Dance music is mainstream in America and elsewhere, but this wasn’t always the case. At the height of the “disco sucks” movement a publicity starved Chicago radio DJ named Steve Dahl invited baseball fans attending a night double-header between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers on July 12, 1979 to bring disco albums for Disco Demolition Night. In between games, he blew the albums up with fireworks and things quickly got out of hand. This bit of history serves as the backdrop for the title track of UK-based house music journeyman Sandy Turnbull’s At Comisky Park EP featuring a sample of someone recalling the notorious event, noting how what was essentially the final nail in disco’s coffin sent the music into the underground.
Over the course of a career that’s seen him release records on labels including Soulfuric Deep, Look At You and Heavy, Turnbull, who runs Galleria Records, has steered clear of musical trends and fads, staying true to the ethos of house music. With his new EP receiving props from icons such as Tony Humphries and Mark Farina, we checked in with the man himself and asked him about
five six records he’s loving at the moment.
Demuir – “Mi Nah Chase Pum Pum”
Demuir’s new album on DJ Sneak’s Magnetic Recordings is really, really good. This is my favorite cut.
OPOLOPO – “Staying Power” feat. Pete Simpson (The Reflex Revision, Snippet)
The Reflex Mix of Opolopo and Pete Simpson is a sure fire disco treat that will be in my sets for a long time.
Snacks – “Deep Fry” (Fouk Remix)
I really like everything I’ve heard Fouk make. The guys really nail this remix.
Milty Evans – “Blind Control”
I actually think Milty Evans is seriously underrated and I really love the jackin’ groove he has on this Whitebeard Records release.
Zo! feat. Tamisha Waden – “Steal My Joy” (Reel People Vocal Mix)
Right up there with the best vocal house tracks in 2016.
Sandy Turnbull – “Yeah, That”
Part of EP I’m really proud of. The second half of this song is when it comes into its own.