There haven’t really been parties during the pandemic, but disco-diva fever has been all the rave in 2020.
As Kylie Minogue releases her aptly titled “Disco” album on Friday, a look at how she, along with Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, Róisín Murphy and, of course, Lady Gaga have twirled back to the dance floor — even when the clubs were closed.
Kylie Minogue: “Disco”
After trading her dancing pumps for cowboy boots on “Golden,” her 2018 country detour, the dancing queen from Down Under takes it back to her rug-cutting roots. Minogue sounds positively giddy to be back in the land of sequins and flashing lights on tracks such as the impossibly bouncy “Monday Blues,” the galactic-grooving “Supernova” and “Dance Floor Darling” — a title that she owns and then some.
Most discolicious moment: “Miss a Thing.” From the moment she commands “Dance” at the beginning with the sweetest of coos, this is pure Kylie bliss.
Lady Gaga: “Chromatica”
After she scored an Oscar, two Grammys and a No. 1 single with her “A Star Is Born” ballad “Shallow,” there is nothing even remotely approaching a slow song on Gaga’s latest album, which landed in May as if arriving from some planet where the party never stopped. This was Gaga telling herself — and her legion of Little Monsters — to just dance again.
Most discolicious moment: “Enigma,” on which she channels one of her idols — David Bowie — with echoes of “Heroes.”
Jessie Ware: “What’s Your Pleasure?”
The British soul-pop siren soaks up her Donna Summer moment, getting in every last dance on one of the best albums of the year — period. You her hear the strobe-lit legacy of Queen Donna in “Pleasure” pumpers such as “Spotlight” and the “I Feel Love”-esque title track.
Most discolicious moment: “Save a Kiss.” It’s all throbbing sensuality delivered in cool, classy style.
Dua Lipa: “Future Nostalgia”
Releasing her second studio album at the end of March, the Grammy-winning Brit who broke out with “New Rules” kept the party on lock during lockdown. She then doubled-down on the dance floor by dropping the remix album “Club Future Nostalgia” in August.
Most discolicious moment: “Don’t Start Now,” the pop-house hit that pretty much wouldn’t quit.
Róisín Murphy: “Róisín Machine”
The former frontwoman of electronic music duo Moloko, this Irish chanteuse is a power stomper on her new LP, which was released last month. Combining soulful vocals with relentless beats on bass-driven tracks such as “Narcissus” and “Jealousy,” she’s guaranteed to keep your booty bumping.
Most discolicious moment: “Murphy’s Law,” a deep-house dive complete with a sultry spoken intro and shades of Lisa Stansfield.