FREE PROMO MIXES OF RECENT COMPILATIONS

Last week, we posted about the Horse Meat Disco compilation recently released on Strut. They sent me a 30-minute promo mix to share with all of you. Download away!!! Only the Empire Projecting Penny track is on the actual album.

Tracklist
Hot Chocolate – Disco Queen
Queen – Dancer
World Premier – Share The Night
Empire Projecting Penny – Freakman
Cerrone – Hooked On You
Charanga 76 – Music Trance
Fonda Rae – Heobha
Melba Moore – Standing Right Here

Additionally, another 30-minute promo mix encompassing tracks from the Black Rio 2 Samba Soul comp that they […]

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… AT THE DISCO

Karen Young: Deetour (Party Mix edit)
From Horse Meat Disco (Strut, 2009)

Disco is such a tricky genre. People love to hate it. After its supposed death, though, artists still trod forward trying to find that nice dance groove. It was a cash cow, after all. 1982 saw Atlantic still trying to push out the disco hits, even though, for the most part, the genre was on its way out. This Karen Young track has a catchy, although relatively meaningless, hook. Then again, it’s disco – what can you expect? No one listens to disco for it’s […]

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PRIVATE PILE: ERNIE STORY, AN UNLIKELY DISCOTEER


Ernie Story: Chain Gang/Disco City
From Meditation Blue (Legend, 1977)

This strange, private press album out of Minnesota came via the Groove Merchant earlier in the year. It was one of those cases where I had credit to burn so I took a chance on an eclectic LP and once I really sat with it, I’m glad I did.

From the title and look of the album, you’d think Ernie Story was some kind of Christian/New Age folk singer but on the LP, it boasts that Story was a songwriter for mostly R&B groups […]

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FOR ALL THE MOTHERS OUT THERE

Brothers Johnson: Stomp
From Light Up The Night (A&M, 1980)

Frankie Smith: Double Dutch Bus
From Double Dutch Bus (Unidisc, 1994)

Gil Scott-Heron: Johannesburg
From From South Africa To South Carolina (TVT, 1976)

Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels: Shake A Tail Feather
From Rev Up: The Best Of Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels (Rhino/WEA, 1989)

Mothers don’t get their due when it comes to passing along the gift of music. So many times I’ve read articles where an interviewer asks an artist or producer about their influences only to get a response […]

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THE MANY SOUNDS OF WHITEFIELD

Poets Of Rhythm: Practice What You Preach
From Practice What You Preach (Daptone, 2006)

Bus People Express: Augusta, Georgia
From Original Raw Soul (Instinct, 1996)

Syrup: Chocolate
From Different Flavours (Compost, 2000)

With all the press that Daptone’s Dap Kings get for their funky soul roots revival (and deservedly so), many seem to forget the groundwork that Jan and Max Weissenfeldt (aka Whitefield) and their band of funky brothers from another mother laid down in the early to mid 1990s. Much of the time they were known as the Poets of Rhythm, but they had more […]

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THE YEAR IN MUSIC: PART 1 (THE OLD)


(from l-r, Alton Ellis, Edwin Starr, Labi Siffre, The Impressions
Joe Bataan, Stevie Wonder, the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Bobby Matos, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Skye 7″)

(This post began life on Side Dishes and has “evolved” since).

I had a strange realization the other week: 2008 might be the first year where I spent more time listening to older music than new music. This hasn’t been out of nowhere – it’s been a long-term shift but it hit me, when I was trying to come up with the standard “Top 10” list that I’m […]

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SKYE REVISITED: THERE IS A NEED

Skye: Ain’t No Need (Unity Mix)
Original version from 7″ (Ananda, 1976)

I posted the “Dance mix” of Skye’s rare disco 45 “Ain’t No Need” back in September but more recently, I finally got my hands on an original copy (thanks Cool Chris!) and had a chance to hear the original version of the song. That’s how I learned that the “Dance mix” is basically a long, five minute looping of the last two minutes of the original version and while it certainly is an incredible part of the song, I still like […]

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THE SOUL SIDES’ "UNDER COVERS" MIX FOR DUBLAB.COM


I recorded this mix for Dublab.com back in June and is now available on their website archive. I originally created it as a promo mix for Deep Covers 2 (though the timing was off since Dublab was back-logged over the summer). Still, I put in a nice selection of different cover songs here – some you’ve heard, some you haven’t. Here’s the tracklisting:

Simply Red – I Know You Got Soul – You’ve Got It – WEA

 

James Brown: Your Cheatin’ Heart – Soul On Top – King

 

Jimmy McGriff – Ain’t […]

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My Kind Of Disco, Part 2

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Sylvia Striplin: Give Me Your Love
Taken from the 12″ on 1980

Peekskill Express: Raise Ya Hands
Taken from the 12″ on Bee Pee 1981

Johnny Harris: Odyssey
Taken from the 12″ on Sunshine Sound (1980)

Don Armando’s 2nd Street Rhumba Band: I’m an Indian Too
Taken from the 12″ on Buddha (1979)

Sam Sparro: Cling Wrap
Taken from the advance CDR E.P. Black Gold (now available on import) (2008)

Hercules And Love Affair: Raise Me Up
Taken from the self-titled release on DFA (2008)

A follow up to my post […]

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My Kind Of Disco, Part 1

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Golden Flamingo Orchestra feat. Margo Williams: The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us
Taken from the compilation Disco Juice 2 on Counterpoint (2007)

Zafra Bros: Can I See You Tonight
Taken from the 12″ on Eastbourne (1981)

Evelyn “Champagne” King: Love Come Down 
Taken from the 12″ on RCA (1982)

Wild Sugar: Bring It Here
Taken from the 12″ on TSOB (1980)

Charanga 76: No Nos Parran
Taken from the 12″ on TR Records (1979)

Milton Wright: Get No Loving Tonight
Taken from the album Friends and Buddies on Alston 1975

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