Louis La Roche is the man. These mixtapes have been so ill. Guy truly has the Midas touch. If you missed 1-4 follow this link and jam out from the beginning of it all. Each mix is about 15 minutes and is full of exclusive edits, remixes, bootlegs, etc. all done by the man himself to make it feel like your on a journey through sound (much like Flight Facilities did with their Decades mixes).
This mix is 100% pure gold. Full of must have, must play nu disco, indie dance, electronic funky fraicheness that will have you begging for more. The piano is superb, synths are ever so succulent, and the baselines…oh ze baselines. My lord they are good. Literally every single track in here is worth a download, and I would even venture to say that if you don’t download at least some of these immediately, you should just delete AYNE from your memory. We cannot help you. Anyways, Louis La Roche is definitely one of our favorites and a staple of our Funky Fraiche Friday post since it’s inception. He’s keepin’ it funky, holdin’ onto that groove nice and tight. We respect that. Tracklist features the new single from Russ Chimes called “Turn Me Out.” Yea, it’s essential. And also included is a special previously undisclosed remix of A-Trak and Tommy Trash collab, “Tuna Melt.” It’s quite special. Obviously there’s Louis’ remix of Calvin Harris‘s “I Need Your Love,” but what really sets the tone for the whole mix is the eternally fresh original from Roman D’amour. The man is a legend. I mean, let’s be honest…he’s the guy behind “Make Love Tonight.” Yea you’re probably thinking of the Lifelike remix…oh hey, you know what, Roman is on his label…coincidence? I think not. These frenchmen know whats up.
Visit Louis’ Soundcloud for the full tracklist.
As of late, this thing called a “job,” and the extracurricular activities that fill my free time have caused yet another missed week in the annals of Funky Fraiche Friday posting. That said, it’s time to get funky and we have quite the menu for you this week. Featured artists include Louis La Roche, RAC, Alex Metric, Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, Tradelove, Classixx, Star Slinger, and many more! Enjoy ze beats.
Passion Pit’s hit single received an elegant rework from Classixx. Take me to the clouds.
And now let’s get a bit more funky with some disco house. Solidisco has quickly become a go to in my sets when I need people on the dance floor movin’ those feet. Here is there latest release. It’s fraiche and free. Enjoy!
Here is a new mix from Star Slinger. It’s fantastically funky and soulful. You need it.
1. BONDAX – I GOT THAT
2. CHRIS E. PANTS – PASS IT AROUND
3. PERSEUS – SEYCHELLES
4. STAR SLINGER – 4 CHRIST SAKE
5. LOL BOYS – CHANGES (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
6. SWEATER BEATS – MLLN DLLR
7. DISCLOSURE – LATCH (T WILLIAMS CLUB EDIT)
8. ELLE VARNER – REFILL
9. DIAFRIX – HELICOPTER (STAR SLINGER REMIX)
10. BONDAX – YOU’RE SO (STAR SLINGER REFIX)
11. KW GRIFF – BRING IN THE KATZ
12. DESTINY’S CHILD – SAY MY NAME (CYRIL HAHN REMIX)
13. MILLION DOLLAR MANO – LADY
14. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – THE END OF TIME (FEAT. BEYONCE) (BRENMAR REMIX)
15. STAR SLINGER – TAKE THIS UP
Here we have two very different but equally solid remixes from Louis La Roche that will make you want to get rowdy. Our advice…don’t think about it. Do it.
Classixx on the original called “Stranger Love.” RAC on the remix. Simply essential. The vocals are angelic…in an indie way (whatever that means)…the beats are bouncy, and the groove is impecable.
Here is a naughty tech house remix from Tradelove. It’s dirty but ooooh so good.
Taken you a bit deeper on these next two. First one is a remix of Jean Winner’s “Alive And Kicking” from Zimmer. So sensual. Diggin’ this hard.
When Pete Tong puts out music…you listen. Check out this Hot Since 82 dub mix of his track “Dawn” featuring S.Y.F. Soooo deep, so funky.
Lastly, here is one of my favorite mixes of the past month. Defected only hosts the best DJs, and Miguel Campbell is just that. Top tier. His shit is just hot. What can you say?
Zoo Brazil featuring Ursula Rucker – You Don’t Know Me – Defected
Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix) – Toolroom Records
Stefano Ritteri – Rules Of Control – Defected
Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Mix) – Defected
MOST RATED TRACK
Tensnake featuring Syron – Mainline – Defected
Flashmob – Hot – Defected
Sante VS MD X-Spress – This Is House – Lo:Rise
ALBUM OF THE WEEK – SAM Records Extended Play by Jacques Renault
Scandal – Just let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix) – Nurvous Records
Jack Dixon – Spin Drive – Leftroom Records
James Talk feat. Cari Golden – Ain’t That The Way – Hi:Rise
Noir – Satisfied – Noir Music
Sandy Rivera – Let Me Tell You Something – Defected
Recloose – Don’t Get Me Wrong – Delusions of Grandeur
CLASSIC TRACK – House Masters Derrick Carter
Truman Industires – Love Plus (Derrick Carter’s Love Groove Mix) – ITH
Guest Mix – Miguel Campbell
Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III) – ITH
Deep, Down and Defected: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/deep-down-defected/id572406938
Believe it or not, I was actually on my game this week. This was prepared over the course of the whole week, and is one of the most robust editions of “Funky Fraiche Friday” to date, so I hope you enjoy it. This week we are featuring free downloads from Breakbot, Plastic Plates, and Star Slinger, plus new releases and previews from Louis La Roche, Jacques Lu Cont, Monkey Safari, and Simon Shout, and a new mix from Prince Language that has a heartfelt message and purpose. But, we start out with one of the legends and spiritual founders of this post…oh ya, that’s Mr. James Brown. He reminds us 1) that it’s all in the baseline, and 2) that this is real dancing. Take notes.
