Little Boots returned this this weekend to bring a ray of sunshine into our lives in the form of this cheeky bootleg of Norwegian Cosmic Disco king Todd Terje’s now legendary Inspector Norse. We’re not really sure what it’s called; it comes from a mixtape Boots did for Vice’s Thump website where it is noted in the tracklist as ‘Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Little Bootleg)’, whereas she uploaded it to YouTube under the moniker ‘Little Bootleg – Todd Is So Hot’. So we’re calling it ‘Todd Terje (Feat. Little Boots) – Inspector Norse (‘Todd Is So Hot’ Little Bootleg)’, which we think nicely covers all the bases. Also; ‘Little Bootleg’ is genius.
Boots delivers an edit with a twist. Well, if you’ve got a voice like Victoria then why wouldn’t you sing all over stuff? Taking Inspector Norse, and already incredibly and catchy-as-hell- tune, to the next level, Little Boots lends the track a floaty layer of vocals, exceptionally suited to the burbling dancefloor groove. Terje delivers vintage, cosmic and quirky while Boot’s serves up shiny, glamorous and mirrorballed; the two work together perfectly. We’d love this to be released!
♫ Todd Terje (Feat. Little Boots) – Inspector Norse (‘Todd Is So Hot’ Little Bootleg)
Little Boots’ Nocturnes album is out now.
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There’s been a bit of hype about this forthcoming release from ‘mystery Disco supergroup’ Slam Dunk’d recently. It turns out Slam Dunk’d is Electro legend Arthur Baker with a little help from Al-P from MSTRKRFT; who have enlisted Chromeo’s Dave 1 for vocal duties for this début track No Price. This one’s huge, and will most probably be huge. Check it out.
No Price is classic Disco, so it’s no surprise to find out that it begun life in 1979 and the finished version soon to be released has got the feel of an Edit of a time-honoured track. Arthur Baker has had such a long and prolific career we can’t help but wonder how many other unfinished gems he’s got tucked away. Mixing up a little French Touch into the big strings vintage Disco sound Arthur baker has delivered a tune that pays homage to every generation of Disco. Dave 1’s vocals are the icing on the cake here, giving the track that little added slickness. Expect to be hearting this a lot.
♫ Slam Dunk’d (Feat. Chromeo & Al-P) – No Price
Slam Dunk’d’s No Price is out soon.
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Seems like the recipie for the perfect sunshine tune. Take, what is arguable Madonna’s most chipper tune, Holiday, and give it to Italian Fico Disco pioneers Fare Soldi. right now we can’t think of a more perfect match to produce something that will, without fail, put a smile on your face.
Of course they kept the little synth Funk riff, why wouldn’t you? But Fare Soldi have teamed that up with a big bouncy bassline and a sweetly shuffling beat. Upbeat arpeggios and starlight keys spread out over a pair of duelling basslines (one bass,one synth) to serve up something think and funky and genuinely upbeat. Add a bit of Madge over to top and you’ve got something instantly recognisable to your ears and irresistible to your feet.
♫ Madonna – Holiday (Fare Soldi Rmx)
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This, we imagine, is the last of our posts about Canadian funksters Chromeo’s Jealous (I Ain’t With It). Once the stems to a song like this are released into the world, everyone and their dog grabs those coat-tails. We already featured Ride The Universe’s amazing reMix of the tune, a slick laid back Disco stormer. At the other end of the spectrum sit our favourite Finn, Lenno, who takes the track straight to the big room. We’re not expecting anyone to do any better than these two, so case closed.
Taken from their new album White Women, Jealous (I Ain’t With It) was Chromeo’s first single from the album, but weirdly probably the album’s least-strong track. That is, before the likes of Lenno got their hands on it. As we’d expect from Lenno, he makes things truly massive with layers of hugs synths, perfectly produced, Building and building over a Boogie-esque bassline that gives the track a little Disco undertone, Lenno would have the dancefloor in the palm of his hand with this one. Dave 1’s vocals are just the icing on the cake here. We’ve got this on on repeat.
♫ Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Lenno reMix)
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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MiGHty mOUse – Edit Tape 1 = Here’s the new mixtape from MiGHty mOUse, and this one is a collection of storming edits of some wicked tunes the Mouse has done himself. The even better news is that he’ll be making them available for download soon!
♫ MiGHty mOUse – Edit Tape 1
1. Yello – The Race (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
2. Smokey Robinson – Mickeys Monkey (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
3. Sister Sledge – You Fooled Around (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
4. Debbie Jacobs – High On Your Love (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
5. Odyssey – Use It Up, Wear It Out (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
6. Trio – Da Da Da (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
7. A-Ha – Cry Wolf (MiGHty mOUse Edit)
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Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014 = Goldroom’s newest mixtape rocker our weekend. Check it our for an hour of a smoothest Disco sounds around. This beast features some of our favourite summery tracks from the past few weeks, instant classic.
