Today’s blogpost is dedicated to the sultry sounds of British singer Kathy Diamond. If there’s a Queen of New Disco, it must be her. Three different tracks in 22tracks’ current disco playlist are sung by her, with a fourth on the way as soon as I can get my hands on it. Anything Kathy Diamond touches turns into something precious.
“Love Saves the Day” by Kaine is as good a showcase as any for Kathy Diamond’s understated but soulful voice. It helps that the title is the same as Tim Lawrence’s groundbreaking disco chronicle from 2004, and the remake by Mario Basanov gives the track just that little extra push on the dancefloor. It’s not the first time that the producer from Lithuania has worked with the singer from England. Last year’s collaborative “In My System (Make You Move)” is a 90 BPM slowburner of a gem.
“A Little Bit More” is a little bit faster, but not much. The track is by UK producer Toby Tobias, who doesn’t introduce the singer until three minutes in—very very slowly. They may just be some repeated phrases (“hold me a little bit more”), but they sure set the mood. Exquisite strings take over from luscious synths and the whole thing is just a dream. Not much of Diamond’s contribution remains on Nick Chacona‘s “The Fear (Beg to Differ Remix)” but, again, what does is enough.
Not only is Kathy Diamond a very fine singer, but she knows how to choose equally fine production talent. I first heard about her three years ago, after her album Miss Diamond to You had already been out for a few months. That record is produced from start to finish by the legendary Maurice Fulton, and that’s all the recommendation anyone needs, really. Another big record Miss Diamond featured on was 2008′s “Whispers“, where she handed Aeroplane their breakthrough single. Nuff said.
I don’t know if a second Kathy Diamond’s album is forthcoming any time soon, as she seems to be preoccupied with a new duo called The KDMS. You can figure out for yourself what the KD stands for, but the MS is Polish producer Maksymilian Skiba. Last year’s “Never Stop Believing” was a jam, and new KDMS single “High Wire” (out later this month) is again sure to satisfy DJs on the lookout for a spot-on vocal performance. The video is rather silly, I’m afraid:
(Also, I don’t think I’ve mentioned “Tic Toc“, which is insane.)