DISCO BOOGIE


Pazazz: So Hard To Find
From 7″ reissue (Soulplex, 2009)

Twilight: You’re In Love
From Pains of Love (Ross, 1986)

The folks at Soulflex in Germany were kind enough to hep me to this new reissue they put out of a killer Florida disco single by Pazazz called “So Hard To Find” (an apt name considering how insanely obscure it is). This is the kind of disco I never tire of: a simple but infectious groove, upbeat vocals and a general air of happiness that’s like a mood-enhancing substance minus the substance. I’m sure those who hate disco would hold this up as everything wrong with the genre – its repetitiveness for example – but they’re missing how amazingly awesome a song like this feels on a dancefloor where you want that repetition to keep that feel good vibe going as long as possible. The single also includes a remix by Samurai 7 though personally, I prefer the OG.

As for Twilight, this Vallejo-recorded LP was pushed on me by the Groove Merchant’s Cool Chris and while I’m nowhere near someone who knows much about boogie or even bore the genre any mind until very recently, I was glad Chris encouraged me to open my ears enough to enjoy this. I’ll be honest – I’m bewildered by how boogie (funk/R&B records from the early through mid ’80s) have staged such an intriguing comeback as the latest style hipsters have glommed to. That’s not a diss (well, not exactly) since I believe that people who like boogie actually really do like it. It’s just that this used to be the kind of syrupy, fonky tunes that hip-hop heads would clown as they were getting their fingers dusty but this is all the rage with some of the elders from that crowd. Go figure.

But yeah…Twilight…of all the songs on the album, “You’re In Love” grabbed my attention the most, probably because I love that little squeegee synth that runs throughout (plus that intro bassline is pretty slick).

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