UK trio @Patawawa continue to impress with lo-fi funky, emotional disco of “Fight Me”

PATAWAWA, “Fight Me”

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Dance music sometimes disguises the toughest of emotions, so that we can let them all out and leave our blood on the dance floor, as Michael Jackson once sang.  UK trio Patawawa subscribe to these sentiments in their latest song “Fight Me”, following up the 70’s funk-laced “Lie” and their EP Bedroom.  Retaining the lo-fi production that highlights the bass work in a pretty raw form, “Fight Me” is also a showcase for Beth’s captivating vocal, as well as out-and-out disco inspiration that brings the zing back into those strings that recall so many records particularly out of the Salsoul and Philadelphia International labels of the 70’s.  Patawawa’s hearts and minds are all in the right places and they keep you happily stuck dancing on the groove line with “Fight Me”.

Published in: on July 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pump that bassline: “9 To 5” has spicy retro flavours from NYC’s @TruthxLiesmusic and @Holymanmusic

TRUTH x LIES and HOLYMAN, “9 To 5”

It’s been a while since I’ve written about NYC duo Truth x Lies, but they have a winner for clubs with “9 To 5” in collaboration with fellow New Yorker Holyman.  There’s not much lyrically to the song but its chorus is consistent with what club goers want to hear because there is no “9 To 5” in the dance music world 😛  What gives this one edge is its sly, retrotastic synth bassline, which sounds like it was inspired from some of the best disco and dance records of the 70’s and 80’s.  It all works together well, making the Truth x Lies and Holyman a collaboration that could be repeated, and club DJ’s should appreciate the extended mix.  Add “9 To 5” to your Dance The Night Away playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Another instant summer disco anthem by @Moranmusic and @divaJasonWalker with the striking “I’m In Love With You”

TONY MORAN and JASON WALKER, “I’m In Love With You”

Legendary producer Tony Moran and sensational NYC powerhouse vocalist Jason Walker can simply do no wrong when they get together with a new song.  Following up “So Happy” and “Say Yes”, this year we have “I’m In Love With You”, ready to brighten up your day if not your entire summer!  Like the others, it’s an ideal song for clubs, reveling in the happy vibe of the classic disco era, with Jason’s vocal towering over a zesty, contagious melody.  There is no wonder why the pair keep going to #1 on the dance music charts.  “I’m In Love With You” draws from many different, enjoyable dance styles while still carving out its own niche in the crowd.  Watch the video above.

Published in: on June 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Here’s to even more disco-funk from England’s @Patawawa with “Lie”

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PATAWAWA, “Lie”

Beth, Rory and Sam comprise UK trio Patawawa, who impressed earlier this year with the grand retro-disco vibes of “Patagonia” from their EP Bedroom.  They’ve followed up the EP with an appearance in Cookie Records’ Crispy Groove Compilation EP with “Lie”.  This song draws perhaps more on inspiration from Parliament-Funkadelic and Rick James than CHIC this time, with its deep bass synths creating a deliciously contagious funky rhythm.  The trio has everything going for it to stand out in the busy dance music scene, but I think would benefit of better-rounded production to make their music pop even more.  But, no lie, “Lie” is a heckuva lot of fun and should attract more fans to Patawawa’s diverse sounds.  Add “Lie” to your “It Is Time To Get Funky” playlist using the Spotify link below.

Published in: on May 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Hang Up” is savoury disco-tinged pop from @WRLDmusic and Savoi

WLRD and SAVOI, “Hang Up”

After the success of “Hideaway” from about a year ago, Dutch producer WRLD returns to collaborate with Australia’s Savoi again for “Hang Up”.  Like with some of his other creative songs, WRLD adds a lot of disco-influenced touches to “Hang Up” – think “The Hustle” with that flute melody.  The song flows by and goes down easy thanks also to Savoi’s earnest vocal which will help definitely draw couples together on the dance floor.  Be sure to add “Hang Up” to your Disco Inspiration playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on April 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ireland’s @realLindaMartin updates 70’s disco throwback “Up In A Puff Of Smoke”

LINDA MARTIN, “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” (Matt Pop Edit)

It’s hard to recapture the halcyon days of early disco pop hits, but Irish Eurovision ’92 winner Linda Martin (for the Irish #1 “Why Me”, also a chart hit in England and The Netherlands) brings her game to “Up In A Puff Of Smoke” for Energise Recordings.  It’s hardly the kind of song you might think would see a revival.  UK singer Polly Brown, from the band Pickettywitch, had the kind of hit that you don’t see anymore back in 1975.  It won over U.S. and Canadian radio and disco fans – a Top 20 hit in both countries, and a Top 5 disco hit on Billboard’s chart – without becoming a UK Top 40 hit.  Linda’s vocal sails through the song smoothly, thriving in a buoyant, spot-on mix by Matt Pop.  “Up In A Puff Of Smoke”, giddy and fun anomaly that it may be, will definitely leave 70’s pop and disco fans wanting more!  Add it to your pure fun Spotify playlist at the link above.

