If house music is your wife, disco would be your sultry mistress. The sound that defined an era – the funky basslines, soulful vocals and groovy tones of the 70s and 80s created an irresistible cocktail of euphoria, attitude and sex appeal that became the soundtrack for a generation, and one that even the most stubborn Techno fan can listen to into the early hours of the morning. If you loved to dance, you loved disco, and the sound’s four-on-the-floor beats and aforementioned infectious basslines are largely credited with influencing the rise of house music in modern times. Many have tried to imitate the sound of the ‘Disco Years’, but there is something utterly compelling and uniquely funky about ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘Funky Town’ and ‘Night Fever’ that keeps 21st century audiences dreaming of a time machine to go back and relive the hedonistic dances of these days gone by.
Disco’s explosion into pop culture, aided by the likes of John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees, and Earth, Wind and Fire, alongside its close association with Civil and LGBTQ Rights movements have meant it has become a phenomena closely studied by many, a fact which has led to a large majority of the best disco tracks having been long since discovered and played by DJs across the world. As incredible as this is for spreading the sound, this in turn means that the truly undiscovered, diamond disco tracks are few and far between, and many listeners fail to find any new offerings from the assumed finite pool of sound. A lazy Beatport or Soundcloud search just wont cut it when it comes to disco (Beatport Top 10 Tech House searchers, we’re looking at you).
Here at the 5:15, we thought we’d take it upon ourselves to tackle this challenge so you don’t have to. Each month, 3 of our blog contributors and DJ aficionados will serve up their finest disco discovery, with all 3 being at your mercy to decide who’s track is the hottest. Between myself (Mike Sutton), Laevo Records’ Josh Lee and Throne Room Records’ Liam Armstrong, we’ll be satisfying your guilty pleasures, month on month, all for the love of disco. Lets dance.
Mike Sutton – “A slept-on funky secret from one of the most memorable acts of the disco era. The funkytown-esk synth stabs, stomping bass guitar line and driving rhythm makes that classic hip shaking groove for the dancefloor, and that trademark Fat Larry sound.
Josh Lee –“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” does exactly what it says on the tin. The combination of latin horns, trumpets and congas just oozes groove and it’s impossible to listen to this without having a little wiggle in your chair. Try it, I dare you.
Liam Armstrong – Quite a modern-disco-feel track, and keeps those huge sing along anthem vocals. Often I’ll preach to leave ‘classics’ like “Shakedown – At Night” alone, but from the reactions I have had when playing the Kid Creme remix out, I’d say there are some circumstances where it IS okay to remix legendary tracks.
Now it is time to cast your vote!
Septembers winner will be announced via our Facebook next Monday.