Playlist // Favorites! May 2015

Here are my favorite tracks and mixes from May!  There’s over 65 hours of music on this one.  Sorry I went a little overboard again – I just get too excited sometimes!  Just hit shuffle and enjoy.

Playlist // March Favorites!

I’m finally delivering on something a lot of you have asked me for.

Each week here on Cool Breezy, I usually post twelve pieces (sixteen if I’m feeling super motivated).  It breaks down to about eight of my favorite tracks and videos and a about four inspirational articles to help you get your life together.  Unfortunately that means I’m forced to leave out a lot of great music and often times it feels like a parent trying to pick their favorite child.

But with this playlist, clocking in at over twelve hours (!!!), gives me a chance to showcase not only the tracks that have been included on each issue of Cool Breezy, but also some of the ones that I absolutely loved but had to leave out for issues of space and time.  And it also gives you guys the chance to press play, kick your feet up (even if you’re at work – I won’t tell!), and just enjoy the music.

So here are my favorite tracks from March 2015!  Enjoy!

Free Download // Marvin Gaye – “How Sweet It Is” (Eau Claire Remix)

Eau Claire

I’m a sucker for any Motown-era track and this rework is just as breezy and full of love as the original. DC’s disco diva, Eau Claire, transformed “How Sweet It Is” from the King of Motown himself, Marvin Gaye, into a euphoric house tune while still showcasing all the tangible adoration in the vocals.  Grab your boo and get down all night with this one!

Mix: // Peaking Lights for The Fader

Peaking Lights

Husband and wife duo, Peaking Lights, aka Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis, curated a truly incredible mix for The Fader this week. Not only does it foster the perfect vibe that I like to keep live on late nights post-club, but all of the tracks come from 45s that the couple has dug up over the years.  Such an impressive thing to create when every body just seems to be waiting for the next “drop”.  Fuck that.  Get your mind right and chill the fuck out.  Stream this mix immediately and enjoy all the sexy R&B, groovy disco, and classic funk from artists like Prince, Hall & Oates, and the Dynamic Superiors.

1. Herbie Hancock – Vien Melter
2. Gino Soccio – So Lonely
3. Brilliant – It’s A Man’S World
4. Soul Generation – Body And Soul
5. Fresh Aire – Flying Over America
6. 10cc – I’m Not In Love
7. Prince – I Would Die For You
8. Dana Valery – Zabadak
9. Midnight Star – I Wont Let You Be Lonely
10. Darryl Hall & John Oates – Sarah Smile
11. Mtume – You, Me And He
12. Harry Ray – Next Time That I See You
13. Five Special – You’re Something Special
14. The Dynamic Superiors – Leave It Alone
15. Bootsy’s Rubber Band – I’d Rather Be With You
16. Roger – I Want To Be Your Man
17. Kinsman Dazz – Catchin Up On Love
18. Tyrone Davis – I Wish It Was Me
19. Moments – Sexy Mama
20. Booker T Jones – The Best Of You
21. Donald Byrd – Witch Hunt
22. The Temptations – The Prophet
23. The Dynamics – Ice Cream Song
24. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
25. Cameron – Feelin
26. Ronnie Foster – Midnight Plane (Pt.2)
27. Deniece Williams – Cause You Love Me Baby
28. Claudja Barry – Everybody Needs Love
29. Sylvester – I Need Somebody To Love Tonight

Tour dates:
10/2 – Terminal 5, New York, NY – with Real Estate
10/3 – Other Music, New York, NY – Live In-Store Performance – 9pm
10/3 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY – Late Show – 12pm
10/4 – Modern Sky Festival, Central Park, New York, NY – as part of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music Of William Onyeabor
10/11 – Los Globos, Los Angeles, CA – Record Release Party w/ Animal Collective DJs, Nite Jewel, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and more. . .

(The Fader)

Listen: // Solidisco & Fireflowerz – “Unreal”


The latest track from Solidisco and FireFlowerz is on some like, “dance like nobody’s watching”, jump up and down all night, kind of disco track that I’d love to hear more of. Seriously. It’s 100% fun and has an invigorating way of keeping your body moving. Hearing this track is bound to turn your night around.

This track has now been officially released via Mixmash and you can buy it HERE!

Video: // Say Lou Lou x Lindstrom – “Games for Girls”

Say Lou Lou

With a track as bubbly as Say Lou Lou‘s collaboration with Lindstrom, I’d expect the music video to be just as fun. Well, Dimitri Basil of LA’s Welcome to Cult did not disappoint with this one!  His perception of “Games For Girls”, which looks like it was pulled right from 1970s California, follows the Australian-Swedish duo as they play mischievous pranks on the city of LA.  It’s totally adorable and makes me want to make some bad decisions.


