If your want soulful House of Funkified Disco and you’re in North America you had best be going to Mr. Pat Lok. The Vancouverite (is that a word?) is one of the most consistently amazing producer working in this genre right now. Whether he’s getting smooth and soulful, or getting the party started, Pat Lok always delivers.
He’s gearing up for the release of his second single this year, which we think (taking into account reMixes and whatnot) is a good release schedule. Steady and regular without oversaturation. Pat Lok keeps them wanting more.
The maestro has teamed up with fellow Canadian Electro Soul trio Dirty Radio for his new single, Your Lips. The single follows on from his smooth House collaboration with singer/songwriter Desirée Dawson, the well received All In My Head, from the beginning of this year and by the sound if it, will be doing the same kind of damage.
Your Lips serves up an easy groove. Dirty Radio’s Shaddy’s vocals are a smooth as silk here as he croons over Lok’s analog fuelled groove. Lok eases off of the attack on the synths he uses in this one to give to track a lazy groove; the hooks here have no urgency, they are content to flow with the tide of the tune. Carried along by the laid-back beats, the tune is all about giving room to the vocals, so they can do their thing and weave their sultry and smoky atmosphere throughout.
♫ Pat Lok (Feat. Dirty Radio) – Your Lips
Pat Lok’s Your Lips is released 13th November.
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Antony & Cleopatra (Anita Blay, as in CockNBullKid, and Alexander Burnett (of Sparkadia) have just released their new single, Take Me, a genre spanning dance track that absorbs the history of the dancefloor and delivers one timeless track. One of our favourite Canadian groovers, Pat Lok, takes things to the next level with this storming reMix of the track.Lend him your ears.
Mr. Lok’s take on Take Me pays respect tot he original while turning into a jacking track that has one foot on both sides of the Atlantic. Working up a Chicago House groove, Lok dabbles with bassier UK elements; injecting the tune with all manner of subby goodness. Despite the rumbling tones, Pat keeps things light with playful melodies and full usage of Anita’s soulful vocals. An energetic slice of sunshine House that shows off why Pat Lok is on top of his game.
♫ Antony & Cleopatra – Take Me (Pat Lok reMix)
Antony & Cleopatra’s Take Me is out now.
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Alice On The Roof is an upcoming singer/songwriter from Mons in Belgium who’s just released Easy Come Easy Go; début EP of bombastic Indie-Pop. Four tracks of alternative Pop and tucked away a the end a reMix from our Vancouver based homie Mr. Pat Lok. Settle in for some blissful, funked up grooves from Indie roots.
Lok revels in an array of funky influences for this stellar reMix. Easing us in with an old school Hip Hop beat and loose keys, Pat soon makes things more complex with intricate percussion and a metallic synth bass. Juggling a ton of distinct elements, Lok never lets anything overpower the track and seemingly effortlessly blends the tracks parts into four and a half minutes of left-field DancePop and summertime grooves. Eclectic and funky-as-hell.
♫ Alice On The Roof – Easy Come Easy Go (Pat Lok reMix)
Alice On The Roof’s Easy Come Easy Go EP is out now.
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Torontonian Disco multi-instrumentalist Mark Penner A.K.A. Cyclist unleashes not one, but two new tunes this week. Both are exclusives to the new compilation from Toolroom Records, this year’s Poolside Miami. The compilation was released this week and sees Cyclist’s tunes sit alongside the likes of Eli & Fur, NTEIBINT, LoFrames and 5 Reasons. For one of his contributions Cyclist has taken on the task of reMixing fellow Canadian House genius Pat Lok’s excellent All In My Head.
Cyclist takes Lok’s Desirée Dawson featuring original, a full-on Disco House monster, and give it a Funky House makeover with a raw analog feel. The original vocal ride over a seemingly laid back backing, but one that bristles with nervous dancefloor energy. Spikey synths and punchy bass lay themselves thick over a slick Disco beat all building towards the welcomes Acidic growl of the finale’s hypnotic riff. Surprisingly soulful for what is, at first glance, quite an abrasive Disco tune.
