We're celebrating the last 10 years of dance and electronic music with the Label Of The Decade poll. Here, we shine a light on the imprints pushing and reinventing disco from 2007-2017.
We’re not exaggerating when we say disco is the reason we all have our jobs here at Mixmag. No, seriously, without the genre's four-to-the-floor kick, simple two-part chord progressions and focus on grooving basslines, we wouldn’t have anything to report on because modern dance music wouldn’t exist. Everything from today’s music to club culture to unbridled hedonism has its roots in disco.
But since it’s 70s mainstream heyday, it’s been pushed back underground, consigned to the past with only the commercial hits busted out for your drunk aunt at a wedding. Surely the genre can’t exist in the new millennium? Today we listen to the music of the future, created on computers for a digital age that has outlasted the analog attitude bands.
While we don’t see many fully-fledged string and horn ensembles anymore, disco is still alive in new, re-contextualised forms and still makes up the backbone of modern dance music. The re-editing tradition started by the likes of Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Tom Moulton is still very much kicking, while the reissue game is possible the strongest it’s ever been as people dedicate themselves to unearthing gems from far-flung music scenes.
Then there's the amount of house music that still samples disco's golden eras. Midland's 'Final Credits' (which takes its cue from Lee Alfred's 'Rockin-Poppin Full Tilting') was named our track of the year in 2016, showing new generations of producers will always have love for the genre.
With that spirit in mind, here are 10 of the most influential disco labels from the past 10 years.
Cut in Brooklyn, New York City, Razor-N-Tape has been releasing fresh disco edit gems since 2012 garnering fans like Chicago legened Roy Davis Jr. The likes of Dimitri From Paris, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Ron Basejam have all released club-ready versions of Gap Band’s ‘Someday’, Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘Do I Believe In God’ by Prince. This year has seen them convert Ben Sims into a disco genius under the Ron Bacardi alias.