As we morn the loss of legendary diva Donna Summer, it’s hard to firmly grasp the importance she had on not just mainstream disco, but Italo-disco via her collaborations with Giorgio Moroder. The reverberations of that pair can be felt today more than ever as Italo and nu-disco permeate nearly every crevice of underground dance music. Case in point, today’s Bomb Alert, “Space Dust,” by Pulp Disco & The Outcast.
Scoring the seventh release on Jennifer Cardini‘s less-than-a-year-old Correspondant imprint, this Manchester collective explores the sci-fi-inspired grooves first postulated by synthesizer pioneer Moroder, as well as Cerrone, Alexander Robotnick, and Patrick Cowley, with a steady drum-machine pulse driving glistening polyphonic synth melodies through shimmering clouds of refracted hyperspace rainbows. It’s a retro-futuristic sound, for sure. But with the 35th anniversary of “I Feel Love” just a month away, there really is no expiration date on the future.