Aside from the original regrettable lyric “and you need to know / that I’m hella obsessed with your face,” Ferdinand Weber’s remix of LANY’s ILYSB is a perfectly crafted indie-dance song.
Goldroom has been at the forefront of the Nu Disco and Indie Dance scene since first exploding onto the blog scene with the bongo-laden Morgan’s Bay in 2011. In addition to touting one of the most ear-wormy guitar hooks you’ll hear, it earned LA producer Josh Legg a spot on the blog charts with each subsequent release.
On Monday he put out his latest release, Till Sunrise, which seemed as good a time as ever to put assemble a playlist of some of his best originals and remixes. Expect a lot of warm, padded synths, disco-inspired basslines, liberal marimba usage and unspeakably catchy choruses.
And yes, upon seeing that Goldroom image you may have an idea of where the inspiration for the Esthetick header came from.
Over the last two to three years there have been some formative songs that triggered interest in, or perfectly define, one of the genres covered here on Esthetick—house, nu-disco, electronic pop, trap, tribal, etc. And since the current iteration of this blog is so recent and thus has missed out on supporting them in a timely manner, today’s post kicks off a weekly effort to create a full list of the best-but-maybe-overlooked tunes from this decade.
This week’s edition is filed under indie dance, covering landmark artists throughout my slow introduction to indie house and nu-disco.
Chordashian offers the most upbeat experience of the bunch (and the most free downloads), subtly leveraging Madonna and Lana Del Rey samples for engrossing and entirely danceable house music. Le Youth’s very successful C O O L incorporates Cassie’s ‘Me & You’ vocals, and managed to launch and grow as the nostalgic appreciation for mid-aughts and 90’s RnB vocalists emerged. And at the tail end of the list is Lane 8, who has been on the rise since his early Soundcloud days thanks to his consistently moody-yet-catchy style of electronic.