Monthly Archives: October 2011

Walter Sobcek – Miami

Miami as the EDM world has come to know it brings to one’s mind thoughts of nonstop raves, bikin-clad blondes and well, ecstasy (the ULTRA life). Rewind 30 years. Miami in the 80′s brings to mind thoughts of Tony Montana, leopardskin pants, and well, mountains of white powder (aka the era of Studio 54). In other words, Miami is known as, in a word, INTENSE. A 24/7/365 Party. Walter Sobcek’s new single, titled “Miami” has, well, nothing to do with either of these eras or vibes. It’s a unique track that’s way more Boca Raton than South Beach. The Parisian-duo and synth-pop maestros deliver something much different than gore, glitter, and gold with “Miami.” Instead, Walter Sobcek created something mellow, reflective, and gorgeous. Whatever they did or imagine doing in South Beach, it comes with a tint of regret. And it will take you straight to a tranquil, secluded beach in the Caribbean.

Look at what you’ve done to me. Nothings like it used to be. Now everything is gone. I look into the sun and…

Walter Sobcek – Miami (Radio Edit) by Walter Sobcek

If you haven’t already, light a candle, toast some flowers, close your eyes, and listen to this song again.

The Black Pharao Magic remix of “Miami” is oh so sweet that even Scarface would feel the beat of his heart if he heard this track (as long as it’s the beginning of the night). A sweet drum beat and a bit of a brighter vibe make help turn this track a bit more dancefloor-friendly. Disco approved.

Walter Sobcek – Miami (Pharao Black Magic Remix) by Walter Sobcek

Sobcek’s bio describes them and their sound, as one would hope (after all, it is their sound), to the tee:

“Mellow, ethereal, tender and meticulously produced, their music takes you on a melancholic jaunt through a positive force field. From Fleetwood Mac on MDMA, to Phoenix burnt out by Los Angeles excess, from Donald Fagen doped to the hilt on Human Growth Hormone to Sebastian Teller newly waxed, Walter Sobcek draws on these influences and creates transatlantic melodies and inimitable remixes.”

This delectable choon embodies this ethereal aura that Walter Sobcek provides:

Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Walter Sobcek Remix)

Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance (Walter Sobcek Remix) by Walter Sobcek

While the duos identity remains somewhat hidden from the public sphere, it’s quite evident from the producers and artists they’ve remixed and worked with that Walter Sobcek clearly have the deserved attention of the right kind of music community. On the heels of “Je Me Souviens”, they have once again delivered a track that rivals the work of prominent dreamwavish artists Royksopp and Futurecop! Great artists , gorgeous music. Check them out.

Zimmer – Horizontal Disco

The term “Horizontal Disco” is a novel one to me. It’s fresh, funky and open to interpretation. I, for one, sometimes also like to go vertical when I disco. Zimmer’s sound, also described as “Elegant Funk,” hits all the right spots at all the right times. The smooth disco brings thoughts of a nice Rosay in a cafe on the Champs Eylsees or a sideways-esque bender through Napa valley to one’s mind. Soothing yet rollicking.

Zimmer, not to be confused with Hans, is the most recent member of the Discotexas crew (home to Xinobi, Moullinex, Justin Faust, and all things groovy) to release an EP in 2011. Zimmer, who has both Parisian and Los Angeles roots, and possesses a “west coast carefree attitude with a twist of Parisian chic.” This mantra shines brightly through shiny disco balls on this EP. On the heels of DIscotexas’s release of Faust’s “Girl Talk”, Moullinex’s “Sunflare”,  and Xinobi’s “Best of Me”, Zimmer’s debut EP titled “Horizontal Disco” brings the heat.

Zimmer – Cruisin’ (Extended) by Zimmer

Cruisin’, Zimmer’s debut single released earlier this year, was his warm welcome into the nu-disco/bloggosphere. Cruisin’ brings the funk and is aptly named, as it’s the perfect track to roll down your tints, throw your arm out that window, soak up some rays, and nod your head to while cruising down the PCH (think Drive). This official release extends the song and your cruise.

