Mexican-born producer Ringopolar gives his fellow countryman’s track a makeover that supersedes the original 2016 release. In the spirit of his associated Swedish label Tom Tom Disco, the heteroclite vibes featured combine with top-tier percussion work. Though the DJ’s notable releases such as Sun Of Lemuria (Ransom Note) & Sistema Lunar II failed to capture an audience so far, this remix is yet another gem to be unearthed by lucky crate-diggers.
Assortment of vocal samples litter the track, from pitched-down male vocals to a chanting female choir & even tints of reverb-heavy vocals fitting for a Hot Since 82 tech-house cut. The core of the track comes in the shape of the ever-present pulsating arpeggio that experiments in shades of various filters. Restrained bassline provides the groove of the track that’s worthy of a place reserved in Daft Punk’s ‘Homework‘ catalogue. Continue reading →
Just like for their National Football Team, the future of the French underground scene looks radiant. Veterans such as DJ Deep, Appollonia & Oxia are supported by up-and-comers like Miley Serious or Zaltan & DK. Referred as a revival by some, it can also be seen as an emergence of a groundbreaking scene. Though the scene is rich in diversity, however, there will always be a soft spot for the French Touch on a track. None is more evident in a sturdy disco-funk track, as demonstrated by this 2018 release.
Sampling Muriel Dacq’s ‘Tropique’, Mézigue twists this 1980s gem (that should have featured in a GTA Vice City DLC) into a peak time AVA Festival grenade. If one takes a closer listen they’ll notice that the infectious bassline here used at the heart of the song shares the same chord progression as Kid Cudi’s Project X hit ‘Memories’. Though, here it caters for a rather different audience. Quirky, offbeat tempo changes characterise the song, guttural French-male vocals parroting a line from the original. For those lacking French literacy, the word ‘diskoteka‘ will illuminate the purpose of the chant. The fraternization of subgenres can be best understood by the description of the song as Italian Disco G-Funk House. Continue reading →
Back in 2001 Sascha Funke remixed the 1980s pop track Bros’ ‘When Will I Be Famous’. The electro take of the original can be interpreted as a modus vivendi for the Berliner’s own career. With a first release ‘Campus’ on the now revered, Cologned-based Kompakt Records, Funke has managed to stay rooted in the German scene ever since. His most highlighted track ‘Mango’, a 7 minutes journey fitting for a late-night drive, was featured in Paul Kalkbrenner’s 2009 movie ‘Berlin Calling’ & received a phenomenal remix from DJ Koze. ‘Surumu’, an indie-disco trinket premiered by Deep House Amsterdam, is a strong contender to eclipse the successes of its predecessors.
Darmstadt local Benedikt Frey will not be requiring Elon Musk’s assistance for reaching Mars. His range of releases coming from such labels including Ethereal Sound, Mule Electronics and Live at Robert Johnson demonstrate one trait in common – they equally sound extragalactic. The DJs discography consists of alternative soundtracks for ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, Plutonic acid party weapons and themes accompanying launches of Space X. His bachelor thesis alone feels like an exhibit of a dystopian experiment created by the Fourth Kind. ‘Out of Here’ feels downtempo in comparison, yet retains the viscid quiddity of xenomorph.
Filtered, timid kick drums drop you a clue within the intro that the track is likely to fall under the nu-disco category. Martian frequencies approach you like a UFO-investigator at an vacated Area 51site. Vintage Italo-disco snares begin to shiver. It reminds you of calibre attested by one of the finest exports from Naples. Brass synth stamps its authority with magnitude that rivals the Behemoth creature from ‘The Mist‘. It dances with a water pot clanging hi-hats substitute in an offbeat unison. As the track draws to its conclusion, hauntingly mellow siren lingers on the fringes of the soundwaves. It serves as a reminder of the producer’s intention to create an extraterresteral atmosphere.
The melancholy reality of Paris meets arcadian tropics on this deep afro-disco cut. In an era where a DJs Instagram profile is an facet to their success, its refreshing to come across Raphaël Top-Secret. The French producer lets his releases sketch his identity, removed from any fashion statement. His production varies, covering lo-fi deep house, San Francisco funk and, of course, exotic disco edits. Collectively, the warmness evoked by his cuts feels so detached from the rainy climate of Rue Du Faubourg St Honoré. ‘Chemaka’, a 2016 release on Antinote is a paragon of this.
