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

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...

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.

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)...

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...
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...
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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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...
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!"
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...
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...
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...

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