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Big tings from our man option4! Stoked to present these full stream premieres for his new double AA side on Nurvous Records, “Love Like No Other / Black Cats.”

In the last few years, Nurvous Records, the digital-only off shoot of NYC mainstay, Nervous Records, has posistioned itself as a beacon for quality tunes and fresh faces. It’s no surprise that the imprint’s A&R department has tapped up-and-coming Denver talent, option4 (aka Brennen Bryary) for their latest release. Out today exclusively on Beatport, “Love Like No Other” breaks open the door with a warm wash of rushing pads cascading into a ruff bassline and soulful laments about dancing until sunrise. “Black Cats” has its share of surprises and is the perfect complement to this heavy slab of top-notch house.

If you’ve missed any of our previous coverage of option4, check it here, here and here.

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The latest installment of our exclusive mix series is a live set from NYC duo, Walker & Royce. With a resume that reads like every house producer’s label wish-list (they have joints on MODA Black, Crosstown Rebels, Nurvous and OFF Recordings, amongst others), the pair have made 2013 a huge year for themselves.

Taken from their recent gig with Tale Of Us at D.C’s, U-Street Music Hall, Walker & Royce lay do a slick set of darker, tech-infused house with heavy dub elements.

Track list:
Tom Flynn – Loose Your Mind // Voltaire Music
Tom Budden, Forrest – Get Up In My Head // Alive Recordings
Russ Yallop – The Journey (Russ Yallop Revisited) // Crosstown Rebels
Baunz – Out the Window feat. 3rd Eye (Walker & Royce Remix) // Pets Recordings
Phil Kieran – Saturdays (Catz ‘n Dogz Remix) // Turbo Recordings
Sabb, Cuartero – Don’t Kill My Vibe // Moon Harbour Recordings
Walker & Royce – Follow feat. Steven Klavier // demo
Yolanda Be Cool – All That She Wants feat. SYF & Fritz Helder (Walker & Royce Dub) // Dim Mak
Tiga, Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix) // Turbo Recordings
&ME – Blitz // Saved Records
Dusky – Lost In You feat. Janai (Andre Crom Remix) // Anjunadeep

If you happen to be in the NYC area, you can catch the lads at Brooklyn’s OUTPUT club, playing along side George Fitzgerald and Mike Simonetti. More info 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 is all about FREE STUFF! NYC based, Michelle Pabon, aka, Spicey Milk has blessed the world wide web with here debut EP, The Moves. Featuring two original cuts full of 90′s House, throwback goodness, we launch with “Work It.” Melancholic organ stabs and vocal snippets create a jackin’ vibe that would give Ejeca a run for his money. B-Side, “Pump It,” takes a dubby approach at those all-too-familiar Technotronic vocals (you know the ones) and layers them with more stabby chords. Definitely a promising debut.

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If you’re in New York then we’ve got your chance to see Cosmo Baker and Stretch Armstrong at REVIVAL at FreeCandy this Saturday, May 11th. Stretch Armstrong first gained notoriety from the Stretch and Bobbito radio show, one of the best hip hop shows in New York history. Stretch is responsible for introducing hip hop legends like Biggie Smalls, Nas, Wu-Tang, and Mobb Deep. Not only that, Stretch is also the co-founder of the NY-based label Plant Music. Cosmo Baker is a great in his own right, a master of everything from hip-hop to disco to funk and bringing it all back together.

To enter to win, send us an email at holla@discobelle.net. The winner will be selected this Friday, May 10th. If you aren’t lucky enough to win, you can still RSVP for the show over at DoNYC for $5 admission before 11pm!

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It’s almost unfair how stacked this lineup is, but The Presets, Dragonette and Classixx are going on a wee tour of North America this May. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to their show on May 8th at the famed Terminal 5 venue in New York City. To enter just share this post on Twitter and remember to @ us @Discobelle, or share the post about the show on the Discobelle Facebook page on your own wall. The winner will be selected on Thursday, May 2nd.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win, you can still purchase tickets to see The Presets, Dragonette and Classixx at Terminal 5 here.

North American Tour Dates:
5.4: 9:30 Club // Washington, DC
5.5: Union Transfer // Philadelphia, PA
5.7: Paradise Rock Club // Boston, MA
5.8: Terminal 5 // New York, NY
5.9: Le National // Montreal, QC
5.12: The Vogue Theatre // Indianapolis, IN
5.13: Newport Music Hall // Columbus, OH
5.14: Majestic Theatre // Madison, WI
5.15: First Avenue // Minneapolis, MN
5.17: The Granada // Lawrence, KS
5.18: Ogden Theatre // Denver, CO
5.19: The Depot // Salt Lake City, UT
5.20: Marquee Theatre // Tempe, AZ
5.21: Avalon // Los Angeles, CA
5.24: Fox Theater // Oakland, CA
5.25: My Life Every Day // San Diego, CA
5.26: Sasquatch Festival // George, WA

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Here’s a solution to all of your New Year’s Eve planning woes – two tickets to see RJD2 and Com Truise at Gramercy Theatre. We can’t promise a midnight kiss, but we can guarantee bass, drums, keys, and galactic melt to send you off dancing into the new year.

To enter, send us an email with “RJD2/Com Truise” in the subject line to holla@discobelle.net and tell us the names of Com Truise’s two studio albums. The contest will close on Friday, December 28th and the winner will be announced on Saturday, December 29th. You can still purchase tickets to see RJD2 and Com Truise at The Gramercy Theatre here.

Good luck!

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We’re back with another important ticket giveaway to see Q-Tip at his monthly “Offline” party at Irving Plaza. This is the dance party to end all dance parties and your chance to get one last groove in before it’s officially the holidays.

To enter to win the pair of tickets, send us an email at holla@discobelle.net with “Q-Tip” in the subject line by Wednesday, December 19th. The winner will be announced on Thursday, December 20th. If you aren’t lucky enough to win tickets to the show on Friday, you can still purchase them here.