What a year it’s been for disco and for Midnight Riot. Yam Who’s label has gone from strength to strength ever in even the relatively short period of the last year, literally dropping one chart topper after another as the caliber of artists on the label has gone through the roof. We have covered many of the releases HERE. You can also check out their perfect summation of the year, their compilation The Finest 2022 which lands on Traxsource on December 16th and you can grab it HERE.
With shows as far afield as Miami and Ibiza the label has also spread it’s wings across the globe and there are lots more gigs in the pipeline for 2023. In the meantime you can check them much closer to home in London this Saturday 10th December.
We hope that you have enjoyed the last 12 months of Disco Juice, the music has been insanely good. You can check a Disco Juice flavoured mix from Le Visiteur on this months Midnight Riot Podcast featuring tracks from the column.
Now let’s hand you over to Yam Who? to run down the 9 Essential disco tracks for December.
Daniel Vangarde – The Vaults Of Zagora Records Mastermind (1971-1984)
Because Music / Zagora Records
‘The Vaults Of Zagora Records Mastermind (1971-1984)’ is Because Music’s compilation exhuming the vaults of French songwriter and producer Daniel Vangarde, who established the Zagora label with publisher Jean Kluger in 1975. Featuring material from the one and only album that Vangarde himself ever made, it also includes tracks from Starbow, Who’s Who, Ami Stewart and more. As a highly recognised producer and songwriter from the 60s to the 80s, Vangarde worked on classics such as Ottawan’s ‘D.I.S.C.O.’, The Gibson Brothers’ ‘Cuba’ and Black Blood’s ‘Aie a Mwana’. The album will be available to stream as well as to purchase as a double vinyl LP and CD.
Javi Frias – The Spirit EP
Night Shift Spain
Spanish DJ, producer and Night Shift records boss Javi Frias presents a new EP of disco edits that take the vibes of the 70s and re-fit them for the current dancefloor. As you might imagine, each of the four tracks seemingly has party stamped across it in giant capital lettering, from the opening stomper ‘Hot Damn!’ with its bright-as-a-button brass section and the wah wah guitar of ‘Dance To The Music’ to the proto-house of ‘The Spirit’. But the best is saved to last – the bendy funk bassline gymnastics of ‘Feel Good’, quite irresistible.
Javi Frias Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/javifriasdj/
Javi Frias Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/javifriasdj
Javi Frias Twitter: https://twitter.com/javifriasdj
Nightshift Records Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NightShiftRcds/
Suki Soul – Wear It Out – Yam Who? & Jaegerossa Mixes
Midnight Riot Records
Next up & dropping mid December on Midnight Riot, is a rather special one! The much sampled but never remade Stargard anthem ‘Wear It Out’ by Suki Soul featuring Yam Who? & Jaegerossa. It’s a proper disco monster and you will instantly recognize the sample from Pete Heller’s huge filtered house classic ‘Big Love’, and following on from Midnight Riots huge ADE party where Suki Soul performed her stunning live version, the label knew from the feedback it was time to cut & release a new version. Yam Who? & London based musician Rob Aitkin created the new backing track adding live bass, guitar, strings & keys, arranged by Jaegerossa and mixed by the legendary Matt Bandy, it closes the end of a remarkable year for the label as they celebrate their 10th year in the business!
Jaegerossa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaegerossa
Jaegerossa Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/phil-rose-1973
Jaegerossa Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaegerossa1411
Suki Soul Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SukiSoul
Suki Soul Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sukisoulsinger/
Suki Soul Twitter: https://twitter.com/SukiSoulSinger
Midnight Riot Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightRiotRecords/
Midnight Riot Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/midnightriotrecords/
Midnight Riot Twitter: https://twitter.com/MidnightRiotRec
Various – The Remixes’ Chapter IV
‘Chapter IV’ is a collection of remixes by Yuksek, Chaim & Ozart, Prins Thomas, Ewan Pearson, Joseph Ashworth and Carli. For over twenty years now Belgium’s Eskimo Recordings have discovered and nurtured some of the most loved names in dance music, ‘The Remixes’ Chapter IV’ is the sound of dark Berlin basements, festivals in Mexico City, boat parties in the Adriatic and rooftop parties in Tel Aviv, music that transcends time and place. With some heavyweight mixes on offer, with Yuksek & Prins Thomas coming through strongly and proving what put the Belgium label still shines as bright as ever.
Nightset – Diamond Eyes
Slip Slop Clap
Sydney jazz house duo Nightset is the collaborative project of Sonny Grin and Kats, their trademark sound blending elements of nu jazz, house, and electronica with wild live improvisation. Quickly marking their ground as one of Australia’s most exciting emerging acts, Nightset’s latest release sees them team up with Chilean / Australian soul singer and guitarist Josueì Vilches on ‘Diamond Eyes.’ The track is a buttery smooth, soulful house joint that strikes the right balance between live instrumentation and tasteful electronic production. It’s a perfect party starter with its extended house grove that is sure to bring the dancers to the floor.
