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95 Royale · Bend The Rules

Cut up better than the original

Like Jessie Andrew’s Drake remix or Solidisco’s Kanye remix, 95 Royale chose to ditch the main vocals from ‘Salsoul Nugget‘ for a pure chorus mix. ‘Bend the Rules’ may not show any signs of a remix or edit in its title, even though it clearly is, but when ya cut something up better than the original I can’t blame ya too much for your lack of association.

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Moon Boots · C.Y.S.

Remixing B.I.G.! Or a song he was in and not him at all.

I can’t figure why Moon Boots would put this subconsciously disturbing ‘I hear voices’ sound bite in at :39 but for a little fun. Apart from that it’s all smooth disco from there. ‘C.Y.S.’ samples the three Total girls from the 90’s hit with B.I.G., ‘Can’t You See.’ And instead of calling this a remix of the original, Moon Boots has gone for the slightly polished look, removing any sense of sampling in the title.

I don’t always agree with removing any clue of where the samples come from, but as long as it’s easy to find it some other way I can understand why producers are straying away from the title of remix artist. People don’t respect the remixing community in music for reasons I doubt they can even articulate.

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Karma Kid · In My Arms

People remember the chorus above all else

I just caught a documentary about the good & bad of being a backup vocalist, called ’20 Feet from Stardom,’ and it made a point about what makes a song so memorable. The chorus is what people usually take home at night, bouncing around their subconscious, popping up at the most random times.

I would have mistaken Karma Kid’s ‘In My Arms’ for a pop hit because of its chorus, but the odd electro bits and trip hop samples make it more of a hit for later. I do wish I had an edit that would cut this down to the juicy parts, namely the chorus, but I’m always too impatient for the best of it. Internet generation.

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2013’s Best Electronic Dance Music

EDM, it's not as fucked as you'd think.

Try not to think of EDM or electronic dance music as purely just the dubstep, deadbeat music that the mass majority like to think of it as. Dance music has been filled with electronic sounds for decades and its reach is almost all encompassing. From disco to house this music has come a long way and we’re just at the tipping point of things to come (aren’t we always).

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Zimmer · Galapagos

These are some inspirational steel drums.

Zimmer’s ‘Galapagos’ is a steady inspirational build built for the Caribbean. Wasn’t a fan of the whip sounds I heard near the start, but it’s a small price to pay for the rest of this tropical dance. Best part is when the vocals kick out towards the end and it’s nothing but in your head.

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Panda · Eighty Nine

Didn't see that change up coming. And neither will you.

When the beat drops off just under a minute in, it feels like Panda and their ‘Eighty Nine’ goes for a whole change of pace. Rarely do I see a song successfully pull off a complete change up and although this isn’t quit that it’s a beautiful balance between disco highs and deep soul lows.

Still can’t believe that switch up. Keep rewinding back with me.

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Jonas Rathsman · Feel What I Feel

A soulful Swede joins my favorite disco label

I get the pleasure of seeing Mr. Rathsman tonight at Mighty in San Francisco along with the rest of the French Express label. The label houses some of my favorite funk & disco acts, including my very favorite, the headliner Moon Boots. I’ve been all over Moon Boots for a few years now, but this is my first taste of Rathsman with his ‘Feel What I Feel’ track. I’m sure I’ll be feeling whatever they put on tonight.

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Never Say Never Mixtape Series · 001 ·

featuring Lee Everall & Luminaire's very own favorite of mine, 'The Half'

Lee Everall helps push out some of the best deep house, disco shit with his label Never Say Never. And now he treats us to the first of a mixtape series that sports some of its finest and so much more.

Before Luminaire was Luminaire, he teamed up with Everall as Never Say Never. And the duo start this mix off right with their very own, ‘The Half.’ It’s been on repeat for days at this home.

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ColeCo · You’re So Fine

Bomb remix of Brandy

Jesus, I did not realize Brandy’s “Baby” was so hot! Thank ColeCo for the refresh with an all too funky bass. Makes me realize Brandy wasn’t just some 90’s teen tv actress. God, that voice with that bass!

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Quinten 909 · Get To This

Disco vocals with a fresh update, but they still need their paid dues

Someone needs to create a standardized database where samples are credited. Or maybe something like Shazam that can automatically figure out where the samples come from. Because so far on too many tracks today, noone credits nothin’ (you get what I mean).

The key to these disco-house beats are their vocals. Update vocals to something fresh like on ‘Get To This’ and trust me you’ve got me suckered in good. Solid bass line, Quinten 909.

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