Disco. Hopefully you’re still reading this article after seeing that word. For some reason, the disco era gets a bad rap. If this is news to you, look up Disco Demolition Night, and you’ll get the idea. However, at every wedding you attend, the DJ or band is guaranteed to play disco music. You’ve probably heard “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang at many a sporting event. Even though it pains me to admit it, I confess that if you’ve ever been to a pro beach volleyball event where I’ve been the DJ, you’ve definitely heard it.
Fast forward to this generation and a new music genre has emerged: nu-disco. The genre gets its name from the ’70s genre, and came into prominence around 2008. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Today’s EDM (electronic dance music) that the older generation dislikes, and the younger generation can’t get enough of, is all influenced by disco. Listen to Daft Punk’s new song featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, of the disco group Chic, and just imagine that track being played in the ’70s. It would have fit in perfectly. But, before you turn yourself off of nu-disco, try out this playlist of songs that no demolition night could ever destroy.
A-Trak feat. Oliver
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
“I Need Your Love”
“Safe and Sound”
Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
“I Love It”
"Let the Groove Get In"
"The Night Out"
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.
A-Trak & Tommy Trash
Originally published in July 2013