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Dec 15
2014

Disco Diaries 40: Fred Falke Premiere

We've hit our 40th edition of Disco Diaries, and we're celebrating in prime fashion with a premiere by the one and only Fred Falke, four stellar new tunes, and an uplifting winter mix.

PREMIERE: Indiana - Only The Lonely (Fred Falke Remix) [Epic]
UK singer/songwriter Indiana initially made her mark in the electronic music world with Solo Dancing, which reached the UK Singles Chart's top 15 and received superb treatments by Chris Lake, Joe Goddard, and KAOS. Her more recent single, Only The Lonely, was dubbed "a ballad you can dance to" by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe and officially established Indiana as one of UK's top emerging artists.

Today, we are extremely pleased to present the exclusive premiere a very special rendition of Only The Lonely, created by one of Disco Diaries' favorite artists, Fred Falke. Falke enlivens the emotionally driven alternative pop track with a touch of his signature French house flare, allowing it to a take on a more buoyant, electro house feel that is enjoyable for any listening occasion.

You can pre-order the Only The Lonely remix package here, which includes remixes by KANT and Fehrplay as well. The single will be featured on Indiana's highly anticipated Romeo album to be released Jan. 19 via Sony Music's Epic Records. Pre-order it here.

Hayden James - Something About You [Future Classic]
You know that feeling when you listen to the first five seconds of a song, and you already know it's going to be your new favorite? That was certainly the case with this new number by Hayden James, the Sydney-based producer most recognized for his ultra sexy Permission To Love. Following Touch Sensitive's release last week, Something About You is the second track featured on Future Classic's Teen Idols compilation. The album is set for a Dec. 19 release and can be pre-ordered here.

D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Sugah Daddy (Red Bull 20 Before 15) [Sony]
Take a little bit of funky jazz, add a touch of smooth R&B, stir it up with a generous helping of soul, and you've got the highly esteemed D'Angelo. After being MIA for a colossal 14 years, the beloved Grammy-winner gave fans their first taste of his upcoming Black Messiah LP with the extremely enticing Sugah Daddy. D'Angelo's signature falsetto and The Vanguards' distinguished, sophisticated fusion of sounds create a tune that no one can deny. Sugah Daddy was the 14th of Red Bull's 20 free downloads before 2015, and the full album was released Dec. 14. Get it while it's hot here.

Crystal Fighters - Love Alight (Jean Tonique Remix)
When I discovered this jam just last week, I was immediately disappointed that it fell under my radar for several months since its September release. With such a high-quality edit of the legendary Crystal Fighters' Love Alight, Jean Tonique proves--yet again--that he is the master of sleek, groovy nu disco remixes. Catch your free download here.

Childish Gambino - 3005 (Chordashian Remix)
It's one thing to remix an indie or a classic disco track, but it's another groove-ify a hip hop track... and to be successful at it. The Brooklyn-based duo known as Chordashian has successfully transformed 3005 by looping Childish Gambino's catchy "hol' up" and incorporating a refreshing air of tropical, dance-y synths. The free download is available here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: LCAW - Take Me To Your Paradise (Winter Mix Vol. VII)
Opening with a particularly mellow and soothing remix by AMTRAC and concluding with Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough's edit of Caribou's renowned Can't Do Without You, Take Me To Your Paradise is undoubtedly the perfect title for LCAW's latest mix. The young producer, who was recently featured in our Slicing Into Tropical House piece, clearly has a knack for producing as well as mixing and matching the most pleasant tunes. Download your personal winter paradise here.

Tracklist:
1. Shakka - When Will I See You Again (AMTRAC Remix)
2. Moriarty - Jimmy (Joachim Pastor & Romain Dalman remix)
3. Crystal Fighters - Love Alight (Jean Tonique Remix)
4. The Weeknd - Devil May Cry (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber Edit)
5. Rodriguez - Sugar Man(The Goldfish Remix)
6. Dante Klein - Ertesuppe (Original Mix )
7. Shadow Child & Doorly - Climbin' (Toyboy & Robin Remix)
8. Andreas Moe - Ocean (LCAW Remix)
9. Dotan - Hungry (Niklas Ibach Edit )
10. Ruu Campbell x LCAW - The Call
11. Chopstick & Johnjon - Listen (Original Mix)
12. Klaves - People (Original Mix)
13. Nhan Solo - Tell You (Original Mix)
14. Caribou - Can't Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
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PREMIERE: Indiana - Only The Lonely (Fred Falke Remix) [Epic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181081894
Hayden James - Something About You [Future Classic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181260617
D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Sugah Daddy (Red Bull 20 Before 15) [Sony]
Crystal Fighters - Love Alight (Jean Tonique Remix)
Childish Gambino - 3005 (Chordashian Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180710356
MIX OF THE WEEK: LCAW - Take Me To Your Paradise (Winter Mix Vol. VII)
Dec 08
2014

