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Rogue Vogue x Cyclist

While the new Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” by Rogue Vogue (feat. Patrick Baker) will certainly make you boogie & fill you full of 80s nostalgia, the track evokes a more specific 80s memory for me.  Cyclist’s remix conjures up the persona of some of my favorite 80s anti-heroes & reminds me of all things that made me want to be like them when I was younger.  They were the type of anti-heroes who armed themselves with self-deprecating humor & absurdity who somehow always managed to be the coolest person in the room.  Ridiculous & witty, always managing to get the girl & solve the case.  Acting a fool but playing it cool.  Not an easy thing to do.  The Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” evokes memories of movies that starred these type of anti-heroes.  Movies (with underrated soundtracks) like “Fletch” or “Real Genius”.  They were playful & upbeat yet somehow mysterious & seductive.

It’s difficult for me to accept the “this song has an 80s vibe to it” generalization and just leave it at that.  Sometimes specificity (even if it’s something as absurd as comparing the song to a Chevy Chase film) is the only way to let someone know that a song brings out the 80s anti-hero in them.

The “Until the Dawn” EP featuring remixes by Cyclist & BRONX is out February 6th via Kiez Beats.
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solidisco - totw

If you’re going to put out a proper piece of Disco, make sure you dig deep into your Disco treasure chest to find the right starting point.  New York duo Solidisco knew exactly where to look when producing their latest track “Top of the World”.  They kept things in the New York family and used the classic label Salsoul Records as their starting point.  Salsoul Records are considered by many to be Disco royalty and part of that royal family were NY Funk/Boogie outfit Skyy.  Taking a sample from Skyy’s 1980 track “Here’s to You”, Solidisco create a glamorous + infectious Disco House track that will immediately make anyone slip right into happy dance mode.  Good luck getting this one out of your head.

“Top of the World” is out January 24th via Ultra Records.
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Luxxury x Eagles

The LUXXURY Edit Series keeps on rockin’ & rollin’ with the latest edit of the overblown Eagles classic “Hotel California”.  So what does someone like LUXXURY do with a track like “Hotel California”, a track that everyone has more than likely heard one too many times in their lifetime?  He breathes new life into the track by adding some vocoders & Moroder-esque synth bass and takes the track to an entirely different + new cosmic level.  Grab this smooth piece of a Slo-mo Disco for free & float away into outer space…
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Coachella Balloon 460

Acres of lush green grass.  Majestic palm trees highlighted by a purple mountain backdrop.  Sunny Southern California skies.  Desert nights in the Spring.  Cutting edge art installations.  The hottest artists/DJs in the world.  And 75,000 of your closest friends.  As far as music festivals go, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is as good as it gets.  What makes Coachella the premier festival in the country & one of the top festivals in the world?  First and foremost, the music.  Coachella first began in 1999, took a year off in 2000, and since then, I’ve attended the last 13 festivals.  And if there’s one thing I can say unequivocally, it’s that the music lineup always delivers.  Not only does Coachella consistently offer the hottest musicians of the moment, the festival has also played host to some of the greatest acts of all time: Paul McCartney, Prince, Madonna, Roger Waters, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Dre & Snoop & many others.  Artists come out of retirement & bands reunite for Coachella.  Musically speaking, it’s an A-list festival.  But to achieve that A-list status, you have to deliver the goods from top to bottom.  While keeping an eye on the mainstream, Coachella has always had its finger on the pulse of the underground.  At the height of the Disco Punk revival in 2004, Coachella made sure to book acts like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, !!! & Le Tigre.  During those glorious Bloghaus years from 2007-2009, Coachella didn’t miss a beat with Bloghaus darlings MSTRKRFT, Klaxons, Justice, Sebastian, Kavinsky & Ghostland Observatory.  And last year Coachella took a more underground approach by adding the Yuma Tent & keeping things deep & dark with acts like Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Julio Bashmore, Loco Dice & Richie Hawtin.  For Coachella, it’s ALWAYS been about the music.
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The Dirt #141
[Photo courtesy of LaurelRae]

