Female voices have long defined Giorgio Moroder’s chart career, none more so than the late great Donna Summer. Giorgio, along with writing partner Pete Bollette, helmed almost all of Donna’s best-loved hits over a prolific six year period, and he’s yet to find a more versatile singer.
“I knew Donna so well, and I could give her whatever I wanted and it would always sound great. I don’t know of an artist right now who would be able to do songs like MacArthur Park. Today the thought process for my new music is different, a lot of the acts want to write the melodies themselves. It’s a different era.”
“Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff”, “Last Dance” are just a few of the iconic dancefloor fillers Giorgio and Donna recorded together, but which is his favourite?
“Love To Love You Baby” is a great song, it’s my claim to fame – my first big hit. It was my first chance to get into the business. I had some hits before but not a worldwide No. 1, so it’s certainly my favourite. But the ‘Bad Girls’ album is probably the best collection of songs we made, it had so many things and Donna wrote a lot of the songs herself.”
For clubbers it was “I Feel Love” with its synthesised pulse which broke new ground. “The secret to that track is in the mechanical futuristic rhythm,” nods Moroder. “Then the hook had to be great… and then you have a voice like Donna’s. But even then, it comes down to the timing and technology, and the whole disco movement was important, so with that one we were lucky. Brian Eno told David Bowie he heard the sound of the future with “I Feel Love”. I would have never thought I could do something like this.”
A professional highlight for Giorgio was breathing fresh electronic life into the band Sparks. At a career crossroads in 1978, the Mael brothers happened to tell a German journalist how much they loved Donna’s Summer’s “I Feel Love”. The writer was a good friend of Giorgio’s, and the message got through…
“These guys were great. They called me in LA and said they wanted to stop using so many guitars and do something with synthesisers.” Moroder remembers.
“So we rented a downtown studio. It didn’t look anything like a studio, but it had a huge collection of Moogs and modules plus a guy called Dan Wyman, the guy who gave us the sound. I played a few synthesisers, and Ron loved it – it was the most fun I remember having during that period. No. 1 In Heaven – I like to think I started the synthesiser career for them.”
You Can Relive The 70s With A Wonderful Disco-Infused Track From Mark Ronson
If you were lucky enough to live in the 70s, then this music video from Mark Ronson & Lykke Li will bring you good memories.
If you were lucky enough to live in the 70s, then this music video from Mark Ronson & Lykke Li will bring you good memories. In fact, you are about to love their nice collaborative single called “Late Night Feelings”. A wonderful Disco-infused track featuring sexy vocals that sound sexy and seducing. Somehow, it reminds me of Roisin Murphy’s good old classics. On the other hand, the vintage-looking clip stars Li alone at home thinking desperately about that special one… So take a glass of wine, play this song on repeat and dance all night long. Ronson’s forthcoming album will feature more funky-esque anthems, plus, he has confessed this record is inspired by his recent divorce.
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Best Groovy Dance Song Of 2019, “Casio” By Jungle
Everybody seems to love this song, even my father has danced to its four-on-the-floor beat.
Everybody seems to love this song, even my father has danced to its four-on-the-floor beat. “Casio” by Jungle is the best groovy dance song of 2019. With an Earth, Wind, & Fire vibe, you can feel its amazing energy. On the other hand, the London-based band released a vintage-looking video, which is already a hit, surpassing 13 million YouTube views. In the clip, dancers are absolutely precise with their moves on the dancefloor. Somehow, this choreography is contagious as it invites you to imitate a fantastic sequence of movements. “Casio” is a piece of work that deserves so many more eyes, ears, and clicks.
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Enjoy Arlin & Michel Gonzalez’s 7-Track EP ‘Green Light’ — LISTEN
There are so many good songs on ‘Green Light’, a 7-track EP from Miami-based artists Arlin (singer) & Michel Gonzalez (instrumentals). Certainly, most of these songs remind me of those classic Disco-Pop ballads from the late 70s. In essence, your nostalgic soul will love the whole material. Vocals are strong, crystal-clear and seductive. With comparisons to the likes of Disco legends like Celi Bee, Madleen Kane, and France Joli, it’s impossible not to be moved by Arlin’s voice.
Among my favorites is the first track, “Let You Down”, which starts with acoustic guitars and a touch of funkiness. However, I can see people grooving on the dancefloor with “Blah, Blah, Blah”. Therefore, it’s no exaggeration to say, it deserves to be on heavy rotation at clubs. Also, with soul flavors, she creates a love anthem called “The One To Stay”, which bursts with romantic lyrics and a high energetic melody. Currently available on all digital platforms, the ‘Green Light’ EP is surprisingly enjoyable. The singer of Cuban origin will perform her next concert on June 15th at the Koubek Center of Miami Dade. A show you won’t want to miss!
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Mattjax teams up with Dynamique to deliver a fantastic EP entitled ‘Back To 69’. Pure Disco goodness is in the air, as it features two gorgeous tunes that have funky guitar riffs and seductive vocals as a common denominator. On the one hand, the sweet groove of the self-titled track “Back To 69”, forces listeners to relive the memories where platform shoes and mirror balls were the norm. In truth, I would have liked it to last much longer than just two and a half minutes. While, on the other, “Like A Melody” is filled with smooth and sexy beats to play next time you need to set the mood for a romantic escapade. Accordingly, I’m looking forward to hearing much more from these talented guys in the coming months. Until then, you can stream the whole EP to the fullest down here!
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It’s Time For Disco! Luxxury Releases “i wanna be EVERYTHING” Video
Last month, Luxxury dropped some sort of vintage video collage for his latest single “i wanna be EVERYTHING”. This time the LA artist offers a good fusion of high falsettos, funky basslines, and guitar licks that encapsulate the wonders of Disco music. Not quite lyrical nor romantic as his old hit, “What Do Ya Really Want ”, I believe this new song is more focused on the energetic rhythm. In any case, you’ll notice there are references to sweat and sex, just watch this crazy clip below and get your own conclusions. Yet perhaps the most important news is that Luxxury has announced a new studio album and surprising collaborations for 2019, so stay tuned!
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