Welcome back again to the Bluffers Guide... When it comes to disco music, I could talk about how brilliant Studio 54 was supposed to be, but New York had so many incredible DJs and promoters who were mavericks.

You may not have heard of Nicky Siano's Gallery - he could be considered the first superstar DJ of them all - or David Mancuso's Loft - they say he set up the first Disco Valentine's Day in 1970. Then there's Larry Levan at Paradise Garage, he really moved the art form of DJ-ing into production. Please get Tim Lawrence's book Love Saves The Day. A great document about these early times, He never mentions Abba once.

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Listen: Aidan Kelly's Bluffer's Guide To Disco Music

But I want to go back to Paris 1953 - a lady singer named Regine runs a venue called Whisky A Go-Go. She wants her own dancefloor with lighting built-in and two turntables set up. Hence, there's no gap in between songs. She inadvertently starts the first Discotheque (the French, of course, for a 'Library of records'). Playboy Magazine later starts using disco to describe clubs in LA in 1964. In New York, the club Le Jardin starts in 1973, and it has all the markings of the French inspiration.

Instead of listing classics I bet you already know, I'm taking the chance to feature some lesser-known gems, I love that disco was the sound that connected all that soul and funk we already talked about, laid on top a 4/4 beat with more production and more strings, the beginning of the future, into house and techno. 

So where do you start? 

The Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme 

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Silvetti - Spring Rain

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Jean Carne - Was That All It Was

I solely hold Martin McCann - a prominent DJ and painter friend of mine - for this discovery. Jean Carne had a huge voice with a 5-octave vocal range, known for her jazz and soul work with a steady career on black jazz records with her husband. She recorded this floor filler that ruled the disco scene and eventually found its way into the film Precious.

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Ashford & Simpson - Bourgie Bourgie 

I'm djing in an apartment up on Parnell Street in Tonie Walsh's place a good many years back, and only at his one-person show in the Project Arts did I find out that the technics 1210's I was on were the actual decks saved from the Flickers fire. I find Bourgie Bourgie on original vinyl and its a long epic anthem Larry levan finished most Saturdays with - this I believe I read. Ahhh no, I see the Gardai at the door of the front room, they're not happy, they're like c'mon, I say 'Can I just let this finish and we'll stop' and surprisingly they say okay, the Ban Garda smiling, the absolute truth. Thank you, Tonie. 

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Moment of Truth - So Much For Love 

The front cover on the album has these dudes in masks, not unlike the atmosphere of MF Doom. Cited as one of those early cuts that take all of what soul had and turned it into disco. Slightly lesser-known, but influential.

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Unlimited Touch - In the Middle

I mentioned earlier a DJ named Larry Levan and how his residency at Paradise Garage paved the way for a selection of lesser-known tracks made on labels like Prelude that feature this track by Unlimited Touch, things are drifting away from disco, and onto a more DJ sound, more dancefloor. You can begin to hear the influences of house music and particularly garage house music (we'll cover this later) in this track. Of course, this is the beginning of the shift to the islands like Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Ibiza.

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Twennynine with Lenny White - Fancy Dancer 

Moving to Prince Street, the neighbours beside The Loft complained, but under the streamers and the balloons on the ceiling there was a table, there was chewing gum, bowls of punch, fruit and nuts. Like a family get together, David Mancuso's idea of a perfect place during liberation, the soundtrack shaped almost everyone's idea of what dancing was at that time, even though it was tough in New York. In the original Loft, which was on 647 Boadway, there was only space for 200 people, all kinds of people, gay, straight, anyone who could dance - like, really dance. Listen to the ultimate Loft playlist here.

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Central Line - Walking Into Sunshine 

From the UK in the late '70s, the original founding members of Central Line were Steve Salvari, Camelle Hinds, Lipson Francis and Henry Defoe. Hinds, Francis and Defoe were previously in a band called TFB (Typical Funk Band) - this showed the reach of disco and how it started to take on a more electronic sound.

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Deodato - Whistle Bump

Eumir Deodato was a Brazilian master and Grammy winner who also worked on Celebration by Kool and the gang; In Brazil, the sound had taken hold and become more futuristic. You can see the hairstyles and gold shoes on Friday nights...

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Chicago - Street Player 

More known later on for a string of 80's power ballads, they drop this disco single near the end of the era and blow peoples' minds, It still works today in a tight space. Sampled by Masters at Work, who we'll cover at a later date...

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Change - Angel In My Pocket 

I was hoping that you would already know Chic and many others in this genre, so I won't mention them. Instead, there's Change, a lesser-known 7 piece outfit that was conceived by and produced by Italian Mario Malavasi and Fred Petrus. Things are beginning to sound Italian and becoming Italo-Disco, this had its own style and yet was very different from its American counterpart - listen to this playlist.

Giorgio Moroder - The Chase

American sound moves onto European floors with a heavier twist and mix for 12 vinyl, sequenced and futuristic - dubbed space music, disco had dropped away. Still, DJs and producers in Europe like Giorgio were getting their hands on new synthesisers and sequencing tools and turning the sound on its head.

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Want to hear more? Try this playlist of early disco classics from Nicky Siano's Gallery, and listen to more from our Bluffer's Guides To Music here.