Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

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Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.

Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between genres and decades with ease — rare for someone as young as he. Despite being just 26-years-old, Donaldson’s encyclopedic musical expertise has situated him as an artist who’s talented beyond his years, if one were to see age as but a limit on such a thing.

Donaldson’s Essential Mix is steeped in a resplendent arrangement of classic dance tracks, from Angela’s 1984 “I Gotta Little Love,” to hidden gem house tracks from World Building records’ “Paraíso ’89” by Azura. His splicing of Azura’s track alone is a testament to his adroit crate digging, especially considering that Azura’s breezy Balearic business was extremely short-lived in the Italian house realm, she’s an act who’s slipped through the cracks for most.

Palms Trax has expressed he’ll be working on material for Dekmantel throughout the beginning of the new year and after listening to his deliverance of just the second Essential Mix of 2018, just following Carl Cox, one can only hope to see big things from Donaldson in the new year.

Listen to Palms Trax’s Essential Mix here

 

Photo credit: Camille Baker

Tracklist:

Guillaume Teyssier- Vortex Disco (Murray Lake Remix)
Lord of The Isles- Geek Chic (Kuniyuki’s Journey Remix)
Toulouse Low Trax- Second Trip
JC Project- Andromedia
Nicole Willis- Heed The Sign (Jimi Tenor Remix)
Plus Instruments- Love Is Enough (Jamie Paton Remix)
Angela- I Gotta Little Love
Tony Moore DJ- Tonight
Salentino- You’l Be In Paradise (Instrumental)
Lemonade-Dancer On The Shore (Jex Opolis Dub)
Collins- Autophobia
Mario Moretti- In Love With Nebula
Passarini- Wonky Wonky Wonky
Uabos- Mystic Force
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft- Brothers (Mix Gabi)
Lipelis- Children Song
Colm III- Take Me High (Mansion Mix)
Virginia- Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)
Azura- Paraiso ’89
The True Underground Sound of Rome- Sonic Crystals
Mr Raoul K- Africa (12″ Version)
Ess O Ess- Cantillate (Chida Remix)
Pussycat- Le Chat
Lucy Montenegro- Lucy In The Sky
The R- Higher
Jeff Mills- Imagine
DJ Normal 4- Purity 0%
Thursday Club- Westway
Bushwhacka!- 4 Da Night
Jackson Changura- Niyekele
Bob Holroyd- African Drug (Rhino Mix)
Lars Bartkuhn- Elysium
Nu Era- Octahedron
Shokazulu- Part 4
Brown Sugar- I’m Going Through Changes Now
Philip Balou- Ain’t Nothing Like The Love

 

 

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MUST LISTEN: The Black Madonna makes her stunning BBC Radio 1 residency debut

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The “riot girrrl” of dance music, The Black Madonna, has made her 2018 BBC Radio 1 residency debut.

Marea Stamper kicked off her residency with zeal, digging into the crates and serving up an archetypically Black Madonna array of deeper cuts from the likes of Talamanca System, Detroit’s Parliament, and the groove-God Kiki Gyan.

It’s going to be a decalescent ride through the new year, as Stamper’s already gathered a healthy bevy of her prized disco, techno, and house expertise in the very first episode. She’ll be dropping off an array of new tracks throughout the show, all while enlightening the masses to some of the should-be-known cultural pioneers. Right off the bat, she threw on Juan Maclean’s new project Ambivalent and made the world debut of his galvanizing new cut “Faded Pictures,” featuring Shaun J. Wright.

Stamper spliced in acid house, literally, from fellow BBC resident Artwork, and a range of tunes that were aptly out of the very city that bred her DJ prowess. She closed out the show with the tear-jerker classic, Gloria Ann Taylor’s “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,” and brought back her  History of The World segment which was the title of her first residency series in London at XOYO, a three-night collection of expansive music selections. The series will see Stamper selecting a track at the end of each mix, talking about its origins, as well as its socio-economic and artistic significance. “It’s one of the most gorgeously arranged pieces of dance music or soul music that’s ever existed,” she said of Gloria Ann Taylor’s “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Stamper’s Radio 1 residency kicked off January 11 and will continue through June of this year.

