4th of July Listening: Ted Taylor's 'Ghetto Disco' [MP3]
This Fourth of July, may the gods of freon and funk shine brightly on you. With air conditioning a matter of debate between you and your landlord, we at Pop & Hiss can help you out in the funk category. See this Ted Taylor edit of "Ghetto Disco," which appears on the "Norman Jay MBE: Presents 30th Anniversary Edition" mix, the next release from the ever-consistent Strut Records.
Spanning hip-hop, funk, disco and soul, the mix is an aural celebration of the venerable British DJ's four-decades-deep career. But nothing says scorching summer night quite like Ted Taylor's "Ghetto Disco," the onetime soul singer's 1977 take on the popular sound then sweeping the nation. Polyester and platforms may be antiquated outfits, but thankfully, some trends have aged well. In particular, this swooning, simmering eight-minute glide that sounds like it emerged right out of Don Cornelius' Afro. Play it loud and dance.
MP3: Ted Taylor - "Ghetto Disco"
-- Jeff Weiss