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Midnight Pool Party, “Disease (Eau Claire Remix)”

Posted on July 29 2015 by zacheser
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By now, Eau Claire has become synonymous with indie synthpop after multiple, high-charting remixes on Hype Machine, featured spots at Firefly and the upcoming Splash House, and opening duties for names like Flight Facilities and Alle Farben. The D.C. producer/DJ continues to impress as her skills begin to hone and show newer, more intricate sides to her personality; this is made very clear in her new remix of Midnight Pool Party’s “Disease.”

Opening up with her staple chord progressions and synth stabs paired with MPP’s vocals, the track develops into a panned out, chopped vocal wonderland with interwoven melodies and harmonies that are slicker than oil on water. This showcases the more electro-funk side of Eau Claire’s work we saw in her remixes of Pink Feathers and Mike Posner: an aspect of her production style which, as of late, has been scant in favor of her much more poppy, almost tropical sensibilities (her remix of Saint Motel’s “My Type” comes to mind). Her choice to revisit some older themes and structures in this remix is a reminder of what made us fall in love with her edits in the first place. They’re fun. They’re not short on energy. And they just make us want to throw our hands in the air.

Stream Eau Claire’s remix of “Disease” below.

Too Funk Tuesday #21

Posted on July 28 2015 by Shawn G
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It’s mid-summer and Too Funk Tuesday is alive! Hopefully, all is right in your world and the funk is in full effect. This week’s collection is downright groovy and will make this work week a cinch. Enjoy!

Go Go Bizkitt! – Take It To The Floor

I’m starting this week with a BANG! Go Go is an OG of hard-hitting disco beats and this track is an absolute dancefloor breaker. With soul vocals filtered on a high energy bassline and warped synths, “Take it To The Floor” is a funky treat.

 

Tyler Touché – Act Of God ft. Jason Gaffner (Robotaki Remix)

Montreal native Robotaki has been a major presence in the nudisco game for a minute and this remix of Tyler Touché is perfectly sensual when amplified on summer vibes. Super groovy, it just makes you want to jazz the night away with the person you love the most.

 

SG Lewis – No Less (Kartell Remix)

Slowing it down with this one, Kartell’s take on the already sexy “No Less” is a deep, spaced out beauty that is perfect for summer nights. Using characteristics of new age R&B combined with deep house patterns, this track touches a sweet spot that is sure to get you going.

 

jackLNDN - All I See

My man Jack is back with an original production which perfectly aligns with the pace of this week’s edition of Too Funk Tuesday. “All I See” is a soothing piano house track that flips through upbeat breakdowns and chillwave harmonies. Definitely a must-listen!

 

MIX OF THE WEEK: KLP – Journey to Splendour Mixtape

OMG SO FUNKY, SUPER, SWEET, SENSUAL, GROOVY…this one will sweep you away. Tracklist:

Disclosure – Holding On {Ft. Gregory Porter} (Gus Pirelli VIP)
Julio Bashmore – Holding On {Ft. Sam Dew}
Lincoln Jesser – In My Place (Set Mo remix)
Rudimental – Rumour Mill {Ft. Anne-Marie & Will Heard}
Gold Fields – Make Me Feel {Ft. KLP}
Junior Jack – E Samba (The Aston Shuffle remix)
IMIURU – The Grandma
Terace – Let Me Know (Mike Metro remix)
Enzo Siffredi – Sometimes
Treasure Fingers – Koolaid
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique – Love Is Free {Ft. Maluca}
Tame Impala – Let It Happen

Chedda Da Connect, “Flicka Da Wrist (Julius Jetson Dub)”

Posted on July 28 2015 by zacheser
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It’s time for some truth: “Flicka Da Wrist” is an absurd song that makes very little sense. Chedda Da Connect’s ode to cooking crack or nice watches or whatever has had incredible staying power, so it was only a matter of time before Top 40 remixes started to roll out. Fortunately, for us, our buddy Julius Jetson heeded the call.

Jetson, who happens to be a part of our pals, the Nü Androids collective, decided to forgo the typical remix route on a track like this deciding to minimize the vocals in favor of an escalating odyssey through the indie dance stratosphere hitting note after beautiful note along the way. The fact that he’s chosen to make this a dub remix also speaks volumes about his motivation as a producer i.e. choosing to build a journey versus simply slapping a 4/4 kick and snare on a hip-hop track and calling it a remix. And, in that way, it harkens back to the good ol’ days of disco dub cuts: manipulating a soundscape in a manner that’s more adventurous and freewheeling than what we normally hear on the radio while maintaing an energy that works on the dancefloor. In particular, the synth patterns glide like a cruise missile as the bass strikes and stabs with gentle precision (an energy which is sorely lacking in Chedda Da Connect’s original).

Jetson’s remix isn’t about flicking any wrists. Unless, of course, it involves flailing and the echoes of “YAAAAS” in the dancehall.

Listen to Julius Jetson’s remix below.

LEGENDS | Moullinex

Posted on July 22 2015 by zacheser
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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.

Blisspop Daily News, 7/16/15

Posted on July 16 2015 by zacheser
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This is what happened in dance music today, July 16, 2015.

  1. Scottish electronica act CHVRCHES has debuted their first official track off their sophomore album. The track is called “Leave a Trace.” It’s only a matter of time before a show like Grey’s Anatomy gets its filthy paws on it for a soundtrack listing (via NPR).
  2. Blur’s Damon Albarn announced that he will start recording the latest Gorillaz album in September of this year. And while Gorillaz *technically* isn’t labeled as dance music, you find us someone who says they can’t find the groove in “DARE” and we will show you someone who has no soul (via Stereogum).
  3. Shaq will be performing at Tomorrowworld this year. We wish we were joking about this, but it’s true. He will be performing as DJ Diesel. Fun fact: DJ Diesel is apparently a long lost brother to Kazaam the genie and both are an abomination to everything that is good and holy (via Uproxx).
  4. The DJ/producer responsible for “Animals,” Martin Garrix, would like to work with The Weeknd or Ed Sheeran in the future. In other words, he still wants to make music that caters to white girls who wear a lot of body paint (via Your EDM).
  5. Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland is going to star in an as-of-yet untitled Netflix original movie about 6 strangers whose lives collide and are changed forever at the world’s largest EDM festival. Okay – now that Zac Efron movie doesn’t sound so bad (via Just Jared).