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Nu-disco is a genre that dedicates itself to the revival of disco music. While it's technically a sub-genre of disco, to me, it's more like a continuation of where the older, classic disco left off during the late 1970s. It also grabs some of its influence from Italo disco as well, which was popular during the mid-1980s. Eurodisco and P-Funk were also a part of the revival.
The revival of disco music involves taking the sound of the older disco and re-editing it to sound more modern. It will keep the general sound and structure, while using more modern technology to re-edit and revive the old sound, in a sense.
The process of doing these re-edits goes like this, usually... A producer takes an original song from the 1970s or 1980s, he then uses what's called a razor and reel to reel tape (also known as a tape edit). The producer then re-organizes pieces of the song and will perhaps incorporate some minor changes or additions. These changes can include a stronger, more focused bass drum, clearer vocals, etc...
This should not be confused with a remix, as they are two totally different things. In a remix, the song can change drastically; using many new instruments, rearranged patterns, new voices, pieces removed, and can actually change the genre in the whole. With the re-edits, it keeps the overall sound, with some minor changes.
The revival of disco music happened during the early 2000s, around 2002 to be precise. During this time, its popularity steady grew, and by 2008, online record and mp3 shops were using this term to describe the music.
The genres French house music and electroclash were associated with many American record labels that now fall under the term "nu-disco." This genre has had many reviews by popular websites and magazines, a couple examples include Beatport, in 2008, described this genre as the music which comes from the late 1970s, early 1980s with influences from disco, cosmic disco, Balearic and Italo disco. Another example from "The Independent" says it's the result of using modern technology with sharp production skills to the same early disco and funk.
This genre has its biggest audience in Europe and Australia. Some big name bands in Australia, such as Cut Copy, Bag Raiders and Miami Horror really set the sound for this genre. In France, there are other big names, like Daft Punk, Stardust and Breakbot. They are also a big part of the revival.
Average Beats Per Minute: 120-140
Where It Originated: Europe
Stylistically Similar To: French House Music, Original Disco, Italo Disco
Year Developed: Early 2000s
General Disco - Back to the overview of disco.
Cosmic Disco - Trip out on this slower, more relaxed, space-out form of music.
Eurodisco - Developed in Europe with a disco oriented feel, made for dancing.
Italo Disco - Disco inspired music similar to Eurobeat, popular even today.
Space Disco - Cosmic disco was born from this, so better the check out the roots too!
Nu-Disco - Bringing back the classic sound of disco music! Come get some!
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