We travel through time and space in this week’s edition of the Dance Megamix. Don takes a freaky journey through sounds, leapfrogging from genre to genre but never without his reasons. Can you feel the walls shaking? Special shout-out to all of our live-streamers from all parts of the globe, you made this edition extra special.

Tracklist for October 15, 2014

01 :: N.Y.C. Peech Boys – Love Kills Pain On Contact [Island Records]
02 :: Modern Rocketry ‎– (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone [Megatone Records]
03 :: Bronski Beat ‎– Hit That Perfect Beat [MCA Records]
04 :: Eddy Grant ‎– Time Warp [Portrait]
05 :: Candido – Thousand Finger Man [Salsoul Records]
06 :: Inner City ‎– Big Fun [Virgin]
07 :: Klein & M.B.O. ‎– Dirty Talk (USA Connection) (Instrumental) [Zanza Records]
08 :: Alexander Robotnick ‎– Problèmes D’Amour [Benelux Records]
09 :: Company B – Fascinated [The Summer Records]
10 :: Dennis Ferrer ‎– The Red Room [Objektivity]
11 :: Paranoid London Featuring Paris Brightledge ‎– Paris Dub 2 [Paranoid London Records]
12 :: Falco ‎– On The Run (Auf Der Flucht) (Specially Remixed Version) [A&M Records]
13 :: Dunkeltier – Disco Train (Dunkeltier Edit) [Rat Life]
14 :: T-Connection – At Midnight [TK Disco]
15 :: Cookie Monster & The Girls – C Is For Cookie (Funky Version) [Ninja Tune]
16 :: Andrea True Connection ‎– N.Y., You Got Me Dancing [Buddah Records]
17 :: Clubland – (I’m Under) Love Strain (Lost In Jungle Mix) [Buzz]
18 :: Deep South – Believe (Southern Slam) [Murk Records]
19 :: Raze – Break 4 Love (English Mix) [Columbia]
20 :: Abacus presents iDRUM – Welcome To The Party [NDATL Muzik]
21 :: 808 State – Pacific State-Origin [ZTT]
22 :: Mello House – The Flower (Blossom Mix) [Maxi Records]
23 :: Mood II Swing – Sunlight In My Eyes [King Street Sounds]
24 :: Ebony Soul ‎– I Can Hardly Wait [Eightball Records]
25 :: Earth People – Dance (Club Mix) [Kool Groove Records]
26 :: James Howard – We Can Do It (Wake Up) (Original Club Mix) [Emotive Records]

In the third installment of the Dance Megamix, Don Play battles jumpy needles and lengthy promos in his weekly mixdown of classic dance tracks. Things start with some classic 90’s house, and then move into some disco and proto-house anthems, before finishing with some pancakes.

Tracklist for October 8, 2014

01 :: Danny Tenaglia feat. Liz Torres – Turn Me On [Twisted America]
02 :: Salt City Orchestra – The Book (Bookin Da Beats) [Paper Recordings]
03 :: Wamdue Project – Where Do We Go (Armand’s Last Hustle In Paris) [Strictly Rhythm]
04 :: MCW pres. Step – One Leg On The Ceiling…Nightstand (Vocal Safe Sex Mix) [Nervous Records]
05 :: Mousse T. vs. Hot ‘N’ Juicy – Horny (Mousse T.’s Extended Mix) [Peppermint Jam]
06 :: South Shore Commission – Free Man (Francois K Edit) [Wave Music]
07 :: Rare Earth – Happy Song or Dance [Rated “X” Records]
08 :: The Chi-Lites – My First Mistake (Edit by Mr. K) [T.D. Records Inc.]
09 :: Phyllis Hyman – You Know How to Love Me [Arista]
10 :: B.T. Express – Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied) [Scepter Records]
11 :: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Theodore Pendergrass – Nobody Could Take Your Place [Philadelphia International Records]
12 :: Sharon Brown – I Specialize In Love [Profile Records]
13 :: Madonna – Everybody [Sire]
14 :: Colonel Abrams – Trapped (Vocal Version) [MCA Records]
15 :: New Order – Confusion [Streetwise]
16 :: Brooklyn Express – Change Position (88) [One Way Records]
17 :: Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Casablanca Records]
18 :: Copyright – Samba One [White Label]
19 :: Masters at Work – Work (MAW Original Mix) [Tommy Boy]
20 :: Sound Stream – Inferno [Sound Stream]
21 :: Cheek – Venus (Sunshine People) (DJ Gregory Remix) [Versatile Records]
22 :: Paul Johnson – It’s A Love Thang [Moody Recordings]
23 :: Shalamar – Right In The Socket [Solar]
24 :: Prince and The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy (Special Dance Mix) [Warner Bros. Records]
25 :: The B-52’s – 52 Girls [Warner Bros. Records]

Right here we have quite a delightful tidbit of Boston disco history.

Back in the late 1970’s, John Luongo was the heart and soul of the Boston disco scene. Not only was he a top flight disco mixer, capable of blending tracks and making changes that would keep dancers on the floor for hours, but he was also the city’s biggest champion of dance music. When he wasn’t busy performing on the radio and at club gigs, or running the Boston Record Pool, Luongo was the founder and editor of the city’s monthly disco publication, called Nightfall Magazine. Dedicated to arts and entertainment, with a heavy dose of nightlife mixed in for good measure, the back issues of Nightfall are a disco historian’s dream. Luongo himself seems to have willed Boston into becoming one of the top disco capitals of the US, alongside New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Nightfall certainly played a part in that success, as it ended up launching its own disco awards show that would bring the industry’s top names into town each year.

