Barry & Gibbs Spotlight

In the last 12 months you would be hard pressed to find another newcomer on the disco/edits scene who had made a bigger impression than Barry & Gibbs. Each track they have released has rocketed up the respective Traxsource, Beatport and Juno charts with a few peaking at number 1! We were lucky enough to catch up with the guys after they had done their Guest mix for the Sneaky Disco show EP113.

A History

Based in Lille, northern France, Barry & Gibbs are Quentin aka Barry (Also known as Mark Lower) and Fred (Gibbs). The dynamic duo formed in 2016 and describe their style as mainly Disco/NuDisco with a touch of funk! Barry (24) has been DJ'ing since he was 12, and has been producing almost the same time period, whilst Gibbs (37) has been DJ’ing for almost 20 years. Both confess to a love of vinyl and keep topping up their collection with new and old pressings. 

What inspires you?

Inspired by artists such as Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro and the Reflex, the duo certainly have a huge love for Disco. When asked about which DJs they follow at the moment, in addition to their inspirations, they stated “Dr Packer, whilst Gibbs gives a shout out to his bro, Mark Lower ;-)”, but they were both quick to point out that there are way too many DJs to choose favourites from. When asked which are their favourite labels - the heavyweights Razor’n’Tape, Glitterbox, Masterworks Music and Midnight Riot were mentioned, as well as Sakura Music which is founded by Mark Lower. When we approached the subject of events or gigs that inspired them, they confessed to being enlightened whilst attending a Glitterbox event at Ministry of Sound, London, in 2017. It had that much of an effect on them that it was the catalyst that them launch their own events, in their hometown of Lille.

Tracks

The guys’ first track was released three years ago; an edit of ‘Serge Gainsbourg – Sea, Sex & Sun’ (see the insert). When we asked them, which tracks they were most proud of, the guys had their own favourites – Barry, favours the edit of ‘Love Thang’ which is the newest edit they’ve done and, it’s on their SoundCloud page for a free download now. He also favours an edit of ‘Michel Berger - La Groupie Du Pianiste’ which is a French variety classic. Gibbs on the other hand loves their new Sister Sledge edit and confesses he gets goose bumps every time they play it. It’s not just Gibbs who get goose bumps – check out the reaction of the crowd here in Poland when the track is dropped! When the guys were asked about any new tracks, they advised us that they have a release on Masterworks planned later this year, and probably some new edits to come as free download on Soundcloud.

 Gigs

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If you wish to check out the guys live then they have a biannual residency at “Le bistro de Saint So” in their hometown, Lille. It’s a large venue where they launched their Disconnect event last year. In the future they want to take the Disconnect Event in Lille to the next level, driven to improve the already fantastic night, they already have - so watch this space! They also recently gigged at the launch of the cool venue  La Capucine Lille .

 

To coincide with their own disconnect night, the guys also have the disconnect radio show which is released every month. If you want to check out the show it is hosted on their SoundCloud page.

We’d like to thank both Mark and Quentin, along with Karen Ridley and the Downtown disco agency. Check out their guest mix in the link below.

A Chat with Melgado

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We were really pleased to have Melgado as a guest on the Sneaky Disco show. He came to our attention on the awesome Riot in Lagos EP, released on Midnight Riot, with the track ‘African Food’. This was followed up then by the KO EP and also Calore EP, which had the amazing Instant party track ‘Instant Party’.

Haling from Lecco in the north of Italy ,on the stunning backdrop of lake Como, Fabietto Delgado aka Melgado is one of the most up and coming Djs/Producers that has come out of Southern Europe for a long time. He still Djs in Lecco on a regular basis at a little club in his home town called the Red Club, which he plays an active part in promoting and running - so if you are ever in the Lake Como area make sure you check it out. But lets dig a bit deeper.

Whats your Style and how was it shaped?

