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The New Face of Funk & Boogie

Diamond Ortiz

Diamond Ortiz by Danny Spence

In music, the term “boogie” usually refers to early ‘80s funk and post-disco, a sound that peaked in 1984 and relies heavily on drum machines and synthesizers as opposed to the live bands and orchestras of disco. In fact, the sound was in some ways a reaction to disco; a problematic backlash against the music in 1979 resulted in major labels like Epic, Atlantic, RCA, and Capitol pivoting away from the sound. With fewer commercial opportunities in big-budget disco, artists and producers pursued the accessibility of synthesizers and drum machines, which were just beginning to enter the market. But the major labels mostly missed the boogie train; it was indie labels like Salsoul, Prelude, Radar, and West End Records that nurtured the sound. Songs like D Train’s “You’re The One For Me” and Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “If You Want My Lovin,” both released in 1981, are some of the earliest and most well-known examples of boogie. Now, the genre is experiencing a resurgence, after a near decade-long cult following in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and parts of France.

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Beyond Italo Disco: The Sounds of Neapolitan Funk

Italo-disco-1244.jpg“Italo disco is not a genre. It’s everything made for the discotheque in 1980s Italy,” says Dario Di Pace via Skype from his home studio, West Hill, outside of Naples. Di Pace, who makes music as Mystic Jungle, is chainsmoking as he speaks. His longtime friend Raffaele Manny Arcella, aka producer and DJ Whodamanny, is beside him. “When you get the people dancing to these Italian records, you get them dancing all night long,” says Arcella, with a bit of self-assured bravado.

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Electronic Labels From Singapore Thrive Despite Challenges

Darker Than Wax

Darker Than Wax

National identity is a hot topic in Singapore, which is also known as the Lion City (Sanskrit, “Singapura”). The island city-state is home to various ethnicities—predominantly Chinese, Malay, and Indian—not to mention countless foreign residents. So, there’s no simple answer to what exactly it means to be Singaporean.

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