And The Beat Goes On (Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 16)

Marilu Henner (Perfect)

Part 16 of Eddy's Eighties Grooves starts with Roosevelt, the new ambassador of the eighties sound and ends with Princess Freesia, her album is out on September 22nd. This cloudcast also contains a nice piece of gospel disco by Enlightment from the compilation ‘Divine disco’. The origins of Gospel Disco can be traced back to the early 1970s when upbeat, dancefloor oriented tracks with secular appeal started to break into DJ sets by the likes of David Mancuso, Nicky Siano and Francis Grasso. The phenomenon had gained momentum in the middle of the decade with labels like Savoy setting a precedent by actively seeking out Gospel artists to explore this new and exciting soul sound. By the beginning of the 1980s Tony Humphries had remixed a track by Phyllis Joubert and the Celestial Choirs, “Stand on the Word”; it wasn’t long before it became an instant club classic. The legendary Larry Levan play-listed the tune as a staple in his DJ sets, redubbing the artist name as The Joubert Singers. Gospel Disco had arrived! The compilation ‘Divine disco’ by Greg Belson is a brief exploration of some of the tunes that were overlooked at the time of their release. These are the essential precursors to the disco sound from the mid-seventies up to the inception of the boogie production of the mid-eighties. In 1984 an unassuming group out of Maryland produced what has become a seminal LP in disco and modern soul circles. The group Enlightment was the brainchild of producer/writer Larry H. Jordan, who enlisted some fine regional artists to realize his musical vision. The result was a stellar set of boogie funk that walked the Gospel-Disco line and delivered an iconic slice of perfectly produced Gospel.

"The Whispers formed in Los Angeles in the mid-’60s and were hardly seen as cutting-edge by the time they released “And the Beat Goes On” in 1979. But they were in fact pushing boundaries, thanks in large part to the genius of SOLAR label producer Leon Sylvers, who, along with record producer Kashif, was one of the most important composers in late-’70s/early-’80s R&B. Together, on opposite sides of the country—Kashif in New York, Sylvers in Los Angeles—the two charted a path post-disco, incorporating new electronic elements and playing with grooves. “And the Beat Goes On” was one of Sylvers’ most successful records as a producer, hitting No. 19 on the Hot 100. The groove was so modern, it was the product of a Will Smith one-track-jack in the late ’90s, when the rapper’s “Miami” lifted liberally from the post-disco classic; the record had aged well, its quick strings and electronic textures as fresh as they day they were recorded." –David Drake / Pitchfork

Enjoy 'And the beat goes on', a brand new part of Eddy's Eighties Grooves!


– Night Moves (2016)
The Cannibals – We Keep On Keepin On (1981)
Enlightment – What’s Happening People (1984)
Madonna – Holiday (1983)
Merge – Take It To The Top (1984)
Connie ‎– Funky Little Beat (1985)
Galaxxy Featuring Ron Aikens ‎– We’re Here To Rock You (1982)
Shannon – Sweet Somebody (1984)
High Fashion – Next To You (1982)
Cherrelle ‎– I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (1984)
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (1982)
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (1980)
Patti Labelle – Music Is My Life [Joey Negro Funk In The Music Mix] (2016)
Truth – International Dancing (1980)
Johnny Davis – Expand Your Mind (1985)
Paradise – Here And Now (1982)
Princess Freesia – Work Out Fine [Retroriffic Radio Edit] (2016)


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