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When asked about his style, Melgado certainly comes across as a DJ that can play multiple genres such as Disco, Disco-Funk, Italo Disco, Afro Boogie, Brazilian Boogie, Nu Disco, House, Deep House, Old School House. For us, however, his Nudisco, Disco and Brazilian boogie edge make him stand out from the crowd. Melgado aka Fabietto Delgado has DJ’d since the age of 15; his passion for music pushed him to listen to almost everything through years of listening to Jethro Tulls, contemporary sounds and other various kinds of music, however he had a love for Funk, Jazz, Soul and Latin American music. He followed all his favourite Djs in the early '90s, for example Tony Humphries ( who he heard for the first time at Musiko' Jesolo in 1994) and all the american “old school” DJs. In 1999 he took part of Rete 104, a Lecco local radio, where he worked as a selector and technician in a House Music dedicated programme called ‘Groovemarket’ and also 104 Night Session until 2002. These early influences are a major factor in his style now and this is none more evident than in his DJ sets where he drives you on a road of House and Electronic Music, featuring his Old School House roots of the '90s, the Disco Funk of the '70s & ‘80s and other Rare Grooves.  His current influences include Antal and the Rush Hour movement.

Tracks

 In 2010 Fabietto, along with his friend Roberto Praianò, created the Melgado Project. Their first production went straight to Gianni Bini's Checkmate Records and then to Fingerprint, Recline, and Paolo Martini's Paul's Boutique, gaining very good feedback from top worldwide Djs. In 2012 they then produced “Take me” with the acclaimed NiCe7. This tune was released by Noir Records and arrived in the Beatport chart thanks to the support of many famous Djs, such as the legendary Laurent Garnier who played it at the closing party of the Sonar Festival. His latest releases are on Sub_Urban, Snake Beat, Doner Music, Blacksoul, Midnight Riot, Masterworks Music. More recently he has been producing Disco edits such as ‘Fa Tremar’, which was released on Thunder Jam records last year. He is also one half of Ankle Release with DJ Triplex. Check out a release here

Gigs

He is a resident at the Red Club , but interestingly in 2005 Fabietto Delgado was picked by RIN (Radio Italia Network) to take part in a DJ Contest powered worldwide by Heineken (Heineken Found @ Thirst). This allowed him to collaborate with the same radio and to work in the most famous Italian clubs, sharing the console with Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold. A very talented DJ and a producer who we are just starting to see his best work, especially for the edits scene and one to certainly keep an eye on. He was kind enough to produce a guest mix for the second half of our EP112 show, so check out how talented he is!

Top 10 Djs of 2017 NuDisco, Disco

1. Hotmood

Quite simply, everything HOTMOOD has touched this year has turned to gold. We have featured so many of his tracks, and I (Scott) have been on a one man quest to collate all his vinyl releases. His own style of mid tempo chilled groove, which can be taken up at any time, leaves HOTMOOD in a league of his own.  A couple of remixes of his tracks, especially by Ziggy funk, have taken a new twist to the records whilst still having that original stamp of quality.

Hotmood - Funjazoul : 

For all his digital releases: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=hotmood

For Vinyl: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B0%5D=hotmood&hide_forthcoming=0&show_out_of_stock=0

2. Dr Packer

Dr Packer has done it all this year; from Ibiza and a tour of England, to nuemorus huge gigs back in his now homeland Australia, he has cemnted himself as a favourite of the disco and edits scene. His relationship with defected has seen him release some old house grooves, but with a picthed down style such as 'I'll be good'. His release on Masterworks 'the DJ's Delight Vol 3', highlights his amazing prodcution quality and ear for a great tune.

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Digital Releases: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=dr+packer&solrorder=relevancy

Vinyl releases: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=dr+packer&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0 

Bandcamp: https://drpacker.bandcamp.com

3. Javi Frias

Madrids Disco master has had a great year releasing numeorus top draw releases. His mix for Sneaky Disco was one of our favourite tracks, if not favourite, of the year; you also need to check out his other mixes, especially Chineurs de Madrid mix. 

