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8 Post-Disco Digs

Another "post-" for your genre rolodex. After its social and commercial "death" in 1979, disco weaved itself into r&b, soul, and pop, hugely influencing the New Wave movement and eventually giving way to house and electro. Here are 8 releases from the era's heyday (~1979 - ~1984). Let's boogie down, shall we?
1Attitude
Pump the Nation


released: 1983

Absolute gem of an album. Fun, filthy, and delicious. If you see this vinyl at your local record shop—buy it! I'll take an 8% finder's fee ; )

Norma recommends:

Love Me Tonight
Pump The Nation
I Wanna Get to Know You Better

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/ZZHVjXr3Fh0
2Kashif
Kashif


released: 1983

Essential. Kashif was a visionary whose influence as a record producer, songwriter, and musician can still be felt in music today.

Norma recommends:

The Mood
Stone Love
I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On)

R.I.P. Kashif

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/jjYkOQLxF7k
3Evelyn King
Get Loose


released: 1982

Jams from front to back. If Evelyn “Champagne” King doesn't steal your heart, you don't have one.

Norma recommends:

Back to Love
Stop That
Love Come Down

R.I.P. Wayne Braithwate

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/qlJ8_jSy8zM
4High Fashion
Make Up Your Mind


released: 1983

Lesser-known group formed by Jacques Fred Petrus (Change, B. B. & Q. Band). After the debut album, Mel'isa Morgan left for a successful solo career, but magic was still in the studio for this one.

Norma recommends:

You Satisfy My Needs
Love
Make Up Your Mind

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/5hk6_xRE_kA
5Patrice Rushen
Straight From The Heart


released: 1982

A truly fresh sounding album filled to the brim with sweet soul jams and dang good disco cuts. Mobb Deep sampled the ballad “Where There Is Love” on their track “Temperature's Rising.”

Norma recommends:

Number One
Forget Me Nots
Remind Me

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/hnNFcMSJX2Y
6Teena Marie
Irons in the Fire


released: 1980

One of the most unique and acclaimed vocalists in disco, known as the “Ivory Queen of Soul.” The band on this record is nuts.

Norma recommends:

First Class Love
I Need Your Lovin
You Make Love Like Springtime

R.I.P. Teena

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/rutPPaafB48
7Change (BO)
The Glow of Love


released: 1980

Quintessential post-disco group that famously worked with Luther Vandross and Jocelyn Brown. Silky smooth.

Norma recommends:

Searching
The End
The Glow of Love

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/MbIwR6EUmN8
8Patrick Cowley
Menergy


released: 1981

Aside from Giorgio, Patrick was perhaps the most influential record producer and musician of the disco movement. His synthesizer work and collaborations with Sylvester are the essence of Hi-NRG music.

Norma recommends:

X Factor
Menergy
I Got a Line On You

R.I.P. Patti

one song queued for you: https://youtu.be/uXrKHg7WDXk
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