LAGASTA 10 years compilation

DATE:
May 6th, 2019
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Artwork: Bráulio Amado

DOWNLOAD: LAGASTA’s 10 years compilation HERE for the price of an e-mail

We are 10! Last Gas Station, aka LAGASTA, turns 10 this year, and celebrates its tunefully inspirational road trips through all these years in a very special way: a new compilation of exclusive covers! They invited some of their favourite artists and producers, who have been part of La.Ga.Sta.’s family all these years, to choose a best-loved song of theirs, and make a cover version of it for a new anniversary compilation. The outcome is an exceptional…track compilation that brings the most deserving music to the surface, from George Michael to Siouxsie and the Banshees and from Whitney Houston to Blood Orange. It’s a fusion of different decades and music styles. The 15-track compilation is now available as a free download, artwork by one of the most exciting graphic designers today, Portugal-born, NYC-based Bráulio Amado.

TRACKLIST:

01. Fainting By Numbers – A Different Corner

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Justus Köhncke deliver a sublime electronic cover of George Michael’s 1986 classic ballad “A Different Corner” as Fainting By Numbers. We just can’t get enough of it…

02. Zombies In Miami – Orient Express

Mexico’s finest Zombies In Miami pulled over once again at our station with this outstanding cover of Wish Key’s 1983 “Orient Express”, tailor made for your next car rides.

03. Amy Douglas – Cities In Dust

Straight from NYC, our beloved Amy Douglas does her magic once again, delivering a great cover of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ “Cities In Dust” from their 1986 LP “Tinderbox”. Play it loud!

04. Poolside – Strange Overtones (Yuksek Dub)

French electro maverick and Partyfine label founder Yuksek has something special for us, a delicious dud version of Poolside’s glorious cover of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “Strange Overtone”. That’s the way we like it!

05. Curses – This Is The Day

NYC-born, Berlin-based producer and DJ Luca Venezia, better known as Curses, take us for a ride with his brilliant take on his favourite The The song, “This Is The Day”.

06. Woolfy Vs. Projections – West End Girls

From LA streets to the Last Gas Station…Californian duo Woolfy Vs. Projections cover Pet Shop Boys’ classic “West End Girls” in their own special way. And we absolutely loved it!

07. Pional – Saint

Spanish producer and frequent John Talabot collaborator Miguel Barros, Pional, puts his signature touch on this gorgeous cover of Blood Orange’s “Saint”.

08.Lauren Flax feat. Kim Ann Foxman – Pleasure Principle (Lauren Flax Revision)

Creep’s Lauren Flax revisits her 2014 killer cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Pleasure Principle:, featuring Kim Ann Foxman, and the result is really something special. What’s not to love.

09. LAGASTA feat. Private Agenda – Love Is A Stranger

LAGASTA’s own contribution on the compilation is a cover of their all-time favorite Eurythmics song “Love Is A Stranger”, that’s been turn into a melodic haunted lullaby with the sensual vocals by Berlin’s duo Private Agenda giving the track an emotional approach. Ride with us…

10. Larry Gus – I Miss You variations feat. Polygrains

Yay! Our Greek psych-pop musician Panagiotis Melidis, aka Larry Gus, has made a superb cover of Björk’s “I Miss You”. Featuring Polygrains, this groove-filled version is laced with infectious layers of percussion. It’s so damn good!

11. Benjamin Fröhlich – How Much Are

Permanent Vacation’s co-founder Benjamin Fröhlich serves his amazing version on a track that was a big inspiration for him through the years; the 1981 “How Much Are They”, an ’80s anthem from Jah Wobble/Jaki Liebezeit/Holger Czukay, taken from their 1982 collaborative LP “Full Circle”.

12. Luxxury – Self Control

Los Angeles-based producer Blake Robin, aka Luxxury, works his magic on Laura Branigan’s 1984 cover of Raf’s “Self Control” and transforms it to a piano-driven, sun-drenched beauty, adding new sonic colours to this favourite song of ours, one of the defining songs of the ’80s. Just perfect!

