What is good and bad about this modern so called "minimal" trend, is that it is minimal. It is music by music lovers. They focus on beats, high hats, rythmical patterns and they are well... minimalists at it. The net result is actually quite boring as standalone tracks :)
I like my melody, I like it thick. I dig a good prince vocal when he sounds like he has just lost his balls. I like the messiness of some disco and 80's track, it is fun. The whole "minimalist" thing is a bit too dry for me.
HOWEVER, Yesterday I was sampling 70's and 80's. Jimmy Hendrix and Jessee Johnson to be precise. Both have great melodies. See my post on "drum beats" but J.Hendrix, despite being on LSD most of the time could actually hold his beat very well. J.Johnson, being a disciple of the prince cult was versed in electronic drum beats so he is a treat.
So. Take "A summer in Paris" which is a minimal track you never heard of, and is not even worth the effort of me linking here and mix it with JJ or JH and it is DYNAMITE. Then what I do is I take the bass out of the old stuff and let the modern bass dominate. VOILA! you have a danceable "crosstown traffic" (God do I love that song, it was one of my fav in the early 90's).
I am onto something people, I am onto something! spread the word! spread the word!