Various Artists - Dimitri from Paris & Joey Negro - The Kings Of Disco

This new series brings together the globe’s supreme exponents of a particular musical genre and asks them to reach deep into their vaults for lesser-known gems. First up is Disco, and two world-renown DJ’s who are as much at home in the club as in the studio. Both have been busy between dj-dates with a prolific list of production & remix credits. Both have spent the last twenty years mining the record stores, basements and warehouses of the world in a boundless search for ‘the golden eggs’ of disco music.

So Why Disco, And Why Now?

Social and political upheavals have long exerted a direct influence on beauty, culture, and fashion. Despite economic hardships during World War II, red lipstick became a national statement of patriotism.
Dance crazes stormed Europe in advance of World War I. And the bikini was christened, in 1946, after the atomic testing site in the Pacific. All that to say there was a reason disco was born in the 70s, amidst Watergate and Vietnam. Few periods of American history were as dark, or required escapism so desperately. Not to draw contemporary comparisons but we can say, without reservation, that we can understand why escapism­ and decadence, and beauty, and luxury ­might be what we crave right now, if only to balance out the gravity of events at home and abroad. As Jonathan Larson said, “The opposite of war isn`t peace … it`s creation.”

So Why Dimitri From Paris and Joey Negro?

Dimitri: “Dave [Joey Negro] and I have been collecting Disco records for quite a while, and actually became friends as a way to not outbid each other eternally on internet auctions. We figured it would be a little bit less anal to actually share those ridiculously expensive records with people that may not have the chance to know or own them. We wanted those cuts to be unusual, but with playability in mind. In most case we slightly edited them in order to facilitate their integration with more actual sounds. Quite a few of them have been actually tried and positively tested on many an international dancefloor. Finally we didn't mix our selection so you could enjoy those oddball records in their full length Disco glory. We hope you will enjoy them, as much as we did snatching them from each other!”

Dave: “While Anglo-French relations continue to be as “harmonious” as they ever were historically (le guillotine anyone?), two record collecting obsessed lunatics reached their own entente cordiale in the interests of spreading the disco gospel. Once we had deemed it safe to emerge from our respective bunkers  (bonkers!?) and throw off our Ebay pseudonyms,  there was just no stopping us in our quest to bring you the very, very best of disco’s undiscovered highlights. Wives were ignored, bodies unwashed, children went un-fed, houses crumbled and vinyl was dusted off and in some cases flung against the wall. This has been no ordinary dig in the crates. As you’d expect from 2 blokes who don’t get out enough, we like to tinker with the goods and here for the very first time, we’re sharing our hitherto jealously guarded personal disco edits with you. When you’re enjoying them, think of us in a darkened record room covered in grimy disco dust and have pity!”


Dimitri from Paris & Joey Negro - The Kings Of Disco


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