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The mighty Octopus Recordings has unearthed a special talent to add to it’s impressive roster of Techno droids with up and coming producer, BARBUTO. Born Christian Barbuto, he’s positioned himself as a staple in the Austin dance community as a respected DJ and event promoter and even though he’s contributed tunes and EP’s for labels like Bush and Raise Recordings, his first solo outing for Octopus is certainly a high point. The “Arcana EP” features two original cuts from BARBUTO and showcases his bottom heavy, driving Techno flair and penchant for moody textures and subterranean atmospheres.

The title cut is seven minutes of relentless, pounding kicks, cavernous reverbs and one muscular bass riff….the aneurysm-inducing breakdowns are nothing to take lightly either. On the b-side, we have “Twilight Imperium,’ an equally sinewy affair thats dripping in epic sweeps and dubby chord stabs. Overall, an impressive outing and certainly one to watch as 2015 unfolds… I can only imagine whats next from BARBUTO and Octopus.

Available 4/6/15


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It’s become obvious that you can’t go wrong with Denver based, disco-lord, Falcon Punch. Here, he offers up yet another choice, free download and this time, he utilizes some chunky, Brothers Johnson samplage to compliment is exquisite production work. “Square One” is breezy, funky and perfect for any daytime disco affair, snag it!

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One of my favorite little labels, Love Dose Records, goes digital for the first time with the latest EP from London vocalist/producer duo, Jacksun Fear. They’re “Hacienda Mike EP” is three tracks of gritty, throwback inspired house cuts that channel a dark, vintage feel and could easily be taken straight out of a darkened, Manchester warehouse circa 1986. The title track utilizes 909 beats alongside a tight modern roaming bassline create an infectious groove accompanied by deep, vocoded spoken word vocals adding an darkly ominous vibe. The second track, “Acid Boots” has a driving Tech-House beat and bass line with layers of classic percussion elements are tuned towards grove with a classic and a groovy acid lead. The final track, “USSR” shows a slightly different side to the duo with their acid-techno style taking a deeper, more modern soundscape with whispered vocals and huge 80′s pop/rock drum fills.



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Happy SXSW, ya’ll! It’s the time of the season when hordes of music fans descend upend my beloved hometown of Austin, TX for 10 days of exciting music, film, interactive and ridiculous parties and events. To celebrate, my Texas-native compadre, MSCLS is offering this breezy, feel-good party jam in the form of ‘Feel It.’

Utilizing a classic, Jungle Brothers vocal sample, “Feel It” wastes no time getting groovy with an irresistible, rolling bassline and chirpy percussion. Cop the free download and catch MSCLS at his multitude of SXSW shows!

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Cole Medina is a name synonymous with stateside, disco insurgents. His brand of exceptionally laced up reworks, remixes and house cuts are something to always keep tabs on and a sure-fire-bet to light up any dance floor that is keen to shake it’s groove thang. Here, his “Tropical Funk EP” for British imprint, Fly By Night Music is a stellar slice of Caribbean influenced disco that features three cuts from Medina, plus a remix of the title track from Bristol based, ∆dmin.

“Tropical Funk” is an uptempo, timbale-laden heater that harkens to Candido’s “Jingo” with it’s choral chants and relentless horn stabs, but gets a modern update with a funky, Moog bass-line courtesy of Medina. The ∆dmin remix narrows the focus to the harder percussive and brass elements, while b-side opener, “Make Your Body Move,” is a heavy cut, chalk full of all sorts of disco-funk. Wrapping things up on the inside is “Big Pimpin’,” a downtempo cut that is as hazy as “Very Mercenary” era Herbaliser… one for windows-up, El Dorado-hotboxin!

Buy the 12″ HERE.

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Zurich based house duo, Fat Sushi grace us with the latest installment of our exclusive mix series. We’ve featured the Swiss lads on DB a number of times from their exceptional outings on labels like Suara or OFF Recordings to their highly sought after bootlegs, here, we’re stoked to have some tasty beats we can call our own.

Strap in for an hour long journey of Fat Sushi’s trademark sounds, chalk full of chunky beats, heady synths and tunes from the likes of Booka Shade, Denny, Juli Holz and of course, the Fat Sushi boys themselves!

BUY their latest release, the “Warehouse EP” HERE.

Tracklisting:

01. Karin Park & Pandora Drive – Hurricane (Booka Shade Remix) / State Of The Eye
02. Fat Sushi – Escape / Stil vor Talent
03. Emanuel Satie – Private Show / Get Physical
04. Fat Sushi – Warehouse / Suara
05. Denney – Low Frequency / Hot Creations
06. Fat Sushi – The Groove / Suara
07. Clif Jack – Used To Do / Circus Rec.
08. Juli Holz – Drive / Stil vor Talent
09. Stephan Bodzin – Singularity (FS Edit)
10. Rampue – Sephiroth / URSL

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Mexican boogie maestro, The Funk District has been all over my radar with his groove-laden, scalpel reworks. His first, solo offering comes in the form of the latest release from Denver-based, Hotbox Boogie, with the ‘Get On Down EP.’ Kicking things off is ‘I’m Gonna Get You Baby,’ with it’s uber-classy bass riff and slinky guitars. Following right behind is a loopy take on Cameo’s undisputed boogie classic, ‘Rigor Mortis,’ here transformed into ‘Get On Down’ and highlighting the incomparable, Cameo horn section. On the wrap up, we get ‘Feelin’ Alright,’ a filtered, Moog driven stepper that conjures visions of sunsets in Tulum.

BUY it HERE.



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Dino Soccio may not be the strongest household name, but the Razor-N-Tape affiliate and Only Children member is certainly deserving of his comeuppance. Case in point: his latest rework of The Roots, pre-Fallon era classic, ‘Break U Off.’ The Chicago-native/LA transplant let’s his mid-west…um, ‘roots’ shine through on this chunky, uptempo revision chalk full of uplifting organ stabs and bottom-heavy beats. Cop the FREE DOWNLOAD below.