Disco

Artist: 
De Lux
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

The tracks on this album definitely do not disappoint in the upbeat, twirl around your room while you listen to them department. The beats are easy to bop around to, and very catchy, and are coupled by synth elements that are very fun to listen to. The lyrics about love are relatable, funny, and very memorable. The disco-esque tracks are modernized, and the entire album definitely merits the label of "groovy." The record is everything you could want in an album titled "More Disco Songs About Love."

Sounds Like: 
Portugal. The Man
Sounds Like: 
Holy Ghost!
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2018
Artist: 
The Knocks & Captain Cuts
Label: 
Big Beat Records

The Knocks' new single "House Party" is a bumping dance track that perfectly encapsulates the modern young adult social scene. It's not hard to relate to this scene when you're neck-deep in it, as most artists are, but it is difficult to make a nontypical dance track that does. They don't necessarily follow the radio pop formula--The Knocks stay true to their well-developed sound, which is a strong and successful attempt to bring disco back.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo
Sounds Like: 
RAC
Sounds Like: 
Classixx
Sounds Like: 
Calvin Harris
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/26/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 songs: Ziggy, Damien, Stephen (In order of what which artist sounded most similar to what I was hearing on this album with both the vocals and background music. Not in order of when these songs were actually born. Mind you.
Sounds Like: 
2Pac Storyteller Rhyming
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
Wyclef feat. Various Artist
Label: 
Heads Music

    Let me just start off by saying Jacob Sky Bruse, you are dead on buddy when you say that this album (the 18th album from Haitain-born Artist Wyclef Jean) is a perfect showcase once again of Wyclef Jean's Jean bending.

 

Sounds Like: 
Good Vibes Songs
Sounds Like: 
Marvin Gaye
Sounds Like: 
1970s Funk
Sounds Like: 
Bossa Nova
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley
Sounds Like: 
Bob Marley's 3 sons: Ziggy, Damien, and Stephen (In that order of similar sounding background music and vocals. Not in order of when they were born mind you)
Sounds Like: 
2Pac storyteller rhymes
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017
Artist: 
LCD Soundsytem
Label: 
Excelsior Equity Management of NY

Two summers ago, at FYF, I danced myself clean. My twin brothers were adamant in introducing me to this group I had never heard before, and so naturally, I tagged along. In my experience, live shows emphasize the true talent of a recording artist. LCD Soundsystem is a band that should be truly appreciated in a concert setting. Even though I was 200 feet from the stage, I felt as though I was right beside them singing and dancing alongside with my brothers. Even though this was my first time seeing them, the rhythmic melody seemed to find a familiar place in my ear.

Sounds Like: 
Hot Chip
Sounds Like: 
Moby
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2017
Artist: 
VO5
Label: 
Self-Released

Dance Originality by VO5 is quite the trip through the sounds of the past, albeit with mixed results. Self-described as a "9-piece disco big band," the press release for this album claims that the group has been together for ten years, but that this is their debut album. Maybe they were spending all these years trying to pinpoint the sound they were going for, but Dance Originality is in the most simplest terms, a mess.

Sounds Like: 
A fairly decent cover band that you'd see at a Tuesday night performance at the local tiki bar
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2016
Artist: 
Escort
Label: 
Escort Records

...Wait, you're telling me that 15 people made this awesomeness? And my parents like this too? 

Escort, the brooklyn based 15 member disco ensemble, is our generations Chic pretty much, reminding us why Disco continues to be the best music to dance to even to this day. After Daft Punk showcased the awesomeness of Disco with their 2013 release Random Access Memories, its curious as to why its taken this long for a purely disco band to enumlate the same style that dominated the dance floors back in the 70's. 

Sounds Like: 
Chic
Sounds Like: 
Music your parents danced to
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
12/09/2015
Artist: 
Funkadelic ft. Kendrick Lamar
Label: 
Westbound Records

So Funkadelic has been around since the 1970s and they’ve come out with this new single with Kendrick Lamar. A remix of a song from their 2014 album, it truly is funkalicious. This song probably wouldn’t be good for a house party or maybe even a typical club. But this song probably would play well in a disco club or just jamming out by yourself. It was really good to listen to and very enjoyable. I actually danced to it. Staying true to their sexual groovy selves, this song will definitely be good to play on any hip hop station or R&B station.

Sounds Like: 
Isley Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Meters
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2015
Artist: 
Skylar Spence
Label: 
Carpark Records

Skylar Spence, formerly known as Saint Pepsi, was known for his throwback, disco-style beats with old funk/disco/soul samples interspersed throughout. There was something about his previous efforts, especially his breakout release Hit Vibes, that felt like it had an ideal balance between new-school and old-school sensibilities.

Sounds Like: 
Giraffage (?)(ish)
Sounds Like: 
A disco ball illuminated by the light of 1000 iphones
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2015
Artist: 
Faded Ranger
Label: 
HFN Music

The most notable feature of this album is the extensive use of dark synthns, creating an interesting atmosphere. My favorite track is the second one, "Going Somewhere" because it has a really chill beat.

In addition to this track, this album has some very unique tracks, including "Come to Me", which features a very interesting background speech of sorts with vocals mixed in. It makes for a very interesting track.

Sounds Like: 
Disco
Sounds Like: 
Many, many synths
Name: 
Eric Newberry
Date Reviewed: 
02/16/2015
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