Released on September 19th 2014 through Discotexas, ‘Mom and Dad’ is the first single to be taken from Xinobi’s upcoming album ‘1975.’ The Portuguese DJ, producer, musician and vocalist aka Bruno Cardoso has previously released tracks on via other notable labels including Ministry of Sound, Work It Baby and Nurvous and made waves with some high profile remixes and re-edits of John Grant, Riva Starr, Toro Y Moi and Nicolas Jaar to name a few. ‘Mom and Dad’ is a laid back, dreamy slice of Morricone-style lusciousness, combining sultry vocals and lilting guitars that drift off into the desert, dazed by the scorching sun. Despite Xinobi’s appetite for devouring various genres, there is a unique watermark and consistency to his output, due not least to his musical and arrangement-based skills.
Upcoming album ‘1975’ is special. It’s packed full of sonically-rich, epic productions that sound big, but not bombastic or over-baked. They take in elements of dub, surf guitar, deep house, disco and acid, all delivered with a pop sensibility and individual flare that sets it apart from other, more generic dance music long players. During 54 minutes, the album roves from contemplative moments, deep dance floor dynamics to memorable choruses, adorned with a colourful and joyous array of sounds that are beautifully produced.
Together with his friends and work-partners Moullinex and Mr. Mitsuhirato, Xinobi gave birth to Discotexas, a record label fast gaining traction, respect and renown. The single features vocals by Margarida Encarnação. The accompanying video is directed and shot by Lydie Bárbara.
The Discotexas collective reaches out to a fine selection of remixers to tackle two The Discotexas collective reaches out to a fine selection of remixers to tackle two different tracks by Discotexas co-owner Bruno Cardoso a.k.a. Xinobi from his Puma release. Chosen to rework the material are Mirror People, Malente, Bufi and Moullinex.
Up first, Mirror People who released on labels like Permanent Vacation and Bear Funk as well as Discotexas. His remix of ‘Woods’ is a joyous and colourful one with dancing piano chords, skipping beats and plenty of happy disco dazzle. There’s sufficient jack in the beats to make it a floorfiller without losing any of the musical charm of the rest of the track.
Malente of No Brainer Records then gets dirty on his nice and rough sounding rework of ‘Puma’. He strips it back to a curious melody lead, squelchy percussion and driving bassline that will have dancefloors all marching in happy unison to the locked on drums.
Bufi has also released on this label before now as well as on Kitsune, and his take on ‘Woods’ is a dark, tense thing with a taught bassline, airy vocal stabs and plenty of depth. A stunning breakdown is laced with plenty of tension before the groove lands again and sweeps you off your feet.
Xinobi’s Discotexas partner, Moullinex is a highly acclaimed producer creating many different styles of music and has won fans across the board from NME to Mixmag. His re-work of ‘Puma’ is a stunning, sunny thing that has plenty of wiry synths, funky basslines and organic percussive hooks at its core. Vocal yelps help bring a party starting human element and the whole thing feels warm, humid and inviting.
Each of the four remixers here very much bring their own flavours to the table and breathe plenty of new life into what was already fantastic source material by Xinobi.
Here’s the video for Moullinex‘s disco single “To Be Clear”, featuring vocals from Iwona Skwarek (of Rebeka). The “To Be Clear” EP is out now on Discotexas, backed with remixes by Zimmer (stream below), RAC and Kraak & Smaak. The instrumental version of the Kraak & Smaak’s remix is available for free here. Directed by Benjamin Shearn.