Listen to The Black Madonna’s BBC Radio 1 residency debut here

Tracklist:

Talamanca System- The Past Is The Future (Beatless Stars In Space Mix)
Parliament- P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
The Dynamics- Miracles
The Trammps- VIP
Kiki Gyan- Disco Dancer
Prince- Sexuality
Roni Griffith- Love Is A Drug
Ambivalent- Faded Pictures (feat. Shaun J. Wright)
Artwork- Let Go Of This Acid
Mike Dunn- DJ Beat That Shhh
Kirk the Flirt & Peter Pressure- My One Desire
Kitty Grant- Glad To Know You
Gloria Ann Taylor-Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing

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Weekend Rewind: Jackmaster drops off the original Mastermix from 2006

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Jackmaster‘s released his original Mastermix from 2006 to kick off the new year.

Since the debut landed over ten years ago, Jackmaster’s Mastermix series has become a highly regarded institution in the dance music realm, as it’s one of the most dynamic collections of tracks in the scene. While it was believed to have been lost, the original mix has been unearthed thanks to producer Jack Revill’s “genius wee brother,” and has now been uploaded onto SoundCloud for all to enjoy.

In just over one hour of music, Revill juxtaposes a rousing array of popular music from the era. He manages to splice together an invigorating culmination of pop and disco tracks, which offers a glimpse into Revill’s stylistic evolution over the years.

Revill dished on the mix on SoundCloud, saying:

“To say thanks for all your support last year I decided to upload the first ever Mastermix, recorded in 2006. It’s an all vinyl mix that I thought was lost forever and hasn’t been on the internet for some 10 or more years, but my genius wee brother somehow found it. It runs through everything from Ciara, Beyoncé, Janet and Missy to Mr Oizo, Drexciya and DJ Funk – original party material.”

He continued, “It’s a perfect example of how I was DJing when I was a wee guy and brings to mind vivid memories of the old Numbers nights we used to put on in the tiny wee basement of a gay bar where we threw the parties that gained us notoriety in Glasgow.”

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Throttle and Niko the Kid unite on Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dogg’s hit collaboration ‘Signs’

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Spinnin’ Records recruit Throttle is by all accounts closing out a breakout year, but as 2017 draws to a close, the Aussie beatmaker has one more gift up his sleeve as the “icing on the cake.” Teaming up once again with Atlanta’s Niko the Kid, the pair have joined forces on a new remix, honing in on some early 2000’s pop as the groundwork for their latest tag team.

Their target this time around was Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake‘s 2004 radio smash “Signs,” which sees them take the original’s glitzy disco-pop/rap crossover appeal and add some UK-garage-inspired flare. In essence, they’ve flipped the once radio-ready hip-hop select into a now certified dance floor ace.

The now nearly-vintage original cut landed on Snoop’s seventh studio LP, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. Upping the tempo considerably on the remix, Throttle and Niko work the original’s rich vocal samples into their own absolutely infectious house beat, breathing new life into one of Snoop’s better departures from west coast rap. Best of all, they’re giving away their new remix completely free of charge. Enjoy.

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Chris Lake flips Chromeo’s ‘Juice’ into a certified club burner

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Chromeo are coming back strong in 2018 with the announcement of their next studio LP, Head Over Heelsand they’ve already teased fans with some fresh funk from the upcoming record with a leggy lead single “Juice.” The new track is quintessential Chromeo, tongue-in-cheek 80’s-inspired synth pop with a tasty singalong hook, though now the duo’s latest is being blessed by UK house legend Chris Lake with a funky remix primed for late night DJ sets.

Swapping out the original mix’s sunkist pop appeal for a more club-leaning vibe, Chris Lake proctors a quirky new remix of “Juice” that complements the original, turning up the four-on-the-floor house thump. Holding onto the original’s vocoded groove, Lake adds some crisp percussive flair and modified guitar chords throughout, making for an aced remix effort that’s likely to lead to an official rework package soon to follow.

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MUST LISTEN: Jackmaster’s end of year Mastermix is here

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Just in time for the weekend and the holidays around the corner, Jackmaster has shared his end-of-year Mastermix. Steeped in funk and oozing delectable disco anthems, the dynamic mix is masterfully crafted.