♫ Pat Lok (Feat. Desirée Dawson) – All In My Head (Cyclist reMix)
While you’re here check out Cyclist’s new original tune too. Featuring Jocelyn Alice on vocals, Heartbeat Speed is a slinky five minutes of warm House with a breezy summertime vibe. Amusingly Mark and Jocelyn met when she answered his Craigslist ad for a new roommate. Random!
♫ Cyclist (Feat. Jocelyn Alice) – Heartbeat Speed
Toolroom Records’ Poolside Miami 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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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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Canadian House producer Pat Lok whips up a sever warehouse vibe on his latest reMix. Taking on Trigger, the current single from New York songstress and multi-instrumentalist Sirma. The Turkish singer’s original is a beautiful and intricate wall of sounds, a wall which Lok knocks down and re-builds with an infectious groove.
Slightly more low key than some of his previous mixes, Lok concentrates on dancefloor essentials with this one. Serving up a pure hypnotic track comprising of deep bass, a nice line in organ riffs and a killer piano hook. this is the kind of track that you can stick on, close your eyes, and just see the strobe lights. Or maybe we’ve just got something wrong with our brain? Either way, Lok’s reMix of Trigger is a House-head’s dream.
♫ Sirma – Trigger (Pat Lok reMix)
Sirma’s Trigger is out now.
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Australian ElectroPop duo Back Back Forward Punch continue in their quest to have everyone cool on the planet reMix them. Having already tussled with the likes of MiGHty mOUse, Dublin Aunts and The Penelopes, the Aussies then set their sights on Canadian House wizard Pat Lok for reMix duties on their latest single. The track’s called Solid Gold, and any new Pat Lok reMix is a cause for a party. So, yeah, let’s party.
But what do we have here? This isn’t a Lok-ian House tune riding a 4/4 kick. What we’ve got here is a board mix of 90s dance and Bristol beat (and yes, being from Bristol, this makes me very happy). In fact, this might be my favourite Pat Lok track to date, or maybe it’s just that the sun is shining and here’s a lazy vibe going on that the track’s slick mix of laid back 90s Hop Hop beats and warm Chicago keys feeds into. Either way the warm bass is filling my head and the shuffling hats are shaking my shoulders and I’m loving it. Enjoy.
♫ Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold (Pat Lok reMix)
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Prick up your ears, there’s a new Pat Lok reMix in town, This time the Canadian funkmaster has tackled the latest tune from Australian breezy Indie-Electro dup Olympic Ayres. The track’s called Control and is taken from their forthcoming début EP, Leisureplex. What does floaty poolside Pop sound like in Lok’s astoundingly groovy hands? Check it out below ad Pat Lok brings the House.
This one is all about the stabbing House hook and the subby bassline. Combining with a slick early 90s House vibe, the bass and riff whip up a deceptively complex and utterly infectious floorfiller. ‘Deceptively complex’ is actually a pretty good overview of the track, intricate House beats, multiple layers of keys and sweet strings all ride that dubby bassline, weaving in and out of each other but the end result feels effortlessly uncomplicated. Add to this totally compelling House anthem Olympic Ayers’ summertime vocal and you’ve got a pretty irresistible track.
♫ Olympic Ayres – Control (Pat Lok reMix)
Olympic Ayers’ Leisureplex is released 17th September.
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Here’s a little mid-week bliss from one of our favourite Torontonians (and there’s a lot of ‘em!) Pat Lok. For this one he’s teamed up with the voice of the moment Patrick Baker for a warm and relaxing groove, perfect timing now that the sun if finally shining here in the UK. Sit back, hit play, and sink into what Pat & Pat have served up.
Pat’s (the second one) voce drifts across this deep deep House tune with an R&B lilt while Pat the first lays down a glorious subby bassline and a Garage-y beat. With a touch of vocal modulation and some enigmatic keys thrown into the mix, Lok brings the hot summer nights vibe to the track; the end result being something smooth, soulful and dancefloor friendly, but only for friendly dancefloors.
♫ Pat Lok (Feat. Patrick Baker) – Could Be Mine
Pat Lok’s Could Be Mine is out now.
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