Disco Discharge’s winning formula has not changed here: dynamic 2CD sets stuffed with full-length disco mixes, each with a slightly different twist. Mondo Disco is inclusive and global; Disco Fever USA mines American disco; Cruising The Beats majors of Hi-NRG and Euro Beats corrals Italo Disco and other continental variants.
Each of these albums throws up some obscure gems such as Body To Body by Gepy & Gepy and Noel’s Dancing Is Dangerous, written and produced by Sparks’ Mael brothers, all of which serve to enhance the reputation of this series.
Welcome to the best disco compilation series in the world. The competition has been fierce since the mid 70s. Hundreds have cashed in on disco’s success then and the interest has hardly diminished since. If people dance to house and it’s derivatives today, it’s because of disco, period. Everyone knows the classics but what about the rest, the numerous tunes that didn’t make it on radio and TOTP? So many gems remain in the vaults, forgotten or never heard by the new generations. This is precisely the gap the clever people at Harmless decided to tap into (with a few classics thrown in, this time by the likes of Boys Town Gang, Dan Hartman, Bobby O, Ryan Paris…): make all these tracks (ever so rare today in most cases) available to the unsuspecting public and connoisseurs alike. This third salve, each of which offers four double cds, is as crucial as the first and second if you’re a dj or an enthusiast. Focussing strictly on original 12” mix – magic words to the ears of any dj - Disco Discharge of course documents well the roots of disco, Black/Latin gay America and NYC in particular. But what is so good with this series is its aim at linking this starting point to Europe. Dance music has never stopped crossing the Atlantic, one way or the other. About time this constant bouncing off got highlighted. So just go buy this new lot of cds (‘Disco Fever USA’, ‘Mondo Disco’, ‘Euro Beats’ and ‘Cruising The Beats’), take them home and discover how Italians, Germans, French and others gave disco new angles and why the ball hasn’t stopped rolling since.
“Euro disco biscuits the highlight of another round of dancefloor gems”.
Four new double albums of nuggets sees the beautifully-packaged Disco Discharge series hit the dozen mark.
Cruising The Beats, Disco Fever USA, Euro Beats and the best of the current tranche, Mondo Disco, showcase the whole gamut of the disco sound from Euro to Afro, camp to funky and beyond. Mondo, as the name implies, hopscotches across the globe, pulling in tunes from France, Italy, Britain, Switzerland, Germany and Jamaica. There are big names (Boney M, Cerrone, The Gibson Brother) pirouetting the night away with big tracks (experience death by groove with John Davis & The Monster Orchestra’s Bourgie Bourgie or Eruption’s reworking of Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand The Rain). Fans of the current space disco sound will connect with one of the more obscure cuts, La Bionda’s trippy, whooshing Deserts Of Mars. This series shows no signs of running out of steam yet.