Zimmer – Bay Bridge by Zimmer

Bay Bridge is when Zimmer and dreamwave, daytime disco, and the binarier things in life combine forces and create a true gem. This track is Zimmer at his finest–this song has class. Best enjoyed with a Bombay Martini, girls with high heels, black dresses, and legs that don’t quit, Bay Bridge brings the funk, incorporating a tight bassline, well-timed clapping, a crunked out piano solo and very, very familiar vocals (if you know the sample, do tell). This is some ethereal, penthouse pool music.

Zimmer – Looking At You (original version) (out October 21st) by Discotexas

Sultry. Seductive. Sexy. The thoughts I get when I look at you, Emmanuelle Chriqui. Also the feelings that are emoted when one puts on this track. Silky smooth (see what I have done here) disco that can be enjoyed equally both at the break of dawn with a John Daly (Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade) or at the stroke of midnight with a shot of Jameson.

Zimmer – Slave To Your Heart (feat. Jeremy Glenn) by Zimmer

A nice, rather mellow track with unique vocals that vibe throughout. This one has a dark, space odyssey feel to it. Patience, young grasshoppers, is a virtue. Have some and you will get rewarded when the dreaminess gets brought around the 3:30 mark.

All in all, ‘Horizontal Disco’ (and Zimmer, for that matter) is a steamy yet funked out journey across your coast of choice. 2011 was a groovy (and successful) year for Discotexas. With a growing roster and wealth of talent, Discotexas should continue to bring the ruckus in 2012 and beyond…

Bonus Track:

George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair (Zimmer Edit) by Zimmer

I’ve never had a Brazilian Love Affair. But I hope it occurs while I’m listening to this song and with one of the exquisite ladies from City of God.  And I hope it is accompanied by more of this cowbell and yazz synth. This horizontal disco is best enjoyed on a Tempurpedic mattress.

Bonus Zimmer Mixtape (for a sunny afternoon):

Zimmer – Les Grandes Vacances | Summer Mixtape by Zimmer


 

Les Loups – Side To Side

 

Les Loups -”Side to Side.” Instant Classic.  Love the original.  Love the remixes. This release is offered in two parts. Part 1 includes the original and remixes by OHYEAH! (Germany) and She Said Disco (France). And Part 2, which includes remixes by L‘Etranger out of Britain and Binary favorites LBCK (USA) and The Phantom’s Revenge(France).…As far as info on the collective there isn’t much bio out there, their publicity explains that Les Loups is a “producer trio from Hannover, Germany ” apparently united in their love of all things funky, housey and frenchy. What it fails to mention is that they are awesome and that their current “Homage” to “Oldskool house” is perfect and will undoubtedly be packing dancefloors and inciting Disco hysteria for years to come.

The presentation/strategy behind this release (each group of remixes being unveiled over a few weeks) is genius, so often a “best remix” is crowned immediately and others that would have eventually become favorites don’t get an opportunity to be absorbed. Just that time, the space in between “parts” of the total remix package, gives the listener more opportunity to dig in to the offerings presented. I wish we weren’t that “instant gratification” driven but in the A.D.D generation of hypem ranking and mp3 of the week, day, moment, a lot of really, really good music is being overlooked. Having had an opportunity to hear all of the remixes I can say in all sincerity that every version on both parts are noteworthy, the approaches are different enough that they all fall more into the reimagining category than mere remix classification generally alludes to.

Beyond that, the styles are all different enough to take one of my favorite songs of the year into different genres of electronic music without any of it feeling stale. You can take the whole release and play it straight through without feeling the desire to skip even once, and that’s huge. Today we will look at the glorious original as well as the She Said Disco and LBCK remixes.

