ThrillHammer - Bohemian Berlin Disco (Hardkiss Music)

ThrillHammer is a musical hybrid created by the Silk Road Truckers' frontman, Coltorious, and DJ/producer Duserock.

After the tragic murder of Anthony "Bubbles" Torres, Coltorious approached Duserock about collaborating on a track that he and Bubbles were writing. This spawned the single "Bohemian Berlin Disco." ThrillHammer performed the song on the main stage at Gay Pride 2018 in San Francisco as a special tribute.

A San Francisco anthem in the making, there are remixes from a cross section of local dance music producers. The original version by Colton (Coltorious) and Ryan (Duserock) lunges forward with fury. Video and audio collagist Dtek offers up the delightful TheShoplifters Remix. Gavin Hardkiss and Ryan trick out TheShoplifters version in the G&R Dub. Gavin then takes an acid direction with his late night excursion. Manny Alfarez (Monarch and The Great Northern) and Phil Rene Collis (Bachelors of Science), in their Sleight of Hands guise, spawn the Sleight of Hands Remix.

Draw your own conclusions from the song’s lyrics, but there’s certainly enough to entertain the new, the old, and the fabulous from the Castro, the Tenderloin, and the Marina. There's something here for everyone.

Fondly remembered, Bubbles left skid marks and scandals everywhere he visited. His Facebook videos from Berlin, London, Santa Fe and festivals and nightclubs in California are testimony to his unabandoned quest for freedom. Although his murder is unsolved, and the perpetrator has not been caught, Bubbles’ music lives on in this release on Hardkiss Music.

Severino (HorseMeatDisco) – “This is fun!”
DJ Schugar (Whiskey Pickle) – “This is great! Love the vibes.”
Trotter (Royal Soul Records) – “Nice one guys. TheShoplifters Remix is really dope!”
Kirby (Nordic Trax) – “Cool remix by Gavin. Twisted Disco!”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Awesome on so many levels. Love this.”
Jon Fugler (Fluke) – “An absolute cracking selection. A great original to work from here.”
Christian Homan (RTE Pulse show) – “Quirky, and all the better for it.”
Ken Liu (Broad Street Bait & Tackle) – “Been waiting on this for a second. Loving the whole thing, and I’ll probably play the Sleight of Hands Remix.”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Another winner from Hardkiss … Powerful.”
Mikebee / Mike Battaglia (Vinyl Dreams) – “Thanks for this. Bubbles is missed by myself and everyone over here at Vinyl Dreams. Glad to see this finally see the light of day, and the remixes are great!”

Available Now From: Junodownload, Spotify, iTunes, And Amazon Music.

Barabass & The Happy Few - Tumba Rumba (Happy Few Records)

Barabass & The Happy Few was a musical collective from Bergen, Norway. Now defunct, the band consisted of a standard DJ-keyboard-drums-bass-guitar line-up, but they could easily be fronted by a bluegrass-guitarist one moment and a jazz trumpet player the next. Barabass & The Happy Few’s aim was to make instrumental music where humor goes along with improvisation, while keeping things funky and focused on the dance floor, especially in their wild live shows.

Happy Few Records has been reissuing the rare, original EPs, with Arizona and Madagascar delighting fans new and old over the last few months. Now Beatservice has released the third and final of the original EPs, Tumba Rumba. Originally released on vinyl in 2002, Tumba Rumba continues the eclectic approach and adds funkier elements. The title track showcases this with its wildly mesmerizing electric bass, cut-up beats, and stereo-swirling synth lines. “Fonk” is a mid-tempo excursion led by a pulsing synth bass and a theremin-like melody. “Luca Rossi,” which also appears on the band’s 2004 album Rali Rei, is another funk stomper, already receiving tons of play on streaming platforms. The EP closes with the breakbeat frenzy of “Dødt Nebb,” complete with cool vinyl scratching, spacey melodies, and another fantastic bass line.

Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really strong release with plenty of funk.”
Jon Fugler (Fluke) – “Another lovely and bizarre offering. Very inventive and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Chris Massey (Paper Recordings) – “All killer! I love ‘Dodt Nebb’.“
Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar) – “Jazzin’ vibes 4 the floor.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM 90.3) – “I’m loving this superb downtempo funk!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “An inspired EP.”
Patrick Balzat (BXFM / Vibration) – “Very funky, how I love it. Perfect weapon for my radio show.”
Ulf Engelmayer (StadtRadio Göttingen) – “Funk the Fjord!”
Holger Menzel (The Funky Photographer Radio Show) – “Luca Rossi is a fantastic tune. I think it will be a massive dancefloor stomper!”
Crate Invader (Point Blank FM, London) – “All are great tracks, Tumba Rumba just edges it. Still sounding relevant which is a testament to the original production.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, And Google Play.

