Disco

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Jazz, R&B and ‘sophistifunk’: James Mtume’s greatest recordings
From his Afrocentric jazz with Miles Davis and Lonnie Liston Smith to his chart hits for Roberta Flack and Stephanie Mills, we celebrate the best of the late musician

Alexis Petridis

11, Jan, 2022 @3:03 PM

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James Mtume, jazz and funk musician, dies aged 75
The versatile songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist had hits with his own group Mtume as well as for Stephanie Mills, Roberta Flack and more

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, Jan, 2022 @10:20 AM

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Various Artists: Tokyo Glow review – radiant homage to Japanese city pop
This upbeat collection unearths artists whose glossy, disco-influenced pop contains subtle fusions and canny innovation

Ammar Kalia

10, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘The Wizard of Oz of entertainment’: the incredible career of Robert Stigwood
He managed the Bee Gees and created Saturday Night Fever but the closeted impressario ‘never felt that sense of success’ according to a new documentary

Jim Farber

08, Dec, 2021 @4:22 PM

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Jessie Ware review – steamy and scintillating grown up pop
Leaning into the disco sound of her last album and her older, understated R&B, Ware performs with fun and finesse

Fergal Kinney

03, Dec, 2021 @11:36 AM

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Diana Ross to play ‘legends’ slot at Glastonbury festival 2022
Pop and disco star will finally play festival she was due to perform at in 2020 before Covid pandemic forced cancellation

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Nov, 2021 @5:09 PM

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Abba: Voyage review – no thank you for the music
After 40 years, the makers of once-sparkling pop are back – but the glamour promised by this album’s two terrific singles goes horribly unfulfilled

Jude Rogers

05, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Diana Ross: Thank You review – an anaemic comeback that should have been great
With disco enjoying one of its periodic moments in the sun, a supremely classy 21st-century reboot was possible. But this isn’t it

Alexis Petridis

04, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The greatest songs about the climate crisis – ranked!
As Cop26 opens in Glasgow, we provide the soundtrack, ranging from Gojira’s metal fury to gorgeous environmental paeans by Childish Gambino, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell

Alexis Petridis

28, Oct, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Candi Staton: ‘When the promoters tried not to pay I had to get my gun out’
Between the ‘chitlin’ circuit’ and her new rave tunes, the soul diva even picked up praise from Elvis. In our new series where you ask the questions, this storied musician reveals a few untold yarns

Dave Simpson

07, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Everybody salsa! Fania, the ramshackle New York label that sent Latin rhythms global
Its founders went from flogging LPs from a car to defining a genre in the late 60s. As a box set is released, manager Harvey Averne and star Joe Bataan recall those heady days in East Harlem

Stevie Chick

30, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The reader interview: post your questions for Candi Staton
Kicking off a new weekly series, where readers pose questions for film and music stars, is the 81-year-old queen of soul and disco heartbreak

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Sep, 2021 @11:56 AM

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