The post disco-pre-Thriller era known by many names, including Boogie and Electrofunk among other monickers, produced some of the most infectious dance music that sounds just as good today as back in the day. This particular podcast digs pretty deep even for the most dusty fingered crate diggers. The first 3 cuts alone will have your head nodding so hard your neck will hurt.
Here is an overview electrofunkroots.co.uk:
GREG WILSONS EARLY 80S FLOORFILLERS:
A fascinating insight on how the fading Jazz-Funk scene gave way to the emerging Electro-Funk movement in the early 80s, Greg Wilsons Early 80s Floorfillers, marks the 30th anniversary of when these tracks first appeared. Compiled from his record lists of the time, and unfolding month by month, Greg Wilson counts down the Top 10 Floorfillers played at his venues during the key years of 82 and 83. Featured, most notably, on his Tuesday sessions at Wigan Pier and Wednesday gatherings at Legend in Manchester, the most cutting-edge weekly black music nights of the era, these were the clubs most associated with the evolving Electro-Funk sound.
The majority of music played on the black scene in the UK was initially only available on import, mainly out of New York during this period, with the club nights described as upfront, meaning that the DJs were way ahead of the curve what they played now, others played later, or not at all. Without these DJs, many now classic dance tracks would never have become UK hits (many without enjoying similar crossover success in the US) the reason they were released here in the first place was because these specialist DJs were breaking them via the underground.
Things would change in a big way during those 2 years; we were entering the hybrid age for dance music, and the oncoming House and Techno and Hip Hop directions would all owe a huge debt to this era of dance alchemy and groove experimentation.
1.(-)Howard Johnson So Fine
Written by Kashif
Produced by Kashif / Paul Lawrence Jones / Morrie Brown
Mixed by Steve Goldman
US A&M 12
2.(9)Larry Graham Sooner Or Later (Instrumental)
Written by L. Graham
Produced by Larry Graham
US Warner Bros. Promo 12