Disco is anything but dead in the world of electronic dance music. Some of the most forward-thinking producers have embraced the surge in popularity the nu-disco genre has enjoyed in recent years. Whether you’re already a super fan or just beginning to explore the genre, here are 10 artists that are essential nu-disco listening.
Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Deniou Lund form the Norwegian disco outfit Lemaitre. The two have released 5 EPs since their formation in 2010, cementing themselves as one of nu-disco’s most well-established acts. In addition to their original compositions, Lemaitre has released some impressive remixes, including their take on Porter Robinson and Mat Zo’s megahit “Easy.”
Originally from drum and bass outfit Evol Intent, Atlanta’s Treasure Fingers has made quite a shift from his beginnings in EDM. He has collaborated with fellow nu-disco pioneers The Knocks and has remixed the likes of Chromeo, Little Boots, and Empire of the Sun. Already a staple in the sets of many acclaimed producers, Treasure Fingers is bringing his own brand of disco to the masses.
At just 19 years old, it’s hard to believe Madeon has been a household name for a few years already. The prodigy first gained widespread recognition with the viral YouTube upload of his launchpad performance of “Pop Culture,” incorporating elements of dozens of current songs to create an incredible listening experience. He worked alongside Zedd producing Lady Gaga’s latest album and remains one of EDM’s most respected producers.
NYC-based duo The Knocks are one of the most exciting acts in dance music. Having opened for Ellie Goulding on her North American tour in 2012, they have garnered significant attention for their upbeat disco house productions. They were producing for the likes of Katy Perry, Theophilus London, and other big name artists before focusing on their own releases the past couple years. The Knocks have gained significant blog support which has been instrumental in furthering their career as evidenced by their multiple appearances atop Hype Machine’s popular chart, including “Learn to Fly.”
Dance music outfit Oliver, comprised of producers U-Tern and Oligee, is responsible for some of the most forward-thinking tracks in EDM. One of their newer original tracks, “Night is On My Mind,” has received massive DJ support and was remixed by superstar Dillon Francis. Signed to Fool’s Gold Records and having collaborated with label boss A-Trak, Oliver are poised to ignite dance floors all over the world.
Another favorite of the blog world, Los Angeles-based duo Classixx have been responsible for some of the most notable nu-disco tracks in recent years. Though their acclaimed debut album, Hanging Gardens, was released in May of 2013, Classixx have been on the map for several years with several singles dating back to 2009‘s “I’ll Get You” featuring Jeppe.
Austin Afridi, producing under the Viceroy moniker, has been bringing his feel good summertime style of dance music to the masses. His official remixes include numerous high profile acts such as Maroon 5, Two Door Cinema Club, and Passion Pit. His original compositions feature dreamy synth work and a poolside vibe that has become sought after in the dance music world with the rising popularity of nu-disco acts.
Disclosure aren’t the only young duo from the UK making some serious waves in the world of dance music. Adam Kaye and George Townsend, collectively known as Bondax, burst on to the scene in 2012 with a string of well received singles, including “Baby I Got That” and “Giving It All.” The two admit the incessant comparisons to Disclosure are flattering but insist they have their own musical direction to pursue. Their debut album is set to be released later this year and is justifiably one of the most highly anticipated releases currently in production.
Comprised of renowned producers A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, Duck Sauce scored one of the biggest dance tracks of all time with 2010‘s “Barbra Streisand.” Their debut album, Quack, is set to be released on April 15 on A-Trak’s own Fool’s Gold Records. It includes last year’s single “It’s You” alongside several new compositions and a few previously released tracks.
Belgian producer Vito de Luca, known in the dance music world as Aeroplane has been producing nu-disco gems for the past several years having released his debut album We Can’t Fly in 2010. He’s been responsible for many quality remixes, including Mayer Hawthorne’s “Wine Glass Woman” and Yuksek’s “The Edge” and remains one of nu-disco’s most in-demand acts.
Contributed by Patrick Ryan