Mirror People: “Come Over” (feat. Iwona Skwarek)

February 10th, 2014

Let’s drift away with Portuguese producer/DJ Rui Maia’s, aka Mirror People, stellar new single “Come Over”, full of bright melodies, which features the lovely vocals from Iwona Skwarek of Polish synth-pop duo Rebeka. It only takes one listen to fall in love with this song. A rather dream-pop affair, “Come Over” finds Mirror People doing something different, this time showcasing his softer side.

Mirror People and Rebeka are no strangers to working together, they’ve already dropped a delicious, disco-infused track, called “Nothing To Give”, which was released last year on the mighty Discotexas.

Mirror People’s “Come Over” is out now via Discotexas. Get it here.

In related news, Mirror People has recently started his monthly “Obscure Disco” series, giving away disco edits as a free download for a limited time. You can check it out here.

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Discotexas Picnic II

July 8th, 2013

What better way to start your Monday than with a delicious picnic, offered by one of our favorite labels, Discotexas. Today, the ever-excellent Portuguese label dropped its second “Discotexas Picnic” compilation just in time for summer.

The ten-track compilation featuring five unreleased tracks by Moullinex, RAC, Xinobi, Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver, and Da Chick, alongside tracks from the label’s usual suspects, like Zimmer, Mirror People, Kamp! and Rebeka. A perfect compilation to help soundtrack these hot summer days.

Here we have RAC’s André Allen Anjos groovy new remix of Moullinex’s “To Be Clear”, featuring vocals from Iwona Skwarek (of Rebeka), and Xinobi’s dancefloor-ready remix of Justin Faust’s “Space Rhumba”. Check out both remixes below, and stream the whole thing here. Enjoy with an icy cold glass of lemonade!

“Picnic II” also includes Da Chick’s new synth-pop jam “Lotta Love”. You can now watch the official video for the track below. Super fun!

“Discotexas Picnic II” is out now. Get it here.

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La.Ga.Sta. OFF The Road #59

June 24th, 2013
Mixtapes, News

OFF The Road #59 by La.Ga.Sta. on Mixcloud

For all of you out there, here’s our latest episode of our weekly live radio show “OFF The Road”, filled with some of our favorite current tracks, from Tensnake and John Talabot to Psychemagik and The Swiss. We’ll be back for more rides next Saturday on Off Radio, from 22:00 to 23:00 EET.

Make sure to check out our previous radio shows on Mixcloud. Stay gas!

01. Tensnake – 58 BPM (Mano Le Tough Remix)
02. John Talabot feat. Pional – So Will Be Now…(Club Revision)
03. Debukas – Reach Out Feel
04. Osborne – Hold Up (Feat. Joe Goddard)
05. ATTAR! feat. Cherry – The Fool
06. Lane 8 – Be Mine
07. Movement – Feel Real (Morgan Geist Remix)
08. Mirror People – Kaleidoscope (Psychemagik Remix)
09. Waifs & Strays – If You Love Me (feat. Hollie G)
10. Route 94 – Tell You Why
11. Breakbot feat. Ruckazoid – You Should Know (The Swiss Remix)
12. Sinkane – Lady C’mon (Tippy Toes Remix)

Download “OFF The Road #59″ here [85 mb]

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La.Ga.Sta. OFF The Road #56

May 28th, 2013
Mixtapes, News

OFF The Road #56 by La.Ga.Sta. on Mixcloud

It’s that time again. Here’s our latest episode of our weekly live radio show “OFF The Road”. The hour-long mix features some of our favorite new tracks by the likes of Mario Basanov, John Camp, Andre Bratten, Jonas Rathsman, Jacques Greene, Tippy Toes, Pete Oak, and more. Listen/download the mix below and enjoy the ride. We’ll be back next Saturday on Off Radio, from 22:00 to 23:00 EET.

Make sure to check out our previous radio shows on Mixcloud. Stay gas!