Gilligan Moss - What Happened? (AMF Records)

What Happened? That’s the name of Gilligan Moss’s new EP and it’s also a question that’s worth answering. In the three years since the release of their debut Ceremonial – which was followed up with a delectable buffet of remixes for Tegan and Sara, Glass Animals, and other notables – original songwriter and producer Evan has been joined by Ben, a childhood friend and musician who has brought a new dimension into the electronic outfit.

The two share a similar Venn diagram of music: one that moves from early forays into the likes of Outkast and UGK, through to Radiohead and back out the other end into electronic luminaries Daft Punk, Four Tet, and DJ Koze, with groups like Animal Collective and Caribou somewhere in the middle. On paper, those selections sound like – and they are – a diverse mix. But they’re also a good representation of the Gilligan Moss sound: a smorgasbord of propulsive club music, experimental pop songwriting, and trippy ambience, all spread across a foundation of electronic music.

Carrying on in the grand tradition of electronic music, What Happened? features guest vocalists and samples pulled from years of crate-digging. For the guest vocalists, British singer Betsy features on “Heartbeats”, with her vocals pitched down, giving the track a gloriously Cher-like effect.  Meanwhile a mystery British band were involved with “Want U So Bad” while a friend – Ross, who is doing a PHD in ethnomusicology in London and is part of a group called Burhou – joined in on closing track “Movement”.

As a collection of songs, What Happened? brilliantly showcases Evan and Ben’s ability to move between sounds, tapping into the synapses of many a different brain and drawing an inclusive circle upon which anyone can enter. They make music for the club, the house parties, the long-drives in cars and the solo listens in headphones on early commutes or late night sojourns on a metropolitan transport system. The place where the music is played doesn’t strictly matter. What makes this new record from Gilligan Moss such an interesting, special prospect is the way it moves between those scenarios and the experiences people have within them.

Gilligan Moss have just been tapped to support Chromeo on selected upcoming tour dates, so be on the look-out for an opportunity to hear What Happened? live.

Rory Hoy (Howlin’ Records) – “Really cool release with some great tunes.”
Daz-I-Kue (Future Soul Records) – “I really like Want U So Bad.”
Double-D (Funky Fresh Radio Show) – “Fever is outstanding.”
Tony H (Viva Recordings) – “What Happened? Is for me. I love the vibes on that one.”
DJ Mark Cooper (Bedford Falls Players) – “Fabulous!”
Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “These tracks are dope!”
Dr. Best (Radio Z 95.8 Nuremberg) – “All in all a solid release from Gilligan Moss. My favorites: "Heartbeats" (feat. Betsy), "What Happened" and "Movement" (feat. Ross).”
Cherokee (Cherry Global Radio Show, Australia) – “This EP is awesome! All tracks are spectacular.”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Sydney) – “Cool and varies EP, realling liking Fever and Movement.”
Jon Fugler (XLNT radio show / Fluke) – “Some lovely moments here. Outstanding production on some wonderfully memorable tunes.”

Available Now From: Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, And Deezer.

Rory Hoy - Flamingo at the Disco (Super Hi-Fi Recordings)

Rory Hoy returns to Super Hi-Fi Recordings with “Flamingo In The Disco”, a delirious dance floor number that draws heavily from the age of disco and classic summertime radio sounds. With an unstoppable beat, groovy synth riffs, funky blasts of horns and guitar, and uplifting vocals, “Flamingo In The Disco” could easily summon the specter of a shining disco ball in the darkest of rooms.

A stellar set of remixes have been beamed down from All Good Funk Alliance, Trotter, Ursula 1000, and the mysterious Mr. Moozit. AGFA accomplish the uber-groovy with a sleek version that twists the original elements into a future-tinged affair. Trotter adds some meaty breaks to the disco, while Ursula 1000 gives the cut a classic-sounding Arthur Baker-ish treatment. Meanwhile, Mr. Moozit debuts with a skippy house mix complete with rousing piano chords and punchy cut-ups of the vocals. What ‘cha gonna do, flamingo?

Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) – “I like both the funk bass of the AGFA remix and the 80's Italo Funk on the Ursula 1000 version. Hot stuff.”
Chris Massey (Paper Recordings) – “Love the flavors from Ursula 1000 here.”
Lenny Fontana (Ministry of Sound) – “Mr. Moozit makes a funky disco remix!”
Distant People (Soul Elements Radio Show) – “Super cool disco. This is the kind of track that fills the floor.”
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing) – “Great summer tune.”
Curtiss Logan (Jersey Soul) – “This is an awesome package, great job by Rory! Full support on this release.”
SimonG (Volcano Radio) – “Super slinky sounds.”
Daryl Dee (The Chewb Radio) – “Wicked package. All of the mixes give different vibes.”
Chango (101.5 FM KTKE) – “This track is fantastic, but the AGFA remix really brings the funk to 11.”
Dean Serafini (Frisky Rhythms) – “Every single mix works for me. I love the disco and 80’s groove flavors on the first 4 mixes, but the Mr. Moozit Remix with those bounding keys is my pick!”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Traxsource, Apple Music, And Spotify.