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There has been a big commotion around the Kolour LTD camp on this, the eve of largest release to date. The forthcoming, 3 x 12″ LP entitled “Tale Of 2 Cities” is a special package with an exceptionally curated A-list of contributors from the deep-disco scene which includes such luminaries as Eddie C, Frank Booker and Sleazy McQueen… plus fresh faces such as Vincenzo De Bull & Halve Soul, Napoleon and LeBlanc.

Here, we debut LeBlanc’s offering with the bittersweet and supremely funky, “We Can Fly.” A filtered, Rhodes piano sample sets the tone… topped off with a hefty bassline, and hazy vocal snippets, we sail along at 35,000 feet before plunging head first in to break-laden, funk territory. The ominous clarinet riffs and acid flourishes call in the b-boys to take over the dance floor for a pair of extended “get down’s.” Ace tackle right here!

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Mallorca based producer and co-founder of Spa In Disco, James Rod, drops in the this weeks exclusive mix and boy, is it a hot one! Distilling August’s blistering temperatures into one hour-long, groove-laden excursion into funk and disco territory, Mr. Rod waste’s no time in getting the party started. Dig into his mix below and follow the links to peep his Soundcloud and recent releases for labels such as Rare Wiri, Hot Digits and his own label, Golden Soul.

 

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Londoner, Harry Wolfman, the full-moon-maurading, Housemeister steps up to deliver our latest mix and it’s chalked full of groovy delights. The producer first caught our attention back in 2014 with an outing on House Of Disco that was just utterly sublime. Since then, he’s popped up on Dirt Crew and Secret Reels and done a heck of a job demonstrating his depth and versatility in the studio. We’re super stoked to invite him into our collection and hope that you dig his efforts as much as we do…truly one to watch in the upcoming months!

Uncle Funkenstein – Uncle Funkenstein (Cont.)
AD Bourke – Prelude
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Harry Wolfman – Rainbow Set
Darryl Douglas – Holding On (Kon’s Edit)
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Fouk – New Canvas
Prince – Sexy Dancer
Strip Steve – I Bumped My Head
Chateau Flight – Discobele (Pepe Bradock Beats)
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Johnick – The Blow
The Iceband & Unique Pleasure – Live People (Dance Remix)
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Rose Records power duo, M.ono & Luvless, drop in for Kolour LTD’s freshly minted, LTD10’s series with “Vol. 3.” This 10″, vinyl only release sees the pair re-tweek one of their previous hits with an updated mix of “Never Gonna Leave You,” which was originally released by O*RS Records in 2012. Luvless’ signature chord progressions and sub bass lines are written all over this one and it feels more like a solo track from him to be honest, which is certainly not a bad thing, just an observation. Flip it over and M.ono makes his influence much more visible on “Losing Memory” with it’s amped up tempo and melodic sample chops laced through out.

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Mujina Code Records is the latest permutation of Al Bradley and Phil Towers… the duo behind the Dead Beat Disco radio show, production guise, Hearts Of Darkenss and the glorious label, 3am Recordings. With Mujina Code’s inaugural 12″ on the way, an EP from Hearts Of Darkness entitled “Something From Nothing,” the pair takes a more pronounced, deep techno approach to their production and presentation. Here, they offer us a 75 minutes, vinyl only dj mix showcasing their tastes and styles…plus some of their own works! Dig in and enjoy these dog days of summer, y’all!

Preorder Mujina Code here.

Trevor Jackson – In Your Hands (Vinyl Factory)
Mikkel Metal- Frico- Pole Remix (Echocord)
Dego and Kaidi- Adam Rock Dissed- (Sound Signature)
Cedric Dekowski- Ridle- (Hardworksoftdrink)
Fantastic Man- Dream Machine- Utopia dub – (Love on the Rocks)
Andi Hanley- Untitled – (Rong)
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Mark E- Eganix- (Spectral Sound)
Archie Hamilton – Directions EP side A (Pleasurezone)
Trevor Jackson- Scuzz (Vinyl Factory)
Ferro- Futurist (Oscillat)
Hearts of Darkness- Just on for the Ride- (Mujina Code)
Senzala – She Got It- (Mr. KS and Friends)
Trackers- Hexagon- (Vessel)
Rinder & Lewis- Gluttony (Compost)
Soha – Balance- (Basic Recordings)
Hearts of Darkness- Charlie Don’t Surf (Mujina Code)
Dopplereffekt- Infophysix (Dataphysix Engineering)

