Neon Hearts is a lush, urban, slice of SynthPoppy Nu-Disco. Musically it’s a slightly Tropical four minutes of infectious synthesizer Disco. Peppered with Poppy riffs, the bass bounces, the leads get euphoric and the purcussion keeps things funky. The infectious dancefloor groove is all leading toward a sweeping solo. Foreign Boy’s vocal contribution is what gives it it;s SynthPop edge as he croons his was through the track in a neo-Pet Shop Boys style. Jules Schimmer adds a little 80s flair to the tune with a chugging bassline and Top Of The Pops beats before launching into a hands-in-the-air piano House riff, while Aux takes a future Italo approach to Neon Hearts, injecting burbling synths and his own analog Disco style. The whole release is an impressive début for the label.
Germans are a Brooklyn based out fit specialising in un-searchable names and some pretty special music. A excellent, dreamy, brand of soulful Disco tunes. Their latest of which, Cruel, has been given a dancefloor workout by Mr. Auxiliary Tha Masterfader.
Aux takes a laidback slice of Disco bliss and give it an Italo topcoat. Not actually changing much as far as the mood of the track goes, just making everything slightly more synthetic. Pulsating synths and bubbling basses sit side by side with wicked little Disco licks and bright nostalgic keys. It;s when Aux gets really robotic with Cruel that this reMix shines, creating a mood reminiscent of 80s European dancefloors. Another bold slice of analog Disco from Aux.
Moonshine, from Germany’s finest Final DJs, is a track of theirs from last year which is now getting a full release this week courtesy of Pole Position Recordings out of Cardiff. You’ve read all about the smooth synth funk of the original before, so lets peep our beady eyes on a couple of the awesome reMixes that come bundled with Moonshine.
First up is the Dutch king of the Analog groove, Auxiliary Tha Masterfader. Aux delivers one of his trademark phat bassed jams. Big squelchy synths and vintage Disco grooves drive the track along until Aux is just about ready to drop some twisting solos on us. Playing with the originals solos Aux conjures up new melodic rhythms. Phunktastike’s contribution to the single takes the track down a more Disco-tinged House route. It’s feel good summery vibes all the way with this one, drop in a little laid back vocodering Like an updated Dreamwave vibe, this track merges a west coast nostalgic groove with a little Chicago feel. The single also comes equipped with a third reMix from Cram, it’s a package well worth picking up for some sunshine, or moonshine, vibes.
♫ Final DJs – Moonshine (Auxiliary Tha Masterfader 1984 Rework)
Time for some real 70 synth Disco vibes right about now with Dutch boogiemeister Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s latest work. Straight on after the release of his latest EP, Music For Discotheques, Aux brings us this retro future reMix of Statickman’s The End Of The Times.
Aux whips out his analog big guns and delivers a rolling, expansive track. Part Italo floorfiller, part throwback Disco, mostly Cosmic journey. An evocative galactic journey loaded with sweeping synths and engine-like arpeggios in which Aux neatly straddles the line between dancefloor and dreams. With the addition of a sprinkling of vocoded vocals and an infectious hook, this reMix will transport to you more exciting, possibly silver jumpsuited, places.
♫ Statickman – The End Of The Times (Auxiliary Tha Masterfader reMix)
Statickman’s The End Of The Times is released 22nd April.
We’ve had a couple of sneakypeaks at Dutch Disco don Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s new EP, Music For Discotheques, but the EP was released today so now we can get a better look at the chunky release. We say chunky because this is a packed EP, six tracks, four originals from Aux and two reMixes, the previously posted Phunktastike reMix and a storming tune from Worship.
The EP leads with Rule The Night, which featured vocals from Kiss The Panther’s Steve Kimber, which kicks off proceedings in fine fashion. Rule The Night is an exotic cocktail of bouncing Italo bass, vintage Disco keys and huge, dramatic, vocals. A rousing call-to-arms for Disco lovers, Rule The Night takes you down the backstreets of the genre to the best parties. One of the EP’s other highlights is the driving space Italo of Manhattan 78. Bordering on EBM with it’s unrelenting arpeggiated bassline, Manhattan 78 tempers this urgency with lush synths and magical lead lines making the track both powerful and beautiful. Alongside these, and the previously heard Sweaty Disco Night and Phunktastike’s version of Rule The Night is the 70s synth Disco groove of Ride Wit Tha Funk and Swiss Dreamwaver Worship’s take on Sweaty Disco Night. Worship combines his hazy cosmic synths and Aux’s dirty Disco for some serious Cosmic Disco with a touch of Moog Funk. Music For Discotheques is a loaded EP with enough to keep you happy for ages.
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader (Feat. Steve Kimber) – Rule The Night
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Manhattan 78
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Sweaty Disco Night (Worship reMix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Music For Discotheques EP is out now.
Would you like some of that Disco stuff? I hope so, ‘cos here comes Dutch Disco don Auxiliary Tha Masterfader with another track from his forthcoming Music For Discotheques EP. We already heard the Phunktastike’s reMix of the EP’s lead track Rule The Night, now we get a chance to hear more from the release with the hilariously camp and infectiously funky Sweaty Disco Night, you can download it too!
