Tag: Disco

[Interview] André Bratten

André Bratten is one of Norway’s leading artists in terms of electronic music. We caught up with him at Sommerøya, and spoke about everything from black metal to Prins Thomas. We’re sitting in a small tent behind one of Sommerøya’s two stages. It’s the only electronic music festival that caters to solely underground music in the entire country. André is well spoken, and seems the perfect person to shed some light on the mysteriousness of Norwegian electronic music. Growing up in Norway, how did you first get in touch with electronic music? Oslo is 100% black metal, there’s no recordshops ... Read more

Lente Kabinet 2018: The Maturing, But Ever So Rebellious Little Sister

It’s 11:30 in the morning on a Saturday as we quickly finish our coffee and hop on the bike to set out for one of the best festivals this season. We set a course due North, away from the sprawling capital of modern dance music, into its hinterlands. As houses become fewer and further in between, the landscape becomes greener as we paddle our way over an ever-increasing number of dikes and bridges; a sign indicating we’ve now officially left Amsterdam is overshadowed by a much smaller, bright red & yellow sign below it, pointing us where we need to ... Read more

Sterac Electronics Podcast by Steve Rachmad

Flying under his STERAC Electronics alias, Amsterdam legend Steve Rachmad provides an exclusive mix of stellar 80’s disco tunes. Hardly needing introduction, Steve has been responsible for classics such as the essential ’95 release ‘Secret Life of Machines’, and has worked under labels like Klockworks, Delsin, Mote Evolver and more under a slew of aliases. Often whirling around the grooves of Detroit techno, Rachmad is a producer, remixer and DJ, regarded by many as a champion of the genre within the Netherlands. Though his DJ sets are constantly evolving, he remains inspired by high quality disco, dub and electro from the early days. When his birth name is on the bill, it ... Read more

Back To The Roots With Boogie’s Reigning King

Waving his curls to the beat after his own performance, Danilo Plessow (Motor City Drum Ensemble) stood at the front row of a crowd already hypnotised by the “feel good” vibes of music. I asked him, how did the idea of inviting a live performer from the 80s on the day of his curations at Nuits Sonores – one of the major electronic music festivals in France – come up: “This is where it all started, these are the roots! That is what inspired why and what I play right now!”. Leaping between soul, R&B and funk, no doubt, played by Ron Hardy, ... Read more

Disco Legend Cerrone Is Working On A New Vinyl EP: “Afro”

French disco legend Marc Cerrone is readying a new vinyl EP ‘Afro’ in collaboration with Afrobeat/former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. The EP is a forerunner to an upcoming album that’s described as “a passionate tribute to Africa”. Cerrone, a drummer and producer known for his development and proliferation of the European disco sound, released his first album in 1976 and scored internationally acclaimed hits like  ‘Love in C Minor’ and ‘Supernature’.   Because Music has recently given Cerrone’s classic albums deluxe reissues. Last year’s the Give Me Remixes collection featured reworks of his classic tunes by ... Read more

GTA Nostalgia: The Best Dance/Disco Radio In Vice City

A small test for you guys: try to think back on how much time you spent on homework in high school as opposed to the amount of hours you spent playing one of the games in the GTA franchise. If there wasn’t a heavy deviation favouring the latter, than you should take pride in being one of the exceptions who could resist the addictive workings of the most successful gaming seres to have ever existed. If you have no idea of what I’m talking about, however, then go ahead and buy yourself an old PS2, because you’ve been missing out. Big time.  ... Read more

Gallery: Christmas, Studio 54-Style

Nowhere was Christmas and the holiday season celebrated as intensely as in New York’s Studio 54, the iconic disco nightclub known for its celebrity-filled dance floors and institutionalised debauchery. Tod Papageorge was one of the many photographers that roamed around the club during the nightly hours, immortalising scenes of Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Michael Jackson and Truman Capote chatting away under glasses of $300 champagne. Time magazine calls his photographs of bleary-eyed disco queens as “something akin to poetry“. The following photographs come from various Studio 54 Christmas and holiday season parties, including images of male visitors cozying up, bowtied, scantily dressed santas and coked ... Read more

Jagger And Scorsese Team Up For New Series, ‘Vinyl’

