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Tuesday, Jun 11 2013 | 02:24
Image: 1581718 What was the true sound of the underground in UK Clubland in the early 80's? At a time when most young people from inner cities chose their musical paths – soul-head, reggae, indie or rock - and stuck with them 'til they knew better, BOOGIE WAS THE BIG THING in the UK's (mainly) black clubs.

Now, Z Records is releasing a gatefold double vinyl pack of the influential Destination Boogie album that was first released back in 2006 but only as a double CD.

As Sean P says: "Its taken a long-time for Boogie to surface from the underground, its largely been ignored, or regarded as Disco's poor cousin – perhaps too electronic…too black even but it kick-started a musical grounds well which would see club-music topping the charts all over the World again. The post-disco era represented by BOOGIE was a turbulent and creative time for independent dance music in general and one where the early trends in music technology are easy to spot".

So how, you may ask, does Boogie differ from its glitzier forbearer DISCO?

Well its still a continuation of disco, though dressed up differently – for example, as you'll hear on the CD, its rhythms weren't always the ubiquitous four-to-the-floor.

Rather Boogie is all about the groove - tempo down, or up, the rhythm has to groove. It's a heady blend of disco, funk, soul/R&B, jazz and electronic, fused by and for the party-heads of the day.

Among the gems unearthed on this DOUBLE CD comes the quirky synth pop of Karen Young, Lowrell Simon's fat-bottomed love odyssey "Love Massage", Carol Sylvian's beefy gospel funk "Think" and Color's life-affirming R&B stormer "Am I Gonna Be the One?".

Elsewhere the compilation showcases the creative and brilliant mixing techniques of top notch producers Shep Pettibone, Butch Ingram and Wayne Braithwaite –alchemists who turned even basic tracks into the kind of complex sonic masterpieces still capable of turning heads even now.

LP 1: Mid Air - Ease Out / Samson & Delilah - I Can Feel Your Love Slippin' Away / W.A.G.B. Band - I Can Get You Over / Lisa Hill – I Am On The Real Side / UDM - To Please You
LP 2: Brenda Watts - Love Treatment / The Last Poets - Long Enough / Electric Smoke - Freak It Out / Radiance - You're My Number 1 / Lowrell Simon - Love Massage Available from 07.06.2013
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