New Hawaiian festival E Komo Mai releases full lineup packed with house and disco talent

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New Hawaiian festival E Komo Mai releases full lineup packed with house and disco talentEkomomai2020

Funky beats meet island paradise in the debut of Hawaii’s newest dedicated electronic music festival, E Komo Mai. Taking place February 14 – 17, the lineup boasts local and international talent such as Anabel Englund, Mark Farina, DJ Dan, and Hawaii’s own DJ Keoki. Festival goers looking for a premium event experience should reach for the luxurious getaway this emerging Hawaiian festival brand is offering.

Taking place on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu between the world class Alohilani Resort, The Queen Kapi’olani Hotel, and other local beachside venues, E Komo Mai offers a host of cushy amenities and programming. The festival is also emphasizing sustainability. Partnerships with local charities provide eco-friendly and reusable materials, promote environmentally responsible travel, an official festival-sponsored beach clean-up, tree planting campaign and more. See the full lineup below.

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A-Trak offers tasty twofer with Loods and Friend Within on ‘Blaze,’ and ‘What Can I Do’ [Stream]

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A-Trak offers tasty twofer with Loods and Friend Within on ‘Blaze,’ and ‘What Can I Do’ [Stream]A Trak DJs Gotta Dance More Music Video

As the decade draws to a close and we flock to dance floors to celebrate a momentous ten-year span for dance music, A-Trak has dropped off two easy-going setlist enhancers to ring in the party with. First, grabbing Friend Within for “Blaze,” followed by a Loods-assisted “What Can I Do,” the Fools Gold figurehead delivers a double sided disco-inspired listen that brings all the feels just ahead of the ball drop.

The release’s first offering, “Blaze” does just that, as a solid five-minute dance floor burner. The track is a funky, howling house piece that invokes a distinct Duck Sauce recall, while the second cut, “What Can I Do,” slows things down considerably, while keeping things firmly in the same lane set by “Blaze.” A more vocal-driven take that derives from a much heavier disco influence, “What Can I Do,” weaves bellowing piano strokes into a tasty dance groove. Both tracks share an unmistakable A-Trak quality, laying a nice ribbon and bow over Fool’s Gold’s catalog for the year.

A-Trak offers tasty track with Friend Within on ‘Blaze’ [Stream]

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A-Trak offers tasty track with Friend Within on ‘Blaze’ [Stream]A Trak DJs Gotta Dance More Music Video

As the decade draws to a close and we flock to dance floors to celebrate a momentous ten-year span for dance music, A-Trak has dropped off an easy-going setlist enhancer to ring in the party with. Grabbing Friend Within for “Blaze,” following Loods-assisted “What Can I Do,” the Fools Gold figurehead delivers a double sided disco-inspired listen that brings all the feels just ahead of the ball drop.

The release’s first offering, “Blaze” does just that, as a solid five-minute dance floor burner. The track is a funky, howling house piece that invokes a distinct Duck Sauce recall, while the second cut, “What Can I Do,” slows things down considerably, while keeping things firmly in the same lane set by “Blaze.” A more vocal-driven take that derives from a much heavier disco influence, “What Can I Do,” weaves bellowing piano strokes into a tasty dance groove. Both tracks share an unmistakable A-Trak quality, laying a nice ribbon and bow over Fool’s Gold’s catalog for the year.

Boys Noize recruits Francis and the Lights for stylistic departure on ‘Why Not?’

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Boys Noize recruits Francis and the Lights for stylistic departure on ‘Why Not?’Boys Noize Mayday Lil Internet

Boys Noize may be a certified warehouse don, but his catalog of work, especially his 2019 output, undoubtedly proves Alex Ridha is much more than just a one-trick-pony. In fact, with recent work alongside Skrillex, Lady Gaga, A$AP Rocky, and Virgil Abloh to name a few, the gritty tech and electro fare has taken somewhat of a backseat to other creative endeavors this year. Now, the latest to join Boys Noize’s collaborative ranks is alt-pop crooner Francis Starlite, of Francis and the Lights on “Why Not?”

The track is a uniquely addicting departure in style for Boys Noize, which finds him wrapping his deep production acumen around Starlite’s unmistakable vocals for a dreamy, subtle disco-inspired dance cut. “Why Not?” started as an impromptu recording session between the two artists at Brooklyn’s PEOPLE Festival in 2018. Infectiously uplifting, “Why Not?” is out now via Boys Noize Records.

Mark Ronson dabbles in melancholy disco on new single, ‘Late Night Feelings’

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Mark Ronson dabbles in melancholy disco on new single, ‘Late Night Feelings’IM

Temporalities fold in Mark Ronson‘s latest release, “Late Night Feelings,” a production that wields the novelty of a new single, while simultaneously effecting an old-school feel. The second song off of Ronson’s next long-form project, Ronson’s self-professed collection of “sad bangers,” Late Night Feelings, the eponymous offering enlists Lykke Li. Tonally, “Late Night Feelings” is an undeniably groovy number that harnesses vintage, ’70s disco funk. Lyrically, the single tells a different story. The tune’s vocal raconteur, Li pines for a love lost as she laments her smoldering desire to pick up the phone to dial the digits of her former flame.

