Various Artists ‘Lofts & Garages – Spring Records And The Birth Of Dance Music’ (BGP)

This marvellous collection drawn from Spring and its Posse offshoot is the sound of New York’s post-disco electronic revolution, presaging house with heavy funk grooves infused with synths, keyboard bass and drum machines to ferment the genre known as boogie. The roll call includes C-Brand, Fatback, Blaze, Feel, and Fonda Rae. Michael Jonzun, Maurice Starr and pre-‘Planet Rock’ Arthur Baker produce Glory’s vocoder-lathered ‘Let’s Get Nice’, while club radio pioneer Timmy Regisford mixes Body’s ‘Have Your Cake’. Seminal, essential, magnificent.

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