The early 80's is one of the most overlooked and prolific eras of funk music and reflected a very refreshing time. Musicality was on the rise again after the monotonous reign of the Disco queens. At the end of the '70s, Disco's pulsating four-
The orchestral Philly sound was fading away and large funkbands restructured into smaller economical entities. Music became more keyboards-
seemed to be a period when audiences, as well as radio DJs, were wide open to receiving all kinds of music. As a reaction to the Disco over-
There exists a misconception however, that "credible" Disco music wasn't being made and released during the early 80's. Apparently only the silly Disco emanations had reached their expiration date. In fact, after the Disco overkill of the late seventies, this type of music was still popular during the year 1980 and even to a limited extent until the summer of 1982. If Disco was dead, why then did R&B acts as George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire, Diana Ross,
The Whispers, Kool & The Gang or Stephanie Mills score some of their biggest "Disco" hits in 1980 and 1981? Soulmusic aiming for the dancefloor got rid of the choking Disco trauma and was given the opportunity to excite again! Disco wasn't really dead, it was in a continuous evolution, as was music technology and music culture. A different type of songs and productions shifted the sound genre towards black R&B/Soul music.
The early 80's was actually an exciting period in dance music history, where all the seeds of now flourishing contemporary forms of Hip-
creative time for independent dance music in general and one where the early trends in music technology are easy to spot. It was still a continuation of Disco, though dressed up differently. Its rhythms weren't always the ubiquitous four-
DJs/mixers/producers like John Morales, Shep Pettibone, Larry Levan, Jim Burgess, Nick Martinelli/David Todd and François Kevorkian: alchemists who turned even basic tracks into complex sonic masterpieces which can still turn heads now. Obviously the Boogie beat didn't remain the fresh vibe of the underground scene only. Also the major record companies adopted the slick, crisp and synthy club sound for their R&B artists and engaged the services of a new batch of popular producers and mixers.