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.
An early Tuesday morning treat courtesy of the fine people at Thump, “Soul Satisfaction,” the first track on a new EP being released by Brooklyn producer, Bit Funk, is being given away as a free download. Instruments galore as the chorus gallops to groovy piano chords and a punchy jazz drum kit. The funk is made real through the evocation of soulful vocals backed by a healthy dance tempo. This is a superbly stellar production from the artist whose original works catalogue is rapidly expanding, it should be interesting to see what the rest of this project adds to his repertoire.
Earlier today I was researching another song but shortly into it my eyes (ears) began to stray & off I went on a beautiful tangent. This brief musical cyber journey led me to a fantastic, throwback-style track entitled “AP6″ by a Parisian producer named Dabeull. The song title “AP6″ is a nod to 80s Prince protégés Apollonia 6 & their song “Sex Shooter”. This style of sexy synth funk that Prince championed in the 80s will always be cool because of his affiliation with it. ”AP6″ by Dabeull proves this theory well – major sex feels on this one.
The musical tangent I went on earlier was a successful one, which not only led me to “AP6″ by Dabeull, but also led me to the fantastic compilation it appears on via The Vibe Guide. Grab “AP6″ by Dabeull along with the rest of the hidden gems on The Vibe Guide, Volume 4.
Blue Satellite’s remix of “Feisty” by Jhameel is a playful + infectious disco ditty that sounds like what a collaboration between Daft Punk, Chromeo + Michael Jackson would sound like if MJ were alive today. It’s easy to dish out comparisons to Daft Punk and/or Chromeo (in this case both) whenever a slow-funk, vocodered disco track comes along. In this instance, Blue Satellite’s remix is certainly worthy of such lofty comparisons. When you factor in the MJ-esque vocals with this style of throwback deep funk, it’s impossible not to listen to the song over and over and over again. Grab this freebie and glide across the dancefloor…
It’s almost Halloween! To get the festivities going, our friends over @ Prep School Recordings just released the LA-based Wilks ‘Bring Me Home’ EP. The haunting vocals of Bria park are accompanied by Wilks deep basslines that turn sinister and sawlike (fans of Soulwax and Disclosure will enjoy). The B-side ‘Get It Poppin’ is a G house track in every sense of the term – Funky and deep, but ghetto and gangster. Listen to them both below, and pick up the EP today on Beatport!
This month our friends at Solé Bicycles have partnered up with our pals over at Thump, the killer new electronic music and culture channel from VICE, to bring us a truly special fixtape. The godfather of funk, the french king of disco, the Ed Banger legend himself, Breakbot laid down close to 40 minutes of slow burning grooves. Although this tape is timeless, we highly urge you to throw it on now.
You can find the Download & Tracklisting HERE
[Giveaway] As an added bonus, a Solé bicycle designed by Breakbot himself will be given away through THUMP. Check out the contest details HERE for your chance to enter.
The Golden Pony, our favorite Disco duo based in Brooklyn are back with another remix to add to their Golden Classics series! This time the guys take the new wave classic from Tears For Fears and add their own disco and funk stylings. Check it out below and grab the DL today! And if you missed it the first time, their Simon & Garfunkel Remix is also top notch.
And don’t miss The Golden Pony live at BangOn!NYC’s baller Halloween event Warehouse of Horrors at the end of the month!
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…
Perfectly fitting for this Halloween season, the aussie duo known as Go Freek have just released the devilishly funky Bump In The Night EP on Sweat It Out! records. The production on this 4-track bundle portrays blog house nostalgia, with the slimey basslines and creepy synths getting an Australian techno overhaul. The title track is a staple in my sets right now, alongside support from the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Botnek, Tommie Sunshine Justin and Christian Martin. Listen and below and grab these for your October festivities…
When you get a press release for a track and the description begins with “7 and a half minute mix of liquid disco bass, afro-cuban percussion and gospel tinged harmonies” you don’t think, you just download. And listen. Throw the cherry on top that Hot Chip/The 2 Bears member Joe Goddard is the one on remix duties, and you inherently will be dancing while listening. Needless to say, I was positively elated when that aforementioned Afro-Cuban percussion started coming through my headphones, which slowly gave way to the soulful vocals of Black Orange Juice (Coolest Band Name of 2013 nominee).
The song is available for free download via Mixmag, so have a listen to the track below and get that ish in your iTunes pronto!
And for you Londoners, Black Orange Juice will be playing their debut show October 17th at the Old Queen’s Head for their EP launch show. Check that out if you’re in the area!