Various Artists

New Wave Disco

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Thanks to Brooklyn-based labels like Balihu and Environ, a resurgence in Italo-disco and rare boogie records came about right around the time electroclash emerged from one borough over in Queens. Unlike its pretentious neighbor, this rejuvenation sought not to emulate, but to carry the torch from its disco forefathers into the digital age. New Wave Disco is a modest attempt at acting as a survey of this movement, but falls woefully short of the marker. Cuts by Daniel Wang, Fabrice Lig, and Putsch '79 help to serve as proper introductions, but the mishmash of electroclash seeps in and dilutes the formula. Disco house and electroclash with disco fringes help to fill out the compilation, and those who like their electroclash and nu-electro with a little soul will be pleased with the lineup. But for disco and boogie purists seeking the real deal, it's only here in beats and pieces.

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