Need to bring the glitz and glam of a disco dance floor to your cubicle? Download this ’70s disco re-edit from Denver nu-disco DJs Black Amex.
The world of EDM is so well-populated and colorful that outsiders often have trouble distinguishing styles. Sure, when you hear the bass drop you know it’s (blech!) dubstep, but to parse out techno, breakbeats, house, etc. requires a specific knowledge of beats. But there is one EDM genre your grandma could probably identify: nu-disco.
Disco was so prolific in the ’70s that the sound is as identifiable to a novice as country and hip-hop, and eventually as loathed as these genres. Largely, nu-disco DJs try to do as little as possible to the original track, just a bit of updating. Some DJs, like Denver’s Black Amex, leave the sounds and feel of the track intact, while updating the beats a bit to suit today’s dance floors, which, by the way, could use more illuminated tiles.
Below, download “Girl in The Dark” from Black Amex’s recently released two-song single on the label Underground Operations. The track is a re-rub of the Serge Ponsar track “Out in The Night” from 1983. (They even stay true to the original by capitalizing the “The” in the song title.) The French-born Ponsar only had one released, and died in 1993, so it’s arguable that Black Amex are creating a legacy that might not otherwise exist.
Then, check out all Black Amex re-edits on Soundcloud. Remember, this is music meant for the dance floor, so crank it up to get the full effect on your bootie.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.