Just stumbled on these two dudes from Wales and Holland that go by the name Televisor and they.. guitar. good. The staggering amount of joyfulness flowing out of “Stand-up” simply incapacitates my working English. Hit them up on facebook and soundcloud cause their numbers don’t reflect how great they are.
This marks the first interview we’ve ever conducted at Funkytown and I’m pumped to say it’s with none other than my dude, Kreap. Despite a 17 hour time difference we were able to coordinate a skype call for a 20 minute conversation. From his music alone it’s obvious that the man is a master of his trade but I didn’t realize what a pure producer he is until our conversation. He was also kind enough to hook us up with a sweet minimix including some of his unreleased tracks, which is linked below the interview. Check out all these goodies and stay up to date on his endeavors by following him on soundcloud and facebook.
Kreap is a juggernaut of disco love and another strong argument in my case for the domination of Australian disco funk. Not only does he release most of his material for free on soundcloud, in glorious wav format, but he also has fresh material on what seems like a weekly basis. If your into disco or funk do yourself a favor and give him a follow.
Bobby C Sound TV is a media jack of all trades. A prolific remixer, producer, and film editor, the man flawlessly combines his talents, often with a a sense of humor to boot. Typically disco funk with some big beat electro sprinkled in, his productions are always high quality yet light hearted. Almost like a showcase of his impeccable taste, he heavily samples from movies and classic music genres. Dudes got it. As always, show his fan pages some love for more free music and updates on his endeavors : soundcloud & facebook
I love to use SoundCloud to find new music, but if there is one thing I hate about it, it’s when artists spam the shit out of me in the hopes that I’ll listen to their music and start following them. If you do that then you should stop. When I get 10 requests in my inbox to listen to your songs do you want to know what I do? I delete them all without blinking and go on living my life. The reason I hate it so much is because 99.9% of the time your music is terrible which is why I’ve almost entirely stopped even listening to it. However, Isco may have single-handedly changed my mind about being sent music on SC. He didn’t send me a million requests that encompassed all his songs (and this is possibly because he only has one). What he did do however was send me one request to listen to one of his songs. I decided to give it a listen, and, for once, I was not disappointed. This fresh face to the music scene just absolutely killed it with his first production! Isco’s style is a perfect blend of disco funk and synth-pop. We should all be hoping that Midnight is just the first surprise of a long line of amazing japanese dance bombs being dropped on unsuspecting U.S. listeners. (still too soon?)
Been meaning to write about these guys for a while. LBCK stands for Long Beach County Kids but the duo has quickly expanded their fanbase past their home state of California. Their style is what I would call hard disco. Always fun, funky, and constantly meandering into glitch/electro styles. In addition to a consistent flow of remixes they also know how to dish out the mixtape love. The wide range they cover leads to some less than elegant transitions but their selection is something special that I relate to whole-heartedly. I’d be down for these guys even if they didn’t make their own music. With that here are some tracks and a prayer for a full length LP.
If only because that means I have been amassing scores of new music that is finally ready to desecrate your ossicular chains. Eardrums be damned! Now in order to fit everything I will have to forego my customary style of verbose rambling and instead write a very succinct blurb about each artist (and I’m sure you are all devastated).
LE YOUTH: Le Youth (aka Wes James) is a LA based producer/DJ whose penchant for creating feel-good disco is just another demonstration of how the youth is taking over…
Les Loups: In search of smooth disco/funk sound, Les Loups realized that a 3-piece suits them best. This German trio hailing from Hannover has captivated me recently with a style that can always put a smile on my face.
DJ EQ: I know very little about this producer other than the fact that he makes amazing music. I believe he is based out of Philly which would make sense as that city has recently been displaying its ability to churn out great artists across the broad spectrum of music.
Alexandre Louvré: (Warning: Not from France) The name might throw you a little, but this 19 year old from Mexico City definitely appreciates the “French touch” and demonstrates this understanding in every one of his songs.
D-Funk: A Sydney-based producer/DJ, D-Funk has been around for years, toured all over the world, and released well over 50 tracks. With more and more quality music coming from down-under, I have a feeling like Mr. Masters will soon be receiving the credit he deserves.
The Digital Monkey: Matthew Johnson has been making music for close to a year now and has carved out a niche in the category of progressive electro-house. Hopefully we’ll see more from this UK-based producer in the coming months.
Icy Lions: This American duo has accomplished something I thought impossible: finishing a quality EP while each member lives on an opposite side of the country. So from SF to Atlanta, then straight to your speakers, comes this heavily-electro influenced sound. Also get the ‘Girls & Mustaches’ EP for free while you can! (http://www.mediafire.com/?x3de3f3di58jcd2) (160 kbps)
The Clave: The Brazilians have Electro figured out. That much is clear. The Clave have decided to take this knowledge then blend it with dubstep and fidget to create a hard-hitting style that is similar, but ultimately unique when compared to other Brazilian artists.
A.Skillz: From the moment I heard his remix of California Soul, I knew that Adam Mills was the man. It doesn’t hurt that this Londoner also works often with the Funkytown supported Nick Thayer, so do yourself a favor and check out their collaborations.
It seems like a relatively short period of time since mankind mapped the human genome. Since that fateful day scientists have been trying to pinpoint all the specific characteristics associated with each individual base pair and the greater effects of making adjustments to these pairs. I personally believe that Steven Hawley and Sage Schwarm are the closest to cracking this genetic code. It is obvious that they have already figured out the exact base pair that stores funk and have exploited this knowledge to the delight of their fans. You may know the midwestern duo better as Codebreaker (yes from the Miami Horror ‘Make You Mine’ remix you had stuck on repeat all those months back). These two were hard at work 6 months ago on finishing their 7-song EP/album The Space Chase, but I hadn’t heard much from then since. That was until I listened to their summer mix ‘The Warm Touch,’ and it was well worth the wait. In a word: sexy.
The Black Project is a new disco duo consisting of Italian producers Nello Simioli and Peppe Black. They’ve only been around for a little over a year but have already scored a beatport top ten with their track “Wonder”. They are currently signed to Loudbit records, a label I am unfamiliar with but it is apparently an Italian House and Disco label based out of Firenze. The song that sold me on these guys was “In the Disco”, this track is brimming with energy and feel good vibes (my kind of disco). “In the Disco” also features the same guitar sample used in Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” which happens to be one of my favorite 90s anthems. Respect.