Lauer: “Oramorph”

October 4th, 2015

Frankfurt-based producer and Tuff City Kids member Phillip Lauer is someone we’ve been following for a long time. After dropping his second “Borndom” LP on Permanent Vacation, one of our favorite records of the year so far, the prolific producer offers us a slow ride with his elegant new track “Oramorph”, specially made for our free “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5. With its atmospheric melodies and dreamy synths, the track takes us deeper into the universe of Lauer. Expect nothing but quality.

The compilation also features previously unreleased tracks from Ben Browning x Cooper Saver, Du Tonc x Mighty Mouse, Klaves, Knightlife, NO ZU, This Soft Machine, Woolfy Vs. Projections, as well as exclusive free downloads from András & Oscar x Tornado Wallace, Cameo Culture, Daniel.T., HNNY, Homework, In Flagranti, The Juan MacLean x Octo Octa, and Navid Izadi. Shout out to all the artists and labels for making it happen.

Download La.Ga.Sta.’s “Late Summer” compilation Vol. 5 for free here.

Lauer: “Mausback”

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La.Ga.Sta. Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5

September 18th, 2015

[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

Yeah, it’s that time of the year when we love to pretend that summer never ends with our annual “Late Summer” compilation. The fifth edition is finally here, featuring 16 tracks from some of our favorite artists and talented newcomers. Brimming with the warmth of those long summer days and sun-kissed vibes of our own road trips, the “Late Summer” compilation Vol.5 takes you on a journey through the most carefree season of the year. While at the same time, we’re trying to bring you a selection of different sounds and different flavors that will soundtrack your blissful car rides and fuel you with a never-ending summer feeling wherever you are. Let’s make it a summer to remember.

As usual, this year’s “Late Summer” compilation features lots of exclusive tunes, including previously unreleased tracks, as well as much-loved gems available as a free download for the first time. We hope you like it as much as we do. Shout out to all the artists and labels for making it happen. Stream and download the whole thing below. Ride with us.

DOWNLOAD: La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 5 here.


01. HNNY – Solsidan

What a better way to open our new compilation than with one of our favorite tunes of the year so far from Swedish house producer Johan Cederberg, aka HNNY. Effortlessly smooth and mellow, “Solsidan” is an absolute gem of a tune filled with looped-up vocals and sun-kissed summertime grooves. Taken from his second “Solsidan/Alby” EP for the ever-impressive New York-based label Let’s Play House, it’s now yours for absolutely free.

02. Andras & Oscar – Looking Back (Tornado Wallace Dub)

What a tune! This one feels like an absolute Melbourne affair and it has been on repeat mode all summer. We’re so excited to feature on our compilation a sublime track that finds two of Melbourne’s finest house names come together. Tornado Wallace delivers a perfectly crafted dub version of András & Oscar‘s “Café Romantica” standout “Looking Back”. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Amsterdam imprint Dopeness Galore and Australian label Chapter Music.

03. Woolfy Vs. Projections – Josephine

Woolfy Vs. Projections, the duo of California-based musicians Simon “Woolfy” James and Dan Hastie, have soundtracked many of our rides with their superb cover of The Smiths’ classic “Ask”, which was featured on last year’s compilation. Fresh off the release of their third album “Stations” on Permanent Vacation, it feels so good to have them on board once again. This time with a stunning, sun-drenched cover of Chris Rea’s “Josephine” filled with cosmic disco goodness. Specially made for our compilation Vol.5.

04. Du Tonc – Rise (Mighty Mouse’s Discolife Dub)

Good things comes for those who wait. London’s disco maestro Mighty Mouse revisits the track “Rise” by everyone’s favorite Du Tonc, his collaborative project with Sydney’s Matt Van Schie (of Van She fame), for a special “Discolife” dub version. In true Mighty Mouse fashion, this groove-filled tune will light up any dancefloor. His first ever remix on a Du Tonc track is now yours for free. Rise up!

05. The Juan MacLean – Here I Am (Octo Octa Remix)

It always feels good driving around with The Juan MacLean, the duo of John MacLean and Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem fame). Even better, with a new remix for their track “Here I Am”, taken from last year’s “In A Dream” LP, which also comes as an exclusive free download courtesy of DFA Records. Brooklyn-based house producer Octo Octa has transformed “Here I Am” into an epic, slow burner. It clocks in at nearly eight minutes, and we can’t get enough of it.

