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Pat Lok

As good as his artists

The future of electronic music seems to be over exposed synth (for now), but good producers pull it off. Pat Lok goes with a disco-house/pop approach and brings in some beautiful vocal collaborations for his latest album, Hold On Let Go. Realistically though, how many of his songs am I gonna be listening to in five years? One. Well, probably two or three, but one has a more dramatic effect.

I recently finished Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine’s documentary, The Defiant Ones. In it, Dre says a perfect line to sum up why one of Lok’s songs stood above the others. “Every producer knows that you’re only as good as the artist you’re working with.” And how Claire Mortifee’s lines are laid on top of ‘My Own Throne’ gets me giddy every time I listen. Her lyrics are an instrument played well.

Can’t wait to hear what’s next from Pat Lok. And who’s next.

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Gavin Turek

Lovely throwback brought forward

Some progress the old sound forward, but Gavin Turek brings it back to the 70’s in her latest EP Good Look for You. But she’s also teamed up with other notable producers, which gives her classic voice new flavor.

Gavin has been working with TOKiMONSTA and their juxed position in genre make for a beautiful collaboration. And even better, there are a number of my favorite young producers giving her a remix, especially Bishiclet & starRo. You know when some of the most talented music makers right now support her sound, including Mayor Hawthorne on his last tour, you know that it’s not just you.

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House + Heartbreak

· · · · Dance it off · · · ·

This is our third year celebrating anti-Valentine’s day 2015 | 2016. We didn’t plan on doing one this year, but the house we have is always soulful, which at least half the time is about heartbreak. There were so many classics stored up we had to throw this together.

We also got another house head to whip up her own. Lauren helped me with the first heartbreak playlist about hip hop and has created her own list for house, a few of which I so badly wanted to steal for myself.

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BURN DISCO

The Day That Disco Died

Hottest Nu-Disco in the Funkin World, our first disco list from back in 2012, had Disco Stu as its mascot. I remember someone complained about how Stu was a shining example of our culture’s lack of respect for disco. As subtle and culturally ingrained as it may be.

Back in 1979, a protest dubbed Disco Demolition Night went on at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Most of us see it on the surface level as people disliking disco and its overt sexual acceptance. But a less apparent hate against homosexual and interracial relationships had stained its legacy even further.

Today is a point in time that’s going to stir up a lot more shit against minorities and the LGBT community, and destroy a lot of good things. But when disco died back in the early 80’s, something greater rose up. I wonder what will come after house music.

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Rihanna Goes 80’s Retro

Vaporwave remix of Calvin Harris's This Is What You Came For

I like remixes. Usually if they’re pop songs turned into dance tunes – that’s what they were originally made for. Most pop music to dance to nowadays is EDM meant for a rave rather than a night out. And while their production is usually done by the best, their creativity is stale. Which is usually the exact opposite for remixes.

Saint-Laurent’s remix of This Is What You Came For might not have the highest production value, kinda what they’re going for, but their creativity is refreshing. There’s a lot of 80’s throwback remixes popping up, but not many can compete with Rihanna backing.

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Frisco Disco

Disco in the House

We haven’t had a proper disco list on here for years, but our groovewit & tits held us over last year. For our first list this year, we bring the best disco for dancing.

Frisco Disco came from a producer’s name I misread at first, Frico Disco, but I’m sure I’ve heard it somewhere else before. I gotta give it to 95 Royale for introducing us to this style of disco house – disco pop vocals with a heavy house kick – and after more than three years we finally got all the best of it together.

Disco is having another revival. Here’s out toast to it.

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Phenom · Together Forever

I've danced to this tune too much

About a week back I was reintroduced to Phenom’s Together Forever. And within 24 hours after that I had danced to it at least over 20 times, no bs. In fact, I had listened to it so much for the remaining part of the day that the chorus was burned into my brain, it got real tiresome.

Day after I was back on the bandwagon and I’ve got more obsessed since. I’ll probably get burned out a few more times before my obsession subsides.

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Yves Klein · Look (Nam’pa Remix)

I ain't thinkin bout love, I just wanna get it

Yves Klein’s Look has a catchy little chorus. Something worth repeating at a club. Even the Lauren agrees. But it took Nam’pa to wrap it up nicely in a lazer y style of house. +The glistening electro bits is a nice sprinkle on top.

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Tropicali

Summertime songs

This is mostly tropical house music, but since the term has gone to shit since we put out our first trop house list, we simplified it with a little shout out to Cali.

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James Curd · Jack Be Nimble

"Get on me dic... he doesn't even say the K."

Shit this is a fun one! I don’t know where James Curd got these vocals from, he won’t return my voicemails, but they make me smile every time.

I love what jacking is and the music it’s created. I’ll make a playlist sometime. Check out the documentary, Pump Up the Volume, if you don’t know what jacking is. It’s a very informative, long documentary about the origins of house music.

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