Italian/German label Slow Motion Records are celebrating being in existence for five strong years with the release of their first ever compilation. Titled Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno), the record will lay out a selection of label boss Franz Underwear’s secret crate weapons from the likes of Clap Rules, Riders Of The Lost Arp and this stormer from Italian analog Disco/ElectroPop maestro Bottin. Check it out.
Even before pressing play, Acid Disco (No Fear) had out interest piqued. We’ve made no secret in the past of our love for slick Disco mixed with Acid burbling, we feel it’s a sorely underexplored musical avenue, so a title like Acid Disco made us sit up and take notice. Bottin really delivers with this one. It’s a strong retro Disco tune, loaded with vintage synths. An infectious bassline and stabbing keys ride a beat that veers between Disco and House. Running alongside this is a deft 303 hook, slickly filtering in and out of the track, giving it that extra kick. RoboDisco with a twist. Awesome stuff!””
♫ Bottin – Acid Disco (No Fear)
Italian Dance Wave (Disco Uno) is released 27th January.
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Australian Disco scene lynchpin Cassian’s Running (featuring vocals from Cleopold) was released late last year with it;s uplifting HousePop brilliance. The tune has now got itself a slick-as-hell video. Watch below.
Directed by Lukasz Pytlik, the clip sees a retro futuristic Astronaut land on a strange planet who’s atmosphere conjures a mix between memory and hallucination. It look’s amazing!
Cassian’s Running is out now.
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Pat Lok just doesn’t stop working, does he? He’s already dropped his latest tune this week and here comes his next reMix. This time the Canadian groover takes on Australian Indie-Electro outfit Gold Fields ‘ single of last year, Hold Me. This one is the perfect tide-over until the weekend. Turn it up!
Lok mixes up a little Deep House and a little classic early 90s House sheen on this one. Starting off smooth and silky, Lok soon brigs the big retro vibes and hammers home the dance energy with a big piano hook. There’s a woozy bassline underpinning an ecclectic take on House synths, Pat injects the track with his own personality here, while the original’s vocals swirl in a reverb-y haze around the track. Summertime grooves.
♫ Gold Fields – Hold Me (Pat Lok reMix)
Gold Fields’ Hold Me is out now.
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Here’s the new one from the man like BeatLoaf. The Detroit based Electro producer always delivers both the funky and the innovative in his tunes, and this new ecclectic track is no different. Romantic really serves up an electronic journey over it’s six minutes, drawing you into it’s synthetic soundscape. Watch out for the House, it does turn up! Check it out.
Tasking it’s time to evolve and draw you in. Romantic rides waves of robotic audio; layering and undulating modulated vocals to create a machine atmosphere that lulls you into a false sense of security before hitting you with the House bassline. The whole track is very Detroit, bringing to mind a Housier version of Cybotron. Involving stuff.
♫ BeatLoaf – Romantic
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Brown Sauce is the new single from London based DFAer, acclaimed producer Marcus Marr. An epic, raw, tune that combines the DFA New York Disco sound with a health dose of Acid House.
Here’s the video. It’s wildly literal as Kris, DFA label manager, downs a chip butty. Any guesses as to his choice of condiment?
Marcus Marr’s Brown Sauce is out now.
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Dutch Disco Duo Keljet are at it again, this time with a monster reMix of fellow countryman Oliver Heldens. Heldens’ new single is Last All Night (Koala), featuring vocals from KStewart, gets a bouncy treatment from the Keljet crew in a real meeting of Dutch minds. This one’s got both the Disco and the big room vibes. Check it out.
A departure from the lush Nu-Disco sound we are used to from Keljet, this reMix of Last All Night (Koala) veers into huge, progressive, territory. Layered with rich synths and a big drop and build, it’s squarely aimed at the more commercial end of the dancefloor, but Keljet keep things funky with an elastic bassline and their own European funk. KStewart’s expansive vocals are the icing on the cake.
♫ Oliver Heldens (Feat. KStewart) – Last All Night (Koala) (Keljet reMix)
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The next release due on Yuksek’s label Partyfine comes from Parisian DJ/producer duo Get A Room!. Aurelien Haas and Jeff Lasson have name a bit of a name for themselves in recent months with reMixes for the likes of YACHT and Breakbot going down a treat and serving up the smooth Leave This Town on last year’s Partyfine Vol. 1 compilation. Now set to drop their début EP, titled Inbetween, next month Get A Room! have let loose the lead track from the release Agony & Pain. Analog goodness incoming!
