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Mar 23
2015

Disco Diaries 53: Curated By Miami Horror

In the mid-2000s, we began to witness a beautiful fusion between indie styles and electronic production that has since evolved into various forms of electronica, indie dance, and nu disco that we hear today. Miami Horror was at the forefront of that movement. Since their early success with groovy anthems Sometimes and Holidays, the four-piece Australian band has maintained a unique sound, a devoted fan base, and a consistent stream of impressive releases.

Since many of Miami Horror's recent tracks--including the latest, Love Like Mine--have been featured on Disco Diaries, it seemed only fitting to have them curate a playlist of their own. Today, we are proud to present a selection curated by Miami Horror's founder, producer, and DJ Benjamin Plant, along with his personal commentary for each pick.

Nate Salman - Be Alright
Beautiful, simple song, amazingly honest voice. It's hard to put this track in a genre box, which is also what I like about it. To quote Nate himself, "A simple song for days when it feels like we are waiting for the world to end."
iTunes purchase here.

GL - What Happened To Us? [Plastic World]
These guys are nailing '80s funk, and I wouldn't expect them to come from Melbourne. She has an amazing voice, almost on par with Yukimi from little dragon.
Beatport purchase here.

Total Giovanni - Human Animal [Two Bright Lakes]
We were listening to a lot of Talking Heads/post-disco/punk while writing the new album. It's great to hear other bands (especially from Melbourne) who are going for a similar thing. I think production and sounds on this track are spot-on.
iTunes purchase here.

Cleopold - Demo
We've been working closely with Cleopold for a while, and I love this little demo he put out. Although I think it's strange he chose to upload this demo out of the many songs he has, it's a great little lo-fi gem.

Roland Tings - Devotion [Internasjonal]
Love a good ascending bassline, nice production, and progression.
Beatport purchase here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174446571
Nate Salman - Be Alright
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/167812590
GL - What Happened To Us? [Plastic World]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174626508
Total Giovanni - Human Animal [Two Bright Lakes]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195580999
Cleopold - Demo
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/176475026
Roland Tings - Devotion [Internasjonal]
Mar 16
2015

Disco Diaries 52

Following up on last week's one-year anniversary edition of Disco Diaries, we thought we'd keep the dance vibes going strong and dive straight into another week of indie and nu disco favorites. As an added bonus, there are a few freebies in the mix, so tune in and bliss out!

Cyclist feat. Jocelyn Alice - Heartbeat Speed [Toolroom]
We open things up at a sultry pace with Cyclist's collaboration with pop vocalist Jocelyn Alice, the aptly titled Heartbeat Speed. Alice’s angelic vocals dance alongside low-slung synth lines and relaxed guitar chords to give the track a sunset iridescence. It is available as part of Toolroom Records' Poolside Miami 2015 compilation album with other disco and house gems from Keljet, Boys Get Hurt, Pat Lok and M.A.N.D.Y. You can pick up the whole compilation here.

Citizens! - Waiting For Your Lover [Kitsune]
Citizens! are back with another electropop ballad in the form of Waiting For Your Lover, the follow up to Lighten Up off their forthcoming album European Soul. This track is produced by AlunaGeorge’s George Reid and it carries with it all the infectious hooks reminiscent of their older hits True Romance and Reptile. Look for European Soul out April 13 on the acclaimed French label Kitsune and listen to more Citizens! tunes on their SoundCloud here.

Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Jamie Lidell - Feel The Love (Eau Claire Remix)
Eau Claire puts a lush and funky spin on Tensnake and Jacques Lu Cont's Feel The Love to rightfully earn her spot among the track’s official remixers like Jodd Goddard, Boys Noize, and Kaytranda. The DC producer completely reimagines the house original but keeps Jamie Lidell’s seductive vocals as the driving force behind her remix. She is graciously offering it as a free download, so be sure to grab your copy here.

Chromatics - I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around
Becoming something of a favorite of Ryan Gosling, the Chromatics have had their music featured in his movie, Drive, and more recently soundtracked his first movie as a director, Lost River. Their track I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around opens with a steady bass guitar cadence in tandem with lead singer Ruth Radalet’s breathy vocals before sharp synth lines cut into the rhythm. Though Portland-based, the group continues to lead the Italo disco movement in the United States. Head to their producer Johnny Jewel's SoundCloud page to grab your free copy of the track here.

The Legendary Tigerman - Do Come Home (Xinobi Moullinex Remix)
Do Come Home is Xinobi and Moullinex's dual remix of The Legendary Tigerman's blues rock original. Both of these producers are a part of the Discotexas label and have been known to remix each other's work, so it should come as no surprise that their styles are in complete sync on this remix. Keeping the vocals intact, they speed up the tempo just a bit and add in an ebbing oscillating effect for a shimmering atmospheric finish. You can check out more of their work on the Discotexas Soundcloud here.
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Cyclist feat. Jocelyn Alice - Heartbeat Speed (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193188809
Citizens! - Waiting For Your Lover (Radio Mix) [Kitsune]
Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Jamie Lidell - Feel The Love (Eau Claire Remix) [Free Download]
Chromatics - I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around (Original Mix) [Free Download]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194010201
The Legendary Tigerman - Do Come Home (Xinobi Moullinex Remix)
Mar 09
2015

