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midnight shift

There are certain artists, past and present, who I will always be on board with no matter what their involvement is in a project.  One past artist who I am always on board with and one current artist who I am always on board with both happen to be present on Gomma Records’ latest release.  When I found out that Nancy Whang would be reworking Donna Summer, excitement levels were high.  ”Working The Midnight Shift” is thought of as one of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s finest collaborations.  The updated version of the track gets a fantastic vocal revamp by Ms. Whang.  She teamed up with dynamite producer Bonar Bradberry (one half of PBR Streetgang) to bring a polished, cosmic & energetic sound to the 1977 classic that Donna Summer herself would have been proud of.

“Working The Midnight Shift” is out May 16th via Gomma.

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mr. falcon

Mr. Falcon have a brand new track out that will send you into space.  Mr. Falcon is made up of Philly maestros Blueshift & Ily.  They’re the most formidable Philadelphia duo since Dr. J & Moses Malone.  Mr. Falcon’s new track “Landing Lights” is an ominous, pulsating Deep Progressive track filled with spacey, after hours groove.  It’s cosmic, infectious & out of this world.

“Landing Lights” is out now via Nurvous Records.

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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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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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Once dubbed by the holy Pete Tong as “Brazil’s answer to Daft Punk,” the latin synth lords are at it again with almost an hour of music for the already famous Solé Bicycles: Fixtape Series. This tape in particular is a great collection of italio-disco with heavy synth chords, jazzy percussion, and funky basslines. I feel like I’m in a late 80s dancehall taking crazy pills and wearing pants that match the wallpaper in your grandma’s bathroom; which is a GREAT thing. As always, the production & selection onfthe mix is sublime. Thank you, The Twelves, we’re always itching for more.

Tracklisting can be found HERE

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Matt Hill, better known as synth composer Umberto, gives us ‘Confrontations’- a lurid album jammed with an italo-disco/soundtrack-esque mood that will make you travel into a creepy foreign landscape once your eyelids shut.

Hill’s sounds in “Confrontations” are more defined from 70’s synth pop punctuations, relatively different than his three previous and more giallo directed productions. It’s impossible not to name drop horror genre maestro Dario Argento for all the imagery in the tracks, but mix it with some flickering Giorgio Morder disco and get caught in the hypnotic road trip Umberto wants you to ride. Continue Reading


Photo cred: Greg Jeske

Ninety-nine.  We’re one Dirt away from that magical century mark.  But before we get there, The Dirt #99 is what’s happening NOW.  It’s the latest killer tracks all in one place: a Jesse Rose remix of Duke Dumont’s “The Giver” (with female vocals!), The Chromatics covering New Order, a MASSIVE Italo/French House remix of Estelle’s classic “American Boy”, a new GLOVES remix, a new Monarchy track, that Disclosure remix of Artful Dodger (the exclamation point on a stellar year for the Disclosure boys) and more.  Peep the tunes below + grab that hot (FREE) ten pack of tracks!  And don’t forget your 99 Red Balloons on the way out…

The Dirt #99:
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On the last installment of Bacardi Beginnings, we saw Joe Goddard spreading his wisdom & mentoring the lovely + talented Jessie Ware.  This time around it’s another fine musical pairing featuring one GDD’s all-time favorites, Mylo, and up and coming electro-popper Ronika.

It’s always a treat to see artists you love and respect giving insight to the process of producing music and even more rewarding when it involves the mentoring of new talent.  Watch the video below to get a behind the scenes look at the making of Ronika & Mylo’s new single “Dance (The Modern Way)” and then have a listen to the brilliant finished product. “Dance (The Modern Way)” is deep + hypnotic. With slices of house, Italo & sexed-up, dreamy pop, “Dance (The Modern Way) has a little something for everyone.

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