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Griz’ label, All Good Records, flexes it’s A&R muscles with the first in a new series of free compilations entitled “Freshly Baked Vol. 1.” Our good buddy Falcon Punch sent over his contribution earlier today and we must say, it certainly is lovely. “Cream” is a smooth, laid back affair that grabs the listener with its funky percussion, acid lines and silky guitar riffs… a combination that certainly live’s up to the track title.

Free Download Here.

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For some, there has been a bubble of wonder about a young project simply called PIXELATED. Over the last couple of years, this group has reared it’s head with a diverse selection of offerings that began with a very well received remix for LA’s lords of dreamy, day-time disco, Poolside. Following up that with remix’s for My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, collaborations with Denver’s Falcon Punch as well as bootleg outings on Florida’s Whiskey Disco imprint, this mysterious combo seem to have their hands in lot of pots and friends in wide circles.

It’s at this time that Discobelle has the honor of removing the mask that is PIXELATED and revealing it’s true identity. Comprised of long time friends and band mates, Craig Pfunder and Mark Palgy, I caught up with the production duo last weekend for a short interview on the eve of their sophomore remix for obvious chummy’s, Poolside.

 

So, tell us a bit about Pixelated?

Craig : Pixelated was born one night in one of our old favorite bars in Brooklyn called Tandem(RIP). We were having cocktails and i brought the idea to Mark that we should start a completely anonymous project and just put it out there. We thought it would be a great experiment to see if people would be able to gravitate towards music that didn’t really have a face or history. We didn’t want anyone to judge the work based on any preconceptions of our musical pasts…either positively or negatively. We felt like we’d be able to achieve a sense of artistic freedom and we were right. For the past 3-4 years we’ve been putting remixes and edits out at our own pace with nothing but the joy of making music as a focus. No making deadlines for labels. No stress of major career decisions. No worry of trying to get booked in the coolest rooms. We just find a project… sit down and write. It’s been truly liberating to work this way.

What are your roles in the group, what inspires you and how did you come to work together?

Craig :Well we both share the writing duties. There is a lot of actual real guitar, bass, piano, and percussion being played and we both handle those. I’m in the engineer’s chair dealing with the recording and mixing. Marks great at catching things I miss so I’m glad i’ve got him behind me to keep me in check with that stuff.

Mark: Inspirationally we’ve been drawing from some of the slower tempo stuff lately and there’s an obvious French influence in almost everything we do. We’re not actually very in touch with what’s been going on trend wise. Kinda oblivious to a lot of it actually. We just write what we feel is right and natural. Trying to chase trends in dance music is something we stopped caring about a long time ago.

But, this isn’t your first time working together? When was the first time?

Mark: HAH. I guess the first time we worked together was back when Craig had just moved to Louisville and I was still in high school. That must have been 1994-5? We had this band that was kinda post hardcore alternative whatever the hell you call it. That band pretty quickly dissolved and we kept playing together. Fell in love with the whole noise rock thing .. did that. Then we simultaneously fell in love with disco and house music. From then on we started a band that tried to integrate all the things we loved out of rock music and disco and house. That band was called VHS or Beta.

 

Wow, VHS or Beta! Y’all had some pretty big hits back in the early and mid 2000s… can you tell us about that and your experience in the group?

