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!
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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 were asked by the excellent UK online music outlet, FACT Magazine to come up with our favorite “forgotten classic.” It was a tough exercise that took many hours and many Evergreen Old Fashions to complete. We ended up choosing one of our own releases to highlight. The majorly under appreciated “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by Emanuel Taylor. You can check out more about this release here and read the article in FACT Magazine here.
Since our performance at Boston City Hall Plaza over the summer we haven’t been in the public eye. But not for long! We’re bringing the Cultures of Soul Soundsystem to Chicago on Nov 15th for the excellent Soul Summit Party!
Deano also just guest DJed along with E-Dorsey at our favorite Boston club night Soulelajuh on October 18th at the Middle East Night Club! Many thanks to Sean and Evan having me guest DJ! Here are some photos from the night and a live mix!
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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!