13. Slow Hands – Springfield

New York-based musician/producer/DJ Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, could not be possibly missing from our anniversary compilation! Take a ride with his splendid cover of Arthur Russell’s “Springfield” filled with percussions, handclaps, and sun-kissed disco vibes.

14. Moullinex & Xinobi – Human Fly

Moullinex and Xinobi, the Discotexas label founders, take us for a disco ride straight to Lisbon with their stunning cover of the Cramps classic “Human Fly”.

15. Kito Jempere feat. Noteless & Lovvlover – Cherish The (Darkest) Day

This is a truly perfect closer to our 10 years compilation. Kito Jempere delivers a special cover of Sade’s 1993 signle “Cherish The Day”, taken from her fourth studio album, “Love Deluxe”.

SHOUT OUT to all the artists and producers for making it happen.

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Luxxury: “Self Control (Laura Branigan cover)”

DATE:
May 2nd, 2019
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Artwork: Bráulio Amado

Another day, another premiere! Our good friends over at Melodic Diggers just dropped a new premiere from LAGASTA’s upcoming 10 years compilation. It’s Luxxury’s amazing cover of “Self Control”. Play it loud!

Lagasta turns 10 this year. To celebrate this they invited some of their favourite artists and producers to choose a favourite song and make a cover version of it for a new anniversary compilation. The 10 years anniversary compilation will drop on May 6th as a free download.

Los Angeles-based producer Blake Robin, aka Luxxury, contributes to the compilation with a cover of a 1984 classic. Known for his disco/house signature sound, he works his magic on Laura Branigan’s cover of Raf’s ‘Self Control’ and transforms it to a piano-driven sun-drenched beauty, adding new sonic colours to this favourite song of ours, one of the defining songs of the 1980s.

LAGASTA’s 10 years compilation will drop on May 6th as a free download via Bandcamp, with artwork by one of the most exciting graphic designers today, Portugal-born, NYC-based Bráulio Amado. Good times!

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Fainting By Numbers: “A Different Corner”
Curses: “This Is The Day”

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Luxxury: 1980 Mixtape

DATE:
April 24th, 2018
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MIXES
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La.Ga.Sta’s new series of mixtapes continues with yet another great mix. Every month we invite a producer/dj/artist to choose his favourite year in music and give us a mixtape with tracks only from that year. For April, we asked our beloved Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin, aka Luxxury, to “drive through” his favourite year, and he went with the year 1980. Let’s take a long ride with his killer “1980” mixtape, a 50-minute mix full of great tracks and Luxxury’s quality edits. Blast it above, and ride with us.

Tracklist:
Intro
Breakwater – Release the Beast
Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue (+ George Benson “Gimme The Night”)
Vaughn Mason – Bounce Rock Skate Roll (+ Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train)
M – Pop Muzik (+ DIana Ross “Upside Down”)
Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover (Tim Zawada edit)
Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore
Michael Jackson – Rock With You (LUXXURY edit)
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (LUXXURY edit)
Chas Jankel – Ai No Corrida (+ Donna Summer “Our Love”)
Senay – Kent Yaşamı (“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” – Turkish Version) (LUXXURY edit)
Kano – I’m Ready
Paul McCartney – Temporary Secretary (LUXXURY edit)
Japan – Quiet Life
Theme Song from Cosmos
Queen – Football Fight
Herb Alpert – Rise
Blondie – Rapture (LUXXURY edit)
Olivia Newton John & Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu (Special Disco Version)

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In Flagranti “drives through” 1974 | Mixtape
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Luxxury: “Pleasure!”