Beginning in 2009, Jackmaster’s Mastermixes have since become an institution in the dance music world. This year, in near two hours, Jackmaster offers but a taste of the underground acid house-tinged basslines, thumping techno, and disco amalgamations the Glasgow act has long exuded.

Between its vociferous disco diva proclamations, perpetually escalating groove, concise cadence, and impassioned funk, the mix is an idiosyncratic testament to an exceptional artist’s growth and felicitously unpredictable tendencies.

Photo Credit: Martin Cabrera

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The Knocks & Captain Cuts – House Party (Oliver Disco Mixx)

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LA-based duo Oliver have been consistently making a name for themselves with an array of innovative originals and funky remixes. Each release is fresher and more inventive than the last, and their most recent song is a perfect example.

Oliver have released a “disco mixx” of The Knocks and Captain Cuts‘ “House Party,” which came out last month. The original possessed the classic feel-good vibe that is consistent in both The Knocks and Captain Cuts’ music. Though that collaboration was already exceptional, Oliver have stepped in and turned the clock back to the golden age of disco. The “disco mixx” of “House Party” turns the focus on the groovy beat, nearly doubling the length of the track. The original mix’s vocals were primed for a reworking like this, giving Oliver’s rendition a seamless a life all of its own.

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Stream Mija’s collaborative Fk A Genre takeover from Dirtybird Campout

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Mija doesn’t give a fk about a genre.

In fact, her innate structure itself shines in her all-encompassing M.O. Mija is currently in the midst of taking her Fk A Genre tour far and wide and perfectly encapsulating its celebratory ethos was her Dirtybird Campout takeover. During the set, Mija collaborated with friends Ryan Forever, Ardalan, Mark Starr, and Deux Yeux.

Between Ardalan’s gritty house sound, to Mark Starr’s future Bay Area heat, or Deux Yeux’s cutting edge bass tones, Fk A Genre proved a feverish fusion all the birds flocked towards.

Now, fans can relish in her Bass Lodge takeover via her off-kilter two-hour set, and look forward to another offering of greatness when Mija performs at the East Coast Campout which takes place February 2-4 in St. Cloud Florida.

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Party Pupils – Over & Under

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Party Pupils put a modern twist on disco with their newest track “Over & Under.” A groovy melody with smooth vocals fall into a modern drop with sharper chords that merge 2017 with 1970. Party Pupils also infuse trumpet into the song, creating a multi-faceted production.

The group is a collaboration between LA-based Max Schneider and Ryan Siegel. They are currently opening for Louis the Child, and fans can see them at upcoming show stops in Wisconsin, Chicago, and Minnesota.

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Good Morning Mix: Goldroom’s 2016 Otoño Mix

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Goldroom‘s music is timeless. Each season, he releases an hour-long mix of sun-soaked tunes. Whether it’s hot or cold outside, Goldroom warms the soul with each new collection of music.

His Otoño mix from November 2016 is a dreamy collection of tracks, varying from his own original tunes to music from Lenno, Cut Copy and Gigamesh. Drift away to some place warm with this blissful compilation of mellow disco and house tracks.

Tracklist:
Goldroom – Slipping Up
Saje – Lost Tonight (Vocal Part)
Holy Models – Lessons (Falcon Punch Remix)
Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes (Jengi Beats Remix)
Jomeo Pugz – Think Fast
Junktion – Fling Cleaning
Roosevelt – Moving On
Ben Macklin & Nude Disco – Jealous
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel – Merecumbe
Goldroom – Breaks
AIMES – Olas Atlas
IV Edition – Space Between (feat Lilianna Wilde)
Tad Wily – After Dark (Cyclist Remix)
Daze – You & I
Lenno – No More
D-Pulse – Seen Today
Tensnake – Fantasma
Fickle Friends – For You (Cesare Remix)
HNNY – Hotline Riddim (Jacques Renault Edit)
Opolopo – Get On Up
Rambo V – So Good To See You
Punctual – Eva
Gigamesh – My Future Is Your Future
Kraak & Smaak – Love Inflation (Cassian Remix)
NVOY – Make You Mine
Matt Hughes & Miguel Campbell & MAM – Hand In Hand
Cut Copy – January Tape Pt 5
CFCF – In Praise Of Shadows
Goldroom – Slipping Down

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