Les Loups – Side To Side (Original Mix) – Umalu Recordings by Les Loups

Side to Side-Les Loups (original mix) I love this song. I just start smiling as soon as it comes on, dancing while driving type hype on this one. Hard to really dissect the dopeness here, it’s just that awesome. The classic vibe, the perfect tempo, the playful vocals and understated percussion, this song just kind of unfolds. Every aspect feels welcoming and fits, breaks fall right where you want them to, its melodic, its straight forward, and it’s a great song. Period. Done. Moving on.

Les Loups – Side To Side (She Said Disco Remix) – Umalu Recordings by Les Loups

Side to Side-Les Loups (She Said Disco remix) This cut saunters in, bird song and syrupy tempo, restrained and groovy. As the beat drops and the vocals stay hazy this song takes on new life. If the original is more “in the moment playful” this is a more introspective thoughtful turn. Sexy and beautiful. Very Different and incredible on its own, as the song fades away into laughter and synth swirls the beat returns, this time with more bounce and a little less haze. Still dreamy just a touch more intent. Well done She Said Disco….thanks for the creative turn.

Les Loups – Side To Side (LBCK Remix) – Umalu Recordings by Les Loups

Side to Side-Les Loups(LBCK remix) Wow, somehow I didn’t see this coming, LBCK flip this song into a barely recognizable electro destroyer, and it works…well. There’s an impending doom type vibe here (and I mean that in a good way)…gone is the sunshine optimism of the previous two mixes, gone like deleted and entirely removed. This is a science fiction chase scene in the tensest part of an already edgy movie. It stomps, it squeals, it threatens to wobble and then shows restraint in favor of a chopped bassline and anxiety inducing fuzzy lead. Certainly on par with anything J.U.S.T.I.C.E has done and melodic enough that it can meld into a handful of genres without changing the entire night. Nice twist boys. A sure fire favorite in a darker slamming set. Support the artists that you love, buy the music, heart their songs on hypem, like their fan pages. It is our support and recognition that inspires and shapes the tastes and direction of future artists and labels. Until then…Les Loups.:)

Meridians – Animals / Face B

If French touch, electropop, and dreamwave had a baby, it would be named Meridians.  Seriously these guys are at the pinnacle of all three genres and they’re killing it with their debut single “Animals,” released about a month ago.  Meridians is the collaboration of Florent De Maria and Pierre Sendrane.  They are often compared to Washed Out and M83, the reason being is that Sendrane spent six years playing drums for Team Ghost alongside former M83 member Nicholas Fromageau.  Well that, and they just do sound like an amazing blend of the chillwave Washed Out and French electropop M83.  ”Animals” and its counterpart, “Face B,” included on the single, epitomize this unreal blend of French touch and dreamwave.

 

Animals by Meridians.

Like I said, it doesn’t get any more binary than this right here. I know “binary” shouldn’t be an adjective, but i really can’t think of anything else to say. The first 40 or so seconds bring in those slow vibes that still pack a soulful punch, a rare phenomenon especially for an altogether mellow jam like “Animals.”  The bulk of the song, beginning around 1:40, channels the high energy of so many melodic tunes to come out of France recently.  And finally, around 2:20 the previously noted elements of electropop, dreamwave, and French electronic genius conform under light female vocals and the reappearing chorus..”You got a feeling”  ”Animals” is just one of those songs that are so well composed and the lyrics, synthesizers, and overall rhythm complement eachother so well that its bound to brighten your day.  Seriously, just try to have a bad day with this stuck in your head, its impossible.


Face B by Meridians.

A little more funk went into “Face B,” than “Animals.”  Following the washed out-essence of “Animals,” (Trying not to beat a dead horse, but it really does remind me of Washed Out) it sounds like a disco beach party just landed on the end of this EP.  One thing I’ve learned to appreciate about this kind of funky electronic music is how free flowing it becomes after you get into the real body of the song.  And I really couldn’t put it another way, the wavy synthesizer just takes you in and out with the occasional change-up.  Some fades here and there, a few build ups as well but the listener is always taken back to that primary tune that defines “Face B.”  I could listen to this song over and over without getting tired of it, that’s the effect it has on me.