It’s easy to forget that “Late Night Feelings” is a melancholy track at heart: the retro flair creates a spirited sort of wistfulness that, paradoxically, feels good. The old school spunk, however, is a momentary distraction. Ronson puts the “sad” in “sad banger” at song’s end, when he foregrounds Li’s mellifluous vocal, to spotlight the inescapable blue nature of the track’s lyrics.

Ronson’s first solo album since 2015’s Uptown Special, Late Night Feelings is slated to arrive in full on June 21.

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Stisema – One In A Million (ft. Sander Nijbroek)

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Norwegian budding EDM superstar Stisema is here with his 2nd release on Strange Fruits in 2019, “One In A Million” an absolute GROOVER of a funky pop track. “One In A Million” is a funky disco tune featuring the superb Dutch vocalist Sander Nijbroek. With heavyweight DJ support from the likes of Don Diablo, Tiesto, W&W, Mike Williams,

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Mercer nods at old school dancehall in retro chic ‘Studio 54’

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Mercer nods at old school dancehall in retro chic ‘Studio 54’Mercer 1

French house mastermind, Mercer, has crafted his latest dance-centric concoction in efforts to pay homage to the iconic New York nightclub-turned-Broadway-theater, Studio 54. The club, located in Midtown Manhattan, stood in its heyday as a beacon of the lush ’70s disco epoch that revolutionized the dance music scene at large forever.

“Studio 54” encapsulates this highly hedonistic time period with its sensational, violin-heavy instrumentation and plucky bass loops, accompanied, of course, with the four on the floor time signature which house music and disco notoriously reciprocate. Mercer is known for combining the “old school” with the “new school,” in other words, bringing his knowledge of the French Touch era (the Euro equivalent of disco) in forging his modernized, feel-good “neo-disco” club hits.

Mercer molded an advantageous place for himself in dance music with his decadently dancey sound and auspicious, longtime affiliates, such as Tchami, Malaa, and DJ Snake, with whom he formed the legendary Pardon My French collective in 2015 in the name of advancing the French house emblem.

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First Listen: Eric Sharp remixes his collaboration with French Horn Rebellion, ‘Too Much’ [Stream]

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First Listen: Eric Sharp remixes his collaboration with French Horn Rebellion, ‘Too Much’ [Stream]Eric Sharp Too Mcih Remi Artwork

Eric Sharp has dropped off a certified smooth progressive house cut, though, its a track fans might already be somewhat familiar with. Stepping up to his own previously released “Too Much,” originally recorded alongside Brooklyn-based electronic duo French Horn Rebellion, Sharp remixes his own track into a certified smooth disco-inspired house cut, driven by infectious floor-ready piano chords. Sharp remarks on his new remix,

“In remixing ‘Too Much’ for the dance floor I went with a more minimal approach than the original, stripping it back into the most essential and driving elements. This opened up space for the basslines to shine for maximum impact in a club environment. I wrote new percussion to make it hit harder and restructured the track with DJing in mind, placing the vocals in the breaks. The piano drop was something I was hearing in my head so that was just about finding the right chords to compliment the bassline.”

Sharp’s revisiting of his joint effort with French Horn Rebellion comes as part of a new remix EP, with incoming new takes on last year’s Eric Sharp and Friends EP. The new, solo rendition of “Too Much” blends funky disco and house tropes into a repeat-worthy second take, extending the track’s shelf life with an aced remix.

Get swept away in Breakbot’s infectiously funky new EP, ‘Another You’

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Get swept away in Breakbot’s infectiously funky new EP, ‘Another You’Breakbot Press Photo

Ed Banger mainstay Thibaut Berland, better known as Breakbot, is back again with new music, delivering a short and sweet five-track EP, roping together three new original works and and two accompanying remixes, including one from fellow French veteran YuksekAnother You brings the return of Breakbot’s frequent collaborators Ruckazoid and Irfane on the project’s title track and “Devotion” respectively.

Another You is a quick listen, coming through as a lean collection of infectious new disco bops, riding plucky bass lines, sexy vocals, and fleeting, dreamy percussion accents across five new tracks. The EP is a fun exercise in collaboration, including a feature by Berland’s girlfriend on “Don’t Stop The Dance.” Lace up your dancing shoes — Breakbot’s latest is bound to get you moving.

Goshfather remixes Kanye West and Lil Pump’s ‘I Love It’ into raunchy disco

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Goshfather remixes Kanye West and Lil Pump’s ‘I Love It’ into raunchy discoGoshfather Kanye Lil Pump I Love It Remi

No song is safe these days from a Goshfather flip. The producer’s infectious retro disco stylings have spiced up tracks from artists ranging from JAUZ to Skrillex. The remixes follow the same cheeky dance-first ethos as his originals on labels like Spinnin’ and Hysteria. Now, Goshfather is follows his “Nice For What” remix up with another full makeover, this time taking on Kanye West and Lil Pump‘s internet-burning track “I Love It.”

The original track’s highly NSFW verses were built around the instrumental’s undeniably groovy bassline, and Goshfather’s take most definitely follows suit — but that’s about the similarities end. The remix is a sped-up disco romp that drops the track’s slow and slinky feel into a ’70s bowling alley. Slap bass is joined by wailing saxophone and an uptempo four-to-the-floor beat, and the effect is almost enough to distract from the rappers’ raunchy lyrics still tucked into the rework. Goshfather’s take proves any track can go disco if he puts his mind to it.