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Best of House Music, Vol. 5: Disco-Tech

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Truth be told, disco didn't really die with the 1970s -- it simply changed its name to dance-pop in the '80s and continued to use that name in the late '90s. Indeed, a lot of the deep house, hi-NRG, and Latin freestyle that has come out in the '80s and '90s is basically an extension of late-'70s disco. But at the same time, a lot of underground club music (everything from acid house, techno, and jungle to trance and tribal) has rejected the type of melodic song structures that characterized disco. The interesting thing about the fifth volume in Profile's Best of House Music series is the fact that it is, to a large degree, a collection of underground club items that acknowledges classic disco. The collection even includes rave-like remixes of the Trammps' "Disco Inferno" (arguably disco's national anthem) and Sharon Brown's "I Specialize in Love," but many of the selections are about the track and the beat rather than vocal personality. You won't find an actual song structure on Jump's "Luv It Up," Chubby Chunks' "Testament One," or the Mighty Dub Katz' "Return to the Valley of Yeke Yeke," all with rhythms influenced by classic '70s disco, yes, but not a real song structure. Essentially, these tunes are coming from an underground perspective; if you've found yourself uttering the words, "I just don't get this rave thing, " Vol. 5: Disco-Tech won't convert you. This is an interesting collection, to be sure, but one that isn't for the uninitiated; you have to have a taste for underground '90s club music to appreciate this CD.

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