The fourteenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
TEE SCOTT – A significant DJ in New York during the ‘70s/early-‘80s, Tee Scott was a remix pioneer and one of the first DJs to utilize 3 turntables and sound effects in nightclubs. He would make his name at Better Days, a predominantly black gay club in midtown Manhattan.
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS – Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff set up Philadelphia International in 1971, crafting a distinctive sound for the city and providing a platform for acts like the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, the Three Degrees, Billy Paul and MFSB.
THE BLITZ – Catalysed in the small Blitz club in West End London’s Convent Garden, a colourful scene emerged in the mid-late ’70s, offering up fresh and exciting new ideas and styles, inviting its participants to dress up and be fabulous, donning outlandish costumes and sporting androgynous looks.
GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE – James Brown’s seminal dance record, driven by the killer bass of a brilliant raw teenager called William ‘Bootsy’ Collins and accentuated by his vocal to-and-fro with Brown’s long-time collaborator Bobby Byrd, ‘Sex Machine’ is a triumph of rhythm – forever vital and urgent.
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