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Bit Funk · Soul Satisfaction

This soul satisfaction sounds like a hit from the 40′s, albeit grossly updated. I could see kids now doin the spongebob dance to Bit Funk’s jitterbug beat. I actually just found out about this ‘new’ style of dance, but I know it’s a play off something from the 40′s. Forget the name though, anyone in the know let me know.

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Lxury · J.A.W.S

Co-produced with Disclosure

Starting to think Method Records may be my new favorite label. With their most notable release of the year, ‘Together‘ sports some notable names including Nile Rodgers, Disclosure & Sam Smith. But before all that, they gave us Lxury’s ‘J.A.W.S.’, which I’m now coming to find was co-produced with Disclosure.

Disclosure is all over the place and that’s a key to creativity. They know the art of collaborate as their past pairings like Lxury can corroborate.

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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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Joel Compass · Run (Armeria Remix)

This is what electro does for me.

I just caught Rolling Stones ‘Rocker vs DJ’ short (seen below) and as true as mainstream EDM may be “shooting shit into our eardrums,” there’s no doubt electronic is the future. Electro music is as much a genre as it is an expansion of what constitutes music, for better or worse. But like I’ve said before, anything emerging is gonna have its over flow of shit. It’s up to music influencers to set the tide straight.

Joel Compass’ ‘Run’ is a thing of the past, it sounds right from the 90′s. But Joel has a way with the chorus and Armeria mixes it into a groove pop beat that many would call house or whatever subgenre. Labels are a tainted bitch, but serve their purpose.

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Bluford Duck · Shoulder to Cry On

Another Brandy remix with vocals pitched to the low end

Loving these house producers like Bluford Duck doin something deep on 90′s pop sensations like Brandy. So far we’ve had Whitney, Janet and now our second Brandy (first), plus I’m sure there are a few others lying around.

Same old song & dance on this ‘I Wanna Be Down’ remix, vocals pitched to unrecognizable levels with deep house sounds on the back end. Wonder how much longer I’ll be on this pitched vocals fad, love what direction it’s turning.

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Ben Pearce · What I Might Do

Another of Pete Tong's essentials

I’m not usually one to put out tracks with anything other than the music on it, but a Pete Tong essential is always a special case. For the last few years quite a few of my favorite musicians have been featured on Tong’s show. And never have I ever seen such a prominent music influence like him promote such acts so far away from the mainstream scene. Tong is just as relevant as he was back in the late 80′s at the crack of dawn in house music. I actually just caught him on the Pump Up the Volume documentary // Educate yourself!

In this not so recent Pete Tong essential, Ben Pearce is introduced with his ‘What I Might Do’ track just over a year ago. It may be dated when it comes to houses’ rapid growth, but it is just as relevant as any house on the market today. Still lovin’ those deep chords in house right now.

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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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Bodhi · Imperfection

Someone dissected the meaning of evolution

This one’s even got a pretty sly message under it, but that’s not why Bodhi’s Imperfection has been keeping my attraction. Bodhi cuts up ‘Imperfection’ with finesse, giving a clean midtempo breakbeat performance. My favorite part comes 50 seconds in and lasts a good 15. A spine-tingling buildup.

One flaw I found in ‘Imperfection’ was at 2:47 and a few bars after, but after listening to it a couple more times through I realized that was all apart of the fun in ‘Imperfection.’

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Starfucker · While I’m Alive (Wet Paint Remix)

Of course a remix gets me back into STRFKR

Starfucker (STRFKR) was one of my first obsessions on the blog just four years back (happy birthday to us!), but of course it took a fairly experimental remix to wet our appetite again. We actually fell off this Wet Paint remix for a while, it was posted 3 months back, but Starfucker’s video for ‘While I’m Alive’ creeped into our life and got us obsessed it once again.

This ‘While I’m Alive’ remix may take its sorry ass time to kick in the vocals, but once the whole thing gets going it reminds me of why I was obsessed with Starfucker in the first place. Such distinct and memorable vocals.

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