The media empire that is Nude Disco released their second compilation album, Nude Disco Selections Vol 2, earlier this year and have released a string of single from the release in the processing months. The bonus track from the Bandcamp release of the album was High Rollers, from Nude Disco himself and Curtis Chip, now available as a free single.
Nude Disco, the act, the record label, and the club night, is the brainchild of Vern (of Stretch & Vern fame) and through the record label and club night has become a hub for South London Disco, Italo and Boogie heads who flock to the Brixton collective. Considering that our little musical collective spans the globe, we have always been a little jealous of Brixton posse, cantered around the (currently on hiatus) Nude Disco club night there’s a real sense of community with these guys.
As a producer Nude Disco has released a whole host of top quality Nu-Disco tunes, remixes and mixtapes and for this one he has teamed up with repeat collaborator Arron Curtis A.K.A Curtis Chip to drop a weighty slab of synth funk in the form of High Rollers.
High Rollers centres itself around a loop from High Fashion’s Feelin’ Lucky Lately, from their 1982 album Feelin’ Lucky, which filters in and out of an array of fresh beats and lush synths to create a warm, comfortable vibe. This is one Disco tune that envelops you in it’s smoothest of smooth grooves, freeing you from your woes. Like an audio Instagram filter, this one drops a nostalgic veil over your life while you’re listening. It’s a free download too, so you can keep it and stick it on when you life needs smoothing out for five minutes.
The incredible Avec Sans’s new single premièred this week on MTV’s new Scream TV series. That’s some top drawer syncing right there! If MTV aren’t actually going to play music videos anymore then the least they can do is feature the best new music in their TV show. Which they appear to have done. So fair play to them then. Pats on the back all round. Are we in for some more lovely melancholy moods wrapped up in crystal clean and catch ElectroPop. Yes we are. Get your hearing gear around When You Go.
Swoosh! That’s how When You Go begins. Once suitably swooshed you’ll be treated to a booming and majestic tune that sees Jack playing with an almost Dubby groove, albeit it a Dubby groove run through his humming RoboPop machines while Alice’s smoky vocal delivers that particular gloomy optimism that only she can. When You Go is possible the Sans’ most confident and self-assured track to date, a down-tempo masterpiece of cinematic SynthPop. There so much bombast in here, Jack’s thick production sounding as clean and full as ever, but never over-crammed and Alice’s performance rich with an emotional resonance. There’s a new EP on the way. Oh yes there is.
The Matts are at it again. Following their surprise monster of a reMix of Pixies’ Monkeys Gone To Heaven a couple of months ago; the Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse coalition of Du Tonc have rocked up with this slick reworking of the late Aaliyah’s 2002 tune Rock The Boat. The duo have a new single out pretty soon, but until then feat your ears on this bubble and laid back Disco reMix. Free download too; which is nice.
Du Tonc serve up a warm and hazy slice if the most laid back Disco sounds around. Utterly without a care int he world, this reMix of Rock The Boat totally strips you of all your troubles and orders you to flippin’ chill. Du Tonc’s trademark combination of cheeky Tropical licks, robust lazy basslines and blissed out keys transport of to a sunnier and altogether more nostalgic place while they pepper the tune with dreamy synths and a hint of talkbox. Believe us, you’ll feel 100-times better after listening to this tune.
Soul/Jazz./Disco legend George Duke’s Latin infused Brazilian Love Affair, the lead track from the album of the same name, is no stranger to the world of Nu-Disco edits. Maybe it’s those cowbells? Maybe it’s the slap bass? Maybe it’s the carefree left-field groove? Something makes the track crack for producers. Just because a track has been given the edit treatment before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to better it. That’s what Ali Jamieson, producer of some of our favourite edits in the past year or so, has done. And he’s brought his A game.
Slowly layering elements to east you into the groove. Ali builds up the very best bits of the track until the track is full to the brim. Where the original is a slinky, laid back, airy tune, Jamieson’s edit is an exuberant, unrelenting floorfiller that only briefly let’s up for it’s freeform breakdowns before launching back into the laser sighted Funk. Jazz Fusion turned Cosmic Disco. Excellent stuff.
Ahh to be in the late 80s in an Indie club! Before BritPop made British Indie music shit Happy Monday’s were riding the Madchester wave to Indie-Dance glory. On the cusp of a new decade they released Kinky Afro, and now two decades later New York Disco dons Sunrise HWY are giving the track another spin. Not content with a couple of True Romance released EPs, this trio are giving this one away for free. Give your ears a treat.
