Dude Skywalker: Street Life

We LOVE introducing new tracks to the blogsphere via Nightdrive especially if they’re by local masterminds. Fabio, Sam, and Alex a.k.a. Dude Skywalker are at it again with a brand spankin’ new remix of Randy Crawford’s “Street Life”. Last time they wowed us with their original production “To The Floor” which you can grab off of our previous D.S. post. According to the guys this one is a bit more upbeat and dance floor-ready. … MORE

SCARAMOUCHE (Round 2)

That’s right friends, S C A R A M O U C H E is back again for another Art WalK afterparty. And no we won’t be doing the fandango. If you haven’t heard yet Scaramouche was actually a popular disco club here in Miami circa mid 1970s-mid 1980s. It was housed in the Omni and we’re bringing it back one block away from the original location. Join us tonight for some FREE legendary disco fun. … MORE

Night School

Everything Mickey de Grand IV produces is fire, his latest project Night School is the perfect addition to the Cosmic Chronic label. Mickey explains “Night School is a project I do aside from Psychic Mirrors or Miami Players Club. Degrassi Junior High (OG 80s version, not that soft Drake shit) X Miami = Night School” … MORE

Cage And Aviary’s Migration

Bird freak here checking in… I’m glad Cage & Aviary’s new album MIGRATION finally came out a couple of weeks ago and it’s as good as expected. I’m inclined to used the words: disco, spacey, and haunted when describing the overall vibe of the album. Some of the tracks might even be tributes to disco papi’s Giorgio M and Todd T according to the titles. Anyway, this is a good one and totally worth the purchase.

OFFICIAL:

Part man, part machine, part cockatiel, Cage & Aviary take flights of fancy whenever they can. Jamie Paton is a DJ, a one-finger keyboardist, and a pot-tickler. Nigel of Bermondsey is a musician, South London’s finest oscillator, and a dedicated dabbler. Together they are winners of the cosmic lottery.

Having put out releases to much acclaim on the ltd editions that are Dissident Distribution, Cage & Aviary have since spread their wings with releases on DFA, Tiny Sticks, and Astro Lab. Their own label, The Walls Have Ears, is slowly carving out a reputation for quality dubbed-out dance music too – the Cage & Aviary remix series has met with great critical acclaim thus far, with the likes of Andy Blake, Prins Thomas, Horse Meat Disco, Mock N Toof, Bill Brewster, Tim Sweeney, James Murphy, Tiga, Erol Alkan, Felix Dickinson, Leo Zero and other such luminaries counted amongst fans of their work.

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Pop & Eye

Here’s another  funny mystery producer off the Editainment label (home to Tiger & Woods + Cleo & Patra). Pop & Eye claims to “sail his ship alone” when producing tracks and also keeps his connection to Tiger & Woods on the down low besides being label buddies. A few blogs have suspected Pop & Eye is just a moniker for a T & W side project and have posed the “what’s the connection” question in interviews, P & E seems to avoid a straight answer every time. Tiger & Woods on the other hand claim it’s not them! Who knows… just enjoy the music.

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Chico Mann’s Pajarito

I’m a bit of a bird freak, I own 3 parrots and love all things avian. If I could get a sweatshirt with my Conure’s face airbrushed on it I would sport it at the most important of occasions. That’s why I freaking LOVE Chico Mann‘s track “Pajarito”. Some of you guys (Miami locals) may have caught his shows at Bardot or Vagabond which were both really good. The track is super Miami friendly with it’s latin vocals and electro funk beat.

Background info on the Mann:

“The sounds of Africa have taken multi-instrumentalist Chico Mann—aka Marcos García—all over the world. So itʼs fitting that after spending years learning to speak Afrobeat, albeit with a Cuban accent, Chico Mann has employed several dialects to make a larger musical statement, creating a hybrid of Afro-Cuban rhythms, Afrobeat and classic freestyle that has emerged to be one of the new, vibrant musical styles of today.

Born in New York City to Cuban parents—his mother a pianist and disc jockey, his father a record label head and producer of merengue records—a young Chico started early, diving headlong into the spheres of guitar, piano, and break dancing; the works of Willie Colón, Fela Kuti, Lisa Lisa, and Afrika Bambaataa led the way. His father told him to steer clear of the business, but did he really have a choice?”

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My bird really likes this song:

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Soul Clap Hearts Miami

Soul Clap is spending their second quarter-life snow-bird retreat down here again this winter and that can only mean good things. They along with buddies Wolf & Lamb continuously consumed dance floors down here a few months ago and they’re coming back to do it again. Secret sources say they stayed in somewhere in Miami Shores last time hence the title of their new EP Shady Shores.

Do any Miamians recognize this disco ball?!

That’s right it’s The Electric Pickle’s! Which brings me to the next thing… our secret Pickle sources have revealed:

“Wolf +Lamb/Soul Clap start their residency at Electric Pickle on Saturday, Nov 5th.  It will be a monthly party that’s the first sat of every month except for Jan cuz Dec 31st they will be doing NYE with us.  They’re will be special surprise guests at each show.”

We’re excited. Check out the medley for the EP and the video of Soul Clap wrecking The Electric Pickle earlier this year.

Shady Shores Medley w/ Tanner Ross

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Escort


Escort is not a disco ensemble from the 70s rediscovered by some hipster DJ and reintroduced to new 19 year old club goers within the last couple of months.  Zena Kitt (Lead Vocals), TOY !!!  (Backing Vocals), Kemba Russel (Backing Vocals), Anne Harris (Backing Vocals), Ben Herson (Drums), Dan Balis (Guitar & Keys) produce tracks that sound so authentically disco you might look for them in your coke-head uncle’s record collection. The group puts out releases every few years and each one is worth the wait. In 2006 they released a “Love in Indigo” 12″ followed by their “Starlight” EP, which included a sick dub by Metro Area’s Darshan Jersani. They had a few more singles in 2007 and 2010 brought about my favorite track of theirs ” Cocaine Blues”.  I’ve heard a few remixes here and there and I’m crossing my fingers for something new to come out soon.

I recently read an interesting interview where they described their creative process: “All of the synths we use are analog, and all of the instruments you hear are real. The closest thing to a true digital instrument we use is a Linn Drum. We also like to make things even more analog than they are before they go into the computer. Like taking an old synth, plugging that into to a weird guitar pedal, sending that into an old guitar amp, putting a ribbon mic in front of it and feeding that into a piece taken from a vintage mixing board and then into the computer.” Escort’s tracks are by no means throwbacks but they definitely do sound like classics.

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