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MT. OSSA · Love Jam

Can't wait to see how they play out.

Gentlemen like MT. OSSA are the musicians to wonder about it. Each month I come across an artist or two that I’m eager to see how their music career plays out.

I recently read The Weeknd’s first interview and saw his Complex cover. Abel is one of three or so artists that I’ve ever reached out to for an interview – mind you, he wasn’t so big back then and at the time was a friend on Facebook (my only claim to fame). I may not have got the interview back then, but it’s inspiring to see an artist grow from nothing to someone so influential. Hopefully, it’s just begun for Abel.

I don’t know if MT. OSSA will rise to the status The Weeknd has, but ‘Love Jam’ is my jam right now. This psychedelic indie whatever you wanna call it puts such vivid images in my mind every time I hear it. But as similar as they feel every time, they’re ultimately always changing. Wonder what it’ll look like in 10 years.

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Le Youth with Touch Sensitive at SF’s Rickshaw Stop

People just don't know what they're passing up

This is not a promotion for Le Youth & Touch Sensitive at the Rickshaw this Thursday, July 18 (well that was). But really I could care less who’s going, except for the few people I know here in the Bay Area who are somewhat into this style.

Unfortunately like most people though, including myself, they’re lazy as fuck. You tell them there’s a show this Thursday with producers who are defining the future of disco, funk & soul and all of them coincidentally are working at the butt crack of 7am the next day.

Well, I call bullshit. Not that they’re bullshitting me, but they sure as hell are bullshitting themselves. To choose a good nights rest over an experience our children would have killed to go see, like us and our envy of 60’s culture, is simply a shame and I won’t have it!

So here’s my second attempt at getting these lazy fucks off their ass for a good show in SF. For the rest of you, enjoy a mix of Le Youth & Touch Sensitive’s best. If you are going to the show in San Francisco, let me know in the comments below. First drinks on me.

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Janet Jackson remixes are the new Janet Jackson

I asked WMNSTUDIES if they had any Janet remixes on file – I’m putting together a super solid (yes, super) mix of JJ remixes – but they didn’t have anything finished quite yet. I held off on this super solid mix to see what they could come up with, but I soon started to realize I may not like it. WMNSTUDIES has been pretty consistent so far, but too many times I’ve had to let down an artist and they usually don’t take it too well.

Thankfully, WMNSTUDIES keeps with the quality and mixes one of Janet’s hits into another disco-pop sampler that I’ve been over-obsessing over lately. I don’t know if it’s got the moves to take on a few of my favorite Janet Jackson remixes I got lined up, but they’ve definitely made the cut.

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Mighty Mouse · Feel Alright

It all comes together in the end

I swear these disco producers start from the drop and work their way to the intro. It’s just the music comes together so well, like a broken vase played in reverse. Mighty Mouse’s ‘Feel Alright’ also kills it with the chorus, but once again no credit was given. Same shit, different dance.

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Figgy · Can’t Hide

"If you only knew. The way I feel about you."

This is such a tease. I hate when producers take classic songs and cut up the vocals to deprive me of the singer’s full range beauty. Yet, somehow Figgy keeps me coming back for more in his more than a remix of Ce Ce Peniston’s original, ‘Finally.’

Figgy drops her voice down low into a soul this 90’s singer wish she had back then. Reminds me of what Krono did with Aaron Smith’s Dancin, pop shit into chopped & screwed soul goodness.

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Bondax · Giving It All

More beautiful, uncredited vocals

I met Bondax through Moon Boots (love these names) and I’ve been sittin’ waitin’ to get something original of theirs out since. ‘Giving It All’ is a nice little pop tune, but really shines with that infamous chorus I speak so highly of in many of my favorites, especially in these disco-pop tunes. Once again though, the vocals go uncredited (when will we learn!).

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Imaginary Friends · Love & Groove

featuring Sedric Perry's smooth somethings

Sedric’s voice is a fresh taste of something smooth and the Imaginary Friends trio compliment his soul with a bounce. Producers Jimmy Q & Benny Reiner go with a signature pattern I can’t quite name, garage-ish, and tops it off right with Sapphire Adizes’ smooth sax. The sax always gets me (wait for it).

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FKJ · Lying Together

Could've only come from zFrench

Even when this world feels fake and contrived at least our music doesn’t. Sometimes you just need a funky-ass tune (all the time) and FKJ’s Lying Together is just one of many. And I shall put them all together for a Lying Together mix sometime soon for you.

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The Swiss · Elouisa

with a falsetto that rivals the Bee Gees

This Swiss duo, who are actually from Australia, has made one catchy little disco shit. Whoever the hell they enlisted for vocals sounds straight 70’s with a falsetto that rivals the Bee Gees. But even more impressive is that chorus – it always closes the deal (especially) in disco. And like always, I swear I’ve heard it before, probably on some Magician mix, but it may just be so good I’m remembering it from my future (I swear that’s a thing).

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Just Kiddin · Ocean Motion

Chilled, chopped & screwed for you

Skewing up the vocals on the highs & lows may sound like just a fad at first and probably will be in large part, but this style of soul wrenches my heart at every turn. And like always with this sample-based soul, I’ll probably never know who sang vocals, but I guess it makes it all the more mysterious (not really).

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