The electronic genre of nu-disco music combines the typical elements of brightness and sound stylistics of the 70’s and 80’s, coupled with the music’s most fashionable permissiveness of our time.
The name of the style was born approximately in the middle of 2002, and by the beginning of 2008 it had already formed as an independent trend presented in many popular stores, such as Beatport and Juno. The name and development of the style originated and became widespread, thanks to the cult record label, called Heed Kandy. He is still engaged in promotion and production of performers in the style of nu-disco.
Thus, the peak of the popularity wave of nu-disco in many listeners provoked interest in the musical era of the 80’s, as generally the structure of the tracks of this genre is mainly sampled by Italy-Disco elements and the characteristic synthesizer arrangements of the later Euro Disco. These seemingly gone into oblivion directions entered a new round of popularity, thanks to the active sampling of their key components in the nu-disco genre.
In just a few years, the style has acquired its big stars, profile blogs, recognizable style of cover design and even external sub-cultural features of artists and style fans, whether clothes, shoes or hairstyles. A nu-disco fan can easily be recognized in a crowd of techno fans or house fans. This movement returned the lost brightness, gloss, friskiness and naivety to the dancing culture.
Many music commentators noted that this style became a unique production and a reference to the content of the 70’s. The most widespread this genre was in Australia, France and the UK, where many groups were formed, each of which generated the semblance of a “local” scene, within a certain range of venues and concert halls. Such teams as: Miami Horror, Airplane, Gold room, Cut Copy, Breakout, Satin Jackets, Daft Punk and Ten snake are the most vivid and characteristic representatives of the nu-disco sound.
Speaking about the specifics of the sound of nu-disco, I would like to note that, unlike the house direction (elements of which are in any case present in this style), there is no application of the rigidly set acid-mechanic rhythm of shock parties. Very often for producing different drum machines are used, created again in the early 80’s.
Rhythmic compositions of nu-disco are distinguished by a smooth and flowing pulsating rhythm, although the tempo of the compositions is very wide, basically it ranges from 90 to 120 beats per minute. In addition, in nu-disco there is no well-defined bass substrate, which is more characteristic of a heavy dip house. In this style, priority is given to more positive and life-affirming sentiments. Plastic Plates are to confirm this.
The main feature of the sound of “nu-disco” is the lack of use of rigid acid-mechanical shock parties, and this is different from “house-music”, as it contains many elements of this style. For rhythmic compositions in the style of “nu-disco”, smooth and flowing pulsating rhythms are characteristic, although these compositions are characterized by a wide tempo, ranging from 80 to 130 beats per minute. In addition, in “nu-disco” there is no clearly defined bass substrate, which is more characteristic for the “deep house”. In this genre there is a predominance of more positive and life-affirming sentiments.