This is where the Dum Dum Girls come from. Maybe with a touch more summer, a bit more beach. Not that Dee Dee has explicitly mentioned Les Calamités as an influence. Amazing girl-group singing on the chorus…
I know next to nothing about Memphis bump, not to mention the horrorcore murder rap scene, but this track is pretty sick. Found it at Beware of the Blog, where you can grab the whole cassette. If you wish, you can also see Tommy give a Cribs-style tour of his mostly bare, furniture-less tract home.
Bumping breakbeat on this track from the Golden Flamingo Orchestra, with Margo Williams’ honeyed vocals on top. Coupled with the subway service announcements in the background, this is a classic. (yeah, Patrick Adams had a hand in it)
“May I have your attention please. There is no uptown A service today. You are advised to take the uptown D train to 125th Street and take the downtown local to your stop… Clear the doors.. we will not move this train until you clear the doors.”
The subway announcements aren’t just there for fun. This dancefloor hymn is dedicated to the Guardian Angels, the red-bereted youth who took crime fighting into their own hands, patrolling the NYC subways in the late 70s and early 80s in an attempt to keep riders safe.
I’ve been hearing the Grateful Dead all over the place lately. Heard this 1978 disco-Dead tune in a bar last week. Then on Saturday I heard Touch of Grey at another spot. And now this. Are we witnessing a revival, or did the Dead never die?
At any rate, Dent May picked the perfect cover tune to match his cheesy sensibilities. Give it a listen… and then compare it to the sparkling glory of the original.
I’m a little obsessed with Patrick Adams right now. A superstar producer from the disco era (and beyond), he’s got his ear to the dancefloor. Exhibit A: this Margie Lomax track from 1974.
Exhibit B: the 1978 cut featured here, ‘In the Bush,’ by Musique, a supergroup Adams formed with Jocelyn Brown, Gina Tharps, Angela Howell and Christine Wiltshire. The ladies aren’t singing about the Outback… the lyrics sort of speak for themselves. “Push, push in the bush / You know I want to get down.”
This four-track 12” was recorded in only FOUR HOURS. Considering the EP itself is half an hour long, Mr Adams and Co. cut this album with amazing speed. Adams didn’t die in the disco age: he later went on to work with Coolio, Keith Sweat, Salt-N-Pepa and R. Kelly. Pretty impressive resume…
You guys were probably worried that I’d lost interest in Japanese disco, right? Well… never fear. I would never let you down…
Meiko Nakahara grew up in the Tokyo suburbs, learning piano and dreaming of becoming an idol singer. That dream came true in 1982 with her Latin-influenced track ‘Tonight only: Dance Dance Dance,’ from the album Coconuts House.
She followed that up with Friday Magic, a set of disco-ish J-pop numbers like this. ‘Gigolo’ is another great track. (“I want your love for only me…”) Good luck, Meiko…
I heard this track on the terrific ‘Daijoubu’ mixtape by Jiro over at Ying/Yangs… one of my favorite blogs. ‘Daijoubu’ (大丈夫) means ‘ok’ in Japanese.
This is the solo outing of Tony Silvester, one of the three founding members of R&B group The Main Ingredient. (see ‘Everybody Plays a Fool’) This album has the distinction of having heavy breathing and orgasm simulated on mic in not one, but two tracks in a row… SMOOVE.