Pangaea Disco #005 – Diddy Funk

We caught up with Diddy Funk, aka Tedo Lacey to talk about…you guessed it…Disco. Having been romping around England stacking up some high profile slots on the festival circuit, he’s brought us a mix of some of his favourite party starters.

PD: How did you get into DJing?

DF: It was a long time ago back in the first year of Uni, maybe fulfilling a stereotype there. It was actually on an ironing board B2B-ing with my Bestie. One of those things is still happening.

PD: Running Nights?

DF: I’m no Ringmaster for any nights as of yet, just a bit of a hitchiker. Although Don’t Walk, Boogie are my boys. They know how to throw a serious party with all the trimmings. One Day I shall be rocking that scene.

PD: Favourite Artist at the moment?

DF: It’ll always be Bonobo, his producing is on fire. Only artist whos musical powers are enough to get the tears rolling. Also met O’flynn at a festival recently, decent bloke, great musicianship and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. There’s two for you, double for your money.

PD: Most beloved vinyl?

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Pangaea Disco Charity Night: In Aid of Anno’s Africa

Last Friday we threw our first charity event at Off The Cuff, Brixton and thanks to all you beautiful people who came, IT WENT OFF!

All profits made on the night are being donated to Anno’s Africa – a fantastic charity that helps kids in African slums by providing arts courses and programmes, teaching things like music, crafts and dance. Some of these classes not only gives these kids a new lease of life, but also lead to invaluable scholarship opportunities.

So, you must be all asking, how much have we raised?

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Merchant – Instant Funk [Trinidad and Tobago]

Bub-a-dub-a-dub-a-dub bow boww bowww! It’s Wednesday and we’re sending you all the way to the sunny Caribbean because why the fruit cake not.

This is one hell of a funky jam by Trinidad and Tobago’s prolific songwriter Merchant, otherwise known as Dennis Williams. This 80s soca-disco banger is packed full to the brim with addictive vocals, uplifting brass and tight ass percussion. It’s hard to believe that the magician Merchant couldn’t read or write music. His music is straight from the heart, raw and personal. True expression. Get to know!

Anno’s Africa

After two successful nights of funkadelic revelry at Brixton Jamm, we decided it was time to take Pangaea Disco on a new journey this summer, and will be holding the next installment at Bianca Road Brewery in Peckham on the 7th July, with all profits going in aid of the charity Anno’s Africa.

Anno’s Africa’s remit is to bring underprivileged children in Sub Saharan Africa opportunities that are normally beyond the hopes and dreams of most children growing up in some of the poorest slums of the world. The programme currently offers an alternative arts education to over 1,700 children across Africa, with classes in art, creative writing, dance, drama, music and circus skills. The excitement and confidence that the workshops bring to the children as they discover their talents helps to promote a new found self esteem that will help them on their path to adulthood. Continue reading “Anno’s Africa”

Velvet Season & The Hearts of Gold – Monsieur Mayonnaise [UK]

What a belter from these two. Joel Martin of Quiet Village and Black Cock Records co-founder Gerrard Rooney are right on the money with this one. Afro Disco party starter at it’s finest. Funkadelic guitars combined with punchy drums are accompanied by the crooning vocals of the lead singer. And the breakdown is definitely going to be sung unintelligibly by partygoers everywhere when this record does the rounds this summer.

Aroop Roy – A Gira [UK]

We’re big fans of Aroop Roy here at Pangaea Disco. We’ve had a little dig into his back catalogue to present you this gem. The only way to describe A Gira is a Brazillian disco samba chuggger. Slightly slower but retaining all the carnival vibes of South America. Angelic vocals go round and round infiltrating your very consciousness. This is all accompanied by dubby yet luscious synths, backed by the chunky, plodding drums that keep the energy going throughout the track. Makes you want to escape the mild English weather and be on a beach in Rio.

Pangaea Disco Easter Boogie 2017

Who’s still got withdrawal symptoms from the Pangaea Disco Easter Boogie?

Here’s a little throwback from the party last month at Brixton Jamm so you can relive the funk-filled madness:

So the night kicked off with Jack Stoneman warming up the bar room with his disco magic as people began to trickle in.

Balsa then took the reins as he continued to lay down the sweet and funky vibes. The room of course was drenched top-to-toe in Don’t Walk, Boogie’s multi-coloured décor. Among the colourful drapes and fairy lights, there were of course their signature vinyl that hung from the ceiling above.

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Nan Ye Li Kan – Mac Gregor [Ivory Coast]

The countdown has well and truly begun: FIVE days to go until we hit Brixton Jamm for our Easter Boogie! Here’s an afro-disco banger all the way from Ivory Coast to get you warmed up…

Nan Ye Li Kan was released in 1981 off Mac Gregor’s LP, In Abidjan. Get ready for an explosion of ice cold vocals from Miss swaggy-waggy Mac Gregor over some crazy-tight drum work, catchy melodies and some five-star bass guitar riffin’. Daym!

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2lJu7hf

Kool & the Gang – Fresh (Rayko Dragon Soul Edit) [U.S./Spain]

Excited is an understatement right now. The man of the motherfunking moment is our Spanish disco wizard, Rayko! We’re feeling blessed to have this hombre grace our decks on 15th April for a 1.5-hour set. When it comes to disco edits, there’s absolutely no stopping this guy. He even started his own label, Rare Wiri, in 2008 and his tunes are spicily influenced by 70’s and 80’s disco, elecrofunk and rock.

Check out his funkalicious edit of Fresh by Kool & Gang. He holds onto the iconic vocals and melodies, while fattening up the drums and sprinkling the track with his signature spacey disco magic. If you can’t groove to this, then there’s definitely something wrong with you.

We’re itching to se what he’s got in store for us. Hold tight!