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​Patrick Cowley Remade Funk and Disco on 'Some Funkettes'

Patrick Cowley's Some Funkettes sports instrumental renditions from between 1975-1977 of songs previously made popular by Donna Summer, Herbie Hancock, the Temptations, and others.


Jessie Ware Embraces Her Club Culture Roots on Rapturous 'What's Your Pleasure?'

British diva Jessie Ware cooks up a glittery collection of hedonistic disco tracks and delivers one of the year's best records with What's Your Pleasure.


Chromeo Brings Back Fun with 'Quarantine Casanova'

Chromeo's Quarantine Casanova is the light-hearted silver lining we all need in the dark cloud that we are all facing together.


Reaching for the Sky: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Bruce Sudano

How did Bruce Sudano become a superhero? PopMatters has the answer as Sudano celebrates the release of Spirals and reflects on his career from Brooklyn Dreams to Broadway.


'Pacific Breeze 2' Is Another Refreshing Dive into the Waters of City Pop

Reissue label Light in the Attic follows up last year's Japanese musical excursion with another collection, Pacific Breeze 2, that's sure to please lovers of international retro-pop.


Adam Lambert Gets Nostalgic on 'Velvet'

On his first album in five years, Adam Lambert finds his groove by moving in the right direction. Velvet feels effortless and natural, from the funk and disco beats to the synth and soft rock influences.


Bobby Conn's 'Recovery' Is Occasionally Excellent

If Bobby Conn's Recovery were the kind of queer red disco deconstruction that it almost is, it would be excellent, but that's not even half the record's runtime.


Playlist: The Best Space Disco Songs of 1976-1986

These songs on this playlist feature outer space on the dance floor, from the avant-garde to Star Wars commercialism and beyond.


The 25 Best Space Disco Songs of 1976-1986

With Star Trek: Picard and Space Force in the news, it's time to revisit the best space disco of the original era. These 25 songs feature outer space on the dance floor, from the avant-garde to Star Wars commercialism and beyond.


'Nigeria Soul Power 70' Expands to Include Even More Funky Soul

Soul Jazz packs an impressive range of vintage sounds into an expanded release of Nigeria Soul Power 70.


Sister Sledge Before "We Are Family"

Even before Sister Sledge met Chic, they were making records and appearing on Soul Train. A new collection pulls together the best of Sister Sledge's early years.


The Philly Soul of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

A new three-disc box set gives listeners a convenient way to collect all of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' Philadelphia International albums. That is, if you don't own them by now.


'Don't Ask My Neighbors' About The Emotions

Five albums from 1976-1981 on a three-CD box set reveal the underappreciated talents of the Emotions, three Chicago sisters with a sophisticated R&B/disco sound. The group is well overdue for newfound appreciation as their sound has influenced contemporary pop more than one realizes.


'Wallop' Is the Sound of !!! Marking Out New Territory

Dance-punk band, !!! darken the edges of their sound and look beyond the dancefloor on Wallop. It's one of the group's most consistently interesting and cohesive albums to date.


Ahead of the Curve: An Interview with Patrice Rushen

Jazz composer and R&B artist Patrice Rushen talks about how she fought for control of her music and her career in the late 1970s at Elektra -- and produced an extraordinary run of jazz-R&B-disco hybrid albums that the industry wasn't quite ready for.


Mississippi to MoWest: An Interview with Grammy-Winning Legend Thelma Houston

On the eve of premiering her new single "ISLY (I Still Love You)", soul legend Thelma Houston revisits her landmark debut for Motown's boutique label, MoWest.


Better Late Than Never: An Interview with Johnny Mathis

In 1981, Johnny Mathis cut an album with the Chic Organization. Columbia Records got cold feet and the project was vaulted for nearly four decades. Mathis talks to PopMatters about the missing piece that's finally been made part of his official discography.


She's the Boss: From Oz to Eden with Diana Ross and Ashford & Simpson

In this PopMatters exclusive, legendary Motown songwriter/producer Valerie Simpson and the musicians behind The Boss recall how Ashford & Simpson brought Diana Ross back to number one.


Jayda G Wants You to Think While You Dance on 'Significant Changes'

As a platform for further discussion and as a funky, hip shaking, unifying electronic album, Jayda G's Significant Changes is a triumph.


Britain's Ibibio Sound Machine Bring Depth to the Dancefloor on 'Doko Mien'

Doko Mien highlights Ibibio Sound Machine's versatility as the group continues to bring Lagos and London together in new ways.


Mahalo, Mary Magdalene: An Interview with Chart-Topping Grammy Winner Yvonne Elliman

Fifty years after leaving Honolulu for London, Yvonne Elliman retraces the road from Hawaii to Jesus Christ Superstar and Saturday Night Fever ... and back again.


SPELLLING's 'Mazy Fly' Revels in a Celestial Imagination, a Consciousness in Accordance with Afrofuturism and Wake Work

SPELLLING's second full-length Mazy Fly escapes present genres and ages, from witching primeval ballads, sultry alternative R&B, to intergalactic disco. Simply, it's celestial, Afrofuturist, and wake work.


Kathy Sledge on the 40th Anniversary of the Joyful Song, 'We Are Family'

You've danced to Sister Sledge's joyful "We Are Family" at high school dances and gay -- and straight -- weddings. Kathy Sledge revisits the iconic song with James Earl Hardy.


Pretty in Pink Vinyl: An Interview with Disco Legend Alfa Anderson

From her very first vinyl release to her Legends of Vinyl (L.O.V.) Hall of Fame induction, former CHIC vocalist Alfa Anderson celebrates a year of solo triumphs.


Chic Were the Zenith of Disco

The first three years of the Chic Organization have been spruced up at Abbey Road and housed in a sleek box.


'For Discos Only' Is the Rare Archival Release You Can Truly Boogie To

With For Discos Only, Craft Recordings have created a multi-disc mirrorball extravangza that simply cannot be beat in terms of groovy fun.


Linda Clifford Was a Disco Diva Who Deserved Better

Linda Clifford's four late 1970s albums showcase her range, even if they don't stand out from the life-after-disco scene.


Analog Africa Digs Into Retro Somali Funk Group Dur-Dur Band's Deep Cuts

Dur-Dur Band continues to be one of the most transfixing East African pop groups of the 1980s, and this release is a stellar collection of even more gems.


"The Music of Life": An Interview with Disco Pioneer Marc Cerrone

From "Love in C Minor" to "Supernature", legendary drummer and producer Marc Cerrone recalls the classic recordings that propelled him to the forefront of disco and beyond.


'African Queens' and Disco Royalty: An Interview with the Ritchie Family

Original Ritchie Family members Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason-Dorman, and Gwendolyn Wesley, plus Philly soul songwriter Phil Hurtt, reflect on African Queens (1977), the trio's chart-topping homage to Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and the Queen of Sheba.

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Ready for Her Cue: An Interview with Soul Legend Valerie Simpson

With dazzle, flair, and "all that jazz", Songwriters Hall of Fame legend Valerie Simpson makes her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago: The Musical.


True/False Film Fest: 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami'

Director Sophie Fiennes mixes concert film with arresting cinéma vérité family portrait.


The Hard Workers - "Ayoba Yo" (audio) (premiere)

In this exclusive interview with DJ Okapi, he takes us through the development of the unique variety of South African EDM from the late 1980s.


Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn: Trust Me

This is as fine an introduction as any to the electronic stylings of Mr. Tophat.

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