God we’re loving the African vibes right now! Yéké Yéké is an absolute classic! It was released in 1987 as a 7” single from the Guinean singer’s third album. Not only did this tuneful delight explode across Africa, it became a European number-one the following year. It was the FIRST EVER African single to sell over a million copies! Get ready for some unbelievably catchy vocals and just listen to that kora harp.
Edit master The Reflex branches out a bit with some Ivory Coast action. This is a lively track. If it’s got one thing it’s EN-ER-GY. Like all of The Reflex’s revisions, this is mixed to perfection: gritty and packing a punch. It has some soulful saxophone and a mean bassline, but the percussion is really what drives the track along. Incessant hi-hats and some outstanding fills means this is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. There are some nice climaxes as well when the production lets the saxophone wash out a bit and things get a bit dubby. One for the peak time.
This tune is alluring, enchanting, uplifting. Tropical marimba sounds accompany a laid-back beat, while the jazzy bass pushes this number forward. Smooth as hell, Letta’s soulful voice comfortingly echoes ‘down by the river’ amid an array of other soothing vocals. Press play, close your eyes, and sway yourself down to South Africa…
If you haven’t heard of Alma Negra, you’re in for a treat. The Swiss trio have been making some serious moves, gaining support from the likes of Nightmares on Wax, Gilles Peterson and Ben UFO to name but a few. This edit on Sofrito’s Sound of Capa Verde is a stand out to me with its upbeat Latin vibes. When that rip-roaring synth line comes in around the 30 second mark, things immediately heat up. No doubt, if you can get your hands on a copy, this record will set dance-floors on fire.
We’re very excited to announce the Pangaea Disco’s launch party.
This December we’ll be taking to Brixton Jamm, bringing disco, soul and funk jams from every corner around the world with us. From the dance floors of Lagos to the underground of Detroit, Pangaea unites the sounds of the world on the dance floors of London. Prepare yourselves for a smorgasbord of musical delights with everything from afrobeat and highlife to classic disco jams.
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☉ Plastician (DISCO SET) ☉ The legendary Plastician will be joining us for a headline set. Though many will know him for his disposition for bass, his seminal work in the early days of dubstep and alongside some of Grime’s biggest names, Plastician is no stranger to disco and all that comes with it. On the back of several sold out London disco sets, he’ll be taking to the controls to showcase the funkier side of his talents.
☉ Dom Fader ☉ With a diverse range of funk, soul and disco, South London Disco Don Dom Fader is sure to be lighting up the main room. Definitely a name to watch out for.
☉ Don’t Walk, Boogie ☉ We are very lucky to be joined by the finest purveyors of disco: Don’t Walk, Boogie. Having put on sell out shows in the South West on a regular basis, we are thrilled to have them join our line-up. With a lethal combination of classic edits and unearthed gems, their residents do not mess about.
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When it comes to African disco written during its incredible zenith in the seventies, you needn’t look any further than mastermind Joni Haastrup. The son of a Yoruban king, Haastrup grew up among Nigerian royalty and made his name on the dance floors of his adopted country. While he’s often overlooked nowadays in favour of bigger names such as Fela Kuti and Orlando Julius, in the seventies he was known as ’soul brother number one’, and made an incredible contribution to afrobeat, highlife and African disco. Nothing typifies his incredibly funky sound better than the single ‘Greetings’ from his LP ‘Wake up Your Mind’. The song begins with Haastrup’s cries panning around the listener before his band kicks in with the song’s incredibly groovy bassline and funky rhythm. Haastrup’s powerful vocals hit the listener over the backing, and the sax solo midway through the song is simply irresistible. Surely one of the greatest examples of African disco ever recorded.
An absolutely beastly tune by Voilaaa on Favorite Recordings. A blissfuly funky rendition of The Police’s Every Breath You Take, this one does the business every time. Think wakah-chikah guitars, sultry backing vocals and heavy trumpet action. The saxophone solo in the middle is absolute class as well.
Favorite Recordings have just released an EP with a remix of this by Africaine 808, as well as Voilaaa’s On te l’avait dit, remixed by none other Dimitri From Paris. Check it out:
Pink Footpath is an Italo-disco masterpiece produced by Loui$ in 1985. It’s pretty much the instrumental version of it’s A-Side, Magic Dance and has that whole futuristic, spacey vibe going on with those dreamy, delayed synth leads and catchy guitar noodling. Don’t even get us started on the bassline – it’s so funkin’ funky it hurts. After you listen to this once, you’re going to want to listen to it again and again and again! So soulful, so bellissimo!
God. This. Is. Good.
Some seriously funky stuff from the father of soca himself. From when Lord Shorty demands to hear the kick drum, the track just builds and builds as the rest of the band is introduced. The call and response with the female vocals are particularly on point, and the whole track is just plain tight and super danceable as it chugs along.