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Jorge Balarezo graces the Discobelle Mix with the latest transmission in our series. He’s laced a 60 minute adventure of deep and moody Techno selections from his home base of New York City, where he lives and works as a member of Curses’ “Safer At Night” collective. Jorge dropped in earlier this season with a stellar debut release for the young imprint, which we covered HERE, and he’s currently working on his latest passion project, COMFORT Radio, which kicks off early next month.

With an emphasis on revisiting Techno Music culture in the New York area, COMFORT Radio will strive to tap the hot bed of burgeoning talent and unify it’s multi- faceted lifestyle through heavily curated selections of photography, interviews and mixtapes. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for that and expect installments from Total Fitness, Peter Fonda, Volvox and Balarezo himeself.

Jorge’s mix for us delivers a diverse cross section of his Techno stylings: something melodic, something hard; something old, something new… essentially, what you’d expect to find at one of his many late night DJ sets across NY. Added bonus: peep this exclusive taste of Curses’ forthcoming tune for Safer At Night, “God In The Dust!”

Follow COMFORT Radio on Instagram.

Tracklist:

1. Gardens of God — Juno 2
2. Recondite — Caldera
3. Pigon — Beau Monde
4. Moss — Incognito 3
5. RAMPA — Mod
6. &ME — Woods
7. Howling — Signs (Rodhd Remix)
8. Lando — Onwards Upwards
9. JSPR — Left in the Gardens
10. Curses — God in the Dust
11. Radiohead — Reckoner (Cubicolor Remix)

PROM – My Line

Oct 14 2014

Brooklyn based dream pop duo, PROM caught my attention today with their debut EP release, ‘Keeping Company,’ out now on Ghost Beach helmed label, Crazy Heart Records. ‘My Lines’ is the first cut on the EP and showcases the groups aesthetic perfectly. Greasy, analogue synth lines, jangley guitars and lilting vocal washes create a patchwork of shoegaze inspired, pop majesty.

Out Now. Buy it HERE.

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In anticipation of his DJ set tomorrow night at the .WAVs music boat cruise in New York City, we sat down with Reuben Wu, the mastermind behind Ladytron, to chat about a couple things. These things include (but are not limited to) a new Ladytron album, Reuben’s favorite production equipment, and the synergies between music, art and photography (all things that Reuben dabbles quite a bit in). So without further ado, here’s our interview with Reuben.

And if you haven’t already gotten your tickets to tomorrow night’s event, you can still purchase them here!

Discobelle: Hi Reuben! How are you doing?
Reuben: Very well thank you!

Discobelle: So to start off, how would you describe your style as a DJ, does it differ greatly from your production style?
Reuben: I like to play a blend of electropop, electrohouse and some new wave. It always depends on the crowd really. It can differ slightly as I don’t really produce music for dance music clubs, it’s more fitting in an indie club.

Discobelle: What role will moving on water in the night have on your performance?
Reuben: More new wave in my set, possibly.

Discobelle: What equipment are you into lately when it comes to producing?
Reuben: I’ve using the Polychord app on my iPad to help work out chord progressions – it’s great that it’s not keyboard-based. and can work wirelessly in MIDI as well.

Discobelle: Who are your greatest influences both DJ and production wise?
Reuben: The Chemical Brothers playing a DJ set on BBC Radio 1 twenty years ago I think.

Discobelle: When can we expect some new music from Ladytron?
Reuben: A new album next year.

Discobelle: Do you plan on releasing any new non-Ladytron solo/collaborative work soon?
Reuben: I always have stuff going on but I’m not focussing on it right now.

Discobelle: What was your worst DJ gig? Best? Why?
Reuben: Probably the one where, (after I had endured a day of logistical nightmare), I turned up at the venue at 3.30am and I was asked to just plug my mobile phone into a pair of blown computer speakers, because there was no PA for me to play music on. And also everyone had gone home by 3am due to a fire alarm which had continued for a whole hour.

Discobelle: Read that you are a photographer and an artist, as well. Do you recognize a lot of porosity between these mediums, or do ideas kind of start with a feeling and move into one realm for good?
Reuben: There are parallels between the two (I’m talking about music and visual arts). Both require composition, balance and some kind of narrative.
And they are endlessly compatible.

Discobelle: On a scale of 1-10, does the last question make any sense?
Reuben: 10!

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Today Switch released a remix of Classixx’s “All You’re Waiting For,” but more importantly the UK producer and former member of Major Lazer shares a rework of Jeremih’s “Fuck U All The Time” that’s deep and vibey.

If you live in the NY area, come see Switch on Friday at .WAVs where he’ll be playing with the likes of Neon Indian, Grandmaster Flash, Octa Octa, Cousin Cole and Roxy Cottontail.

You can purchase tickets for the event over at heart.dj now!

Discobelle is setting sail on the high seas of the Hudson River in New York on 7/26 for what is going to be a boat part of epic proportions. We’ve teamed up with new dance music cruise series .WAVs to bring you four hours of buoyant entertainment. The tour is 18+ and includes five fully-stocked bars, a stacked artist line-up, and snacks (read: buffet). Tickets start at $29.95 with VIP bottle service options. Tickets are available at www.HEART.DJ but we’re going to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky individual. Just send us an email to holla@discobelle.net with “.WAVs” in the subject line.

.Wavs Line Up:
SWITCH (Major Lazer Co-Founder, M.I.A. Former Producer, House Legend)
NEON INDIAN (DJ Set)
GRANDMASTER FLASH
OCTO OCTA (Live)
ROXY COTTONTAIL
COUSIN COLE

Purchase tickets HERE
Hudson River Tour provided courtesy of Circle Line Cruises.
Boarding at 7 pm, Departing at 8 pm
Pier 81, 12th avenue (off 42nd Street)
New York, NY, 10023