We kick off this tribute to the Loft and Disco pioneer David Mancuso with Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing by American Funk band Brass Construction.
The group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. Originally known as Dynamic Soul, and went on to record a string of hit singles albums through to 1985.
Their first album released in 1975 entitled Brass Construction would top the US R&B album chart and go Platinum.
In the UK the album would peak #9 in albums chart and receive Silver certification.
Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing featured on their 1979 album Brass Construction 5, Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing didn’t chart in the US when released as a single, but faired better here in the UK, where it was a top 40 hit for the American group in early 1980.
The song was sampled in Chicago based DJ and producer Johnny Fiasco’s 2014 production Masta Boogie.
Track two is the US Remixed Version of Say A Prayer For Two by Crown Heights Affair.
Also formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1967. They were originally known as Ben Iverson and the Nue Dey Express on Britne Records, founded by then bassist Donnie Linton. The group would renamed after a neighbourhood in the borough of Brooklyn.
Say A Prayer For Two would not chart in the singles chart in the UK, but the album Dream World that it featured on was a top 40 hit for the group in the summer of 1978.
The song would receive a rework from Leeds based DJ and producer Andy Buchan in the spring of 2018, which was released on Masterworks Music.
Next is Music by One Way Featuring Al Hudson. Originally the band were called Al Hudson & The Soul Partners, but changed their name when they signed to MCA records.
Music featured on their self titled 1979 album, that also included their biggest UK hit You Can Do It, which was co-wriiten by vocalist Alicia Myers after she joined the group.
The fourth track in the mix is Brazilian Love Affair by American musician George Duke.
The song featured on Duke’s most popular album A Brazilian Love Affair that was released in the summer of 1980 here in the UK on Epic.
Duke made nearly forty albums, and A Brazilian Love Affair broke new ground in world jazz by recording the album in Rio with local musicians.
The next song is Expansions by Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes.
Released as single in 1975 on New York based Jazz label Flying Dutchman.
Expansions was title track of their third album that also realeased in 75.
The final track on this instalment of Funky Classix is House Party by Fred Wesley.
Wesley is best known for his work with James Brown during the 60s and 70s.
House Party was the title track for Wesley’s 1980 album that was released on RSO.
The track also featured on David Mancuso’s 2000 compilation The Loft - Volume Two.
Hope you enjoyed our tribute to the Loft and David Mancuso, we mixed it in true Mancuso style letting the complete record play and mot using an EQ.
I’m sure we’ll do another Loft and David Mancuso special as there are so many funky classics that were played at these iconic parties.