Black Soul

Black Soul

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Little is known about Black Soul, a '70s Afro-disco septet with ties to France, but few disco groups had a fatter, warmer sound. Thanks, in part, probably go to Salsoul studio wiz Tom Moulton, who mixed most of the best disco singles in the '70s and '80s, and also worked with Black Soul. Whatever the means of creation, Black Soul singles like "Black Soul Music," "Black Brothers," "Disco Music," and "Let's Dance" were great period pieces, upbeat and energetic, with plentiful horn fills and rousing group vocals -- most similar to chorus-led disco and funk acts like Instant Funk with a healthy dose of African influences (think of Hugh Masekela's soul record, The Boy's Doin' It). Their influence must have been sizable, considering that a 2007 reissue of this self-titled Black Soul album included a bonus disc with loads of remixes from French producers including Cerrone, Superfunk, Fatt Bros, and Clark Simon.

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