Remember Volta Bureau‘s “Alley Cat,” the nu disco anthem that stormed to the top of the Beatport Indie chart a couple years back? Its architects have returned from a bit of a hiatus with a brand new remix of a classic house tune in advance of further pending projects. To herald their return, the trio have given Blunted Dummies’ 1993 vintage club track “House 4 All” a modern rework, infusing it with funky arpeggiated synths and patient percussion over a modulated Moog bass. The new take is available on a recently released compilation on Tittsworth and DJ Ayres’ T&A imprint.
As the music industry is quickly changing direction from downloading to streaming services, Dancing Astronaut provides you with our favorite dance music Spotify playlists from labels, artists and miscellaneous sources to suit different tastes and genres.
Combining top tracks in indie-dance and nu disco together to form the best in funk, this boogie-inspired playlist will keep you grooving till the late hours of the night. Featuring favorites like Todd Terje, RAC, Flight Facilities and Gigamesh, don’t forget to hit Subscribe at the top for weekly updates.
One of the largest news publications in the UK, The Guardian, decided to officially pay tribute to disco’s recent comeback in a comprehensive review of the scenes both past and present. Centered around the success of Random Access Memories, the article speaks of the death of dubstep and EDM and the rise of sounds like Chic, Donna Summer, and Studio 54. Using some of Dancing Astronaut’s favorite upcoming nu-disco artists like Flight Facilities, Goldroom and Todd Terje to validate the point, the article stresses that “boogie” is back and this time, it’s here to stay.
It irritates me, the ignorance of some people when you mention disco,” says Oliver Jones. Otherwise known as dubstep don Skream, “They don’t realise that, if it wasn’t for that era, there would be no house, no hardcore, no jungle or drum’n'bass, and no UK garage or dubstep.
To plug their upcoming Endless Summer Tour, Los Angeles nu disco duo Classixx have lent their dreamy chilled-out vibes to Passion Pit’s lead single “Take a Walk.” Employing a head-nodding bass line and skillfully effected vocals, the remix is a thoughtful reinvention of the electro-pop band’s most successful single to date. Head to their Soundcloud for the free download today.
Solidisco and Bartouze team up to bring us their lively disco house anthem “Dream Of You.” Solidisco’s latest effort hits a little harder than some of their recent work and there is an undeniable feel-good energy about the track which is sure to get people up on their feet. With big room progressive seemingly on the decline, we expect this track will get a lot of play in clubs worldwide. Check it out below and then head over to Beatport to grab yourself a copy.
Those of you out there who have been waiting for a nü-disco/Daft Punk blend need wait no longer. Solidisco impress us again as they deliver yet another fresh serving of nü-disco with their rework of Daft Punk’s classic “Superheroes.” All the elements of the original remain intact yet are spiced up with Solidisco’s 80′s stylings. We really hope that the rumors of a new Daft Punk album are true, but until then we’ll be enjoying remixes like this and F.O.O.L.’s electrifying take on “Technologic.” Grab the free download below.
Last month we brought you the preview to this incredibly relaxing and enjoyable ’96 Bulls remix. Well luckily for you, the guys behind the ’96 Bulls have decided to give it away as a free download. If you like the sound of this then make sure you head over to the ’96 Bulls soundcloud page for more lots more 80′s influenced nü disco tunes. We look forward to hearing more from this talented Australian duo and are sure that you’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the near future.
For those of you who are getting slightly exhausted by the constant stream of big room progressive house releases, we have another chilled out gem of a track. With almost a 80′s esque vibe to it, the ’96 Bulls remix of 360′s “Run Alone” is the perfect track to have playing in the background as you hang out by the pool on a hot summer day. To put it another way, Afrojack won’t be closing out his Electric Zoo set with this anytime soon. We recommend you sit back, hit play and just enjoy the pleasant simplicity of this track. No word yet on a release date or download details but we will keep you updated.
Two Saturdays ago, Diplo featured an extended mix from his protege-of-sorts, Dillon Francis, on his weekly Diplo and Friends radio show on BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra. The mix, which was just made available for free on SoundCloud, features a refreshingly unique blend of lesser-known artists and tracks spanning genres from moombahton to house and nu-disco.
To keep the set contemporary, Dillon mixes in chart-topping hits like Porter Robinson’s “Language,” and recently released tracks including Knife Party’s “Sleaze” and his own remix of Steve Aoki’s “Control Freak.” Clocking in just thirty seconds short of two hours and featuring cameos from Madonna and Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better summertime mix (aside from our own Axis podcast, of course). Download your copy and check after the break for the full tracklist.
Steve Aoki has revealed the official music video for his new single “Control Freak” off his latest full-length album, Wonderland. Featuring producer Blaqstarr and vocalist My Name is Kay, it’s more of an indie nu-disco track, filled with tons of funk guitar. The new single strays away from Aoki’s typical rowdy sound, allowing the cake-smashing DJ to showcase his versatile producing capabilities.
The video transports us back in time to a 1980’s dance party hosted by Steve himself. The clip also includes cameos from Holly Madison, and Samm Levine of Freaks and Geeks. “Control Freak” was filmed in VHS quality, giving it that old-school feel — and like most Aoki shows, it’s nothing but a fabulous time. Check back for a remix package including reworks by Dillon Francis and James Frew to be released June 26.