The seventeenth edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
FROGGY – East London-born in 1949, Steve Howlett was a British mixing pioneer, owning the sound system that powered the South’s Soul Mafia events, most notably the Caister Weekenders, beginning in 1979 and continuing to date. Influenced by American Greg James and Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, he was an early UK proponent and he’d own the UK’s first pair of Technics SL1200s and co-design the Matamp Supernova mixer.
“O” RECORDS – Italian-American multi-instrumentalist Bobby Orlando established his own distinctive sound, defined by Moroder-inspired running electronic basslines, plus his trademark cowbell patterns, and prolifically released music via “O” Records from artists like Divine, The Flirts, Pet Shop Boys and his own solo work as Bobby “O” – alongside Patrick Cowley he was instrumental in the Hi-NRG genre.
JIVE TURKEY – Launched in the mid-‘80s by Richard Barratt (AKA Parrot) at Sheffield’s Mona Lisa’s, Jive Turkey appeared at the perfect moment to break the incoming house sound in the city, heralding the onrushing rave era, and inspiring Warp Records, the city’s famous dance label (for whom Parrot and Richard H. Kirk would record cult-classic ‘Testone’ as Sweet Exorcist in 1990).
JINGO – Taken from his 1979 LP ‘Dancin’ & Prancin’’ on Salsoul Records, Candido Camero’s ‘Jingo’ is a formidable Latin-disco force that probably best exemplifies the ethos behind the label. The most recorded conga drummer in the history of jazz, had worked on countless records before he signed to Salsoul, gifting them a timeless classic, as well as a few other hits.
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