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Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' Embodies Decades of Dance Music. Here's a Guide.

By Michaelangelo Matos

29 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Beyoncé’s new album, “Renaissance,” is consciously steeped in dance-music history, cannily embracing decades of samples and sounds: the 1970s disco of Donna Summer and Chic, Jamaican dancehall, internet-speed hyperpop. She chose collaborators, references and even specific keyboard sounds that pay homage to club-land memories while making her own 21st-century statement. Here are some of the sources she celebrates and an exploration of their significance.

The album’s second and third tracks, “Cozy” and “Alien Superstar,” feature writing and production by Chicago-born house-music DJ and producer Honey Dijon. “Cozy” also includes a writing credit for Curtis Alan Jones, known as Cajmere or Green Velvet — one of Chicago house music’s greatest producers.

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