Origins: House & HipHop Pioneers 1970-79

“A mint collection of original 1970’s soul, funk and disco classics from the pioneers of House Music.”

In 1979 Steve Dahl famously organised the Disco Demolition Night at a Chicago Whitesox baseball game to the cries of “disco sucks!”. Thousands of disco records were blown up on the field and the crowd went mad. That kinda ended the cheesy mainstream commercial disco crap era (I’m looking at you Disco Duck) but the quality disco sounds lived on in the underground at clubs like Paradise Garage in Chicago. Listen to the four-to-the-floor rhythms, melodies and vocals of any decent underground house track these days and it’s plain to hear that disco definitely had the last laugh. RIP Disco, long live House!

Having heard Odyssey’s “Native New Yorker” on the radio the other day, it reminded me of happy times as a kid growing up in the 70s. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to delve into the archives and record an unmixed set of some of my favourite oldies to enjoy in the car. The artists of the day had no idea they were laying the foundations of our beloved house music and hiphop, but I’m damn glad they did. Happy tunes for happy times indeed.

Enjoy playing “spot the sample” 😀

  1. Parliament – P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) – 1975
  2. Sly And The Family Stone – In Time – 1973
  3. The Five Fairsteps – Ooh Child – 1970
  4. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free – 1976
  5. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman – 1978
  6. A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie – 1978
  7. Diana Ross – The Boss – 1979
  8. Earth, Wind & Fire – September – 1978
  9. Odyssey – Native New Yorker – 1977
  10. Roy Ayers – Running Away – 1977
  11. Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – 1976
  12. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle – 1974
  13. L.T.D – Back In Love Again – 1977
  14. Parliament – Give Up The Funk – 1975
  15. Jean Knight – Mr Big Stuff – 1971
  16. The Commodores – Brick House – 1977
  17. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up – 1970
  18. Chicago – Street Player – 1979
  19. Barry White – When You Lay Down Next To Me – 1977
  20. The Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go – 1977
  21. The O’Jays – Darlin Darlin Baby – 1975
  22. The Isley Brothers – Footsteps in The Dark – 1977
  23. Bill Withers – Lovely Day – 1977
  24. Robert Palmer – Every Kinda People – 1978

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