Monday, March 31, 2014

Genre research project 32/1359: Eurodisco

Cerrone - "Give Me Love" (Supernature (Cerrone III))

Euro disco (or Eurodisco) is the variety of European forms of electronic dance music that first originated from disco in the 1970s; incorporating elements of pop, new wave and rock into a disco-like continuous dance atmosphere. Many Euro disco compositions feature lyrics sung in English, although the singers often share a different mother tongue.

Euro disco derivatives generally include Europop and Eurodance, with the most prominent subgenres being space disco of the late 1970s and Italo disco of the early 1980s. The genre has declined in popularity after 1985 in preference to synth rock and Hi-NRG, with a small revival of Italo disco in the late 1990s.

Compared to early US Disco most R&B and Soul influences were replaced by more electronic sounds using synthesizers, drum machines, faster BPM and metronomic, monotonous rhythms, often accompanied by lush and sweeping strings, the 'campness' and overemphasis on melody of Euro Pop and the disparate influences of Continental Europe local styles of music.


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