Posts Tagged ‘Disco’

More Silent Voices….

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The loss of great talent continues.

Recently, we lost the Bassist from Booker T’s Band, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn. If you have any of their tracks he’s there riding that extraordinary groove only he could make.

I also recently learned that he also played on the original version of ‘respect’ by Otis Redding.

Only a day or so ago, dedicated funk man, & bandleader , Chuck Brown passed away.

Many of us will have jumped to a track (or 5) of his in our time, & although associated in the wider media as the the father of DC gogo music, many will know he has a long musical history crate diggers & b-boys of a certain vintage will have dropped moves to that well-know sample from Ashley’s Roachclip

Sampled by Run DMC to Eric B, LL Cool J & all those inbetween, despite Gog0 not scaling the heights of popularity like Dance music, house or hip hop, ironically, some of his heaviest tracks have formed the backbone of hip hop’s musical backstory.

The latest light to leave this world is Donna Summer

Undisputed talent, known more for helping to define Disco, more specifically, the Euro-sound of disco with Giorgio Moroder, it’s only now with her death we realise the influence & respect she garnered from the music industry’s heavy hitters.

To that end I thought it fitting to include a section from the BBC documentary ‘Queens of Disco’

Despite being know for her work in the 70’s Disco era, she’s had a diverse output.

 

The  upside to this will be that the incredible body of work these people leave behind will continue to be heard by & inspire others.

RIP R.A.R

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Onlt 2 weeks into the new year & already a great light has gone out of the world.

Legendary New York DJ/Producer/Performer, Raul A. Rodriguez passed away on Jan 4th this year.

I was only made aware of this fact as the great DJ Friction posted an incredible  tribute mix on Mixcloud.

Along with contemopraries such as Mann Parrish (for whom her produced the seminal b-boy classic ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’) & John ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, he helped change the face of dance music, as well as influencing the wave of electro/rap from the early 80’s.

Any b-boy/hip hop fan of a certain age will have at least one record he wrote, mixed, remixed or produced & it’s a great loss.

If you’re unfamiliar with his output, Friction’s mix provides a worthy overview of his work as well as being a fitting tribute

Discomusic.com has an obituary that you can find here

Hola Formentera!!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Had a great break (yes I said before) & it’s inspired me with another collection.

A change is as good as a rest, & I thing I got both (sort of).

Formentera is really picturesque & our recent holiday helped drive this out of my brain onto Mixcloud….

Hope you like it..

 

 

I also recently reached the halfway point in my (ludicrous) challenge.

 

This is the mix that did it.

 

I hoped to do something special, but thing have been so hectic I didn’t get round to it.

Still enjoy the second half my original ‘Dungeon Tapes’ session: