I feel love
Sam Smith just released a version of Donna Summer's mid-seventies opus I Feel Love. I think this song is absolutely iconic and that Donna's vocals are almost mystical in it . I also think that Giorgio Moroder's production of this track basically set the blueprint for what we know today as electronic music (and House and Garage and Trance and TripHop and so on and so forth). Guy Lawrence, one half of Disclosure who produced Sam's version, basically owes Giorgio a debt of gratitude for having crafted such delicious treat.
Sam's vocals here are super airy (and super high, damn!) and the music is totally on point. Of course, reimagining such a seminal work is dangerous, because the original is so completely awesome and has touched so many people. The original, released at the peak of Disco and before toxic masculinity and racism would give birth to the Disco Demolition movement that Steven Dahl's would unleash on the black, queer kids who enjoyed Disco the most, was a revelation. For white, straight, cisgender men Disco was a threat they tried to kill. For queer kids of color, it was the kind of music that spoke their language. Yep. People's 'love' for rock music was basically thinly veiled racism and homophobia. Not more and not less.
But Disco survived in songs like I Feel Love. A song that now, forty years after Donna got everybody in a trance while singing it, and forty years after Steven tried to silence the sound of gay clubs, has found a new life. Disco is still alive in House music, in EDM, in the remixes that we dance to in clubs and house parties all over the world.
Disco is dead. Long live Disco.
And here's Donna's original. In all its eight minute glory. This version has always made me think of very, very good sex. It makes me think of teverything that leads to hat moment when you just know that he's going to cum. When his whole body tenses and his breath becomes labored. When he talks dirty to you through clenched teeth. When his dick gets rock hard and he grabs you for deal life and you just know that he's hit the point of no return. That's what that song reminds me of.