You’d never know this track came from France in 2020 because it has all the trappings of a funky, hip-hop fusion that feels straight from the heat of when these two genres originally intersected. The Geek x Vrv have been on an absolute hot streak with the string of singles coming from their upcoming debut LP and yet this very well could be the best release yet. It’s so effortlessly smooth, making you move without any conscious decision as the groove rockets you away in a low-rider toward the sky and beyond. Hi Levelz is the icing on the cake here because his vocals are so infectious and can’t help but put a smile on your face because of the positive energy radiating from every bar. From top to bottom, “Roller Disco 1980” is a beauty to keep on repeat.
In our postmodern era, it’s tricky fusing old sounds with new without coming across as a pastiche that just doesn’t sit quite right with the soul. It’s phenomenal when artists can make the jump, though, so it makes this track all the more impressive to me. Nothing feels forced or like a flimsy ode to the past. The Geek x Vrv know who they are conceptually, have a deep sense of identity, and string that through their music regardless of the era they’re channeling. It’s a skill that’s impossible to quantify and just makes me love them even more!