"It's something that I had in my head for a while," A-Trak said, adding that he found time to throw the hour-long session together while working on his Beats 1 radio show Day Off Radio. "I could sense the time was right in the musical climate for that kind of throwback. Even in some subtle things I hear in newer electronic music, I can hear hints back to highlights from that era. I wanted to go all the way there."Some era-defining bloghouse tracks were themselves throwbacks to dance music of an earlier era, from disco's airy spangle to the French touch's gleaming synths. In particular, Gallic vets Alan Braxe and Fred Falke enjoyed a new level of popularity through their sterling reputation as remixers. A-Trak, for his part, certainly isn't shy to recognize Braxe and Falke's place within bloghouse's legacy: his mix seamlessly blends Falke's classic remix of Swedish indie band the Whitest Boy Alive's "Golden Cage" into Falke and Braxe's punchy take on Kelis' "Bossy"—two neon-streaked cuts that could arguably be considered in the top tier of the canon.
"What ties together a lot of bloghouse is how we discovered it—MySpace and blogs. It was a point in time where a lot of people and influences converged. There was an openness to what the sound really was."—A-Trak.
After years of relative inactivity, Justice is returning to the stage on New Year's Eve at a "secret" Brooklyn performance space; and film director Mia Hansen-Løve's recent nostalgic drama Eden looked at the past and present of French house and techno, from Daft Punk's humble beginnings to the present-day. 2016 will bring a new album from Ed Banger associate Breakbot, and on that label's recent Essential Mix, it was revealed that there's a fresh long-player from French house geniuses Cassius on the way, too.On the US tip, a synthy tang and forceful sense of rhythm has graced overground pop singles like Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" and the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" (both of which owe a bit to the nü-disco revival kicked off by bloghouse OGs Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"). Even EDM is starting to sound a little bloggier these days: the radiant stutter-and-thump of Zeds Dead's remix of Tink's "Wet Dollars," in particular, sounds like an explicit callback to bloghouse's days of yore.
"Bloghouse was such a late-2000s hipster thing that when the idea of what a hipster was started to be totally meaningless, bloghouse started to lose any sort of meaning."—Meaghan Garvey