06. Lauer – Oramorph

Frankfurt-based producer and Tuff City Kids member Lauer is someone we’ve been following for a long time. After dropping “Borndom”, one of our favorite records of the year, the prolific producer offers us a slow ride with his elegant track “Oramorph”, specially made for our compilation. With its atmospheric melodies and dreamy synths, the track takes us deeper into the universe of Lauer. Expect nothing but quality.

07. Daniel.T. – Boy

Let’s take a late summer drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with Los Angeles-based producer/DJ and avid vinyl collector Daniel.T., also known as one half of Cosmic Kids. His instrumental cover version of Book of Love’s “Boy” is yet another fine example of his colorful sound. The track was featured as a digital bonus track on his excellent debut mini-LP “Tetrachromat” on Young Adults. West coast vibes all round.

08. Ольга Чиповская – Сафари (This Soft Machine Edit)

Tim Sullivan, what a guy! Having already impressed us with his recent debut “On & On”/”This Place Was Meant For Me” EP on Eskimo Recordings, Australian producer/DJ has contributed to our compilation his first ever edit under his This Soft Machine moniker. As expected, This Soft Machine delivers the goods, a killer rework of Olga Chipovskaya’s ’80s electro track “Safari” with infectious grooves for your next exercises on the dancefloor!

09. Cameo Culture – Told You So

Colorful chill-out grooves, lush horns, and tropical-tinged percussions. Brooklyn-based producer/DJ Dave Robertson, better known as Cameo Culture, brings some serious summer vibes with his track “Told You So”, our favorite cut from his recent debut album “Burning Bright” on Wolf + Lamb Records. A perfect tune for your next sunset ride.

10. NO ZU – Ui Yia Uia (Bonus Beat with Maria Minerva)

More heat beat goodness coming to you direct from NO ZU. While their new single “Ui Yia Uia”, a slow boogie groover, is getting plenty of spins, the Melbourne heat beat collective delivers a “bonus beat” version of the track, specially made for our compilation. It’s an infectious clarinet and sax-filled jam that features vocals from Los Angeles-based musician Maria Minerva. “Ui Yia Uia” is the first taste from NO ZU’s forthcoming new album “Afterlife”, which is expected to arrive early next year via Chapter Music.

11. In Flagranti – As Fast As I Can

Get your fill of sleazy vintage disco with “As Fast As I Can”, a classy tune from In Flagranti, our beloved Swiss duo of Sasha Crnobrnja and Alex Gloor. Released earlier this year via their own Codek imprint, this track is exactly what you’d expect from In Flagranti and arguably one of the pair’s finest tunes we’ve heard in a while.

12. Ben Browning – Friends Of Mine (Cooper Saver Remix)

We’re big fans of Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning, so we’re delighted to include on our compilation a previously unreleased remix of “Friends Of Mine”. Taken from his recent debut album “Turns”, the track gets the remix treatment by LA producer/DJ Cooper Saver, the man behind the Far Away parties and mixtape series. He infuses “Friends Of Mine” with an extra dose of synths, delivering a deliciously summertime jam. What’s not to love?

13. Knightlife – Haus Angeles

Absolute fire from Melbourne-based producer and Cutters Records’ very own Mike Gamwell, aka Knightlife. For our compilation, Knightlife has reworked The B Boys’ ’80s classic “Rock The House”, turning it into a house floor-filler. Inspired by the L.A. leg of the last tour he did with Cut Copy, the “Haus Angeles” edit is a banger of a tune. Play it loud!

14. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Klaves Edit)

Get into the groove with this exclusive disco edit from Polish wunderkind Mikolaj Gramowski, better known as Klaves, who last graced us with his killer double-A-side single “People” b/w “Oh No” on PMR Beat Club. The multi-talented producer works his magic on McFadden & Whitehead’s classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”, delivering a dancefloor-ready edit full of infectious grooves.

15. Navid Izadi – Messin (feat. Angelica Bess from Body Language)

Multi-talented San Francisco-based artist Navid Izadi brings some serious heat with his newest track “Messin”. Channeling the vibes of uplifting, ’80s Latin freestyle, Navid Izadi delivers an addictive club tune featuring vocals from Body Language’s Angelica Bess. With its lush synth pads, housey piano keys and soulful boy/girl vocals, “Messin” is just about as infectious as it gets. Exclusive free download, courtesy of Wolf + Lamb Records.

16. Homework – Yakushima Dreams

Filled with mellow grooves and gentle piano stabs, “Yakushima Dreams” finds Homework, the dynamic Amsterdam-based duo of Tom Waist and Zip Stolk, capturing the sun-drenched warmth of summertime deep house. Taken from their recent “Palindrome 1” EP on Let’s Play House white-label series, “Yakushima Dreams” is a farewell letter to the end of the summer.