Disco Diaries: 1-Year Anniversary

Our beloved Disco Diaries series has reached its one-year anniversary, and we can’t help but feel nostalgic as we look back at all of the brilliant tracks covered during the past year. With a strong resurgence of the funky, soulful, and groovy sounds that most of our parents grew up on, it’s been a great year for the genre of nu disco, and it’s only getting better ever day.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we've decided to take a step back and let the real stars of Disco Diaries take the reins. All of the artists below have been heavily featured on the series--some have curated their own editions, others have landed on LessThan3's Top Nu Disco Tracks of 2014, and all are remarkably talented in their own right. After a year of admiring their works, the time has come to explore where these musicians draw inspiration to create the tracks that we love so much. From '70s classics to fresh releases and mainstream pop to underground house, ten Disco Diaries superstars share their top picks below, along with personal commentary for each.

We hope you've enjoyed the ride as much as we have, and cheers to many more years of disco magic!

The Knocks' Pick: Tula - Wicked Game

“The original of this is one of my favorite tracks, and this remix totally does it justice. Keeps it just as sexy as the original but makes it thump and gives it new life." ~ Ben Ruttner
iTunes purchase here.


Flight Facilities' Pick: SZA feat. Chance The Rapper - Childs Play

"Who knew a simple beat could make for such a complex song? From the smooth production by XXYYXX to Rowe's effortless delivery of vocal melody, followed by what I think is one of Chance's best verses to date, it's no wonder I couldn't stop listening to this last year and continue to reference it in production this year." ~ Jimmy Lyell
iTunes purchase here.


Oliver Nelson's Pick: Sam Smith - Lay Me Down (Pomo Remix)

"I love both Sam Smith and Pomo, but in different ways. When I first saw this remix on SoundCloud i thought 'Huh, how is this gonna work?! I can't see this slow tempo ballad mix well with Pomo's sound...' Oh man, it did. Pomo is a god.”
iTunes purchase here.


Solidisco's Pick: Alex Metric & Oliver - Galaxy

“When we saw this heavyweight collaboration was coming out, we knew it was going to be something special, and it didn't disappoint. A perfect blend of classic disco and modern day dance music. We've been listening, dancing and studying this one all year. Amazing track.”
Beatport purchase here.


Jean Tonique’s Pick: Tuxedo - Do It

“This track was released for the first time in 2013, but since Tuxedo's album just came out, I think it's accurate to select this one! I loved their 3-track EP, and the album is great. They are bringing back some good old funk!”
Beatport purchase here.


Fred Falke’s Pick: Maroon 5 - Coming Back For You

“The first time I heard this track I was heading for a meeting in west L.A., and the traffic was just a nightmare. I was late, I was stuck there, and I was upset, but when this song came out of the speakers all of a sudden I was smiling and air drumming in my car, with the sound SUPER loud! And of course I bought the album a few hours later.”
iTunes purchase here.


Tobtok's Pick: The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight

“I have to say that this was one of my absolute favorite tracks of 2014. It's so simple yet the magical mind that is Stephen Fasano (The Magician) made this into a very interesting track, with some help from the brilliant Years & Years, who I had the pleasure of remixing in the beginning of their career. I was very fortunate to get the chance to remix this track, and it ended up being one of my favorite works ever.”
Beatport purchase here.


Bit Funk’s Pick: Gene Harris - As

“If you've been to one of my shows and I was able to close the night, there's a decent likelihood I played this as the last song of the night (possibly with a bunch of other proper disco). In this song, Gene Harris does the impossible: a Stevie Wonder cover that is at least as good as, if not better than, the original. It's easily one of my favorite records of all time.”
iTunes purchase here.


Durante's Pick: Sage Caswell - Luv

"Sage is a real homie of mine and a true G when it comes to production. Always find myself coming back and listening to this record when I'm looking for inspiration."
Beatport purchase here.


Jerry Folk's Pick: Tuxedo - Number One

"Always been a fan of Mayer Hawthorne, so this collaboration project of his was just unbelievable. The funk is real on this one."
Beatport purchase here.
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169341729
The Knocks’ Pick: Tula - Wicked Game [Telegram]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141419901
Flight Facilities' Pick: SZA feat. Chance The Rapper - Childs Play [Top Dawg Entertainment]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/191956691
Oliver Nelson's Pick: Sam Smith - Lay Me Down (Pomo Remix) [Capitol]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144638044
Solidisco's Pick: Alex Metric & Oliver - Galaxy [OWSLA/Big Beat]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/83840453
Jean Tonique’s Pick: Tuxedo - Do It [Stones Throw]
Fred Falke’s Pick: Maroon 5 - Coming Back For You [Interscope]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155803761
Tobtok's Pick: The Magician feat. Years & Years - Sunlight [Warner]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1772571
Bit Funk’s Pick: Gene Harris - As [Capitol]
Durante's Pick: Sage Caswell - Luv [Archie Pelago]
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/186876869
Jerry Folk's Pick: Tuxedo - Number One [Stones Throw]
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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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