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Toast Tapes Mix #039 // Sune

Toast Tapes Mix #039 // Sune

Here’s the latest Toast Tape installment of an hour long mix by our Swedish friend Emil Sunesson . The mix is all vinyl and includes some summertime favorites that will get you feeling toasty! Sune has some upcoming releases on vinyl, first being in early May on Lagaffe Tales and secondly a 4 tracker on Kyoku Records with a remix from Daniel Leseman that’s gonna drop late May. If you didn’t know, he’s also co-founder for Hi Hat Appreciation Society, a super dope initiative that plays some amazing house music.

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Toast Tapes Mix #038 // The Funk District

Toast Tapes Mix #038 // The Funk District

1.  To introduce yourself, who are you and how would you describe the Mexican disco scene?
 
– Well my name is Fernando Mendoza and I’m addicted to any type of funk and disco with a catchy bass line and groovy guitars… In other words I love everything sounding nice and fresh like funk on steroids.
 
– As a Mexican producer I feel the disco scene in my country already got a big push a couple of years ago by many talented artists but I think it’s about to get to the climax within the next two years, so it’s really our task to keep on supporting each other and especially the new rising talents that share the same love for the music.
 
2.  If you were stuck on a desert island, and could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?
 
– That’s really a tough question… I’ve been influenced by a lot of different artists throughout my life and most of them are from different genres, so the answer would really depend on the mood I’m in at the moment.
 
3.  How would you describe your latest single “Time Will Tell?”
 
– I would describe my last single “Time Will Tell” as an up-tempo jam filled with a lot of percussion and a lovely flute driven groove, not forgetting the funky bass line and the catchy vocals that blend very well with the rest of the instruments.
 
4.  Do you have any upcoming material or collaborations?
 
– Well yes, I was honored to be asked for a remix by Julius The Madthinker for his new upcoming project: Perspective… I made my own funky interpretation of one of his tracks he produced with Russoul aka Pleasure Prince and it’s being released on Aid To The Soulless at the end of March.
 
5.  Tell us a bit about the Mixtape you’ve put together.
 
– This mixtape I put together was made with love as a special compilation including the tracks I’ve been playing these days plus 2 forthcoming tracks by myself on the most respected label Hot Digits Music that are going to be released later on this year. It also includes one of the 2 tracks which will be released on my own label Furious Mandrill Records.
 
I hope you really enjoy the mix !
 
Peace,
Fernando Mendoza (The Funk District)
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Ponty Mython – House for Sale EP

Ponty Mython - House for Sale EP

For his latest release, Dirt Crew and Quintessentials favorite Ponty Mython has linked up with Washington, DC-based imprint Better Listen for a five track package of globally inspired groovers.  The House for Sale EP maintains the sample-based production aesthetic of Better Listen’s debut record, and draws heavily from rare African funk and disco sources.  The Vilnius-based producer’s trademark eclecticism is injected throughout the record, with the A-side leaning more towards wonky, left-field house cuts and the flip hosting more disco-like arrangements.

Available now on vinyl:  http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ponty-mython-house-for-sale/635712-01/

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Moony Me – Screwdriver

Moony Me - Screwdriver

Secret Crunch Records is a new imprint established last year by Vienna-based artists Roman Rauch and Moony Me.  Both producers have a similar musical ethos heavily influenced by hip-hop, soul, funk and disco and this is evident in the samples used throughout their productions.  Their first EP, “Bunch of Crunch” featured the pair’s collaboration on four tracks plus two additional remixes.  Their second, aptly titled “One Split Wonder” EP will feature three tracks from each producer divided onto the two sides of the record.  There is no A or B side but rather the RR (Roman Rauch) side and the MM (Moony Me) side.

The Bolting Bits premiere is focused on the first track on Moony Me’s side, “Screwdriver,”  A classic percussion loop and a straight house beat form the backbone of the groove as stabby sampled chords are introduced into the fray.  A no-frills, vintage sounding bass line comes in and works well in tandem with the other elements.  The real ear pleaser here is the early 1990’s sped up R&B vocal sample (we’ll let you dig it up yourself) which makes an early, teasing appearance before the song is stripped back.  As the track breaks down the chords and vocals are brought back in, with a build-up in the groove it creates a perfect hands in the air moment which should be able to pack any dancefloor.

As always, don’t forget to check out the other stellar cuts on the record. This one is expected to hit store shelves at the end of the month so get your pre-orders in now!

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/roman-rauch-moony-me-one-split-wonder/637053-01/

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FRENCH TOAST EXCLUSIVE MIXTAPE BY LABERGE

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TRACKLIST:

Chaka Khan – I know you, I live you (Danny Krivit Mix)
Melba Moore – Piece of the Rock (Laberge Edit)
Hotmood – Superstar
Shazzam – Hopscotch
Roy Davis Jr Ft. Peven Everett – Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
Chris Gray – Blue Waters
Joshua – Shimmy
Wrecktarr – Spent (Nu Sample Mix)
Paul Johnson – The Groove I Have
Silicon Soul – Chi-o-Laa
Tyshaun – Peace n Luv
Dimitri & Tom – How We Are
Julien Jabre – Yalopa
Ray Mang – Number One
Royksopp – Remind Me (Ernest St Laurent Moonfish Mix)
Cassius Ft. Leroy Burgess – Under Influence
Moodymann – I’m Doing Fine

