Busting a move straight out of New Jersey, SkullandHeadphones retools disco for the 2020s with his debut cut, ‘The Force’, out now. Listen here
A hypnotic slice of dancefloor action, it draws on its maker’s long association with the New York dance party scene.
Blending vintage synth riffs with contemporary electronic hooks, ‘The Force’ will soon be a go-to tune in any self-respecting DJ’s set. By turns blissful and insistent, it brings to mind classic artists such as Sylvester and Hercules & Love Affair.
SkullandHeadphones’s musical odyssey is as fascinating as it is funky. Born Tiro Rivera, he was, as he says, “raised by Gods”, including seminal figures such as Erick Morillo and underground legends like Benji Candelario and Michael Moog. His love of music was shaped by his many nights at Odyssey, a dance party in Hudson County. In 2003 he moved into the heart of New York but also the heart of the disco and house scene, residing in the same building as Subliminal Soul, Erick Morillo’s iconic label. By the end of the decade, he was music director at the world-famous Webster Hall in New York’s East Village.
Over time, SkullandHeadphones’ ambition grew from hosting parties to soundtracking them. Left with a pile of equipment when an event fell through, he moved out to Hoboken, New Jersey and set up a studio.
The fruits of SkullandHeadphones’ most recent session are ‘The Force’, and ‘Without Your Love’, which will be released next month.
‘We’re so excited about the tunes we’ve got,’ enthuses Rivera, ‘and about the team we’ve got to help spread the word. We’re keeping our favourite music fresh.’
‘The Force’ is out now – feel it!
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