Famed Director Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick jagger have teamed up on a 9-part HBO series focusing on New York’s “drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.” Set during the 1970’s and titled ‘Vinyl,’ the long-in-the-works series reunites the two artistic legends after Scorsese’s Rolling Stone’s “A Bigger Bang” tour documentary, ‘Shine A Light.’ The series will star ‘Boardwalk Empire’s‘ Bobby Cannavale as American Century Records president Richie Finestra, forced into a “life-changing decision” amidst ever-evolving ’70s music scene. Olivia Wilde (‘House’, ‘Tron: Legacy’) will portray Finestra’s wife Devon, a former actress and model. Rounding ... Read more

Dance Scene Shows Overwhelming Support For Gay Community And Inclusion

The damage is done. So we’re not going to talk about the artist that has circulated all over the internet today. What was perhaps even more remarkable than the story itself, however, was the unwavering support the gay community received from artists and music fans alike; setting the record straight once and for all that dance music is inextricably connected to the gay community and is founded on inclusion and respect for one another. We couldn’t explain this relation better than this RA article has – a must for everyone interested in the roots of dance music culture. Instead of ... Read more

Full Premiere: Nick Monaco – She’s Got That Fire (Wolf + Lamb Heating Up Mix)

Inside this classically handsome, talented, and gregarious Nick Monaco exists a shy, awkward soul. But this introverted interior is the catalyst behind the upward trajectory of his career, which currently includes an impressive back catalogue of inventive, genre defying club jams, a hectic tour schedule as a member of Crew Love, an accomplished debut album Mating Call and a captivating live show, which truly lays bare his vulnerable inner self with every performance.  Highlights from Nick Monaco’s debut album return revamped and even funkier on two EPs of Mating Call Remixes. On part 1 Soul Clap, Miami Mr Nice Guy Jesse Perez, Milan’s own Lele Sachi, ... Read more

Disco Grocery Shopping in Amsterdam

Only in Amsterdam people can turn a grocery store into a disco. Last weekend you were able to rollerskate to Disco music between banana’s and toiletpaper. Disco Grocery Shopping (Disco Boodschappen) was born. Last Friday a supermarket in Amsterdam was turned into a roller disco for one night. What started as a joke turned into the best party any convenience store has ever seen. It all started in 2012 when a student posted a note on a pinboard at a big supermarket chain asking if it’s possible to organise “disco shopping” for an hour once a week. The note went viral, gained attention all over ... Read more

Mix #148 By Moon Boots

The mysterious New York City-based DJ Moon Boots entered this world in the mid-1980s via Cape Canaveral, Florida. After years of service as the preferred footwear of celebrity astronauts, Moon Boots sprung to life whilst on a (highly) classified experiment aboard the International Space Station. Little is known of what actually transpired, but in short, Moon Boots became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition, and groove. Finding solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records, Moon Boots knew it was only of matter of time before he was “hung up” like so many of his ... Read more

Mix #084 by Elias Mazian

“When I make music and I play out, I have to open up my heart and be able to spread the same love that I get when I’m on the dancefloor” In the course of just a few months, Amsterdam-based Elias Mazian has firmly settled himself in our city’s clubbing circuit. Playing weekly gigs in the hotspots like Trouw, Chicago Social Club, NDSM Werf and Studio 80, Elias is building quite a reputation for himself. With his eclectic style, heavily influenced by disco, soul and old-school 4/4 Chicago house, he’s already made a lot of bodies dance to his beats ... Read more

Review: Benoit & Sergio – Adjustments EP

The French/American duo Benoit & Sergio have a fresh EP that’s lined up to be released October first, by the LA-based Culprit imprint. For the label’s 39th EP release, the boys have cooked up Adjustments. Consisting of two tracks that seem  very different at first, but actually fit right in  their poppy, avant-garde production style.   The Adjustment EP is the result of a fruitful relationship between the two and Culprit’s head honcho, Droog. Sharing a passion for new wave, Paul Simon and Talking Heads, it’s no wonder this EP doesn’t comprise your everyday, run-of-the-mill dance records. So let’s start ... Read more

Free Download: Summertime (KON Disco Edit)

Soul Clap describe him as the “best disco DJ in the world.” Gilles Peterson called him the “edit king of 2011.” And BBE has crowned him the “king of digging.” His re-works of classic disco tunes are some of the most inventive around. KON has access to some of the most sought-after recording sessions of all time that allow him to pull apart the musical parts and re-imagine them to his own liking. Despite his association with disco, Kon’s purview is much broader than a single genre. He’s been a mainstay of Boston’s hip-hop scene since the early ’90s, and ... Read more