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Disco is the precursor to House Music which reached its peak in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s. Disco is characterized by a fusion of funk, soul, R&B and pop music. (We also include Disco Edits in this category.)

Judy Cheeks

Whatever Happened to Judy Cheeks?

Remember Judy Cheeks? The preacher's daughter and supremely underrated vocalist can make a fair claim to having been one the most versatile and enduring dance music vocalist of the last 30 years. Example: Judy released...

Heatwave: The Band That Wouldn’t Die

A Stabbing, a Car Accident, Paralysis, a Coma: Nothing Could Stop the Heatwave - the Pre-Eminent Multi-Ethnic Band of the Funk, Boogie and Disco Era.   While noodling about this issue's subject, it occurred to me...

Danny Krivit Celebrates 10 Years of 718 Sessions

Danny Krivit, who played for his first dancefloor four years before I was born, is celebrating a number of milestones this month. In preparation for one of them, Nervous Records is releasing a new...
walter jones

Walter Jones: Instant Gratification

Walter Jones' Instant Gratification is a sterling collection of disco tracks out of time.
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Tim Zawada: The 312 Mix Vol 19

5 Magazine's Chicago-centric podcast series features half (Side A!) of a new cassette tape mix and interview from our town's Tim Zawada (Tugboat Edits, Star Creature).

Vega Records Uncovers Unreleased Loleatta Holloway

The new release, "Can't Let You Go" was completed before her passing in 2011.
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Joey Negro’s 2008 Dub Mighty Bloody Real (Free Download)

Way ahead of it's time, Better Days Records featured some of the most beautiful and most versatile bootleg disco edits in the world. Better Days also published some of the most hilarious tongue-in-cheek pseudonyms...

Cellophane: Music Colours

The notion of timelessness seems to be overwhelmingly an afterthought within the realm of contemporary dance music. The current system is driven by fast-paced mechanics, which carelessly govern the life cycle of a composition...
jellybean

Jellybean Benitez on the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Disco

August 2012 marks one year since the notorious Studio 54 re-opened its doors, this time as 24/7 Disco station on Sirius-XM satellite radio. To mark the occasion, we spoke with Studio 54 Executive Producer...
closed paradise

The Slow Burn of Closed Paradise’s Praise

New on wax from FINA: Closed Paradise's PRAISE.

Memory Hole: Under the Surface

Before it was an R&B group, Surface was a dance band, with one of the best vocalists no one has ever heard of. What happened to Karen Copeland?

Remixed with Love By Joey Negro Vol 2

Behold: a twenty track double LP/double CD with a tracklist that reads like one of DEL's Foundations columns. From one of the most eclectic and vast record collections in the world, disco archaeologist Joey...

Alexander Robotnick’s Snapshots of a Happy Time – 2.5 Hour Italo Disco Mix

Here's a two and a half hour DJ mix from 2012 of maestro Alexander Robotnick playing Italo Disco classics.
Jamie 326

Jamie 3:26: The 5 Magazine Interview

Maybe the hardest working DJ in the scene, Jamie 3:26 is one of Chicago's true House Music soldiers. And thanks to the success of his original recordings, edits, remixes and a spinning style known...
john davis louie vega

Louie Vega Remixes John Davis’ Monster Orchestra “Up Jumped The Devil”

Yet another classic Louie Vega disco remix.

Q’ing Up: John Morales’ Great American Comeback

Still best known for his disco work, John Morales has roared back with some of the best Soulful House made today, collected here on CD from Quantize.

Foundations’ Essential Guide to Disco Mixers

A recent dig through my vinyl collection yielded some wonderful memories of mixes from the past. They were not mine. In fact I don't even know who did them in most cases. They weren't...

DJ Rush Live at Urban’s House in Chicago – January 7 2010

DJ Rush is a giant in dance music. He's now approaching his 20th anniversary as a producer - a recording career that began with "Knee Deep" on Trax Records back in 1991. Rush now lives...

Joey Negro’s Produced With Love Is His First Album in 20+ Years

Featuring collaborations with Linda Clifford, Angela Johnson, the late Diane Charlemagne and Melba Moore, plus Horse Meat Disco.

Latin Soul Brothas: Jingito

Twelve inches of steely funk and garage soul for the masses from Chicago's Latin Soul Brothas.
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