Buy Vinyl from: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?facet%5Bmirror_artist_facetm%5D%5B%5D=javi+frias&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Buy Digital from: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?facet%5Bmirror_artist_facetm%5D%5B%5D=javi+frias&solrorder=relevancy

4. Michael the Lion

After a number of great releases in 2017, it was almost the year of The Lion. A whole host of mixes, remixes and DJ mix sets, left us wanting more from Michael and tracks such as Get it on, The Changer and the remix of Sea of Love rocked the floor every time we dropped them. He was in the Traxsource top 100, but for us he deserves more recognition than that! 

Buy Vinyl Here: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Michael+the+Lion&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Digital: https://www.juno.co.uk/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Michael+the+Lion&solrorder=relevancy&hide_forthcoming=0

Bandcamp: https://michaelthelion.bandcamp.com

5. Joey Negro

What can you say about Dave Lee that hasn't already been said? Numerous alter egos, all of which drop top draw disco and house music. The produced and remixed 'with love' sets live up to expectations;  Quality music produced by a master. Hopefully he'll continue to churn out tracks to the same standard of those he's produced over the past two years, as he has brought some quality disco tracks back from the archives. 

6. Purple Disco Machine

Another artist who has really taken off this year - even featuring on Mixmags LAB and the Esesential mix. We noticed him years ago with an edit of CRAM's track - 'A Good Night'. This year he redid 'Lola's Theme', which was a huge hit, as well as 'London Heartache' and 'Love for Days', amongst many more. The German disco master will be coming big in 2018 and maybe closer to no.1 next year!

7. Eli Escobar

Put your hands up... Put your hands up... !! A track that always makes the whole bar move. Eli Escobar has been very busy with releases on his own edit label and also Razor N Tape, alongside his album 'Happy Again'. If you haven't checked him out on Boiler Room do it now, as it's one of the best house/disco sets you will ever see

Release: https://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Ball%5D%5B%5D=Eli+escobar&solrorder=relevancy

8. Yam Who

Not just content with running the best label around, the guys form Midnight Riot also produce and remix some of the best tracks around. Great live too, as we saw at 53 Degrees North, Halifax. They should need no introduction - They also have a weekly radio show you should check out too.

9. COEO

What a year - The TOY TONIC label has been lucky to have so many good releases from COEO. 'Mydonna' is a class track which is always a crowd fave. Other hits this year have been 'In Motion', '1981' and their mix for Razor Tape is one of the best you will hear.

Link to there tracks: https://www.juno.co.uk/artists/Coeo/

10. Sunner Soul

There were so many tracks out in 2017 that hit the mark with us - Sunner Soul features so many times for us. We keep on asking for a mix, but it's not coming as the artist is so busy - probably producing all the hits from the past 12 months. Vintage music has seen a new lease of life in some great tracks from him,  from disco edits, to even nu-jazz and almost hip hop beat instrumentals.. A must for anyone that likes a varience in edit styles.

https://www.junodownload.com/artists/Sunner+Soul/releases/

Venice Beach Parisian Disco

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Review: This may not be the first full-length outing for occasional Nang contributors Venice Beach - they've previously released a few albums of re-edits - but it is their first set of original productions. Beginning with the Gauloises sporting Italo-disco chug of "No Complex", Parisian Disco is a perfect showcase for the duo's distinctive brand of synth-heavy nu-disco. Highlights include the rubbery dub disco grooves and dancing melody lines of "Medusa Lounge", the similarly throbbing party business of "Paradise" - all slap bass and big build-ups - and the dreamy nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Unique". The album's two vocal moments are pretty tidy, too, making it a quietly impressive collection of tracks.

Buy Here: http://www.junodownload.com/search/?q%5Bartist%5D%5B%5D=%22venice+beach%22

All the tracks available to listen to on youtube - Or Below! :-)