DATE:
November 3rd, 2017
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Los Angeles-based producer/DJ and edit maestro Blake Robin, better known as Luxxury, brings pleasure to your ears with his delicious new single “Pleasure!”, a piano-driven disco/house gem that’s perfect for your next car rides. Adding new sonic colors to his signature sound (shimmering rhodes, funk bass guitar, balearic beats) are collaborators Zach Robinson (D/A/D) on Rhodes and flute solo, and Becca Schack (Beca) doubling the mimimalist vocal: the song has literally just one, single word.

Robin explains how the song came together: “I dialed up a beat and Zach found these dope, Steely Dan-like chord changes while I played bass, and this awesome track came together in a less than an hour. For vocals I challenged myself to beat the short-but-sweet lyrics kings Daft Punk (‘Around the World’) and Duck Sauce (‘Barbara Streisand’) but it turns out its hard to write a one word song without sounding like a 50’s surf band (“Wipeout!”, “Tequila!”). However as soon as I tried the word ‘Pleasure’, its evocative onomatopoeia worked perfectly and gave the sunny beats some added sexual heft.”

The single “Pleasure!” is out now digitally on Paperclip. Buy it here.

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Luxxury: “I Need You”

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Luxxury: “I Need You”

DATE:
May 19th, 2017
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Our beloved Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin, better known as Luxxury, brings more of his feel-good disco vibes with his brand-new single “I Need You”. Once again, Luxxury delivers a glorious sun-drenched beauty that feels like a summer drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. In his own words: “It’s the most honest song I’ve ever written, indeed when I sing it live I blush from revealing myself in public so shamelessly. But frankly I’m a bit of an exhibitionist, so it all works out.” On keys once again is Robin’s frequent collaborator Billy Caruso, whose shimmering Rhodes line gives the disco pop tune an aching, melancholy tone. Give “I Need You” a spin above, and ride with us.

The single “I Need You” is out now on Nolita Records. Buy it here.

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Luxxury: “What Do Ya Really Want?” [Luxxury Dub]

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Luxxury: “What Do Ya Really Want? (Luxxury Dub)”

DATE:
October 4th, 2016
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Here we go! The sixth installment of our ongoing “Late Summer” compilation series has arrived, featuring 15 tracks from some of our favorite artists and co-drivers. The compilation Vol.5 includes an exclusive free download from our beloved Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin, better known as Luxxury. His contribution to our compilation, a previously unreleased dub version of his delicious tune “What Do Ya Really Want?” is perfect for either a weekend BBQ or a late-summer malaise.

La.Ga.Sta.’s compilation Vol.6 also features previously unreleased tracks from Jacques Renault, Yumi Zouma x Southern Shores, Gentle Hands, Wild & Free, Guiddo x Nmls, La.Ga.Sta.’s new music project LAGASTA Drivers, as well as exclusive free downloads from Prins Thomas x I:Cube, No Regular Play x Juan MacLean, PillowTalk & Soul Clap, Kauf x Fort Romeau, Medlar, Massimiliano Pagliara, and Jonny Sender. It’s always summer somewhere.

Download La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 6 here for the price of an e-mail.

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La.Ga.Sta. Late Summer Compilation Vol. 6

DATE:
September 30th, 2016
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[Artwork: Stefanos Michaelides]

It’s always summer somewhere. We’re more than excited to bring you the sixth installment of our ongoing “Late Summer” compilation series filled with the warmth of those long summer days and sun-kissed vibes of our own road trips. The “Late Summer” compilation Vol.6 features 15 tracks from some of our favorite artists and co-drivers, a selection of different sounds and different flavors that will soundtrack your blissful rides and fuel you with a never-ending summer feeling wherever you are. As always, it’s yours for FREE.

Our new compilation comes also with something special from us. A glimpse of what’s to come from our new dance project LAGASTA Drivers with our “fully drivable” track “Roberto”.

La.Ga.Sta.’s “Late Summer” compilation Vol.6 includes lots of exclusive tracks, including previously unreleased tunes, as well as much-loved gems available as a free download for the first time. Shout out to all the artists and labels for making it happen. It’s going be a ride to remember, and one we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do. Ride with us.

