You can probably be forgiven if the German people are not the first thing that come to mind when you think of slick, sexy tropical synth beats. But the efforts of Roosevelt (born Marius Lauber) to export this type of summery disco from the Rhineland is not born out of contrarianism. No, the truth is that one glance at the cover and just a few seconds of listening reveal a deeply rooted adoration for the danceable jams of yesteryear.

Perhaps Roosevelt's greatest asset, however, is his ability to avoid overindulging in nostalgia. It is no secret that an enormous lust for the '80s aesthetic has gripped much of our pop culture (look no further than the current obsession with Netflix's Stranger Things). This oversaturation has led to many of the resurgent quintessential '80s tropes becoming overwrought yet again. But rather than taking things too far, Roosevelt joins the rare company of artists like Neon Indian and Porches, who can expertly borrow familiar elements and then transmute them with modern touches into something lost in time.

This self-titled LP wastes no time in revealing this skill, as a bubbly instrumental intro gives way to one of 2016's strongest grooves on 'Wait Up.' Like a sultry-voiced DJ commanding the ass shakers of the world to the center of the dance floor, Roosevelt possesses an indisputable knack for getting the body in motion. This summer sorely lacked a song that could make an entire room of even the most stubborn individuals bust a move, but 'Wait Up' could be just the ticket.

Even when his songs slant toward a more decidedly modern sound, such as on 'Fever' (which features several flourishes that call to mind St. Lucia's 2013 single 'Elevate'), Roosevelt's immense skill is able to shine through and carry these tracks to unexpected heights. On the aforementioned 'Fever,' a top 40-style twinkling riff in the chorus is undercut with a punchy bassline that is bridged with a watery Niles Rodgers-esque guitar riff. Try not to smile when everything comes together for the penultimate chorus. It is not easy.

Lauber's German citizenship does creep in on occasion, with the album's chillier moments providing a nice contrast to the hazy sunshine. But more often than not, his debut is one that gives any room a light up disco floor, makes any moment a reason to escape to the Ibiza nightclub in your mind. Roosevelt has been one to watch for awhile, but even if he never goes anywhere from here, this LP will be getting people on the floor for years to come.