Call it neu-disco, nü-disco, French house, French touch, filter house, or even tekfunk. All of these terms refer to European-style dance-music that features disco loops and relies heavily on filter and phaser sound effects. It's usually high-energy and futuristic.
1. DAFT PUNK
The classic neu-disco group is Daft Punk. French duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter became Daft Punk in 1994 and were hugely influential in the French house movement. Their beats are always tight and hard-hitting, their shows are glam and full of lights. Not only did Daft Punk capture the pulse of '90s techno, but influenced most contemporary house.
This past Friday at the club (almost) atop of The Standard hotel in the Meatpacking District, was another great night of dancing. There were many fashionable stand-outs and at least one random celebrity appearance; nothing uncommon in New York City.
Since its opening last summer, with a pool opened to the public, Le Bain has maintained its uber-chic appeal which allows for a downtown edge to be a part of its approach. Within the L-shaped room with its black walls, disco ball, bubble-embellished walls, and wrap-around day-glo white circular lights and rainbow flashes that make you feel you’re experiencing a space odyssey, they were three DJs that controlled the music that night, including “Beat Box” by The Sounds and ‘90s classics like “Right Here” by SWV and “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G., appropriately enough as the fourteenth anniversary of his death was on March 9.