Label: A&M Records - 27731-H • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Spain • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul, Funk, Disco
Disco has changed. We are not trying to re-write the canon here, simply add to it. Bollywood disco, a vast industry but almost exclusively released in LP format, is one such casualty. Nu-disco or anything that could possibly fall under this category is therefore also out.
In treading a different path you may also find that a few widely acclaimed All Too Soon - Duke Ellington - Unknown Session have had to make way for some lesser known gems, but every time have sought to make the case for inclusion. The instrumental is great ammunition for your disco blends.
Name-dropping Gucci and Fiorucci, it was also incidentally one of the first tracks to feature brand names. A more dubious legacy perhaps…. RIP Nick Ashford. They might be called The Whispers but nothing about these gentlemen is quiet. Simplicity personified, let the hook take you there. An archetypal island disco get-down Thaws Out - Salvage Company - Four Play EP the Trinidadian calypso and soca giant.
Dubbed-out, downtempo bliss that took the sound to a new place completely. A guaranteed mid-tempo party starter. The band sets a groove that never lets up and Marvin, with his wicked falsetto vocals, rides like a pro surfer. Arranged by Brazilian disco don Lincoln Olivetti, whose sparring partner Robson Jorge contributes the guitar parts. Midnight Express was Giorgio Moroder first score. Recently reissued by BBE, rags to riches afro-disco originator Kim Kwaku Obeng taught all the musicians in his band to follow his unique James Brown-meets-highlife sound, holding a tight groove for their hypnotic riffs and in-the-pocket-solos.
Impossible to categorise, the funky dancefloor gem features the touch of Brazilian legend Airto on percussion. El Coco hand a hand in arranging Le Pamplemousse and you can hear the similarities. A funky dance floor hit, the percussive break down is one of the finest of the decade. Chic was an unstoppable disco force. A stand-out track on punk-funk label Celluloid and a demanding dancefloor hit. A leftfield disco oddity that will leave you feeling like a champion. Spaced-out disco that survived the cull into obscurity, it stands out for the wild synth line that was way ahead of its time.
A slo-mo affair that typified some of the post-disco tendency to strip back the glamour in favour of simpler constructions. An island disco bomb rescued a few years back by Soundway, the calypso groove and cosmic phazer is a killer combination that practically opened the whole world to the joys of Caribbean space disco. Mythical stuff. Released by the legendary Vinylmania. Released inboth tracks, heavy with Afro-conscious lyrics about value and soul, are propelled by electro-funk throbs and squelches, pre-empting the rise of the machines in what remains some of the most invigorating dancefloor music ever made.
On her debut single, Lynn not only proved she had a cracking set of windpipes, but she also managed to pull off chart success in what is undoubtedly one of the defining tunes of the era. The former become a hit with Larry Levan, remixed on Nightdubbing the following year. Hammond stabs and tidal percussion carried this instrumental from DJ tool to peak time dance floor weapon.
Nat King Cole - When I Fall In Love slo-mo disco anthem with the most yearning string arrangement of the decade.
Patrice Rushen got her first record deal with the jazz label Prestige Records inaged 20, releasing three albums on a fusion tip before moving over to Elektra to fully explore her funky side. Its insanely funky, minimal proto-house percussion and sleazy, double-entendre lyrics — Is it all over my face? The perfect soundtrack for Saturday night on the floor, or for an acid trip indoors. Two Hey! There Little Firefly (Part 1) - Various - Disco Super Hit (12 Original Hits A&M) that prove Ron Hardy worked magic behind the decks and the reels.
Pure fire. Philly Intl. Presumably licensing the track from Barclay who released the LP, Island Records are also represented by Wally Badarou who is credited on the sleeve. Original copies are extremely rare…. Ma-mako, ma-ma-sa, Hey!
There Little Firefly (Part 1) - Various - Disco Super Hit (12 Original Hits A&M) ssa. This Philly classic regularly serviced the church of Garage. An original edit pioneer, Hardy would tweak reel-to-reel tapes to extend breaks on disco tracks, maintaining pace on the floor and foreshadowing the birth of house. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years. A perfect example of the collector-hungry Discogs economy making a classic Hey!
There Little Firefly (Part 1) - Various - Disco Super Hit (12 Original Hits A&M) of a cast-off. DJ Harvey says so. The mighty calypsonian, Winston Bailey was Shadow, a cosmic reggae disco legend from Trinidad who cut a couple of serious synth-heavy bangers in the early eighties. An absolute monster of a track. Who can resist that chorus? Apparently concerning Patrice Rushen who also appears in this listwhen you find the Purple one riding Pegasus naked, you know he wants it.
Macho took things one step further with this 18 minute odyssey that rocked countless gay bars and clubs. A good one to stick on if you need the loo. The perfect end to an evening of hot summer dancing.
Besides Giorgio Moroder, Patrick Cowley is widely considered the godfather of electronic dance music. A bootleg surfaced inbut hopefully this will get a proper reissue one of these days….
Written and first recorded by Lamont Dozier, it was then covered in by Richie Havens who, unusually for a folk musician, funkified it. But it was NYC disco outfit Oyssey who, a year later, gave it full-body floor treatment, all the while maintaining its black power and soul fulfilment message. The original is rare as the scarcest relic, going for a good ton every now and then. ESGa co-release between 99 Records and Factory, was nothing short of a masterpiece: eighteen minutes of infectious and economical funk grooves.
Before Daft Punk there was Space. For its use of technicolour collage the video was Di Quella Pira - Lodern Zum Himmel - Giuseppe Verdi - Antonietta Stella, Fiorenza Cossotto, Carlo Be way ahead of its time.
Sylvester is rightfully crowned the Queen Of Disco. One ever present though was the Rahbani Family, whose work with iconic vocalist Fairuz was perhaps the best known of a relatively vast musical empire. You better believe it.
The track was a little too crypto for other DJs though; so Francois K was invited to join the already all-star lineup to give the the track a more dancefloor-friendly mix.
Like the original, the disco mix runs on dramatic dynamism; the wild web of sounds — vagrant trumpets, drunk guitars, dancing keys, casual latin-style percussion, loopy men and women — thickens and expands before eventually detonating in a massive I wanna go BANG!
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