Wednesday, April 25, 2018
VA - Disco Express, Vol. 1 LP 75
Now, now don't judge! These guys had their own definition of disco and to me sounds more like funk which I dig: "What Is Disco...Disco is not only music---it's a lifestyle, a cult, a mood. The disco scene has set everyone dancing again, dancing in the old-new way, with a partner, following planned steps. Doing the hustle, doing the bus stop, doing the bump. As for disco music, it's characterized by a steady rhythm, a driving beat reminiscent of the old Motown sound. According to research by producer Carl Maults-By, all disco music fit into a metronomic range of 108 to 126 cycle per minute. It has its base in R&B, but it's heightened by Latin and symphonic sounds as well. Probably the key element in disco sound it rhythm. The sound's tinselly--strings, horns and cymbals are a vital part of it. Disco, however, is much more than congas, strings and metronomic ranges. Van McCoy has described disco music as a 'flashback'. The sound's a reflection of what was happening ten years ago in Detroit. The costumes ten to be nostalgic; many of the songs are old songs, slightly altered. It is a happy, lightweight sound. What is disco? Disco is the sound of the Sixties, changed and adorned, to provide the escapism of the Seventies." Features: Sunny Gale, Beckett Brown, Satyr, The Main Ingredient, The Choice Four, The Nite-Liters, Crown Heights Affair, Labelle and Blood Hollins featuring Jean Lang.