The sound of Disco rose out of Philadelphia in the ’70′s before being nurtured in New York and later rising to the top of the pops. By 1979 it made its way to India, where it was blended with sitars, tablas and huge orchestras in a wildly inventive, and often boldly surreal, fusion of purab aur pachhim (east and west).
When a film producer told Bollywood composer Bappi Lahiri, “I want to have music like ‘Saturday Night Fever’”, Bombay Disco was born. Soon nearly every South Asian film, it seemed, had a disco track blaring from cinema screens. Although disco’s popularity waned in the west, it soared in the east throughout the ’80′s. Disco songs appeared in every type of film, from family dramas and historical epics to curry westerns and horror movies.
Cultures Of Soul Records presents Bombay Disco, 13 selections excavated from the dusty bazaars of India by DJ Brother Cleve. The hunt even brought him to Bappi Lahiri’s home, where India’s “Disco King” regaled him with music and stories. Bombay Disco showcases the unique musical hybrid that is Bollywood filmi music. Don your leisure suit, puff a chillum, and get on the dancefloor. Shabash!
Below is a preview of the release coming out on March 4th. You can pre-order here.
Also don’t forget to check out our limited edition 12″ featuring one bonus track not found on the compilation and one track re-edited by Brother Cleve. Cleve masterfully re-edits the track “Udi Baba” by Asha Bhosle adding to the already stellar production and synth programming to make it ripe for dance floors everywhere. The B-side also features the great voice of Asha Bhosle with the track “Koi Lutera.” Coming out on March 4th you can pre-order here.
We are proud for our very first official Record Store Day release. Two years in the making it’s finally coming out on April 19th. Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith have teamed up together to put out a great compilation of 50s and 60s sounds including R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Sleazy Shakers, much like you would find at Andy’s Jam Up Twist club night in the UK.
DJ Andy Smith is a well-known British DJ who spent many years DJing alongside Keb Darge at Madame JoJo’s and also sourced samples for Portishead and the Prodigy. Deano Sounds is the head honcho of Cultures of Soul Records as well as a DJ and lover of rare soul and R&B.
Together here they have selected classic and exclusive tracks from their collections including the rare northern soul track ‘Ever Again” by Gene Woodbury, classic Rockabilly from Eddie Cash and Sonny West, a handful rare of R&B tracks – some of which were reissued here for the first time including Ernie Washington and Willie Jones, and many other great tracks.
The 45 box set version comes in a heavy collectible case with 7 x 45s, an official Jam Up Twist club night poster, and a booklet on printed thick paper.
Tracklisting and audio clips below but unfortunately no pre-order on this one! Them’s the rules. You’ll just have to march yourself out to a real record store on April 19th to grip it!
Andy Smith’s Selections
1. Les Brown Jr – Swingin & Surfin
2. Eddie Cash – Doing All Right
3. Sonny West – Rock Ola Ruby
4. Gene Woodbury – Ever Again
5. Reggie Perkins – High School Caesar
6. Billy Nelson – Pack, Shack, and Stack
7. Nappy Brown – Open Up That Door
8. Ray Sharpe – Monkey’s Uncle
Deano Sounds’ Selections:
9. Big Mama Thornton – Wade In the Water
10. Chuck Flamingo – What’s My Chances
11. Bobby King – Thanks Mr Postman
12. Ernie Washington – Lonesome Shack
13. Willie Jones – Where’s My Money
14. Johnny Williams – Honey Child
Many of the tracks on Brighter Days were shortened to be more accessible to the listening public. Isis Voyage contains the original, longer versions of many of these songs including “High Jazz” and “High Jazz Reprise.”
Also included are extended instrumental versions of “Things Can Not Stop Forever” and “Funky Fried Tofu.” Bonus tracks include remixes of “Things Can Not Stop Forever” and “High Jazz” by UK disco remix expert Al Kent.Coming out on January 21st on 2LP and CD you can pre-order it here
Update 2/12/14 Our apologizes but there was a manufacturing issue and the LP version has been delayed until March. To make it up to you if you buy the Isis Voyage CD or LP we’ll give you the Brighter Days CD for half off! Just use promo code STAN50 at the check out! Thanks for your support! http://culturesofsoul.bigcartel.com/artist/stanton-davis-and-the-ghetto-mysticism-band
From Trinidad and Tobago comes the next release in the Cultures of Soul Disco 12″ Series. We’ve licensed the monster cosmic disco track “Let’s Get Together” from the legendary soca artist, Winston Bailey a.k.a Shadow himself. We’ve even added our own local favor to it by having the Whiskey Barons rework it. The Whiskey Barons tastefully contemporize this track for today’s dance-floors.
Also included with this is the original dub version of “Let’s Get Together” and the raw disco funk track of “Keep on Wailing.”
This limited edition 12″ is being released on January 21st in our custom disco series sleeve and is available for pre-order now in our store.
EXCLUSIVE! It is with great pleasure that we are releasing one of our personal favorite 45s of all time. “The Siesta Is Over” is just the right combination of boogaloo, northern soul, and crossover to work for the dance floor! “Viva Tirado” on the flip side is a slow latin funk burner! A full length interview with the original producer of this track, Jim Pewter is coming soon!
As always limited to 500 copies, this 45 is exclusively available only at our online store.