From Disclosure to Kiesza, How Music Stars Were Inspired By '90s Dance Icons in 2014

Disclosure's Howard and Guy Lawrence
Austin Hargrave

Disclosure's Howard and Guy Lawrence photographed by Austin Hargrave on June 17th at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.

The decade’s dance music came alive again in 2014, with new acts finding inspiration from old icons.

Disclosure // Frankie Knuckles
Inspired by Frankie Knuckles (who died in March) and the ’90s Chicago house scene, the British brother duo led the throwback dance revival with its breakthrough single “Latch,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 9.

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Kiesza // Haddaway
The singer reworked Haddaway’s 1993 hit “What Is Love?” as a piano ballad on her debut full-length LP, Sound of a Woman. She also mined ’90s house sounds and dance moves for her breakout single “Hideaway,” with a viral video that sent the track to No. 3 on the Dance Airplay chart.

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Clean Bandit and Kid Ink // Robin S.
English pop act Clean Bandit drew from the diva’s joyous house sound for its hit “Rather Be,” which reached No. 10 on the Hot 100. On tour, the band covered her 1993 classic “Show Me Love.” Rapper Kid Ink interpolated the same song for “Show Me,” which reached No. 13 on April 5.

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Jeremih // Snap
Jeremih and producer DJ Mustard blended old-school dance and new-school R&B by lifting the melody and lyrics of Snap’s 1992 smash “Rhythm Is a Dancer” for his single “Don’t Tell ’Em,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.

This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard.

 

 

 

 

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