With California’s SnowGlobe Festival only a month away, excitement is growing for the iconic South Lake Tahoe New Year’s Eve celebration. The state’s own groovy house duo Oliver are warming up the airwaves with a special “SnowTape” to drum up excitement for the festival. The hour-long mix includes a wide range of Oliver’s funky, disco-inspired tunes like their recent remix of Tove Lo‘s “Disco Tits,” along with some wavy ’80s IDs they have yet to release. Throughout its 59 minutes, the mix is a soulful slice of house and disco heaven sure to thrill music lovers of all persuasions.
The Russ Liquid Test‘s future-oriented funk and jazz stylings continues to gain momentum across the live jamtronica scene. The New Orleans-based trio — known for their clean fusion of live instrumentation, psychedelic visuals, and digital sound design — have just capped off a mind-blowing Suwannee Hulaween performance as one of the last stops along their extensive fall tour.
On Nov. 3, The Russ Liquid Test released their seven-track World Gone Crazy EP following a string of teased singles off the record, “Rise,” “World Gone Crazy,” and “Communication Breakdown.” The full EP instrumentation consists of live drums, guitar, brass, keys, and a number of digital softwares, resulting in a hybrid style typically unfrequented in dance music. As such, World Gone Crazy comes as a landmark release for the three-piece band, highlighting their evolution over recent years both on stage and in-studio.
From the funky, free lead-in track, “OMOP,” to the light-hearted vigor of the closing track, “Ruckus,” the entire EP is as fun and dynamic as it is robust, compelling, and vitally urgent. A stand-out track on the EP is “World Gone Crazy,” featuring Chicago-based rapper ProbCause, for how it perfectly encapsulates the overall ethos of the album with undeniable energy and a potent political commentary that is fitting for the current historical moment.
A diverse project comprised of hip-hop, liquid drum and bass, funk, and downtempo, The Russ Liquid Test’s World Gone Crazy EP remains true to the sound they’ve long-cultivated while proving their versatility knows no generic bounds.
Synth-pop masters Chromeo have been hard at work in the studio preparing for their next full-length album project — three years, to be exact. Their last LP was White Women, released back in 2014. Beyond touring and releasing a huge remix of Lorde‘s “Green Light” earlier this year, though, the Montreal-based duo have been relatively quiet.
You can’t rush art in the hands of Dave 1 and P-Thugg, it seems. Chromeo have now announced their next full-length album, dubbed Head Over Heels, via a hilariously eccentric new trailer released on YouTube November 2. The minute-long clip, directed by David Wilson, also teases new music suspected to be the first single off the LP.
It seems all good electro-funk things come to those who wait. Get ready for another Chromeo release on November 7 with a new song and music video.
Disco remains at the forefront of dance music four decades after its genesis, thanks in part to the genius and innovation of Dresden-born artist Purple Disco Machine (PDM). With his debut album Soulmatic, Purple Disco Machine — also known as Tino Piontek — challenges the notion that the aforementioned genre was laid to rest with the bell bottoms and tie dye of yesteryear.
“To me, disco is such a fantastic musical style [in] that it transcends nostalgia. A genre which has musicality and musicianship at its heart should be celebrated, and I think, like many others, that those values are still relevant in today’s electronic scene”
Soulmatic celebrates disco’s timelessness by blurring boundaries of genre, interpolating classic disco with funk and deep house elements in classic PDM form. This kaleidoscopic aspect of his new project both appeals to dance music fans from all corners, and allows the artist to stay true to his disco roots while keeping a foot in modern times.
“On Soulmatic, I tried to make it so that every track touches upon some aspect of the ‘Disco’ genre. From the classic stylings of the 1970’s & 80’s, through Soul, Boogie, Funk into classic House, Filter Disco and Nu Disco,” he explains.
Crucial to the pervasiveness of disco in today’s dance culture is the art of sampling, and Soulmatic‘s first single “Body Funk” is no exception. The track nods to disco legend Sylvester by sampling the drums and bass-line of his hit “Do You Wanna Funk” and combining them with vocal samples from Hot Streak’s “Body Funk” over a classic Moroder-esque Italo-disco beat.
Purple Disco Machine comments,“‘Body Funk’ has been a key track for me since I first recorded it back in early 2017. I play it every set and it is a proper crowd anthem every time. It is crazy to know that it has spread across many different types of DJs, from Black Madonna to Dimitri Vegas who both play it!”
