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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Eye to Eye, Contact

posted by on May 14 at 15:19 PM

Last Friday, I went and checked out local Seattle deejay, DJ Riz, at his weekly Friday night gig at the Re-bar. He really blew me away a couple of weeks ago at Studio! where he played a special rare set of disco and funk cuts. I was excited to see him at his usual residency, which consisted of more deep house and funk grooves. I found the set to be as equally brilliant as a few weeks back. That being said, he ended his set with Edwin Starr’s 1978 disco classic “Contact” and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. This track, which was released on the Clean LP, can be described as Starr’s re-emergence into the club and disco scene of the late 1970’s. The track has some solid percussion work, and does a nice job blending the lines between his move into the disco realm and his earlier soul roots. It’s safe to say Edwin Starr had a very accomplished musical career with many solid releases during the late 60’s and 70’s, however there might not be another song in his collection that can move a floor like “Contact”.

Download Edwin Starr’s classic disco boogie cut “Contact” by going here.

I would also recommend checking out DJ Riz every Friday night at the Re-bar (1114 Howell Street) for some great mixing of deep house and funk.

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I highly recommend a recent MVD-distributed three DVD set titled "Don't Forget The Motor City" which has like a dozen Starr videos from the 70s, as well as tons from Mary Wells and others. Much of it is either disco-era soul gems or just before that period. Often the videos are absolutely horrible, low budget affairs ("Love Machine" by the Miracles is as awful to watch as the song is paradise to listen to) but the music is mostly all aces. What I love is how ordinary-looking many of these artists are, when their music is so gorgeous, and the videos are made without even the talent to obfuscate this.

Posted by Chris Estey | May 14, 2008 7:13 PM

DJ Riz brings love and brotherhood to every gig he plays. Really one of the best DJs in the Northwest.

His sets on KEXP, Expansions or otherwise, are also wonderful. Really a special treat any time he enters the booth.

Posted by NaFun | May 16, 2008 5:44 AM

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