The LA duo Bixel Boys, who are known for their “underground tunes for big rooms” sound, toned things down slightly for their remix of nu-disco artist Le Youth. The Bixel Boys managed to keep their punchy synths and drums, while preserving some of the 90s disco vibes that came with the original. This one isn’t being released for another month, but you can still listen to it here:
Vancouver’s Pat Lok has dropped his first single of the new year. Teaming up with Desirée Dawson on vocal duties, the track is a deep disco dream with plenty of UK House influence and piano stabs. The whole package is due out on February 9th, and includes remixes from Australian band Gold Fields, rising South London duo Howson’s Groove, fellow Canadian producer Cyclist, and SYRE.
Cherokee has just dropped the first single of his upcoming EP featuring Gibbz on vocals. “Teenage Fantasy” is a super smooth nu disco track full of sunny vocal melodies and saccharine grooves. It’s the first thing Cherokee’s released since “Don’t Matter” and the wait was definitely worth it. Listen below and grab the whole EP soon:
Luis Rodriguez, better known by his alias Lancaster, has been churning out fresh takes on Top 40 hits for a while now. With a style that primarily draws on disco and funk, his edits routinely deliver a forward thinking, old school flavor for modern listeners. His newest remix, a take on Trey Songz’ downtempo R&B hit “Na Na,” is a colloquy of sorts for this aesthetic which, in many ways, operates on a similar level to artists like Girl Talk or Super Mash Bros.
By blending classic disco beats, horns, and bass with Trey Songz’ vocals, this track becomes a contagiously frenetic, groovy powerhouse as opposed to the original’s bump and grind vibe. The highlight here is the masterful execution of blending each element in a manner that doesn’t undermine or overpower the other; the transition between the old school/new school is seamless thereby making this a dancefloor smasher that communicates on multiple levels.
Get a free download via Lancaster’s SoundCloud page and be sure to check out the rest of his Modern Funk series.
Nancy Whang at this point is a national treasure. As one of the pillars of New York’s DFA Records, she has made a name for herself as their Vocal Queen: a position that has allowed her to be a part of game changing groups like The Juan Maclean, Classixx, and LCD Soundsystem. Earlier this year, she released her first solo EP, The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks, where she payed tribute to the mega-disco label, Casablanca. And it was a marvel. In fact, her collaboration with Audiojack, the Italo-disco groover “Like An Eagle,” was such a stand out track that we believed nothing would be able to touch it and pay it justice. Until now.
This particular cut from Whang’s EP has gotten the edit treatment by Colorado’s Funk Hunk and it is just as spirited and inspired as one would expect from the Denver based disco wizard. That said, the beauty of this release is the track comes to us in two-fold: the first is a slow paced, blistering hot, low BPM monster; the second is an entrancing synthscape arpeggiated to great effect. And while these new edits of Ms. Whang’s disco extravaganza are indebted to the source, seeing as they throb and pulse with many of the familiar tones from the original track, Funk Hunk has managed to retool each element in a way that allows for a comfortable distinction between each cut. In other words, his take isn’t about remaking a remake, but rather it’s building upon it and adding to the legacy which, in many ways, is the true sign of a masterful producer.
Check out both edits after the jump and visit Funk Hunk’s SoundCloud for free downloads of each version.