DOWNLOAD: La.Ga.Sta.’s Late Summer Compilation Vol. 6 here for the price of an e-mail.

TRACKLIST:

01. Chesus – You’re So Special (Jacques Renault Edit)

NYC producer/DJ and Let’s Play House’s very own Jacques Renault, one of the most consistent edit contributors out there, goes all disco with his unreleased killer rework of Chesus’ much-played tune “Special”. We’re delighted to have it as an exclusive part of this year’s “Late Summer” compilation, courtesy of Sweden’s Local Talk.

02. Ponzu Island – Super Koto (Andras Fox Extended Mix)

Melbourne house producer Andras Fox can do no wrong in anything he does. On his extended rework of “Super Koto” by fellow Aussie mysterious project Ponzu Island, Andras Fox transforms the original cut into a glorious sun-drenched beauty. Taken from Ponzu Island’s debut EP on Barcelona’s label Apersonal Music.

03. Gentle Hands – Stranger Changes

We’re super stoked to have this edit as an exclusive part of our compilation. Stellar Well’s Jake Goldsmith delivers a smooth-as-silk disco rework of “Stranger Changes” under his Gentle Hands alias. It was recently played by Dirty Dave on Beats In Space and now it’s yours for free. A sublime rework executed by the gentlest of hands.

04. Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau Instrumental Remix)

London-based house producer Mike Greene, aka Fort Romeau, has remixed LA’s Kauf much-loved track “Through The Yard” into pure perfection. The instrumental version of his lush remix, released on Munich’s Permanent Vacation, is something rather special. Dive in.

05. No Regular Play – Lake Gilmore (Juan MacLean Remix)

DFA mainstay Juan MacLean adds his signature touch, subtly but strongly to Brooklyn’s duo No Regular Play latest single “Lake Gilmore”, delivering an elegant dancefloor heater. The original track is taken from the pair’s recent second “Can’t You See” LP, the follow-up to their 2012 debut LP “Endangered Species”, on Crew Love Records.

06. Medlar – Juno (feat. Ishmael)

London’s Medlar synth-laden house tune “Juno” is one of our favorite tunes we’ve heard in a while. Featuring Bristol producer Ishmael on sax, the track is lifted from his debut EP of the same name for Madrid-based label Riverette.

07. Jonny Sender – Luck Sum Don (Special Edit)

If there was an edit that we’ve been playing on repeat mode on our car stereo for a while now, it would definitely be “Luck Sum Don”. It’s a deliciously sleazy rework of Donna Summer’s classic “Lucky” from New York DJ and producer Jonny Sender, former bassist of Konk, which was released on In Flagranti’s Codek Records. Here, we have a short version of the edit, specially made for our new compilation.

08. Prins Thomas – C (I:Cube Remix)

French producer I:Cube works his magic again and created this stunning remix of “C” by Norwegian disco maestro Prins Thomas. This seven-minute rework has been on repeat on our car stereo all summer. The track “C” appears on Prins Thomas’ ambient fourth solo album “Principe Del Norte”, released early this year on Smalltown Supersound.

09. Luxxury – What Do Ya Really Want? (Luxxury Dub)

Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin, also known as Luxxury, keeps the disco vibes going with his delicious tune “What Do Ya Really Want?”, a “slow-motion dip into an existential disco swimming pool.” His contribution to our compilation, an exclusive dub version of the track, is perfect for either a weekend BBQ or a late-summer malaise.

10. LAGASTA Drivers – Roberto

Here comes “Roberto”, the “fully drivable” first track from our new project LAGASTA Drivers. We have been holding on to this track for almost two years now, and we’re very excited to finally share it with you. There’s more tracks from LAGASTA Drivers on the way.

11. Jacques Renault – Redlight Rubber (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix)

What a tune! Italian-born, Berlin-based producer Massimiliano Pagliara takes us for ride with his epic, synth-laden house remix of Jacques Renault’s “Redlight Rubber”, a track taken from his 2015 debut LP “Zentrum”. It doesn’t get any better than this! The nine-minute remix appears on the “Off Zentrum” EP on one of our favorite labels, Let’s Play House.

