Disco

It may be Fall in the States but down in Australia the Spring season is in full effect.  And today we’ve got a double dose of Spring time Aussie love featuring Melbourne’s Owl Eyes and Adelaide’s Motez.  Owl Eyes has geared up to release her new “Nightmixes” remix EP which features an all star cast of remixers (Playmode, The Aston Shuffle, Goldroom & Cassian, et al).  One of the standout remixes from this red hot EP is the Motez remix of “Open Up”.  Motez takes the sexy lullaby & flips it into Springtime dance mode.  The Motez remix has hints of many genres from Deep House to Disco to Garage but in the end it’s just one big feel good House track made for dancing under the stars.
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Back in the early 2000s, when Trance & Progressive House ruled the day and illegal raves were morphing into promoted festivals, “UB Devoid” by Way Out West was one of the big guns in every DJ’s repertoire.  It was dark, heavy & emotional and could hypnotize any festival crowd.  Fast forward more than a decade & we find our good friend Pat Lok breathing new life into the Progressive House classic.  Pat Lok’s modernized version eases back on the tempo but still lets loose with emotion.  Pat balances nicely between dark Disco & throwback House while still maintaining a Progressive feel…just enough Progressive fire to fit nicely into a Timo Maas, Paul Oakenfold, Sander Kleinenberg, X-Press 2 or Sasha & Emerson DJ set from yesteryear.  A beautiful modern throwback…
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It’s always a treat when a new GLOVES remix surfaces.  While GLOVES may not be as prolific of a remixer as he was three years ago, he’s kept his finger on the pulse of the dance music scene, more specifically, on the Australian dance music scene.  He’s done so by collaborating with fellow countrymates Passerine and producing  their new “Paris Morning” EP.  The original of “Paris Morning” is dubby disco pop tune that is a throwback to 90s trip hop, a genre that could use revival right about now.  Keeping with that 90s theme, the GLOVES remix of “Paris Morning” has 90s throwback house written all over it – soulful, poppy vocals over a classic + infectious deep house/clubby disco beat.  Big ups all around to our man GLOVES.
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Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of traveling south to Mexico for a few shows where I linked up with Bufi, one of the country’s brightest artists. Not only did he guide me to the best taco joints around Mexico City, he’s also cultivated quite a rad scene in one of the most populated places in the world. This week, his latest solo EP dropped on Mexican imprint Eleqtrique Music. Rooted in disco and tinged with elements of synth-pop and house, the two-track EP is infectiously groovy. You can pick up the release over at Juno.

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Sydney based four piece band Convaire has concocted an indie disco anthem that boosts your confidence and assures that you woke up on the right side of the bed. It’s hard not to close your eyes as you soak in the vibes and sashay from point A to B, grooving to a down under bassline and punchy live drum kit. The lead singer takes charge and makes sure you get exactly where the track is supposed to take you as you day dream about young love and more innocent days through their infectious pop bars. Out now on iTunes, be sure to cop and subscribe to their SoundCloud for future releases.

Austin, TX artists S&M Music Company are getting ready to release their debut track “Walk Away”.  Their label, Whiskey Pickle, describes the tune: “…’Walk Away’ is a slow burner that features Sam on vox and guitar while Mike lays down the keyboards, the bottom end, and offers his production talents. A stripped down bass and drum groove sets the frame work as chords build to a psychedelic boiling point with Sam’s echoed vocals bouncing around in a cavern of reverb.

Today we feature the perfect compliment to the original slow burner, Cyclist’s remix of “Walk Away”.  Cyclist steers the song into party-jam mode adding a powerful, spacey disco feel to the original…another cosmic disco winner from our main man in Toronto, Cyclist.
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GERMANS is a Brooklyn based artists who makes moody, heartfelt breakup songs.  Auxiliary tha Masterfader is a producer from The Netherlands who makes top shelf disco (he also loves heavy metal).  It’s their love of smooth disco that brings the two artists together on Aux’s remix of the GERMANS song “Cruel”.  Auxiliary tha Masterfader gives the song  just the right amount of disco kick while still maintaining the original’s sweet, soulful + dreamy feel for a wicked blend of Dreamwave, Funk + Italo.  Kickin’ some ass at 98 BPM…
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Our very own aRod returns with another seasonal mix – FallGaze 2013.  Whether it’s warm indie/disco sounds to fit the feel of the Indian Summer or darker, sexier deep house/minimal sounds to go with the cooler, moody feel of Autumn, this mix will fit whatever vibe you’re feelin’.  The track list includes originals from Nadia Ksaiba, Hot Natured, LUXRY & Daniel Avery plus remixes by Diamond Cut, Grafton Primary, GRUM, Jonas Rathsman, PIXELATED and many more.  Extra special shout out goes to the artists/labels/management who helped out with a few exclusives (Kaytranada’s remix of “Perfect Form” by Cyril Hahn and Joe Goddard’s remix of “Everything You Never Had” by Breach).

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I. Love. Blende.

Out yesterday on Win Music, “Rikki” has huge vocals, disco grooves and a feel good vibe that I just don’t feel often enough in music anymore. This is the type of song that everyone on the dancefloor drunkenly sings along to at 2 am and you put on repeat during roadtrips with your best friend. If music like Blende’s was on the radio…I might actually listen to the radio. Instant classic and my new disco anthem for fall.