Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Friday Night Contact

Last Friday, I went and checked out local Seattle deejay, DJ Riz, at his weekly Friday night gig at the Re-bar. He really blew me away a couple of weeks ago at Studio! where he played a special rare set of disco and funk cuts. I was excited to see him at his usual residency, which consisted of more deep house and funk grooves. I found the set to be as equally brilliant as a few weeks back. That being said, he ended his set with Edwin Starr's 1978 disco classic "Contact" and I haven't been able to get it out of my head ever since. This track, which was released on the Clean LP, can be described as Starr's re-emergence into the club and disco scene of the late 1970's. The track has some solid percussion work, and does a nice job blending the lines between his move into the disco realm and his earlier soul roots. It's safe to say Edwin Starr had a very accomplished musical career with many solid releases during the late 60's and 70's, however there might not be another song in his collection that can move a floor like "Contact".

Edwin Starr - Contact

I would also recommend checking out DJ Riz every Friday night at the Re-bar (1114 Howell Street) for some great mixing of deep house and funk.

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5 comments:

Soft Clammer said...

Boy, this track sure brings back memories of 1978. Great find!

Anonymous said...

Edwin Starr's soul period is infinitely better than his disco output, but Contact is good; far better though is Get up - Whirlpool from the same period; this one got even rockers on the dancefloor.

jan, Nijmegen, NL

Anonymous said...

I believe his other disco "hit" was "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio," which did not have the same amount of "oompf" as "Contact"did. Still, a decent enough record.

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Riz who pressed up a fantastic cut-up some years back of classic funk and soul sides?

Anonymous said...

the beat broker does a really nice remix of this track...

http://beatbroker.net/tracks.php