01. John Camp – All Ya Gotta Do (feat. Mr. Reed)
02. Cocolores – Serious Pleasure
03. Sinead Harnett – Got Me (The EEL Extended Version)
04. Pete Oak – Don’t Mind
05. Andre Bratten – Be A Man You Ant
06. Tom Odell – Another Love (Jonas Rathsman Remix)
07. Mirror People – Nothing To Give (feat. Rebeka)
08. Jee Day – Sum Of Love (Lauer Remix)
09. Jesse Oliver – Purified
10. Mario Basanov – Give Me Back
11. Xinobi – Woods
12. Tippy Toes – Under Toe
13. Urulu – Lonely Weekend
14. Jacques Greene – On Your Side (feat. How To Dress Well)

Download “OFF The Road #56″ here [88 mb]

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Mirror People: “Nothing To Give” (feat. Rebeka)

May 26th, 2013

Following the release of the infectiously groovy track “Machines” back in March, Portuguese producer/DJ Rui Maia, aka Mirror People, is back with his new single “Nothing To Give”, in collaboration with Rebeka, the Polish synth-pop duo of Iwona Skwarek and Bartosz Szczęsny. “Nothing To Give” is a delicious disco-infused song that will instantly set your body in motion as soon as you press play.

This is not the first time that Mirror People and Rebeka team up to bring us something special. Last year, Mirror People produced the duo’s brilliant first single “Stars” for Discotexas. In related news, Rebeka just dropped their debut album “Hellada” on Brennnessel Records. Just in case you missed it, watch the video of their latest single “Melancholia” here.

Here is Rebeka’s version of “Nothing To Give” for your listening pleasure:

“Nothing To Give” is out now on Discotexas. Get it here.


La.Ga.Sta. OFF The Road #51

April 23rd, 2013
Mixtapes, News

OFF The Road #51 by La.Ga.Sta. on Mixcloud

Hey vroomers, here is the latest episode of our weekly live radio show “OFF The Road”. This new mix features some of our favorite new jams by the likes of Oliver, Touch Sensitive, Yuksek, Hot Natured, Ejeca, Jesse Oliver, Rogue Vogue, Earl Grey, and more. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We’ll be back for more rides next Saturday on Off Radio, from 22:00 to 23:00 EET. Also, check our previous radio shows on Mixcloud. Stay gas!

01. Kris Menace feat. Black Hills – Waiting For You (Oliver Remix)
02. Touch Sensitive – Show Me
03. Earl Grey – Pong
04. David August – For Eternity
05. Suzanne Kraft – Maybe Snakes (Permanent Vacation Remix)
06. Blanc 1 – It’s All Over
07. Jesse Oliver – Oceans (Mirror People Remix)
08. Satin Jackets feat. Patrick Baker – Only You (Rogue Vogue Remix)
09. Kostrok – Right Now (Yuksek Remix)
10. Phoenix – Entertainment (Hot Natured Remix)
11. Zinc – Only for Tonight (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix)
12. Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out (Ejeca Remix)
13. Broke One – You’ll Be Mine

Download “OFF The Road #51″ here [83 mb]

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Jesse Oliver: “Oceans”

April 17th, 2013

Helsinki-based producer Jesse Oliver, whom you may remember from his collaborations with fellow producer Jay Lamar on last year’s “Diamonda” EP, has retured to Discotexas with his first solo release titled “Oceans”. And it’s a great one!

The release consists of two original tracks, “Oceans” and “Nicodemus”, and a fine remix by Portuguese producer/DJ Rui Maia, better known as Mirror People. The disco-flavored title track is our favorite cut on that EP and it’s certainly worth a listen. Give it a spin above, and take a long ride along the ocean.

Jesse Oliver’s “Oceans” EP is out now on Discotexas. Get it here.

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Mirror People: “Machines”

March 8th, 2013

After last year’s “Kaleidoscope”, the always amazing Portuguese producer/DJ Rui Maia, better known as Mirror People, returns to Discotexas with yet another great track, called “Machines”, that has an infectious groove. This tune is based on a sh09 – sh101 – Ms10 sequence with filters and punk funk bass. Give it a spin above, and make sure to check out the video for “Machines” below. The video is a remix version of the original work “SCANTS” (ANTS in my scanner), an intriguing project by French filmmaker François Vautier. In case you missed it, you can read our interview with Mirror People here.

Mirror People’s “Machines” is out now on Discotexas. Get it here.

