Disco and dancefloor legends Donna Summer and Robin Gibb both passed away recently so we wanted to take time out to pay our respect and put together a post that highlights a whole bunch of contemporary dance music that is helping keep the tradition of disco alive.
First up is The Guardian’s selection of the top 5 modern disco tracks followed by our very own Cool Accidents sampler of our fave nu disco jams and finally we have brand new business from one of the flag bearers of the modern day disco movement Ms Kylie Minogue.
LONG LIVE DISCO!
The Top Five Modern Disco Tracks via The Guardian
For proof of disco music’s continuing influence, check out these recent songs that owe a huge debt to the dancefloors of the late 70s
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake (2003)
Initially intended for Michael Jackson, this slinky, Neptunes-produced single was, says co-creator Chad Hugo, born out of a desire to “make a song that would get people up like in a disco but not be a disco”. Note the word “disco”, not “club”, the venue for most modern day R&B bangers.
Hercules & Love Affair feat Antony Hegarty – Blind (2008)
Taking the best elements of disco – spidery basslines, funk guitars, squelching sax – and adding a soul diva vocal turn from Antony Hegarty, Blind is the epitome of modern disco, all hands in the air euphoria tinged with unshakeable melancholia.
Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadows (2009)
For nine short minutes Warm In The Shadows, LA-based disco trio Music Go Music’s best song, undulates and wriggles over a chugging bassline, rapid funk guitar and the sound of a million disco balls smashing together.
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Lovesick (2010)
Norwegian producer Lindstrøm is often cited as the figurehead of “space disco”, which, if this collaboration with singer Christabelle is anything to go by, basically means taking the disco template, slowing it all down and making it sound strangely sinister.
Little Boots – Every Night I Say A Prayer (2012)
Always professing a love of disco in interviews, Little Boots put her money where her mouth is on this one-off single released for Record Store Day. Minimal and spacious but with a massive pop chorus, the video also recalls the New York voguing scene, which melded disco and house.
Disco Ain’t Dead!
and finally we have modern day disco diva extraordinaire Kylie Minogue!