Posts Tagged ‘disco pop’

May 18, 2018
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One of my most epic evenings at SXSW this past March involved Cut Copy. It was the last night of my annual migration to Austin, and I had no idea what to do since most of my music buddies had already left. Serendipity brought me to the band’s headlining set on Rainey Street. I didn’t think I’d be able to get in to the show, since I expected a stupendously long line, but thanks to my music badge, I made it right in and danced to my heart’s content. And now, Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning has made a splendorous return with new solo music to keep me moving. We last heard from him two years ago when he dropped exuberant Friends Of Mine. Now he charms us aplenty with a new song appropriately named Sunshine Baby. It’s a golden luscious, sweetly candied, & kaleidoscopic twirling track that melds chromatic italo-wave with glamorous disco funk. Sunshine Baby will be on Ben Browning’s forthcoming sophomore album named Even Though. He says of his next  album, which arrives on June 22nd: “After listening to this record I hope people feel like they’ve gone on a smooth psychedelic journey through a colorful musical world. I wanted to create an album that people would want to play in their homes whilst cooking dinner or getting high and imagine what they’re hearing comes from a land created by Jim Henson – or perhaps they’re listening a lost George Harrison album recorded in the Caribbean and discovered on a VHS tape 30 years later."​​​​​​​

May 18, 2018
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If I were one of the “Bodies In A Room” from the title and lyrics of Colin Magalong’s banging new tune, I’d probably be busting out my best dance moves to its luscious disco groove and rambunctious strutting beats. The up-and-coming Los Angeles musician has delivered sonic gold on the wildly infectious song. Bodies In A Room has been compared to JT meets Daft Punk, a pretty accurate appraisal, if you ask me. It’s also very Bruno Mars meets SOFI TUKKER. Colin’s on a quick trajectory upwards after making his debut just two months ago with well-received Blossom. Keep an eye on this guy as the year continues to progress. 

May 9, 2018
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Fresh off their collaboration with brassy electro-funk brothers French Horn Rebellion comes new Patawawa jam Lie, a swanky twirling disco banger through and through. Its French house swagger is as infectious as a classic Daft Punk jam, with a whole lot of frisky synths and scalding beats. Patawawa’s put out some fantastic songs in the past, but Lie might be their best yet. It’s a solid gold track that also reminds me of some of my favorite Flight Facilities tracks of yore, due to its rich, sultry vocals and its plucky attitude. LIE is the first song revealed from Cookie Records’ new compilation Crispy Groove, out in early June. Download/stream Patawawa’s swag new tune, here.

May 9, 2018
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Bust out your dancing shoes and get ready for something chic and sexy as we dive into Super Flat’s Move On. Moving is a requirement when it comes to the Knoxville synthpop and dance pop artist’s glossy sleek jam, which carries hints of Chromeo’s dapper electro-funk and swanky disco pop, but smoothed out with Cut Copy’s shiny veneer. For another taste of Super Flat’s super pop, check out last year’s Land of Dreams below, and shimmy your heart out to its luscious groove. Move On is available, here.

May 5, 2018

Client Liaison is back, and we have Flight Facilities to thank for first notifying us of their return on Twitter yesterday. The two projects do seem to share a love for all things disco and everything electro glam, so it’s no big surprise that these two have an Australian bromance. Let’s not forget they’ve teamed up for shows in the past, too. Client Liaison makes a stylish return on Survival In The City, a spacey, funky synthpop number with a whole lot of spicy, brassy pizzazz, doused in wavy nostalgia. The song is the duo’s first since their 2016 debut album Diplomatic Immunity, and hopefully the first of many new ones to come. Survival In The City’s arrival coincides with the launching of a show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia next Wednesday, May 16th in Sydney, where they’ll debut their Client Liaison Deluxe Line Resort 2018 fashion collection for the very first time. The single can be streamed/purchased via all major outlets, here.

April 18, 2018
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If you’re in the mood for some throwback disco pop and lustrous electropop, Make You Happy’s going to do just that. Los Angeles duo Chris Boulous and Ryan George, better known together as BETABLOCK3R, make a ravishing return on their new single. Crisp pumping synths and sleek vocals bring us a welcome dose of nostalgia while inspiring us to get up and dance. The track will be on BETABLOCK3R’s new EP, Monolith. RAC meets Nile Rodgers on the glamorous jam, out now on Apple Music, here.

April 10, 2018

Saturday was a wild one here in San Francisco, with countless frustrating show conflicts. If we could have cloned ourselves and gone to everything, we would’ve have. Unfortunately, prior commitments kept us from hitting up the Chromeo show, which we heard was an epic soiree, with Phantoms opening, too. I’m sure the celebrated Montreal electro-funk and nu-disco purveyors dropped their new single with DRAM, Must’ve Been. And I’m sure it was received with much zeal and a whole lot of dancing. At least we get to get down and groovy to the track anytime we want, now that Dave 1 and P-Thugg have dropped a music video for the song off their forthcoming album Head Over Heels. Summery bongos and Chromeo’s signature electro swagger permeate the proper banger. New album Head Over Heels hits the shelves on June 15th. Chromeo will hit the road on an expansive tour this summer, too. Maybe we’ll get to catch them then and make up for missing their headlining show this past weekend. Must’ve Been is available, here.

April 5, 2018

The other day, I was wondering when we’d hear from Capital Cities again. The Los Angeles based duo will always have a special place in my heart. Their breakout single Safe and Sound will be an endearing favorite for the rest of my life, and I associate it with so many cherished memories of dancing with friends at countless Capital Cities shows in the past. Just as I was wondering if we’d ever hear from the pair again, they unleash their glam disco and synthpop on us again by unveiling new single My Name Is Mars. It’s as groovalicious and funkalicious as we’d expect from the duo, who’ve also enlisted Los Angeles based rapper Sacha for additional classic West Coast vibes on the track. As usually happens, new music comes with new appearances. Capital Cities will be performing at a slew of festivals this summer. Follow them on their website, here, for updates. Download/stream My Name Is Mars, here.

March 27, 2018
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A few years ago, we knew Spencer Ludwig as the dashing trumpet guy in Capital Cities. Fast forward to today, and the fast rising vocalist/instrumentalist is quickly etching out his own space in the indie scene as a solo artist. Spencer embarks on the next phase of that career with the release of his latest single, Just Wanna Dance, an utterly infectious eruption of disco funk imbued glittery pop. Of course, no Spencer Ludwig track is complete without some jocular trumpet solos to keep us grooving. The only thing left to do is to get up and dance the night away to the fresh and funky treat. The rest of 2018 is going to be massive for Spencer Ludwig. YouTube chose him as one of ten acts for their prestigious “Artists In Residence” program. He kicked off the year opening for The Chainsmokers and Jason Derulo, and he just wrapped up his tour with Betty Who, but he’ll be performing at Bonnaroo and so much more in the coming months, too. Just Wanna Dance is available, 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.