“Atomic” is the debut release from Brooklyn-based DJ/production duo Alchemical Disco (Ayesha Adamo and Lucius von Wahnfried), as well as the debut release on their new imprint, Newroz Recordings. This revival of Blondie’s classic began with a single question: what would it sound like if Giorgio Moroder had produced this song? With that concept as the catalyst, Alchemical Disco set out to reinvent Blondie’s punk/new wave hit by adding a late 1970’s Italo disco flavor to their all new sonic elements.
Ayesha Adamo: “The thing is, we both first heard “Atomic” in the movie Trainspotting, and then discovered Blondie’s original version. This was long before Alchemical Disco—long before I ever met Lucius. I was too young to go to clubs, and dance music was still underground in the US, but that was the movie that introduced me to it and eventually gave me the idea that I could be a DJ. Of course, the Blondie original is a classic, so we wanted to do it justice and go all the way. We’ve got 30-stack vocals going on at some points. It’s pretty epic, which is fitting: Atomic is that explosive love thing that you feel on the dancefloor like it might be the last night of your life. It should go all the way.”
Nearly all of the sounds on this release have been created using self-built analog modular synthesizers soldered by Lucius himself, and custom designed to give that fat, organic sound. Additionally, the duo’s choirs of polyphonic vocals, guitar, and occasional live drums and bass all help to maintain the live rock feel that the song deserves, as well as confirm Alchemical Disco’s unique ability to perform not only as producer/DJs, but also as a band.
Additionally, this release features individual remixes from Ayesha and Lucius. The Ayesha Adamo Remix takes things underground, combining militaristic tech drums, sexy serpentine basslines, and a bit of acid for good measure, all interwoven about stunningly stripped down vocals. The Lucius von Wahnfried Remix matches stadium crushing EDM style with classic analog synth sounds, creating tastefully epic drops that won’t exhaust the ears. And you can also thank Mr. von Wahnfried for the impressive cover art. This duo does it all.
Marrying the past with the future, musically and otherwise, Alchemical Disco’s emergence in today’s climate of male-dominated dance music is not unlike Blondie’s presence in the similarly male-dominated punk/new wave scene of the 1970’s. By taking a place in the family tree that grew distinctively New York artists like Blondie, Alchemical Disco brings it back to the city that never sleeps, expressing the life, subculture and spirit of their own New York through music.
ALCHEMICAL DISCO – ‘ATOMIC’
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Lana Del Rey Never Sounded Like This! Meet Remix Genius Kuckoo
Remix genius Kuckoo puts his own tweak on Lana Del Rey‘s Pop Ballad hit, “Summertime Sadness.” Just imagine how pleasant it can be to hear 80s-tinged synths replacing her dreamy acoustic music. Well, this version satisfies all your dreams as it’s fully loaded with retro components. Considering its upbeat twist, he has transformed “Summertime Sadness” into a Disco gem, plus, he gives it the right energy!
The independent producer from the UK takes the original melody to new heights while Del Rey’s vocals are left intact. On a side note, the pigeon (mascot) which is part of Kuckoo’s visual identity represents the symbol of peace. In fact, the artist firmly believes that music can affect the peaceful world positively.
I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about him in 2021. Stay tuned.
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“Crying At The Discotheque,” Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Newest Hit
The “Murder On The Dancefloor” singer is back with her newest hit, “Crying At The Discotheque”. On this occasion, Sophie Ellis-Bextor releases a music video that looks kinda depressing.
The “Murder On The Dancefloor” singer is back with her newest hit, “Crying At The Discotheque”. On this occasion, Sophie Ellis-Bextor releases a music video that looks kinda depressing. In the clip, she sings at empty London venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this cover is 100% dancey as fuck. The original version is sung by Alcazar, one of Sweden’s most successful groups. Obviously, the melody at the background is a sample of Sheila B’s timeless Disco song, “Spacer,” produced by the one and only, Nile Rodgers from Chic. The British diva brings her unique touch to this lovely tune that will make you move your ass and sing all night long. Honestly, I like it so much, that I have added this track to my recent Cycling Playlist 2020. Enjoy it.
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Sick And Tired Of Your Boring Cycling Playlist? Get Funky With This One
Sadly, the air quality swirls with toxic fumes that inflame your lungs. Stop pollution now and avoid contributing to the problem with this cycling playlist. The healthy activity of riding a bicycle is a proven weight-loss strategy. Naturally, it blasts away at your intra-abdominal adipose tissue. So, if you’re into funky music while exercising, you’ll simply love the way I have curated the greatest Nu-Disco hits of 2020 on Spotify. (Follow this playlist immediately)
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Cycling represents a lot of benefits, from enhancing your digestion to making you smarter. In fact, the boost to your cardio-respiratory fitness can result in a 15% spike in mental test scores. Commuters who pedal to work also have a far lower risk of heart disease and early death than even pedestrians. Forget about those urban myths that the cardio benefits of cycling are negated by the fumes you inhale. Recent studies confirm that peddlers are the commuters least exposed to pollution.
With the COVID-19 crisis far from over, now is the time to hit the road on two wheels. There’s no better way to do it by listening to groovy tunes from the likes of Purple Disco Machine, Kylie Minogue, Dimitri From Paris, Horse Meat Disco, and more. Contemporary Disco music will make your journey easier than ever.
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