The twenty second edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
BEN LIEBRAND – Ben Liebrand is viewed as the Godfather of Dutch dance culture, cited by Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Olav Basoski and Tiësto, as a formative influence. He introduced a plethora of new electronic music and the concept of non-stop mixing to the Dutch airwaves. His ‘In The Mix’ was the first non-stop mix show broadcast nationwide.
D.E.T.T. / T.T.E.D. – Known as ‘go-go’, Washington D.C.’s own brand of funk began to develop as the ‘60s moved into the ‘70s, carving its own distinct percussive groove. The fully-formed go-go sound arriving around the same time the first hip-hop records were surfacing in New York. This led Trouble Funk to launching their own cult-underground label, D.E.T.T. Records, denoting the members of the band. They’d release a number of their own singles and Trouble Funk produced records by other acts.
THE POWERHOUSE – Previously The Locarno, a club with its own all-dayer legacy, the space was re-invented as The Powerhouse in 1982, receiving a state-of-the-art makeover, following in the footsteps of UK venues like The Warehouse in Leeds, Wigan Pier, Camden Palace and Legend in Manchester. These gatherings at the 1,500 capacity club bridged the North/South divide.
LET’S START THE DANCE – Hailing from Georgia, Hamilton Bohannon, a formidable drummer, developed his own groove that informed disco, but with the funk sensibilities laid out by his predecessor, James Brown. Driven by the fiery vocal of former Motown artist Carolyn Crawford, his track ‘Let’s Start The Dance’ is a rhythmic force, pressing the groove into your body with all its might.
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