This time, his collaborator is a fellow compatriot Nelson Bishop, whose prior release ‘Grosse Tête’ dates back to 2007. The EP proffered a range of analogue synths combining minimal, funk & disco. Bishop’s influence is felt here on the teetering synth pad that oscillates like the waves of the Banzai Pipeline. Crimson colours dance around like the flames of a ritual dance. The constant here is the drum arrangement, which sounds like a djembe used to create a rhythm that prompts your feet to move. Continue reading →
If you looked up genius in the dictionary, a picture if I:Cube would come up next to it. His Megamix album was stuff of legends, with so many different styles that showed how many awesome strings he has to his bows. Many of the tracks on that album were quite short, however Y.O.U.R.O.C.K. was given an extended treatment just for DJs. Released in 2012 on Versatile Records it is a fun jam. It could also be considered as an insurance policy for any DJ, like a maccas is for punters trying to go to bed happy ensuring their heads don’t hate them as much after a night out.
Anyone who knows I:Cube will know he loves French Disco/Rock drums and hats and it’s no different here. Chirpy Divas add to the glitz shouting out ‘You!’ in unison. Then all of the sudden the heavily distorted plucked bass rumbles in ensuring dancers will start swaying wildly, with heads down of course. It’s a druggy vibe, and a fretting, glitching synth over the top brings a panic to the track. Congos in the back keep it lively in the way it gives a swirly, light touch feel to counteract the grogginess. Continue reading →
A track that has definitely come up on a Todd Terje or Lindtrom set before, Tassilo Vanhöfen’s ‘Acrobatic’ is a 7 minute evidence why nu-disco can often strike gold.
The focal point of the track is the assertive, topline bass that reminds you off Terje’s ‘Ragysh‘. Supported by crispy-clean hi hats that are filtered to perfection, the track maintains its energy as the ecstasy-filled synths simmer in. The formula of the track is elementary, however, as its executed with perfection the end result is lush.
Its a surprise that the track comes from what is Vanhöfen’s only second release (Acrobatic EP). Here’s to hoping that we’ll see more future releases from the German producer. His production brings an essence of sunshine in sprinkled across in his tracks. One thing’s for sure, if Koze made nu-disco then his name would be Tassilo Vanhöfen.
Coloursound – Fly With Me (Original Mix) [DISCO FUNK]
Picked up the vinyl for this little gem yesterday at Sister Ray‘s. Its since been on the loop all this morning. Suave dance-floor filler that carries the spirit of the infectious 1990s French house production. With inviting lyrics such as ‘Fly with me, to the sun, good vibrations everyone‘ the track echoes the positive vocal vibes of the 90’s decade musical output. Its romping nature meant it received enormous play-time in Ibiza, Miami and New Zealand just to name a few. Central to the track is its lush guitar loop, that powers throughout the song. There’s been clear influence from this track on Purple Disco Machine‘s current releases. This is one of those kooky tracks that show its best manifestation when play under the sun. So if you’re looking to pick up the tempo on one of the upcoming BBQs, then this banger might be the one to do it.
Originally released in 2002 by the indie label City Rockers under Damian Lazarus‘ A&R influence. The Crosstown Rebels boss once again proves his ability to discover a mammoth track. If you liking the vibes of the song then you can find a selection of official remixes that offer a variety of takes on the original. Nicole Moudaber offers a mesmerisingly psychedelic, Butch-influenced take on Fly With Me. Ramon Tapia takes it back to old school with his ‘Back To The 90s Piano’ version. What is clear is that the energetic vocals remain at the centre of each remix. If the original is pop up in a DJ set this upcoming summer, then its most likeliest to come from soul-funk influenced Claptone or a J.E.S.u.S reunion. Or the peak hour spin from a Todd Terje Bolivia set.
Tuff City Kids remixes have been on the loop all this week, to an extent where it was hard to select my favourite to feature. However, this ‘Pictures’ remix takes the crown due to its exceptional replay value. A bouncy, progressive nu-disco track that flips the original’s 1980s influenced male vocal into a fun ride made for getting you in good-vibes mood. The enigmatic German DJ duo demonstrate here their ability to flip a track on its head, by adding some arp-filled colour.
While you’re at it, checkout this incredible Tuff City Kids track with one of my favourite female vocalists Annie (you might remember her song ‘Antonio’ from The Guest).
According to Soundcloud, nobody truly knows V, the face behind this killer, melodic track. Some claim V to be a Belgian with an EBM heritage, others, a nomad from outer Prussia. If you let music do the talking, then V – Mon Vieil Amour is a 80s influenced nu-disco floor-filler. It definitely pumps the melody into your heartbeat. Reverb-heavy claps follow a pulsating kick, while V plays around with a range of tasty layers of synths and arps.
A track that can equally be used to increase the BPM during the warm up, as it can to maintain the vibes mid-set. It can be best understood as a track that you’ll replay in the morning after a great night out to put a nostalgic smile on your face.