Category Archives: Disco

Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee – Straight Up (2012)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Dave Allison (aka Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee) has been a prolific producer of funky, disco cuts for the last decade or so. ‘Straight Up’ is an edit of Benjamin Latimore’s classic ‘Let’s Straighten It Out’. The piano disco refresh and vocal makeover gives it a beach vibe for a sunny weekend.

Tagged , , ,

Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover (1979)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Good morning folks. Completing a run of posts from the late 1970s, like so many times before, my attention is drawn to Prince. In 1979, disco was eating itself, funk was in transition and drum machines were about to conquer all. Enter, stage right, Prince Rogers Nelson from Minneapolis. His breakout single ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ would tear up the dance floor jam and leave the world of pop music better. It would feature on his self-titled sophomore album. Have a great week.

Tagged ,

Payfone – I Was In New York (2019)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Together, Phil Passera and Chieka Ononye are Payfone, the new-wave-funk-disco duo from East London. Their electronic sound has created a seriously funky bassline in the track ‘I Was In New York’. It’s a 10-minute burn…. stay with it.

Tagged , , ,

The Todd Terry Project ‎- Bango (To The Batmobile) (1988)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Before we leave the wonderful world of Arthur Russell, my real introduction to his work was at the skilful hands of Todd Terry. In 1988, as a compliment to the classic Russell single ‘Go Bang’ by Dinosaur L, Terry mixed and released the seminal house track ‘Bango (To The Batmobile)’ on Fresh Records.

Tagged , , , ,

Loose Joints – Tell You (1983)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Arthur Russell has had several guises… and in the early 1980s he collaborated with DJ/producer Steve D’Aquisto. In 1980, Russell had already worked with D’Acquisto to co-produce his single ‘Is It All Over My Face?’, one of the dancefloor’s defining singles of that era. Three years later came the strangely infectious ‘Tell You’.

Tagged , ,

Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams – Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use) (1993)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Good morning! Before a fire destroyed most of their recording equipment, Andy Williams, Jez Williams and Jimi Goodwin had been producing dance floor hits as Sub Sub. They broke the UK dance scene in 1993 with the ubiquitous single ‘Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)’. The track lifts its hook from Revelation’s little known 1979 disco track ‘Good Morning Starshine’; it was a great find. The success and subsequent studio fire was a case of creative destruction; it spurred the trio to start afresh as the Doves.

Tagged , , ,

Nature Boy – Tobago (1992)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

Ooops… premature post (such is the excitement about this track). As I have shown through much scientific testing, 1992 was the annus mirabilis for house music. Away from the techno, ambient and progressive standouts, the likes of Doc Livingstone, Joey Negro and DJ Nature were shaping the sound of the the disco/house crossover half a decade before the French Touch. DJ Nature (AKA Milo Johnson) was a founding member of Bristol’s legendary Wild Bunch soundsystem that generated Massive Attack. In 1989, Milo moved to New York to get closer to the work of Larry Levan, Louie Vega and Tony Humphries. His early productions were under the Natureboy moniker on his own Ruff Disco Records. On ‘Tobago’, he deconstructs disco into something punchier and darker. This pearl features on his compilation Ruff Disco Volume One.

Tagged , ,

1Gnition ‎- Secret Sunday Lover (2007)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

In the mid-noughties, disco house saw another revival. This time it was labelled Nu Disco and it did not get much better that Greg Wilson’s remix of 1Gnition’s ‘Secret Sunday Lover’.

Tagged , , ,

Phonk D ‎- Darlin’ Playa (2018)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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).

Tagged ,

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)

###

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).

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Cerrone – Love In C Minor (1976)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

‘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.

Tagged , , ,

Change – Glow Of Love (1980)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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.

Tagged , ,

Instant Funk – Got My Mind Made Up (1978)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Wood, Brass & Steel – Funkanova (1976)

YouTube – No Amazon – No iTunes – Discogs

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.

Tagged ,

Parcels – Overnight (2017)

YouTubeAmazoniTunesDiscogs

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.

Tagged , , , , ,