Soulmatic‘s second single “Devil In Me” is equally as unifying as “Body Funk” in that it showcases a melting pot of decades subgenres and tastes. On “Devil In Me,” PDM reimagines his own 2013 hit “My House” with a new vocal top line, and the result is a euphoric nod to dance music of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Not only does “Devil In Me” thrive on a late night Ibiza dance floor, but its sensual vocal courtesy of Joe Killington introduces the track to a wider audience. Killington’s beckoning voice gives a modern flair to the track’s classic disco roots, laying nicely over the original sample from William Bell’s “Private Number.”
The producer shares, “I always felt that the sample in ‘My House’ was so strong [and] that the record could go a lot further than just the club. To do that, it would need a vocal top line. So when it got signed the record company hooked it up. I think it really works, and now I have two different yet complementary records in my catalog.”
“Devil In Me” is representative of Soulmatic at large, using Joe Killington’s intoxicating vocals to transform a classic soul groove into a modern club anthem. Immediately after “Devil In Me,” Soulmatic‘s fifth track “Pray For Me” calls on contemporary R&B talent CeeLo Green to bring PDM’s Daft Punk-esque beat from a soulful loop into a late night heater.
In the form of vocoded vocals and keyboard notes, Daft Punk flavors also pop up on the album’s opener “Music In You” featuring Lorenz Rhode. Additionally, Piontek pays homage to earlier musical eras on “Memphis Jam” by enlisting New York‘s Golden Age of rap icon Kool Keith for a luxurious overlapping of off kilter rap and soulful grooves.
From whichever decade, genre or taste he draws, Purple Disco Machine succeeds in shifting happiness and togetherness back into dance culture’s center focus with Soulmatic. His debut album upholds the integrity of traditional disco while reaching a mainstream dance audience, cementing it as one of today’s most innovative releases.
Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, better known as Lindstrøm, is releasing his first solo album in five years, It’s Alright Between Us As It Is, on October 20 via Smalltown Supersound.
In the spirit of the anticipated release, he’s shared a new avant-garde, sweeping disco number off the album titled “Bungl (Like a Ghost).” The track features the critically acclaimed Norwegian artist Jenny Hval. Lindstrøm has even gone on to describe the latest number as “the glue to the album.”
“If it wasn’t for ‘Bungl,’ the album would not have happened. Jenny’s contribution transformed an unfinished idea into something really special,” he says.
Hval herself added, “I recorded some vocals over this little baroque piece, and for some reason I felt like I was invading it, or haunting it. I felt like the ghost voice from classic literature.”
“Bungl (Like a Ghost)” solidifies the notion that the album’s experimental cultivation will be considerably expanse. Between the balmy, earworm-inducing instrumental house melody of the previously shared “Tensions,” to the darker sonic spectrum on “Bungl,” the new record will surely be a cutting-edge body of work.
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.
The Amsterdam-based label Atomnation is celebrating its 50th release with a compilation album. Dubbed 50AN, the album features new work from a slew of artists it’s worked with in ￼the past such as David Douglas, Weval, Sau Poler, and Gidge.
By way of the label’s longtime openmindedness towards music, they’ve incorporated everything from ambient and electronica to music with more dance or house tendencies. Certainly, Atomnation had made a name for itself in the underground circuit. Once operating as a strictly Bandcamp operation, the label has without a question come quite far.
Among the record’s standout numbers is a reworking from Weval. The group, consisting of Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers, rework the track “Ways To Go”off their 2016 self-titled release. The result is much more driving, compelling version of the tune. It makes sense when considering both Harm and Merijn got their start in the film industry, which is where they met in 2010, as the new “Ways To Go” is a compelling, cinematic earworm.
50AN Full Tracklist:
01. Polynation – Tikken
02. Portable Sunsets – If
03. Sau Poler – Elsus
04. Tunnelvisions – Alahambra
05. David Douglas – Liquid Love
06. Axefield – A Good Night Just Outside Of Bamako
07. Beacon – You’re Wondering (Applescal Guitar Dub)
08. Weval – Ways To Go (Alternative Version)
09. Koett – No Sooner Than They Will Come
10. Olaf Stuut – Suspended Animation
11. Gidge – Huldra (Other Version)
Stream in full here.
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.
It’s been only a few days since The Killers released their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful. Already, though, there’s a surprising standout track at the end of the 13-song deluxe collection.
Duke Dumont has done a remix for the album: a funky, retro take on “The Man.” Playing up the single’s grungy guitar riffs and Brandon Flowers’ recognizable vocals, Dumont molds his rework into a vintage, disco-influenced masterpiece. With a hollowed-out dance beat, Dumont flips “The Man” into a remix that’s both innovative and nostalgia-inducing.
It’s been five years since The Killers released an album, but with Duke Dumont on the lead-out, it’s a surefire hit.
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.