Discotexas Picnic II
Since 2007, Discotexas has flown the flag for quality disco and leftfield house music releases from a wide array of artists out of its sunny base in Portugal. Now, for the second time, the label is compiling some of its most popular cuts alongside a selection of unreleased exclusives that will soon see the light of day as singles packages. The title is Discotexas Picnic II, a nod to the fact that this release shines a light on known and unknown artists in one big family gathering. Importantly, this is music richly centered on disco and house -- it is emotional and fueled by organic and memorable tunes. There are many highlights and previously-unreleased tracks including the opener by Moullinex, a prickly, slo-mo, vocal-led jam bursting with colorful synths and real instruments. Others include the strident boom-bap and real-sounding percussion of Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver's "Cul De Sac," Da Chick's radiant and pop-leaning "Lotta Love," the Xinobi remix of Justin Faust's "Space Rhumba" and Xinobi's "Puma (Moullinex Remix)." Elsewhere, the cosmic funk of Jesse Oliver's "Oceans (Mirror People Remix)" soars into the twinkly night sky with glistening, arpeggiated melodies, '80s-leaning chords and a healthy dose of disco dazzle, while edit-kings Psychemagik do their inimitable thing on a remix of Mirror People's "Kaleidoscope" and turn it into a prowling, nagging, dark disco number that really works its way under your skin with its celestial keys and slightly haunted late-night vibe. Wherever you look here, there is pure and modern disco gold from some of the genre's finest producers, as expertly A&Red by the close-knit Discotexas family. Individually, the tracks on Discotexas Picnic II have been supported by some of today's leading DJs and producers such as Mylo, Aeroplane, Dimitri From Paris, The Magician, In Flagranti, DJ T, The Glimmers, Bottin, Munk, and many more. Other artists on the compilation include: RAC, Kamp!, Rebeka, Zimmer, and Mercury.