Giovanni Giorgio Moroder (Italian: [dʒoˈvanni ˈdʒordʒo ˈmɔːroder], born 26 April 1940 in Urtijëi) is an Italian record producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering synth disco and electronic dance music.[according to whom?]
When in Munich in the 1970s, he started his own record label called Oasis Records, which several years later became a subdivision of Casablanca Records. He produced huge hits for Donna Summer during the late-1970s disco era, including “Bad Girls“, “Last Dance“, “Love to Love You Baby“, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)“, “Dim All the Lights“, “MacArthur Park“, “Hot Stuff“, “On the Radio“, and “I Feel Love“, and is the founder of the former Musicland Studios in Munich, a recording studio used by many renowned artists including Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Elton John.
Moroder also produced a number of electronic disco hits for the Three Degrees, two albums for Sparks, and a handful of songs onBonnie Tyler‘s album Bitterblue as well as her 1985 single “Here She Comes“. Moroder also created a score of songs for performers including David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Madleen Kane, Melissa Manchester, Blondie, Japan, and France Joli.
He has stated that the work of which he is most proud is Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”.[
Déjà Vu is the 17th overall studio album by Giorgio Moroder released on 12 June 2015. It features collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Kelis, Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and Matthew Koma, among others. On 20 January 2015, the collaboration with Kylie Minogue, “Right Here, Right Now“, was officially released, along with a video teaser.
4 U With Love—-Opening this long awaited opus, Moroder delivers a huge synth heavy dance classic that is laden with updated blips and beeps. The slight hysteria to the music make it appear as something constructed by a man half his age…the entire feel of the track reminds you that the finger has never been off the pulse of what moves the public.
Deja Vu [Featuring Sia]—-With a slight throwback sound to the 70’s heyday, Sia enters with her vocal and gives the track a haunting sound. The chorus s a double tracked affair that becomes larger and larger. Sia delivers line after line of slight pained vocals that makes me smile and want to jump out of this chair and go crazy….this is brilliant!
Diamonds [Featuring Charlie XCX]—-Much deeper in sound at the onset, the robotic voice is perfectly matched with the lazy vocal from Charlie. The chorus never becomes quite as large as I hoped it would be….but this is still magnificent…even if just for the overlay-ed synths that almost overload the song….its a keeper!
Don’t Let Go [Featuring Mikky Ekko]—-A nice down beat tempo kicks off this track…the voice reminding me of Adam Levine! The synth that runs through the backdrop is pleasant…but the entire thing seems a bit like filler to me. The chorus hits you finally and makes you feel a bit joyous and carefree. A perfect summer soundtrack!
Right Here, Right Now [Featuring Kylie Minogue]—-Skeptical at the onset…never have been a Kylie fan….ever. Her pseudo-baby doll vocal is wasted on me. The music is wonderful as you would expect…but the voice is wasted on me. This is a catchy anthem….sure to be huge in the gay clubs this summer….but not here.
Tempted [Featuring Matthew Koma]—-With a slight funk back drop, this is nice….some vo-coder vocals add to the body of the song and makes it even more pleasant. The music is probably the weakest on this release…which is not to say it is horrible…but I don’t see it being on heavy rotation in my ears.
74 Is The New 24—-With beats reminiscent of the Summer days, Moroder tackles this one on his own…and does it masterfully. Sounding like a Daft Punk collaboration, the music shuffles and shifts magically through the entire thing. There is that magical sound of disco beats that brings back floods of memories…this is spectacular!
Tom’s Diner [Featuring Britney Spears]—-True to the Vega original, resurrecting this track with Britney is/was in a word….fucking brilliant. Need I say anymore….this is stellar and a huge favorite of mine…..just incredible! the double track vocals give the song a big muscular sound….Britney sounds incredible…the feeling is something of wonder….I love this!!!
Wildstar [Featuring Foxes]—-Huge sweeping synths begin the track…the vocal comes in…leading me to believe this will be a huge crashing track….the music is pleasant enough…but the majority of the song is a bit mundane. I don’t really care for the vocal to be honest…this is a bit of a let-down….but missteps are permitted
Back And Forth [Featuring Kelis]—-.One of the first tracks cut for this release, it is predictable if nothing else. The sound is joyous and exciting. Full of little blips and beeps and a shuffling sound, the vocal does little to add to the power of the song. All you really need is that huge chorus to drive you along. Still very nice.
I Do This For You [Featuring Marlene]—-A little too much of a good thing, this release could have been shorter at times. Although I will say, this vocal is big and powerful…driven by the hollow and simple synth lines. This is pleasant and tends to grow on you after continued listens.
La Disco—-Ending this release with a spectacular track, Moroder reminds us that he is still relevant and important to the musical landscape. This has a nice synth line…a bit of funk and a galloping undercurrent that makes me smile endlessly…really a spectacular track!
**** out of 5