Claptone, “Dear Life (Purple Disco Machine)”

Purple Disco Machine is acutely bringing bushels of funk to the table. With a steady trickle of releases on labels like Defected and Toolroom, including the phenomenal rework of Hercules & Love Affair’s “Do You Feel the Same” from late last year, PDM has been steadily working his way into mainstream dance nerd social consciousness with support from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and a solid presence in Ibiza, Barcelona, and the UK.

His latest remix, an explosively disco-centric edit of Claptone’s “Dear Life,” showcases his innate ability to discover a new energy in classic sound design revolving around claps, a hopping bassline, and interstellar synth patterns. Purple Disco Machine, like Todd Terje, expertly samples from a bygone era of dance music that’s firmly rooted in the discotheque; it’s more about the groove than anything else and its theatricality stems from its coy embracement of disco kitsch. It’s hip, sly, and spontaneously danceable and it does Chic better than Chic does Chic. It’s commercial, savvy, and sugary sweet enough for the Millenial crowd that’s scouring the internet for details on the next DFA party in New York. And when it finally gets a little more than 3 minutes in, a break that references 80’s Italo disco like Giorgio Moroder’s “Chase” from Midnight Express and a set-up for the fantastic ‘disco moment’ bassline drop, the track will have cemented itself into the lineage of bone, marrow, and muscle of your legs causing them to lift, shuffle, and pound the dancefloor.

Listen to Purple Disco Machine’s remix below.

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