It’s The Dirt #141 brought to you by Steven N. Ewald + aRod.  It’s a brand new year and we’re taking things up a notch.  We’ve got a 12-pack of freebies from big hitters like Treasure Fingers & The Knocks, Chromeo, Salva, Dillon Francis feat. TEED and the latest French Express release from Lane 8.  Plus plenty of other freshness from our GDD mates Traveler, a blissed out Chris Jylkke remix of a Lana del Rey “classic” & plenty of straight up HOUSE MUSIC to kick this year into gear.  Strap in for this week’s wild ride…

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All I Need

On the title track of the new “All I Need” EP, Casino Gold made an interesting & bold choice to use the same song to sample from (“If This World Were Mine” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) that Chris Malinchak used on “So Good To Me”, a song that reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart in 2013.  While it’s a bold choice using the same song to sample, it is, after all, a classic song & it is Marvin Gaye.  In the end, the gamble paid off & the track was featured in the leadoff spot of The Magician’s most recent Magic Tape #38.  For those familiar with The Magician’s seminal mixtape series, you already know that being the lead track on a Magic Tape is a spot generally reserved for THE hottest new tracks.  Past Magic Tape openers include “Do You Believe?” by Poolside, Plastic Plate’s remix of “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, “Gopherit” by Moon Boots & various sexy new releases by French Express bossman Perseus.  The opening track on a Magic Tape is certainly something to be proud of.

The soulful & soaring Deep House sound of “All I Need” coupled with the more sunshine infused Deep Disco sounds of “Your Love” make this two-sider an absolute must have.  House lovers & Disco lovers…dance floors & bedrooms – Casino Gold have created a crossover smash .   Casino Gold, we like where you’re headed in 2014.

“All I Need” EP is out now via Perfect Driver Music (with an unbelievable remix package on the way!).

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skogsra

If you’ve been looking for something to warm your soul during this frigid time of the year, look no further than this gem of a tune titled “Now You See Me” by Swedish artist SKOGSRÅ.  While the lyrical content is one of heartbreak, this smooth slice of dancepop funk surely won’t bring you down.  ”Now You See Me” is a blend of old school Funk & RnB a la Tower of Power & Parlaiment, mixed in with new school IndieFunk & Electro RnB artists like Breakbot & Cashmere Cat.  “Now You See Me” clocks in beautifully at over six & a half minutes, capped off with a dramatic build up & a funk-fueled outro.  A stunning debut by newcomer SKOGSRÅ.

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kenna

Melodie Mitchell is a talented producer from Edmonton whose latest venture is a Disco/Indie Dance project called Teletexxt.  Teletexxt just released a bass heavy, 80s influenced rework of “Love Is Still Alive” by Kenna & the result is a seductive, deep disco gem.  Love is definitely alive in the form of deep, slow burning lasers.  Grab this Teletexxt freebie and feel the burn…
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Anna x TF

Anna Lunoe is dominating right now.  The slick remixes for her hit single are out (featuring remixes by Treasure Fingers, Cosmos Midnight, Danny T, Sleepy Tom & Wordlife).  Her clothing line is fly.  Her artwork is dope (I obviously haven’t updated my vernacular since “In Living Color”).  And her new video for “Breathe” is a smashing success.

Today we’re featuring the ultra bad-ass Treasure Fingers remix of “Breathe”.  Treasure Fingers flexes some serious dancefloor muscle with this booming Miami Bass/Freestyle remix.  Serious pop n’ lock vibes.
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The Dirt returns after a week hiatus – we jive turkeys were too stuffed to type, click buttons & edit widgets.  But we’re back in a big way with some hot new freebies courtesy of Tropicool + aRod.  Lots of plush tunes by some big names in the game including Arcade Fire, the dynamic French Express duo of Perseus & Chris Malinchak, a rework of a classic by The Clash, a rework of a Motown classic, some folk house & lots more!  Dig in and enjoy…
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