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Musik For Autobahns 2

August 5th, 2015

Running Back head honcho Gerd Janson, who also operates as one half of Tuff City Kids alongside Lauer, takes us on yet another long ride with the second edition of his “Musik For Autobahns” compilation series for Rush Hour. Truly inspired by many trips on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, the new compilation features eleven tracks of “ambient race car music”, including contributions from Leon Vynehall, Joy Orbison, Lauer, Fort Romeau, Bicep, Orson Wells, and more. It’s a “fresh and exclusive collection of music that hopefully sounds as great in a car as it will in the comfort zone of your own living-room or during dusk and dawn in your favorite club environment,” says Gerd Janson. Check out the tracklist below, and preview the whole thing above.

Tracklist (CD):
01. Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road
02. Joy Orbison – A213
03. Fort Romeau – Seleno
04. Shan – Awakening
05. AKSK – Breaking
06. Conga Radio – 168 North
07. Orson Wells – Orbiting Jupiters
08. Orlando Voorn – Turn Left Here
09. Disco Nihilist – Melancholy
10. Lauer – Autofahrn
11. Bicep – Carmine

The “Musik For Autobahns 2” compilation will arrive in September. Pre-order it here.

Musik For Autobahns, Vol. 1

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Lauer: “Mausback” Video

July 31st, 2015

Frankfurt-based producer and Tuff City Kids member Lauer has shared a stop-motion video for his great tune “Mausback”, a standout cut off his excellent second album “Borndom”, the follow-up to his 2012 debut “Phillips” LP, released back in May. The video, made by visual artist Holger Wüst, is a love letter to Venice, and it’s simply beautiful.

Lauer’s “Borndom” LP is out now on Permanent Vacation. Buy it here.

Lauer: “Crewners”

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Lauer: “Crewners”

May 11th, 2015

Take a slow ride with “Crewners”, the opening track from Lauer’s excellent second album “Borndom”, a follow-up to his 2012 debut “Phillips” LP, out now on Munich’s finest Permanent Vacation. The 13-track record finds the Frankfurt-based DJ/producer/musician Lauer, also known as one half of Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids, delivering a fine collection of well-crafted tunes influenced by ’80s synth-pop, new wave, electronica, and disco-infused house.

Lauer’s second LP “Borndom” is out now via Permanent Vacation. Buy it here.

Lauer: “ESC” (with Jasnau)


Lauer: “ESC” (with Jasnau)

March 11th, 2015

Three years have passed since Frankfurt-based DJ/producer/musician Lauer, released “Phillips”, his excellent debut solo album on Running Back. Now, Lauer, also known as one half of Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids alongside Running Back boss Gerd Janson, has finally shared details of a follow-up, “Borndom”, which will arrive in May through Permanent Vacation. The 13-track record is said to be “rooted in pop music and mixed with the reactance and sound aesthetics of punk.” Our first taste from that forthcoming record comes in the form of “ESC”, an ’80s new wave-infused track featuring vocals from Jasnau.

Lauer’s second LP “Borndom” will drop on May 8th via Permanent Vacation.

Lauer: “Hershel”

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Tuff City Kids: “Highlights” (feat. Shan)

January 26th, 2015

Frankfurt-based DJ/producer/musician Phillip Lauer and Running Back boss Gerd Janson deliver the first release of 2015 on one of our favorite labels, Permanent Vacation, under their Tuff City Kids moniker. Consisting of four power power-house cuts, the “Kirk Juemmeth” EP finds the duo teaming up with fellow German producer Victor Shan, best known for last year’s club hit “Chord Memories”. Here’s the track “Highlights”, a classy house tune that has been on repeat on our car stereo over the weekend. Enjoy the ride.

The “Kirk Juemmeth” EP is out now on vinyl via Permanent Vacation. Pick up your 12” here.

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Lauer: “Hershel”

July 16th, 2014

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Lauer: “Hershel”

Frankfurt-based DJ/producer/musician Phillip Lauer, who is also known as one half of Tuff City Kids and Arto Mwambe, recently dropped his solid new “Donner Lake” EP on the ever-excellent Permanent Vacation, a three-track effort that finds him still operating in top form. Here’s the EPs lead track “Hershel”, our favorite cut from the release, a seven-plus-minute disco-infused house jam that leaves you craving more. Let’s ride.