Listen: // Drake – “Worst Behavior” (Saint Pepsi Remix)

Saint Pepsi

This week marked the one year anniversary of Drake’s, Nothing Was the Same, one of my favorite albums of 2013 (flame me, idc). To celebrate, here’s another Drake remix except it’s from Saint Pepsi and it’s disco. *record screeches to a halt*

I mean, don’t threaten me with a good time, okay? What we have here is NY-based producer and DJ, Saint Pepsi (aka Ryan DeRobertis), taking all of the go hard out of “Worst Behavior” and totally transforming it into a flare-legged, mirror-plated disco party. I can’t even (I just can’t) believe how fun of a time this is right now and I’m not ashamed to get down to it.

And if you think life just can’t get any more fun than this, try downloading this superfun disco mix Saint Pepsi made for The Fader and checking him out IRL when he comes to your city this fall.

Tour Dates:
10/03 – New York, NY @ The Downtown Festival at Webster Hall
10/15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Cal Academy of Sciences
10/29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
10/30 – Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
10/31 – New Orleans, LA @ Red Haus
11/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
11/07 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11/08 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/12 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
11/13 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
11/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
11/29 – Calgary, AB @ Hifi Club

Free Download: // Cool Breezy – Up All Night

Up All Night

HAPPY COOL BREEZY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sticking around.  I made this for you.  I hope you like it.

01. Karizma – Jumpin
02. Diamond K – Put Ya Leg Up
03. Rod Lee – Boyfriend
04. Disclosure – Voices (Wookie RMX)
05. Cajmere – Brighter Days (Frankie Grimes Remix)
06. Alfa Paare – Love Will Save
07. Duke Dumont – Need U (100%)
08. Duck Sauce – aNYway
09. Dave Nada – Where Brooklyn At
10. Scottie B – Niggaz Fightin (Uncle Jesse Thugstep Rmx)
11. DJ Class – Bombin’ Cock (Whipped Mix)
12. James Nasty – Don’t Stop
13. Kanye West – Paranoid
14. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
15. Phil Collins – Sussudio
16. Diplo & Dillon Francis – Que Que (Alvaro Rmx)
17. Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place
18. The Death Set – Yo David Chase! Your POV Shot Me In the Head (ft. Diplo)
19. Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing to Worry About
20. Heart – Magic Man
21. Lily Allen – Smile (Version Revisted)
22. Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
23. Kaytranada – At All
24. Friend Within – The Renegade
25. Diamond K – Mr. Postman
26. Rod Lee – Rump
27. Dukeyman & Theo – Theo’s Theme (Shorty You Phat)
28. Rod Lee – Boy Don’t Waste My Time
29. Normaling – Low Drop (ft. Rye Rye & TT the Artist)
30. Future – Move That Dope (Biltmore’s My Boo Edit)

Q&A: Fall In Love with Volta Bureau!

Volta Bureau is that unseasonably warm day.  Mom’s home-cooked meal.  The first time you lock eyes with your super cute crush.  That satisfying feeling when your car has a full tank of gas.  Putting on warm pants right out of the dryer.  Finding money you didn’t know you had.  When the DJ plays your favorite song in the club.

There hasn’t been a better feeling to come out of DC since Will Eastman, Miguel Lacsamana (Micah Vellian), and Bernard Farley (Outputmessage) joined forces in 2011 to create Volta Bureau.  A constant source of optimism in a scene that can potentially be very cutthroat and negative, Volta Bureau produces, DJs, and performs some truly positive, top-notch disco, house, and techno music in the most seemingly natural way.  It’s quite the experience in any form it takes.  Their productions sound so smooth and effortless – almost like second-nature to these guys – as if they have it down to a science (but I think it’s ultimately more emotional than that).  And it makes sense, as each member comes from a traditional educational background – Will being a former historian, Miguel being a former English teacher, and Bernard holding a Masters degree in Abstract Algebra.  In fact, Volta Bureau was named after Alexander Graham Bell’s laboratory in Georgetown, which might also explain the muse behind the trio’s musical genius.

Even their meeting was a true act of kismet.  Miguel and Bernard used to live together and also produced music together as Dmerit.  They remixed Will Eastman’s “Feelin'”.  Then came Will Eastman with a remix of their track, “Stuck On You”.  And upon realizing the amazing talents each other had to offer as producers and the fact that their musical paths were beginning to converge, the rest was history!  So now we’re lucky enough to have this wonderfully beautiful source of sonic sunshine blasting from our speakers on the daily.

