Monday, 24 March 2014

Disco Unchained meets Univore

Though Univore most certainly doesn't fall under the category of a nu disco group, their music simply can't go overlooked by us. Their sound is eclectic, taking influences from late 70s surf rock anthems and synth bits reminiscent of Russ Chimes. Their music is both deep and shallow at the same time, reminding us of some of The Teenager's earlier work. We decided it was absolutely necessary that we get a better look at them. So here it is, Disco Unchained's interview with Univore. 

1) What is Univore? Tell us about the people behind the group.
Univore is just two gentlemen, Nicholas Flandro and David Bachmann, seeking to create original music and video 
in an effort to get people to think differently about what might turn them on. We want to make people laugh and feel slightly uncomfortable about what they’re laughing at, without being crude or sophomoric.

2) What artists/genres/sounds have inspired your work?
We don't discriminate. We draw from all genres. Recently, we’ve been digging the music of Brian Bennett, Dorothy Ashby, Chet Atkins, Chico Hamilton, Joe Zawinul, Holger Czukay, Coleman Hawkins, The Sven Libaek Orchestra, William Onyeabor, Frederic Mercier, Concept Neuf, Michel Petrucciani, Ennio Morricone, and Burt Bacharach.
The list above leaves out many artists who’ve inspired us since an early age, artists whom we now consider guilty pleasures without being disrespectful. These are groups we listened to through the classic rock stations of Northeast Ohio, in which we spent our formative years. You can look up those stations.

3) How long has Univore been around? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
We formed in 2009 after having collaborated on various projects since we were teenagers. In five years, we see ourselves with at least seven studio albums under our belt, select tracks of which we hope to be recognized by people with an interest in art who also have money and/or influence. Five years from now, we will have made several short films and completed the script and score for at least one feature.

4) Tell us about the track "Angela". Aside capturing the bittersweet realities of high school, the song seems to have a sense of nostalgic romance attached to it. Is there some kick-ass story behind it?
Angela is a work of fiction. Neither of us has ever really known anyone named Angela, nor did we have any difficulty getting a prom date with the exception of one of us (David Bachmann). The tune itself merely came together via a confluence of several different chord progressions.

5) All time favorite food? (individual answers)
David Bachmann’s favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Nicholas Flandro’s favorite is veal paprikash.

6) All time favorite horror movie (individual answers)
David Bachmann’s favorite horror film is "The Exorcist." Nicholas Flandro’s is "The Shining."
7) Favorite funk synth song of all time?
David Bachmann’s is Brian Bennett’s "Discovery.” Nicholas Flandro’s is Joe Zawinul’s “The Harvest.” If your readers have never heard of these individuals, they should start doing their homework now. These are criminally under-appreciated recording artists.

8) Any new EPs or albums coming out soon? Any tours or concerts planned in the near future?
We've already recording the foundations for 11 new tracks to be included on a new album that has yet to be named. Expect smooth jazz grooves. You’ll be able to listen to this album in the background of a cocktail party and/or whilst making love to your significant other.
We’ve also finished the script for a short film, per an invitation from Edward Anderson at 
Chicago International Music and Movies Festival (CIMMFest). We’ll be writing and recording the score for that film, an extended ambient synth space groove. It’s a science fiction film starring our friend and trusted collaborator Marco Casale.

Here is one of our personal favorites from Univore:

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Culture Culture

Disco Unchained stumbled upon Culture Culture,a very unique synth group, a little over a month ago. Not only is their sound fresh, their work is brilliantly crafted. We had the opportunity to get an inside peek at the peeps behind the group, in a Disco Unchained exclusive interview. 

  • 1) Who are the people/who is the person behind cultureculture?
  • We're just some friends who can't dance but wish we could, so we make music to dance to instead.
  • 2) Where do your musical inspirations lay?

  • Hall & Oates, Chic, Luther Vandross, Prince, Sister Sledge, George Duke, and way too much Michael Cassette.

    3) All time favorite pizza topping?
    Fried Eggplant.

    4) Top 3 tracks of all time (yeah we're known for hard questions like this one)
    1. Steve Winwood - Higher Love
    2. Breakbot - One Out of Two (Oliver Remix)
    3. Al Green - Let's Stay Together

    5) Where do you see cultureculture in 5 years?
    Hopefully within five years our collective musical conscious will have been digitized and uploaded to SoundCloudInfinity where it will churn out Synth-Pop all day and night and we can sit back and watch MacGyver while we rake in millions in Bitcoin.

    6) Tell us about your new EP. What inspired you to write it? What inspired most of the track content?
    There's this documentary about Nile Rogers where he talks about the paradox of playing celebratory, feel good music in the late 70's when there was a huge recession, race riots, etc. going on. He talks about how people were doing the same thing during the Great Depression, they were playing really happy music. It seems like the same thing is happening again, and we're a product of the times, for sure. We just want to make music that people can feel good too. That may sound kind of cliche, but at the end of the day, if somebody listens to our music and it puts them in a good mood, that's about as good as it gets for us.

    7) All time favorite movie?
    Raising Arizona, hands down. But this New Kung Fury movie that Mitch Murder is doing the soundtrack for could be a close contender.

    8) What advice do you have for others that wish to follow down the indie 80s musical path?
    It would be really cool if a band did some straight up Def Leppard jams. Everything else has been covered at this point, but I don't know of any bands that have written a chorus as good as "Photograph." I guess that's more a selfish desire for my own listening pleasure than it is advice, but that's all I got.

You can follow Culture Culture here!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Ben Negative- Milk

Woah. Ben Negative is out with his new masterpiece, "Milk". With synth smoother than Paul's and a beat reminiscent of Justice, this track is an instant favorite for us. Give it a listen and support Ben Negative here 


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Todd Terje- Delorean Dynamite

Todd Terje is back, and with a bang we might add. He's come a long way since "Strandbar Disko" and his new sound is out of this world. An authentic 80s sound and an arresting bass-line transcend his new track, "Delorean Dynamite" to a whole new level. This may just be his best work, yet. 

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pyramid- Astral

Disco Unchained Exclusive

The big 3's of french house and electro music (Daft Punk, Kavinsky, and Justice) have left massive imprints in their musical domains. Here is Pyramid a relatively unknown, and rather refreshing new artist we came across on the Kitsune Maison label. Pyramid's new track, "Astral" seems to be the perfect blend of the sounds of Justice, Daft Punk, and Kavinsky. Smooth bass synths blended with choppy funk sets are what make this song so familiarly different. It is as if the gods of french house made space for another heavy player; one that has perfectly transcended the sounds of the other big three. Enjoy, but not too much (its easy to OD on sounds as intoxicating as these).

Friday, 3 January 2014

Sally Shapiro - Starman (Miami Nights 1984 Remix)

It feels like it's 2008 for all of us here at Disco Unchained. It seems as if in the past 10 months or so, we've been flooded with a new load of Valerie-Era synth. Here's  one of Miami Nights 1984's relatively newer pieces; a remix of Sally Shapiro's "Starman". The track, unlike some of Miami Nights' earlier stuff, has a sound that can only be compared to that of James Thomas, of Vanguard.

Make sure to follow Miami Nights 1984, on their soundcloud page here!

Monday, 30 December 2013

Disco Unchained's Exclusive December Mixtape

As the year comes to an end, we thought it would be best we left you a present, of sorts. Below is a compilation of the coolest, most obscurely golden tracks we could find this year. Sit back and enjoy the audio-ride.