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Jun 29
2015

Disco Diaries 67: Curated By Figgy

It's time for another artist-curated Disco Diaries playlist, and this week we've got the New York-based DJ/producer by the name of Figgy. Considering he's produced several massive remixes and originals over the past year, we were very honored to get a sneak peak into Figgy's personal music collection. His picks correlate quite nicely with the music he creates himself: modern nu disco-meets-house with a subtle yet satisfying touch of R&B.

After you check out Figgy's favorite tunes, feel free to indulge in his latest releases: his dreamy edit of ASTR's Activate Me, his smooth rendition of the crowd favorite Trap Queen, and my personal favorite, his ever-so-seductive remix of The Weeknd's Often.

Jessie Ware - Cruel (Klaves Remix)
I was introduced to Polish producer Klaves in 2013 when I was asked to do a remix for his EP on Symbols Recordings. I’ve been following him ever since, and his tunes just get better and better. Here he remixes one of my favorite vocalists, Jessie Ware. The vocals remain intact and the rhodes and bass groove is so vibey. When it’s time to take the dancefloor to a deeper place, this is the jam.

Midnight Star - Curious (JackLNDN Remix)
I have an ENORMOUS soft spot for '80s R&B. The songwriting; vocals and production from that time period are unparalleled, so I’m very picky about remixes. Man, did JackLDND do this justice. Adding his signature chord style and giving it a house makeover, this one’s ready for the floor.

Boxed In - Mystery (Pat Lok 'Yukon Soul' Mix) [Nettwerk]
A staple to the Vancouver scene, Pat Lok has been putting out hit after hit this year. The groove has this hard swing and has almost a hip hop feel at house tempo. I don’t know what ‘Yukon Soul’ is, but I am down!

Body Language - Really Love (Gold Fields 'Body Funk' Remix)
Two of my favorite bands coming together on this one! Such a dope flip. The original Body Language track is like a jungle/juke tune. It’s amazing, but way faster than what I play during my DJ sets, so I was very happy when this disco version landed in my inbox.
Purchase here.

Jean Tonique - My Love / Your Soul [Partyfine]
The new wave of French house artists has been incredible over the last few years. This track has everything I love in a tune: great chords, tasteful vocal samples, a neck snappin' groove, and even a little disco guitar. It’s equal parts feel-good and vibey, and I can’t get enough of it.
Purchase here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/211050645
Jessie Ware - Cruel (Klaves Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129526452
Midnight Star - Curious (JackLNDN Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206731750
Boxed In - Mystery (Pat Lok 'Yukon Soul' Mix) [Nettwerk]
Body Language - Really Love (Gold Fields 'Body Funk' Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/198389306
Jean Tonique - My Love / Your Soul [Partyfine]
Jun 22
2015

Disco Diaries 66

Last week happened to be a particularly magnificent week in the world of nu disco and funk, and we've got our top picks for you today. Choose to spend your Monday with Disco Diaries, and suddenly Mondays might not seem so bad!

Thundercat - Them Changes [Brainfeeder]
Los Angeles-based Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, has built quite an impressive resume over the years. The bassist/singer/songwriter has released two solo albums, worked with experimental legend Flying Lotus, played bass for the metal band Suicidal Tendencies, and even appeared on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. His latest, the ever so funky Them Changes, debuted June 22 via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Scope more info on the release here.

BANKS - Beggin For Thread (Aeroplane Remix)
One of Disco Diaries' favorites is back, providing a pleasant blast to the past with an upbeat rendition of BANKS' Beggin For Thread. As usual, Aeroplane sports solid production skills by transforming the dramatic pop original into a lighthearted and groovy dance jam. There's no purchase link for this one, but treat yourself to the rest of Aeroplane's tunes here.

Will Young - Thank You (Fred Falke Remix) [Island]
Fred Falke has succeeded, yet again, in completely funk-ifying an original track that can be described as anything BUT funky. Thank You was featured on British pop singer Will Young's 85% Proof album, available for purchase via iTunes here.

Mansions On The Moon - The Truth (Eric Sharp & Tenova Remix)
If you love Mansions On The Moon, you're bound to love Eric Sharp and Tenova's edit of the band's most popular original track. With slightly accelerated vocals and additional percussion elements, The Truth makes an epic return right in time for summer. Catch your free download of the remix here.