In short, Meridians has truly outdone themselves for a debut single.  They have so many great sounds coming out of only two relatively short songs that it makes me anxious to see what they can do in the future.  Keep up the good work.

On Repeat: Fred Falke, M83, Bit Funk, Kamp! & more

Its been a couple minutes since I’ve written an On Repeat piece, so I’m pretty excited to jump back into the fold here. There are probably 50 tracks I’ve neglected over the last couple months, but I’m going to narrow it down to just six for this week. Summer fall is in full swing here in LA and I can’t help but feel like winter is on its way. I love this time of year. Somehow it makes me feel more introspective, and it the weather not being constantly perfect makes me feel like its ok not not always feel top notch. In any case, here’s the six songs that are stuck in my head the most these days.

Fred Falke – Love Theme by Fred Falke

Somehow this little gem slipped through the cracks for me and I only recently discovered it. Classic Falke, exploring creative chord structures and odd yet successful synth basslines.

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M83 – OK Pal

My favorite track from M83′s new record album and a contender for song of the year for me. For what its worth I don’t like this record as much as their Saturdays = Youth, which I thought was more concise and a better thought out record. For all the people talking about how much they love this new record. Are ANY of you actually listening to it front to back in one listen? Its really really long and hard to sit all the way through! That said, I LOVE this song.

Ford & Lopatin -Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me) (Alan Braxe Bonus Remix) by ALAN BRAXE

I’ve had this song on serious repeat for 2 weeks. It even caused me to have a brief twitter meltdown. It is still giving me chills.

The Wombats – Our Perfect Disease (Plastic Plates Remix) by PLASTiC PLATES

One of the crew of noteworthy up-and-coming LA dance producers (Oliver, Plastic Plates, Fabian, Classixx, Poolside, etc) delivers again with this huge remix of The Wombats.

02 – Kamp! – Cairo (Moullinex Remix) by Discotexas

This bassline is so obvious, and so delicious, yet it sounds so fresh as compared to what everyone else is doing right now. Hearing this song made me jealous I didn’t think of it first.

Bit Funk – Rap Music by Bit Funk

This thing was apparently Justin Faust’s secret weapon for months before Bit Funk decided that he wanted to put it out. I can’t fathom why he thought this track might not be good enough. To be honest, I think if Duck Sauce were to release this as a Duck Sauce original, it would go #1. This song is that good.

Jeff & Jessey – Falling In Love

The electronic music scene has seen an influx of disco (see: “nu-disco”) in recent years. Artists like The Magician, Justin Faust, and Louis LaRoche have become emblematic of a rising sound and scene. This rise of disco/funk/dreamwave has certainly been a synthy delight. Fortunately, it’s a gift that keeps on giving–and growing. With this influx of sound comes in an influx of artists. And there are some hidden gems tucked away in the galaxy of disco.

While at times SoundCloud can be overly saturated and filled with throwaway remixes and bootlegs, the times that one stumbles upon a gem of a track from an unknown artist can make an ordinary journey turn into something much more. This is what happened the first time I literally stumbled upon Jeff&Jessey, two veteran German producers that are going relatively unnoticed. Given their unique, diverse, and binary sound, this will not last long.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
We’re looking for the Sun – Jeff&Jessey by Jeff&Jessey

The title of this song is also Binary’s motto. We’re looking for that constant light that guides us in the direction of beauty. And this song certainly captures that vibe, and then some. Jeff&Jessey drew me in with this song. The perfectly timed use of filters and space-odyssey effects make this track groove.

Falling in Love – Jeff&Jessey by Jeff&Jessey

Falling in love is a little slower, but it hits the right spot. Silky vocals with an equally sexy beat.

