TOO SLOW TO DISCO Volume 3 -this is bottled sunshine! A bunch of beautiful songs that might have missed the charts, but can still break your hearåÊ
We present, Too Slow to Disco -Volume 3. Another incredible collection of songs that gleam with the high definition gloss of big-studio, bigger-budget production. Volume 3‰Û÷s another excursion into those late 1970s West Coast delusions of grandeur, sure...but in the company of songs that are also brimming over with soul, wit and passion. Killer tunes, penned and played by virtuosic instrumentalists, backroom gals and guys who were often also Grammy-winners in their own right.
All the elements that have made Too Slow to Disco Volumes 1 and 2 (and ‰ÛÏThe Ladies‰ Edition) so beloved from New York to London to Barcelona to Bottrop, are back for another round of near-danceable lushness.
This smooth wave continues to ripple round today‰۪s music world too. You‰۪ll have found us blinking with joy as we read that jazz bassist-to-the-stars Thundercat has recently released a new single with Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, and even dedicated his entire new album to ‰ÛÏThe West Coast‰. And even The XX can‰۪t seem to escape the lure of Hall & Oates on their new single ‰ÛÏOn Hold‰. For their second single ‰ÛÏSay Something Lovin‰۪‰ they even chose to sample one of the tracks from TSTD Vol 1, the Alessi Brothers ‰ÛÒDo You Feel It.
As ever, DJ Supermarkt has somehow prised open another box of obscure gems keeping to his usual concept: all killer, no filler, selected and sequenced to bring out the mood of the era. Lyrically the focus remains on slightly difficult love affairs backed by grooves gentle enough to mix cocktails to. Slow dancing is encouraged, fast dancing...well you know our views on that.
We‰۪ve got an accidental pop hit crossover from none-more-fusion jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. A dab of Christian funk from Archie Cavanaugh and his troupe.You‰۪ll even find a bizarrely funky and commercial sounding Grateful Dead laying down the chart-bothering beat of ‰Û÷Shakedown Street‰۪ (we assume the A+R guy had a gun...true story: it took DJ Supermarkt about four years to get this nailed, the track was supposed to appear on Vol 1 already. We now have the official okay of the band!). Elsewhere Steely Dan‰۪s go-to sax man, Cornelius Bumpus makes an appearance with some angular funk, while Larry Carlton (another associate of Don and Walter) turns up the guitar drenched white soulon ‰Û÷Where did you come from?‰۪åÊ
And we‰۪ve looked beyond L.A. this time, discovering a few exotic exponents of the West Coast sound from more distant shores. Our first non-English sung TSTD track comes in the shape of Dwight Druick, legendary Canadian songwriter, delivering a fine slice of Montreal disco-funk. Then there‰۪s the groovesome Stars‰۪n‰۪Bars from Sweden (in its first ever official re-release),and even two acts from the UK with Vapour Trails and the amazing Billy Mernit, with a lush torch song we‰۪ve been desperately chasing for years.
LP - limited edition double blue vinyl