Disco Diaries 39

Ready for Monday's pick-me-up? Disco Diaries is here with your weekly playlist of our favorite nu disco, electropop, indie dance, and funk/soul jams.

Touch Sensitive - Teen Idols [Future Classic]
Touch Sensitive has perfected a sound that's all his own, and Teen Idols is further proof of that accomplishment. This is the title track of the Teen Idols compilation, set for a Dec. 19 release via esteemed Australian label, Future Classic. Pre-order here.

Great Good Fine Ok - By My Side (Great Good Fine Ok Remix)
Great Good Fine Ok's Body Diamond EP is arguably one of the top electropop pieces of the year. Now, the boys have outdone themselves by remixing their own track, By My Side, bringing in an element of groovy house that takes the song to new heights. Free download here.

Aaliyah - If Your Girl Only Knew (Nehzuil Remix)
On Nov. 25, Nehzuil posted a Facebook status stating "28 Days Left till Christmas. Its time..to do...A-Beat-A-Day," and on the third day, we were gifted with this lovely tune. The SoundCloud description, "feenin that funk," couldn't apply more in this case. Follow Nehzuil here for more scrumptious daily releases.

Henri - It's Like This It's Like That (Irregular Disco Workers Acid Remix) [Monstertooth]
Irregular Disco Workers, aka Gregorio Assandri and Andrea Frittella, have dubbed their sound "working class disco," and tracks like this one further elucidate the pleasant obscurity that defines them. The remix package for Henri's It's Like This It's Like That also includes a disco edit by James Curd and a deep house rework by Henri herself. All tracks are available on Beatport here.

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (SIMØNE Remix)
After just a brief glance at his SoundCloud, it becomes clear that Spanish producer SIMØNE is quite the expert when it comes to producing disco remixes of classic jams. In addition to this fun remix of How Deep Is Your Love, he offers dance floor remixes of Indeep's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, Madonna's Music, Donna Summers' I'm A Fire, and many more. All of SIMØNE's remixes are available for free download here.
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Touch Sensitive - Teen Idols [Future Classic]
Great Good Fine Ok - By My Side (Great Good Fine Ok Remix)
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Aaliyah - If Your Girl Only Knew (Nehzuil Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172072387
Henri - It's Like This It's Like That (Irregular Disco Workers Acid Remix) [Monstertooth]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179090046
The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (SIMØNE Remix)
Dec 01
2014

Disco Diaries 38: Shmallen Premiere

Disco Diaries is celebrating its 38th episode, and we won't be slowing down any time soon. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekly dose of the finest in nu disco, disco house, funk/soul, indie dance, and electro pop.

PREMIERE: Shmallen - Baby Baby
Shmallen initially landed on LessThan3's radar with his captivating edits of Aaliyah's Rock The Boat and Goldbloc's Days Are Dreaming. Now, he's reasserted himself as the connoisseur of silky smooth baby-making jams with his latest original piece, Baby Baby, and we are tremendously proud to present the exclusive premiere today. The track features carefully placed cuts of Brandy's 1994 Baby fused with Shmallen's signature R&B-meets-deep house undertone. If you're digging this sound, stay tuned for the free download via SoundCloud tomorrow!

Louis Vivet feat. Gavrielle & Nick Goldston - Save Tonight
Unless you slept through the late '90s, you must recall (and likely cherish) Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry. Nicolas II and Aria S of Louis Vivet have revived the feel-good tune by transforming virtually every element of the original besides the lyrics and that fundamental feel-good essence. What starts off as classic duet leads into a deep house beat before somehow transitioning into a a progressive house-backed chorus, further proving that Louis Vivet lives up to the name--adopted from the first patient to be diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. Free download available here.

