Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry – Working the Midnight Shift
Next up on Gomma is a high impact single that sees UK disco don Bonar Bradberry (one half of PBR Streetgang) team up with Nancy Whang, who was formerly part of New York band LCD Soundsystem.
Whang has provided her trademark vocals to tracks by Soulwax, The Juan MacLean and Classixx and now comes good once again with a project that sees her teaming up with different esteemed producers for a series of cover version singles. The production in this case is by Bradberry, no stranger to success thanks to releasing on labels like Futureboogie, Needwant and 2020 Vision.
This new single ‘Working The Midnight Shift’ – originally by Donna Summer – gets a futuristic re-versioning that marries classic 80’s boogie to fresh modern sounds. The radio edit version is awash with elastic and rubbery basslines, twinkles with a cosmic energy and really allows Nancy’s crystal clear vocals to soar above the beats. It manages to be downbeat and melancholic at the same time as being hugely uplifting.
The extended version is quite the trip, elongating the groove and the disco flourishes into something really quite epic, whilst the disco version is even more energetic and intergalactic. In this one the twinkling melodies and arpeggiated synth lines sound synthetic and organic at the same time and really make for something spectacular thanks to Bradberry’s great production work.
Once again Gomma have come up with a disco bomb that nods to the past at the same time as charging headlong into the future.