Dance music legend Larry Levan is interwoven into the history of DJing in the 20th century. Via his influential DJ sets at the Paradise Garage in New York from 1977 to 1987 which lead to the formation of the garage house sound (Essential reading: Bill Brewster’s Last Night A DJ Save My Life ), the… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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Hubie Davison’s previous output tended to fall in the spheres of ambient laid back electronica or tougher dance music but his new track ‘Sanctified’ is something else altogether. A fervent disco groove is at the heart of this house music celebration: strings coalesce, bass thumps and the title track is sung with exaltation. Hubie beefs… Read more »

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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!!! (the world’s only Google-proof band name actually pronounced as Chk Chk Chk) are real outliers of American independent music. They never really fit into any real scene, they were associated with the rise of New York music at the peak of DFA and LCD Soundsystem but they’re from California and their members live all over… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Kisses have been knocking around on the periphery of the music blogosphere for a number of years now. I featured a song of the same name as the band from them back in 2010, a tropical indie pop number. Last week, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, who are a musical married couple with… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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JD Sampson has form in riot grrrl band Le Tigre and the active electro band MEN while Nick van Hofwegen has been known for his soulful R&B jams as Young & Sick and his illustration work. All that experience has been brought to bear on the pair’s new project Sharer. They met when they were… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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Following on from the Record Store Day release of the opening track ‘All U Writers’, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) have announced their sixth album due on Warp in October 16th As If. ‘Freedom ’15’ is my favourite side of the band – an incendiary disco-twisted dance punk live recording that sounds like The Juan Maclean,… Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2015

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In 2012 and 2013, Psychemagik the duo who are known for supreme disco DJ edits of tunes from Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads as well as their originals, released two compilations, Magik Cyrkles and Magik Sunrise featuring rare 70s and 80s soul, funk, disco and beyond. Now the pair have Magik Sunset Part Two, a followup… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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The new Disclosure tune ‘Holding On’ is grand in the way that it’s nothing new or exciting but does the job. Now, here’s something exciting though. A disco remix by Gus Pirelli that’s going to get a 7″ vinyl release (come to me) too. https://soundcloud.com/gus-pirelli/disclosure-holding-on-ft-gregory-porter-gus-pirelli-vip-7-disco-mix

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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Shamir Bailey opens his debut album with a song about his hometown in North Las Vegas (his debut EP was called Northtown) The song is worth highlighting because in an age where geographical nuance has given way to universal lyrics, it’s nice to hear a singer write a song about what they know and Vegas… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2015

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