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Aug 25
2014

Disco Diaries 24: Curated By The Knocks

With hits like Modern Hearts, Comfortable, and most recently Classic, tunes by NYC-based duo The Knocks are among the most recognizable, grooviest, and danceable in the nu disco game.

If you're as big of a fan as I am, I'm sure you've pondered what Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson listen to when they're not busy creating these musical gems. Well, we are extremely proud to present a very special Disco Diaries playlist, carefully curated by two artists who not only have frequented many Disco Diaries in the past, but are also two of the major tastemakers of this genre as a whole. Needless to say, their picks and commentary are sure to make your Monday a little brighter and a whole lot groovier. Cheers!

Treasure Fingers – Honey Dip
Always guaranteed to jump the dance floor way off.
Free download here.

Darius – Espoir [Roche Musique]
This one has a mellow vibe that we absolutely love.
iTunes purchase here.

Jafunk – Debut
Some new hotness. M.J. samples make it fire.
Free download here.

Munk – Happiness Juice [Exploited]
Fire fire fire firrrre. Positive vibes and all that goodness.
Beatport purchase here.

Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls [Columbia]
Mega hot chord changes. It also sounds like she’s saying "gangster girls," which we pretend she's saying anyway, because that’s very dope.
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Treasure Fingers - Honey Dip
Darius - Espoir [Roche Musique]
Jafunk - Debut
Munk - Happiness Juice [Exploited]
Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm - Games For Girls [Columbia]
Aug 18
2014

Disco Diaries 23

It's that time again! Disco Diaries has arrived to give you just the funky fix you were looking for, and in my humble opinion, this week's picks are particularly delightful. Click play to enjoy the latest and greatest in nu disco, indie dance, electro pop, and funk/soul. Cheers!


Mystery Skulls - Paralyzed (Aeroplane Remix) [Warner]
When you combine Los Angeles-based indie/electronica band Mystery Skulls with one of nu disco's ultimate O.G.'s, Vito De Luca (a.k.a. Aeroplane), you know that the product will be a 10 on the groovy meter. This track, along with five other catchy remixes including ones from Jimmy Edgar and Ghosts Of Venice, is on Mystery Skulls' new Paralyzed Remix EP--get it here. If you're enjoying this, be sure to check out Aeroplane's latest (amazing) mixtape, the Not-So-Monthly July Mix, here.

Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (Nehzuil Remix)
Spending time with a special someone recently? If you're ever in need of some slow jams to add to that "special" playlist, look no further than Jordan Rakei and Nehzuil. As if their tunes aren't sexy enough on their own, they have combined their powers to really set the mood with this one. If you're digging this, you can stream and purchase Rakei's recent Soul Has No Tempo EP here.

Tobtok ft. Emil Heró - Higher (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix) [Good Soldier]
If you have ever read a Disco Diaries post, it's likely that you've heard about Tobtok, Oliver Nelson, and/or Skogsra, three of the ultimate tastemakers of this genre. Lo and behold, we've finally been graced with a tune that involves all three of the funk masters in one--truly a gift sent from the disco Gods to "take you higher." Beatport purchase available here.

Lenno feat. The Electric Sons - Wake Up [Universal Finland]
It's not very often that you hear a nu disco and progressive electro fusion, and if you do, it's hard to imagine it being so easy on the ears. This track, my friends, is a musical unicorn. Support the Finish producer Lenno & indie/electro band The Electric Sons by snatching your copy from Beatport here.

DJ Cassidy feat. R. Kelly - Make The World Go Round (Gigamesh Remix)
Yes, you read it right: another nu disco O.G., Gigamesh, has remixed none other than the man, the legend, R. Kelly. Need I say more? Didn't think so. Free download here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: NEUS - Smile, It's Summer
After literally falling in love with his remix of Phantogram's Fall In Love, I was thrilled that French producer NEUS released an 80-minute mixtape, filled with tunes of similar caliber. Peep the tracklist here and throw this one on next time you're at the pool, beach, or really any activity under the shining sun.
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Mystery Skulls - Paralyzed (Aeroplane Remix) [Warner]
Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (Nehzuil Remix)
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró - Higher (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix) [Good Soldier]
Lenno feat. The Electric Sons - Wake Up [Universal Finland]
DJ Cassidy feat. R Kelly - Make The World Go Round (Gigamesh Remix)
MIX OF THE WEEK: Neus - Smile, It's Summer Mixtape
Aug 13
2014

Disco Diaries 22

Are you suffering from lack of chill and/or groovy vibes? Have you had a recent overdose of hard-hitting trap, grimy techno, and/or bass in your face?

