Here at COR tower we’re big fans of disco ledge AL KENT. So we were very pleased when he agreed to contribe to our lil ol’ COR blog.

So here’s the first installment from the man himself. Hope you enjoy.

Expect to see more from Al on the COR blog over the coming year….

 

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AL KENT’S DISCO RAMBLINGS

Top five best things about 2010:

1. Dimitri’s Philly comp.. by a mile
2. Walter Gibbons comp on Strut
3. Alice Echol’s disco book
4. Rahaan DJing in Glasgow’s Big Joint
5. Disco Love on vinyl!

OK, let’s get the shameless self promotion out of the way first…

I’m currently putting together a handful of albums for BBE,  have a new vinyl edits EP on stilove4music (Al Kent “Disco Crazy” – from all good record shops), have four EPs out on Million Dollar Disco, all still available (First Floor EP, Lower East EP, Music Machine EP, Other Side EP), and another two about to go to press, remixes of Katzuma and Clone Records in the pipeline.

But the biggest news ever is our new monthly party.. Rahaan, everybody’s favourite disco jock from Chicago is our resident alongside me. We’re a bit excited.

Street Soul Records

A few years ago Andy Davies kindly sent me a copy of a CD he’d put out, Jerline & Friends “Best of Friends”, which he’d licensed after owning (and loving) a mysterious unissued acetate of the album since the 1970s. I fell in love with it too.

A while later he sent me a 45 (Patrick Henry), and another (Last Flight). And they just kept coming. Turns out what I thought was nothing more than a hobby for Andy is actually now his full time thing.

Giving up a job to run a vinyl only record label in these digital loving times shows he’s passionate about this music (as if we didn’t know that already) and that passion shows on the quality of every single record he puts out.

For the disco purists, “It’s A New Day” by Pulse (SSR5-B) and Jerline‘s version of “Get It Off My Conscience” (SSR6-B) are sure to please.

http://www.streetsoulrecords.com

BBE Records

BBE Records are pushing disco big time this year with comps coming from the likes of Tom Moulton, John Morales, Johnny D, Zaf, Nick The Record and the Peabodies. And me.

Disco Love part Two is already underway as is a Best of Disco Demands. And for those who’ve been asking, the New Million Dollar Orchestra album is also slowly becoming a reality.

http://bbemusic.com

Joey Negro

Joey Negro‘s just put together the third in his Soul Of Disco series, this time going it alone without Sean P. Due to drop at the end of February, you can get a taster here:

Z Records

Also on Z is a compilation from London’s as yet unheralded Red Greg. Due to drop in May, I for one am very keen to check the tracklist. Ebonite, the party Red Greg runs with Louis Heel is set to move to Paris very soon. Check these mixe for an idea of what you can expect:

http://waxdj.com/djs/28/

Vintage Audiodelica

There can’t be many places where you can buy a vintage Bozak mixer for less than a pair of Levi’s. But you can at LN-CC. Unfortunately the Levi’s in question cost three grand! But LN-CC looks like a great place – records, vintage bozaks and a fully kitted out music room. Who could ask for more?

http://www.ln-cc.com/

The Internet

A couple of things have caught my eye online recently…

Theo Parrish tearing into laptop DJs is nice…

Theo Parrish Laptop Rant

…as is the crazy looking guy from Funktion One talking audio…

My favourite thing this month though is the dancing Andy Gibb doll currently on ebay…

1979 Disco Star Andy Gibb Doll by Ideal in Box!

 

…I’m still looking out for a Walter Gibbons one!

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Thanks for that Mr Kent, muchly apprecaited sir. Looking forward to the next installment.

If wanna find out more about what Al is up to, hop on over to his wonderful website for release news, tickets and mixes.

Enjoy!

Big Love.

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