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On April 14th legendary Swiss electronic duo In Flagranti present their pre-internet-record-buying-phoneline-concept-album-come-mixtape “Sprezzatura” which will be released via Codek Records.

“Back in the early 80s when I lived in Switzerland, I use to travel to Italy a lot for clubs and record shopping. In Rimini there was a great store called Disco Piu. They had this service where if you were out of town or from another country, you could sign-up and get a cassette of all the new releases in the post every week. Each new track was recorded for about a minute and there was a voice counting – so you could write down the tracks you liked – then phone or fax the track numbers and the date of the cassette, they’d send you the records and you’d pay on delivery, which was amazing”, says In Flagranti’s Sasa Crnobrnja on ‘Sprezzatura’s inspiration, concept and format. He further explains, “So this album will be available as a mix on cassette with each track playing for a minute or two. You’re basically listening to it like a mixtape and in the same manner as the tapes from Disco Piu. You’ll be able to choose your favourite tracks from ‘Sprezzatura’ and buy the full versions as downloads.”

We here at Discobelle can premiere the superb and hypnotic disco stomper “My Sordid Little Affair”.

New Zealand artist So Below has beein hailed as the queen of goth pop and has been poised to be one of the artists to watch in 2017. She has already received support from outlets such as i-D, Neon Gold and HillyDilly etc. and she’s racked up streams on Spotify since being part of the New Music Friday playlist.

Her dark electro pop offering “Hard” receives a remix done by 80’s electro-pop master Memoryy (who also happens to be the composer of the music on the “Chelsea Handler” show on Netflix). Memoryy transforms the vibe from the original version of the track to a more infectious and danceable, synthfilled groove.

Synth pop London quartet Clock Opera are unveiling their second album “Venn” (via League of Imaginary Nations and !K7) on February 10th, as a prelude for the album release they’re offering up the single track “Whippoorwill” and we here at Discobelle can premiere the funky and strutting, soulful sounding dance pop remix from UK trio NZCA/Lines. It’s available as free download in exchange for signing up to the Clock Opera mailing list.

PS: They’re heading out on a European tour to support the album, check them out via the dates listed after the jump.

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Tomorrow Thursday May 12th sadly marks the release of the last ever single from Swedish italodisco queen Sally Shapiro, “If You Ever Wanna Change Your Mind” is released via London based Fika Recordings and contains the original version of the track along with an acoustic cover of David Guettas “Dangerous”.

We here at Discobelle are proud to present the premiere of the somewhat harder hitting and more dance friendly remix from French synthwave producer Tommy ’86.

I met Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) back in the beginning of 2013. I was fresh out of college and interning for his then management company, Josh was getting ready to release his single “Only You Can Show Me” and about to go on a small DJ tour. Fast forward two and a half years, we’re sitting on two fold out chairs in FYF’s media tent. Josh is just a couple hours away from performing one of the biggest shows of his career so far in the city that he calls home. “I really love the lineup, it’s funny that people are complaining about it, saying it’s not punk enough. To me it’s perfect.” The acts performing this year have faced scrutiny, many saying that FYF has been distancing itself from its local rock roots. “I love all these different genres, it’s great that they book my favorite folk artist and my favorite rapper and like 80’s chillwave artist.” Legg’s roots are planted deep in Los Angeles, he even named himself Goldroom after a bar in Echo Park, which is famous for its drink special. “I get a Tacate and a shot of tequila. It’s five dollars now, but I’m old enough to remember when it used to be three dollars.”

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Watching the hundreds of 20-somthings sing along to him and his new six-piece backing band, it’s hard to imagine that just a short while ago music like this was hard to come by in LA. “You know, for years when I was running Binary, we were trying to push this synthy/songwriting sort of band sound and we were trying to play out. But I wasn’t friends with anyone at Dim Mak, I couldn’t get our band playing at Cinespia, so we were trying to throw our own shows at the Echoplex. The sound guys would look at us and be like “What the fuck are those synthesizers. Your can’t have keyboards on stage that’s not cool. You have a laptop?” They just did not get it.”

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This was pre-Goldroom. Before parties like Private Label or festivals like CRSSD made it easier for indie-dance acts to get booked. “Everything changed when people like Ian McPherson and other promoters started to think that the kind of music we were making was cool, and they stared to book us. I developed friendships with all these really rad people and we were all making the same type of music. Bag raiders, Miami Horror, Plastic Plates and Le Youth are now in LA all of a sudden there’s this community. To be honest those are the people that influence and inspire me the most.”

Legg is hoping that a full length Goldroom album come to fruition in 2016. As I watch the crowd sway back and forth to both songs old and new, I have a feeling that whatever Legg decides to put out it’s going to be good.

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Bonus Questions
Favorite Taco in LA: Depends on the taco, if i’m getting a plain carne asada it’s Arizas right next to Lassens in Echo Park. Taco Zone is my favorite truck on the east side, but i’m like super generic and I really think Guisados has the best tacos in LA. The downtown one if the best one.
Quintessential LA song: “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”