Be sure to check out Jeff & Jessey’s material on their soundcloud, which is sure to reveal even more gems in the future.

Darius – Falling In Love

As I had pointed out a few weeks ago, Terence N’guyen is one half of the Collaborative group Cherokee alongside Co-Conspirator Dorian Miche on fantastic French label Shiny Disco Club. What I did not mention is that both Terence and Dorian also make some beautiful music independently. Terence N’guyen as Darius and Dorian Miche as HanaYori Kichou Na.Both projects are terrific and worth investigating.

I always appreciate the differences peoples “solo” work as opposed to their collaborative efforts, the subtle variations in style that set their personal projects aside from others that require cooperation. Both artists on their own are a perfect fit on this blog and distinct enough that you can hear their unique and individual voices resonate through the musical choices in a different fashion that they do together as Cherokee. Today we will be graced by the latest release from Darius- “Falling In Love”.

“I feel like…I feel like…I feel like…Falling in love with you”

Falling In Love by Darius (Official)

The beat drops in , filtered bass, vocals and elements chopped and faded enter and gracefully fade away, this song just immediately wins you over. It has an upbeat, happy feel that seems entirely natural. The vibe is just smooth despite the manipulation of the samples and its hype and exciting while remaining sexy and easy to groove to. This track has that “dj going off” feeling that I love but in a refined manner. Classic but hype, busy but together, all wrapped within a dreamy quality.

When the Vocal sample becomes clear and beat and bass line up for a steady bounce it’s off the hook, by the time the beats get chopped and the drumrolls start kicking it’s the musical highlight of the evening. Watch out for Shiny Disco Club, with their Millenium Disco (vol.2) compilation and frequent new releases from their talent packed roster this label seems to be on the move.

Labtracks – Robotic Love (Lenno Remix)

The Sound cloud is a murky matrix that I often find myself lost in, surrounded by feral and unfamiliar sounds and creatures not of this world. Sometimes, a light pierces this dense mass of vapor, and carries me up, up and away into the interstellar galaxy of funky house musique. That is what happened when I first discovered the ethereal sounds emanating from a 16 year-old producer that goes by the name of Lenno.

Labtracks – Robotic Love (Lenno Remix) by Lenno

Lenno hails from Espoo, Finland, some light years ago. Lenno has a totally unique sound that, if I had to choose, eerily reminds me of Daft Punk.  Prodigal, this kid is. At an age when most of us were/are trying to score some of the Schnappster and get our rocks off, Lenno is producing highly sophisticated tunes at a prolific rate. He’s basically the Freddy Adu of Finnish music, except he is actually panning out.

Come worship this shooting star of binary bliss:

Lenno Tracks:
Foster The People – Helena Beat (Lenno Remix) by Lenno

Lenno – Your Style (Club Mix) by Lenno

Ms Mr – Time Of My Life

I’ve missed this whole blogging thing. A LOT. So glad to be back especially with a new girl/boy duo that gives me chills — especially when I think about what’s in store for them in the future. Ms Mr is an uber-talented twosome from good old Brooklyn, NY. They got together about 6 months ago and dropped this amazing four track EP back in late June. Where have I been since June? I swear my life would have been better during those summer months if I had stumbled upon Ms Mr when they debuted their Ghost City USA EP.  The secretive pair is set on not revealing anything else about themselves until after their first live gigs later this fall.

All four tracks from Ghost City are worth writing about. It was impossible to choose just one because they all stand out. Each song brings out a different memory and a different emotion…so two tracks it is! Let’s start with ‘Bones’ – pulls me in right from the start with dark piano chords and a throbbing drum beat. It’s hard to notice all the layering upon the steady rhythm, but the bells and whistles effortlessly enhance the sound. At :50 the strings make their short lived entrance, but who doesn’t love a perfect string interlude between pounding, electronic beats? The echoing vocals, normally disguised behind the chorus, take the spotlight during the break at 1:40 and help close out the haunting track after one last heavy build.

