Forgotten Treasure: Black Ivory “Mainline”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Black Ivory “Mainline” (1979)

I found this album (which has been on my Discogs wantlist for quite some time) at a local record shop just days before djing a disco-only after-party. It’s not rare, it’s not worth much, but it’s good (and that’s what counts). Once in my hands, I couldn’t stop romanticizing the …

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Forgotten Treasure: Sade “The Balearic Sound of Sade”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Sade “The Balearic Sound of Sade”

Perfect end-of-summer lover’s vibes: four suitably sultry Balearic tracks by Sade. The third offering from the indisputably Balearic imprint Sunkissed Records comes in the shape of four dreamy tracks from the sultry Sade on a nice vinyl reissue. First up is the 7-minute US remix version of 1984’s ‘Hang On …

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MIMS “Forgotten Treasures Compilation #1″
Forgotten Treasures Compilations
Soul Worldwide Sounds

MIMS “Forgotten Treasures Compilation #1″

We’ve been keeping this one on the hush for a while now. Originally it was a compilation given away with any purchase of MIMS merch (sweet t-shirts & record bags here). If you’re a MIMS faithful reader then you know that the “forgotten treasures” picks has always been one of …

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Forgotten Treasure: Carly Simon “Why”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Carly Simon “Why” (1981)

What I love about our Forgotten Treasures section is that we pretty much make up the rules. Mainly, it doesn’t have to be about uber rare shit. We’re not trying to impress you all the time with our crazy knowledge of Italo Disco or long lost Russian Jazz. Sometimes a …

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Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)” (1979)

Disco is a tricky genre to explore. On the one, hand it’s a natural progression from soul harmonies into a slick, slightly overproduced approach to incorporating new musical technology. On the other, the sound quickly evolved into a formulaic strings+handclaps +4/4 beat, paint-by-numbers way for record companies to capitalize on …

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Forgotten Treasure: First Choice “Double Cross” (Larry Levan Remix)
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

Forgotten Treasure: First Choice “Double Cross” (Larry Levan Remix)

Ok, I’m filing this one under: “absolutely amazing tracks to open a DJ set with” Ask any DJ and he or she will tell you that set closers and dance floor starters are always crucial categories to have a few key weapons. True, but maybe the most important of all …

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Future Classic: Cerrone “Hooked on you” (Kon Remix)
Future Classics
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Future Classic: Cerrone “Hooked on you” (Kon Remix)

Sometimes a DJ’s edit are so good that they trump the OG. More often this happens with disco edits since the best parts are reworked and the cliché filler is gradually thinned out. But there are a selected few that have become Edit masters and Kon (of Kon & Amir …

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Forgotten Treasure: Gloria Gaynor “Real Good People”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Gloria Gaynor “Real Good People” (1975)

If you’re like me, you may have a decent chunk of records in your collection that, for one reason or another, have yet to be discovered. When it comes to music I tend to bite off more than I can chew, but somewhere deep in my subconscious I know that …

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Forgotten Treasure: Max Berlin “Elle et moi”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Max Berlin “Elle et moi”

This is some serious sleazy disco action right here, straight out of Belgium from the gloriously cheesy 80’s. I discovered this record not that long ago and after about 5 seconds I was in love with it. Really simple, minimal disco à la Giorgio Moroder or Cerrone, actually Max Berlin …

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Video Digs
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

“The Joy Of Disco” (a BBC Documentary)

Ever wonder where the idea of beatmatching and mixing songs together first came from? How about ye ol’ birth of the 12” record? Any takes on what started same sex liberation on the dance floor? Last night I watched BBC’s documentary The Joy Of Disco which provided a very basic …

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Forgotten Treasure: James Mason “I Want Your Love”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: James Mason “I Want Your Love” (1977)

I’ve been meaning to write about this one for a little while now. Even after 30+ years, “I Want Your Love” from James Mason remains a mythical track amongst funk & soul heads (and the 100$+ price tag on his LP is a proof of that). James Mason is an …

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BBE Records & Al Kent present “Disco Demands”
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco

BBE Records & Al Kent present “Disco Demands”

via BBE Records: The Disco Demands series started sometime in the early 2000s – I couldn’t give you an exact year because it didn’t feel like a big deal, so I never noted it. I simply wanted to put out a compilation of some records I really liked and maybe …

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