If you answered yes to any of the above, Disco Diaries has come to the rescue. Press play to listen to give your ears a mini-vacation with a fresh batch of deep and nu disco, indie dance, and electro pop goodness. Cheers!

Skogsrå - Now You See Me [Brilliance]
Apparently I was about seven months late on discovering this gem, but once I did, I could not stop listening to it. With a smooth voice and a naturally flowing beat, the Swedish outfit has created one of those tracks that will get any funk-lover hooked upon initial exposure. Yes, I so see you, Skogsrå.

Brother In Arms - Turn & Burn (BIA Disco EDIT)
I can guarantee you've never heard Disclosure's When A Fire Starts To Burn sound like this. With the original sample and completely new production, the San Francisco-based duo puts a refreshing spin on the house classic, creating a tune that deserves to join the disco classic category. Cop your free download here.

Lemaitre - Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)
First we fell in love with his remix of ZZ Ward's 365 Days, then his take on Jill Scott's Daydreamin', and now comes the ultra groovy remix of Lemaitre's Wait. Download the track for free here, and try not to fall too hard this time.

Falcon Punch & PIXELATED - Flying High
Although there's a seemingly infinite number of versions of Nina Simone's beloved Feeling Good, I've never heard it take on such a pleasing tropical, disco aura as this collaboration by Denver's Falcon Punch and Brooklyn's PIXELATED. Enjoy your free download available here.

RÜFÜS - Unforgiven (The Presets Remix) [Sweat It Out]
When you combine two extremely talented groups from down under, you can't expect anything less than pure musical bliss, and that's exactly what RÜFÜS and The Presets have delivered. This remix is included on RÜFÜS' debut album Atlas, which, by the way, is absolutely incredible. Do yourself a favor and order it here.

Tobtok - Summer Mix
Take a quick glance at the track list... I dare you to tell me you're not stoked to listen to this mix, specially curated by Swedish producer/DJ and fellow disco head Tobtok. As summer is unfortunately winding down, I give you the authority to utilize this mix to maintain full denial of that fact. Free download here.
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Skogsrå - Now You See Me [Brilliance]
Brother In Arms - Turn & Burn (BIA Disco Edit)
Lemaitre - Wait (Jerry Folk Remix)
Falcon Punch & PIXELATED - Flying High
RÜFÜS - Unforgiven (The Presets Remix) [Sweat It Out]
Tobtok - Summer Mix
Aug 05
2014

Disco Diaries 21: Soul Clap’s Tropical 5



For this edition of Disco Diaries, we've invited Soul Clap, funky house masters and proud owners of Soul Clap Records, to enlighten us with five tunes that will remove you from reality and take you to a place filled with warm sands, swaying palm trees, and everlasting ocean waves.

Has that visual teased you enough? If you're into these melodic, tropical sounds and you enjoy luxurious, beach side relaxation, you're in luck: Soul Clap, joined by the likes of Skream, Lee Burridge, and Wolf + Lamb, will be spinning tunes of equal caliber at the upcoming Groove Fest in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. From September 9 to 15, Groove Fest will host beach parties, pool parties, boat parties, and club parties at Lifestyle Holidays, an all-inclusive resort in the beautiful Caribbean. If that's not the true epitome of paradise, then I'm not sure what is. Book a three-night stay here or go all out with a seven-night stay here.

