what can be said about this absolute classic that hasn t already been said? a true, blue gay anthem and much loved and sampled dance record, it really doesn t get any bigger to be honest. how about a super high quality 2018 reissue with all of the big mixes in one place? sounds good, right? featured here on this brand new pressing are shep pettibone s better days and club mixes, tom moulton s version and larry levan s live edit mix. need we say more? bag yourself an essential piece of disco and dance music history, remastered and reissued for today
THE RAHAAN LDF REMIXES (INC. MAHOGANY, CHUCK DAVIS ORCHESTRA, BILLY NICHOLS, BRENDA TAYLOR) (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl UK05.06.18
chicago s finest dj rahaan has teamed up with the now legendary liverpool disco festival for an ultra-dope double 12inch offering of legit, fully licensed and fully flipped remixes and re-edits from the west end vaults. sounds like disco heaven, right? in order to be let loose in the vaults you really need to know your stuff and we all agree that rahaan ra knows his stuff! this dream collabo sees him (respectfully) touching some of the jams that made west end the dance music powerhouse that is today. that s right, we re talking rarities, foundation tracks, the cornerstones of modern club music. these are wonderfully executed and brand spanking new versions of classics, who says you can t have your cake and eat it too ? well, brenda taylor actually, and that is only one of the joints on this special release alongside mahogany s boogie anthem ride on the rhythm , chuck davis spirit of sunshine and billy nichols give your body up to the music . spread across 2 hefty slabs of beautifully mastered wax we get to enjoy rahaan s reworks in all their uninterrupted glory, just as the disco gods intended. truly a match made in heaven, you will not want to miss out on this essential, extra-fresh west end / rahaan / liverpool disco festival release!
nyc s disco powerhouse west end records should need no intro. the home of too-numerous-to-list club classics for over 30+ years is still impacting today on what we know to be club culture. the label started by one mel cheren (rip) with assistance from larry levan and more way back in 1976 is still held in such high regard today with it s catalogue constantly being played, rediscovered, reinterpreted and loved by waves and waves of new fans and admirers. the west end story vol. 2 is an essential overview of this most iconic of labels, following on it s from it s predecessor the quality bar is obviously set extremely high, one only has to look over the tracklist to see the names and titles that are included! cuts from loose joints, taana gardner, barbara mason, stone, raw silk and more make up 4 joyous sides of essential forward looking post disco classics - we re talking late 70 s, early 80 s, synths, mega overdubs, left-field arrangements and anything and everything in-between. a truly golden era of dance music history, names like arthur russell, kenton nix, walter gibbons and more make up some of the talent featured on this flawless selection of goodies. oh, and for the record (no pun intended) these are all the extended mixes, 12- versions and special cuts, all killer - no filler! all tracks featured re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with the permission of and in conjunction with west end records, new york city / bmg
nyc s legendary west end record label has contributed a fair few classics to the disco cannon and continues to influence dance music today with it s forward looking releases. when you touch me is no exception, recorded and released in the golden year of 1979 and featuring the breathy, sensual vocals of a young tanaa gardner who had previously worked as a backing vocalist for numerous other projects until the label released her (other) stone cold solo classic work that body the same year on 12-. both cuts featured on her self titled debut lp and boasted the combined production and studio talents of kenton nix, bob blank and of course - larry levan. now, that s a serious line-up to have behind the boards (& in the clubs!) and of course when you touch me was a classic with it s slow, elongated intro that calls to mind a sleazier version of donna summer s love hangover before launching into a full-on disco assault that you won t forget in a hurry! yes, the record surprises you, tanaa leads us into a false sense of a slow jam and then - boom - we re off! backed with the incredible instrumental version the 12- is repressed here in it s original 1979 glory, an essential classic that has stood the test of time for the last 30+ years & is now available again, remastered & repressed for 2017 in conjunction with west end records, nyc.
a carefully crafted recreation of the 1987 pressing. featuring taana gardner, sparque, shirley lites, raw silk, michelle, sybil thomas, stone and brenda taylor this eight track compilation of full length history making classics showcases just some of the highlights from the legendary west end catalogue. as sparque says.... lets go dancin .
LARRY LEVANS CLASSIC WEST END RECORDS REMIX (3XINCH LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK03.05.16
available on limited edition triple vinyl (via dj specialty shops) this is a compilation of nine tracks remixed (between 1979 and 1982) by larry levan, the dj behind new yorks famously influential nightclub, the paradise garage. levan is a producer and remixer who, though he died in 1992, continues to be cited as one of the industry s greatest and most revered. each of the nine individual full-length tracks was digitally remastered specifically for this project. the sound quality is brilliant! the compilation comes complete with comprehensive liner notes giving the label s history, its relationship with levan and anecdotes about each of the nine remixes and how each came about. originally released in 1999 this release has been fully re created for 2016. released in conjunction with west end
**RSD 20106** POP YOUR FUNK: THE COMPLETE SINGLES COLLECTION (3X12 INCH LP)
3x12" Vinyl UK16.04.16
loose joints pop your funk: the complete singles collection will be released on vinyl via west end records for record store day. the tracks arthur russell created for loose joints are among his most enduring, dance floor-ready productions. the group has been the subject of various rounds of reissues courtesy of west end, but this coming april version is for the completists, taking its basis from a 2013 japan-only cd set. included across six sides are six versions of is it all over my face, among them larry levan s original female vocal version and two 2001 remixes from masters at work. the record store day release also includes various takes of the group s other singles, pop your funk and tell you today.