The wildly successful release of “Alley Cat” in 2011 rapidly propelled Volta Bureau into the spotlight with support from Pete Tong, Toddla T, A-Trak, and so many more influentials.  Playing with Thievery Corporation, kicking off the dance party at 2012’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, and with a brand new EP, Hot/The Greatest, in tow, Volta Bureau is officially impossible to ignore.  And why would you even want to?  They’re all about good vibes, smiling faces, and a never-ending dance party.  Love is always in the air when Volta Bureau is around and the appreciation for that is immeasurable.

So I’m gonna let these guys speak for themselves as the incredibly interesting people they really are!  Be sure to visit their SoundCloud and make it a point to cut a rug at their next dance party.  You owe it to yourself!


Cool Breezy:  What kind of emotions and responses are you trying to evoke with the sounds of Volta Bureau?

Micah Vellian:  Love mostly. But we try to represent the entire gamut of the human experience, and sex.
Bernard Farley:  Yeah, love, interconnectedness, cosmic adventure.
Will Eastman:  Love and happiness, and a certain kind of melancholy that also can feel good.

CB:  What kind of special talents to each of you have to contribute to producing a single Volta Bureau track?

MV:  Puns. Cooking (Vegan or otherwise).  I’m a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keys) with a background in madrigal/classical choir and a penchant for strings and musicals. Oh and moxy.
BF:  I’m the synth and fx guy in the group. I also do main vocals and production.
WE:  I have a hand in writing lyrics and lay down the guitar parts. I also like to do arranging. It’s similar to working as an editor or curator. We all pretty much take turns on having a hand in production.

CB:  Volta Bureau has seen so much success since its genesis in 2011, from “Alley Cat” topping the Beatport charts in 2011 to playing the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2012. So if you had to choose just one, what has been your proudest moment to date?

MV:  Pete Tong saying Volta Bureau and calling Alley Cat clever was pretty aces.
WE:  Playing some sold out shows in San Francisco and DC and getting added to Virgin Fest for sure.

CB:  What are some of your favorite dance tracks to play during a live set?

MV:  All of em! I’ve been in many bands, but this is the only band I’ve ever been in that dances during our practices, every, damn, time.
BF:  I love playing our track “Hope” live. It has such a positive vibe and always gets the crowd really excited.
WE: It’s hard to pick one but “Solid Gold Bones” is my favorite track to play live. It’s upbeat and I have a falsetto back up vocal that’s fun.

CB:  Do you have any dream collaborations in mind?

MV: It’d be nice, but I’m fine with these guys and a few other friends/family.
BF:  I think it’d be cool to work with some female vocalists like Robyn.
WE:  Hall and Oates.

CB:  Do you remember the first record you ever bought?

MV:  In 1986 (10 at the time), before I moved to the United States from the Philippines, I bought Michael Jackson’s Thriller and listened to it incessantly. The first time I experienced an earthquake (in the northern mountains of Baguio of the Philippines), I was listening to it. It truly was a groundbreaking record. I was/still obsessed with this album. So much in fact that I fashioned my signature in the style of Michael Jackson’s autograph and still sign it this way.
BF:  For me, it was Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James album.
WE:  Chic’s “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)” I was a Disco kid.

CB:  Are there any exciting plans for the remainder of 2012?

MV:  Yes! More tunes! More shows!
BF:  Yeah, we have a lot of tracks simmering in the studio right now. We’re looking to get a lot of these out next year.
WE:  Yes, focusing on finishing up a ton of new tracks that are close and getting ready for more live shows in 2013.

Q&A: Solidisco!

Some music is so heavy and emotive it can bring you to your knees.  Some music hides in the dark corners of your mind and feeds off the bad day you may have just experienced. But there’s a time and place for everything and if you want to embrace optimism and see life through a rose-colored disco ball, you need to get familiar with Solidisco.

This New York-based DJ and production duo knows exactly how to spark elation into people and get the dance floor rockin’.  Matt & Don of Solidisco are fully engaged in reviving classic house music with their signature nu-disco spin, including sampling Dan Hartman’s 1979 single, “Relight My Fire”, for “Dream Of You” and most recently with George Benson’s 1981 single, “Turn Your Love Around” for their latest track, “Turn Around” (which you can download for free on the SoundCloud player above!)

[UPDATE! More free Solidisco! Here’s a new mix they just posted for Be The Rave!]

Solidisco’s discography includes endless sonic optimism in the form of super fun disco tracks with collaborations with Codes, Starks & Nacey, JWLS, and more.  It’s all about fun with these guys and that kind of attitude makes it literally impossible to stand still when their productions are blasting from every speaker.  Solidisco is making the soundtrack to your late nights with friends; the endless dance party under a sparkling disco ball; even those times you just wanna jump on your bed and get loose!

I recently had the chance to catch up with Matt & Don of Solidisco and they were awesome enough to answer a few questions for me about who inspires them, what tunes they’re currently rockin’, and everything else music.  Keep reading!

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