Foundations

Foundations

A monthly from 5 Magazine senior editor DEL digs deep into disco, funk, soul and the roots of dance music

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...
voyage

Foundations: Voyage and “An Absolute Timeless Dance Classic”

Music has always been a journey. The journey to our modern dance music had many foundations that have been shared in this column. Soul, funk, R&B, jazz, and rock all have played a key...
TK Disco

TK Disco – Ray Caviano and the Lost Art of Record Promotion

The signature bamboo, blue skies and palm trees meant this was a record worthy of the name TK DISCO. Ray Caviano made sure DJs played it. DEL's Foundations series searches through the roots of modern...

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...
voyage

Eurodisco Forever: An Essential Voyage Playlist

12 essential tracks from VOYAGE, four French Eurodisco heroes that ruled the discotheque.
Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones, the Genius

This installment of FOUNDATIONS is focused on a media genius. Quincy Jones has not only left an indelible mark on music but, also on TV and film, as an author, and with countless humanitarian...

Foundations: 14 Essential Disco Mixers

DEL combs though his collection to bring us 14 of the best of these curious, often anonymous and sometimes unloved Disco mixer records. Previously:   Big Apple 2 ('91) ('82-'83) - Post-disco "Prelude-era" with some of my favorite...
fatback

Fatback: The Last of the Great Dance Bands

Can a band release 35 albums and still be "unsung"? In the case of Fatback, the answer is most certainly "Yes!"
Quincy Jones

The Essential Quincy Jones Playlist

Timmy Regisford, Mousse T. and (of course) Michael Jackson make appearances in the essential Quincy Jones playlist, compiled by DEL for his Foundations column. Related: Foundations: Quincy Jones, the Genius   Razzamatazz ('81; #3 Dance-Disco / #17 R&B...

Mixed With Love: A Story About Walter Gibbons

My musical foundations were deeply rooted in Wayne & Barry Geftman's The Second Story nightclub in Philly. A couple of months after it opened, as my brother Jimmy worked the lights, I was in...

The Essential Fatback/The Fatback Band Playlist

From street funk to raucous disco, R&B and even the seeds of hip hop: the 12 essential Fatback tracks.
Sylvester

Sylvester Fabuloso!

I recently did a lecture and DJ'd a party for Brian Cassidy's Cave Cast series where I discussed some of the foundations of philaDELphia music. During the podcast, I mentioned the impact that AIDS had...

17 Essential Walter Gibbons Mixes

DEL combs though his collection to pick 14 essential tracks remixed by Walter Gibbons. Read more about Walter Gibbons in Mixed With Love: A Story About Walter Gibbons.   Ten Percent (Double Exposure) ('77; #11 Disco-Dance/#56 R&B charts)...
Sylvester

The Essential Sylvester Playlist

Dimitri from Paris, Kon, Theo Parrish and more make an appearance in the essential Sylvester playlist, compiled by DEL for his Foundations column. Related: Foundations: Sylvester Fabuloso!   You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) ('78; #1 Dance-Disco/#20 R&B...

Straight Outta South Central LA: It’s a WAR

Conflict is loved by few, disliked by most, and needed at times. Musically, conflict can be defined as a fusion of genres, a cacophony of sounds, key or tempo changes, and even actual conflict...
Vincent Montana Jr

Remembering Vincent Montana Jr.

The death of a memorable and influential person is always a cause for us to be saddened. Often, we pause to reflect what was. Sometimes, it brings forth a regret. All of these are...

FOUNDATIONS: The Essential WAR Playlist

Straight out of South Central Los Angeles, WAR fused genres and delivered pointed messages about race, poverty and conflict over an uplifting groove. DEL selects 14 essentially tracks from WAR's storied career for the Essential...
Vincent Montana Jr

The Essential Vincent Montana, Jr. Playlist

DEL's Foundations counts down the required songs from Vincent Montana Jr.'s extensive discography. Related: Foundations: Remember Vincent Montana, Jr.   It Looks Like Love ('78) - Goody Goody - "#1 Dee Jay", "Super Jock", and "Bio-Rhythms" (which I...

Boogie Wonderland: The Genius of Earth, Wind and Fire

Editor's Note: Originally published in October 2012, we pulled this out of the archives in honor of the late Maurice White. RIP. They produced the first album I ever bought (Cameo's "Rigor Mortis" was my...
George Duke

George Duke: Master of the Game

George Duke was the Master of the Game - a creative force that applied an academic and theoretical knowledge of music composition to pop music and a wide array of dance music's foundations. DEL's Foundations...

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