 

Published in: on January 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Disco and funk vibes are alive and well in “Patagonia” by UK trio @Patawawa

PATAWAWA, “Patagonia”

Although the UK has been noted for many wonderful R&B/soul and dance artists since the 1970’s, you’d hardly think that a broad, funky slice of disco like “Patagonia” would come from an electronic UK trio from Matlock in Derbyshire like Patawawa.  It’s from their upcoming EP called Bedroom, and “Patagonia” is just so refreshing with a lot going for it in a cluttered dance music market.  Members Sam and Rory start off the song with soul-influenced vocals complementing a snappy funk rhythm that reminds me of Penguin Prison or Dan Black from earlier in the decade, along with a catchy chorus.  Then BLAMMO in comes the secret weapon of Beth Garrett’s vocal where one would not expect it, at around the 1:20 mark.  I like that “Patagonia” takes risks like that while still being blissfully entertaining because you’re going to want to hear Beth’s voice again… and you shall 🙂  Patawawa will easily draw you in to all of the intrigue of “Patagonia” so make sure you listen above and watch for the EP to drop on January 26.

Published in: on January 10, 2018 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Funky and fresh from France: “Watch Me Dance” by @SaraCostamusic featuring @OpeSmith

SARA COSTA featuring OPÉ SMITH, “Watch Me Dance”

“Watch Me Dance” is a delectable feast of 70’s and 80’s-styled jazz-influenced R&B that just happens to come from France, courtesy of producer Sara Costa and featuring the smoky and gritty style of singer Opé Smith.  Opé’s often deep, gracious, and natural tones compliment the lyrics about a relationship that’s collapsing, and how the subject isn’t having any of it.  Sara Costa has been well-established in Europe for many years, and like many of the women producer/DJ’s I’ve written about this year, it’s about more than just NERVO and Krewella – their time is coming for worldwide impact.  Sara crafts a classic disco/R&B rhythm with organic sounds, with emphasis on horns and piano, making the song retro yet quite current-sounding all at once.  “Watch Me Dance” comes out of Sony France but with international appeal.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on December 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Aarti” by @therealShishi is a gentle fusion of Bollywood, House and Disco

SHISHI, “Aarti”

ShiShi is an American singer of Indian heritage who aims to fuse dance music styles for a universal appeal.  “Aarti” is an auspicious introduction, perhaps using A.R. Rahman’s music inspiration from “Slumdog Millionaire” as a familiar jumping off point to draw you into its sultry and persuasive melody.  The song fuses Bollywood, house and disco in a gentle but memorable way and you’ll be humming it long after it’s over.  “Aarti” is something a little different for you but it will fit easily into a mid-tempo house set, and will appeal to fans of Mura Masa and Klingande among others.  As a side campaign, after introducing “Aarti” on Diwali, ShiShi is pledging $1 for every share of this Facebook post: bit.ly/diwalishishi to the literacy and learning programs of Pratham, a successful educational organization in India.  Share away and check out “Aarti” at the link above.

Published in: on October 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vibes galore in “Something We Once Knew” by @PatrickReza and @MayaPaynemusic

PATRICKREZA & MAYA PAYNE, “Something We Once Knew” (remix) (freeDL)

L.A.’s PatrickReza pairs up once again with Kiwi vocalist Maya Payne for a remix of her “Something We Once Knew”.  The vocal starts off as if it could be leading slyly into an alt.pop tune but swiftly turns disco-tastic with an old school breakdown that really busts the reflective song wide open.  So you get the best of a lot of vibes on “Something We Once Knew” which will keep club goers and fans of the prolific producer quite happy.  For dance music fans who like something a little different, “Something We Once Knew” is available as a free download at the link above.

Published in: on October 17, 2017 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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