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 14 years ago. Eight 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 a couple of studio albums and EP's, the established German International project Jojo Effect moves into a more soulful direction with soul singer Brenda Boykin. Jojo Effect´s love for deep house, combined with the influences of R&B and soul, gives the song Mr. Smith a relaxed note and it makes me curious for more new 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] (1982) Club Des Bel…
When The Three Degrees signed to Roulette Records, after some years of struggling, Sheila Ferguson, Fayette Pinkney and new member Valerie Holiday immediately began recording material for their new label. The result of these sessions would be their 1970 wonderful psychedelic soul album Maybe. On the LP were covers of familiar tracks including Jimmy Webb’s MacArthur Park, Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, and Collage, which Joe Walsh (The Eagles) co-wrote. There was also the Hoagy Carmichael classic Stardust. Another cover was a song made famous by The Chantels, Maybe. The Three Degrees version would give them their biggest hit at that point of their career.
In the years afterwards the three ladies were in search of a sound that would suit them best. When they eventually signed to Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label, after a period of minor success, they instantly hit the jackpot with Dirty Ol’ Man in 1973.
Enjoy this new Smooth Sailing trip! It's built around the yacht rock scene of the 1970s/1980s. DJ Supermarkt decribes the yacht rock/AOR mood best on his upcoming part of Too Slow To Disco:
“The sun’s dipping behind the mountains above the bay, and the sound pulsating from the speakers sure has a beguiling melody. There’s a definite touch of Earth, Wind and Fire about that slinky groove.”
In the recently published The Yacht Rock Book by Greg Prato, Steve Huey (Allmusic.com) gives this definition:
“Fusing softer rock with jazz and R&B, very polished production, and kind of being centered around studio musician culture in Southern California in the late 70s and early 80s.”
According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales alone, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-sel…