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My Year of Mixtapes Week 17, Part 2: Philly Disco

My Year of Mixtapes Week 17, Part 2: Philly Disco

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Double Exposure, People's Choice, McFadden & Whitehead, First Choice, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain feat. Barbara Roy and more.

...Philly continued to dominate soul music into the 1970s, giving the world acts like Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Delfonics, and The O'Jays. Around 1974, Philly producers started moving in a more dance-oriented direction; beefing up the kick drum in their records, focusing more on the bass line, and creating longer songs geared for the dancefloor. This was the birth of disco.

As the rest of the world moved on, inventing countless good and bad disco sub-genres, Philly kept its distinctive sound: pulsating, dancefloor-friendly records driven by big bass and lush string arrangements. This week's mixtape is a two-parter: a side of the earlier soul stuff, followed up by a good chunk of proper classic Philly disco. (full text at