The bad news: the weekend’s gone, and it’s time to anchor back to reality. The good news: even though the party’s over, the feel-good tunes must go on. Disco Diaries has arrived to alleviate your Monday blues with a special playlist of nu disco, soul, funk, indie dance, and electro pop gems. Cheers!
FKJ – Waiting feat. Madelyn Grant [Roche]
French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) is the perfect phrase to describe the music that FKJ creates: sweet, smooth, and with that distinctive French flare. Waiting is the first single from his upcoming EP, Take Off, to be released via Roche Music on July 21. If this track is any indication as to how the rest of the EP will sound, then the countdown to July 21 has officially commenced.
Disciples – Mercy
If you decide to remix Marvin Gaye, you absolutely have to do it right. I must say, the London-based DJ/production trio Disciples have done it more than right. They’ve retained every ounce of soul from the 1971 slow jam, but with a slightly more uptempo, very contagious beat. If you’re digging this style, I highly recommend browsing the rest of Disciples’ catalog.
Nora En Pure feat. Penny Foster – Higher In The Sun [Enormous Tunes]
As of late, Nore en Pure has been gaining exponential heat in the realm of deep house and indie dance fusion, and her recent release with Penny Foster is a true testament to that. With its uplifting lyrics, catchy flute melody, and emotional piano accompaniment, Higher In The Sun is just another notch on Nore En Pure’s belt of quality original productions. This track will be available for iTunes purchase on July 14.
Montmartre — Inside Of Me (Skogsrå Remix) [Universal France]
Skogsrå is the latest signing of Perfect Havoc, the label and management group boasting disco favorites Oliver Nelson and Tobtok, and let’s just say he fits right in with the talented bunch. With a fascinating, mysterious Facebook bio describing the Swedish origins of his name and several tunes at the quality level of this remix, Skogsrå is definitely one artist with whom you should get familiar.
Bag Raiders – Savannah [Modular]
After the release of the extremely tribal-esque Nairobi, Bag Raiders have taken it one step further with a similar style–simple, organic beats coming together to form a fun, bouncy house track. This number will be on the Nairobi/Savannah EP to be released via Modular Recordings on July 8 in the US.
MIX OF THE WEEK: L C A W – Dreaming (Summer Mix Vol.VI)
Following the release of his euphoric remix of London Grammar’s Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me, it became clear that 19-year-old L C A W is a force to be reckoned with. After listening to his Dreaming mix, it all made sense: as illustrated by his track choices, his influences and style must come from only the best in the melodic deep house genre. I hate to admit that I typically do not listen to mixtapes in full, but this one is a major exception–every track is a favorite and made me excited for the next. Be sure to turn it on next time you aim to enter full relaxation mode.