Keljet x AYER - If It's Not You
After the major success that was Keljet's 2013 remix of AYER's Circle Down, the Dutch producer has officially collaborated with the NYC-based singer to create this glorious number, proving that the two are definitely a dream team of sorts. Throw in an exceptionally groovy remix by Tobtok, and If It's Not You becomes the quintessential package of nu disco goodness. Purchase on iTunes here.

Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens (Zimmer Remix)
If you follow Disco Diaries in the slightest bit, you're probably sick of reading my insistent praise of Zimmer. So I'll just let this track speak for itself...you can thank me later.

Sirena - Chemicals (Televisor Remix) [Universal]
Televisor is a DJ/producer duo comprising Tim Butler and Tom Parry, who claim to have "joined forces to help re-ignite the disco flame in modern dance music." With the ability to transform pop songs like Sirena's Chemicals into ultra catchy disco jams, that goal has become a definite reality. Catch the original via iTunes here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: EXPLOITED PODCAST #29: James Curd
It's tagged as "#deephouse," but I must say that this mix is groovy as hell (or rather, heaven), with just the perfect selection of funk, soul, bass-infused house, and disco tracks. Essentially, it is a very accurate representation of the marvelous James Curd, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite producers. You can purchase the mix tape here, along with the rest of Berlin-based Exploited Records' esteemed podcasts.
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PREMIERE: Shmallen - Baby Baby
Louis Vivet feat. Gavrielle & Nick Goldston - Save Tonight
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Keljet x AYER - If It's Not You
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/178573059
Brooke Fraser - Kings & Queens (Zimmer remix)
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Sirena - Chemicals (Televisor Remix) [Universal]
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MIX OF THE WEEK: EXPLOITED PODCAST #29 - James Curd
Nov 25
2014

Disco Diaries 37

With Giorgio Moroder, Anabel Englund, SNBRN, and a little bit of French lovin' on the menu, there's no doubt that this edition of Disco Diaries will be beyond delectable. Bon appétit!

Joywave - Tongues (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
Just last week, disco forefather Giorgio Moroder announced an upcoming album with A-list collaborators including Britney Spears, Sia, and Matthew Koma, AND released a psychedelic video for the first single, 74 Is The New 24. Just two days later, Moroder put out this golden remix of Joywave's Tongues, proving yet again that his capabilities exceed far beyond the traditional boundaries of age.

Human Life & Anabel Englund - El Diablo (Original Mix) [Win]
Although "el diablo" means devil in Spanish, this tune is truly heavenly. Both based in the city of angels, producer Human Life and vocalist Anabel Englund first displayed their collaborative strength with Falling in 2013. They have now taken it one step further with the mesmerizing El Diablo. Grab your copy here and be on the lookout for remixes from Adana Twins, Joyce Muniz, Mia Dora, and Hotlane on Dec. 15.

Melanie Martinez - Carousel (SNBRN Remix) [Atlantic]
Although the music market is severely oversaturated with various names for the all-encompassing genre of house music, our friend SNBRN has certainly earned the right to dub his own, which he calls "sunset house." As odd as it may sound, it paints an accurate picture of the LA-born producer's ability to blend elements of house, nu disco, and indie dance, as demonstrated by this remix of Melanie Martinez' Carousel. This jam is available via iTunes here.

Brigitte Bardot - La Madrague (Antis Remix)
I have absolutely no idea what Ms. Bardot is saying, but I do know that this song launched me into the most pleasurable dreamworld upon first listen. Fellow Parisian and exquisite producer Antis polishes the classic original with just a subtle hint of house-y production, and the product only further validates the existence and power of what I like to call the "French touch." Free download is available here.

