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Crooked Colours – I’ll Be There (Remixes)

As the acclaimed three-piece Australian outfit Crooked Colours gear up for their first major US headlining tour, the band have now released a carefully curated remix pack for their most recent single “I’ll Be There”. The tune received remix duties from some of the greatest record producers in the electronic genre, including fellow Australian flagship act Bag Raiders, Grammy Award-winning record producer Sharam, Belgium’s Kolombo, Portuguese multi-talented musician and skateboarder Xinobi, and more.

“I’ll Be There” arrived just over two months ago and served as the debut single from Crooked Colours’ sophomore LP, due for release in 2019.

Video: Xinobi – Charm

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“Charm” is Xinobi’s new single/music video that follows the Tarantino’s alike “Mom and Dad” and the subtle pop dance hit “Real Fake”, both taken of his debut album “1975” on Discotexas/Universal/K7!. “Charm” can be easily considered a ballad. For us, it is like danceable honey; candy for your feet. It features Bráulio Amado on vocals, the designer of his album cover and a punk rocker.

This video, produced by Black Maria, is a beautiful example of the diversity Xinobi’s music can generate. The directors, André Santos and Marco Leão told us that when they listened to the song, they were immediately transported to the inhospitable american road movies sceneries and imagined a classic erratic boy-meets-girl short story and a broken car.

“1975” is still on the road after extensive touring. Check Xinobi if you’re around:

16 JAN – DJ SET – PEDRA DO COUTO, PT
23 JAN – DJ SET – VAGABOND, IZMIR, TK
30 JAN – DJ SET – BRIXTON JAMM, LONDON, UK
07 FEV – DJ SET – CARNAVAL OVAR, PT
20 FEB – DJ SET – MORDISCO CLUB, GRANADA, ES
05 MAR – LIVE – LISBOA DANCE FESTIVAL, PT
16 MAR – DJ SET – CAPARICA SURF FEST, PT

Xinobi – 1975 Remixes Pt. 1

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Xinobi’s first album ‘1975’ now sees the beginning of a 3 pack remix saga. Out now on Discotexas.

This first one features an epic dark re-arrangement of the additive “Real Fake” by Xinobi himself. Gomma records boss Munk brings out some ultra cool jazzy elements to the funk assault of “Crime”. UK duo Psychemagik gave “Bogota” a really spooky techno edge that can literally blast away the strongest dance floors and finally we have Cut Slack that takes “Real Fake” to another pop dimension, reminiscent of Chromeo.”

Upcoming dates:
02 Oct 2015 Vagabond, Izmir, TK (w/ Moullinex)
02 Oct 2015 Mixo Terrace, Istanbul, TK (w/ Moullinex)
17 Oct 2015 Wanderlust, Paris, FR
24 Oct 2015 Bar do Bruno, Baleal, PT
30 Oct 2015 Musicbox, Lisboa, PT
06 Nov 2015 Buxa, Tel Aviv, ISR

Video: XINOBI – Real Fake

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Portuguese producer Bruno Cardoso aka Xinobi has shared the official video for “Real Fake”, featuring Lydie Barbara. Directed by Rui Vieira, the video is an “underwater platonic love story”, as Xinobi says. The track is taken from his debut 2014 album “1975″ on Discotexas.

Jaust – We Need A New Life feat. James Dean Wells EP

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Following his lorded debut single “Feel the Smoke Rise“, enigmatic producer Jaust takes the next steps towards his album “Definites”. Wearing an entirely different set of colours, “We Need a New Life” sees Jaust channel his passion for indie and 80’s synth pop. Featuring the vocal talents of James Dean Wells from he Gay Blades, this track will no doubt be finding itself fans in many corners.

Heading up the remixes, Monkeytown Records multi-instrumentalist Alex Banks rewires We Need a New Life in his own unmistakeable style. Taking influence from kaleidoscopic electronica and the LA beats movement in equal parts, his remix sits in no genre camp and is all the better for it.

Portuguese producer Xinobi runs with the remix baton for a 4/4 makeover. As the lead vocals take front and centre, hooking in from the get go before an infectious bass synth jumps into play. This one will take the doors off a disconcerting disco.

Mainlining noise and electro, Shengi makes We Need a New Life her own. Constructing a remix that retains the heart of the original, but opens the curtain to new landscape.

Completing the journey, pushing the limits as he did with Feel the Smoke Rise, Jaust himself grapples We Need a New Life. A cut up style that owes as much to Soulwax as it does to Aphex Twin, try putting this in a box and you will be hard pressed. Jaust is a producer writing his own rules.

Out November 17th 2014 on Human label. Pre-order here.

Video: Xinobi – Mom and Dad

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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.

Xinobi – Puma Remixes EP [2014]

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.