… and will continue to play throughout 2021!

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

In a year unlike any other, no wonder I gravitated towards bigger, bolder disco-esque productions that could transport me, at least mentally, to a packed dancefloor, but also give me some pause and reflective moments. Here are the albums that got me through this year and that will keep on playing next year and beyond.

Kylie 
Disco

If you watched her ‘Infinite Disco’ livestream in early November, it is clear that this album is filled to the brim with happy, disco-inspired perfect pop songs that all link back to Kylie’s vast discography rooted in – you guessed it – disco! The brilliant mashup of Light Years with Supernova alone manifests that. Apart from the already released singles (and obvious hits) like “Say Something,” “Magic,” and “I Love It,” other notable songs on the 16-song deluxe release of the album are “Miss a Thing,” “Real Groove,” and “Dance Floor Darling.”

Jessie Ware 
What’s Your Pleasure?

 Jessie Ware’s album revealed a more fun and free side of the artist, and it looked and sounded really good on her. The style is more towards Italo disco like the title track suggests, and the sexiness of it all simply can’t be denied on this disco-inspired electropop masterpiece. Notable songs are “What’s Your Pleasure?,” “Save a Kiss,” and “Ooh La La,” which are all perfect proponent of the electro vibe that simply draws you in.

Roisin Murphy 
Machine

After years of releasing stand-alone singles, Murphy gave her fifth studio album – and boy was it worth the wait! Taking it all the back to the middle of the dancefloor, she fuses deep house vibes with disco-dancing fun but without losing her couture-cut edge. Just the opening with “Simulation” has a hypnotic pull that could either transport you to a sweaty, sexy dancefloor or have you strutting down a Parisian runway.

Dua Lipa 
Club Future Nostalgia (DJ Mix)

 As an extensive lockdown project, Dua Lipa collaborated with DJ and producer the Blessed Madonna to bring you a remixed run-through of her successful Future Nostalgia album. The result is a happy and seamless mix of her songs that includes collaborators from the DJ world like Horse Meat Disco and Mark Ronson, and pop superstars like Madonna, Gwen Stefani, and Yaeji. Especially the remixed version (mixed by the Blessed Madonna) is high-energy pop that even deep into a bit deeper house at times.

H.E.R. 
TBD

 Although a full album hasn’t manifested itself yet (fingers crossed for 2021!), HER has released several incredible singles that explore soulful R&B melodies paired with her outstanding vocals. It is hard not to get captivated by the revealing sensuousness of “Damage” or the vulnerable “Hold On,” which aligns perfectly with her artist acronym of Having Everything Revealed.

Janelle Monae 
Dirty Computer

Although this album dates back to 2018, it still carries current weight – especially considering this year’s dramatic and much-needed movement to fight racial injustice and police violence. Notably, “Crazy, Classic, Life,” “So Afraid,” and “Americans” stand out as stand out as the soundtrack to the outcries and protests that took place all across the nation.