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Disco Not Disco (1974-1986)

Various Artists

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Subtitle notwithstanding, this compilation consists almost entirely of tracks from the first half of the '80s, focusing on the stylistic realm where postpunk and dance music intermingled on concert stages and DJ playlists of cutting-edge underground clubs. Variously dubbed everything from "punk funk" to "mutant disco," the scene crossed both geographical and genre borders. Accordingly, Disco Not Disco encompasses everything from the sleek synthscapes of "Kaddish" by the androgynous French New Romantic chanteuse Ronny to the Latin-tinged, brass-punctuated funk frenzy of Konk's "Your Life," the angular British postpunk of The Delta 5's "Mind Your Own Business," and the primal proto-house of "Sharevari" by the Detroit electro outfit A Number of Names. The crucial sonic paradigm shared by this broad array of artists is a blend of club-savvy grooves and punk-informed edge. The mid-'70s are represented here by the synth-laced jazz-funk of the U.K. fusion band Isotope, bearing a visceral funkiness simpatico with the track's '80s neighbors.

Customer Reviews

The Old that Birthed the New

Anyone whose ever heard the stuff being put out lately by epic groove makers like Justice, Hot Hot Heat, or LCD Soundsystem should definitely check out this reissued compilation. Highlights are the opener "Launderette", Shriekback's "My Spine is the Bassline", and "Contort Yourself" by James White. A must have for the new-wave disc jockey looking for some old school flavors to sample in their sets.

This comp is red freaking HOT!!

If nothing else, at least check out Love Tempo, an absolute dancefloor classic, it could be 20 minutes long and never get old. My secondary choice would be Los Ninos del Parque, another monster track. This whole comp is really, really solid.

WRONG GROUP AND SONG on TRACK 8

Hey!!! It should not be KADDISH by GINA X but it is SEOUL MUSIC by the legendary Japanese Techno group YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA. The track is from their fourth album TECHNODELIC. Unacceptable MISTAKE!!!

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