Friday, June 15, 2012

Business Casual Disco - First Class Essentials

If you are a regular reader and follower of DPC, you know that we are huge fans of Business Casual Disco. We've featured them on the blog before, watched them do their thing in DC at The Black Cat, and even took a nice stroll to the Lincoln Memorial with them. Basically, what I'm trying to say... is that we are totally best friends.

This past week, Business Casual Disco dropped their fourth mix, "First Class Essentials", and I cannot tell you enough how appropriate the title is. You know how they tell you not to judge a book by its cover? Because it’s rude or something? Well, I think it's safe to say that you can and should judge this "book" by its cover.

  • Awesome mix title? Yes.
  • Airplane shot with suspiciously-looking whiskey drink in hand? Yes.
  • Intriguing track list? Yes.

This mix is most definitely essential. Meaning that it is absolutely necessary in your life.

I could liken it to slap bracelets, the genius combination of peanut butter + chocolate, or Adidas Superstars again, but I think that this mix is essential (see what I did there?)... Like the power move you make at 3am by drinking a glass of water before going to bed to soften your impending hangover. Or deciding to press that snooze button one more time in the morning before work - even if it means that you're haphazardly throwing on the first thing that looks like it matches in your closet. Or ordering one two beers and a shot, (let's be real) before last call cause you know that it's... well, last call.

Yes, that kind of essential.


Upon scanning the track list, I was immediately intrigued and for good reason, too. The 58 minute “Mile High Disco Club” mix features genres across the entire dance party spectrum; including House, Disco, Funk, and Nu-indie tracks to keep your head nodding and feet tapping the entire time. At the 8 minute mark, Chicago natives, Only Children’s, Disco track sprinkled with r&b samples, “Down Fever” begins and transitions smoothly into Todd Terje’s remix of “Nothing Gold,” at 10 minutes. If you know anything about anything, you will know that I am madly in love with everything Todd Terje, so it should come to no surprise to you that I was obsessed with this one segment. I was actually taken aback at first because if you know both songs individually, it isn’t a combination that comes to mind, but it worked very well.

The mix picks up with some funky vibes as Stephane Deschezeaux’s, “Standing Room” drops at 14:40, and the mix nicely takes a synthy pop turn at the 22:15 mark as Starsmith’s track, “Lesson One” plays out. I loved the placement of this track because it really tied the first and last half of the mix. The track that stood out to me throughout the entire mix came in at 33:30 and was Brazen’s, “True Colors”. This track covered Cyndi Lauper’s 1980s original...making it a perfect tune to cut a rug on the dance floor. Holy swoon. The mix drifts into heavier beats, and Sare Havlicek’s catchy dance number, “Sense Station” at 46:50 kicks in as a great track to round out the 58 minute dance party.

So, what are you waiting for? Put on this mix and join the “Mile High Disco Club”. And if you’re left wanting more, fear not - come aboard the disco boat dance party next Friday in New York City with Wyllys and the New York Huster Ensemble, Business Casual Disco, Mr. Bonkerz and D.V.S*.

DPC will be traveling to NYC, so you should expect: disco dance parties, whiskey, bear fights, skinny ties, fancy dresses and FUN. Don’t get left behind, get your ticket N.O.W. as we hear they’re going fast! And don’t forget your swim trunks.

Feels Like - Ben Browning
Burning - Hotbox
Down Fever - Only Children
Nothing Gold (Todd Terje Remix) - Joakim
Standing Room - Stephane Deschezeaux
Colors - Leo Perez
Bay Bridge (Moon Boots Remix) - Zimmer
Lesson One - Starsmith
Discoteca Romana - Khan Rodion
Blue Jeans (Gessafelstein Remix) - Lana Del Rey
True Colors - Brazen
Shack Attack - The Shack
Listen Up! (MSTRKRFT Remix) - Gossip
I Need You - Oliver
Sense Station - Sare Havlicek
Stay And Defend (The Magician Remix) - Wolfgang
One Time Lover - Estate

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