Posts Tagged ‘dark disco’

May 1, 2018
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New Norwegian project BLYTT could very well be my favorite new Scandi-pop obsession. I harbor a deep love for dark Italo-disco, and the new Bergen-based trio have laced their cinematic electro-pop debut with plenty of deep pumping beats, ambrosial keys, and elastic jabbing synths. Closer is dreamy and luscious, an atmospheric throbbing track that channels some of the same dynamic energy as fellow Scandinavian projects like Röyksopp and Robyn (in particular, their music together). Closer is triumphant and exultant, just like the tone of its lyrics. “I want to shout it from the rooftops”. I do, I really do. I want to shout about how glorious this debut is, and lose myself in its glorious splendor. You can find Closer on iTunes, here.

March 24, 2018

Sultry brooding Goliath packs a whole lot of smoldering fire. If you missed the defiant track last month, now’s your chance to take in its blazing noire pop via the music video that Roxiny just released for her song. The Dominican-American artist, who’s based out of NYC, is more than entrancing and a force to behold on the track. The full breadth of her vocal range is on display, alongside Goliath’s roiling guitars and heady lyrics. A dark disco groove accompanies the glorious ballad. Roxiny’s Goliath delivers a resplendent sound akin to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bloodboy, with a heavier synth vibe that reminds me of MGMT’s Little Dark Age. Goliath will be on her forthcoming debut EP Rituals, out April 20th via Revoluna. The music video, which Roxiny co-directed with her longtime beau Shan Nicholson, is also wonderfully mesmeric, in a dark and edgy way. You can grab the single from iTunes, here.

February 28, 2018
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I’ve long noticed ages ago that Little Boots, or English singer songwriter and producer Victoria Christina Hesketh, is widely respected on all fronts by her peers. And if you’re at all familiar with her music, or have danced to her live, you probably know why. The incredibly talented artist returns this month with an appropriately named Shadows. It may be a long afternoon on the office, but I’m suddenly craving for a turn on a dark and sweaty dance floor as I bob to the glam disco meets dusky house banger. It’s a guttural pumping yet classy and chic dose of sheer hypnotic euphoria off Little Boots’ next EP. Those of you in San Francisco can dance to the track live come Friday, March 16th, when Little Boots joins Dim Mak vs Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop. Unfortunately, we’ll be in Austin for SXSW at that time. We can only hope that they’ll come back to SF for a second round sometime. You can also stream Shadows via Spotify, here.

November 7, 2017
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Tension is tagged as “goth disco” on Soundcloud. It was obvious this song would be up my alley even before I heard its first notes! The dark simmering, funky strutting pop spectacular comes from a relatively new artist to watch from Australia named Kira Puru, who’s already built quite a reputation on her dynamic live performances and magnetic stage presence. She delivers a sizzling hot yet hypnotic pumping dazzler in the form of groovy bopping, fiery zestful Tension, available on iTunes, here.

October 18, 2017

If you haven’t heard the news by now, prepare yourself for an insanely good treat from MGMT, the celebrated American psych rock and indietronica band who’s brought us a whole lot of magnificence as well as a healthy helping of divisiveness and experimentalism in the past decade with their ever changing music. That’s right, the Connecticut duo is back, and in glorious style with a fresh new song named Little Dark Age as well as a fittingly decadent and dark music video to accompany the spectacular song. Little Dark Age is an icy pulsing, slick throbbing electronic banger. MGMT has gone the cool and gloomy, glamorous and pompous route with this sudden foray into French house and electro funk, which feels deliciously gothic, too. It’s almost like they’ve taken their usual psychedelia and infused it with Justice’s electro rock/disco electro, as well as an abundance of The Cure, Depeche Mode, Soulwax, and some Tame Impala, too. Little Dark Age arrives just in time for Halloween later this month. You can snag this brilliant song, here. New MGMT might be a sign of a new album to come. I certainly hope so. I’m excited to learn more about this new evolution of MGMT and to hear more from a new body of work.

May 20, 2017
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They may be named Good Girl and the Bad Times, but this project involves a sister and a brother, and they hail from both New York City and London. The pair have spellbound me with their “gloom pop” on second single Keep Your Yesterdays. I can’t help but fall for the spindly threads of nebulous darkwave and dark Italo disco that wind through this electronic pop concoction. It’s another treat to slide onto our growing “I can’t wait for Twin Peaks to return on Sunday” playlist. You can purchase Keep Your Yesterdays from iTunes, here.

January 9, 2017
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Venir in Spanish means to arrive, and Stereo Off have made one glorious arrival with their new tune, the second single from the NYC outfit’s EP III, due out February 3rd. The three piece band, which formed as a solo project in late 2012, have evolved to fuse indie rock with classical and electronic influences on their new music. There’s no denying a New Order like draw on Venir, a slick pulsing, digital thumping, italo disco infused dark punk wave delight.  

September 15, 2016

While we’re desperate for news about Chromatics’ long awaited album Dear Tommy, we’re more than happy to dive back into the Johnny Jewel led project’s I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around now that they’ve released a music video for the song. The black and white video unfolds gorgeously and dreamily, managing to amplify the song’s sugary synthpop nostalgia even more. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around will be on Dear Tommy, reportedly “available soon” on Italians Do It Better. Dear Tommy was supposed to arrive on Valentine’s Day earlier this year. Guess we’ll find out how soon is “soon”. In the meantime, there’s no resisting re-visiting the dark syrupy title track and its glamorously twisted music video all over again. Watch below.

August 28, 2016

It’s become an epic summer in regards to the release of long awaited and much delayed new music. Though no news has surfaced of when we’ll get to hear a new Chromatics album, which was originally promised for Valentine’s Day, the celebrated italo disco brainchild of Johnny Jewel has revealed the deliciously dark title track, Dear Tommy. I had the magnificent song on repeat the night it first surfaced, and today, we dive into its music video together, replete with blood, crimson roses, an ominous countdown clock, and what seems to be the visual representation of the proverbial forbidden fruit or poisoned apple. Dear Tommy is a distended and ghostly synthcore hymnal, as dramatic and intense as a foggy synthpop song can be. Here’s to hoping a release date will be announced for Chromatics’ new album soon.

August 21, 2016
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It’s not hard to surmise why Los Angeles duo DRUZY seems to be drumming up a growing amount of buzz with their music. New song Can You Hear Me Knocking is a glimmering swathe of dreamy wistful electronic pop. It sets itself apart with its retro dappled charm and dark disco pulses, all delicately balanced to perfection. It’s almost as if tender soft WET went luscious glam disco-electro and was joined by Lucius for some splendorous cooing. The more I listen to Can You Hear Me Knocking, the further I lose my heart to DRUZY. For more of DRUZY’s music, visit their Soundcloud.