Trainspotting with Juan Leal from The Diaz Brothers

As the summer season kicks off, we catch up with The Diaz Brothers whose Ditchcoteque party has been a stalwart of London’s nu disco scene since the 2000’s. One of the Shoreditch clubbing pioneers with residencies at the “Last Days of Shoreditch” at the Red Gallery, Drunken Monkey and the King’s Head Members Club amongst guest spots all over the UK, The Diaz Brothers’ Juan Leal has a summer run of dates at some of London’s most buzzing bars and small clubs. His mix of twisted disco, a big helping of vocal house and a pinch of electronic wonkiness is the perfect musical cocktail for your evening’s entertainment.

Check out his current 10 favourites…


‘Sunshine’ JKriv Beach Burn Mix – Kokoro Disco San

Anything that JKriv does really lights up my sets and always a dance floor vibe.

Kokoro Disco San - Sunshine (JKriv Beach Burn Mix)

‘Soleil’ Yusek Edits – Yuksek

Sun drenched 21st century balearica.


‘Lets Go Deeper’ – Ross Couch

Not just cause he’s a fellow Scot.. Ross Couch has been producing  musical brand of deep, emotive and soulful house music which perfect for my dance floors

‘It Is What It Is’  – Teddy Black & Austins Groove

Australian producers Teddy Black & Austins Groove team up and collaborate delivering this 2 track release, featuring the duo’s funky garage infused styles interlaced on their unique offering.

‘Run It’   – KACZ

Huge jackin track from KACZ! Big funky vibes, amazing bassline, it’s a must have!

‘Never Thought’ Main Vocal Dub – Kerri Chandler featuring Sunchilde

Kerri Chandler sent me the whole package for my birthday and both the Vocal & Vocal Dub which was recorded at London’s Printworks club. The whole sound is huge and the basslines make your feet dance!

‘Garden of Love’ Dam Swindle mix – The Sunburst Band

The Dutch duo takes us into a glistening lush paradise of warm Rhodes piano, sweltering bass guitar licks, and blossoming synth solos.Perfect for the current sunshine and teeing us up nicely for the coming summer months. Take a walk into the Garden of Love.

‘Another Day Of My Life’   – Louie Vega

Quite a few riveting tracks on his new ‘Expansions NYC’ album but this is a serious nod to the dancefloor

‘Amenundala’ – DJ Spen & James Deron

The Afro centric roots of House music…this is a total groover with the lights off.


‘Make Me Love You’ – Mondee Oliver

This was released years ago on the cult underground label Gherkin Records and Mondee Oliver’s vocals are so emotional and ooze lovesexy vibes and it’s killing it on my dance floors.


You can catch The Diaz Brothers Live on Friday 24th June for I Love You But I Chose Disco at the Horse & Groom, Shoreditch

Juan also does a monthly radio show on Music Box radio:

and Iso Station: