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!
As promised we have a few extra box sets for sale in our store. But grab them while you can as they are going fast. Also a CD version of this will be in stores on May 6th and also for pre-order in our store.
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
It seems like no part of the world has evaded discos’ ubiquitous influence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late ’70s and early ’80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-influenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were officially licensed and reissued for the first time ever.
1. Odessey One – Dance With Me
2. Levi John – Feel Like Dancing
3. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You
4. Merchant – Instant Funk
5. Trinidad Troubadours with Tony Ricardo – Disco Music
6. Mighty Duke – Be Yourself
7. Wild Fire – The Rebels
8. Wild Fire – Living On A String
9. Ronnie Butler and the Ramblers – Peace Without Love
10. Mavis John – Use My Body
11. Prince Blackman – Rockers Delight (Waxist Selecta Edit)
12. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons’ Rework)
13. Odessey One – Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)
Being released in conjunction with the forthcoming Tropical Disco Hustle compilation is this under the radio cosmic disco track “Got to Have You” from Trinidad and Tobago. This track was licensed directly from Joanne Wilson herself and penned by her father Tony Wilson, the writer behind Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing.”
Once again Boston’s Whiskey Barons rework another Cultures of Soul release to bring their incredible editing skills to tighten up this track and making it prefect for today’s dance floor. The B-side contains the original vocal mix and the instrumental version mix. Limited to 500 copies and presented in our custom disco series jacket this coming out on May 6th. Pre-order now!
DJ Andy Smith went way out of his way to help us promote the Jam Up Twist 7inch box set and had a jam packed day last Saturday for Record Store Day! From spinning during the day out in the streets of Soho for Sister Ray Records to a guest interview on Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 to his gig at Madame JoJo’s at night, he may well have been the hardest working DJ on Record Store Day! Here is a small photo recap of his day as well link to Andy Smith’s interview with Craig Charles. The interview takes place around 2:21:00.