Song of the Day: Stephen Encinas “Disco Illusion” Credit the Invisible City crew outta Toronto for re-discovering this gem of disco perfection by Trinidadian artist Stephen Encinas.  Originally released (but never distributed) in 1979 on the always-reliable Kalinda imprint, “Disco Illusion” was reissued by Invisible City in 2013. It immediately got play from some of the…

These dudes (and ladies) can rap and rap and rap some more. Funky Four Plus One More’s “Rappin and Rocking the House” is one of my very favorites from the disco rap genre.

Captain Planet is one of my favorite producers these days. On his latest single, “In the Gray,” he cooks up a viciously catchy reggae instrumental, but for me it Brit Lauren’s infectious vocals that make the tune.

Ernesto Djédjé was a huge star on the Ivory Coast in his day and listening to “Ziboté,” it makes perfect sense. Catchy vocals, great instrumentation, groovy rhythms, and—although rare for West African records from the 70s—the recording is crystal clear and expertly mixed. One look at the cover and you know it’s gonna be funky.