Monday, May 24, 2010

Week 52: Boogie

This is the LAST WEEK, and frankly I'm kind of shocked I actually managed to do this project. It was a lot of work, and it was really fun, but a part of me is relieved it's over so I can actually get to work on other music projects. Either way, I am gonna keep this blog active, posting every week or two with mini-mixes from me, guest mixes from others, and the occasional full-length mixtape from myself. (For all the people who requested specific mixtapes that I never got around to, there's still time!) So keep your eyes peeled guys...

Anyway, this week's subject is Boogie, which is really kind of a vague term (and used more in the UK & Canada than the US), but is really the best description for this kind of music: funky, late-1970s disco that draws as much from jazz traditions as it does from R&B, and has the kind of slippery, walking basslines that make you think of the roller rink. I really love this stuff, and figured I'd cover it in this last tape.

Oh, and I purposefully left off "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind, & Fire and "Boogie Oogie Oogie" by A Taste of Honey because I'm really bored with them.

  1. Pleasure; Joyous (Fantasy, 1977)
  2. The Blackbyrds; Thankful 'Bout Yourself (Fantasy, 1975)
  3. The Jimmy Castor Bunch; Space Age (Atlantic, 1975)
  4. Heatwave; Boogie Nights (Epic, 1976)
  5. Earth, Wind, & Fire; Let Your Feelings Show (CBS, 1979)
  6. Edwin Birdsong; Cola Bottle Baby (Philadelphia International, 1979)
  7. Direct Current; Everybody Here Must Party (TEC Records, 1979)
  8. Bohannon; Let's Start The Dance (Mercury, 1978)
  9. Tasha Thomas; Shoot Me With Your Love (Atlantic, 1978)
  10. Jermaine Jackson; Burnin' Hot (Motown, 1980)
  11. Tamiko Jones; Can't Live Without Your Love (Polydor, 1979)
  12. Shadow; I Need Love (Elektra, 1979)
  13. Rufus & Chaka Khan; Do You Love What You Feel (MCA, 1979)
  14. Gary Toms; Turn It Out (Tear This Building Down) (MCA, 1977)
  15. T-Connection; Do What You Wanna Do (T.K. Disco, 1977)
  16. The Gap Band; Baby Baba Boogie (Mercury, 1979)
  17. GQ; Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) (Arista, 1979)
  18. Jackie Moore; This Time Baby (Columbia, 1979)
  19. Fay Hauser; Reachin' Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing Remix) (SMI, 1976)
  20. The Real Thing; Can You Feel The Force? (John Luongo Mix) (Epic, 1978)
  21. Crown Heights Affair; Galaxy of Love (De-Lite, 1978)
  22. Brass Construction; Sambo (Progression) (United Artists, 1976)
  23. 2 Tons O' Fun; Do You Wanna Boogie, Hunh? (Fantasy / Honey, 1980)
  24. Brainstorm; Hot For You (Tabu Records, 1979)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Week 49: Golden Era Happy Hardcore

Another happy hardcore tape. Hate all you want—I LOVE THIS STUFF SO DANG MUCH AND I WILL NOT BE DISSUADED.

Like jungle, happy hardcore spent 1993 breaking away from the old breakbeat hardcore rave paradigm, and 1994 finding its own identity. By 1995 it had really come into its own as a distinct genre—still tied to jungle and rave, but with its own unique sound and aesthetic. It lasted for a couple of years before devolving into an even-cheesier breakbeat-free kind of hyperpop for the Dance Dance Revolution crowd (much like jungle eventually evolved into clownstep drum & bass).
Anywho, this tape focuses those prime years for UK Happy Hardcore, 1995-1997. Enjoy!

  1. Infernus; I Want Your Love (UK Breakbeat Remix) (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
  2. Happy Tunes Vol. 3; Let the Good Times Roll (Happy Tunes)
  3. Pooch & Wivvy; Think (United Dance)
  4. DJ Seduction; Samplemania (Remix) (Impact)
  5. Justin Time; Help Me (Just Another Label)
  6. DJ Ham; It Would Be (Remix Records)
  7. DJ DNA feat. Jenka; Reality (Just 4 U)
  8. DJ Seduction; Higher Now (DJ Unknown & Seduction Remix) (Impact)
  9. DJ Poosie; It's Gonna Be (Remix Records)
  10. Edit V; Sensation (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) (Impact)
  11. DJ Pooch; How It Started (Impact)
  12. Rebel Alliance; Sometimes (Remix) (Stormtrooper Recordings)
  13. Seduction & Eruption; Bust the New Jam (Hard Mix) (Impact)
  14. Happy Tunes Vol. 5 vs. Billy Bunter; Raging Desire (Happy Tunes)
  15. DJ Ham & Poosie; Master Peace (Kniteforce Records)
  16. Illogik & DNA; Kick Your Legs in the Air (Essential Platinum)
  17. Seduction & Dougal; It's Not Over (Remix) (Impact)
  18. DJ Seduction; Drop the Bass (Vibes & Wishdokta Remix) (Impact)
  19. Highlife & Style; Give it to Me (Remix) (Happy Jack Productions)
  20. Frantic & Impulse; Spiced Up (4 The Floor Recordings)
  21. Substate; Take Me Up (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
  22. Vibes & Wishdokta; No More Tears (Impact)
  23. Happy Tunes Vol. 8; Positive Energy (Happy Tunes)
  24. Vibes & Wishdokta; Passion (Rogue Trooper Happy Trax)
NEXT WEEK: Deep House.