In one of the most unexpected resurgences ever, disco legend Giorgio Moroder, whose career has enjoyed a second act in the last two years thanks to his appearance on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder” and his debut DJ set at Brooklyn’s Output, is coming back full force with his first album of new material in over three decades. Having signed to Sony Music/RCA, Moroder’s upcoming album will feature vocal appearances from Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Sia and more.
In celebration of the announcement, Moroder, who blazed trails producing Donna Summer in the ’70s. has released a future-retro animated video for one of the songs on the record – the perfectly titled “74 is the New 24.” The song is classic Moroder with smothering synths, crystal piano breakdowns and a robotic vocoder dropping in for the song’s chorus.
One thing that is remarkable about the new track, as well as “Giorgio’s Theme” which Moroder released in the summer, is the overall vitality and seamlessness of it, sounding simultaneously fitting of his most famous work, while sounding not out of place in today’s landscape. In his press release, Moroder speaks about the timelessness of his platform. “Dance music doesn’t care where you live,” he says. “It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if your 74 or if you are 24 because… 74 is the new 24!”
The new album is currently untitled, but “74 is the New 24” is such a fantastic title, that should really be it. Watch the video via The Creators Project.
After tapping iconic disco producer Giorgio Moroder to remix “Forever,” talented pop-rock trio Haim — Este Arielle, Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal — have topped themselves by enlisting legendary disco producer Cerrone to remix “If I Could Change Your Mind.” Keeping the Haim sisters’ vocals in tact, Cerrone waxed a bumping groove full of lush instrumentation that tips its hat to his productions from the ’70s yet still sounds modern. Though Haim have a taste for working with huge remixers, they’ve also worked with the likes of emerging mixers like Cyril Hahn, who scored big with a beautiful reworking of “Don’t Save Me.”
Disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder has spoken about his collaboration with Daft Punk. On a video released today, which arrives after the commerical for the twosome’s new album aired on U.S. television, Moroder, speaking in German, reveales details about his recording sessions with the famed French dance duo. “I worked with them for two, three hours in the studio, I told them about my life,” Moroder says. He adds that at the time he had no idea what they group had in mind for his story….”but I [thought] Thomas [had] an idea how to put my voice into Daft Punk.” Moroder describes about a recording session where he was asked to speak into three microphones: one from the ’50s, 60’s, one from the ’70s and a new one. He asked the engineer the purpose of speaking into microphones from so many different eras. “He said… we use the first one when you are talking about your childhood, the second when you are talking about your work and the third one is for the future.” Morder asked: “Who is going to notice the difference?” The engineer replied, “Thomas is going to hear the difference.” Mororder concludes the interview by saying, “Thomas is a genius, a real perfectionist.” When asked if Moroder shares the same recording mindset, he quickly replied, “No, not at all.” Watch the legend tell the story in the video below.
Today Daft Punk reminded us that a picture is still worth a thousand words by updating their website to include one of their trademark robot helmets with Columbia Records’ logo, thus confirming their signing to the label which was leaked in January. The duo — Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter — posted no other additional information about their much-anticpated next album rumored to be due in the Spring. What we do know is that famed Chic producer Nile Rodgers has worked on the as-yet unnamed full-length along with Giorgio Moroder, singer-songwriter Paul Williams, bassist Nathan East and Feist collaborator Chilly Gonzales.