Let’s kick things off with a free download taken from the new Breakbot album “By Your Side,” which is scheduled for release next week on Ed Banger.
Haven’t caught up with my man Star Slinger in a while. Rediscovering his music is like rekindling an old flame…and by “rekindle” do the horizontal mambo. Pick his latest production, “Take This Up” up for free below. It’s superb.
And we briefly take you a bit deeper with a fraiche EP called “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved” from Plastic Plates. The title track features vocals from the soulful and wise, Simon Lord. They are also giving the Amine Edge & DANCE remix…extra deep for those sensual moments…away for free. Which is nice. The other two tracks are available for preview and purchase via their Soundcloud. For the free remix click here FREE DOWNLOAD.
Louis La Roche is a staple of these posts. Here’s another reason why. So smooth.
Jacques Lu Cont insanely diverse and talented. Such a wide range of production styles and techniques. Gotta respect the man. The results ain’t to shabby either. This one is going to be big. Check out the preview of his new track “In The Night.” Epic baseline.
John Dahlback continues to impress. This new track is just pure genius. From a production stand point, it doesn’t get that much better than this dude. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. He is the most talented and diverse Swedish producer. Period.
Simon Shout usually produces progressive stuff, but this is a preview of his first tech house track, and may I say…it’s pretty dope. Title is “Here To Move.” Seems only appropriate, cause he makes it impossible not to. Really looking forward to this release.
Ok, it’s official, I have developed a strong obsession for Monkey Safari. This song is a perfect 10 in my book. So funky, yet so dreamy. Great vibes.
Enter the mix…
The first of the two mixes with have today comes from DCUP, and it is a sort of introduction to his new label, CHOOKIE. Creative name…still not sure what it means, but it is definitely not concerning me in the least. To paraphrase Bill Belichick (in reference to drafting Warren Saap out of college), I want to be on this label so badly “my dick is hard.” True stories…both. Seriously.
Tracklist available via Soundcloud…bascially it was too much effort to type out. Sorry.
Lastly, here is a mix from Prince Language. As you can sense by this point…we are fans of Prince Language. So much respect for him as an artist and a person. This mix was done especially for his friend and fellow artist, Michael Richards, who was killed in 9/11. Read the full dedication below.
“On the morning of September 11, 2001, my friend Michael Richards was working in his studio on the 92nd floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. He was a resident artist there as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Views program. Michael was an incredibly gifted artist and sculptor whose work addressed tragic aspects of African-American history through a poignant, poetic, and ultimately transcendant use of iconography. Ironically, much of his work dealt with flight, and the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, as a theme.
Michael grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and loved reggae. I originally met him through our mutual friend, the curator Franklin Sirmans, who knew that we would have this in common. Shortly after Michael’s death, Franklin asked me to make a reggae mix to be played at a memorial gathering he was organizing at the Studio Museum of Harlem, where Michael was also an artist in residence, on September 23, 2001. Beginning with King Tubby’s elegiac dub of The Aggrovators “I Shall Be Released” entitled “Release The Dub”, the songs I gathered addressed the mood of mourning that we New Yorkers felt in the wake of the attacks, as well as the themes of love, war, struggle, hope, spirituality and release that are so beautifully expressed in Reggae music. This is the original recording of that mix.
I thought that today, 11 years from the attack that took his and many others lives, was a fitting day to share this small memorial for Michael. I hope you can take the time to explore his powerful work and rich legacy. I miss him.”
Louis La Roche puts together an amazing 15 min mix for your listening pleasure. Features a ton of different genres, vocal samples, and of course, plenty of fraicheness. This one is perfect for those afternoon/early evening cocktails that will form your foundation for what lies ahead tonight. Enjoy the fireworks, and as always, make love to the night children.
Stay fraiche, world.
Alright party people. Here is the first edition of “Funky Fraiche Fridays.” This posting will occur each Friday afternoon and will be focused around all that jazz that makes you get off your ass and shake it. So get ready for a variety of disco, nu disco, funk, soul, house, tech house, deep house and basically whatever else we think has enough funk to make the cut. You will see a wide variety of artists and formats in each post. Some weeks it may be a video, others will include couple groovy kneeslappers you can download. Regardless, you will take it, and you will like it. We don’t make a habit of letting our fans down, so just trust. This week we will be featuring an amazing mix from the one and only, Louis La Roche. He is one of my personal favorites when it comes to absurdly fantastic house music. One thing I love in particular about his music and overall taste in music is that when you listen to it, it is almost impossible not to move. With that said, it’s time to get moving.
1. Simian Mobile Disco – Cerulean
2. Stereofunk – Disco To Disco
3. Louis La Roche – Fake Tan
4. J Paul Getto – Booty
5. Louis La Roche – Gimme Gimme
6. Aniki – OMG
7. Deep Fiction – Lets Go
8. Amtrac – Untitled
9. Louis La Roche – Kaboom
10. Disclosure – Tenderly
11. Riva Starr & Fatboy Slim – Get Naked (Louis La Roche Remix)
12. Cheek – Sunshine People (Louis La Roche Modernized Edit)
13. Country Club – In The Air
14. Fare Soldi – Pestalozzi
15. Louis La Roche – Malfunction
16. 5eya – Out Of Town
17. Louis la Roche – F.U.B.A.R
18.U-Tern – You Don’t Know Me
19. Louis La Roche – Ricochet
Ask yourself…can you dance?