Karriem: I Love You (Pashlo, 1979, 12″)
It’s cliche to suggest that all you need with disco is a good, repetitive groove but that doesn’t mean it’s untrue. This obscure-ish disco single out of Oakland is barely more than Karriem singing “I love you” over and over and that’s all you need. Actually, if you tried to put more on it, maybe it wouldn’t be nearly as endearing.
By the way, far as I can tell, this single was the […]
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Salsoul Orchestra: Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (Salsoul, 1975, 12″)
It wasn’t until I read this Shep Pettibone interview that I realized that “Vogue” was basically built around an interpolation of this Salsoul Orchestra 12″. I love that Shep was able to revisit his own production history to help mint one of his (and Madonna’s) biggest hits.
365 Days of Soul, #161
War: The World Is a Ghetto (Disco Instrumental Mix) (MCA, 1980, 12″)
Until recently, I had no idea this existed: an instrumental disco remake of War’s “The World Is a Ghetto.” It was included on the groups’s The Music Band 2 album (which clearly, I never copped) and then the 12″ version I have is a shorter, 9 minute version of what was 13+ minutes on the LP. Not sure what the hell MCA was cooking up here with that but *shrug*.
Personally, I dig this …it’s […]
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SSO: Faded Lady (RKM, 197?, Disco Soul Roots)
I never want to reduce a song to just its sample use but “Faded Lady” is put to such major effect on Diamond’s “I Went For Mine,” that it’s hard not to always think of the latter when you pump the former.
I’ve heard the players with SSO were also behind Nico Gomez, the Chakachas and a slew of other Dutch groups of the ’70s. Don’t know if that’s true but it does make sense given how damn […]
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Samba Soul: Mambo No. 5 (RCA, 1977, 12″)
I’m not sure there’s a better bang-for-the-buck Latin disco 12″ out there. I also like that they’re covering Perez Prado who’s been known to lace a pretty good cover now and then.1
365 Days of Soul, #112
Yeah yeah, his brother, I know. ↩