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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 release, 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.
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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
Feb 23
2015

Disco Diaries 49: Titeknots Premiere

The weekend is over and for most of us, that means it's back to the daily grind. Fortunately, we've got an excellent edition of Disco Diaries to help ease the transition. With an exclusive premiere, four delectable jams, and a mix that's bound to start any party (even if it's just in your head), this should get your week started off right.

PREMIERE: Nubiyan Twist - Work House (Titeknots Remix) [Wormfood]
Work House is the debut single by Nubiyan Twist (pictured below), a 12-piece UK group that essentially defines the maxim "strength in numbers." Led by female vocalist Nubiya Brandon, the collective delivers an intoxicating synthesis of soul, jazz, dub, hip hop, and afrobeat sounds and styles. Now that fellow British DJ/producer Titeknots has entered the mix, the result incorporates yet another layer in the complex medley: house. This edit of Work House attests to Titeknots' personal mantra to create "house music for dancers, not head nodders." While the original will likely thrive in intimate concert settings, Titeknots' version is certainly destined for the dance floor and beyond.

Catch the original Work House on iTunes here and stay tuned for the March 30 release of Nubiyan Twist's self-titled album via Wormfood Records. As far as Titeknots' remix goes, it will be available as a free download via Wormfood's Facebook shortly--be the first to grab it here.



Marz Leon - Levitation (That's Nice Remix)
Singer/songwriter Marz Leon has been on my radar ever since the release of her hypnotically powerful single, LONER. While her originals are more on the heavy side, a groovy treatment by Mario Rdz, aka That's Nice, was exactly what Levitation needed to enter a more lighthearted, yet equally brilliant, realm. Download it for free here.

Falcon Punch - Donald's Bird
If the word "pleasant" was depicted via song, this would be it. With Donald's Bird, his prior single Silk, and his interpretation of Feeling High, Falcon Punch has been on a steady rise as of late, and I for one can't get enough of his sound. Catch your free download of Donald's Bird here, and if you're in the market for mellow work-time tunes, I'd highly recommend Falcon Punch's White Light 94 mix.

Miami Horror feat. Cleopold - Love Like Mine [Haven Sounds/Dine Alone]
We hadn't heard from Miami Horror since the release of their sun-soaked Set It Free over seven months ago, and Love Like Mine is a pleasant reminder of why their sound will never get old. The track features LA-based singer Cleopold, who also drove Miami Horror's Colours In The Sky and Cassian's Running. Miami Horror's All Possible Futures album will be available April 21--pre-order it here.

Porsches - Horses
While Horses is the first-ever release by Australian duo Porsches, it's received rave reviews by various tastemakers, been played out on Triple J radio, and gotten the boys signed to premier Aussie record label, Sweat It Out Music. One listen to the track and you'll likely understand why now's the time to get familiar with Porsches.

MIX OF THE WEEK: THUMP - MIXED BY French Horn Rebellion
Robert Perlick-Molinari and David Perlick-Molinari, the brothers of French Horn Rebellion, have created a killer mixtape that's bound to get your feet movin' and your booty shakin'. From the funk beats of The Floozies, to the smooth house of Durante, to the wondrous nu disco of Moon Boots and Knight One, this set simply wins. Read more about it and grab your free download on THUMP.

TRACKLIST:
Johnny Guitar Watson - Superman Lover (Kiu D Re-Edit)
The Floozies - She Ain't Yo Girlfriend
Dakota - Cherokee
Neighbour Feat. Piper Davis - Light Breaker (Cyclist Remix)
Get a Room! - Agony and Pain
History - History
Leon Du Star - Ebbingekwartier (Live)
Q Tip - Breathe and Stop (AIMES’ Funky House Fix Up)
Durante - Full Moon
Beyoncé - 7/11 (French Horn Rebellion Remix)
Moon Boots - There’s No Love
Hayley Kiyoko - This Side of Paradise (Rogue Vogue Remix)
Tesla Boy - Stars (Killy Cakes Remix)
Cerrone - Music of Life (Alan Braze Remix)
Zoot Woman - The Stars are Bright (Knight One Remix)
The Soundmen feat. Avan Lava - Bermuda
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Nubiyan Twist - Workhouse (Titeknots Remix) [Wormfood]
Marz Leon - Levitation (That's Nice Remix)
Falcon Punch - Donald's Bird
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191371408
Miami Horror feat. Cleopold - Love Like Mine [Haven Sounds/Dine Alone]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177094998
Porsches - Horses
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191768362
MIX OF THE WEEK: Thump - MIXED BY French Horn Rebellion
Feb 16
2015

Disco Diaries 48

Whether you have the day off or not, just press play and let this week's Disco Diaries playlist get you in a relaxed state of mind.

