Nu-disco


Nu-disco
Nu-disco
Stylistic origins House - Deep house - Disco - Euro disco - Italo disco[1] - Boogie[1] - Electronic - Electro
Cultural origins 2000s
Typical instruments Synthesizer - Drum machine - Bass guitar - Electric guitar - Vocals - Drums

Nu-disco is a 21st century dance music genre associated with a renewed interest in 1970s and early 1980s disco,[2] mid-1980s Italo disco, and the synthesizer-heavy Eurodisco aesthetics.[3] The moniker appeared in print as early as 2002, and by mid-2008 was used by record shops such as the online retailers Juno and Beatport.[1] These vendors often associate it with re-edits of original-era disco music, as well as with music from European producers who make dance music inspired by original-era American disco, electro and other genres popular in the late ′70s and early ′80s. It is also used to describe the music on several American labels that were previously associated with the genres electroclash and deep house.

Nu, like "leftfield", is used as a qualifier to disassociate the sub-genre from popular ideas about the disco genre.

In 2002, The Independent described nu-disco as the result of applying “modern technology and pin-sharp production” to ′70s disco and funk.[4] In 2008, Beatport described nu-disco as “everything that springs from the late ′70s and early ′80s (electronic) disco, boogie, cosmic, Balearic and Italo disco continuum,”[1] while Spin magazine placed an umlaut over the “u” in “nu”, used the term interchangeably with Eurodisco, and cited strong Italo disco as well as electroclash influences.[3]

Examples of artists playing Nu-Disco include Aeroplane, Cadillac (Melbourne), The Magician, Lindstrom, Tensnake, Adam Warped aka Johnny Blackouts, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas and teen sensation Lenno.

Nu-disco is most popular in Europe and Australia. Bands such as Miami Horror, Cut//Copy, Cadillac and Bag Raiders epitomize the Australian nu-disco sound. The French disco-revival sound can be seen in big acts such as Daft Punk, Breakbot, Is Tropical, Anoraak, and even Justice. While the latter may qualify more as a house group, their walking bass lines and funk rhythms (as seen especially in "We Are Your Friends" and "Phantom II") are further evolving into a more melodic and stylized sound (as seen in the newer release "Audio Video Disco").

The genre is slowly making its appearance within mainstream US and Asian music markets, with most significant success in the US based in Los Angeles and Miami. The most recognized artists of this genre are Astronomica, Neighbour, Classixx, Ilija Rudman, Crazy P, 6th Borough Project, and many others.

See also

  • Nu-funk, a modern form of funk music that has been revived from the 1970s
  • "Nu Disco" was also the title of a song written by the American post-punk band Mission of Burma in 1979.

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Beatport launches nu disco / indie dance genre page" (Press release). Beatport. 2008-07-30. http://www.beatportal.com/feed/item/beatport-launches-nu-disco-indie-dance-genre-page/. Retrieved 2008-08-08. "Beatport is launching a new landing page, dedicated solely to the genres of “nu disco” and “indie dance”. … Nu Disco is everything that springs from the late ′70s and early ′80s (electronic) disco, boogie, cosmic, Balearic and Italo disco continuum…" 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2001-07-11). "Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like It's 1975". Village Voice. http://energyflashbysimonreynolds.blogspot.com/2008/06/disco-double-take-new-york-parties-like.html. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b Beta, Andy (February 2008). "Boogie Children: A new generation of DJs and producers revive the spaced-out, synthetic sound of Eurodisco". Spin: 44. http://spin-cdnsrc.texterity.com/spin/200802/?pg=48. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ Nash, Rob (2002-10-19). "Clubs: New Releases: Tutto Matto Hot Spot". The Independent. 

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