Launchpad: Two weekend playlists for lovers of disco and deep house
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This weekend’s Launchpad is another double edition. Fans of Justice, Classixx, Chromeo, and Throttle will dig this funky electro disco and nu disco inspired list. These glossy tracks are perfect for pre-Halloween parties and walking with attitude down the street like so.
Highlights: Kicking off this funky list are Los Angeles based funk rockers LUXXURY. The duo pull double duty, in fact, with their recently released single “What Do Ya Really Want?” and their Iconique remix. The former is a dreamy disco ballad which taps into the genre’s formal history and updates it with crisp production.
TV Noise’s slick jam “Think” incorporates an R&B vocal with a funky, rubber band lead while Submotion Culture Club brings in the genre’s experimental side with”Lemaître,” a driving, electro track with glo-fi vocals layered over a classic 4/4 beat. Last up is Ghassemi’s sexy, piano-laden jam “Saturate.”
Next up on this weekend’s sonic tour is a 13 track deep house playlist. These nuanced tracks detour through the subtler side of house music with restrained beats and plenty of attitude–think Black Coffee or Lane 8. The tracks in this list are perfect for the underground crate diggers and anyone who loves to dance without moving too much.
Highlights: There’s plenty to love on this list, with the first stellar track coming in from Ivory Oasis with “Waiting For Your Love.” Vocalist Mae’s angelic falsetto slinks through the song’s deep, lush soundscape. Up next, Lindahl’s ‘Moody Remix’ turns Phantom Runners’ “First Time” into a subterranean house jam. The track’s dreamy layers of echo and distortion are underscored by a driving kick and bright textural samples.
SKG’s “Respect” is true deep house jam ripped straight from a Jamaican dance hall. It’s an authentic detour into moombahton territory with the pacing and restraint of the genre’s best.
Finally, underground label Method Music’s recent podcast closes out the list. The hour long mix from label collaborator Josimar celebrates the farthest reaches of the genre with electro, techno, and acid house influences throughout.