Various Artists

Hustle! Reggae Disco

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The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican reggae is well documented, but the story doesn't stop there, as this brief disc shows, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop) have also been subsumed into the reggae mix, and while one might suspect that the resulting hybrid would die of its own implausibility, the feral mix of disco with reggae rhythms is so darn infectious that it hardly matters. Once you take your brain out of the frame and just let your feet go, this collection is a dancer's delight, with solid covers of Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" by the Blood Sisters, Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Derrick Lord and Trinity, and the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" by Xanadu and Sweet Lady, all done up in full-blown disco style, but with huge dub-style rhythm tracks. None of this should work, but it does, and in the case of Carol Cool's "Upside Down," the hybrid is considerably better than the original by Diana Ross. Don't expect Studio One authenticity here, but if you're looking for an impossibly infectious dance collection, this is it.

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