What started as a humble party in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, back in 2006 has since outgrown itself in vision. DJ Daniel D and promoter Vinilcius have shifted focus, determined to push their Discobox night’s musical concept on a greater scale. In 2013 they emerged as a label with one foot in the past and the other toeing the future - imagining a ’70s dance move in today’s skinny jeans, and that’s one hell of a spilt. Sonically they look to blend that era’s disco and the classic house sounds that followed with modern nu-disco and tech house sheen.
Discobox's latest release features co-founder DJ Daniel D with a double A-side single. No stranger to the label's discography, he's previously released under the name Dansoul and as part of the duo Shake Machine. With a more straight-forward, dance floor-focused sound Daniel debuts under his solo DJ name, revealing the rollicking "Ostinatos" and "Jack Made Me".
"Ostinatos" is intro'ed with catchy, staccato piano chords and squelchy synth hits before a frenetic but appealing bass line takes hold. Layers of bouncy percussion and splashes of a vocal chant ("You know what's up!") add spice to the track's irresistible party flavor. Next up, "Jack Made Me" hints at classic house music in its title and is appropriately spilling over with that vibe. The funk quotient is ratcheted up with filtered guitar riffs, an old school Moog bass, and some shouts to call the dance floor to action. Prime movers.
Vanilla Ace - "This is a nice one."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Great sound!"
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Both tracks are solid. I love the way 'Ostinatos' builds and the vibe is totally on point."
Natural Rhythm - "'Jack Made Me' … nice old-school-but-still-modern vibe. A good groover."
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) - "Fun stuff … takes me back to the '80s!"
Vincent Kwok - "Great stuff! 'Ostinatos' for me."
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "'Ostinatos' is a solid and chunky house cut … that bass is something else!"
Chris Massey (Paper Recordings / Electriks) – “I will definitely drop this bad boy. Great jackin’ disco vibes.”
Ken Liu (Headset Recordings) - "Cool people movers … will be fun for layering in mixes."
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - "I'm swaying more toward the retro 'Jack Made Me' cut on this cool two tracker."
Richie Roberts (The Dance Factory, BBC Radio) - “’Jack Made Me’ is huge. It’s going to explode on my floors ... fierce funky house music.”