Big, big, synth bass and retro stabs rule this track. Punchy, with an irresistible groove, the bassline give the track a real gritty vibe and make it hard not to move to. While this is going on samples of folks talking about Studio54 and a huge choral anthem play out over the top, raising the track’s fabulous factor to eleven. This one is strictly mirrorballs and feather boas. Loads of fun and showing off Aux’s production, which just gets better and better.
Dutch Disco guru Auxiliary Tha Masterfader is returning to On The Fruit Records very soon for a brand new EP, Music For Discotheques, and our first taste of what to expect from the analog groovemeister comes in the form of this reMix if one of the new EP’s track, Rule The Night, as reMixed by Argentina producer Phunktastike.
Phunktastike’s reMix of Rule The Night is as driving as the title suggests. A powerful slice of 80s DiscoPop in the vein of Moonlight Matters recent output, but with a little more swing. It’s arpeggio fuelled dancefloor gold with some big big vocals. All neon lights and mirrorballs, Phunktastike’s take on Rule The Night pounds out of the speakers as a gift to anyone who enjoys Italo influenced, dramatic Disco tunes.
♫ Auxiliary Tha Masterfader – Rule The Night (Phunktastike reMix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader’s Music For Discotheques EP is out this spring.
Today sees the release of Ride The Universe’s ‘A Little Better’ on Juno. I can’t tell you how proud we are to be releasing this package, it’s already getting shit-loads of play and even now, after hearing it a million times, it still leaves us grinning from ear to ear.
I’m just going to copy and past the press release right here (I know, copy and pasting press releases is the single lamest thing a music blog can do, but I wrote it, so it’s all good!).
The long awaited début single from Dreamwave supergroup Ride The Universeis finally here!
After a string of acclaimed Nu-Disco reMixes Ride The Universe are now ready to drop their première original single. A Little Better is a summery, funk fueled, synth Disco juggernaut that features the sweet vocals of Jane Elizabeth Hanley from Kids At Midnight(Vulture Music) and is the first step on a wonderful galactic beach-party journey.
Today Mozzarella Recordings drop their fifty-first (that’s right, fifty-first!) release. Passing fifty is quite a milestone for a label, so it’s nice to celebrate the occasion with something special scooping the catalogue number. MOZZ 051 comes courtesy of an artist we’ve been tracking for a while now, Dusty Digital, teaming up with GMGN for a a couple of deep SynthWave/House tracks and some killer reMixes.
The Starlite Paradise EP kicks off with two original tunes. Gotta’ Get Up opens the EP with a jump up House tune that immediately pushed the energy thought the roof. Revolving around a ringing Piano hook and a vocal sample repeated until it’s hypnotic, Gotta’ Get Up has all the trappings of a classic House tune. the EPs title track, Starlite Paradise, starts to push things into an almost Trancey arena, it may have a Disco-House groove, but much of this tune is pure Euphoric Trance. Dutch master Auxiliary Tha Masterfader provides a reMix of this tune. A sweeping SynthWave tune with hints of early Kavinsky and loads of lush vintage synth sounds. Gotta’ Get Up is tackled by ODahl who really brings the deep house flavour to the EP with stabbing synths an a low, square, House bassline which works perfectly with the diva vocal sample. Elsewhere on the EP you’ll find an alternate mix from Aux and Gotta’ Get Up as reMixed by Richard & Morris. A fine EP indeed.
♫ GMGN & Dusty Digital – Gotta’ Get Up
♫ GMGN & Dusty Digital – Starlite Paradise
♫ GMGN & Dusty Digital – Gotta’ Get Up (ODahl reMix)
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader is a Dutch Nu-Disco maestro who’s name will be more than familiar to serious synthesizer Disco aficionados. It;s been a while since his The Disco Dictator EP but he returns this week with a brand new release on On The Fruit Records, the Electric Disco EP is truly a thing of beauty, if you like soaring synths, cosmic Disco and vocoder heaven.
The EP kicks off, and quite rightly too, with Masterfader Theme, an impeccably produced Disco epic, that is one part Vangelis, two parts Moroder with equal nods to Cosmic Disco and Italo dancefloors. With a solid rhythm section and a slick late ‘70’s style hook all that’s needed is some vocoded vocals. Oh wait, they they are. Totally a theme tune to be proud of. If Masterfader Theme is Aux’s introduction then Mirror Ball is his dancefloor manifesto. Both rocking and poking fun at the Discotheque at the same time, Mirror Ball bounces along on an Italo bassline and layers it with lush Disco stings, big retro chords and our beloved electro toms. As Aux’s mantra vocoded vocals wash over you it’s hard not to be impressed with the effortlessly perfect production. The man has his studio skills down pat, Mirror Ball is right on the money. As is London Cosmic Disco duo Cosmonauts’ reMix of the track, which lends some piercing vintage synth leads to the tune and brings a laid back, summer-nights-in-space, vibe. The EP also comes with another original Let’s Go a seriously chilled final credits-esque nostalgic jam and a huge Dub of Cosmonauts’ reMix. Auxiliary Tha Masterfader is pretty much taking the Nu-Disco scene to school with this EP, showing ‘em how it’s done.