Wally Badarou - Mambo
"If you never heard of Wally before check him out, he's the infamous in-house synth/keyboard player from the Compass Point studio days alongside Sly & Robbie. This was a musical mecca in the '80s and the source of many many timeless records including the very best of Grace Jones. Mambo is a prime example of his solo work from the album Echoes."

Beat Conductor - Caribbean Path
"One of those classic melodies that we can keep hearing over and over again, beat conductor flips a dancefloor-friendly re-edit of "The Path" by Ralph Macdonald."

Grace Jones - J.A. Guys (Dub)
"Well speaking 'bout Wally Badarou, here's him in full effect playing a melody so prolific that even LL Cool J had to cash in!"

Key Tronics Ensemble - You X Me (Slow Latin Version)
"Shout out to the Martinez Brothers for introducing us to this record. The producers are Italian, but damned if they didn't lock that Latin groove in place."

Risco Connection - Good Times
"We love it when reggae bands cover disco songs and this one really nails it. Fire up the dub sirens and relax dat groove, it's Chic gone utterly tropical!"

Wally Badarou - Mambo (Original Mix)
Beat Conductor - Caribbean Path (Original Mix)
Grace Jones - J.A. Guys (Dub)
Key Tronics Ensemble - You X Me (Slow Latin Version)
Risco Connection - Good Times (Original Mix)
Jul 28
2014

Disco Diaries 20

Time to get down with Disco Diaries' 20th edition. Per usual, we've got some of the very best in nu disco, disco house, indie dance, and electro pop. Cheers!

Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People (KRONO Edit)
Mickael and David Couderc, the Parisian brothers and beat makers known as KRONO, have been on fire lately, releasing two killer back-to-back throwbacks as a tribute to their dedicated fans. The first was a dangerously groovy remix of Cassie's Me & U, followed by this delightful edit of Empire of the Sun's We Are The People. Better yet, both are available as free downloads for your listening pleasure.

Glen Check - Paint It Gold [SOUNDHOLIC & Pison]
This cheery tune is almost guaranteed to put an extra pep in your step. Paint It Gold is part of the Korean band's album entitled Youth, filled with more contagious hybrids of synth pop, disco, and indie dance. If you're digging this, I encourage you to listen to the entire album as well as the Paint It Gold remix package, which features Disco Diaries favorites like Jean Tonique.

FM LAETI - Wanna Dance (Fred Falke Remix) [Sony France]
The one couldn't be titled more perfectly. Fred Falke contributes a quintessential air of bouncy electric synths to French pop artist FM LAETI's Wanna Dance, and it belongs on a light-up dance floor ASAP. Purchase via iTunes here.

Autograf- One (Cover)
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine Swedish House Mafia sounding like this. The Chicago trio and remix experts Autograf have unleashed a tropical house cover of One, and it's a very pleasing blast from the past if I do say so myself. Snatch your free download here, and stay tuned for LessThan3's upcoming interview with Autograf.

Tegan and Sara - I Was A Fool (Bolivard Remix)
"#FrenchTouch, #Tropical, #Chill, #Summer, #Beach"--the SoundCloud tags for Bolivard's remix of Tegan and Sara's I Was A Fool basically cover the airy essence of this easy-listening tune. The fact that this week's Disco Diaries playlist reps KRONO, Fred Falke, Zimmer, and now Bolivard is further validation that this "French touch" sound is incredibly ever wgrowing and appealing, and I'm eager to hear more. Cop Bolivard's free download here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Zimmer - Méditerranée | July Tape
Not only is Zimmer one of the elite French disco producers of our time, but he also has exquisite taste in music, as evidenced by his incredibly dreamy monthly mixtapes. I never doubt that his mixes will take me on a spiritual music journey, filled with the latest and greatest in disco house jams flawlessly interwoven, and July's is no exception. Free download available here.
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Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People (KRONO Edit)
Glen Check - Paint It Gold [SOUNDHOLIC & Pison]
FM LAETI - Wanna Dance (Fred Falke Remix) [Sony France]
Autograf - One (Cover)
Tegan and Sara - I Was A Fool (Bolivard Remix)
Zimmer - Méditerranée July Tape