 

Dark twisted fantasy turned to reality

Kissing death and losing my breath

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Ms Mr – Time Of My Life

The ‘Time of My Life’ – love it. I don’t know if it’s the Florence like ‘oh’s, the aching lyrics or the deep melodic strings, but damn. Ms Mr took Patrick Wolf’s already stellar track and transformed it into a thicker, more eerie, yet beautiful experience. The original pop undertone is replaced by an indie-electronic lullaby. Instead of fun guitar, like in Wolf’s original, there is piano and strings, making a fuller, richer sound. The lyrics are so engaging too, you can’t help but listen and relate.

‘Hold on, won’t be long, till I grow through this struggle, time to wake up and find my soul, happy without you, oh…’ I think we’ve all been there – the breakup that sucks and makes you remember what it’s like to be alone. You try to stay busy and forget how much you miss always having somebody to talk to or stay in and watch a movie with. But over time, sometimes what can seem like years, you finally move on and can say you’re happy, all by yourself.

Oh, how I want to know details about this aloof twosome. Their tumblr gives a little more insight via rad images — I just wanna be friends with Ms Mr. Well here’s to hoping the fall winds will be sending them west.

 

The Magician Feat. Jeppe – I Don’t Know What To Do + Fabian Remix

Let’s just be honest here. When Aeroplane first split, a lot of us were a bit worried that we’d all lose the magic that came from their early remixes and (some of) the songs on their debut album. But so far, things aren’t looking so bad. Vito and Stephan have both been doing exceptionally well on their own, essentially doubling the output of jams. Stephan’s solo project took on the moniker The Magician, a name that proved fitting and convenient for his “Magic Tapes” that remain mysterious with no track listing and an abundance of feel-good, dreamy, disco tracks you had probably never heard before. His debut single, featuring Danish vocalist Jeppe (Classixx; Junior Senior), was released October 3rd on the French label Kitsuné. It’s quite good, and is accompanied by some tremendous remixes.

The Magician Feat. Jeppe “I Don’t Know What To Do” (Original) by TheMagician

The pounding grand piano keys, 80’s sounding vocals, claps and funky bassline…. you may say all of this has ‘been done before’ and you may be right. But I’d have to argue that it hasn’t been done this well. Call this song ‘safe’ or whatever you want, it’s a damn good track that puts me in a great mood. I can listen to this song over and over… and then over again. So smooth and catchy, you won’t know how to get that hook out of your head. The lyrics themselves hint at lonely nights and desperation, but for some reason I tend to find myself with a completely different set of emotions when I listen to this song.

I don’t know what to do, I keep on calling you

The Magician Feat. Jeppe – “I Don’t Know What to Do” (Fabian Remix) by iamFabian

This Fabian remix seems perfectly built for a tropical dance floor on some island near the equator. It builds with more triumph and glory than the original, with a sweet little intro that kicks things into a deep boogie that isn’t gonna stop. Just after a minute the track breaks down a bit before really shifting into high gear at about 1:40. Those smooth SoCal synths send tingles down my spine every time I listen to this track. Summer may be over, but this remix should remind you of warm, sandy memories from the past few months.

I still remember the first time I heard this remix. Fabian and Justin Faust had just picked me up from the airport after being gone from LA for 6 weeks. We went to In-N-Out (which I’d been craving like CRAZY) and on the way home Fabian played this for me. It was the perfect welcome home track, and immediately had me re-appreciating the summer sun of Los Angeles. Everything about that car ride and this remix had me feeling like I’d never left LA, and every time I listen to this track I think back to that overwhelming feeling of being home.

You can grab the original and this remix from the Kitsuné Shop or just about anywhere else, along with a couple other remixes. The Magician is about to start a world tour, the exact dates and details of which you can find on his Facebook page.