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Jan 26
2015

Disco Diaries 45: Curated By Bit Funk

It's time for another artist-curated Disco Diaries, and this week we've got none other than Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Bit Funk. If you didn't already deduce by his name, Bit Funk's veteran disco and house expertise makes him the perfect candidate to provide us with the smooth jams and firsthand commentary for this week's playlist.

After you've delved into the below selection, be sure to check out Bit Funk's own tunes as well. My personal recommendations would be his soothing remix of Pharcyde's Runnin', his catchy take on Jutty Ranx's I See You, and of course the appropriately-titled Soul Satisfaction EP. Lucky for you, most of Bit Funk's releases are also available as free downloads here.

Daniel Leseman - Drums [Outplay]
I'm a really big fan of Daniel Leseman and all of the Outplay guys. This track has a really authentic mix of organic sounds and syncopated keyboards. It's both super chill and smooth while also grabbing your attention immediately.

KOA - All My Love [Future Classic]
I tried to veer in the direction of lesser known songs for this, but I kept going back to this KOA track out on Future Classic. I absolutely love the top-line melody on this one, and I've been playing it out as much as possible lately, despite its BPM being a bit on the high side for most of my shows.
Beatport purchase here.

Session Victim - Never Forget [Delusions Of Grandeur]
This one is a slow builder, but stick with it, trust me. The piano is amazing. It gets me every time. Beatport purchase here.

Meramek & Tropixx - Only You [Anjunadeep]
I'll admit there are a lot of songs coming out these days like this. I get emailed about 10 of them per day. This one stands out for a few reasons, but the biggest one for me is that its production is absolutely flawless. So when I listen to this, I'm totally nerding out in my head trying to deconstruct all of the elements of the mix and how they fit together. It also goes over great in the club.
Beatport purchase here.

Myrone - Exclusive Coupe
And now for something just a little different... This is the greatest '80s theme not actually written in the '80s. I love everything Myrone does but this one in particular stands out to me as excellent.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172577073
Daniel Leseman - Drums [Outplay]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182160621
KOA - All My Love [Future Classic]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163010221
Session Victim - Never Forget [Delusions Of Grandeur]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/171484520
Meramek & Tropixx - Only You [Anjunadeep]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140137930
Myrone - Exclusive Coupe
Jan 19
2015

Disco Diaries 44

Put on your dancing shoes for the 44th edition of Disco Diaries, coming in hot with the latest and greatest in nu disco, funk, soul, and disco house. Better yet, most of this week's picks are free downloads, so you can boogie on a budget. Cheers!

Lyon Hart - The Sign (Win & Woo Remix)
This is one of those jams that's so catchy, it'll get you hooked after just one spin. Rising Chicago duo Win and Woo have constructed a groovy, Bali-infused edit of Lyon Hart's The Sign, and it certainly complies with their mantra "Make it timeless." Catch the free download here.

Poldoore - Ain't No Sunshine
There exists a particularly sweet spot at the intersection of hip hop, jazz, and funk, and that is precisely where you will find Belgian producer Poldoore. Ain't No Sunshine is his latest creation, and it has the ironic ability to light up any environment it enters. Grab your free copy here, and if you're digging Pooldoore's vibes, get more acquainted with his releases and mixtapes here.

A. G. Cook - What I Mean
The Annie Mac Presents: Free Music Monday (FMM) series boasts an impressive array of tunes chosen by the legend herself, and What I Mean closed out 2014 on a strong note. Not only that, but A.G. Cook, founder of London-based record label PC Music, produced and recorded this tune exclusively for the FMM series. Download your belated Christmas gift here.

Zak Abel - These Are The Days [Atlantic UK]
You may be familiar with Zak Abel's soulful voice via Gorgon City's Unmissable, but now is the time for the young vocalist to enter the spotlight. These Are The Days will be featured on the Joker Presents Zak Abel EP, set for a Feb. 2 debut via Atlantic Records UK. In the meantime, prepare to be amazed by Abel's flawless performance of These Are The Days on BBC's Live Lounge here.

Kanye West - All Of The Lights (Prince Fox X Hotel Garuda Cover)
Production duo Hotel Garuda and NYC-based producer Prince Fox both had major successes in 2014, and their recent rendition of Kanye West's All Of The Lights is the perfect way to exert themselves as forces to be reckoned with in the upcoming year. Needless to say, the trio have certainly accomplished the nearly-impossible task of producing an excellent, updated version of the highly esteemed original. The free download is waiting for you here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Wohlwill - Say Hello To Les Loups
Les Loups landed on the Disco Diaries radar with their pleasant "summer disco" original, Colourblind. After enjoying a string of releases in the same vein that followed, we had the pleasure of becoming more familiar with Les Loups' musical taste via their recent mix tape, Say Hello To Les Loups. I'd definitely recommend throwing this on next time you're in a lounging mood--tracklist below and free download here.

