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Writer: Gaspar

Aussie heavyweights Stafford Brothers kept us waiting for this one. ‘Love Cliche’ is a catchy little crossover number of the highest caliber, but its official video brings that tongue-in-cheek attitude we’ve come to love from the duo right back home. You’ll never watch Flashdance the same way again.

R&B as a genre tends to fall into generational ‘safe spots,’ but every once in a while an exceptional act comes along and crushes the lull. For 2017, that act has very much been The trp. The self-profession ‘surreal R&B’ trio has been lacing the marketing with intricately layered jams for a good couple of years now, but hit a brand new high corutesy of ‘Eagle.’ With soul you could sink your teeth into and beautifully minimalistic instrumentation, the track sets anticipation for their forthcoming SOAK EP at an all time high, proving there are some new and exciting shades to the R&B world for 2017.

Italo disco still has a place on dancefloors – just as Dutch duo Kraver. The act has had a long and sparing run of high quality releases keeping the genre ticking, but finally break their silence this motnh with ‘Moorea.’ The track sits somewhere between a retro video game soundtrack and a melodically charged ode to the genre, marking a surprise return from Kraver and a sound that refuses to admit defeat.

Toronto’s French Braids is a melodic force to be reckoned with. He’s also gone and brought Frankmusik back into the spotlight courtesy of ‘Wildfire,’ a beautiful set-piece of docile vocal club work from this next generation dream team. This chilled little number is sure to hold its corner into 2018, setting a welcome bar for the soulful swagger of French Braids.

Another week, another top-shelf remix from The White Panda. This time the group has targeted Swedish electronic pop trio Ember Island for a firm bout of heavy footed club play. It’s a little glitchy and the beats go hard post singalong chorus moment, making this a beautiful blast of nostalgia from a very powerful force in electronic music right now.

This week we welcome Dutchman Feiertag to the Discobelle mix series. With releases scaling Sasha’s Last Night On Earth imprint and recurring label home Boogie Angst, the Utrecht based drummer/artist continues to channel percussively charged electronic music of the highest caliber. His debut mix for Discobelle oozes elegant grooves, experimental stamina and a glimpse of his own proficient production to date.

Bog Gigantic’s Brighter Future was a big old body of work, and its remixes have been treated with no less impact. Among the vast run of remodes, Oakland’s Krane goes in heavy here, but there’s a pretty solid balance of textured production prowess and uplifting composure that makes his an undisputed standout moment of the remix package.

When Brasstracks strike up a beat you tend to get a reliable fix of soul, swagger and brassmanship (now a real word). Following a solid streak of original works, “Those Who Know” is an integral vocal offering from their coveted studios. This one is a welcome wake-up call to the plug-in generation from an act owning the urban/electronic crossover landscape with killer A-side capacity.