A flawless mix of lesser known indie dance tracks is what we’ve come to expect from The Magician and his ‘Magic Tape’ series. Number twenty-six just so happens to be my absolute favorite of the lot. Press play, sit back and enjoy!
Now that summer is over The Magician has restarted his brilliant Magic Tape series. “Magic Tape 25″ is getting me through this rainy day in NYC.
There is no tracklist on this one as he reminds us “I never give the tracklisting because I never reveal my tricks”, so you’ll have to rely on the Soundcloud comments or Shazaam to identify the tunes you aren’t familiar with.
Summer isn’t quite over yet…
I’m so excited to present you with our latest mix tape in the Hard Candy X series, this one by Moon Boots! We asked him to create this mix after his first two releases‘Off My Mind’ and ‘Got Somebody.’ On ‘Sugar’ he transformed Janet Jackson‘s ‘If’ into a twinkling r&b tinged disco affair. It’s been a great year of releases from the French Express imprint. A great year.
We’re honored to host his debut mixtape, which includes many tracks we’ve shared on Hard Candy, and more of the latest indie dance gems. We asked him to tell us a bit about the mix, which he’s so expertly woven.
On this mix we will take a journey from your living room to the outer reaches of the solar system, the depths of the sea, and the heart of the jungle, all in the darkened warehouse of your imagination. Along the way we will rendezvous with my French Express comrades Perseus, Isaac Tichauer, Chris Malinchak, and Jonas Rathsman. Get ready to hear some unreleased tracks, familiar classics and (hopefully) new favorites…
Also known for his stunning remix work, his latest of ‘Peanut Butter’ by Alison Valentine introduces the set, and is available for free download right here. The set finishes off with ‘W4W’ – a brand new house piano jam from Jonas Rathsman.
1. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moon Boots Remix)
2. Jeremy Glenn – New Life (Perseus’ Summer of ’83 Remix)
3. Casco – Stop
4. Love for the Sake of House – Cole Medina
5. Moon Boots – Sugar
6. La Royale – The Crush
7. Onra – Keep On Loving Me
8. Sharam Jey – Ain’t Nuthin
9. Isaac Tichauer – Step Away
10. Den Ishu – High U Gonna Feel
11. Only Children – ??????
12. Rhyze – Just How Sweet Is Your Love (Walker & Royce Retouch)
13. The Establishment – Love Like This
14. Chris Malinchak – If U Got It
15. Luke Solomon – Say Something (Ashley Beedle Live at Wash House Mix)
16. Chez Damier – Your Love
17. Mercury – Sweetness
18. Jonas Rathsman – W4W
Are you ready for LIFTOFF?
We’re so excited to premiere the latest in our Hard Candy X mixtape series, this time with Jessica 6 keyboardist and producer extraordinairre ELIOT. On this mix, it’s an all out dance affair. I originally played it for the first time at a party I hosted on my rooftop in Brooklyn, and everyone was love-ing-it! The cover shot was taken the next day on my roof, as a huge storm approached the city: he’s coming soon!
Based in Greece, ELIOT has expertly woven together current and past favorites from the likes of Bjork, Brandy, Madonna, Donna Summer, Midnight Magic, Rogue Vogue, Chris Malinchak and Saint Etienne. A prime cut on this mix comes in the form of NA/JET, which we exclusively premiered the mp3 of a few weeks ago.
ELIOT is busy in the studio, currently working with Nomi Ruiz on tracks for the new Jessica 6 album. He’s hinted at a possible change in direction for their next set!
MP3 / Baby Rollerblade
1. Matan Arkin – Dancer In the Dark
2. Kaine feat. Kathy Diamond – Love Saves The Day (Mario Basanovs Vocal Remake)
3. Doctor Dru Vs Brandy & Monica – The Voice Is Mine (ELIOT Edit)
4. ELIOT – Na/Jet
5. Isaac Tichauer – Doing What I Got
6. Chris Malinchak – These Dreams
7. Saint Etienne – I’ve Got Your Music (Golden Filter Remix)
8. Rogue Vogue – When I Looked At You
9. Madonna – Vogue (12”)
10. Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have A KiKi ( ELIOT Mix)
11. Scuola Furano – On Fire (303 Dub)
12. Donna Summer – I Feel Love ( Acid Mix )
13. Adamski – I Like It (ATTARI Remix)
14. Midnight Magic – Calling Out ( Jupiter Mix)
15. Tiga – You Gonna Want Me (12” Dance Remix)
16. The Egg – Catch (The C90s Remix)
17. Montevideo – Horses (Zimmer Remix)
18. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Stronger (Flying Horse Disco Bootleg)
Are you loving Baby Rollerblade?
Dinamo Azari, one half of dance duo Azari & III has release a party-startin’ hour and a half mixtape Equinox. He’s chosen to keep the track listing secret, but we’re pretty sure someone will figure it out soon. It’s a fantastic listen, click play and get it on!
The Canadian outfit just released their latest single Into The Night, which you can preview the remixes of here. Their debut album is a must listen for house/electronic music lovers, and includes two of my favorite tracks as of late – Reckless (With Your Love) and Manic.
Are you loving Equinox?
After Bufi knocked our socks of with his mix of Gossip‘s Perfect World, we approached him to create an exclusive mixtape for Hard Candy as part of our Hard Candy X series. It is our pleasure to present you with the expertly crafted Fake Summer mixtape, on it Bufi fuses together some of the best current and classic tracks in the hour-long set, creating a sophisticated mix that is perfect for poolside soirées. Note the reworks of Groove Theory‘s Tell Me and Men in Hats anthem The Safety Dance - amazing!
MP3 / Fake Summer Mixtape
In other news, he has just released Triology, his first LP, which is available on Juno. A review will be coming soon but in the meantime I’ll just say that it is well worth your time. We can’t wait to see what’s next!
Are you loving Fake Summer? Comments below!
After a bit of delay, Azealia Banks released her debut mix tape called Fantasea. Dowload the 19 track collection which features heaps of previously unreleased material. The set also includes recent ‘leaks’ - Aquababe, Neptune and Nathan. We’re still loving the 1991 EP, which is available now. Early 90′s house influences make us just a bit giddy.
“Fantasea is almost kind of a first album of sorts….but it happened by mistake…. It’s weird. This is a test run… I tried a lot of cool things… Sounds I thought were progressive, beats made by close friends, different flowsss”
MP3 / Fantasea Mixtape
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