Tracklist:
Marshall Jefferson vs. Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Frits Wentink Mix)
Detroit Swindle ft. Mayer Hawthorne – 64 Ways (Album Version)
Potatohead People – Blossoms (Nick Wisdom Remix)
Opolopo ft. Shea Soul – Be Enough (Original Mix)
Max Graef – No. 5 (Original Mix)
Alex Barck ft. Stee Downes – Who Do You Love? (Original Mix)
Space Dimension Controller – Transatlantic Landing Bay (Album Version)
Bodhi – Satisfaction (Original Mix)
Pomo – Cloud Cruise (Original Mix)
SBTRKT ft. Ezra Koenig – New Dorp, New York (Album Version)
Kaytranada ft. Shia Lay – Leave Me Alone (Original Mix)
First Choice – Love Thang (Sable Blanc Remix)
Andy Hart – The Same For Me (Original Mix)
HADE – It’s Not Right (Original Mix)
Klaves – Oh No (Original Mix)
La Fleur – Kattflickan (Art Of Tones Remix)
Little Jinder & Melo – Inga E Som Vi E (HNNY Remix)
Kraak & Smaak ft. John Turrell – Back Again (Hot Toddy Remix)
Hayden James – Something About You (Original Mix)
COEO – Native Riddim (Original Mix)
Angel-A & Doc Link – Lifts Me Higher (Jon Cutler’s DMM Mix)
The 2 Bears – Not This Time (Andhim Remix)
Tornado Wallace – Rainbow Road (Original Mix)
Metro Area – Caught Up (Album Version)
exclusive
Lyon Hart - The Sign (Win & Woo Remix)
Poldoore - Ain't No Sunshine
A. G. Cook - What I Mean
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/179479530
Zak Abel - These Are The Days [Atlantic UK]
Kanye West - All Of The Lights (Prince Fox X Hotel Garuda Cover)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/185359835
MIX OF THE WEEK: Wohlwill - Say Hello To Les Loups
Jan 12
2015

Disco Diaries 43: Curated By Durante

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Durante made quite the impression on the LessThan3 team with the beautiful Slow Burn, which landed him on our recent top nu disco tracks of 2014. He's continued to gain steam over the past year with a breathtaking edit of Laurel's Shells. Durante expressed his gratitude to fans today with a free download of a fiery dancefloor original, Full Moon.

With all the pieces in place, it only makes sense to invite the young producer to curate his own edition of Disco Diaries. Below you will find a special selection of his favorite jams, ones that have influenced his own music and ones that he often spins for house-loving audiences. We hope you enjoy the tunes, and be sure to keep an eye on the very talented Durante in 2015.

Garrett David - The Pressure
Real analog house music that's coming out of Chicago right now. Really great to see a city and its people sticking to its roots.
Free download here.

Matrix - Get Out (Mad Mix) [Madhouse]
I remember hearing this with some friends in a Kerri Chandler mix. We played this track back at least three times trying to figure out what it was because the vocal was too hysterical to pass up.
Beatport purchase here.

Volkoder & Tapesh - Rascal (Original Mix) [Suara]
This record always gets the crowd going. Love playing this one out.
Beatport purchase here.

Franz Alice Stern - To Survive (Original Mix) [Poesie Musik]
The SoundCloud preview doesn't really do this record justice. I feel the lyrics speak a lot of truth about the youth of this digital age.
Beatport purchase here.

Maceo Plex - Conjure Superstar [Kompakt]
This record is a perfect example of why Maceo Plex is one of my favorite producers. The way he grows and layers his songs is a true work of art.
Beatport purchase here.
exclusive
Garrett David - The Pressure
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/2917863
Matrix - Get Out (Mad Mix) [Madhouse]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163397883
Volkoder & Tapesh - Rascal (Original Mix) [Suara]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176829012
Franz Alice Stern - To Survive (Original Mix) [Poesie Musik]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160695170
Maceo Plex - Conjure Superstar [Kompakt]
Jan 06
2015

Disco Diaries 42

After a brief holiday hiatus, Disco Diaries is back (and better than ever) to kick off the new year, so get ready for a fresh delivery of the very best in nu disco, indie dance, synth pop, funk, and soul. Cheers and Happy New Year to all!

Cherokee feat. Gibbz - Teenage Fantasy [Roche]
Hot off the press, and it doesn't get much better than this. Cherokee's smooth, sensual French sound pairs flawlessly with Gibbz' funky style to create a true musical fantasy. This track is yet another addition to the ever growing list of gems on what is quickly becoming one of my favorite labels, Roche Musique. Purchase the track on iTunes here.

GEMOLOGY - First & Last (Glastrophobie Remix)
Indie pop pair GEMOLOGY is relatively new to the scene, but German producer Glastrophobie has done a splendid job of bringing them into the spotlight with this dreamy remix. As of now there's no purchase link for this tune, but you can show your support with a Hype Machine heart here.

Twax feat. Solomina - Movin On [Armada]
I have been a fan of every track that Armada's sublabel, The Bearded Man, has introduced, and what do you know, this one is no different from the rest. It certainly complies with The Bearded Man's mission to release "music that’s completely 'outside the box.'" Grab it on iTunes here.

