Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Miami Dice Releases "Mota-Vation" Video + New Deluxe Edition Album!

North Carolina's Miami Dice is the atmosphere and beat-oriented project of Shaun Olson, drummer and founding member of indie/shoegaze outfit Cement Stars. An Italo disco / R&B-influenced dance project, Miami Dice incorporates vintage synth sounds, laid-back beats, minimal vocals and a vibe that evokes the neon-lit after-hours world of the late 70's and early 80's. Rounding out the line-up is Olson's Cement Stars bandmate Josh Faggart on drums, and Scott Weaver (formerly of the bands Babyshaker and Snagglepuss) on trumpet and percussion. Together, the three of them have become the ultimate in chill vibes, good time, drinking with your friends, party dance music.

Yesterday, they released a great new video directed by Enid Valu for the track "Mota-Vation" of their latest release Premium Cut (Deluxe Edition). Premium Cut was originally released in 2014 shortly after the trio began playing together. They thought maybe it needed a second chance. So, they brought in Jesse Clasen from the band HRVRD to remaster the original tracks, added four new tracks, and are going to follow up with a remix from DJ Justin Aswell. Premium Cut (Deluxe Edition) sounds great and really allows their good time vibes to shine through. It's also pretty good music for playing in the background on a romantic evening with your significant other. You probably don't want to know how I know this.

The "Mota-Vation" video was shot by a one woman crew over a period of 8 hours. The bar that appears in the video is the now closed nightclub Phoenix in downtown Charlotte, NC which used to be the site of the legendary club Mythos. On a side note, it is important to mention that band member Scott Weaver has hosted the infamous weekly gay friendly dance/drag/burlesque party Shiprocked in Charlotte for the last eight years. Everyone from Cazwell to Kool Keith, Leslie and the Lys to Cakes Da Killa have graced the Shiprocked stage. If you are ever in Charlotte, NC on a Thursday night, you owe it to yourself to go.

Check out the the "Mota-Vation" video below and preview the Premium Cut (Deluxe Edition) album below!
Miami Dice is well worth your time!

**Miami Dice photos courtesy of Enid Valu.

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