Agony & Pain a mighty head on collision between Italo and modern Bass House. With a monstrous synth bassline that would have rocked Mediterranean dancefloors in the 80s, turned all the way up to 11, stuffed into a festival club track that Disclosure would be proud of. This meeting of contemporary club juggernaut and retro Italo-Disco groover is utterly compelling, introducing something new into the genre, and is handles with near flawless production. Sounding both vintage in it’s use of analog synth sounds, and absolutely fresh in it’s rich and full sound. This one’s gonna’ tear up certain dancefloors.
♫ Get A Room! – Agony & Pain
Get A Room!’s Inbetween is released 2nd February.
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Vancouver’s most prolific (and consistently brilliant) Disco/House producer Pat Lok is about to drop another new release, the man just keeps them coming. He’s kicking off 2015 in big style with his new single, All In My Head. For this one he’s brought on-board fellow Canadian Desirée Dawson to lay down some soulful vocals over a glorious Warehouse backing, Check it out.
Lok pulls out all the stops for his new one. Throwing a touch of Disco and a hint of Garage into a vintage 90s House mix he serves up a single that is rich and inventive whilst delivering all the classic House moments. The punchy bass/organ/electric piano combo cascades out of the speakers and is truly unstoppable, compelling you to move. Desirée’s vocals are pitch perfect, effortlessly sounding contemporary whist channelling House divas of the past and are totally in tune with Pat’s energetic, involving House tune. A real dancefloor destroyer, the reMix package is due out soon featuring work from the one and only Cyclist, Aussies Gold Fields, South London duo Howson’s Groove, and SYRE
♫ Pat Lok (Feat. Desirée Dawson) – All In My Head
Pat Lok’s All In My Head is released 9th February.
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So we made a decision not to cover tunes that were released while we were on holiday. There was as surprising heap of awesome tunes in the past few weeks and we just haven;t got the time to write about all of them, but this little gem unleashed just before X-Mas as a freebie, and soon to be getting a full reMix package released via d:vision Records, is too good to pass over. It’s dancefloor legends Dirty Vegas thank you to their fans for the support in 2014 in the form of a cover of Duran Duran’s monster 1982 hit Save A Prayer.
Paul and Steve have injected the tune with their instantly recognisable brand of soulful House vibes and Balearic groove; which goes surprisingly well with the song. In a way, Rio era Duran Duran was the original Tropical Dance Pop so it’s no surprise that this translates so well to a summertime floorfiller. The original’s riff have been morphed into a hands-in-the-air chord progression but the enigmatic island atmosphere remains. A beautiful coming together of new and old.
♫ Dirty Vegas – Save A Prayer (Duran Duran Cover)
Dirty Vegas’ Save A Prayer is out soon.
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The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts January 2014 = The Parisian twosome continue to deliver a monthly serving of the best ElectroPop, Nu-Disco and House sounds around with their January charts. There’s some awesome stuff up in here!
♫ The Penelopes – The Penelopes’ Charts January 2014
01. Final DJs – Rough Boy
02. MisterWives – Reflections (Gryffin reMix)
03. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment (Andrew Weatherall reMix)
04. Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (Yuksek reMix)
05. Rae Morris – Under The Shadows (Radio Edit)
06. Danglo – Swept Away
07. Acrobat – Invicible (Marcus Harris reMix)
08. Just Kiddin’ – Thinkin’ About It (Fabich & Ferdinand Weber reMix)
09. Moonbootica – Superdrive (Less Hate reMix)
10. Drop Out Orchestra & Barnaby Bruce – Gecko (Achilles & One reMix)
11. Röyksopp - Sordid Affair (Watermat reMix)
12. Roisto – I’m Who You Need (TJH87 reMix)
13. Oh Land – Head Up High (Penguin Prison reMix)
14. YesYou (Feat. Noah Slee & Castle Rays) – Waste Away
15. Years & Years – Take Shelter (STAL reMix)
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