L’atelier – Helene Francoise
The Dutch duo L’atelier have produced a serious hip shaking groover on The Shag Edits Vol.8 series that gets any floor moving. It’s the newest release from my favourite record label, Roots for Bloom and is by far my favourite track of the year that always puts a smile on my face and a pep in my step. If you haven’t heard of this series of releases be sure to get digging asap!
Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk
This track is what I will remember when I look back and think of summer 2017. It brings back happy fun summer feels and reminds me how much I live for the Irish festival season every year. Body Funk is a stellar combination of Sylvester’s ‘Do You Wanna Funk’ and Hot Streak’s ‘Body Work’ and is described online as “joined together like bacon and eggs in a perfect Purple Disco Machine orchestrated interpolation”.
Black bones – Malukacid
Malukacid is a weirdly wonderful & delightful track full of surprises released by the Belfast based edits label “Black Bones”. Malukacid is a complementary combination of afro, disco, house and acid found on the A side of this record. Each track on the release is equally enthralling to the ears and quite unique but come together to make a savage and extremely memorable record. These releases are like hot cakes and have limited press so make sure to pre-order if you want a piece of it.
Folamour – The Power and The Blessing of Unity
Probably one of the only tracks this year that I put on repeat for about a half an hour when I heard it first! It has quite a hypnotic timeless disco quality feel to it despite echoes of modern brass melodies, catchy lyrics and tightly designed rhythm patterns throughout. Undoubtedly another reliable and classic release from Glitterbox Records.
Snowboy & the Latin Section – Oya Ye Ye (LPMs Funky Lounge How Are You Mix)
When I stumbled across this gem of a track a while back I couldn’t believe to hear that LPM was an Irish producer let alone a fellow Toast DJ. It is the ideal track to inject a burst of energy into a dancefloor and give that uplifting sunny carefree summer vibe. LPM is a serious talent and is one to keep an eye on. This track was shared by the hottest new Irish collective & label “Doubleu” and are currently churning out quality music by some of Ireland’s very talented producers that truly deserve international recognition.
Bellaire – Paris City Jazz
Bellaire has been by far my most intriguing discovery of 2017. The young French producer encompasses everything that I love about music, he seamlessly combines funky groovy brass riffs with sick jazzy piano melodies and throws them in the mix with old school hip hop lyrics. This producer is insanely talented and I’m so excited for his first release in early 2018 with AOC records. It was so difficult to pick my favourite track of his as they’re all class.
Bas Roos – Take Life Easy
Take Life Easy is the B1 track on the album Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 18 released by the Exploited label back in May. The Dutch producer is extremely trustworthy for producing fresh, interesting and unique modern disco tracks and really brings a feel-good groove into this release. This track was a solid favourite of mine for most festival gigs this summer as the bass sounds insanely good on a large festival sound system
Orange Tree Edits – Litmus Groove (Jimmy Rouge Edit)
Coming from the third release by the Dublin based label this year, Litmus Groove was one of the most intelligently produced tracks that left a lasting and memorable impression on me after hearing it. It unpredictably bends genres and rules by including an acidy bassline with enticing brass sections that carry you through the journey of the track. The musicality of this tightly produced track resonates with me from beginning to end and is just a flavor of exciting and promising things to come from this significant new label on the scene today.
Adamant – Make You Mine
Make You Mine is one of those songs that serenades you to the dancefloor and wave your arms around with happiness like one of those wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men! A stellar production by yet another member of the Doubleu collective & label. Adamant is one of the many scarily talented Irish producers fast making tracks through the music scene with flawless disco and house bangers.
Denis Sulta – DKY (But I Do)
The Scottish music wizard himself, Denis Sulta played out this absolute banger during his Bolier Room set up at AVA festival this year and the whole place nearly took off. To my knowledge, it is unfortunately still unreleased but hopefully will be available on a future Sulta Selects release. Fingers crossed!