It’s no secret that dance music is having quite the mainstream moment. Sure, numerous DJs have risen to international acclaim as a result. But an even better benefit of the genre’s resurgence is that some of its earliest champions are getting their long-overdue place in the spotlight. Perhaps none more so than Donna Summer, one of dance music’s earliest pioneers, who rose to international acclaim with chart-topping hits like “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby,” and “Bad Girls.”
The five-time Grammy winning singer, who sadly passed away from cancer last year at the age of 63, was the defining voice of the disco era, working most notably with acclaimed producer Giorgio Moroder, who contributed to Daft Punk‘s most recent album, Random Access Memories. Now, Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines) is being celebrated with a proper retrospective album, Love To Love You Donna, due out on October 22, featuring remixes of some of the late singer’s biggest smashes.
If you ask us, Minneapolis-based DJ-producer Gigamesh crafted one of the most ear-catching remixes of the bunch with his thumping, deep house-inflected spin on “Bad Girls” (stream it exclusively below). “To be honest I was a little resistant at first,” he said of being approached for the project. It’s such a well-known hit to begin with. But once I got the acapella, and I was able to play around with it, I got more excited.”
The DJ noted that he typically relishes the chance to remix songs. “It’s kind of refreshing,” he enthused. “It takes part of the work out: You already have a set of limitations in place.” And does he plan to incorporate his remix of Summer’s “Bad Girls” into sets at his upcoming string of live shows? “For sure,” he responded. “I play all of my remix stuff when I’m DJing.” Add it to your playlist now!