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Though many people associate pulsing disco tempos with the moneyed glamour of midtown discothèques like Studio 54, the genre's underground roots were appreciably grittier. At scruffy venues like The Loft and The Paradise Garage, discerning young DJs kept crowds moving to the beat by playing records produced on upstart independent labels like Mel Cheren’s West End, the Cayre brothers’ Salsoul, and Peter Brown and Patrick Adams’ P&P Records. Laboring in a tiny Long Island studio, P&P Records’ Patrick Adams created some of the disco era's most distinctive hits, including Bumblebee Unlimited’s “Lady Bug,” Musique’s “In the Bush,” and Cloud One’s “Atmosphere Strut”: a hypnotic slice of disco minimalism that may well be Adams’ signature production. Anchored by a throbbing kick-drum rhythm that embodies disco at its most elemental, the track builds in intensity as ethereal vocals, simple synth lines, and a spare but insistent bass line combine to create a transcendent dance floor experience. The remainder of Cloud One’s full-length debut is equally memorable, standing as one of P&P Records’ strongest releases.

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hot joint chi-town disco

this the is da cut every d.j. must have in da arsenal!!

Biography

Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The studio-bound disco unit Cloud One made its debut in 1976 with the spectacular "Atmosphere Strut," a drifting, blissed-out nugget of underground disco that featured a repeated female vocal refrain of "We're gonna fly/Fly away." More importantly, what made the song stand out from everything else released at the time was the wild synthesizer line from producer and arranger Patrick Adams, who — as with dozens of other short-lived disco acts shamelessly chucked into obscurity —...
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