Craig: Ya know, VHS was always a funny thing. We felt like we were always a step too early or a step too late. Timing never felt on our side. When we wrote “LE FUNK” and toured that record… indie rock kids hadn’t accepted dance music yet. The early 2000’s were still a time when people were either RAVERS or ROCKERS and that bridge hadn’t been built yet. When we made “Night on Fire” that felt better timed but we got lumped into the whole 80’s revival scene when we thought there just so much more going on in that record than the pop singles that got big. That record was our first record on Astralwerks and we toured it for 2.5 years straight. What a blur!!! By the time “Bring on the Comets” came out, I think that music press wasn’t writing about bands like us anymore. Everyone had moved on to very intellectual bands… like whatever Pitchfork was championing that week. We were never a Pitchfork band and the mid to later 2000’s was a Pitchfork dominated era. We had fun touring, but we were traveling salesmen, trying to sell a product that people just didn’t understand at the time. Now, everyone has that product and we look back and are like;” well damn!” When similarly minded bands like The Rapture, !!!, and The Faint gained success, it really helped break down the bridges between rock types and dance types. Ya know, we did 95% more with VHS than most bands ever get to do. Toured the world over, did all the giant festivals, quit our jobs and lived the dream for as long as we could. I’m proud of that band and what we accomplished.

So, what happened to VHS or Beta?

Craig : Time? We grew? I dunno. After our latest record, “Diamonds and Death,” we kind of just toured it and were like… “see ya’ll around!” We keep getting offers to play as a band and fans still ask why we’re not making records and touring. I just think the only way I’d want to do another record or tour is if I truly felt i had something to say with that voice. I don’t wanna just put something out there because it could make money or put a tour together just for money. I’d want to be able to get on stage every night and sell it and believe in what i’m selling. It also doesn’t help that the economics of recording and touring are astronomical. Who knows, we’ve got ideas churning, but there’s nothing yet to report on the VHS end.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your remixes and how you connected with Poolside?

Craig: Jeff(ery Paradise, 1/2 of Poolside) is a homie. Like, an old friend from wayyyyy back when. I think we met at WMC in like 2003 when we played for the Astralwerks showcase with Royksopp. He was in The Calculators that eventually turned into the Rapture. Then he started Paradise Boys and hosted Frisco Disco and Blow up. Dude is a legend. We just always had a like minded approach to things and are interested in a lot of the same things.

Filip (Nikolic of Poolside) and i have also known each other for a very long time through music. IMA ROBOT was a band we felt connected with and at some point we did a remix for them. That was one of Mark and I’s earliest attempt at remixing anything. It sucked but learned it was something we could do and loved doing.

Mark: When we conceived PIXELATED, we just brainstormed about all the artists we knew and had made connections with. Poolside had a few strong tracks and were very buzzy. I asked those dudes if we could remix “Slow Down” even though it had been out for like a year. That was our first release and it kind of  went viral overnight. Our next release was a remix for My Morning Jacket frontman, Jim James’ solo record. We’re super, super proud of that one. It did well, but i don’t think it’s made it’s impact yet. I think like 5 years from now that track will find it’s legs. Other tracks include a collaboration Falcon Punch, a remix for Sam Sparro, an edit of Anita Baker that’s on the super awesome edit label Whiskey Disco and now, this newest Poolside single. We decided that our second Poolside remix would be a good time to kind of unveil our identities and tell the story. We’re just proud that we’ve received a ton of support from blogs and other artists like Zimmer, Goldroom, and Tensnake. All without a back story. Just the music. So, mission accomplished.

Any future projects on the horizon? what can we expect from Pixelated in 2016 and beyond?

Craig: Well, I just went through a massive breakup and left NYC, but Mark is still there.  I’ve landed back in Louisville, KY and have a lot of new projects down here producing and doing sessions, but we’ve def got some projects underway. Our goal for the next year is to work on originals. Singers are always people we’re looking for. We’re super open to more remixes and collabs. We just want to keep making music from a pure and positive place. I think it’d be nice to DJ again as PIXELATED. We did soooo much djing together as VHS OR BETA DJS so it only makes sense to get back in that scene. I think we’re both just happy we don’t have to lie to anyone anymore about if we’re doing music together or at all hahaha.

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FunkHunk

Denver based disco imprint, Handshakes Records, has been a bit quite recently, but they’re coming back strong with this latest EP from local producer, Funk Hunk. With this latest collection of edits, Funk Hunk turns up the boogie vibes with the title cut, “Feelin’ Hot,” with it’s spicy loops and groovy chants. “Don’t Stop Believin” is sweet and smooth while EP closer, “It’s Friday Night” is the perfect anthem to your weekend debauchery. Essential purchase right here!

Available August, 5th HERE.