Remi Miles - I Want You
Remi Miles is clearly a newcomer to the scene, with just this track on his SoundCloud and minimal personal information floating around the interweb. However, what I can say with confidence is that his debut single I Want You is catchy enough to keep me hooked until the release of the next. If I were you, I'd keep my eyes and ears peeled for that one.
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Joywave - Tongues (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
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Human Life & Anabel Englund - El Diablo (Original Mix) [Win]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/178441025
Melanie Martinez - Carousel (SNBRN Remix) [Atlantic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158816552
Brigitte Bardot - La Madrague (Antis Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/175271535
Remi Miles - I Want You
Nov 17
2014

Disco Diaries 36: The Twelves Premiere

Disco Diaries 36 is coming in strong with an exclusive premiere, four groovy new tunes, and a cosmic disco mix that will send you straight to outer space. Happy Monday!

PREMIERE: Pompeya - Does (The Twelves Remix)
The Twelves have remixed Russian pop/funk outfit Pompeya's recent single Does, and LessThan3 is honored to present the exclusive premiere. With the addition of funk synths and a deep rippling bassline, The Twelves transform the alternative original into a hazy '80s synthpop dream. Does was featured on the band's recently released Night EP, available now on iTunes here and Spotify here. If you're digging this, be sure to check out more from João Miguel and Luciano Oliveira, aka The Twelves, here.


Röyksopp - Thank You [Dog Triumph]
The deeply revered Norwegian duo has claimed that the spectacular The Inevitable End album will serve as their bid adieu to what we've all come to know and love as Röyksopp. Thank You is a stand out track in the bunch, with Daft Punk-esque vocals and a steady, melancholy undertone that respectfully symbolizes their departure. Released on Nov. 10, the album is available for purchase here.

Gigamesh - Back 2 Life
Although nothing can truly compare to Gigamesh's stunning edit of Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, his latest release comes damn close. He's completely revitalized Soul II Soul's classic Back To Life with the signature Gigamesh disco house magic, and this one's a necessary addition to any disco playlist. Catch your free download here.

Wunder Wunder - Midnight Hours (Zimmer Remix)
Over the last couple years, I've come to realize and embrace the fact that Zimmer has an uncanny ability to create the dreamiest tunes in the disco house game without fail. Wunder Wunder's relaxing, indie Midnight Hours sets just the right stage for the French producer to add his special touch without forfeiting its original essence. Check out the rest of Zimmer's releases here.

Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me (Eau Claire Remix)
The young DC-based producer Eau Claire is quickly making a name for herself with catchy remixes like this one. She incorporates a bouncey bassline and tweaks Mike Posner's vocals to completely re-create the 2009 hit Cooler Than Me. This jam is available as a free download here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: i-D - Shook: Music To... A Cosmic Voyage
Shook has been on my radar for a minute now, with ultra funky originals like Milestones and enchanting remixes of Capital Cities' Kangaroo Court and Kimbra's Cameo Lover. Hence, I was thrilled to discover that i-D has invited the Antarctican instrumentalist/producer to partake in its "Music To..." mixtape series. With a tracklist (below) packed with hidden disco/funk gems, let's just say that the title couldn't be more appropriate.

Tracklist:
1. Shakatak - Covina
2. Casiopea - Asayake
3. Casiopea - Black Joke
4. Herbie Hancock - Help Yourself
5. Shook - Tonight
6. Jeff Lorber - Tropical
7. The Rah Band - Float
8. George Duke - Brazilian Love Affair
9. Shook - Milestones
10. Can - Tango Whiskeyman
11. 2010: The Year We Make Contact
12. Donald Fagen - I.G.Y (What A Beautiful Word)
13. The Alan Parsons Project - Mammagamma
14. Mtume - Give It On Up (If You Want To)
15. Luke Million - Ice Ice Arnie (Cool Party) (Instrumental)
16. Siriusmo - Last Dear
17. Benny & Gain - Been & Gone
18. Tiger & Woods - Lab File #11
19. Shook - Almost There
20. Unknown Space Recording (14-10-1986)
21. Space - Magic Fly
22. Ilija Rudman - Show Me The Magic / Droid - Lasers & Conversations
23. Louis La Roche - Take Control
24. Stanley Clarke & Steve Gadd - Quiet Afternoon
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Pompeya - Does (The Twelves Remix)
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Röyksopp - Thank You [Dog Triumph]
Gigamesh - Back 2 Life
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Wunder Wunder - Midnight Hours (Zimmer remix)
Mike Posner - Cooler Than Me (Eau Claire Remix)
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MIX OF THE WEEK: i-D - Shook - Music To... A Cosmic Voyage