To introduce yourself, who are you and how would you describe your music?
I’m Justin Laberge, from Vancouver BC. I’ve been DJ’ing and producing for almost 10 years now.  My music is sample based with very heavy influence from disco, funk and soul. I’ve produced everything from house music, to hip hop.
Were you from a musical background or is it something you came to on your own?
As a child, my parents wanted me to learn the piano. My mom has played a lot of different instruments throughout her life so it’s always been a part of my life. I stopped playing piano at the age of 12 and started again in my early 20’s. Ever since I started in music, I was able to instinctively tell basic things like when songs were in or out of key. As I started to DJ, I began really finding the sounds I liked and the sounds I really didn’t like. I should have never stopped playing the piano though!
Which artists and styles inspired and influenced you the most?
Well the obvious answer here is Daft Punk, but to be honest, it was during the original Le Knight Club and Roule releases when I actually took interest in sampling. When I was about 15, my friend Brad had bought the original copies of Waves I & II and lent them to me. I must have listened to those hundreds of times. I was already into Daft Punk, but this is when I got obsessed with that style. In the simplest terms, house music from 1998-2003 is the strongest influence on my sound and style.
If you were stuck on a desert island, and could only listen to three albums for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Shakatak – Night Birds
Ian Pooley – Since Then
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
I’ve listened to these all hundreds of times, and I still get excited to hear them again. Seriously how is that Shakatak album so good? There’s only hits on every track. The other two should be self explanatory, “900 Degrees” is one of the best sampled house tracks ever made, if not the best. Without a doubt “Since I Left You” is the best hour of music ever. Again I have to give huge credit to Brad for lending me both the Ian Pooley and Avalanches albums when they originally came out in 2000.
Do you have any interesting hobbies besides music?
Oh yes, which explains why I am pretty sporadic with my releases and tend to not put stuff out properly. I love skateboarding, snowboarding, video games, video production, writing and more. I’ve been working on video editing a lot lately, including After Effects. I started my own Youtube channel to practice voice-overs and editing skills. I think I’m addicted to learning new things but never quite mastering them.
Laberge Skate
 Photo taken by Norma Ibarra
Tell us a bit about the Mixtape you’ve put together.
This mixtape is really a big mish-mash of a lot of cool records I have sitting around, a few little side projects I worked on and just a few neat house tracks. Just a quick aside, there’s one track I worked on with Wrecktarr called “Spent” (Nu Sample Mix) which was really cool since he had used a Rhodes sample, and I reproduced it using my own Rhodes and then mastered the track with him. It’s one of my favorite tracks this year and I didn’t even write it. Other than that, I have an unreleased edit in here and the rest is just some stuff I really like. I feel it’s a bit all over the place, which is a pretty accurate representation of myself.
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Vacington – Baby, It’s You

Vacington has all the right moves and is back again after his previous hit release of “C O O L” remixed to perfection. “Baby, It’s You” is a tropical blend of disco sounds yelling out that summer’s still in motion. Grab a free copy and enjoy!

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Yuksek – Solé Fixtape Volume 17

Movement – Us (Girrafage Remix)
Is Tropical – Lover’s Cave (Crayon Remix)
Vickie Sue Robinson – Hot Summer Nights
Mitzi – Morning Light
Dutonc – Surging Memories (Dub)
Eskimo Twins – I’m A Cliché Edit Service 19
Escort – Starlight (RAC Remix)
Whitewater – Daylight (Domenico Torti Edit)
Black Yaya – Paint A Smile On Me (Yuksek Dub)
Panama Disco Lights – The Mood I’m In
Shit Robot – We Got A Love
Empire Of The Sun – DNA (Yuksek Dub & Remix)
The Juan Mc Lean – Feel Like Movin’
Decibels – Regulator Moderator (Mighty Mouse Remix)
The Magician – When The Night Is Over
Crayon – Give You Up (Yuksek Dub)
Black Yaya – Paint A Smile On Me (Breakbot Remix)

Yuksek is back, this time with a new mixtape he fixed up for Solé. The mix is available as a free download and is filled with awesome remixes and originals by Le Crayon, Breakbot, Yuksek himself and many others.

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Kraak And Smaak Feat. Sam Duckworth – Good For The City

Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak continue to release a new single “Good For The City,” which is the second single from their forthcoming “Chrome Waves” album. The quality keeps flowing with a genuine indie-disco smash featuring Sam Duckworth of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. on vocals. Owing as much to the funk and groove of The Clash as it does to the party island where they are suddenly so popular the original is a rip-roaring summer singalong smash destined to blast out of the radio in every city. 

Remixes come courtesy of Portuguese disco don Moullinex, ice cool Nordic beatsmith Diskjokke, UK garage hotshot Marcus Jakes, leftfield breakbeat blasters Howson’s Groove and reggae masters Yesking.

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Shook – Self-Titled Album

Funk producer Shook has combined his “The Glow” and “The Rise & FallEP to create his brand new self-titled album. The whole album has a Daft Punk vibe and it’s very catchy. It’s sort of like Shook took us on an adventure throughout all 12 amazing tracks.

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Younker – Sunset One (Thomas Tonfeld Remix)

The German disco producer Thomas Tonfeld has released his latest remix “Sunset One” originally by Younker. Thomas is nice enough to give this track as a gift for you to enjoy this summer. “Sunset One” was given a smooth French touch with a melodious guitar and soothing beach waves in the background. Hope you enjoy!

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