William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Onur Engin Edit)

This is just perfect. Excellent remix/edit.

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Claudja Barry – Sweet Dynamite

This is from her debut album with the same title. It came out in 1976, and disco was not yet completely mainstream and sounding too slick. This song has an absolute monster bassline and is very funky and driving. Great for a disco/house set.

“Sweet Dynamite” came out on a 12″ with the very famous downtempo “Love For The Sake Of Love” as the track o the other side. And damn, check out those thigh-high boots!

Lorraine Johnson – Feed The Flame (ADN Edit)

Her earliest known recording is “Can I Hold You To It” released in May of 1973.
Between 1973 and 1977 she worked in and around Muscle Shoals, Alabama doing background work for various producers. She did session work as backing vcalist for such artists as L.T.D., Les McCann, Saturday Night Band.

She caught the attention of music producers, the late Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce. The duo produced her two albums at Prelude Records.
She had some hits – “The More I Get, The More I Want”, and this one: “Feed The Flame”.

This edit by ADN is leaves in plenty of vocals while updating the musical parts. Great stuff.

Pat Lundy – Work Song

It’s all about the break with this one. At 4:04. Great for doing some insane moves on the floor. But since I’m no b-boy, I’ll just say this is a great record to dance to, from 1977. With a cool spoken intro.

Pat Lundy was a New York-based singer and actress, and was apparently a girlfriend of New York producer Buddy Scott. She was originally a member of the Symbols – a group that she left in 1962 – and put out several albums and singles on Deluxe, Columbia, RCA, Toto, Leopard and Heidi labels over a 20 year period, some of which are quite worth sorting out.

This track is in high demand right now, but you can still buy it digitally for 99 cents, if you don’t mind that.

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita (Extended Instrumental)

An absolute italo-classic from 1983. The song is very well known and was number one in Spain, Holland and Belgium.

The vocal version is a bit corny with stupid lyrics and a horrible chorus, but the instrumental B-side is an absolute HAMMER of dazzling synths, awesome bassline, spacious effects and mechanized handclap-drums.

Drop this version as a surprise-bomb in your DJ-set and they will scream, smile and dance their socks off.

Just before house: The Jets – Rocket 2 U

It was 1988, Chicago House was booming in Chicago and New York, European DJ’s were returning from Ibiza with balearic and XTC and the UK was celebrating the Summer Of Love.

However, there was still a lot of great freestyle/funk/disco influenced music being made that was a less radical departure from the music of the time and was almost, but not quite like, house.

I remember hearing this on the weekly all-imports radioshow “The Soulshow” in Holland. Awesome bass.