Marc Cerrone is one of the world's most influential disco producers. Selling over thirty million records across the globe, with four million in his native France, he is one of the most successful musicians of all time, especially during his heyday of Supernature and throughout the seventies and eighties. His career has spanned four decades and he has produced, performed and organised events, making him a legend in his field. In recent years he's been in the background and never stepped back into his limelight, but his comeback has begun and Kiss it Better is here.
His return is in full swing and he's brought the power of disco with him. Kiss it Better is his new single, featuring British DJ and singer Yasmin. The song appears on the Red Lips LP and is set to make the legend come back to life. An early review have called it “luxuriant” and says it “sounds like it could have been recorded in mid '70s.” The Red Lips album is Cerrone's first in eight years and features numerous talents assisting him, including the aforementioned Yasmin, as well as James Hart, Aloe Blacc, Alexis Taylor and Sam Gray. Recorded over three years, it's set to show that Cerrone, even in his sixties, has something to teach pop music and help return disco to the forefront.
Disco was the most popular genre of music throughout the mid seventies to the early eighties. It was enjoyed by a diverse group of people and was huge in the nightclub scene. It acted as a counterpoint to the dominating popularity of rock and brought back something you could dance to. Bright lights, flared pants, disco balls, white suits and more all enter the public conscience of disco and despite it's overwhelming popularity and how ingrained it is in pop culture, it was soon gone. Backlash from rock fans and lowering sales soon meant it died a death.
Disco, while no longer a mainstream genre, has remained in a small form. In the twenty-first century artists such as Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Arcade Fire, Mark Ronson, Justin Timberlake and The Ting Tings have recorded disco track along with their usual repertoires. With artists willing to produce such tracks and the return of Cerrone, we could see a disco revival. You can see it in various ways already, such as it's use in the film The Martian, the Disco Dollars casino games from Ladylucks and the rise of Nu-Disco.
Cerrone is back and he might have brought disco with him, and you can discover this yourself when you listen to Kiss it Better on Red Lips.