The fifth entry in the Future Disco series continues to showcase the rising popularity and impressive productions that have led to a disco resurgence. Mixed by Sean Brosnan, this Downtown Express edition showcases new talent that have helped disco continue to develop into a formidable force taking in heavy basslines, contemporary house and techno stylings. Crossovers created by established nu-disco producers such as David August, Benoit & Sergio and Tiger & Woods, a reworking of pop act Metronomy, house dons DJ T. and Tensnake as well as the French electro of Joakim, Brosnan’s mix is eclectic like the current disco trends and thoroughly danceable.
Brosnan kicks off with a Moon Boots “Off My Mind” which has all the hallmarks of classic disco as an uplifting male vocal is combined with a funky bassline and given an edge with an old skool piano accompaniment. He builds nicely with the playful synth on Crazy P’s “The Hit” and Miguel Campbell’s “Something Special” which keeps vocals at the forefront of the mix, then there’s a disco powerhouse from Tiger & Woods remix of Tensnake’s “Need Your Lovin’”. The Maxxi Soundsystem’s “There’s No Love” takes the music into a deep house realm, supported by their remix of Bonar Bradberry’s “Lip Therapy” and there is energy from David August, TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos and Mario Basanov – the latter’s blissful remix of Metronomy’s “Corrine” being an album highlight.
Captures the nu disco vibe going down a treat in clubland right now.
You can sense a change of direction with Mano Le Tough’s “Those Lights Are Lives” as he loses the vocals in favour of a big beat and recurring synth before a Maceo remix of DJ T’s “City Life” signals a move into a more minimal direction. The Soul Clap mix of Joakim’s “Find A Way” offers a sobering close as it leads into “Multi Millionaire” by Penguin Prison, rounding off a solid mix. Brosnan has effectively captured an exciting time for disco with a fun set that captures the nu disco vibe going down a treat in clubland right now. Once considered a dead end genre, disco has a very bright future with producers like those showcased here making music.