Grades - King (Basic Tape Remix)
Don't be fooled by the name--Parisian duo Basic Tape have proven to be everything but basic. Their latest remix takes Grades' King to a whole new level with a piano-driven house rhythm and the original's addictive vocals kept intact. Follow Grades' Beatport for further info on this release.
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/210910118
Thundercat - Them Changes [Brainfeeder]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/210517300
BANKS - Beggin For Thread (Aeroplane Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209831250
Will Young - Thank You (Fred Falke Remix) [Island]
Mansions On The Moon - The Truth (Eric Sharp & Tenova Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/210032684
Grades - King (Basic Tape Remix)
Jun 16
2015

Disco Diaries 65

Well, it's finally happened...Disco Diaries has officially reached senior citizen status. Assuming our weekly playlists have aged like fine wine, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating the big 6-5 with some of the grooviest cats in the game. Cheers!

POOM - De la vitesse à l'ivresse [Partyfine]
Let's start things off slow and sexy with the latest by French electropop outfit POOM. According to Google Translate, "de la vitesse à l'ivresse" means "speed to drunkenness"...can't say we've ever heard that phrase sound this classy. The single is out via fellow French producer Yuksek's Partyfine label--cop it here.

NTEIBINT feat. Stella - The Owner [Eskimo]
With Anoraak's recent Odds Are Good and Du Tonc's Animals, Eskimo Records has been on a roll with superb nu disco releases as of late. The Owner just got added to the bunch, and we have to say they've truly outdone themselves with this one. Catch the full Beatport package, including remixes by Justin Faust and Anoraak, here.

Kartell feat. J - Rican - All I Have [Roche Musique]
French DJ/producer Kartell recently released his Tender Games album, and if you haven't heard it yet, please stop everything you're doing and indulge now. In typical Roche Musique fashion, the EP is filled with babymaking jams that are guaranteed to light the flame between you and that special someone. All I Have is our personal favorite--find yours here.

Patrick Baker - Present Tense
Aside from being featured on several of Lane 8's singles, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/producer Patrick Baker is making a name for himself with a string of powerful solo releases. Present Tense features smooth, sensual lyrics and a tropical house beat, written and produced by Baker himself. Download it for free here.

Midnight Pool Party - Disease
With Darren Morilla on vocals and keys and Oliver Dela Cruz on guitar, bass, and production, Midnight Pool Party is a two-man band that has perfected the classic disco sound we all know and love. Their latest release further verifies their motto, "Disco will never die." I dare you to try and not let it get stuck in your head. iTunes purchase here.
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209827645
POOM - De la vitesse à l'ivresse [Partyfine]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209355955
NTEIBINT feat. Stella - The Owner [Eskimo]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204927937
Kartell feat. J - Rican - All I Have [Roche Musique]
Patrick Baker - Present Tense
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209406271
Midnight Pool Party - Disease
Jun 08
2015

Disco Diaries 64: DWYR Premiere

Another week is upon us, and another Disco Diaries playlist has arrived to launch it on a high note. Today, we're serving up a special exclusive premiere plus four of the grooviest tunes found on the interwebs. Turn it up!

PREMIERE: DWYR - Make Me Float
Considering Aaliyah is debatably one of the most remixed female R&B singers in the game, it's become increasingly impressive when a producer can present a fresh take on one of her timeless originals. Today, we're proud to present one of those rare cases: DWYR's tropical rendition of Aaliyah's Rock The Boat

Opening the track with tuned-down vocals leading to Aaliyah's infamous original chorus, Make Me Float takes listeners on a sensual journey which concludes with a dreamy tropical rhythm that is guaranteed to evoke images of relaxing boat rides, sunny vacations, and beachside adventures. The Phoenix-born producer currently resides in Madrid, Spain, where he is quickly gaining steam as one of the city's premiere DJs, with a residency at one of the the top venues and shows alongside heavyweights including Alex Metric, The Magician, and Jonas Rathsman. As for his production background, DWYR built his resume with a series of notable remixes for artists including Chris Brown, Miami Horror, and Vance Joy, which all culminated to the release of his debut original, All Night.

Make Me Float will be live on DWYR's SoundCloud on June 9, but LessThan3 has your exclusive download today! Grab it here, and stayed tuned for the young producer's US debut this summer at Space Yacht Los Angeles.



