SIMO & Drunken Monkey – “Step Into (Spy Step Rmx)”

SIMO & Monkee – “Step Into Step Into (Spy Step Rmx)” (play)

As digital recording and performance technology evolves so does dance music along with it’s dizzying array of micro-genres. But in the swarm of all this technological bliss a track with come out that reminds us just how disadvantaged dance music was in it’s humble beginnings (3 second sample max). “Step Into [Spy Step Rmx)” has just enough old-school-nostalgia juxtaposed against thick synth chords and gut sinking bass placing the groove on both sides of the technological line.

SIMO, Drunken Monkey
“Step Into” (mp3)
from “Step Into – EP”
(Sleevin Records)

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Touchphonics Swing the Ragtime

Touchphonics – “Ragtime Swing” mp3

Oh heallsyeah. Tip to my boi Subverse for this one. San Francisco’s Touchphonics dive drums-first into a reverent study of roots music at a rudimentary level, only to shift and twist it into modern nightclubbin’ colors and shapes. Simple, fun and entertaining. My Sunday’s Funday instrumental pick.

Touchphonics
“Ragtime Swing” (mp3)
from “Fresh Kicks – EP”
(Elevated Press Records)

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Pretty Lights – “Future Blind” (mp3)

Pretty Lights – “Future Blind” (play/download)

Listening to a Pretty Lights song is a bit like rediscovering electronic music for the first time. He’s one of the most talented and prolific songwriters and performers on the circuit today. He combines and juxtaposes all styles of music to create a brew that speaks to a wide range of audiences. If you are lucky enough to score a ticket to one of his shows, be prepared for the workout of your life.

Pretty Lights gives away all of his music. Get more on his official website!

Silver Swans – “Are You Really On My Side” mp3

Silver Swans – “Are You Really On My Side” mp3

Who hasn’t at some point trusted the wrong person? With a hypnotic, electronic new wave groove and deliciously crunched guitars as a backdrop, singer Ann Yu asks the age old question, “Are You Really On My Side?” Along with producer-musician Jon Waters, Yu completes the duo Silver Swans from San Francisco, CA. Gr8 angsty-pop disco track from their “Realize The Ghost” album on Tricycle Records. Enjoy.

Silver Swans
“Are You Really On My Side” (mp3)
from “Realize The Ghost”
(Tricycle Records)

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Venus Gang – “Love to Fly” mp3

Venus Gang – “Love to Fly” mp3

Tight, groovy, and funky as the day is long, this 1978 number by Venus Gang is pure fun. No politics or controversy here, just a phat, raw beat, and sexy female vocals about stars making love and loving to fly. Imagination takes care of the rest. Disco keyboard and rhythm section work a’la Quincy Jones, meets a dubby clubby vibe that anticipates more contemporary nightclub music, and gives some of today’s producers a bit of schooling, I’d have to say. Delicious track.

Venus Gang
“Love to Fly” (mp3)
from “Galactic Soul”
(Mucho Gusto Records)

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Spaceflight Orchestra – “Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” mp3

Spaceflight Orchestra – “Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” mp3

DJ Subverse made me a “miztape” for the holidaze and I’m loving it. It opens with this funky post-disco trip from Spaceflight Orchestra, and it’s just the thing to help one depart for a minute from any form of seasonal stress. Purely chill, “Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” lives up to its oh so ‘lectronica title! Très Magnifique.

Spaceflight Orchestra
“Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” (mp3)
from “An Orchestra of Remixes, Volume One”
(Black Bridge)

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