Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cruisin' to Your House Party

If you’ve read this blog for any extended amount of time, you undoubtedly know all about how much I LOVE D.I.S.C.O.Texas. Sorry, let me repeat that: I LOVE D.I.S.C.O.TEXAS. For those of you that haven’t read this blog for an extended amount of time (and those of you who may have forgotten), let me familiarize you a bit. D.I.S.C.O.Texas is a record label/production collective of sorts comprised of some of my favorite artists including Moullinex, Xinobi, and Justin Faust (who I have yet to feature on the blog—my bad—but who is the possessor of what is by far and away my favorite DJ Twitter feed). Don’t be fooled by the name; they’re based in Portugal. But, you are right in thinking that they primarily release disco, with some house and funk thrown in as well. Most everything they put out is impeccable, from downtempo tropical funk fests to deep, driving numbers meant to set fire to the dancefloor. Whatever they do they do it right, with a distinct yet uncontrived aesthetic and an uncanny ear for the next big [disco] thing. 2011 has seen them—much to my delight—on an absolute roll with new signings and releases left and right.

Cruisin' -- Zimmer

Their latest signee is Zimmer, a young producer who grew up between France and California, and is currently living in Paris. You can hear the dichotomy of his upbringing in his first release with the label, Cruisin.’ It’s a sparkly, sunny affair, reminiscent of the sandy beaches of the West Coast, with just enough sexiness and polish to make it worthy of Parisian nightlife. It’s being released for free, just in time to become your feel-good soundtrack to spring.

Coupons - Driving To Your House Party (Original) by Discotexas

A month ago, D.I.S.C.O.Texas announced their then-newest signee, Coupons. Somehow I failed to post on them at that time (my bad again), though I played the release’s socks off. Coupons are two guys from Australia, and in addition to making some killer music, they are also gut-bustingly hilarious. (Don’t believe me? Read this interview they did with Futuristic Silence. I fell in love.) Their Driving To Your House Party single is one of the ‘deeper’ D.I.S.C.O.Texas releases, all dark and sexy and bassy, and then—at 2:50 in—downright glitzy. This song shouldn’t be reserved for merely driving to your house party, it is the house party. While this wasn’t released for free, you can stream it above and then go buy it (and a bunch of killer remixes to boot) at Beatport here.

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