Thursday, 4 July 2013

Not your Dad's disco: the origins of dance music

In the beginning... there was the Paradise Garage. Arguably the birth place of what would later become modern dance/DJ culture, the Paradise Garage had the most impressive sound system ever heard.

Larry Levan
Larry Levan on the decks

Their long-time resident DJ, Larry Levan, would spend hours tweaking the levels, and celebrities from Donna Summer to Prince would regularly drop by to hear their latest singles played for the crowds. Levan would often start his sets with 'Macho City', using the claustrophobic groove and sweeping sound effects to build tension and expectation amongst the crowd.

Paradise With Levan - Disco/New Wave DJ mix:

Artist // Track

1. Steve Miller Band - Macho City
2. Tambi - You Don't Know (Horse Meat Disco Remix)
3. Lars - I Got a Feeling
4. K.I.D. - Hupendi Muziki Wangu (You Don't Like My Music?)
5. Yoko Ono - Walking on Thin Ice (1981 Re-edit)
6. Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It? (Original)
7. Garvey feat. Q Lazarus - Goodbye Horses
8. Donna Summer - I Feel Love (12" mix)

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