west end s second release in its new series of disco boogie essentials. 4 dancefloor killers from boogie s golden age. volume 2 sees glass let me feel your heartbeat, taana gardener work that body, sybil thomas rescue me and sparques take some time. all beautifully re mastered and released in conjunction with west end / verse 2016.
classic arthur russell 7 inch from the depths of west ends vaults. timely remastered from the original tapes. this is a different version to the honest jons 12 inch released in 2003 with more moog bleeps and a slower tempo and has never been commercially available on vinyl (track run time 2:45). it also includes the uptempo freakout rare as hens teeth instrumental mix. original 7 inches going for up to £200 on discogs and only 12 people in the world showing they own a copy. this release never got passed promo stage at west end in 1980.
huge record alert! possibly one of the rarest (and funkiest!) jams on the legendary west end label! ďtouch your lifeĒ is an elusive beast, co-produced and mixed by bert reid (crown heights affair, empress) and steeped in low slung, spaced out electronic funk, this 1982 release is surely one of the most sought after in the labels catalog. a slick quiet storm number featuring the ultra smooth, laid back vocals of the millers backed with some serious synthed-out grooves, a real beauty of a track that will appeal to all disco, soul, electro-funk and boogie heads alike. both the vocal mix and the instrumental are featured here just like the original 12″,,, release. this is the very first time this record has ever been re-issued in over 30 years. donít miss your chance to scoop up a true rarity, used copies of ďtouch your lifeĒ usually sell for above the £100 mark and donít turn up very often, if at all! this re-issue has been re-mastered from the original tapes and re-pressed with original label artwork in full collaboration with west end records, new york city.
following the groups major hit is it all over my face, arthur russell continued to release dance singles such as this disco classic tell you (today), an upbeat dance groove and loose joints holdover featuring the vocals of joyce bowden. the song has been remastered from original analog tape for 2014 and repressed in conjunction with the rights holders, verse music group.
2018 repress , a stunning piece of nyc proto-house / electronic disco from vocalist shirley lites mixed by the legendary studio team of nick martinelli & david todd. released in 1983 -heat you up...- is a slamming, heady mixture of drum machines, synths, dub fx & lites powerful, soulful vocals, a record that worked the dancefloors of the paradise garage, the zanzibar, the muzic box & many, many others into a complete frenzy, a true underground disco classic (check that dub mix!) this bonafide dance classic is now here again, re-mastered & re-pressed in conjunction with west end records & still causing a sensation when played almost 30 years after it s original release, essential!
the original, the inspirational, the bombastic, the never bettered, the one. don t make me wait is all of the above and so much more. classic to the core. huge earth shattering record right here. ok, so the scoop, for the uninitiated is this - the peech boys were larry levan s group, we re talking early 80 s nyc here, 1982 to be precise, around the height of the paradise garage as larry was making the transition from superstar dj to producer. he brought a sparse, dubbed out, narcotic late night feel to the overall sound of this record. this was a short-lived project, but the influence is still felt today, the peech boys dna is inside the veins of modern dance music, as is larry s. there is no underestimating what an impact this record had. 7+ minutes of electronic bliss, trailblazing stuff, and don t get us started on the dub. do yourself a favour, buy this classic if you don t own it already, you ll keep coming back to it time and time again. guaranteed. this essential 12inch is repressed here in it s original 1979 glory, an essential classic that has stood the test of time for the last 30+ years & is now available again, remastered & repressed for 2017 in conjunction with west end records, nyc.
nyc s disco powerhouse west end records should need no intro. the home of too-numerous-to-list club classics for over 30+ years is still impacting today on what we know to be club culture. the label started by one mel cheren (rip) with assistance from larry levan and more way back in 1976 is still held in such high regard today with it s catalogue constantly being played, rediscovered, reinterpreted and loved by waves and waves of new fans and admirers. the west end story vol. 4 is an essential overview of this most iconic of labels and some of it s more under the radar output, following on it s from it s predecessor the quality bar is obviously set extremely high, one only has to look over the tracklist to see the names and titles that are included! rare and overlooked cuts from taana gardner, sparque, forrrce, inez brooks and more make up 4 joyous sides of essential forward looking post disco classics - we re talking late 70 s, early 80 s, synths, mega overdubs, left-field arrangements and anything and everything in-between. a truly golden era of dance music history, names like tom moulton, francois k, tee scott and more make up some of the talent featured on this flawless selection of goodies. oh, and for the record (no pun intended) these are all the extended mixes, 12- versions and special cuts, all killer - no filler! all tracks featured re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released with the permission of and in conjunction with west end records, new york city / bmg.