In this issue of Nightfall from April of 1978, we have a guest article written by none other than Arthur Baker, one of the most prolific electronic musicians and producers of all time. Baker was a Luongo protegé who learned to DJ but ultimately found his niche on the production side of things. Arthur Baker’s resumé is unreal, and his discography is a veritable who’s who electronic music and record labels. And yes, I will also mention that Baker was the recording studio dude with long hair in New Order’s video for “Confusion” where you see him cut the song on reel-to-reel and bring it over to the Funhouse for the Italian pizza girls and b-boys to dance to.

Baker would have only been 23 when he wrote this piece, but actually would have worked with Luongo and another local legend, Joey Carvello, on a record called “Losing You” that had been released several months earlier. In this article you not only get Baker’s thoughts, you also get some great insight into the history of Eurodisco, a genre dominated by another Boston legend, Donna Summer.

I’ll have some more interesting tidbits on Donna Summer in the next few weeks, but in the meantime please enjoy this article from Arthur Baker on “The Rise and Triumph of Euro-disco.”

Don hops back into the WCOM-LP studio, where he chops up a tender filet of flame-broiled beats. Listen as Don receives zero phone calls in the studio (c’mon now people!) but does manage to make some poignant commentary on U.S. foreign policy.

Tracklist for October 1, 2014

01 :: Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric? [Beggars Banquet]
02 :: Brenda and the Tabulations – Let’s Go All The Way (Down) (Danny Krivit Re-Edit) [Casablanca Records]
03 :: Jungle Brothers – What “U” Waitin’ “4”? (Jungle Fever Mix) [Warner Bros.]
04 :: Parliament – Flash Light [Casablanca Records]
05 :: Duran Duran ‎– Notorious [Capitol Records]
06 :: Conquest – Give It To Me (If You Don’t Mind) [Prelude Records]
07 :: Front Line Orchestra – Don’t Turn Your Back On Me (Long Version) [RFC Records]
08 :: George Benson – Give Me The Night [Warner Bros.]
09 :: Mr. Monday – Keep On [Greedy Beat Records]
10 :: Deee-Lite – Riding On Through [Elektra]
11 :: Kipper – Livin’ The Nightlife (Classic Style) [Irma CasaDiPrimordine]
12 :: Grace Jones – Feel Up (Danny Tenaglia Remix) [White Label]
13 :: Manufacture – As The End Draws Near (12″ Mix) [Nettwerk]
14 :: ESP – It’s You [Underground Records]
15 :: Three Generations feat. Chevell – Get It Off (Underground Mix) [Atlantic Records]
16 :: The Project feat. Linda Rice – Out Of Control (Warehouse Saturday Night Mix) [DJ International Records]
17 :: DSK – What Would We Do (Eight Minutes Of Madness Mix) [Boy’s Own Recordings]
18 :: Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Romanthony’s Lazer Vox Mix) [Arista]
19 :: Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Classic Club Mix) [Arista]
20 :: Scott Grooves – C Track [Modified Suede Recordings]
21 :: Deep Dish w/ Everything But The Girl – The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold) (Main Mix) [Arista]
22 :: Street Players – Make It Thru The Night [Emotive Records]
23 :: Corrina Joseph – Live Your Life With Me [Atlantic Jaxx]
24 :: Cajmere Featuring Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Trance) [Cajual Records]
25 :: Kimouts – Down to Earth (Original Mix) [Buzzin’ Fly Records]
26 :: Vincent I. Watson – Celtic Beauty [Pyramids of Mars]

Don kicks off his weekly radio show on WCOM-LP, figures out how to use the radio mixing board, and rings in the year 5775. Welcome to the podcast, and welcome to the future.

Tracklist for September 24, 2014

01 :: Archie Bell & The Drells – Strategy [Philadelphia International Records]
02 :: On The House – Pleasure Control [Bright Star Records]
03 :: Chez N Trent – The Choice (Full Dosage) [KMS]
04 :: Mateo & Matos – NY Style [Wave Music]
05 :: Daft Punk – Musique [Virgin]
06 :: Meechie – Bring Me Joy (UBQ’s Bring Me Underground Mix) [Vibe Music]
07 :: Pete Heller ‎– Big Love [Subliminal]
08 :: Betty Boo ‎– Thing Goin’ On (MK Underground Dub) [Sire]
09 :: Susan Clark ‎– Deeper (Underground Diva Mix) [FFRR]
10 :: Lisa Mitchell ‎– Rescue Me (DJ Stomp Mix) [Jump Street]
11 :: Bo Kool – (Money) No Love [Siamese Records]
12 :: Soft House Company ‎– What You Need… [Irma CasaDiPrimordine]
13 :: Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (MK Feel It In The Air Remix) [White]
14 :: Dark Sky – In Brackets [Mister Saturday Night Records]
15 :: Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo – I Exist Because Of You (Henrik Schwarz Live Version) [Defected]
16 :: Osunlade – Camera Shy (Justin Imperiale Remix) [Yoruba Records]
17 :: Dr. Dunks / Justin V. ‎– Version 2 (Justin V. Edit) [Keep It Cheap]
18 :: Bohannon ‎– Dance, Dance, Dance All Night [Phase II Records Ltd.]
19 :: Deetroit ‎– Nipponese [Unknown Deetroit]
20 :: Norma Jean Bell – I’m The Baddest Bitch (In The Room) (Motorbass Mix) [Virgin France S.A.]