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Various Artists - DJ Andy Smith presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland


RELEASED: 24th November 2017
Triple Vinyl LP

Format:  Triple Vinyl LP
Cat No:  BBE 386CLP

Best known to most people for his early work as a Portishead collaborator and International tour DJ, Andy Smith earned his ‘Legendary’ title among crate diggers in 1998 when he released seminal mix album ‘The Document’. In the years since, Andy has continued to live up to his reputation as one of the finest and most creative DJs on the planet, tirelessly digging in the crates and emerging with pure gold. Following in the footsteps of his 2006 exploration of Trojan’s mighty reggae vaults and his two compilations exploring funk music from New Orleans and Jamaica, Andy turns his attention to disco and boogie for the very first time.

 The concept for ‘Reach Up – Disco Wonderland’ was born from ’Reach Up’, a DJ collective founded by Andy in 2012 to reflect the spirit of legendary NYC clubs such as Paradise Garage and Studio 54. ‘Reach Up’ showcases 80s boogie, disco and proto house; the foundations upon which dance music culture was built.

 As you might expect, Andy Smith’s selections for the album are not only delightfully obscure but highly memorable. Many titles will spark recognition, having been sampled for more contemporary hip hop and R&B tracks. Disco & Boogie this compilation may be, but it’s been put together with a b-boy mentality. As Andy himself puts it “At my ‘Reach Up’ and ‘Boombox’ nights a fair few of these will have been played, but interestingly some of these tracks might well get played at more ‘hip hop orientated’ nights i do too because of the disco breaks: tracks like “T Connection” & “Freedom.”


A1. Don Laka - I Wanna Be Myself
A2. Freedom - Get Up & Dance
A3. Advance - Take Me To The Top
B1. Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair (Reach Up Re-edit)
B2. Sure Thing - Holding You Tight (Extended DJ Mix)
C1. Joanne Wilson - Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Re-edit)
C2. Neddy Smith - Give It Up
C3. T-Connection - Groove To Get Down
D1. Jimmy Young - Times Are Tight
D2. World Premiere - Share The Night
E1. Jimmy Bo Horne - Is It In
E2. Tamiko Jones - Let It Flow
F1. Cloud 1 - Patty Duke
F2. Shot - Main Thing
F3. Disco Dub Band - For The Love Of Money