Disco became a blur in the years after the commercial backlash in 1980. It was dance music for clubs again and difficult to play on the radio (with some exceptions, of course), meanwhile house and hiphop were knocking on the door. The fading of disco is often called post-disco. Unlike disco music, post-disco usually lacked the typical string orchestration and featured more drum machines, synthesizers, sequencers and 4/4 time signature. Soulful vocals, however, remained an essence of post-disco. The main force in post-disco were mainly one-hit wonders and short-lived collaborations, while record producers and dj's played a significant role in post-disco in general. (source: Wikipedia.com).
Enjoy these boogie and disco (guilty) pleasures! Club des Belugas was founded in 2002. 14 years and 8 studio albums later they present their first release on their own label Glamjazz Records, in co-operation with ChinChin Records. ‘It's only music’ features the great vocalist Ashley Slater, known for his worldwide hit ‘Turn on, tune In, cop out’ by Freak Power and also for his work with Fatboy Slim. The song is out tomorrow.
After 4 studio albums and 5 EP's, the established German International project Jojo Effect is going into another direction. A new love has come and steps forward with soul singer Brenda Boykin. Jojo Effect´s love for deep house, combining the influences of R&B and soul, gives the song a relaxed note and it makes me curious for more music by this band.
The closing track by The Sunburst Band is on a new compilation called 'Remixed with love 2 by Joey Negro'.
George Duke – Reach Out (1983) Aurra – Such A Feeling [A Shep Pettibone Mix] (…
‘Sky restaurant’ by Yumi Seimo is from the City Pop compilation Tokyo Nights, out on Cultures of Soul now. Japanese city pop of the 1980s was influenced by American R&B and boogie, fusion, and adult-oriented rock (AOR). The lyrics were sung primarily in Japanese (with a word or two of English sprinkled in), because city pop was initially meant for the domestic market, but in retrospect the songs sound even better than contemporary similar tracks from the US and Europe.
Deniece Williams – Free (1976) Johnny Bristol – Everyday She’s Around (1978) Ben E. King – Made For Each Other (1981) GQ – Make My Dreams A Reality (1979) Personal Life – Distance Can Be Sweet (2013) Lil Albert – Outrageous (1976) Brothers Johnson – Dayd…
This week I chose to play (non-chilled) 80s (inspired) boogie, soul & pop, for a great part contemporary songs, like ‘Light years’ by The Midnight. I think that their 'Nocturnal' is the best album of 2017. Every track seems to be taken from the soundtrack of the 1980s hit series Miami Vice, but the songs are brand new, actually. And I've never heard sax solos played so wonderfully since 'The heat is on' by Glenn Frey or ‘Maneater’ by Daryl Hall & John Oates. The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle and Tim McEwan.
One of the tracks is 'Ghostbusters' by Ray Parker Jr. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984. Everyone knows that it sounds very similar to 'I Want a New Drug' by Huey Lewis & The News. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film first, but had to declin…