Sunday, June 29, 2008

Disco is Not Dead - This year's Modjo....

I've very much enjoyed listening to all your 'magical' playlists on the balcony this afternoon. Some fantastic discoveries there. But just in case anyone is feeling a little 'spellbound' I thought I'd offer the counter curse to all this hocus pocus. I was born in '66 which makes me...ooooh... do the math... And grew up as a result with my ears firmly rooted in the disco and funk tradition perpetrated by Nile Rodgers and everything he touched, Mr Clinton, Chic, Sister Sledge, Earth Wind and Fire, the Whispers etc. etc. I therefore get very excited when I hear NEW disco sounds which have just been produced but which have their head and heart firmly rooted in the sounds of my adolescence. With another member of my family, we keep our ears to the ground for the next new-old disco track. We were enthralled when Modjo released 'Lady (Hear me tonight) as that's exactly the kind of new-old disco which gets my pulse racing. Even more so when I realised they'd sampled Chic's 'Soup for one' on the chord structure. We therefore christened any disco discoveries 'This year's Modjo' and, from time to time, will send each other our 'This year's Modjo'. The award has since gone to 'Starlight' by the Superman Lovers, 'Lola's Theme' by the Shapeshifters and 'This Year's Modjo' for 2008 is, without any question, 'Dance Free Night' by Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Pour yourself a brightly coloured cocktail and enjoy...


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6 comments:

nilpferd said...

Do you know Herbie Hancock's Spider, from 1976- I think this track did a number of things that disco was picking up on... the build up, the synth, guitar and horn stabs, bringing the instruments in one by one, etc.. it also has a monster bass and drum backing.. should have added this to Steenbecks booty shakers post, now I think of it..
http://www.lastfm.de/music/Herbie+Hancock/_/Spider

FP said...

That would very much get a TYMJ award... Cheers! Blimpy - very much liking the new graphics on the site!

ejaydee said...

And here I was thinking I was the only one here who enjoyed a bit of house music.

Blimpy said...

@fp - thanks very much! the Spill header is open to any and all offers if anyone wants to submit one.

FP said...

Frenchy - sans vouloir te trainer vers le fond - I thought YOU might like these disco-liscious tracks...

FP said...

Have not been able to resist adding another 'Modjo': PICTURES by Sneaky Sound System. Discotastic...