NYC based psych-pop trio American Royalty had an eventful 2013, releasing their popular Prismatic and subsequent Prismatic Remixes EP’s, the latter featuring Jerome LOL, Kaytranada, Urulu, Romaj and Drop The Lime. With a similarly large 2014 ahead, the band ( Marc Gilfry, Billy Scher and Matt Ungson) are performing a headline show at Brooklyn’s Baby All Right on Thursday 13th February, accompanied by Ghenis Hans. As a precursor to the show, American Royalty have remixed fellow Brooklynites Body Language, chopping up their jam “Well Absolutely” with signature American Royalty percussion. You can listen to the remix via THUMP HERE, and grab a free download of the stellar effort over at the band’s Facebook page.
Our very own Tropicool has released his latest tape which might be his smoothest musical mosaic to date. Tropicool is known for his extensive and carefully curated tracklistings always curating a very special & intimate vibe with just the right amount of funk. This tape in particular transitions from funk, into piano driven sexy house, and ends with some very deep tones sure to have you swimming in your own puddle. Deeper than his previous work, but just as infectious, this one is perfect served with a whiskey and reserved for an intimate occasion. Enjoy responsibly.
You’re looking good out there blogosphere… To get you in the spirit of this Valentine’s Day, This weeks GDD™ Guest Mix comes to your from Chicago’s own Ghosts Of Venice. Just long enough to get your fix, this is 30 minutes of pure baby making music. With classic hits from the likes of Donna Summer, Barry White and more – and every track even has ‘Love’ in its title! How fitting for this romantic edition… now get on the freak train with this one and love someone up the right way.
Happy Valentines <3
1. Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby (Ben Jay vs. Get Down Edits)
2. Phreek – May My Love Be With You (Joey Negro Tribute To Patrick Adams)
3. Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You (KiMO’s Love Is Here To Stay Edit)
4 Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework)
5. Active Force – Gimme Your Love
6. Gayle Adams – Love Fever
On his latest remix, Cyclist gives us a glimpse of himself that we normally don’t get to see. On his remix of Joshua Collins’ track “To The End”, Cyclist shows off a love for 70s AM Rock with this magnificent six minute soft rock jam. It never hurts to embrace your inner Steely Dan or channel your stoner pals the Doobie Brothers as Cyclist does here, jamming like it’s the 70s & getting lost in the groove. Waaaaay cool, man.
Gotta absolutely love it when our buddies, The knocks, fresh and hot out of Brooklyn drop a brand spankin’ new original. This track is amazing. It’s quite funky, dancy, and reminiscent of old school Prince. Thats definitely a recipe for a tasty jam. The EP and Single will be available Feb. 18th on Neon Gold Records, so make sure you don’t miss it! In the meantime grab the limited edition 12” vinyl available for presale now HERE
Not being able to choose a favorite song from a quality remix package is a good problem to have. On the remix package for his latest song “Same Hearts” (featuring Bear Mountain), Pat Lok presents us with this most glorious of problems. The original is a dreamy, cosmic jam that straddles the line between Deep Disco & House while the remix package offers up a little bit of everything ranging from Indie Funk (Oxford) to Darkside Haus (Shelby Grey) to 80s Disco Funk (Ride The Universe…my personal favorite). And if that’s not enough for you, just ask the experts:
Goldroom: “really like RTU mix and Oxford’s, original is super fun and stands out with an original style”
Mighty Mouse: “love this, all versions great”
Drop Out Orchestra: “The Ride The Universe Remix is fun!”
Cosmo Baker: “Pat Lok does it again. A stomper.”
Cyclist: “Greatest song ever written”
So the experts all agree: Pat has a great package.
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.
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.
Tha Funk Lordz were on a mission in 2013, dropping tons of new material and a Boiler Room set, preparing the masses for a funky 2014. To reiterate this point, a new single, “Come Alive,” featuring the indie dance sensation Toro Y Moi, has surfaced to forge their sound into the new year. Dave and Chaz (of Toro Y Moi) perform a good clean sexy duet and share some bars in this disco anthem as the effervescent Chromeo vibes…come alive! This new album, “White Girls,” that’s been teased with the release of the first couple singles, has a message heavily catered to those females out there grindin’ lookin’ to get on that global get down. Then again, who isn’t! Catch them touring the world this year alongside TOKiMONSTA and Oliver at any of their 22 stops with tickets going on sale this Friday. Continue Reading
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.