Lauer’s “Donner Lake” EP is out now digitally via Permanent Vacation. Get it here.

mpFree: Touch Sensitive: “Pizza Guy” [Lauer Remix]
Stream: YNK: “The Joint” [Lauer Remix]

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La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 50 Downloaded Tracks of 2013

January 15th, 2014

Hey vroomers, it’s that time again. Once more during last year we have been sharing with you tons of free music, and now we’re really excited to share with you La.Ga.Sta.’s Top 50 most downloaded tracks of 2013. A long list with top-notch tunes from some of our favorite producers and bands. As always, this is a chart compiled by our readers. Here’s your chance to revisit 2013′s most popular mpFrees. Fill it up and stay gas!

01. Bicep & Ejeca: “You” [Piano Version]
02. Phoenix: “Trying To Be Cool” [Breakbot Remix]
03. Rhye: “Open” [Bondax Remix]
04. CHVRCHES: “The Mother We Share” [Moon Boots Remix]
05. Darkside: “Golden Arrow”
06. Chromeo: “Over Your Shoulder”
07. Banks: “Warm Water” [Snakehips Remix]
08. Miguel: “Do You…” [Cashmere Cat Remix]
09. Poolside: “If We Make It”
10. The Swiss: “Connect”

11. Clubfeet: “Cape Town” [Panama Remix]
12. Hot Natured: “Reverse Skydiving” [Benoit & Sergio Remix]
13. MS MR: “Think Of You” [RAC Mix]
14. Flight Facilities: “Clair De Lune” [Them Jeans Edit]
15. Holy Ghost!: “Hold On, We’re Going Home” [Drake Cover]
16. Kölsch: “Goldfisch”
17. Mayer Hawthorne: “Her Favorite Song” [Oliver Remix]
18. Siriusmo: “Itchy”
19. Miami Horror: “Real Slow” [Plastic Plates Remix]
20. Perseus: “Shadow Of The Beast”

21. Grizzly Bear: “Gun Shy” [Lindstrøm Remix]
22. Moon Boots: “Love Strong”
23. Hayden James: “Embrace” [Version]
24. Kaytranada: “At All”
25. Isaac Tichauer: “Take Over You”
26. John Talabot feat. Pional: “Destiny” [Dubtool Version]
27. Hanni El Khatib: “Penny” [Classixx Remix]
28. The Knocks feat. St. Lucia: “Modern Hearts” [Goldroom Remix]
29. Para One: “You Too”
30. Chris Malinchak: “So Into You”

31. Todd Terje: “Spiral” [Radio Mix]
32. Daughter: “Youth” [Lane 8 Remix]
33. Peter & The Magician: “On My Brain” [Crayon Remix]
34. Jacques Greene: “Body Party”
35. Finnebassen: “Bella”
36. Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive: “Real Talk” [Cassian Remix]
37. Charles Murdoch: “Dekire” [Bodhi Remix]
38. Tourist: “Stay”
39. Bixel Boys: “Love Like This”
40. Yuksek feat. Oh Land: “Last Of Our Kinds” [Michael Garcon Remix

41. Lorde: “Love Club” [L D R U Remix]
42. Jonas Rathsman: “Bringing You Down”
43. Eli & Fur: “You’re So High” [Ejeca Remix]
44. Mitzi: “Falling”
45. Zimmer: “Galapagos”
46. Chela: “Romanticise” [Gold Fields Remix]
47. Fleetwood Mac: “Family Man” [Flight Facilities Edit]
48. Psychemagik: “La Paix Est Une Fleur”
49. Touch Sensitive: “Pizza Guy” [Lauer Remix]
50. Emiliana Torrini: “Speed Of Dark” [Andrew Weatherall Remix]

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Ali Love: “Another”

October 1st, 2013

London-based producer and vocalist Ali Love certainly knows how to keep himself busy. Besides being a member of both Hot Natured and Infinity Ink, he also continues to produce his own quality material. Following the release of his single “Emperor”, featuring Kali on vocals, back in March, Ali Love returns with his infectious new single “Another”, which pumps a “four-to-the-floor beat with glitchy percussion and distinctive psychedelic vocals.”

“Another” is the first proper taste of his upcoming solo album, the follow up to 2010’s “Love Harder”, which will be released early next year via Crosstown Rebels. The single will arrive on vinyl on October 14th and comes complete with remixes by the likes of Tuff City Kids, aka Gerd Janson and Lauer, and Felix Da Housecat.

Update: Here’s the video for “Another”, directed by Craig Murray.

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