The New Disco Music Sound of Boomerang
New disco music is basically a mash-up of the classic disco and funk sound of the 70’s with the newer club sound of today’s house music. House music spawned from classic disco in the late 70’s and early 80’s with DJ’s such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan and Ron Hardy splicing together their favourite bits of disco records (usually the instrumental parts) on reel to reel and layering that with a kick drum from a drum machine. A lot has changed and the tools have become way more accessible these days and loops have been sampled, samples are being looped and those loops are being sampled again.
Marc was quick to jump on what was barely a bandwagon in the mid 80’s shortly after following his fathers’ footsteps into the world of deejaying and fell in love with the deep clubby sound of house music. Embedded with a natural feel for the disco sound, which can only be accredited to sleeping over at those weekly 70’s parties in Birmingham England since the age of three, the new disco music sound of “Boomerang” was inevitable to happen in at least one of MarqA’s productions.
“Boomerang” started out as a techy club track, yearning for more. That more consisted of two main elements that make “Boomerang” what it is, pure new disco music, house music. First and foremost is the groove, which bumps and shuffles along like a finely tuned railway worker laying down new track, with an obviously 70’s inspired funk bass line that’s threatening to jump from a towering disco inferno and leap straight into the carwash. The second element is the well crafted five sample sequence which makes up the chorus, “Whoa good disco house”, all classic house music vocal samples to pay homage to the origins of house, sample & loop, loop and sample.
New disco music can be more commonly referred to as Funky House and matured to the mainstream and hit it’s peak in the late 90’s and early 2000’s with such tracks as David Morales – Needin’ U, Spiller – Groove Jet, Pete Heller – Big Love, Junior Jack – My Feelings, Paul Johnson – Get Down, Modjo – Lady, Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby, Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough, ATFC – Bad Habit, Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You and many more, most of which sample classic 70’s disco tunes and all gracing the decks of MarqA and copious amounts of other tastemakers & charts worldwide. “It was a great time to have residences playing music, especially five nights a week and the response from the dance floor when tracks like these were dropped was phenomenal” says Marc, hence the idea for the vocal.
The boomerang was originally intended to be a weapon or tool for hunting and then there was the returning boomerang and when thrown the correct way would return to the thrower. This is what Marc calls the response from the crowd and says “there is no other feeling like it when you get it right, drop the right track at the right time and the dance floor completely explodes, it’s awesome!”
The vocals in “Boomerang” are from the club goers’ point of view. Even today, you’re in the middle of the floor surrounded by people and sound, it’s 1am, the place is bumpin’ and the DJ drops a new disco music track…”This disco house still burns it up, so DJ turn the music up…Just make it bump and let it bang, I’ve got your boomerang”.
If only the average club goer knew how much they can make a DJ’s night and in turn, produce an even greater night for themselves and the rest of the crowd. Without the people, you need no DJ. Without the DJ you get no people. The DJ drops it, the crowd responds, the DJ feels it and tries to out do the last one and it goes on and on, back and forth, the throw and return, the boomerang!