Let’s face it… no one likes Mondays. Amidst the struggle of a lingering hangover and a heavy workflow, there is only one quick fix that can make today more bearable and perhaps even enjoyable: feel-good dance music. In our humble opinion, nu disco exemplifies just that. It is the resurgence of the synth-heavy disco that defined the 1970s and early 1980s, and it’s coming back stronger than ever.
With that said, we are proud to present the LessThan3 cure to your Monday ailments: the first installment of Disco Diaries, a weekly dosage of the grooviest pick-me-ups in dance music. Every Monday starting today, you can expect a 5-track playlist of the freshest nu-disco, synth-pop, disco house, and electro-funk tunes, as well as a featured mix of the week. As the disco king Giorgio Moroder once said, “Disco is music for dancing, and people will always want to dance.” And he was right. We challenge you to listen to the following beats without bobbing your head and shaking your boo-tay.
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It) [Atlantic]
It simply wouldn’t feel right if Chromeo didn’t own the premiere spot on this week’s list. Otherwise known as the Funk Lords, Chromeo released this catchy tune on March 3 as the fourth single on their forthcoming album, White Women. After four killer releases, it’s safe to assume that countdown to the full album drop on May 12 has officially commenced.
Robin Thicke – Feel Good (Jean Tonique Remix) [Interscope]
Just yesterday, Jean Tonique added yet another track to his already impressive catalog of hip hop and R&B remixes, his rework of Robin Thicke’s latest single Feel Good. Thicke’s smooth, sultry voice and Jean Tonique’s groovy beats mold together flawlessly to create a product that may even surpass the original. What’s more, it’s available as a free download via SoundCloud!
Panama – Strange Feeling (Casino Gold Rework)
Los Angeles-based brothers/producer duo Lure and Zack Matsuk show a very promising trajectory with the debut of their Strange Feeling remix. Their reproduction adds the most subtle, yet fully satisfying kick to the Australian band’s original track. Available as a free download, this song is the perfect addition to anyone’s road trip playlist.
Ariana & The Rose – In Your Bed (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Oliver Nelson paints the perfect picture of a dreamy, serene Sunday morning with his remix of indie-pop outfit Ariana & The Rose’s In Your Bed. His distinct, melodic production style effortlessly stimulates a sense of tropical relaxation, and combined with Ariana’s sweet, pure voice, this piece (and Oliver Nelson) deserves much positive recognition.
Emmanuelle Seigner – You Think You’re A Man (Yuksek Remix) [Universal]
This track can be described in one word: bossy. Yuksek’s deep, steady bass ripples plus Emmanuella Seigner’s empowering lyrics yields an instant disco house classic. Universal Music will debut this tune via iTunes on March 17.
FEATURED MIX: Zimmer – Birds (March Tape)
Zimmer can do no wrong, plain and simple. His latest monthly mixtape was released on March 6 and definitely succeeds in taking listeners on a journey through the sky, hence the title Birds. Take advantage of the free download option and let Zimmer’s euphoric picks lead you through the rest of your week.