The Dealer feat. Shells - For A Night [Love & Other]
Within the first ten seconds of this song, it becomes clear that you're about to undergo an ethereal experience. The Dealer scored one of Dancing Astronaut's 25 Artists To Watch In 2015, and for quite valid reasons. For A Night along with two remixes are available on iTunes here.

All We Are - Keep Me Alive [Domino]
The SoundCloud genre for this tune, eloquently coined #psychadelicboogie, couldn't be more accurate. All We Are is a three-part band from Liverpool, and with songs as catchy as this and their Caribou cover, they show tremendous potential for the upcoming year. Catch their debut album here.

George Maple - Talk Talk (Moon Boots Remix) [Future Classic]
Shortly after releasing a killer Reboots Mix, the creator one of LessThan3's Top Nu Disco Tracks of 2014, Moon Boots, remixed one of our Top Artists To Watch in 2015, the great George Maple. Needless to say, the result fulfilled its destiny of greatness. The Talk Talk remix EP will be available in March 2014, but in the meantime you can snatch George Maple's premiere record Vacant Space.

Years & Years - Desire (Rainer + Grimm Remix) [Copenhagen/Polydor]
Canadian duo Rainer + Grimm apparently cater to every musical desire, with a recent edit of Jessie Ware's Desire as well as this remix of Years & Years' Desire just a couple months prior. Years & Years are undoubtedly one of the top pop/dance acts to emerge in 2014, and with Rainer + Grimm's knack for incorporating a groovy house/garage spin to the catchiest tunes, this was a match made in Heaven. Cop the Desire remix package here.

Next - Too Close (shmallen Edit)
This next track goes out to all my '90s babies--the throwback vibes are thriving with this one. Our friend shmallen has added his signature twist to the timeless R&B slow jam, reminding us yet again that he is the ultimate go-to if you're looking for those baby-making feels. Free download available here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Tuxedo - Step In The Name Of Love
Although Valentine's Day is technically over, this recent mix by Tuxedo is definitely the key to keeping the love alive all year round. The duo, comprised of R&B/funk master Mayer Hawthorne and Grammy-nominated hip hop producer Jake One, unleashed this musical aphrodisiac last week, filled with the most sensual beats of the '80s just in time for the special day. Tuxedo is currently gearing up for the March 3 release of their debut self-titled album, so stay tuned for more funky goodness to come.
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The Dealer feat. Shells - For A Night [Love & Other]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179785378
All We Are - Keep Me Alive [Domino]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190854797
George Maple - Talk Talk (Moon Boots Remix) [Future Classic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/178442218
Years & Years - Desire (Rainer + Grimm Remix) [Copenhagen Records/Polydor]
Next - Too Close (shmallen Edit)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/190510723
MIX OF THE WEEK: Tuxedo - Step In The Name Of Love
Feb 09
2015

Disco Diaries 47: Curated By Tobtok

If you know anything about modern-day disco, you've got to love Tobtok. From his early work like Easy To Love to the more recent Higher, the Swedish producer has a spellbinding ability to take listeners back to the marvelous era of flower-print bell bottoms and platform boots. He also has a supernatural skill at remixing--my personal favorites being the edit of Ella Henderson's Yours as well as his collaborations with fellow disco master Oliver Nelson to reinvent Sam Smith's La La La and Lemaitre's High Tide.

After falling in love with Tobtok's signature tropical/disco style, one can't help but wonder what Tobtok listens to when he's not busy in the studio--the songs that inspire him, the tracks that he plays in his live sets, and the tunes that he listens to on a regular basis. For this week's edition of Disco Diaries, we take a closer look at one of our favorite producer's personal music library, along with first-hand commentary for each song choice.

Madeon - You're On ft. Kyan (Oliver Remix) [Columbia]
I’ve just been obsessed by this remix since it first surfaced on the internet. I’m a massive Oliver fan, and this jam kind of reminds me of their old tracks which were a bit more disco-oriented.
Beatport purchase here.

Just Kiddin - Thinking About It (Ghassemi Remix)
This track is made by my best friend, and he has sort of been my apprentice over the years. This remix is just on point and I’m super proud of his progress! Expect big things from him!
Free download here.

Blonde & Pianoman - Cast A Spell [Eton Messy]
Jacob from Blonde played me this a while back when we met up for a burger in London, and I instantly fell in love with it! Gotta love that catchy rave piano.
Free download here.