the legendary west end records kick off 2017 with the a brand new re-edits series inviting like-minded producers with an underground thirst and a deep understanding of house & disco culture to collaborate on a very special project. first up, wolf music man medlar, applying his dancefloor know-how to west endís rich archive of classic disco and boogie. hand picking four personal favourites, medlar reworks them perfectly for current club sets. picking out dub sections and skilfully reworking & extending them proving exactly why medlar has been such a draw to labels like delusions of grandeur and for discos only. ďi put these edits together for myself and a few friends to play in our dj sets. west end was one of the key stepping stones to what would later become house music and for many is the definitive sound of early 80s new york. i d argue that it s aged better than any other label of that era and if you re relatively new to the label or know it inside out, the catalogue can likely still provide something new.Ē these four sublime new edits from medlar showcase his passion for digging deep, knowledge of house history and skills as a producer.
west end kicks off its new series of disco boogie essentials. 4 dancefloor killers from boogies golden age. volume 1 sees debbie trustys searchin for some lovin, bombers lets dance, ednah holts serious, sirius space party and the twisted dub mix of stone s girl i like the way you move.
pure sleaze from west end circa 1976! how funny can sex be? fully re mastered for 2015 and re released in conjunction with west end. this is one of the most in demand titles of west end s vast catalogue and you ll soon see why
more boogie classics from the west end vaults. from the simple beginnings of the clock ticking, this is a stone cold funk masterpiece from 1982. fully re mastered and re released in conjunction with the rights holders.
disco-boogie benchmark release from the west end deep vaults. mixed by larry levan this is a bonafide classic from the era. originally released in 1981, this release has been remastered for 2015 and releases in conjunction with the west end rights holders. my heart beats for the one i love
huge package from west end of exclusive or never before released versions of one of the highlights from their illustrious catalogue.... arthur russell s loose joints... is it all over my face? kon (king of nothing!) sourced the original stems to completely re make the track utilising both the female and male vocal parts in his outstanding -duet- mix. also included in the barnstorming 13 minute original version that s never seen the light of day... its significantly and dare we say on par with the original version! finally included is the rare as hens teeth original female vocal 3:10 7- version that was only ever released as a promo at the time. huge release that s set to cause ever lasting ripples in the disco music community!
prodigious underground nyc producer larry josephs sparque project turned in a handful of classic 12inchs for west end records & lets go dancing is probably the most well known of all of them. all the hallmarks of classic west end are here, the futuristic production (1981!) soulful vocals & killer arrangements all combine with francois kevorkian & larry levans legendary mixing desk skills to give us this bonafide garage classic that rocked dance floors from nyc to chicago on its release & still packs a punch today! this record is all about having fun, partying & losing yourself in the music, an essential classic that has stood the test of time for the last 30+ years & is now available again, remastered & repressed for 2015 in conjunction with west end records, nyc.
another west-end sure-shot! this sublime piece of early electronic boogie has always worn its classic badge with a relaxed sense of pride since its release in 1982, perhaps its the languid synthed out groove supplied by studio maestros nick martinelli & david todd or brenda taylors sublime vocals reminding us all that the game of love is always a 2 way street that are to blame?
another classic from the west end archives! forrrces keep on dancin from 1982 was a huge record across the board from bronx block parties to the paradise garage in nyc and dj harveys moist nights in london town, its popularity was bolstered by a fierce francois k dub mix on the b-side that stripped the record right back to it s most basic elements with a healthy dose of reverb assisted psychedelia thrown in for good measure! this killer cowbell led boogie jam has always been a big hit with disco freaks and continues to sound fresh some 30+ years later even making its way into veteran uk dj and music historian sean ps 100 boogie essentials 1980-1984 list. high praise indeed!re-mastered from original tape transfers, re-pressed and made available again for 2015 in conjunction with west end records, new york city.
another rare nugget culled from west ends incredibly influential back catalog. theres never been someone like you is a smoothed out soulful disco jam and a paradise garage classic! produced by the mighty kenton nix whose credits include working on records for taana gardner, gwen mccrae and the treacherous three among many others and featuring the exceptional vocal talents of underground soul singer bobby youngblood.
another killer, rare disco offering from deep within the legendary west end records vaults. released in 1976 and mixed by the mighty tom moulton, this split 12inch is one of the labels earliest releases and features two sumptuous, epic cuts from the initial wave of disco 12inches.
love club was an obscure one off project fronted by jay -mixin- dixon, a dj with a long history at nycs kiss fm where he played deep house and garage on the stations legendary master-mix show in the early 90s. the record also features a mystery, uncredited female vocalist assisted by some top shelf studio personnel manning the boards.
another early 80s nyc club classic from the vaults of west end records, just in time is yet another sublime record mixed by the martinelli / todd team & features many of their trademark touches & the ladies of raw silks incredible voices.
timely re issue of an arthur russell classic on west end records that puts his unique avant-garde spin on disco. the success of this track led to larry levan remixing the song for club play at paradise garage. the song has been remastered from original analog tape for 2014 and repressed in conjunction with the rights holders, verse music group.