Category Archives: Disco

Phonk D ‎- Darlin’ Playa (2018)

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Dirk Bretträger (aka Phonk D) is a producer/DJ and Darmstadt resident. After a few years of DJing a few klicks north in the clubs of Frankfurt, he founded his own label Footjob in 2014. This freedom has allowed him to develop his own deep disco sound. His single ‘Darlin’ Playa’ is a standout  example, particularly so for another classic sample find. This time it’s jazz guitarist Steve Khan and his cover of The O’Jays’ ‘Darlin’Darlin’ Baby (Sweet Tender Love)’. ‘Darlin’ Playa’ features on recent Disco Goodies EP, released by online channel Nu Disco Your Disco (NDYD Records).

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9 of the best – disco bombs of all time

Christmas must be a time for disco. This was a hard choice, but will continue to review over the next few days. I bring you the 9 best disco tracks of all time:

Elkin & Nelson – Jibaro (1974)

Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby (1975)

Silvetti – Spring Rain (1976)

Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – Touch & Go (1976)

Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose (1977)

Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up (1978)

Chic – Good Times (1979)

Odyssey – Inside Out (1982)

The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (1982)

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Very honourable mentions also go to: MFSB and The Three Degrees ‎for ‘TSOP’ (1973); Claudja Barry for ‘Love For The Sake Of Love‘ (1976); Double Exposure for ‘Ten Percent’ (1976); Marvin Gaye for ‘Got To Give lt Up’ (1977); Cerrone for ‘Supernature‘ (1977); First Choice for ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ and ‘Doctor Love‘ (both 1977); Loleatta Holloway and The Salsoul Orchestra for ‘Runaway‘ (1977); Gary’s Gang for ‘Let’s Lovedance Tonight‘ (1979); Rose Royce for ‘Is It Love You’re After‘ (1979); Daft Punk for ‘Lose Yourself To Dance‘ (2013).

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Cerrone – Love In C Minor (1976)

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‘Love in C Minor’ has been sampled numerous times over the years by all sorts, including The Avalanches and Neon Indian. But it’s another track that I’ve shown  some blog love that revels in its orchestral string arrangement – Lifeforce’s ‘Dancin’ In The Key Of Love‘. Inspirational dancefloor sounds from Cerrone.

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Change – Glow Of Love (1980)

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Will Change be remembered for their heavily Chic-influenced sound throughout the early 1980s, or perhaps as that disco ensemble that cleverly showcased Luther Vandross on their debut album? The latter I think. ‘Searching’ and the title track off their 1980 long player The Glow of Love were instant classics. Have a great weekend.

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Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up (1978)

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Two years after penning the dancefloor classic ‘Touch & Go’ for Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Philly legend Bunny Sigler produced one of my all time favourite disco tracks. Like many of best disco moments (think ‘Jingo’, ‘Love Break’ and ‘Let’s Start A Dance’), Instant Funk’s ‘I Got My Mind Made Up’ is relentless in its groove. This sultry classic would be immortalised by Public Enemy’s Welcome To The Terrordome’ and De La Soul’s ‘A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays’ in 1990-91.  Bunny Sigler died last month; some of the Sound of Philadelphia went with him. R.I.P.

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Wood, Brass & Steel – Funkanova (1976)

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To some, Wood, Brass & Steel’s ‘Funkanova’ is an archetypal jazz funk track. To others, it’s simply a disco instrumental. To the clubbers that continued to dance to its tune many years after the band disappeared, it is verging on proto deep house. In 19767, the band recorded one album, self-titled its release on the Turbo label, and then promptly broke up. Have a good weekend.

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Parcels – Overnight (2017)

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It’s not hard to hear that Parcels’ new single ‘Overnight’ is produced by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Choppy guitars and disco handclaps, the Aussie-French combo is uplifting, easy listening and pressed on the Kitsuné label.

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Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better (2015)

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‘The Less I Know the Better’ was released by Tame Impala towards the end of 2015. Selected as the third single off the album Currents, the song flows from Kevin Parker’s love of “dorky disco”.

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Arcade Fire – Everything Now (2017)

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Daft Punk + Arcade Fire = ABBA, evidently. The disco-tinged title track of Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now is co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. Released next month, the album is the follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor. Have a great weekend.

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Chromatics – Shadow (2015)

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The intense post-punk disco of Chromatics has been celebrated this week through the feature of 2015’s ‘Shadow’ on the new two-hour reboot of Twin Peaks.  In fact, Johnny Jewel and group appear on performing the song in the show’s Bang Bang Club.

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First Choice ‎- Doctor Love (1977)

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In 1977, First Choice comprised constants Rochelle Fleming and Annette Guest, with Ursula Herring half way through her stint as their number three. But as is the norm with a Salsoul production, the success of ‘Doctor Love’ is about the bigger team. The opening track off their album Delusions was written by the Philly musicians Felder, Tyson and Harris; it was mixed by Tom Moulton; and it was arranged by Norman Harris. That is calibre; at about 3 mins, after the upbeat vocals, just listen to that choppy guitar, drum and orchestral workout. So we start and end the week with disco. Have a great weekend.

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Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After (1979)

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Monday or not, I just fancy a spot of disco. Rose Royce’s fourth album Rose Royce IV: The Rainbow Connection was the last to feature vocalist Gwen “Rose” Dickey, who had shined so brightly on hits like ‘Carwash’, ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ and ‘Wishing on a Star’. Produced by Norman Whitfield, ‘Is It Love You’re After’ was a testament to what the LA band would be losing. They would never reach such heights again, although the distinctive synthesised into would feature across dance floors a decade later, courtesy of S’Express.

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Jackie Stoudemire – Dancing (1983)

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In 1983, 17-year-old Harlem singer Jackie Stoudemire released ‘Dancing’ on label TAP Records. It’s an obscure late disco track beloved by crate-diggers. However, indie-pop merchant Jens Lekman heard it and used its insatiable groove on ‘#29’ of his Postcards undertaking. Throughout 2015, Lekman wrote and released a new song (“Postcard”) every week. And I thought a song a day was tough…

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Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn – Right Time (2017)

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Rudolf Nordström is Mr. Tophat. In January this year, he dropped this massive slice of space disco. ‘Right Time’ features Robyn Carlsson on vocals and appeared on  the DJ’s EP Trust Me. Have a great weekend,

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Cassiano ‎- Onda (1977)

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Heavily sampled on ‘Link Up’ by NxWorries, last year’s collaboration between Anderson.Paak and Knxlwledge, ‘Onda’ is a disco-infused track by Brazilian percussionist Sergio Cassiano. It features on his 1976 album Cuban Soul – 18 Kilates. Enjoy.

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