With my first exposure to nu disco being a lame Hed Kandi compilation, I can’t say I was enthralled. I love Giorgio Moroder and Sebastien Tellier as much as the next guy, but I didn’t realize there was a whole subset of nu disco consisting of reediting downtempo disco and funk classics.
Instead of how disco house was done in the mid-90s, where they would take one small sample of a classic and building a banging track around it, in these reedits almost all of the original is used.
Compare a ridiculously awesome 1998 filter house track (or the A side for a more downtempo track)
To what Dimitri from Paris was doing in 2000.
To Kenny Dope’s 2002 Disco Heat
(no sample but it’s awesome)
To a Tiger & Woods 2009 reedit
…of a 1982 Imagination original
This 6th Borough Project track is the one that got me feeling this whole pitched-down vibe. It doesn’t get much better than this. You can get more along these lines from this podcast.
Marvin Gaye reedit
…of a 1981 original
Hot Chocolate… yumm.