Touch Sensitive - Teen Idols [Future Classic]
This is currently my favorite soundtrack when I'm out walking. It’s just super feel-good and unique, and it reminds me of those old French touch tracks I used to worship back in the day.
Beatport purchase here.

KOA - All Of My Love [Future Classic]
This track is my new dancefloor banger in my sets. It has such a cool mix between Jersey Club and disco/deep house. The feel-good power is strong in this one!
Beatport purchase here.
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Madeon feat. Kyan - You're On (Oliver Remix) [Columbia]
Just Kiddin - Thinking About It (Ghassemi Remix)
Blonde & Pianoman - Cast A Spell [Eton Messy]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180029104
Touch Sensitive - Teen Idols [Future Classic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182160621
KOA - All Of My Love [Future Classic]
Feb 03
2015

Disco Diaries 46: Ed Banger Records Edition

Ed Banger Records is one of the most distinguished and esteemed record labels in the French house game, which made it the perfect candidate for our very first label-dedicated Disco Diaries playlist.

The label was founded by Pedro Winter, better known as Busy P, who also happened to manage Daft Punk until 2008. Since its inception in 2003, Ed Banger has successfully maintained its place as one of the leading tastemakers in all of electronic music. It is the proud home of some of our favorite legends, including Justice, Sebastian, Mr. Oizo, Cassius, and many more. One of the grooviest artists on the Ed Banger roster is French DJ/producer Breakbot, who is widely known for his reworks of songs by Royksopp, Digitalism, and Chromeo, as well as the timeless Baby I'm Yours with Irfane.

In anticipation of Breakbot and Irfane's forthcoming arrival in Los Angeles, this week's playlist features both old and new gems from five of the label's artists, plus a special pregame-worthy set by Breakbot himself. L'Affaire Musicale and GBH will be hosting the Ed Banger extravaganza at Sound Nightclub on Feb. 12-- get your tickets here before it's too late!

Breakbot feat. Ruckazoid - Fantasy
Although it is slightly less recognizable than Baby I'm Yours, Breakbot's Fantasy certainly deserves a spot in his hall of fame. Released in 2012 by Ed Banger Records and Because Music, the jam is oozing with Prince vibes in the best way possible. If I were you, I'd recommend preparing your dance moves solely for the purposes of hearing this in the club. Beatport purchase here.

Riton feat. Irfane - The Same
In addition to lending his soul-infused vocal chords to Breakbot's Baby I'm Yours and One Out Of Two, Irfane added to Ed Banger's impressive arsenal when he released this snazzy number with English producer Riton in May 2014. Catch it on iTunes here and get ready to see Breakbot's partner-in-crime sing his heart out at the show.

Justice - DVNO
Although it was released in 2007, DVNO shall forever hold the position as one of Justice's most meaningful and immortal tracks. The four-letter phrase refers to the absurdity of social standards in music-related entertainment--as band member Xavier de Rosnay explained, "In most suburbs of the world, in every city, there's a nightclub called El Divino...Clubs where you have to wear a white shirt to get in..." I'm sure most of us can relate. The remix package, including edits by Todd Edwards and LA Riots, is available here.

Cassius - Keep On Runnin'
If you're like me and appreciate artists who tactfully produce and blend together various elements of house, indie, synthpop, and even hip hop, you should definitely listen to more Cassius. Keep On Runnin' is a perfect example of that, as is their #1 U.S. Billboard Dance hit, The Sound of Violence. Stream the rest of Cassius' work here.

Busy P - Still Busy
After you become acquainted with Busy P, you can't help but ask yourself, "Is there anything this man hasn't done?" As a DJ, producer, art director, manager, and head of the Ed Banger label, Pedro Winter has become somewhat of an iconic figure in the French house music scene. The 2013 single, Still Busy, is the quintessential representation of Busy P's engaging, innovative, and, for lack of a better word, busy lifestyle. The original, plus several remixes, can be purchased on Beatport here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Breakbot - Boiler Room Set
Last, but certainly not least, I present to you Breakbot's divine Boiler Room set from 2013. If you claim to be a nu disco and/or house fan, it's practically a crime not to jam out to this on a regular basis. Check out the live video stream here, the full SoundCloud stream up above, and get excited to get down with Breakbot Feb. 12!
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/20361066
Breakbot feat. Ruckazoid - Fantasy [Ed Banger/Because Music]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150238377
Riton feat. Irfane - The Same [Ed Banger/Because Music]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/4079269
Justice - DVNO [Ed Banger/Because Music]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136039784
Cassius - Keep On Runnin' [Ed Banger]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/95207872
Busy P - Still Busy [Ed Banger/Because Music]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114669358
MIX OF THE WEEK: Breakbot - Boiler Room Set