Skatebård – The Bells of Mist (Original Mix) [NU-DISCO]

Norwegian DJ Skatebard's track 'The Bells of Mist' his own production that epitomises his gossamer sound. Skatebård certainly brings a gift in this track. This is a banger.Skatebård – The Bells of Mist 

Norwegian DJ and producer Bård Aasen Lødemel has had a long-lasting career that traces back to 2002. Deep House Amsterdam have defined his sounds as a combination of “Emotional techno, neo-italo, electro from an alternative future and a Scando-cosmic reinterpretation of pure Detroitian house“.The online community has noted that his strong facial hair draws comparison to Hip Hop artist Action Bronson. He’s also been described as being Santa Claus who brings tunes instead of presents, or Gimli on his day off. While often DJs carry a persona that feels detached of emotion while mixing, Bård’s body language emits bliss. Something that also this emanates in his production. Associated with a sound that’s ethereal yet groove-inducing, His 2016 Boiler Room set brought spaced-out electro grooves. The track that kicked-off the vibes was The Bells of Mist, his own production that epitomises his gossamer sound. Skatebård certainly brings a gift in this track

Bård’s sound transformed over the years, losing its tints of techno along the way. His first EP ‘Skateboarding Was A Crime (In 1989)’ featured zealous tracks like ‘Sgnelkab‘. However, since the late 2000s, he has pushed a sound that is an amalgamation of Norsk Disco & Italo Disco. The Bells of Mist incorporates a distinct ambience that communions with the late 1970’s producer Cerrone’s arp bassline. For a man who hails from the land of the viciously conquering Vikings, the concave pads used bring a sense of harmony. As the track title suggests, the heavy use of reverb creates an atmosphere of brume. A 111BPM contributes to the overall feelingness of haze akin to a mellow dream, in which the dancer loses themselves in. Speaking to Ransom Note the DJ claimed to ‘see a lot of the colour red, meaning I try to make music that is “warm” in a way‘. Here, the warmness comes from the echoing bells that oscillate, substituting for a topline synth. Synths are given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the presiding ambience at the breakdown of the track, before the bassline and the drums join the jamboree. The tracks unique selling point is the ability to throw a party at a leisurely pace.  Continue reading

Will DiMaggio – Fusion (Broadcast Mix) [HOUSE]

Will DiMaggio - Fusion (Broadcast Mix) [HOUSE] Funky, deep house from the USA producer that takes groovy vibes and analogue synths. Great listen to demonstrate the producers potential. Check out the DJ on his Discogs or Resident Advisor for more. This is a banger.
Will DiMaggio – Fusion (Broadcast Mix)

When asked by The Ransom Note, Brooklyn producer Will DiMaggio responded ‘I’ll puree soups or sauces in it — works great. I’ve mixed dough in one of those joints, you can do whatever with them.’ As outlandish it may seem to mix dough it comes as no surprise. His audacity to mix elements of Jazz, Boogie, Soul, Hip Hop and Deep house could’ve gone wrong. In this case it’s earned him dividends. His first breakout ‘Fusion( Broadcast Mix)’ is a deep dive into the mind of a man who loves to jam. A 2016 release on Future Times, it’s also a breakaway from his volatile Bass cuts as JAW JAM. Like these Pharrell or NEXT bootlegs, R&B takes the centre stage as it blossoms into a classy appetiser.

Built around a 112’s ‘Anywhere‘ sample, it’s a delightful boogie down track as the vocal repeats ‘Until Your Body Fails’. It’s poignant, stirring about real laid back vibes. The drums, sounding completely live, underscore the desire to have this as a free-jazz session. It’s still a jam that can be used on the dancefloor regardless of its rogue nature. Some insane keyboard work is on display using what it seems the most Casio-like synthesiser in existence. It all feels very late 80s, which would make sense as he lives with fellow House music oddball producers hailing from the States such as Anthony Naples. The spurts and random jazz throes that have that futuristic tinge are complemented beautifully with the live bass tones. Ambient synth chords as well as descending horns help with the sunny aura. It’s like Koop & The Gang wanted to make their infamous jam a bit jacked. Continue reading