12. Wild & Free – River Of Nile (Cloud Mix)

This track is made exclusively for our compilation. Los Angeles-based duo Wild & Free, composed of Drew Kramer and George Cochrane, revisit their much-loved track “River Of Nile” and give us a new “Cloud” version full of dubby grooves. It has just the right amount of tropical percussions. Just perfect!

13. Guiddo feat. Georges Perin – One Last Bite (Nmls Remix)

We first heard this one back in November of last year, when Tim Sweeney played it in his Mixmag set. Now, we’re finally got our hands on this stellar, slow-burning remix of Guiddo’s track “One Last Bite” by Polish producer Nmls, as an exclusive part of our compilation Vol.6. Featuring the sultry vocals from Greek singer Georges Perin, “One Last Bite” is taken from Guiddo’s excellent “Gin ‘n’ Tears” EP, released back in 2014 on Beats In Space Records.

14. Yumi Zouma – Short Truth (Southern Shores Remix)

Let’s take a ride with this exclusive remix of New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma soaring synth-pop track from label mates Southern Shores. Toronto’s duo edit is an effortless collage of splashy breaks, Balearic breezes and cooing vocal samples. Utterly addicting stuff. It serves as an ode to these final, exuberant days of summer. You can now download this remix for free, courtesy of our beloved Cascine.

15. PillowTalk & Soul Clap – Love Train (feat. Greg Paulus & Crew Love)

San-Francisco house darlings PillowTalk and Boston’s finest Soul Clap have teamed up for this piano-driven house groover “Love Train”, featuring No Regular Play’s Greg Paulus inimitable trumpet. This great tune is taken from the album “Crew Love: Based on A True Story”, which includes tracks from all the Crew Love members. All aboard the Love Train!

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Luxxury: “What Do Ya Really Want?” Video

DATE:
September 20th, 2016
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Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin, aka Luxxury, has shared a new video for his latest single “What Do Ya Really Want?”, a slow-motion dip into an existential swimming pool. Directed by Jim Harmon, the clip features his touring bandmate, keyboardist Dr. William “Billy” Caruso. Watch it above.

The “What Do Ya Really Want?” EP is out now on Plant Music. Get it here.

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Luxxury: “Take It Slow”

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Luxxury: “What Do Ya Really Want?”

DATE:
July 26th, 2016
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Back in March, Luxxury released his double A-side single “Hold On” / “Take It Slow” of sun-drenched disco goodness, his debut release for Brooklyn’s Deep&Disco Recordings. Now, the Los Angeles-based producer and edit maestro Blake Robin keeps the disco vibes rolling and drops his delicious new single “What Do Ya Really Want?”. As he says, “What Do Ya Really Want?” is “a slow-motion dip into an existential disco swimming pool. Perfect for either a weekend BBQ or a mid-summer malaise.” Give it a spin a above, and dive in.

The “What Do Ya Really Want?” EP is out now on Plant Music. Get it here.

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Luxxury: “Breathe”

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Luxxury: “Breathe”

DATE:
April 13th, 2016
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Next month, long-running Belgian label Eskimo Recordings will drop a new compilation called “The Yellow Collection”, the fifth installment of its ongoing compilation series based around colours. The new 13-track compilation gathers a handful of new productions along with recent tracks from the label’s current roster, showcasing a blend of nu-disco, pop, electronica, and house. It features contributions from Du Tonc, This Soft Machine, Man Power, James Curd & Turbotito, NTEIBINT, Go March, and more. Today, we’re treated to the disco vibes of “Breathe”, a new track from LA’s Luxxury. Strap yourself in for a funky ride.

“The Yellow Collection” drops on May 20 on Eskimo Recordings. Pre-order it here.

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This Soft Machine: “On & On”

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