reposts from DeLong himself to CHVRCHES, Bearson, and multiple other disco supporters. This is Sean Glass' first release as a producer though he is no stranger to the promotion and DJ scene, having hosted many shows and founding his own label Win Music. You can find more info about him at his SoundCloud here.

Zimmer x Pallace - Saturday Love (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Zimmer's latest original with Pallace is yet another fantastically crafted piece of piano house from the French native. Having already played the track out in his sets and in his acclaimed monthly mixtape series, we are happy to see that Saturday Love is available as a free download that you can claim here.

Jean Tonique feat. Iris - Guest (Original Mix) [Partyfine]
Guest is the first track taken from Jean Tonique's EP, YOU, which is available now on Yuksek's nu disco label, Partyfine. Guest is loaded with smooth synths and made complete with Iris' vocal lines for an innovative twist on an old-school sound. You can purchase the entire YOU EP here.

Patawawa & Roman Kouder - Back to Life (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Our second free download in this week's Disco Diaries is a funky track from Patawawa and Roman Kouder called Back To Life. It is a mellow, 80s-influenced piece with shimmering synth work and effortless vocal embellishment. You can download the track for free here.
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197438311?secret_token=s-WHdGm
The Allergies - Be With You (Original Mix) [Jalapeno]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197447080
Robert Delong - Long Way Down (Sean Glass Remix) [Glassnote]
Zimmer x Pallace - Saturday Love (Original Mix) [Free Download]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/197923709
Jean Tonique feat. Iris - Guest (Original Mix) [Partyfine]
Patawawa & Roman Kouder - Back to Life (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Mar 23
2015

Disco Diaries 53: Curated By Miami Horror

In the mid-2000s, we began to witness a beautiful fusion between indie styles and electronic production that has since evolved into various forms of electronica, indie dance, and nu disco that we hear today. Miami Horror was at the forefront of that movement. Since their early success with groovy anthems Sometimes and Holidays, the four-piece Australian band has maintained a unique sound, a devoted fan base, and a consistent stream of impressive releases.

Since many of Miami Horror's recent tracks--including the latest, Love Like Mine--have been featured on Disco Diaries, it seemed only fitting to have them curate a playlist of their own. Today, we are proud to present a selection curated by Miami Horror's founder, producer, and DJ Benjamin Plant, along with his personal commentary for each pick.

Nate Salman - Be Alright
Beautiful, simple song, amazingly honest voice. It's hard to put this track in a genre box, which is also what I like about it. To quote Nate himself, "A simple song for days when it feels like we are waiting for the world to end."
iTunes purchase here.

GL - What Happened To Us? [Plastic World]
These guys are nailing '80s funk, and I wouldn't expect them to come from Melbourne. She has an amazing voice, almost on par with Yukimi from little dragon.
Beatport purchase here.

Total Giovanni - Human Animal [Two Bright Lakes]
We were listening to a lot of Talking Heads/post-disco/punk while writing the new album. It's great to hear other bands (especially from Melbourne) who are going for a similar thing. I think production and sounds on this track are spot-on.
iTunes purchase here.

Cleopold - Demo
We've been working closely with Cleopold for a while, and I love this little demo he put out. Although I think it's strange he chose to upload this demo out of the many songs he has, it's a great little lo-fi gem.

Roland Tings - Devotion [Internasjonal]
Love a good ascending bassline, nice production, and progression.
Beatport purchase here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174446571
Nate Salman - Be Alright
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/167812590
GL - What Happened To Us? [Plastic World]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174626508
Total Giovanni - Human Animal [Two Bright Lakes]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195580999
Cleopold - Demo
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176475026
Roland Tings - Devotion [Internasjonal]