Gomma are proud to present a collection of fantastic Nancy Whang reworks of classic disco tracks that come in collaboration with a host of top modern day collaborators. The package also includes a new single with Drop Out Orchestra entitled ‘I Was Made For Loving You’, a cover of the famous Kiss record.
Whang has provided her trademark vocals to tracks by Soulwax, The Juan MacLean and Classixx before now, and after years as a vocalist and keyboard player in James Murphy’s super band LCD Soundsystem is now a revered artist in her own right. Each of the originals here were released on Casablanca – the label that made Giorgio Moroder’s Munich Disco Sound a worldwide trademark – and now have new life breathed into them to make them big hitters once more in 2014.
First is a remake of Dennis Parker’s ‘Like An Eagle’ with AudioJack. It’s a dazzling, uplifting track with plenty of cosmic energy and soaring vocals before next comes ‘Working The Midnight Shift’ with Bonar Bradbury of PBR Streetgang. This one, originally by Donna Summer, is a blissed out bomb with killer arps, tough basslines and plenty of retro disco flair.
Then comes the Nancy and Etienne De Crecy version of ‘Comme Un Aigle’, which is slowed to a seductive tempo, finds Nancy singing in French and is hugely sexy as a result. Following that is the inclusion of the new single in Semi Skimmed mix form (the original is also included), which is a rework of a Kiss classic. ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ is a broody bit of deep disco with Nancy’s killer vocal delivery front and centre and classic strings, plucked guitar funk and bold drums making for great listening all around.
Next is ‘Flashlight,’ originally by Parliament, which sees Nancy pair off with modern disco king pin The Revenge. It’s a trippy track with super deep kicks, a patient build up of tension and lots of bubbling synths that come at you from below.
This is a sizzling disco package once again from Gomma – both the new single and the collected previous reworks are essential tunes as we hit the height of summer.
1. Nancy Whang & Audiojack – Like An Eagle
2. Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry – Working The Midnight Shift (Disco Version)
3. Nancy Whang & Etienne de Crecy – Comme Un Aigle
4. Nancy Whang & Drop Out Orchestra – I Was Made For Loving You (Semi Skimmed Version)
5. Nancy Whang & The Revenge – Flashlight
6. 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.