Welcome to our second celebration of the sounds of Bombay Disco, which digs deeper into the recordwallah shops in the bazaars of India. As fans of our first collection will recall, disco arrived in India in 1979, shortly after its mainstream popularity had peaked in the West. Disco songs remained in vogue throughout the subcontinent for a dozen years, in many ways because of the “cabaret scene” or
“item number,” a mainstay in South Asian cinema that dates back to the 1920s. Back then, these scenes depicted traditional courtesans or nautch (dancing) girls, but by the early 1960s dance sequences became much more surreal, with visuals inspired by Busby Berkley and music infused with jazz, Latin, and rock ‘n roll. This tradition continued with an East-meets-West fusion of funk, disco and electro, to the hip-hop and EDM influences popular in South Asian films today.
Disco songs continued to flourish after its early ’80s ubiquity, often in the more tawdry films such as the horror movies that were immensely popular as the decade wore on. As the ‘90s continued, the cabaret sequences began to bear a closer resemblance to MTV videos. The music in these scenes changed to a similar style,
while the perennial love songs continued to entrance listeners.
We haven’t delved into the more massive film hits here, since the majority of those songs have been anthologized elsewhere. We prefer to dig deeper into the thousands of dusty, mold-encrusted records found in the back alley shops in India’s teeming cities. For your dancing pleasure, we’ve cleaned off and polished up these vintage disco delites for your manoranjan (entertainment). Enjoy a cocktail and get on the dance floor!
Coming out on CD and 2LP on December 9th you can pre-order here!
1. Sadhana Sargam – Saat Samundar Paar
2. Asha Bhosle – Pass Aao Na
3. Kishore Kumar & Chorus – Aaya Sanam Aaya Deewana Tera
4. Bappi Lahiri & Chorus – Taqdeer Ka Badshah
5. Behroze Chatterjee & Chorus – Sweety Seventeen
6. RD Burman & Chorus – Disco Music (Are Dil Se Dil Mile)
7. Sharda – Hotel Mein Bottle
8. Hridaynath Mangeshkar – Dance Music
9. Sharon Prabhakar, Parvati Khan & Ursula – Tum Meri Nazar Se Dekho
10. Asha Bhosle – Jab Chaye
11. Kumar Sanu, Jully Mukherjee & Chorus – Main Jaadugar
12. Bappi Lahiri – Dance Music
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)
Sadly the end of the summer is upon us once again. But to help ease the transition to colder nights and shorter days, our very own Deano Sounds has created a soul mix of some of the great rare and not so rare 45s he picked up this summer including tracks by the following performers: the Debonaires, Bobby Wells, Johnny Zamot, Glories, Joey Irving and many others! Please note this mix was number 2 on the Mixcloud Soul Charts at the time of posting this! Enjoy!
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.