Few duos in the world of dance music have amassed as loyal and global of a following as Australian supergroup Flight Facilities. Known for their enchanting brand of nu-disco and deep house, they’ve created an unmistakable trademark style and sound. This year the twosome formerly known as Hugo and Jimmy made their Boiler Room debuted in their native Australia to a packed out crowd in Sydney. Flight Facilities showcased their immense musical prowess throughout the nearly two-hour performance, filling the intimate setting with a quirky and euphoric blend of music that communicated their aesthetic.
Boiler Room has long established itself as one of the most cutting-edge events in dance culture and this performance from Flight Facilities perfectly sums up what listeners can expect from this iconic brand. Watch the video from Flight Facilities’ performance in Sydney on Boiler Room’s Youtube Channel.
Mord Fustang has released a somewhat surprising disco-influenced single, “Because Of You.” Active in the scene since the early 2010’s, Mord Fustang showcased a mostly electro-based style and releasing on labels such as Magic Trooper, Selected, and others.
“Because Of You” takes elements of electro and disco, ties them together with a hypnotic vocal sample. The percussion leads the rest of the instrumentation, showcasing surprising rhythm elements that give a break to the repetitious disco versus and combine to form heavily danceable production.
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, hailed as “The King of Space Disco” by the New Yorker — known simply as Lindstrøm on stage — is set to release his first solo album in five years later this month.
Lindstrøm’snew work will follow up his legacy by way of his archetypal hazy synths and dynamic vocal unions. Dubbed It’s Alright Between Us All It Is, the new album features vocals from American singer Grace Hall on the bubbly lead single “Shinin,” as well as a feature from Sweden’s Frida Sundemo, and a stream of consciousness poem by Norway’s Jenny Hval.
Fans can look forward to an assemblage of arpeggiated synths, relentlessly moving melodies, balmy analog bubble baths, and earworm-inducing harmonies. Indeed, Lindstrøm’s latest track “Tensions” is a sound employment of the aforementioned. The new track hints that a melodically expansive body of work will be accessible shortly.
It’s Alright Between Us As It Is is out Oct. 20 via Smalltown Supersound.
Oliver Heldens is back — this time, with a collaborative single that’s already destined to hit the mainstream which he’s titled “What the Funk.” Over the past year, the Dutch powerhouse has developed quite a strong relationship with the gaming world, even creating his own channel called Twitch. It seems he intends to maintain that connection, as the track was premiered on the widely popular mobile game BeatFever. There’s also word that the music video for the track will be a user-generated piece, featuring submissions from fans all across social media.
“What the Funk” sees Heldens exploring new territory as a musician, with a unique sound that blends together pop, house and even a little 70s disco/90s dance influence. Adding in funky guitar riffs and keyboard synths under Danny Shah’s energetic vocals, Oliver creates an upbeat, feel-good track that’ll make listeners want to dance uncontrollably in any setting.
While the Western hemisphere begins to prepare for winter, Australian disco ambassadors, Midnight Pool Party, are gearing up for the incoming summer weather down in their home country. The Aussie duo are coming off their highly-praised Dalliance EP that came together six months ago, and now they come back with their first single since called “Signals.”
Instilling a mellow yet upbeat atmosphere from the opening chord progression, Midnight Pool Party incorporate sultry R&B elements into their usual groove-saturated sound to give fans a new spin on their usual offerings. Regardless if listeners are saying goodbye or hello to summer, “Signals” is a surefire mood booster.
Over the last seven years, Jamie Jones has gained notoriety for pioneering a unique sound. By way of the innovative Hot Creations label, Jones has paved the way for all that is house, techno, and disco — oftentimes seamlessly intersecting the three. Now, 100 releases later, Hot Creations is hotter than ever before. To celebrate the occasion is a huge EP from the man himself.
The illustrious EP kicks off with “Sound of Music,” an ultimate end-of-summer tune. Albeit, the track’s a cover version, originally released via Nookie, Jones’ take features Katy B on vocals, which ultimately creates the perfect lead into a largely melodic dance-floor-ready body of work that follows.
“Kooky Chords,” “Positive Pressure,” and “Parallel Universe” are each deeply infectious tunes, oozing fat basslines and enticing vocal cuts. After listening to the EP, which is rich in the very elements that have pushed Hot Creations to the forefront of the techno community, it seems appropriate that Jones is the one to deliver its 100th release.
Nu-disco duo Classixx have returned with a brand new track steeped in funk just in time to celebrate the summer as it comes to a close. On SoundCloud, they wrote of the production, “For the final days of summer, we’re giving out a new track to extend the pool party,” continuing, “We made this for fun with some help from our friend Vaughn Oliver.” — one half of the quasi-eponymous duo Oliver.
“Possessive,” as it’s titled, is plenty rich in groove and also features a sneaky sample of a gospel choir singing a line from Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.” The track marks the first of the summer from Classix, as their last release was a cover of Van Halen’s “Right Now” from earlier this year. Last year, Classixx released their latest record, Faraway Reach and while there’s no word yet — we certainly wouldn’t mind some more tunes to get down to.
For his latest original track, he’s teamed up with Catalyst for a disco-infused song called “Crazy.” With production and singing by Goshfather and rapping from Catalyst, the track caters to a wide audience of listeners. Both vocalists skillfully build the track’s momentum leading up to a drop that features clean-cut trumpet stabs and a rousing house beat.
The track is out now on Bakermat‘s Big Top Amsterdam label, fitting in perfectly with the groovy fresh releases coming out of the Netherlands powerhouse.
LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy is consistently finding new ways to re-invent his body of work. He’s just announced a partnership with Amsterdam-based design studios and Google’s data arts team for an abstract interactive video experience for the band’s latest single “tonite.”
“Dance Tonite,” as the VR experience is dubbed, was produced with WebVR, a technology used to develop VR experiences for the web. Taking its form as a website where anyone who visits with a capable device — computer, phone or VR headset — can switch to VR mode where the experience can be enjoyed as either a spectator or participant.
With room-scale VR like the HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift, the viewer becomes the performer. Without VR, they’re in the audience getting a bird’s eye view perspective of others interacting.
“I’m not naturally collaborative and I’m not naturally interested in technology. I’m a loner and a luddite,” James Murphy said of the project. “If there’s a project that impels me to collaborate based on technology and it seems interesting, I’ll try it because it gets me out of my comfort zone…The uncanniness of the Dance Tonite experience is super entertaining and weird, and I really enjoy it.”
Learn more about the making of the project or experience it for yourself here.
LCD Soundsystem’s highly-anticipated revival record American Dream is just two weeks away from its long awaited release. In his classic-nervous-yet-celebratory-fashion frontman James Murphy has taken to Facebook to address some of the record’s final matters. First confirming— that yes— that is indeed the cover, despite others hoping a more exciting unveiling was around the corner. Murphy also shared that anyone who purchased a ticket to one of the band’s upcoming tour dates will receive a free American Dream CD, and if that’s too uncool, they also have the option to pay slightly and receive a vinyl copy instead. But the best part of the post was when Murphy commented on the actual music, remarking, “some of you may hate it, but i’m very proud of it. it’s the best i’ve felt about an LCD LP ever. which could totally spell disaster.” Read the full statement below.