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Kindness: “Cyan (Mirror People Edit)”

December 14th, 2012

It’s Friday and what a better way to get in the mood for the weekend than this “DJ friendly” version of Kindness’ “Cyan” by Portuguese producer Rui Maia, aka Mirror People. Even better, this tasty edit is available for free download. Grab it below and play it loud!

Download here or here

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Interview: Mirror People

September 21st, 2012

“Lisbon’s natural light makes me ‘disco’” say Mirror People, a name you may already be familiar with. Having released a series of quality tracks on Permanent Vacation, Gomma and Discotexas over the past two years and remixed tracks for Mario Basanov, Munk, The KDMS, to name a few, the talented Portuguese producer/DJ and avid music lover Rui Maia, better known as Mirror People, never ceases to amaze us. It looks like he has the magical touch to turn everything into something special. That’s why we’ve already featured most of his stuff here on La.Ga.Sta.
Today sees the release of Mirror People’s great second single “Kaleidoscope” on Discotexas, which explores a different path from last year’s “Feel The Need”, featuring Rowetta of Happy Mondays fame on vocals. It also comes backed with an amazing remix by fellow producer Xinobi.
We jumped in our car and took a ride down to Lisbon for a small chat with Mirror People about music, the local dance scene, their influences and disco rides. You can read our interview below. When we look through Mirror People’s “Kaleidoscope” what we see is colorful shapes and people dancing to disco music: things that make us really happy.

La.Ga.Sta.: Can you tell us a few things about your second release on Discotexas?

Mirror People: The new release is called “Kaleidoscope”, and it was influenced by 60s psychedelic bands like Os Mutantes and by the Ethiopian jazz artist Mulatu Astatke. My idea was to create a dance tune with different arpeggio layers combined with some ambient analogue elements that you can find in Mirror People’s previous work.

What was your life like before Mirror People, living in Lisbon and being into music?

This is my 10th year as a full-time musician. I play in a couple of bands here in Portugal (We Trust and X-Wife) and I collaborate with other artists on the studio work. All my life I was connected with music, when I was 5 years old I started to play guitar and drums. In the 90s I was a lot into Stereolab and Air’s “Moon Safari”, so I had the opportunity to buy some Synthesizers – I found my passion. That’s the story of my life.

What were you influenced by in the past years?

In fact I’m still a lot into 70s glam-post-punk-new-wave-indie thing, and I like to bring that to the dance scene. The Norwegian artists like Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, the DFA and Italians Do It Better’s work influenced me a lot.

From “Echo Life” to “Kaleidoscope”: Do you feel like your sound has evolved a lot since your first release as Mirror People?

Every day I feel that I’m developing my sound. At the beginning the Mirror People “sound” was more experimental, I was a lot into acts like The Knife, Throbbing Gristle, Emperor Machine or young Simian Mobile Disco. Nowadays I’m more focused in other aspects of the songs, I like to try to match different genres in one tune, but always with an eye on the dance floor.

Discotexas has been responsible for some truly great music over the years. Give us your view on Portugal’s dance music scene today…

There’s well-known names like Xinobi, Social Disco Club, Tiago or Moullinex, all artists with records on cool labels. Our scene is getting very “international”, but most of the Portuguese clubs are still into commercial house or drum & bass. I feel that we’re getting more cool parties here and there, people are paying more attention, so I believe that this “scene” is growing.

What makes you “disco” in Lisbon?

It’s my first year here in Lisbon, I’m from the north, from Porto. I think that Lisbon’s natural light makes me “disco”.

Which record do you love to listen to while driving your car?

“Gone to Earth” by David Sylvian.

Which are your favorite albums of 2012 so far?

I’m really into the Grimes’ album “Visions”, Chromatics’ “Kill For Love”, Django Django’s “Django Django”, and John Talabot’s “ƒIN”, among others.

Three things we should know about Mirror People…

Mirror People is my solo producer/dj project that hopefully one day will become a live band.
Mirror People released tracks on such cool labels like Permanent Vacation, Gomma or Discotexas.
I don’t use samples.

What do you see when you look through your “kaleidoscope”?

I see John Lennon and flowers.

What’s next for Mirror People?

I’m releasing an EP compilation of old material by the end of 2012. Then hopefully in mid-2013 I’ll release the first Mirror People’s album.

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