Luis Clara Gomes is arguably the most influential man in indie dance. More commonly known by his stage name, Moullinex, the Portugese DJ/producer initially rose to prominence in 2010 at the height of the independent dance scene’s inception which was firmly rooted in the traditions of new wave, dance punk, and disco. Gomes quickly moved in as a unique voice in the indie dance movement with an unrelenting release schedule which bequeathed countless jams to dance music fans that ranged from remixes of popular artists to Italo-disco/house inspired originals. Moullinex also helped assemble the eclectic Discotexas label in 2007 which has housed many of nudisco’s champion artists such as Xinobi, Justin Faust, and Zimmer to name a few. He’s also an artist on Gomma where he shares a house with artists like WhoMadeWho and Munk.
With his influence in mind, here are some of the tracks that have helped shape his career thus far; tracks that have made Moullinex one of the LEGENDS.
1. Two Door Cinema Club, “I Can Talk (Moullinex Remix).” Kitsuné, 2009.
A danceable track in its own right, “I Can Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club was retrofit with a light dusting of acid house and Italo-disco in this clever edit by Gomes. What resulted is a remix that shares a quality with tracks like Daft Punk’s “Around the World”: a focus on classic sounds that are retro, but never went out to pasture or lost their sense of danceability. Released in late 2009 on Kitsuné, this remix is a reminder of the humble beginnings and DIY approach to indie dance which made it such a fun alternative to much of the big room, progressive EDM that was beginning to overtake the dance music community at the time.
2. Moullinex, “Superman.” Gomma Records, 2010.
A title like “Superman” leaves much to be desired: strength; power; and timelessness. Moullinex delivered that in spades on this release from the summer of 2010 which came out on the indie dance master label Gomma Records based in Munich. Many of Gomes’ influences litter the track ranging from Giorgio Moroder’s driving synth patterns to Daft Punk’s robotic, auto-tuned vocals. With comparisons to other contemporaries such as Kavinsky or Justice, this was one of the tracks that made it cool to blast balearic, electro-funk at 2 AM on highway again.
3. Moullinex ft. Peaches, “Maniac.” Gomma Records/Casablanca, 2012.
Casablanca Records has housed some of the most iconic 80′s disco and new wave anthems in music history. Gomma Records was approached with reworking tracks from the Casablanca catalog a few years back wherein Moullinex was drafted in to cover Michael Sembello’s “Maniac” from the movie Flashdance. With Peaches on vocals, this cover has all of the elements that stamp a Moullinex production including a rich bassline, breezy synth patterns, and a reliable, signature four-on-the-floor rhythm that drives the infectious beat into the very marrow of your feet. Many of the sonic qualities of this cover would later be found in the works of artists like RAC and Penguin Prison as they began to become more popular on the dance music blogosphere in the coming years.
4. Röyksopp & Robyn, “Do It Again (Moullinex Remix).” Dog Triumph, 2014.
When “Do It Again” initially came out, it became a darling track in the dance music community as it celebrated a bygone era that had gone overlooked with the resurgence of deep house and classic sounds from Chicago. But, in many ways, it was a winking, “in the know” nod to the popularity of classic techno that has become more popular in the past few months. With such a rich backdrop to draw from, Moullinex’s remix of “Do It Again” is a monster: a rare insight as to what Gomes is capable of if you let him off his figurative leash and ask him to go nuts. Featuring an edgier, darker balearic edge not commonly seen in his work, Moullinex flipped “Do It Again” into a massive, atmospheric, delightful trip into the canyon showing that old dogs are always capable of new tricks.
5. Moullinex, “Take a Chance.” Discotexas, 2015.
This year saw the release of Gomes’ second full-length LP. The album, Elsewhere, was released on the Discotexas label and had “Take a Chance” as the lead single. This track saw his career go full circle from his beginnings remixing popular alternative rock acts like Cut Copy and Two Door Cinema Club and focusing on the disco and new wave artists which inspired him in the first place to the varied, electronic sensibilities he obtained through growing as an artist. Culminating in a percussive, Afro-beat twist that borders on tropical, “Take a Chance” is Gomes’ love letter to the people who have followed him and cherished his music thus far, oozing positivity, flirty guitar licks, and out of this world pads along the way. It’s psychedelic, it’s rock and roll, it’s groovy, and it’s disco. And it shows that even as he’s evolved from the cloth of indie dance, he hasn’t lost his touch.
For more on Moullinex, be sure to visit his Facebook and SoundCloud pages. Also, Moullinex will be performing at the Black Cat in D.C. with Cut Copy’s Ben Browning on July 29. Set to be a phenomenal show in an intimate venue, make sure you save the date.
