Today we’d like to give LA based JEĀN CLĀUDE a warm welcome to the International House of Sound family. With him he brings with his debut single, “God of Grace” – an anthem about unity, healing and strength- during a time when music like this is needed the most. The track is grand- majestic and emotively driven- melancholic, yet hopeful and was completed under the creative direction of the legendary Interpol front man Paul Banks.
To give back to the creative music community, we’ve decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from the track to support The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID Relief Fund. Be sure to share this track with your friends, so that together, we can raise as much money as possible. A special thanks to Billboard and Flaunt Magazine for premiering the track.
The Shall Not Fade crew welcomes a slinky, high-energy release with bits of disco, garage, deep and tech house from Cologne’s very own DJOKO. The feel-good 5 track release is exactly the kind of music we need to get our blood pumping as the warmer months start to creep in. You can pick pre-order the vinyl, complete with the sort of 90s minimal flair you’ve been missing, here and expect to have it in hand May 29th. In the meantime, bask in snippets of its greatness below.
Either the disco Gods have answered our prayers or it’s 2010 all over again. We don’t remember the last time we had a Jupiter post followed by one from Anoraak on the blog but I guess old habits die hard. Anoraak dropped a sexy 70s inspired disco cut in the vain of Midnight Magic on Yuksek‘s Partyfine last week. The track is a collaboration with vocalist Sarah Maison and it’s the first we’ve heard from the French producer in almost two years. Whatever took so long it was clearly worth the wait c(we’re drying to try it out on the dance floor). See for yourself below.
There’s nothing like good old sweet nostalgia – except maybe when it’s remastered and re-released nostalgia. That’s exactly what we got from Jupiter‘s latest release last week. The French duo re-released a remastered version of the second track they ever wrote – their 2008 track “Chip”, which had only ever been heard previously in mixes and on MySpace (if you were connected with them back then). The effort is part of a larger release – ‘Hey There’ – which is set for an April 30th release date, described as “a future compilation of unreleased/rarities.” We really hope this isn’t just a trip back where the band had left off, and that perhaps it’ll inspire new music and return to that retro electro inspired disco sound we all know in love. In the mean time, we’ll be hitting the replay button and living in the present moment.
It’s no secret Australia is home to some of our favorite acts in the world so it came as no surprise that we became instantly enamored by this EP as soon as it hit our inbox. Last week Sydney based Harry Nathan dropped a glimmering 4 track EP titled, ‘Sweet Release’ with exactly the kind of vibe we want at home as we wait for the pandemic to pass. The groovy EP has the sort of soulful, lounge-ridden flavor we just can’t get enough of. It’s relaxed and swanky… comfortable – like a pair of luxurious pijamas we don’t want to get out of.
“The Sweet Release EP is a loungey deep/disco house project. I always loved house music growing up, and was a big fan of labels like Defected, Nervous and Ed Banger. I would record live DJ mixes of fresh house cuts I’d discovered and give the cd’s to my mates. These days most house music is produced and mixed for functionality; to work on a dance floor. I wanted to create an EP that was a more lo-fi, laid back lounge version of deep and disco house...Making music that is ‘listenable’ as opposed to a ‘banger’ is very important to me. People used to ask me if my music was purposely lo-fi and I never understood what that meant. I eventually realized that my taste naturally gravitates toward a nostalgic, lo-fidelity sound. Most dance music these days is so bright and loud, mixed to slam. This doesn’t interest me. I just want to make music that I like and feels good.” – Harry Nathan
Last Friday, London by way of Edinburgh producer, Barry Can’t Swim blessed the world with a stunning two-part gift in the form of two stellar electronic tracks. The lead track, “What You Mean To Me” is an instant house treasure, led by palpitating synths and an irresistible urge to dance your through emotions. The second, “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” is a jazzy delight, that just oozes class – in the dreamiest of ways- out of every direction. Although both tracks are different, they couldn’t be any more perfect together – after all, they do say opposites attract. Stream the tracks below or head on over to your favorite platform.
DJ Mag is launching a new web based series called ‘Crate Diggin” and first up is the French disco connoisseur of good vibes, Folamour. For this first episode, Folamour visits Chez Emile Records in Lyon and spends 30 minutes digging through some of his favorites. For those of you unfamiliar with Folamour, his February 2019 ‘Ordinary Drugs’ is a huge favorite of ours, so it’s no surprise that some of his choices are delightful. Shout out to DJ mag for allowing us to escape for moment.
The LA based duo Classixx dropped a track in collaboration with none other than German musician and producer Roosevelt on vocals. “Hoping it provides a brief moment of levity today, ” Classixx announced and it’s clear that for us, it did more than just that. This is the kind of track that paints a picture of the sort of sunny southern California carefree lifestyle people around the world dream of, and for the moment, even we Californians are dreaming of too. With summer right around the corner, we hope this track and it’s bassline, provide the soundtrack the the kind of normalcy we’re all aching to get back to. In the meantime, this Spring vibes for us.
It’s a new year, a new decade and Parisian Fashion house Kitsuné Maison‘s music division, Kitsuné Musique, dropped a delightfully colorful 15 track compilation today to lighten up the mood. It’s filled to the brim with some of the best recent music to come out of France through the eyes of the iconic label. Some of the stand out tracks for us include, “Mangrove” by Toukan Toukan, “Kawabunga!” by SuperParka, “Impermeable” by Violette Fleur Bleue, and “Sur ma bossa” by Courrier Sud. The release also features tracks from Ehla, Matveï, Pas Sages, BRÖ, Fang The Great, Joanna, Fils Cara, Violette Fleur Bleue, CMOU, Première Fois, HATT and Degree. This is “French Touch” in 2020.
The New Zealand-born, South London, Peckham-based brothers known as Chaos in the CBD unleashed an exquisitely crafted mix for BBC Raadio 1 yesterday that, with a lot of the free time that has opened up for a lot of us, absolutely could not have dropped at a better time. What we love about mixes is you can throw them on in the background of whatever you’re doing and let the tracks that will pop out at you, do so and grab your attention naturally. They’re also the perfect way to set a mood that flows without any interruptions and this is one you won’t want to miss. If you didn’t get a chance to catch them here in LA, or anywhere else the world recently, now’s your chance to get close and personal with them for 2 hours. Your move.