♫ Goldroom – Verano Mix 2014
01. Creep Crawl Flash – At Bay
02. From Kid – Sun (Ride The Universe reMix)
03. Blood Cultures – Indian Summer
04. Lifelike – City Lights
05. Misterwives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix)
06. Xtrafunk – Infinite
07. Darius – Hot Hands
08. Portland – Before You (Murer reMix)
09. Les Loups (Feat. Moona) – Out Of Sight
10. Honom – Bedcat (Satin Jackets reMix)
11. Goldroom – Embrace (Glen Check reMix)
12. Tony Betties – So Cool (Holmes Price reMix)
13. David August – Epikur
14. Snakadakal – The Sun II (Just Kiddin’ reMix)
15. Moon Boots – Whatever You Need
16. KAASI – Tell Me
17. Casino Gold – All I Need
18. MØ – Don’t Wanna’ Dance (Goldroom reMix)
19. London Grammer – Darling Are You Gonna’ Leave Me? (LCAW reMix)
20. Mr. Mæn – Slow Love
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At the end of the month, German Disco demon PWNDTIAC has releases his brand new single. It’s called Hey Girl and it’s a fairly standard Nu-Disco floorfiller with loads of lovely nods to Boogie and Electro Funk. It;s well worth a listen, but it’s the B-side, Ready, that really caught out attention. Featuring the talents of fellow German digitalfoxglove; Ready is a soaring space oddessy.
Filled to bursting point with thick robotic bass and cosmic keys; Ready is a vocoder laden monster that takes both 80s Boogie and French Disco as references and wraps them up in a post-Italo machine Funk. Vocally, the track mixes up some surprisingly soulful vocoder work with little Soul II Soul samples with really nice effect, like a duet between Caron Wheeler and a sad robot. For us, though, it’s that bassline that really draws us in, thick and punchy it seems to evolve through the track. French producer Douze offers his version of the track on the release; upping the B-Boy beats quota. Douze delvers one of his trademark synthetic journeys, mixing up Funk and cinematic SynthWave, he slowly builds the track until an unexpectedly energetic high. The whole release is definitely worth your attention when it;s released later this month.
♫ PWNDTIAC (Feat. digitalfoxglove) – Ready
♫ PWNDTIAC (Feat. digitalfoxglove) – Ready (Douze reMix)
PWNDTIAC’s Hey Girl is released 30th June.
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One of our favourite Canadian producers Cyclist had once again teamed up with fellow Canadian Maiko Watson to deliver one of the most pleasing tunes of the summer so-far. Last time these two teamed up it was for Cyclist’s awesome track Shine, this time they take it to the next level with some of the most blissful vibes you’ll hear this year.
Injecting both Cyclist’s jazzy groove and Maiko’s smokey R&B vocals into a solid Nu-House tune has produced a real ‘musicians’ Disco tune. Titled Sunrise, the track is so dripping with sunkissed nostalgia and soul that it’s hard not to get sucked into it’s smooth depth. With a slight Motown vibe hidden amongst it’s Cosmic synth Disco and poolside House façade; Sunrise had a vibe that truly lives up to it’s name. Optimistic and passionate, Mark and Maiko have served up a tune that never gets old (really! we’ve had it on repeat for ages!), and a timeless track for discerning dancefloors.
♫ Cyclist & Maiko – Sunrise
Cyclist & Maiko’s Sunrise is out now.
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Picture the scene. It’s 2011, a sunny May. We’re still using Five months earlier LA’s finest Dreamwavers Fiero (now Leisure Council) had teamed up with German Nu-Disco powerhouse digitalfoxglove. Calling themselves Ride The Universe they’d gained a little attention with a handful of slick reMixes, but nothing would prepare the world for what was to come. 11th May they unleashed a reMix of Canadian Funketeers Chromeo’s Hot Mess that was so massively awesome, floor slammingly funky, so relentlessly badass, that it still had the power melt brains three years later. It’s one of our favourite reMixes of all time, it set the tone for the trademark Ride The Universe sounds, and it’s why we fell in love with them.
Seconds out! Round Two! They’re bringing it back, Delivering their Chromeo reMix: the sequel, the Ride The Universe boys has got to grips with Chromeo’s recent single, Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (taken from their really quite good new album, White Women) as part of the currently running reMix competition. The prize is cash, and these four deserve it for two very good reasons. Firstly, they’ve never met, some of the prize money would go toward shipping digitalfoxglove off to LA to actually meet his band-mates and get to work on that damn album; and secondly some of the prize money will be donated to a kid’s music education charity. Sounds like a worthy cause to us. The reMix itself is pure smoothness. A blissful LA Funk vibe permeates every pore of this tune; working it’s laid back squelchy synths around Dave P’s vocals, creating an urban late night groove for the more discerning dancefloor. Complemented by starlight chimes and a sauntering rubble of bass, this one’s got everything to swing to under the city lights. Vote for this bad-boy here, never has there been a more deserving reMix competition winner.
♫ Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Ride The Universe reMix)
Chromeo’s White Women is out now.
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Nearly a year on from it’s unveiling, Du Tonc’s Surging Memories is on the way to a full release, reMix package and all! The international duo of MiGHty mOUse and Matt Van Schie have picked one of their finest tracks for this, their first proper big release and amongst the luminaries chosen for reMix duties is Belgian synthesizer champion ATTAR!. Check out his version below.
As expected ATTAR! takes the track in a more robotic direction, but the man manages to leave the tracks soul intact. The laid back nature of the track allows ATTAR! to indulge in some heady Vangelis synths set to a warping sub bass. It’s a combination that has to be enjoyed loud. Taking his time to deliver the beat, ATTAR! builds the Sci-Fi mood before injecting a little Tropical sweetness into proceedings and making those cold dystopian tones get funky. Matt’s vocals glide over the track like they are looking down on the groove from on high. The whole thing is rather epic we think.
♫ Du Tonc – Surging Memories (ATTAR! reMix)
Du Tonc’s Surging Memories is released 23rd June via Nightfilm.
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