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

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)...
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...
voyage

Eurodisco Forever: An Essential Voyage Playlist

12 essential tracks from VOYAGE, four French Eurodisco heroes that ruled the discotheque.
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!"

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...
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...

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...
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...
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...

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...
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’ 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...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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...

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