Sunrise HWY stay true to the groove of the original while making it well and truly their own. The cover has a raw, immediate, Disco feel. Despite being loaded with smooth keys and heavily processed guitars, the track has a gritty, grimy feel that lends itself to the song well. We will admit it’s a little odd to hear those verses not sung by Shaun Ryder, it’s like Rowetta singing the whole song, but it really does work. With a nice little Acidic undercurrent Sunrise HWY have turned in a fine cover version with a slick funk all of it’s own.
Australian duo Bag Raiders are amongst our favourite acts of the past decade. Easily. We’re never quite sure if they are ever going to release anything else or if they have packed it in; so whenever a new tune, or a nugget of news slips out we’re always a) relieved they are still going and b) excited to hear their new material. We’ve got both right here (new tune and nugget of news that is). The guys have announced a brand new EP due at the end of this summer. Titled Waterfalls, it’ll be the now-L.A. based pair’s first new music since last years Nairobi/Savannah double A-side. Check out the first track from the EP, Vapour Trails below, it’s a free download from Bag Raiders website.
Vapour Trails is a dream six minutes of laid back vocal House. It’s decidedly Bag Raiders (more reminiscent of first-album era Bag Raiders than their more recent, tougher, output) but also reminds us a little of Dirty Vegas. A warm and enticing tune that pairs comfortable vocals with a smooth, laid back, Electronica groove and rising strings in a track that has us eager to hear more. DancePop at it’s hazy finest; it’s so good to have Bag Raiders back.
Australian production duo Back Back Forward Punch have dropped a brand new tune, No Answer, ahead of the release of the release of their début EP later this month. They are giving away the tune, for the sweet price of free, until the EP’s properly drops. We’ve features a handful of BBFP’s tunes and reMixes here on ER so we’re quite looking forward to this EP dropping. Summery Pop House goodness all the way.
From moment one, No Answer hits you with a gloriously Tropical hook and you just know things are gonna’ get groovier from here on in. It’s absolutely carefree and deftly plays between a cheeky Pop song, delivered by Laura Boland’s warm vocal, and a sunshine festival burner. This is how you do Pop House these days; there’s even a twisting progressive breakdown!
Whoop! The man Russ Chimes has dropped this cheeky little number as a free download to take you into your weekend. A weekend that looks set to be scorching (at least in the UK), so get your hot-city-nights dancing shoes on and head out into the world with this in your ears. It’s a track that Russ has been playing out for the past few months and now he’s giving it up for you all as a free download. Check out Stay With Me.
Russ himself calls the track “dark, moody, late night business”; and he’s not wrong. Undulating and hypnotic, Stay With Me wraps it’s deep House groove in an air of mystery; indulging in some freeform LFO noodling and enigmatic, smokey sound effects, Chimes whips up some dancefloor black magic to enthral early hours revellers. A luxurious track that is as soulful as it is cryptic, courtesy of some well places vocal snatches, Stay With Me captures the summer club groove perfectly.
Grab yourself a funky fresh slice of French House with the latest tune from Parisian producer Oxford. It’s been more than a while since we heard a brand new tune from this severely talented groover so we’re hoping this is the start of a resurgence of new material. Oxford is giving this one away for free; so download it and stick this smooth jam in your headphones ASAP. Aria will brighten up any day, so get on it.
Oh that French bass! Irresistible. Aria sees Oxford serving up the perfect blend of Parisian Disco and Tropical vibes; taking it’s time to ease you into the tune, this one soon treats you that infectious bass and woozy, stabbing synths. Rolling vocal modulated samples and incandescent melodies in and out of the track, Oxford keeps things interesting and the track evolving. With a slightly raw feel, Aria feels visceral and immediate and, for want of a better word, real. Intoxicating Disco sounds from the Frenchman.
The Reason EP is Housemeister Le Visiteur’s second release for MiGHty mOUse’s label Nightfilm Music. It’s a three track affair from the Scottish Producer/DJ/Blogger and to mark the release Nightfilm are giving one of the tracks away Scot free (don’t judge me!). Will She Be There? enlists the help of Nick Paterson from Edinburgh duo Neon Liston on vocal duties and delivers some nicely un-pretentious and bouncy club sounds.
Based around a springy Disco bassline, Will She Be There? precariously straddles both Disco and House while putting an easy-going, stripped down twist on both. Solid beats and a nostalgic hook are intercut with warm pads and attention holding flourishes while Paterson gives it his smoothest vocal all (including a (presumably unintentional) hilarious “get her booty on the floor tonight” line). If you’re like us then you’ll be saving up this tune, and indeed the whole EP, for the weekend. Fingers crossed for good weather, ‘cos this is sunshine, shades on, music and worth your attention.