When disco music was declared a dead fad 35 years ago, few would have seen the resurgence it has had in pop music in recent years. Everything retro is cool again, and it was only a matter of time before artists started experimenting with disco. It has flavoured Arcade Fire‘s last record, recent hits by Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, and the most obvious example Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories. Disco is once again trending.
Giorgio Moroder, one of the names synonymous with disco, had a monologue on Random Access Memories, which served as the starting point for his comeback, appropriately timed during what could be the second coming of disco.
While Moroder has worked on other projects, such as movie soundtracks, over the last three decades, and won a Grammy in 1997 for Best Dance Recording, Déjà Vu is his first album since the mid-80s. Its hype was built from the list of collaborators that began to trickle out earlier this year. Kylie Minoque, Britney Spears, Sia.
The first three tracks set expectations high. 4 U With Love is an energetic instrumental that serves as an excellent warm-up for what should be a fun hour of dance. The title track, impossible to listen to while still, marks one of Sia’s best upbeat tracks to date, topping her collabs with Guetta and Flo Rida.
Diamonds, with Charli XCX, sounds like a Marina and the Diamonds song, which means it has personality and flare, while Kelis‘ Back and Forth, also with flare, was essentially created to be an epic drag performance.
Britney Spears also offers up her best recording in several years. Their cover of Tom’s Diner gives her new hope as a recording artist, despite Giorgio’s awkward vocal contribution in the bridge.
Beyond those tracks, very little else makes an impact, ranging from forgettable to plain. But it would be inaccurate to say it’s a disappointment. At worst, Déjà Vu plays it safe and does little to stand out from the current crop of EDM compilations. At best, it reintroduces newer generations to his work and opens him up for more collaborations (Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey are among those confirmed).
Déjà Vu is worthwhile enough to serve as this summer’s dance soundtrack. Or for those of us who are more selective, it provides several tracks more-than-worthy of inclusion in playlists.
1. 4 U With Love
2. Déjà Vu [featuring Sia]
3. Diamonds [featuring Charli XCX]
4. Don’t Let Go [featuring Mikko Ekko]
5. Right Here, Right Now [featuring Kylie Minogue]
6. Tempted [featuring Matthew Koma]
7. 74 Is The New 24
8. Tom’s Diner [featuring Britney Spears]
9. Wildstar [featuring Foxes]
10. Back And Forth [featuring Kelis]
11. I Do This For You [featuring Marlene]
12. La Disco