Dreamy disco is an underutilized concept, but Renny Wilson seems to get it. On "By And By," it's not about crushing clubs (or beers, for that matter), no, it's flightiness. Fitting nicely alongside contemporaries we've been loving like Poolside, Wilson takes the language of dance music and uses it for poppy excursions that feel supremely relaxed. His new album, the appropriately-titled Sugarglider, is out January 22 via Mint Records.
"Set My Heart On Fire" is Eli Escobar going-in on what he does best: explosive, deep, New Yorky disco-inflected dance music that's near-impossible to resist. And while this original was released as a white label 12-inch a few months ago, Escobar is now dropping the Set My Heart On Fire EP via Plant Music, which includes an additional remix, a part-two featuring Amy Douglas and a track called "Make Me Feel" from the original vinyl. Check this one out while you're suiting-up for tonight.
With a sequel to the classic icy disco compilation After Dark on the way, Chromatics have revealed "Cherry" – a frozen chamber of melancholy pop smeared with a danceable backbone and considerable melodrama. The Johnny Jewel-led group also dropped a video along with the track that was directed by Alberto Rossini, so check it out and go fall in love (or something).
On their recent Seasons Change mixtape, we discovered that LA sunshine junkies Poolside could get bummed-out. It was very encouraging! Now, we get a freebie of one of its highlights: an edit of Laid Back's "Fly Away." Its dusty environment and drawled tone make a soulful original into a mopey, discofied moment of isolation. Perfect for slow-dancing your way into a divorce.
It's funny to think about the 'italo disco' moment that happened a few years. Doesn't it seem like we run out of genres sometimes? Nonetheless, one of that blips bright spots was mysterious Swedish popster Sally Shapiro, and now she's back with the graceful, strummy pop of "What Can I Do." She has a new album, Somewhere Else, coming February 26, 2013 via Paper Bag, and it even has a song called "This City's Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me," which seems very likely.
Sure, Chromatics' opus Kill For Love stretches nearly 80 minutes, but group leader Johnny Jewel knows that the group's fans can never get enough icy, atmospheric pop to crush on. That's why he just dropped an extras record called Running From The Sun, which features another 35-minute journey with an experimental, cutting-room bent to it. "Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we'd clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark," he wrote while giving away the album. "Working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm...throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow." And well, that pretty much nails it. Download away.
Gat damn Escort! Do you ever emit anything other than the brightest nu-disco, the glammiest hybrids, gassed-up soul-pop strains, the slickest, funkdafied horns, strings and synths undulating like some wonderful neon gelatin under and over the prettiest songbird vocals in the dance game? No. No, you don’t. Download this glistening RAC refit of “Starlight” and be transported to a world where amorphous and wildly talented ensemble bands rule (the airwaves, your playlists and everything else that matters). More goodies coming your way with their worthwhile remix compilation (bka Escort Remixed), available for your chill party-vibe needs come October 16.
After his Six Cups Of Rebel LP earlier this year, it's right back to space for your favorite disco voyager Lindstrøm. "Rà-àkõ-st" is his new 12-inch and should be the first single on the prolific producer's new album. Mixed by Todd Terje, the track is like synthesizers made of ecstasy having a playful fight in mid-air.
You know, not everything needs to be complex. Take Los Angeles duo Poolside with their apt name that gives you everything you need to know. Yes, it's summer and "Why You Wanna" with its (I hope) T.I.- referencing hook and bubbly sun-disco style is simply refreshing. Sometimes that's all you need. Their new one, Pacific Standard Time, is out now.
Thump, snap, uh-uh-uh-uh goes the first minute of MNDR’s recut “Sparrow Voices” before any actual human sounds break through, and when they do, it’s only to say, “Oh-ooh, Oh-ooh, Oh-ooh, it’s the sparrow.” Later the vocal bridge is permitted in order to build up a breakdown, but All Dom Wrong’s (that’s Dominique Keegan of Plant Music) focus here is on the disco keys and the house beats, the FX snips and the laser static. This is no longer a poppy sing-a-long; it’s a carnival-grade shake-a-thon. So, stop reading this and move already.