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Kapote is the head of Berlin's future disco- neo funk- nastyhouse label Toy Tonics. His album came out in june and caused quite some euphory around the world. You can hear his tracks in the sets of all kind of quality DJs currently. From Moodymann to Artwork, Call Super, Disclosure to Black Madonna and Auntie Flo. And you always recognize his vibe… that mix of live played keyboards and basses combined with rare samples cutted on a MPC. (Before Kapote got into dancemusic he studied jazz piano and plays several instruments). Here now you you get 3 remixes from his album material. Banger all the way.



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Sil says: Go straight for the killer that is the Sworn Virgins mix. Oozing italo vibes all over the place with some hands in the air moments. Hot from their recent Deewee release, they are proving they are not a one-off hit wonder.

You know Munk probably from the songs he did with James Murphy, Peaches, Asia Argento or one of many other indie disco tracks he released on his former label Gomma. Gomma now is sleeping and since Mathias Munk Modica started the Toy Tonics label with his friends Manu Kim & Mo Butschek he hasn't released many things under that name. Instead has been playing keyboards, bass and drums on many tracks of other artists on the TT label. And of course has been building up the TT imprint from his new home in Berlin. Now it's summer and it felt right to put out a few balearic remixes reworks of Munk tracks. Beach party and daytime disco vibe. So here u get reworks of Munk's friends Severino from Horse Meat Disco, Lauer, and Kai Alce from Detroit. Right for this summer.

New York's indie disco freaks Phenomenal Handclap Band is back with a second single on Toy Tonics: Jail. With remixes by Detroit's Waajeed and Marcel Vogel of Lumberjacks in Hell. Including a club edit by Toy Tonics head honcho Kapote.

The band was responsible for one of Toy Tonics' biggest tracks in 2018: Judge Not: The Ray Mang version became a hit on open minded dancefloors around the globe: with support from DJ's like DJ Harvey, Cassius and Gilles Peterson (who put it int his "best track of the year" list) but also more house DJ's like Berlin's Keine Musik Crew, Soundstream or Superpitcher.

The band's members are kind of heroes to many connoisseurs of the funk/ disco scene. The band leader Daniel Collas was playing keys in Amy Winehouse legendary backing band. Other members are connected to Mark Ronson's crew or San Francisco's Stones Throw universe.. just to give u the bigger picture. With The Phenomenal Handclap Band they blend the unique vibe of 1970ies Power-Soul in the traditon of Charles Stepney and Rotary Connection with today's new disco vibe. Parcels, Toro Y Moi, Roosevelt are not that far.

Important fact: All played live, no samples. Mixed by the champs at DFA. The band is part of Toy Tonics's masterplan to expand their dancevibes into more live played scenarios.. stepping out of the strict DJ context.

Fun fact? Paul McCartney wrote the band a letter saying how much he loved their music when he first heard the band on BBC Radio 1.

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Sil says: Perhaps not the banger that 'Judge Not' - the Ray Mang version was, but... that organic feel, the energy and the pop elements are all in here too. Definitely worth a go.

When Fouk & Glenn Astro remix a new artist you know what the vibe is: Dirty DIY house with a heavy funk vibe. Mangabey is the new kid on the Toy Tonics family and he is a master of this style. He lives in Lyon/ France (and is a good friend of Folamour who remixed his first EP on Toy Tonics some months ago). But Mangabey takes the whole new Funk-House sound to another level. While many of his colleagues work with samples, Mangabey studied Jazz piano and collects vintage synths. And so he plays most of the stuff himself and bring in a lot of personality. His works could remind the vibe of New York Soul House from the 1990ies or the sounds from the West London scene from 20 years ago, but definitely he adds a modern, edgy touch to it. Mangabey aka Jose Fehner is an interesting personality: Born in the south of France in a family of traveling artists. As a kid he has been living on a boat and in caravans, traveling France and Africa with a wild theatre collective directed by his parents who are actors. Later he went to music university and now finally, by age of 22, he lives in Lyon. Lyon is becoming France' second music town. The town that has the most vibrant club and producer scene right now. So, yes: There is a lot to come from there… a lot from Mangabey.

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Sil says: Nice house tunes with a touch of flair and class unlike anything else released this week. Get's my vote!


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