Not another “Somebody I use to know” remix I hear you moan! And yes, I know this track has been remixed many many times, but this latest remix from Walter Sobcek, a French duo from Paris, has a great sunshine vibe that is perfect for a Friday afternoon.
We first came across Black Magic Disco in January of this year through Cosmonauts January Top Ten mix. And then again this month, when they featured another track, this time from Black Magic Disco’s EP, Downtown. We fell in love with the EP straight away, its range of style and influences from 80s funk to electro and new wave just grabbed us by the ears and sent us to pleasure town! ;-)
The man behind this is Justin Long, a London based producer. We caught up with him to find out more about what has gone in to creating such a solid release.
Tell us a little bit about your music background and what inspires you?
I’ve been making and playing music on and off since I was a teenager, learning the keyboards, then bass and drums and later DJing. Ive gone through lots of musical scenes but house and funky music have always been closest to my heart. A couple of years ago my friend introduced me to Nu Disco and I was instantly hooked, it fused my two favorite musical styles! I had a few months off work, so I bought some music equipment again and basically wrote Downtown there and then! (though it’s a slightly different version to the one that’s out now).
So what was the idea behind Downtown?
The idea behind Downtown was to create something that would sound like it was being played by a band like the Barkays or Princes backing band at the time: The Revolution. Like it was played by 2 keyboard players playing synth horns and bass, a guitarist and a live drummer triggering a linn drum. I wanted to bring this a little more up to date, give it some punch and add some modern twists like filter sweeps.
One EP down, what else do you have planned for the rest of the year?
I’m currently working on a new EP and some collaborations with vocalists and also a remix of Honoms Sebastian’s Birthday. So watch this space!
Check out the two originals, plus our favourite remix from CRAM below. The EP is currently climbing up the disco charts, so head on over to Juno and grab yourself a copy! :-) Hope you enjoy as much as we do.
Do I really need to say anything?! No, I didn’t think so. Mix includes tracks / remixes from Perseus, Jacques Renault, Tensnake & more. Enjoy the magic ;-)
This smooth track comes from undiscovered Swedish producer, Monitor66. The rise of this track over the last 24 hours has been pretty incredible. Monitor66 has only 123 followers on soundcloud and all of his other tracks have fewer than 500 plays. However this track was picked up by French Express and shared by a few blogs, allowing it to reach over 2,000 plays within 24 hours. Pretty impressive stuff, and well deserved – it’s a super smooth, laidback number! Our friends over at The House of Disco liked it so much, they are looking to release the track on their label. Expect to hear more on this soon! Enjoy.
Need we say much more than the name of this mixtape. Pefect way to finish off a Monday and get us through the rest of the week! Chris Jylkke, the Stockholm based Nu-Disco/House DJ & producer drops his latest mix, which is a laidback disco house affair. Nice!
I listened to this track last night and was perfect track to end the day, although I’m finding it on repeat this morning as well! Great vibes from Vancouver-based producer Pat Lok - who we have blogged about a number of times in the past. This track, named ‘Remember’, is the first taste from his upcoming EP on On The Fruit Records, and it’s now available for free download. Monday is looking good!
The ‘Gina Was A Dancer’ EP packs two originals, ‘Gina’ and ‘She Was A Dancer’ from rising disco producer, L’equipe Du Son. The EP has all the trademarks of French electro and has some delicious fat basslines and phat synth pads! Plus the artwork is pretty interesting as well! It’s been released on Silhouette Music today. Good start to a Monday. Enjoy!
The clocks have gone forward and the sun has well and truly been out in London this weekend. As such, I’ve gone for three mixtapes with a warm chilled vibe. The first is a recent Ready To Be Chilled Podcast mixed by Rayco Santos for Tunnel FM, beautiful downtempo mix going on a journey through Deep, House, Lounge & Nu Disco. Next is from Avanti, a Mexican duo with their Pleasure Sessions mix. Worth noting, they released a new EP over the weekend called Beautiful Mistake, it’s a very nice dollop of spacey disco, make sure you check it out as well. And we end the Sunday Chill with a mix from Final DJs, which really is some great summer flavoured beats! Enjoy.