Foundations

Foundations

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

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...

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not only lived the "roots of modern dance" - he personified...
Gino Soccio

Whatever Happened to Gino Soccio?

As I drove back from Brooklyn with my friends, DJ colleagues, and orchestrators of the seminal Sundae party in Philly Dirty and Lee Jones, we were all taken aback by what we had just...
George Duke

The Essential George Duke Playlist

Crazy P, Daft Punk, Cajmere, Stanley Clarke and Michael Jackson make an appearance in DEL's Essential George Duke Playlist, compiled for his column Foundations. Related: Foundations: George Duke: Master of the Game   I Want You For...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beauties

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The Beauties. The Beasts will follow next week. Related: Foundations' Reflections on...
Gino Soccio

The Essential Gino Soccio Playlist

Tom Moulton, Greg Wilson, Prince Language and more make appearances in The Essential Gino Soccio Playlist, compiled by DEL for Foundations. Related: Foundations: Whatever Happened to Gino Soccio?   Dancer ('79; #1 Dance-Disco / #60 R&B / #48...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the beasts! Related: Foundations' Reflections on Frankie Knuckles. Related: Frankie Knuckles' Dancefloor Beauties. Frankie...
TK Disco

The Essential TK Disco Playlist

Peter Brown, Kat Mandu, Gino Soccio and Ralph McDonald join Anita Ward and KC and the Sunshine Band in DEL's essential TK Disco Playlist, compiled by DEL for Foundations. Related: Foundations: TK Disco: Ray Caviano...

The Secret Side of Incognito

The little known history of the undercover brothers and sisters of Incognito, in this month's Foundations by DEL.   FOUNDATIONS has focused a lot on the seminal days of dance music, particularly the period between the...
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...

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