You can always rely on Torontonian producer Cyclist to deliver something a little more left-fied within the Nu-Disco arena. A talented Funk musician as well as a skilful Disco producer, Cyclist throws all his traits into the mix here as he takes on the mighty Beastie Boys’ Root Down.
That bassline is just impossible to ignore, Cyclist’s reMix kicks of with some grinding synths, before launching into the funkiest four minutes you’ll have hear din a while. Doing The Beasties proud, Cyclist works his strongest 70s Disco and Funk together the deliver a powerhouse tune. Every attention to detail is paid as the track injects flourishes in all the right places, rocking with the tune at every tune. This one kept us going this past weekend.
♫ Beastie Boys – Root Down (Cyclist Disco Mix)
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Get set for another awesome release from French label on On The Fruit Records. Next up is ex-Human Life member Joshua Collins’ new record To The End, a buzzing, euphoric slice of synthesizer Disco that’s guaranteed to brighten up your day with it;s playful melodies. the single comes backed with a couple of storming reMixes from two of our faves, French producer Douze and Torontonian funketeer Cyclist.
Douze kicks thing off slow and steady with rattling purcussion and rich, enigmatic synths, gradually building pace until, around the 1m20s mark he launces into a thick Elector Disco groove, loaded with futuristic Funk and warbling keys. Sci-Fi Disco at it’s finest, Douze’s reMix delivers 22nd century vibes. Cyclist goes in the opposite direction with a blissful retro Disco jam full of sunkissed sounds. Smooth synths intertwine with a head nodding bassline and a jazzy line in guitars that ease their way toward a cosmic solo at the tracks finale. Another spot-on release from On The Fruit.
♫ Joshua Collins – To The End (Douze reMix)
♫ Joshua Collins – To The End (Cyclist reMix)
Joshua Collins’ To The End is out now.
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French Dreamwave legends Anoraak release their new single, Behind Your Shades, this week. One of the standout tracks from the recent Chronotropic album, the single comes equipped with this edit from Canada’s finest; Cyclist. And it’s well titled, as it is more of an edit than a reMix, but one of the best edits we’ve heard in a while.
Ringing every last drop of dancefloor goodness from the track, Cyclist works the beat and bassline into a thick House monster, letting the tracks floaty Dreamwave overtone glide over the intoxicating groove. Knowing just when to use the vocals, and when to let the music speak for itself, Cyclist lets the mood rise and fall with a couple of deftly placed builds and drops. Definitely a let night floorfiller with a vibe that is as comforting as a warm blanket.
♫ Anoraak – Behind Your Shades (Cyclist Edit)
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We’ve already heard both the original, and the slick reMix from Bronx, of Chicago’s Chicago House master Rogue Vogue’s Until The Dawn. Now the Patrick Baker featuring anthem has been given a stunning workout by Canadian synth Disco guru Cyclist. Prepare for the clean House sounds of Rogue Vogue to be transformed into some dirty, raw, Disco grooves.
Thick synth bass and squelchy keys drift through the track, dragging the tune with them on a journey of slick retro dancefloor sounds meets analog funk. Patrick’s vocals feel right at home among the warm vintage sound pallet. There’s tons of Boogie in this track too, the 80s Pop bassline and snappy purcussion see to that, and it gives the track a nostalgic flavour, like a half remembered tune from your youth, and a compelling call-to-dance. Get involved!
♫ Rogue Vogue – Until The Dawn (Cyclist reMix)
Rogue Vogue – Until The Dawn is released 3rd February.
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It was way back in the day, the day being Monday last week, that Goldroom released his latest tune, and lead track on his new EP, Embrace. The track’s been on our MP3 player all week, but now it’s time to mix things up a little with the first of the reMixes. This opening salvo comes from Toronto’s dude of the Disco, Cyclist. Are you sitting comfortably? This one’s smooth as hell.
It’s hard to write about this reMix, ‘cos we’re just sinking into it and the keyboard seems like too much hard work. This is a seriously dreamy and chilled slice of windswept Dreamwave. Ariela Jacobs’ vocals sound graceful as you like as they drift over Cyclist’s concoction of toytown beats, twanging bass and starlight synths. Add in some haunting guitar work and you got an interesting, enthralling, sunshine jam that sees cyclist stretching his musical legs. We love it.
♫ Goldroom – Embrace (Cyclist reMix)
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Our friend Mr. Penner is back. Next week Cyclist releases his new single on Jerry Bouthier’s Continental Records, and it’s a stormer. Featuring the vocal stylings of fellow Canadian Maiko Watson, it’s full-on vintage DiscoPop gold that comes equipped with reMixes from Rogue Vogue, Lou Teti & Drop Out Orchestra.
That track’s called Shine, and it does what it says on the tin. Bringing tons of Nu-Disco and even more Boogie to the table, Cyclist heaps on squelchy Moog-esque basses and a wired Disco beat to create a rock solid foundation of Electro-Funk for Maiko’s massive, soulful vocals. This one could easily be slotted into most kinds of Disco or House sets and would undisputable keep the dancefloor moving. One of our favourite Chicago House acts, Rogue Vogue, deliver a slick warehouse jam, deep and funky with a glamorous twist. Pure vintage House vibes. The whole package is pretty sweet and definitely worth checking out when it drops next week.
