The second instalment in CC:DISCO!’s ‘First Light’ compilation series offers listeners an open invitation to discover prolific upcoming and unsung talents not only from Australia, but from across the globe in Russia, Japan, Zambia, Spain, Sweden, Indonesia, US, Canada and beyond. 24 exclusive tracks, and an eclectic journey which explore the scopes of jazz, Balearic, disco, house, trance and techno, affirming her status as a dedicated tastemaker.
CC:DISCO! – “With Vol II I really wanted to capture my overall sound and bring artists together from around the world. It’s definitely a body of work you should listen to from start to finish, it’s a natural progression. From Balearic core shakers, to hard AF Italo and back again. It covers everything you could think of from home listening to 4am club bangers!”
The compilation and selection process is a natural experience for CC:DISCO! having worked in radio since the age of 15. Given an opportunity at Kiss FM before her long standing show at PBS. Since relocating to Lisbon in 2019 she has been holding down a residency at Rinse FM. Radio allows her to express her undefying love to the underground scene by giving a voice and platform to showcase its talent. First Light Vol II launches with two singles, both released on 24th Feb. Donald’s House & Lipelis – ‘VGF (DUB)’ and Hidden Spheres – ‘Laamore’.
Donald’s House are two brothers from Melbourne who have been on CC:DISCO!’s radar since the very start of their career, who teamed up with Moscow based Lipelis for their 80s style downtempo track ‘VGF (DUB)’. Complemented by the dreamy ‘Laamore’ from Manchester staple Hidden Spheres, a UK tastemaker and firm NTS favourite with his monthly ‘Fruit Merchant’ show. Sonically, the journey of the full compilation opens with soothing melodic jazzy tones, leading onto disco and electronica and finishing with the heavier high-octane productions.
The compilation draws on artists and friends that she’s encountered through her journey as a radio presenter and touring DJ, playing festivals such as Oasis, Lost Village, DGTL, PITCH, Strawberry Fields, Glastonbury, Love International, Kala to name a few. Now residing in Lisbon, CC:DISCO! features those who’ve inspired her in some way on her journey, and that hail from all parts of the world.
Starting at home in Melbourne is duo Hybrid Man, whom she describes as “A super progressive project that I’m constantly amazed by. Beautifully deep melodic sounds that appear to be effortlessly blended together. It’s always an act I refer to whenever asked about artists from Australia.” Ugandan-born first lady of deep house Jenifa Mayanja – a New York staple for over 20 years and an artist that CC:DISCO! says is “a true inspiration to me, I’m honoured to work with someone as talented as her. Every track she makes takes you into another little piece of her world, it’s soulful and authentic every time” (In a recent interview, Resident Advisor recently described Jenifa as: ‘future-facing, yet grounded in rhythms that feel as old as the earth. Her music is truly expansive’. Another notable new artist hailing from Africa is Comfy Bella, who now resides in Leeds, having started her career in music as a vocalist touring with the likes of Nightmares On Wax, Chris Martin, MJCole and Flood and whose turn to producing has seen her exploring her limitless boundaries of musical knowledge through groove and jazz infused productions.
The only returning artist featured from Vol I are New Zealand born duo Manuel Darquart. Having burst onto the scene in the last few years the boys have quickly become Netil Radio favourites with their popular ‘Adventures in Paradise’ show as well as releasing a string of strong productions over 2020.
Since its 2016 inception, Soothsayer has fast become a dynamic tastemaker label, adding fuel to the fire of burgeoning artists such as KUČKA, Willaris. K, Dro Carey, and ALTA, making it the perfect home for the First Light series and the artists featured.
Soothsayer – ‘We’ve always had a huge amount of love and respect for CC from the very start of Soothsayer. In our opinion, she’s not only one of the best DJs in Aus, but truthfully for us, in the world. That’s not hyperbole, that’s the truth. We’ve seen her play to every type of crowd, in every type of situation and she’s nailed it. Every – damn – time.’
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Everyday Blessing
Donald’s House & Lipelis – VGF (DUB)
Comfy Bella – Tell Meh
Jenifa Mayanja – Dawning
Steady Weather & Allysha Joy – Burning So Hot (feat. Allysha Joy)
Ca$hminus – Paradise
Moon Tan – Chinatown
Mount Liberation Unlimited – Debagungar
Transit State – System
Manuel Darquart – Agave Harvest
Munir – Waterpolo
Tech Support – Concorde
Paul Jextra – Heatwav
Club Tularosa – Pressure
Perdu – Vague Behaviour
Manami – A Dreamer’s Dream
Regularfantasy – Life Is A Delight
Mr. Ho – Next Phase
Body Corp – In Motion
Pépe – In Due Time
Escape Artist – Under Illusion
Hybrid Man – Phantom Signals
Fitzzgerald – At The Moment
Hidden Spheres – Laamore
VINYL TRACK LISTING
A1. Hybrid Man – Phantom Signals
A2. Donald’s House & Lipelis – VGF (DUB)
A3. Comfy Bella – Tell Meh
B1. Jenifa Mayanja – Dawning
B2. Ca$hminus – Paradise
B3. Mount Liberation Unlimited – Debagungar
C1. Manuel Darquart – Agave Harvest
C2. Tech Support – Concorde
C3. Paul Jextra – Heatwav
D1. Club Tularosa – Pressure
D2. Pépe – In Due Time
D3. Hidden Spheres – Laamore
Full Compilation Release: 7th May on Soothsayer PRE ORDER + BUNDLE