I’m in a rather privileged position living in Stockholm, a hive of talented musicians where electronic trends seem to be launched. Gone are the days of commercial “EDM” plaguing the trendy, underground places, instead disco has flipped the scene into a Saturday Night Fever feel right with a nu chic groove. Nu disco and indie dance offer listeners a break from the aggressive bleeps of electronic music without compromising dance-ability. They add a much needed musicality element back to the electronic scene through its instrumental nuances and brilliant vocalists, proving as a natural next step in mature electronic pallets. Tastemakers throughout the industry are paying more and more attention to these savvy sub-genres as they start to gain influence.
While Daft Punk propelled the nu disco movement further by featuring Nile Rodgers groovy guitar licks in “Get Lucky,” there are plenty of other names to take note of. The following are producers that will add much needed soul back into your world.
Strandbar marks the first 12″ in the Todd Terje artillery since the highly lauded It’s The Arps EP from early 2012 and although his three versions of the title track aren’t the next “Inspector Norse,” the versatility he shows should not be ignored. Rather than produce another supremely feel-good club hit, Terje’s just playing around with with Latin sounds. In his own press release he describes the sounds — “Strandbar” (meaning beach bar in Norweigan) is allegedly a pun on the description of “Inspector Norse” as “background music at a beach bar.” The samba cut is slinky piano house, and the disko cut is his interpretation of what would happen if he’d been “asked to program the music at the Virgin space shuttle.” The bonus version, as you’ll notice, is the most stripped down version of the three.
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s SMM features an eclectic mix of downtempo, deep house and disco favorites. We start off with Sweden’s rising bliss-house stars Monitor 66 with their new release “Follow You.” Then move into a Thyladomid take on the Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game.” We have yet another Flight Facilities masterpiece, this time a remix for Miike Snow’s “The Wave,” while Manik delivers deep comfort in a rework of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” Lastly, we finish off with Todd Terje’s famed Hot Chip remix of “How Do You Do.” (more…)
Despite a huge critical success in 2012, Todd Terje is definitely not resting on his laurels in 2013. Today the Norweigan producer/DJ released “Lanzarote,” a bit of a tribute to the start of a great partnership with fellow countryman Lindstrøm. The two have already announced their impending partnership for a live touring show this summer, scheduled to hit big festivals like Sonar.
“Lanzarote” offers a look back at past summer seasons as well as look forward to a blissed-out, synthed-out, disco-groovy tune. The full track clocks in at almost nine minutes and leaves us wondering when we’ll be able to book our next flight to the Canary Islands with a bunch of jolly Scandinavians. Stream the whole thing and purchase on Beatport below.
The underground had a big year in the US in 2012 and we only felt it appropriate to highlight some of these amazing artists independently from potentially bigger or more commercial artists in the dance music world today. We considered the year these artists have had in terms of production, live sets, and overall influence. We also generally picked artists we love and admire; artists we feel are extremely important to pushing electronic music forward. This list of 25 names includes legends and young guns alike, but we can assure you that every single one of these artists is incredibly talented and is well worth a listen or a trip to a club for a live set. Picking up where we left off yesterday, we will continue the countdown with our picks from #15 to the #6 spot.
Sonar Festival, formally titled an International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, has announced its first of many acts to be featured in its 20th anniversary celebration in 2013. So far, we know the festival, starting in February, will be featuring stops in Reykjavik, Cape Town, Tokyo, São Paulo, and rounding it out in Barcelona in June as usual.
One of the finest tracks off of Hot Chip’s new album gets the remix treatment from two remarkable producers. The indie disco jam, “How Do You Do,” gets a melodic makeover by Scandinavian Todd Terje. Terje’s remix is 9 minutes of pristine progression and euphoric builds; giving off a dreamy and timeless vibe. James Zabiela’s impression favors the deeper, techy side of things — centered around a dazzling bass line and distinct vocal spouts. Its appreciable works like these that restore our faith in dance music.
Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)
Hot Chip – How Do You Do (James Zabiela Remix)