Kapote & Kosmo Kint – Remix EP (Incl. COEO, Andrés, and Tom Jarmey)
Label staples and rising newcomers take on Kapote’s latest EP on his own imprint, Toy Tonics, remixing three stellar collaborations with New York soul singer Kosmo Kint. Kicking off the remix EP is familiar face, COEO, with two reworks of ‘Strangers’; a signature style, deep and funky cut, and a bouncy 90’s garage-inspired version. Both are destined for damage on the dancefloor. Next up is rising UK producer, Tom Jarmey, delivering a warm, dubbed-out remix of ‘Misbehave’. Soaked in delay and jittering melodies, Jarmey’s vision adds an ethereal touch to the original track. Dez Andrés rounds things off with a heavily swung, groovy take on ‘Misbehave’; pushing the original vocals to the forefront while laying a foundation of skippy drums and big bass.
Kapote Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kapoteee/
Kapote Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kapote_modica/
Kosmo Kint Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kosmokint
Kosmo Kint Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kosmo.kint/
Kosmo Kint Twitter: https://twitter.com/KintKosmo
Toy Tonics Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToyTonics
Toy Tonics Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toytonics/
Riva Starr X Soul City Connection – Brotherly Love Divine feat Phebe Edwards
Internationally acclaimed producer Riva Starr delivers an unexpected mashup of two recent club cuts. Garnering attention from top level selectors upon release in 2021, Riva’s ‘Love Divine’ (featuring soulful vocals from Phebe Edwards) combines with Soul City Connection’s ‘Brotherly Love’, originally released with Big Love records earlier in 2022, to form ‘Brotherly Love Divine’ – a modern track full of timeless musical influences that embodies the sound of Glitterbox. Featuring a variety of remixes, with Jamie 3:26 and Danou P bringing a minimal vibe with classic disco flourishes, whilst Riva’s regular collaborator Mark Broom’s remix is also playful, upping the tempo and fragmenting the vocals. Finally, Nigel Lowis, the mind behind Soul City Connection, provides an edit of the track that incorporates the big and brassy feel of the Big Love original.
Riva Starr Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rivastarr
Riva Starr Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rivastarr/
Riva Starr Twitter: https://twitter.com/rivastarr
Glitterbox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glitterboxibiza
Glitterbox Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glitterboxibiza/
Glitterbox Twitter: https://twitter.com/Glitterbox
79.5 – Club Level (Eli Escobar Remix)
Razor-N-Tape welcomes Brooklyn-based band 79.5 to the family with the first single from their forthcoming eponymous LP. New York City based 79.5 was started in 2010 by singer-songwriter and composer Kate Mattison. Their sound moves smoothly between 70’s underground disco and sugary sweet girl pop. With just a self-released 12” in circulation, 79.5 was written up in The New Yorker twice based on their live sets alone. In 2019 singer-songwriter and rapper Lola Adanna was added to the line-up, and became a bright new chapter for founding member Kate Mattison and long-time 79.5 saxophonist Izaak Mills. Soulful and psychedelic, the haunting melodies of ‘Club Level’ float above a steady strutting rhythm section, punctuated by moaning baritone saxophone and drenched in washy reverb. NYC mainstay Eli Escobar crafts a masterful remix that leans into 80s nostalgia, with a soundscape and arrangement nothing short of perfection.
79.5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisis79.5
Eli Escobar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJEliEscobar
Eli Escobar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eliescobarnyc/
Eli Escobar Twitter: https://twitter.com/eliesco
Razor-N-Tape Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RazorNTape/
Razor-N-Tape Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/razor-n-tape
Razor-N-Tape Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/razorntape/
Razor-N-Tape Twitter: https://twitter.com/RazorNTape
Jazz N Palms – Milano (Disco Mix)
Hell Yeah Recordings
Hell Yeah is proud to present the return of Jazz N Palms with a superb new project following the success of his recent summer sell out album Ses Rodes. This new release ‘Milano’ comes as 7″ with radio and instrumental versions, and a digital release that includes a killer six-minute disco rework of this obscure gem. Jazz N Palms is a jazz-inspired project from Italian DJ and producer Riccio. ‘Milano’ came about after Riccio heard Piera Martell’s 1978 soul-jazz track ‘Exotica’ in a mix by Phil Mison. The idea was to re-imagine the song with new lyrics and set it in Milan. A luxurious soul-jazz fusion, Jazz N Palms also reworks this beauty of a track for the dance floor, with a disco version that is full of funky bass and wiggling synths. Lush chords bring the heat as the vocal takes on a more seductive quality and you glide along with the totally infectious groove. This is one timeless package of blissed-out brilliance from the inimitable Jazz N Palms.
Jazz N Palms Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jazznpalms
Jazz N Palms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jazz_n_palms/
Hell Yeah Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellyeahrecordings
Hell Yeah Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hellyeahrecordings/
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