The first six classics of the series are a homage to the early days of Disco, we kick off the series with “Love Is The Message” by MFSB, a track that many Disco DJs claimed as their theme tune, but only David Mancuso and Nicky Siano can really lay claim to the track. Two pioneers of the early days of Disco who started legendary underground parties in New York, Mancuso with the Loft and Siano the Gallery.
The second track comes from musical master Stevie Wonder, and his all time classic song “Superstition” with Swedish House producer Opolopo on the remix. The original featured on Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album Talking Book, and he won two Grammy’s for “Superstition”, Best RnB Vocal Male and Best RnB Song.
The third song a Joey Negro tribute to Norman Whitfield remix of “Law of the Land” by The Undisputed Truth that featured on a vinyl only Record Store Day 2016 special of the House and Disco master’s compilation Remixed With Love 2. “Law of the Land” was also recorded by Whitfield other group The Temptations in 1973 and was released as a UK-only single by Tamla Motown.
Up next "Soul Makossa" a track released as a single in 1972 by Cameroon saxophonist and songwriter, Manu Dibango. David Mancuso found a copy in a Brooklyn West Indian record store and often played it at his The Loft parties. The response was so positive that the few copies of "Soul Makossa" in New York City were quickly purchased. The song was subsequently played heavily by Frankie Crocker, who deejayed at WBLS, then New York's most popular black radio station. Since the original release was so obscure, at least 23 groups quickly released cover versions to capitalize on the demand for the record.
The fifth song is from James Brown with his song “Get Up Offa That Thing”. The "Godfather of Soul” influenced the development of several music genres including Funk music, and other musical groups, including Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic, soon began to adopt and develop Brown's innovation, these artist’s songs would be credited as some of the first Proto-Disco records.
The final song “The Bottle” by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson is another track credited as a Proto-Disco classic. The live version features on this mix, a practice that was very common in the early days of disco.
We aren't going to win any awards for mixing on Volume 1 of Funky Classix but we wanted to give you a flavour of what is to come. Expect Disco classics mixed with Nu-Disco re-edits and remixes, along with Funky and Soulful House classics.
As the first track says “Love Is The Message”.