♫ Cyclist (Feat. Maiko Watson) – Shine
♫ Cyclist (Feat. Maiko Watson) – Shine (Rogue Vogue reMix)
Cyclist’s Shine is released 29th July.
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Acid funk gospel vibes in the house right now as we check out Torontonian Disco don Cyclist’s latest work. It’s a reMix of British groover Andrew Clarke’s current single, Under The Sun, out now on SoulDeep Inc. Records. So stand by for some classic House reference points and big vocals.
The reMix is a massive departure from the synthetic boogie of the original. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the massive dose of vintage gospel vocals came with the track, but they are all Cyclist’s input. The vocal’s come courtesy of Aretha Franklin’s Never Grow Old, and Cyclist weaves them in and out of the track. Integrating them into a steadily rising, squelchy electronic House tune that builds and builds both in intensity and with the vocals into a dirty synth and piano groove explosion.
♫ Andrew Clarke – Under The Sun (Cyclist Gospel reMix)
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In Nu-Disco circles the début release from Toronto’s Hemingway could be considered quite long awaited. The guy’s built up quite a reputation for himself over the past year or so with a string of excellent reMixes. Now his première release is out, via Brilliantine, and having had it on rotation round electronic rumors HQ for the past couple of weeks we can definitely say it’s lived up to it’s promise.
Ace Neptune is the name of Hemingway’s single, and it’s a veritable Smörgåsbord of dreamy synthesizer Funk. There’s something interestingly proggy about Ace Neptune, there’s a definitely Cosmic vibe to it and you can imagine Hemingway surrounded by tiers of analog snyths, eyes tightly shut, generally having a synth freak out. The track takes elements from Nu-Disco, Dreamwave, SynthWave and Italo and constructs an epic built upon layer and layers of intertwining melodies and warping Galactic Funk basslines. Deceptively complex, this is a true synth Disco fan’s track. reMixes come correct from Jokers Of The Scene and this gem from Cyclist, who ups the Funk quota and leads the track from the space-station to an under-lit dancefloor to boogie the night away. Frantic Disco licks and slinky synths are the order of the day in this mix. Ace Neptune is a confident and impressive début, and one that should have Hemingway’s name on people lips.
♫ Hemingway – Ace Neptune
♫ Hemingway – Ace Neptune (Cyclist reMix)
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Cyclist – October Bikeride Mixtape = Here’s the latest mix from Canadian Disco don Cyclist. Check down the tracklist, that’s some choice cuts right there, some of the months best Disco and House. There’s even a little electronic rumors on there in the form of Ride The Universe’s Silky Way Galaxy (in stores now *plug*plug*)
♫ Cyclist – November Bikeride
01. Marcus Marr – The Music
02. Marcello Giorgani – New York City
03. Ride The Universe – Silky Way Galaxy
04. Cosmo Vitelli – Edit Service 3
05. Venice Beach – Slap Disco
06. Sohight – Fonk (Earl Grey reMix)
07. Dean Sunshine Smith – Auburn Avenue
08. Psychemagik – Carnaval De Trancoso
09. Jazzy Dee – Get On Up (Situation Edit)
10. Metropolis – Go Get It
11. Elijah Collins – Alright (Elijah Dub)
12. Toyboy & Robin – No More Sunshine
13. NY Stomp aka Gerd – The NY House Trak
14. Mike Mago – The Soul (Zombie Disco Squad reMix)
15. Chris Malinchak – Get Back
16. Cordova – Paradigm (Broke One reMix)
17. Moullinex – Take My Pain Away (Strip Steve reMix)
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Cyclist – October Bikeride Mixtape = One of the real talents of the Toronto Disco and House scene, Cyclist has dropped a brand new mixtape that’s loaded with smooth grooves. Rocking some of the best Disco around, from retro to cosmic in one slick mix. There even some love for the Bedmo boys in there too!
♫ Cyclist – October Bikeride Mixtape
01. John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – Up Jumped The Devil (6th Borough Project reMix)
02. Los Charly Orchestra – Feeling High (Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel Re Edit)
03. Walls – Gaberdine (Gerd Janson & Prins Thomas reMix)
04. Manuel Tur – Back To You (Dublin Aunts Love To Love Her Edit)
05. Hemingway – Ace Neptune (Cyclist reMix)
06. Los Amigos Invisibles & Dimitri From Paris – Glad To Know You (Ray Mang’s Flying Dub)
07. Adrian Giordano – Lost In Rome (Dicky Trisco’s Lost In Dance reMix)
08. Bedmo Disco – Startime
09. Moullinex – Kassette
10. Chewy Rubs – In The Middle
11. Andre Vii – Discoteca Clandestina (Bufi reMix)
12. Dave Nash – Lifetime (Original Mix)
13. Recloose – Don’t Get Me Wrong
14. Chaala – The Reason (Garrett David Mix)
While you’re here, check out this reMix of The Informations’ Lion’s Hand Cyclist has whipped up for their forthcoming single. Already getting support from the likes of Fake Blood, Gigamesh, RAC, The C90s and Cassian it’s a deep Disco track, with a raw Funk to it that, plays nicely against the almost ethereal vocals. It’s constantly evolving analog groove is a hypnotising experience.
♫ The Informations – Lion’s Hand (Cyclist reMix)
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