Dec 09, 2014
The Top 15 Nu Disco Tracks of 2014
Although most reference the 1979 Disco Demolition Night as the official “death" of disco, we beg to differ. As Josh Neff proclaimed in The Last Days of Disco, “Disco will never be over. It will always live in our minds and hearts. Something like this that was this big, and this important, and this great, will never die." Hence, we have witnessed the resurgence of the genre in the form of nu disco, a glorious hybrid between the funky soul of the ’70s and modern-day synth/house production. 2014 was arguably the most prosperous year for the genre, so join us as we count down our favorite nu disco tracks of the year.
Mystery Skulls – Ghost (Solidisco Remix)
Mystery Skulls - Ghost (Solidisco Remix) [Warner]
New York duo Solidisco is best described as just that… solid disco. Their remix of LA-based indie/pop act Mystery Skulls’ Ghost exemplifies their expertise in churning out only the grooviest of hits that bring out all the right dance moves. Check out the duo’s special Disco Diaries takeover here and purchase the Ghost remix package here.

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite
Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite [Olsen]
Todd Terje seems to have crafted a genre that’s all his own, which we can best describe as “space disco." Delorean Dynamite is a dynamic musical journey on a fast track headed for the clouds–just check out the live visuals video, which curiously doubles up as a real-life advertisement for a Delorean on Norwegian Craigslist. This jam was released on Terje’s It’s Album Time via his own Olsen Records; it can be purchased here.

Falqo – Feel Your Love
Falqo - Feel Your Love
Falqo initially landed on our radar via Triple J’s Unearthed, a prime source for discovering new talent via the esteemed Australian radio station. If you’re a fan of Jamiroquai, you are bound to fall in love with this ultra-groovy creation. Although this is one of only two tracks we’ve heard from the man otherwise known as Alexander White, it’s enough to keep us hoping for more in 2015.

Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (LeMarquis Remix)
Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (LeMarquis Remix)
Last night a DJ saved my life from a broken heart; last night a DJ saved my life with a song…99.9% of the humans reading this post can probably relate to these lyrics. Parisian producer LeMarquis resurrected the revered disco classic Last Night A DJ Saved My Life in supreme fashion, adding to his extensive collection of high-caliber nu disco releases. Let the DJ save your life with a free download here.

Tobtok ft. Emil Heró – Higher (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix)
Tobtok ft. Emil Heró - Higher (Oliver Nelson & Skogsrå Remix) [Good Soldier]
If you consider yourself a nu disco lover, you are essentially required to be familiar with Tobtok, Oliver Nelson, and Skogsrå, three exceptional artists all on Perfect Havoc’s roster. In April, we were graced with a tune that involves all three funk masters in one–truly a gift sent from the disco gods to “take you higher." Beatport purchase available here.

Mat Zo feat. The Knocks – Get Down 2 Get Up
Mat Zo feat. The Knocks - Get Down 2 Get Up [Mad Zoo]
Recent Grammy nominee, self-launched label head, and genre-defying artist Mat Zo undoubtedly established himself as one of the front runners of dance music in 2014. Get Down 2 Get Up was the debut release on his record label Mad Zoo, included in a two-track EP along with Left To Right. Zo’s rarely-seen groovy side is exposed with the help of NYC duo The Knocks, who coincidentally own the sixth spot on this list. Grab your Beatport copy here.

Durante – Slow Burn
Durante - Slow Burn [Nest HQ]
Slow Burn is a particularly appropriate title for this one, with Chuck Ellis’ fluid, impassioned vocals and Durante’s contagious rhythm producing a satisfying fusion of electronic, house, and indie dance styles. After just a few spins of this hypnotic jam, Durante’s got us following the wise mantra, “Good love is a slow burn." Catch your free download is available via Nest HQ here and be sure keep an eye on the young Durante in 2015.

