Throughout the early 80's, Disco music would not only reincarnate into Boogie but also into other forms of dance music like Dance, Rap and even New-
Nile Rodgers, Richard Perry on his Planet label, Nick Martinelli's Watch Out Productions and The System's Science Lab Productions. Also important in the 80's was Hush/Orpheus Productions, the innovative company of the brothers Beau and Charles Huggins that was highly successful through collaborations with an impressive array of top producers (Kashif, Howard King, Keith Diamond, Barry Eastmond, Rahni Song, Paul Laurence, Morrie Brown, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Amir Bayyan). Especially in the second half of the 80's Hush/Orpheus Productions was largely responsible for adding the classy Soul vibe back into R&B music.
Technology in the 80's played a bigger part, synthesizers and music computer systems were getting cheaper and allowed musicians and producers to experiment with innovating ways of musical expression. Although the influence of electronic instruments was already immense at that time, early 80's Disco/Funk music still retained the warmth and charm of artists really playing the instruments. That was the period in which musicians still took the lead in actually embroidering music, as opposed to fully programming it. It was also an amazingly productive era for R&B music in general. It wasn't unusual that hot R&B acts cut two albums in the same year as did the Whispers, Fatback, Ozone, Skyy, Gene Dunlap, The Detroit Spinners, Starpoint, Con Funk Shun, Bill Summers. One Way, The Isley Brothers, Lakeside or Cameo. The abundance of quality output during this time was to a large extent the merit of a new generation of producers/songwriters who would mark the 8 0's and even the '90s sometimes. They helped constructing the matrix of sophisticated Soul, a formula whereby Soulmusic could be massive on the dancefloor while still maintaining the highest standards of composition and musicianship. The dawn of 80's R&B was all the more evident when Michael Jackson's album 'Off The Wal' peaked black album charts during the whole of 1980.
It was the perfect record to introduce the post-
synthesized instrumentation on top of a strong musical foundation. Remember the luminous work of songwriter and producer Leon F. Sylvers III. His fusion of guitar, strings, tight harmonies, infectious melodies, funky bass lines, handclaps and a smattering of synthesised sparkle created the fresh Solar sound. Some long-
and overdubs entered the picture in the 80's, and certainly in a big way around the mid 80's. Soulmusic became increasingly keyboard-