Indian Summer feat. Shaqdi - Loveweights (Plastic Plates Remix) [Sweat It Out!]
Fresh off his wondrous edit of Cassian's Running, disco/house heavyweight Plastic Plates has transformed Indian Summer's psychedelic Loveweights into the ultimate groove. This beat definitely deserved the premier position on Indian Summer's recent Solé Fixtape, featured in our last edition of Disco Diaries. The entire remix package is available here.

Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter (Bit Funk Remix)
In my humble opinion, when [quality] indie and dance music come together, the product is one of the most enjoyable sounds in current existence. This jam exemplifies just that, with the combined forces of two of the most rapidly rising names of each genre. Nashville's favorite indie alternative band, Wild Cub, provides the groundwork for Bit Funk to infiltrate the beat with his signature--for lack of a better word--funk. Check out the rest of Bit Funk's tunes here.

MIX OF THE WEEK: Justin Faust - Nu Disco Your Disco Exclusive Mix (Dec 2014)
2014 was a great year for Justin Faust, with his highly-recognized Spellbound album and a handful of catchy remixes that followed. It would only make sense to close out the year with his exclusive Nu Disco Your Disco mix tape, and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Download it for free here, and stay tuned for the upcoming track list!
exclusive
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/184427651
Cherokee feat. Gibbz - Teenage Fantasy [Roche]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/184178539
GEMOLOGY - First & Last (Glastrophobie Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/184311010
Twax feat. Solomina - Movin On [Armada]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181981492
Indian Summer feat. Shaqdi - Loveweights (Plastic Plates Remix) [Sweat It Out!]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182712030
Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter (Bit Funk Remix)
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/182401941
MIX OF THE WEEK: Justin Faust - Nu Disco Your Disco Exclusive Mix (Dec 2014)
Dec 22
2014

Disco Diaries 41

Whether you're on winter break or not, Disco Diaries is here to get your holiday started off on a cheerful note. As our gift to you, most of this week's tunes are free downloads as well. Happy Holidays, fellow groovers!

Ben Macklin & Nude Disco - Jealous
When it comes to disco meets house jams, Ben Macklin is surely one of the best hidden treasures. Together with Nude Disco, the British producer has managed to take cuts of Brandy and Monica's famous 1998 hit That Boy Is Mine and incorporate an ultra catchy beat, adding old school R&B to his list of conquered sounds. Grab the free download here.

Zoot Woman - The Stars Are Bright (Knight One Remix) [Embassy One]
2014 was quite the year for Dutch producer Knight One, with his Swords Cry EP out at the top of the year and a handful of mesmerizing disco-infused remixes throughout. The latest is this very pleasant edit of The Stars Are Bright by Zoot Woman--purchase the full remix EP here.

Sailors - Carnival
Looking for a mid-winter mental vacation? Well, Carnival is just what the doctor ordered. With a satisfying blend of tropical, indie, and nu disco sounds, the Mexico-based duo--who also happen to be brothers--show a very promising trajectory for the new year. Catch your free download here.

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Rémi Caumont Remix)
In the wonderful world of pure nu disco, Rémi Caumont is definitely on the rise. The young French producer boasts several stellar releases this past year, and this modern remix of Rick Astley's 1987 Never Gonna Give You Up is the latest. Free download available here.

Dear David - I Don't Care
With captivating guitar chords intertwined with unique synths, Dear David's I Don't Care definitely puts the Swedish producer on the map. You can get the free download here.

MIX OF THE WEEK - Solé Fixtape Vol. 30: Indian Summer
Shortly after unleashing the wildly hypnotic Loveweights a couple weeks ago, Aussie duo Indian Summer gave fans yet another treat with thier Solé Fixtape, filled with tunes similar to their own. Check out the tracklist below, press play, and enjoy!

Tracklist:
1. Wayward 'Belize'
2. Indian Summer 'Loveweights' (Plastic Plates Remix)
3. Stevie Wonder 'Do I Do' (U-Tern Edit)
4. Kraak & Smaak 'Back Again' ft. John Turrell (Hot Toddy Remix)
5. Klaves 'Oh No'
6. Indian Summer 'No Use'
7. Durante 'Slow Burn'
8. Sammy Bananas 'Money Time' ft. Antony & Cleopatra (Dub Mix)
9. Indian Summer 'Foreign Formula' (Cosmo's Midnight Remix)
10. Just Kiddin 'Thinking About It' (Crom & Thanh Remix)
11. Motez 'Own Up' (POOLCLVB Remix)
12. Indian Summer 'Shiner' (Mike Metro Remix)
13. Rook Milo 'Bleached'
14. Little Dragon 'Paris' (TEED's Holiday Edit)
15. TCTS 'Games' (Josh Butler Remix)
16. Henry Krinkle 'Stay' (Justin Martin Remix)
exclusive
Ben Macklin & Nude Disco - Jealous
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181763669
Zoot Woman - The Stars Are Bright (Knight One Remix) [ZWR]
Sailors - Carnival
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Rémi Caumont Remix)
Dear David - I Don't Care
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/181894583
MIX OF THE WEEK - Solé Fixtape Vol. 30: Indian Summer