Although not strictly an artist in his own right, DJ and Producer Lawrence Philpot - A.K.A. Larry Levan - is one of the most important people to have ever been a part of the disco scene.
Late Nite Tuff Guy's edits are some of the best around. Always adding his trademark 'muscle' (i.e. BIG drums) to classic tracks, he never fails to provide more modern sounding, yet respectful versions of some of the biggest party tunes in history.
It's been a genuine struggle to choose my favourite (the guy's prolific, there are 40+ edits on his soundcloud!), but I'm going to go with this... his slow burn take on the much edited all-time-disco-mega-hit 'I Want Your Love' from Chic:
Greg Wilson is one of the greatest disco DJs to have ever come out of the UK. His history is incredible, and despite a large (20 year!) career break that lasted until 2003, he remains a huge source of inspiration for us. Greg is massively eclectic and always ahead of the game with the best edits - the most recent live set on his Soundcloud features a Kendrick Lamar edit as the second track!
Plus, his blog - 'Being A DJ' - is a must read.
I always try and catch him when he comes to London, and his sets at Glastonbury are legendary. His closing set on the Genosys stage at the 2013 festival is still one of the defining disco sets I've ever witnessed. Anybody who drops 'Inspector Norse' at 6am on the final day of the best festival in the world is alright by me!
Needless to say, a Greg Wilson DJ set would be a dream booking for us.
Check it out below, and the accompanying blog-post about his first experience of Glastonbury is definitely worth a read.
It always surprises me that there's a seemingly endless supply of great 80s disco/boogie tracks, all of which seem to have amazing extended versions. There's nothing better than a proper extended version, and the specific mixes always have faintly ridiculous names.
Yesterday I discovered this: Gayle Adams 'Love Fever'. Despite what the YouTube title says, this is actually called the 'Mastermix' (!) - although 'Special Disco Version' was also a popular name of the era. So much so that former LCD Soundsystem members James Murphy and Pat Mahoney named their DJ duo just that.
Here it is then, 7 minutes 52 seconds of amazing 80s drum machine sounds and diva vocals...
There's only one track we need to post right now, this song says it all...