Classic Album Sunday presents Dimitri From Paris at Eagle London
On Thursday 14 September, Classic Album Sundays will be joined by one of the modern day maestros of disco music Dimitri From Paris as we dig deep into the story behind his new compilation for Salsoul Records.
Dimitri From Paris presents Salsoul Mastermix sees the disco connoisseur mix and re-edit records from Salsoul’s extraordinary back-catalogue: a release Dimitri describes as the fullest possible expression of his ethical views and musical legacy.
Dimitri will be interviewed by CAS founder and BBC 6 Music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy on his lifetime love affair with disco, his thoughts on Salsoul and the story behind these re-edits.
The interview will be interspersed with choice cuts selected from the album allowing fans an upfront opportunity to hear the master at work.
Following the interview at 10pm the evening will continue with select DJs playing authentic disco until the small hours.
When it comes to disco, Dimitri from Paris is a genuine authority and the ultimate connoisseur; a gentleman DJ who carefully cultivates an image yet eschews spectacle in favour of fastidiously executed musical selections, drawing on four decades of glorious music. Instrumental in both the recent success of disco-leaning nights like Glitterbox and his XOYO London shows, Dimitri has lived and breathed disco for his entire career.
“From the mid 70’s, Salsoul seized on the emerging uptempo soul music from Philadelphia, and channelled it through a series of innovations to become disco.
Those innovations have since been ubiquitous to many forms of music: the 12’’ single vinyl, the multiple remix/dub versions, and the DJ at the centre of it all.
Whether it featured full-blown orchestras or rawer stripped down beats, Salsoul’s catalogue was crafted with an energy and desire to raise above ones’ condition, alongside the charmingly naive impetus to somewhat change the world. And despite its undeniably strong music qualities, it’s probably the latter hat allowed it to cut through three decades, remaining timeless to this day, and genuinely changing the world for the better.” Dimitri From Paris
Dimitri From Paris presents Salsoul Mastermix is out 15 September on Salsoul. Pre-order here:salsoul.lnk.to/dimitrifromparisPR
Founded in 1974 by Cayre brothers Joseph, Kenneth and Stanley, Salsoul – literally a combination of ‘salsa’ and ‘soul’ – immediately set about putting together a house band, known as the Salsoul Orchestra, which ultimately provided the label’s signature sound. A succession of disco classics followed, including the first commercially available 12” single, Double Exposure’s ‘Ten Percent’ and recordings by First Choice, Candido, Carol Williams, Inner Life, Skyy and Loleatta Holloway.
Sadly, the label was unable to ride the infamous disco backlash and closed in 1984, before being revived in 1992 when Holloway’s ‘Love Sensation’ was sampled and became an integral part of Black Box’s ‘Ride On Time and Mark Mark & The Funky Bunch’s ‘Good Vibrations’. This marked the start of renewed interest in Salsoul, with its catalogue becoming a sample treasure trove for a new generation of producers.
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