Get in the mood for his Forbidden Fruit set with these killer floorfillers.
Label manager and self-described “vibe merchant” of 20/20 Vision Recordings, Bobby Pleasure is also the founder of not-for-profit organization, needs. He’s joining us this year in our alternative late night destination, Forbidden Fruit, to lay down a signature set of suitably soulful electronica, which will sound just perfect in those opulent surroundings. To prepare your ears for what’s in store, the DJ, producer and all-round noise-maker has put together his top five disco tracks of all time, and here he gives us a little context to each one. Enjoy:
1. Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix) – Gwen Guthrie
This was the first disco record I ever bought so I thought it might be a nice place to start. I’m a huge Larry Levan fan and I could have picked any number of his fantastic remixes, but this one caught my ear first with its beautifully drawn-out intro and the unmistakable feeling you get when the bassline first hits.
2. Release Yourself – Aleem
Another Levan classic, but rather than production duties, this one would instead feature heavily in his infamous DJ sets at the Paradise Garage in New York. Apparently this one used to set the Garage floor on fire and it still causes plenty of damage to this day with its electro step and disco soul. This is the Aleem brothers at full force!
3. It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Remix) – Gladys Knight & The Pips
This track absolutely melts me! I’m a big fan of Gladys Knight and her beautiful voice, and the lyrics in this song just resonate with me so much. I feel like we’ve all been there and we’ve all felt that sentiment: “Tell me that you’re ready to try again….”
4. You Can’t Change A Man – Christy Essien
I remember a friend playing this to me a number of years back and running over to the speaker just like, “What??!!”. It was just as I was starting to get into African music and specifically the funk and disco sounds that came out of Nigeria in the 70s. This track has got the funk in a BIG WAY, and I’m also a sucker for a good vocal, so this is what I like to call the total package.
5. Mae Jom Ka Lon – Dao Bandon
I travelled around Thailand when I was younger and I became fascinated with the country’s music scene. There was so much great local music everywhere with really talented musicians, and it led me to look into the history of Thai funk and blues. ’The Sound Of Siam’ on Soundway Records is a great place to start for anyone who is interested and that’s where I found this killer track.
If you loved those selections, check out Bobby’s Soundcloud page and make sure you catch him live on the decks in December.
Meanwhile, in his words:
“life is transient,
love is eternal.
you are love,
we live forever.
create your experience,
enjoy the ride.
and i’ll see you next lifetime.