Deux consists of legendary house producer David Penn and fellow Spaniard and DJ Toni Gutierrez and admittedly, we were unaware of their existence until their track ‘Party People’ was featured on Dimitri from Paris’ newest compilation for Defected Records, “Back in the House”. According to Deux, their mission is to resurrect classic house beats, vocal yelps and the like through their music. That’s rather apparent from one listen to this track, which sounds like it could have been pulled straight from the DJ booth at Club MTV. This track evokes a past era in the best possible way; thought this particular style of music maybe not be very common at the moment, we sure hope to see more production inspired by classic house music like that of Deux’s.
Flight Facilities have been making quite the stir in the music world this year. The Australian duo and Future Classic labelmates cultivated a big name for themselves in their homeland and Europe, contributing to many music projects and becoming well-connected to some artists that you will see here on OXD. They have remixed Holy Ghost!, Cut Copy, and Sneaky Soundsystem—with some of these remixes appearing on various Future Disco and Hed Kandi compilations.
As far as releasing their own singles, Flight Facilities have been 1 for 1 since 2010: one single every year. 2011’s release, ‘Foreign Language,’ featured guest vocals by Jess and is getting momentum even one year after its official debut. New remixes have appeared and most recently a rework by Will Saul & Tam Cooper popped up on Future Disco Presents Poolside Sounds. The breezy vocals provided by Jess are a great match for the song, which relies on very classic disco and R&B production; you are instantly transported to a long-gone era at first listen.
A video was released this past December due to the increasing popularity of the track. Filmed and produced to look like the opening credits of a 70’s primetime crime procedural, the theme seems more than fitting for this particular song.
It’s hard to believe it has been over 4 years since the Australian duo known as The Presets released their second album, Apocalypso. Formed in Sydney by Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, they catapulted to become one of the biggest electronic acts on Modular Records alongside Cut Copy—they both toured together in the States. Despite the time lapse, the second single from Apocalypso continues to sound fresh. ‘This Boy’s In Love’ is not only the strongest track in the album, but it is also translated beautifully to video. Directed by Casper Balslev, it features the band members performing in a dusty room and a slightly homoerotic scene with two young boys fighting in a puddle of milk. Well, they certainly know their audience.
The single also includes a great remix by Lifelike. If you have good ears (and good memory,) you might’ve heard DJ Johnny Dynell play this one at Vandam on Sundays.
Toronto house darlings Azari & III have risen up quickly in the music scene with their knack for funky 90’s house beats and sassy vocals. The buzz around them has even gotten the attention of Madonna, for whom they are rumored to be opening her world tour.
‘Hungry For the Power’ is actually the first official single release for Azari & III, coming out in 2009 and seeing a re-release in 2011. The re-release brought remixes from Sei A, Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, as well as the one featured in this post by Art Department.
Though the track takes on a whole new flavor in this remix, it still keeps a distinctly 90’s vibe. Moving from a house beat to an electroreggae-come-hiphop backing, the now almost 9-minute track has a more steady beat while still giving you the extended highs and lows that are expected from Azari & III. Vocal mixing on this track adds a layer of horror-movie-like vocals and fierce loops at song peaks. Play it loud.
Say what you want about Moby, but it’s an irrefutable fact that the bald vegan can produce a fierce dance track.
The original version of ‘I Love to Move in Here’ is off of 2008’s Last Night and actually hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts. This album was heavily influenced by dance music as a result of Moby’s DJing around the time of recording. He professed this record as a “love letter to NY nightlife.” An album of remixes entitled Last Night Remixed appeared with ‘I Love to Move in Here (Holy Ghost! Remix)’ as the opening track.
Though the original was clearly a club hit, Holy Ghost!’s interpretation is much dancier than the original. Holy Ghost! took the it from a lighter, piano-ridden electronic song to a signature NY 7-minute disco dance off. This remix came out around the same time ‘I Will Come Back’ was released, helping to define their style before the April release of their self-titled debut.