Zimmer feat. KLP – Sensify Me
Zimmer feat. KLP - Sensify Me [Roche Musique]
Zimmer is another Disco Diaries superstar and guest curator, and Sensify Me was definitely his standout original of the year. The Parisian producer flawlessly fuses his typical dreamy house sounds with KLP’s smooth, alluring vocals, creating a tune that truly awakens all the senses within the mere span of four minutes and sixteen seconds. You can find this track as well as remixes by Crayon and Canblaster here.

Chromeo feat. Toro y Moi – Come Alive (Le Youth Remix)
Chromeo feat. Toro y Moi - Come Alive (Le Youth Remix) [Atlantic]
Chromeo, Toro y Moi, and Le Youth (pictured) all had an outstanding year, and this list simply wouldn’t feel complete without them. Le Youth’s remix of Come Alive from Chromeo’s massive White Women album involves all three powerhouses in one, and is guaranteed to incite instantaneous head-bobbing and potentially embarrassing dance moves. In addition to the this dancefloor remix by Le Youth, the track also received superb treatments by The Magician and Grum, all of which can be found here.

The Knocks feat. Powers – Classic
The Knocks feat. Powers - Classic [Big Beat]
With the release of their Comfortable EP, an extensive U.S. tour, and the flourishing single Classic, Mr. JPatt and DJ Ben Roc have certainly enjoyed a year in the hot seat of the nu disco world. The Knocks blew fans away with the catchy retro-yet-modern original piece, landing it a 10 out of 10 on our groove meter. Better yet, it also boasts marvelous edits by Le Youth, RAC, and DiscoTech. Score the original here and the remix package here.

Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Jamie Lidell – Feel Of Love
Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont feat. Jamie Lidell - Feel Of Love [Virgin EMI]

Marco Niemerski, the German DJ/producer known as TensnakeJacques Lu Cont prove that they are the ultimate dream team with Feel Of Love, a standout single leading to the release of Tensnake’s highly-acclaimed Glow album. In addition to being a tasteful fusion of house, funk, and nu disco, this tune deserves the award for the quirkiest music video of the year. Grab the single or the full album here.

Moon Boots feat. Kyiki – Don’t Ask Why
Moon Boots feat. Kyiki - Don't Ask Why [Cr2]

In his recent interview with LessThan3, Moon Boots revealed that his name comes from a desire to represent “something welcoming but also funky and otherworldly," and he has absolutely succeeded with jams like this. Kyiki’s sultry vocals on top of Moon Boots’ smooth French house beats results in a song with the ability to launch your mind far beyond the limits of earth. Snatch your copy of Don’t Ask Why via Beatport here.

Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise – Two Bodies
If you haven’t listened to Flight Facilities’ new Down To Earth album, please stop everything you’re doing and treat yourself to it immediately. Two Bodies epitomizes the Australian duo’s soft and spiritual sound, boasting a downtempo undertone matched with Emma Louise’s beautiful, captivating voice. This track, in addition to equally mesmerizing remixes by HNNY and Lido, are available here.

Goldroom – Till Sunrise
Goldroom - Till Sunrise [Binary]
Firsthand studies have shown that no matter what stresses are getting you down in life, you can always count on Goldroom’s airy, tropical beats to induce a tranquil, content state of mind. Till Sunrise features light and ever so blissful synths flawlessly complimented by Sydney’s Mammals, with whom Goldroom co-wrote the track. If you’re like us and simply can’t get enough of Goldroom, check out his remarkably meditative mixtapes, each of which is stacked with Goldroom-esque tunes symbolizing the various seasons of the year. Till Sunrise is available via iTunes here.

Darius – Hot Hands
Darius - Hot Hands [Roche Musique]
Three words: baby…making…masterpiece. As if we haven’t said this enough times in our Disco Diaries series, Darius is the king of sensual seduction via disco house, and Hot Hands is further proof that the “French touch" does in fact exist and deserves the #1 spot on our countdown. Now that winter is upon us, we implore you to warm up with this one, as well as the rest of the dreamy tunes on booming French label Roche Musique’s roster. Hot Hands was featured on Darius’ appropriately-named Romance EP, available via Beatport here.