Anyone who’s anyone in underground dance music has heard of Marea Stamper otherwise known to mere mortals as The Black Madonna. Over the past few years, this Chicago based DJ/producer has become increasingly popular as a must see act with her wicked talent behind the decks which produce eccentric, brazen, energetic sets with a riot grrrl attitude. Her modus operandi is all about delivering alternative style and flair to dance music thus giving a voice to the weirdos, queers, queens, geeks, nerds, fat kids, and rebels who don’t always get a chance to be heard in the current dance music atmosphere.
In 2012, she was announced as a resident at Chicago’s prestigious Smart Bar alongside Derrick Carter and the late Frankie Knuckles. Within a year she became the club’s creative director ushering in a new era that focuses on diversity within the dance music spectrum and house music community. In summary, The Black Madonna is a bonafide badass.
This week saw the release of her mix for The Bunker podcast which was recorded at the Panther Room in New York during NYC Pride in June. Featuring killer cuts that range from hardcore disco edits to brainmelting techno, the mix is more delicious than a bacon wrapped grilled cheese served with a heaping portion of sass. And with a runtime just short of 2 hours, it’s just long enough to make you sweat out all the negativity you’ve ever had ever.
You can stream the mix below and be sure to check her out when she passes through D.C. on August 14.
Patrick Gordy, simply put, is an enigma of a human being. Much like other notable DJs in the game like James Murphy or Peanut Butter Wolf, Gordy spins because he’s a music nerd who loves moving a room to the beat of a different drum. As DJ Provoke, he has made the MOdERN CLASS parties in D.C. a hidden treasure for those seeking an alternative to the Dupont/U Street house scene that celebrates a forgone era of dance music: mostly vinyl; mainly groovy; and always soulful. Known for whipping out obscure gems that he’s collected over the years as a fervent crate digger, Gordy works the room in a way that can only be described as meticulous genius as he focuses on organic, back-to-basics vibes which never go out of style.
His latest mix in the MOdERN CLASS mix series has an onslaught of modern soul and boogie classics ranging from the slow burning “Midnight Special” by Psychic Mirrors to Moniquea’s 2-stepper “Casanova.” It’s a mix that’ll make you sweat like you’re wearing a polka dotted silk button-up and it’s slicker than the fleekest Jheri curls on the dancefloor.
Make sure you check out DJ Provoke this weekend when he opens for Tuxedo at U Street Music Hall.
Once upon a time, Saam Hagshenas, Pete Dougherty (now Moon Boots), and Jonathan Marks made up Hey Champ, a funky Chicago-based synth-pop band. Hey Champ toured the world and composed Hype Machine rocking hits such as “Cold Dust Girl:”
But Pete left Hey Champ to pursue his career as Moon Boots, and Jonathan and Saam are now focusing their sights on a new target: MONAKR.
Jonathan and Saam teamed up with Grammy-nominated vocalist Matthew Santos and Dan Brunelle of Gemini Club to form MONAKR in February. Though MONAKR is young, their sound is full-grown. If you were captivated by the magical music of Hey Champ, take a listen to MONAKR’s first two singles – these tracks will cast a spell on you:
The summertime is fully upon us, the passion, the frenzy, the heat…it is the one time of the year that EVERYTHING is alive. The only feeling sweeter than lounging in the summer sun is the grooviness of summer nights. Too Funk Tuesday is back again with some beautiful, spaced out jamz to get you prepared for those magical evenings out.
Morrt — All Night
Off of his “3 AM” EP, Morrt brings a laid back, sweet tune that perfectly introduces a breezy summer night. This track spews a mild mellowness that can drown you with its vibe, making you dance uncontrollably and without purpose. Simple in its creation, its riveting.
Scavenger Hunt — Wildfire (Bee’s Knees Remix)
Truly beautiful, this track is meant for greatness. Bee’s Knees brings a multitude of sounds and genres that makes this truly unique. It incorporates indie vocals, piano house, d&b kicks and synths, and an upbeat, energetic BPM. A great sound!
Zimmer — Heartbreak Reputation (ft. Polina)
Everyone needs a song to unwind to, something that’s deep and mysterious and takes you to a self-reflective place. Well this is that song, one that can accompany you after a long night out and towards home under the rising sun. Soothing and sensual, Zimmer will bring out the space cadet with this one.
Bordertown — All this Before (Endor Remix)
I’m a huge fan of the original but serious credit is due to Endor for this spectacular mix. A deep, bass-banging revision that gives this incredible vocal sample a perfect modern-day edge. DJs everywhere should download this immediately, its drop will break the dancefloor. Enjoy!
MIX OF THE WEEK: Veens X Chill Music
I’m a big fan of Parisian Veens, he’s a recently dropped an awesome array of original tracks and new mixes that I’m completely enraptured by. This one in particular. It’s a wide ranging of variety of edits and has first class production quality. Similar to LeMarquis in his ability to mix house and hip hop vibes, Veens brings an experimental vibe that could take him higher than Flume and others. Enjoy this!