Razor-N-Tape's 10 Must Have Soul Funk Disco Jams
To celebrate the recent release of the ‘DJ Vas Edits’ on their label Razor-N-Tape, we sat down with the main men Aaron Dae and JKriv to find out their 10 favorite soul, funk and disco jams. These boys dig DEEP when it comes to old school treasures, so prepare to be given a proper masterclass from a label that’s currently at the top of it’s game.
With follow ups ‘Disco Cuts Vol.1’ and ‘House Cuts Vol.1’ imminent, be sure to check back on Traxsource news very soon for a special Razor-N-Tape vinyl competion giveaway. But in the meantime, check out Aaron and JKriv’s 10 favorite soul funk disco jams. We dare you not to dance!
Inner Life – Moment Of My Life (DJ Vas – The Moment)
JK: Stone cold classic! Jocelyn Brown just destroys this one, I mean, by the end, YOU BELIEVE HER! ha! That’s some moment. DJ Vas takes everything good about the original and puts a serious donk on it with his fresh take.
Hummingbird – Can’t Hide Love
AD: Stunning cover version of an Earth Wind & Fire classic which appeared off Hummingbird’s 1977 Diamond Nights album. They nailed it and were able to successfully and shockingly take what was an already amazing song and make it better. Max Middleton’s synth lines on the Moog here will have you drooling.
Ramona Brooks – I Don’t Want You Back (Lovebirds – Donwanchooback)
AD: While technically an 80s joint, this percussion laced disco banger feels right outta the 70s. It comes complete with Ramona crooning about familiar matters of the jaded heart and some seriously thick basslines. Lovebirds’ take stretches things out in all the right places and tightens it up.
Silvia Stripling – Give Me Your Love
JK: This is just one of those undeniably groovy slow soul-disco joints. Makes you glad you have ears, and an ass to shake! ha
Chic – Strike Up The Band (Deep and Disco – Feel The Rhythm)
AD: A long-time favorite Chic tune and somewhat lesser known in comparison to hits like Everybody Dance or Le Freak. The stripped down section with Bernard Edwards’ bass line and the accompanying percussion is a stone cold groove that was just waiting to be teased out a bit more.
Con Funk Shun – Got To Be Enough
AD: Funnily enough, I became familiar with this tune via a house bootleg years ago. I immediately went out and familiarized myself with the rest of Con Funk Shun’s deep catalog and fell in love. However, this one in particular has always held a special place in my heart. Cedric Martin’s bass licks couldn’t get any funkier if they tried!
Surface – Falling In Love (Only Children – Falling)
JK: Some blissed out early 80s soul right here. It’s actually a space/time portal, because if you listen to it with a cold drink in your hand, you’re instantly transported to a deserted beach in the Bahamas somewhere. Only Children flipped this one well, beefing it up into a nu-disco stomper but keeping all the vibe of the OG.
James Brown – Body Heat
JK: I’ve loved this one forever but Theo Parrish dropped it at 4am at a warehouse party in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and it was like hearing it for the first time again. You need the alternate version though. 12 plus minutes of pure fire!
The Gap Band feat. Stevie Wonder – Someday (Ron Basejam – Someday)
AD: At first listen, many might take Ron’s floor stompin’ edit for a strictly Stevie cut. However, the original here by The Gap Band features the Wonder-ful one laying down the backing vocals and signature harmonica vibes on this 1983 gem.
Dayton – The Sound of Music
JK: From the jazzy intro chordal scat stuff to the feel good hook, this one is the archetype of a good boogie groove. Many a R-N-T party rocked with this joint!
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