Kilter feat. Porsches - Want 2 [etcetc]
After making quite the impression with their debut single, Horses, Australian duo Porsches have taken things up a notch by collaborating with another Aussie favorite, DJ/producer Kilter. As expected, Porsches' sexy vocals and Kilter's smooth production are a flawless match. Catch the single via Beaport here.

Ron Flieger - Feel Your Love [Epic Bear Entertainment]
Berlin-based Ron Magnus Flieger appeared on our radar seemingly out of nowhere, but Feel Your Love ensures that he is here to stay. After signing to Warner Music at age 22 and releasing a series of high-profile remixes, Flieger has graced us with the premiere single from his first EP, also titled Feel Your Love. Check out the music video here, and pre-order the full EP here.

Holy Models - Lessons (Falcon Punch Remix)
With tunes like this, Denver native Falcon Punch has quickly become a Disco Diaries regular--and it doesn't look like we're getting tired of him any time soon. His rendition of Holy Models' Lessons exemplifies that quintessential disco sound that he's clearly mastered, complete with the relaxing, blissful elements of his past releases. This edit is one of four, which will be included on Holy Models' second EP, set for a June 15 release via High Above The Ground.

Instrum - Come On Over [Trax]
While DJ/producer Instrum has previously delved into genres of tropical and future house, his latest highlights Jordan Gonzalez' soulful vocals fused seamlessly with his signature chill house sound. This single will be featured on Instrum's upcoming Underground Sound album; in the meantime, you can catch it on Spotify here.
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/209346824?secret_token=s-gN6JK
PREMIERE: DWYR - Make Me Float
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206120546
Kilter feat. Porsches - Want 2 [etcetc]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206336410
Ron Flieger - Feel Your Love [Epic Bear Entertainment]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207293340
Holy Models - Lessons (Falcon Punch Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/207648003
Instrum - Come On Over [Trax]
Jun 01
2015

Disco Diaries 63: Curated By Gigamesh

If you know disco, you've got to know Gigamesh. The Minneapolis-based producer has made an everlasting mark on the industry with a distinct signature style, high-energy shows on all points of the globe, and multiple platinum records including Mike Posner's 2010 hit Cooler Than Me and his edit of Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks. Gigamesh's latest, simply titled The Music, is yet another manifestation of his unrelenting talent in the groove department.

As a Disco Diairies frequenter and one of our favorite groove-makers, we've invited Gigamesh to share his top five jams, as well as personal commentary for each. Although it should come as no surprise, we've got to say, great taste in music is yet another accomplishment that Matthew T. Masurka can add to his growing resume. Enjoy the read and keep up with Gigamesh's releases here.

Kenton Slash Demon - Sun [Tartelet]
I bought this as soon as I heard it years ago but somehow forgot about it until I noticed Kenton Slash Demon is releasing new stuff on Future Classic. It's one of the most creative sample-based dance tunes I've heard.
Beatport purchase here.

KStewart - Keeping You Up (Pomo Remix)
Pomo is the shit. He seems to keep getting better with every release, and cranks a new one out almost every month. I especially love his drum programming on this one. So creative.

Mura Masa feat. Nao - Firefly
Mura Masa is apparently only 18 but sounds like he's been making music for decades. This EP is definitely my favorite release of the year. I'm thinking of making a more DJ-friendly version of this song for my own sets if I can find the time.
iTunes purchase here.

Phony Ppl - End Of The Night (Louis Futon Remix)
Louis Futon played right before me at a festival recently. I'm sorry to say I hadn't heard of him but his set was awesome. All his stuff is great. This remix is a perfect update of a really well-written original.
Free download here.

Club Cheval - From The Basement To The Roof (Oliver Remix) [Parlophone]
Newest Oliver remix and one of my favorites. They always sound fresh yet have a keen sense of dance music history infused into their tracks. I actually use Oliver tunes as mix comparisons on my own stuff because Vaughn is a wizard at mastering.
Beatport purchase here.

Digging his style? Follow Gigamesh on his social channels below:
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exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/7579172
Kenton Slash Demon - Sun [Tartelet]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204877618
KStewart - Keeping You Up (Pomo Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/200083449
Mura Masa feat. Nao - Firefly
Phony Ppl - End Of The Night (Louis Futon Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202650870
Club Cheval - From The Basement To The Roof (Oliver Remix) [Parlophone]