Desert Island Disco: Resolutely Retro
Ashley Team Laverne
Today's castaway is Andreas Frangou from West Wittering, and he's taking us back to a time of perms, flares and sideburns. Who wouldn't want to be on this island? Here's Andreas to tell all:
"I love the Desert Island Disco, and here is what I would take to my Desert Island dance floor, resolutely retro!
1. You and Music, Donald Byrd 1973, Blackbird? Very retro, but to me still has that freshness to it, and the beginnings of acid jazz?
2. Sho Nuff Groove: Harvey Mason, Earthmover 1976. This track is real funky and dancy, the rest of the album is serious jazz/rock/funk. The music I was raised on (I have older brothers so was brain washed) Very rare vinyl too.
3. Dancing In Outer Space: Atmosfear. This was the first 12 inch I never bought! Let me explain, 1978, my form tutor Mr Wallis (Hackney Downs School) had a sound system and played this end of year do. I loved it, but could only remember the sleeve design, and bought the wrong single because it had the same sleeve what a nana!
4. Gwen Guthrie: Seventh Heaven 1982, produced by Sly and Robbie. unusual but original sounding track, first heard it 1983, danced to it in a small sweaty club in Soho.
5. RockIt: Herbie Hancock. 1983? Head Hunters always on top on my list. RockIt? Even though for me at that time the single was a bit too commercial, I felt, hey it's a great way for Herbie to reach a broader audience
6. Back to Life, Soul II Soul 1988? This track very evocative of London, hot summers etc. reminds me of an early introduction to warehouse parties in fact a Soul II Soul do near Kings Cross. A strange experience, rib cage rattling from the powerful sound system and then being raided by the Mets finest....
7. Gett Off, SingleRemix, Prince. 1991. Hot and dirty, enough said...
8. Snake Hips, Brand New Heavies, 1994. What happened to these guys, they had a great sound, and this track is up tempo, nice and short.
9. That's the way love Is : Byron Stingily, (The rhythm masters mix). In the mid to late 90's I got into to uplifting house, and Bryon was played over and over in our house, why, so upbeat! :-)
10. U Don't Know Me, Armand Van Helden, 1999, 2 Future 4U. Probably the most well known track from the album. It's got that dance house sound, great vocals too.
11. Can't Get High Without You: Joey Negro (Ministry of Sound 2003 mix). My only 21st track, great to dance too!
12. A Brazilian Love Affair, George Duke 1980. I think this captures our hot summer, it's disco enough and for me George is up there with the Jazz/Rock/Funk greats Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham etc.
Thanks and I hope you like my playlist.
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