Physique share the top five disco-funk albums that inspired their ‘All-Nite’ EP
Trends come in cycles, and by my calculations we’re due for a disco revival any day now. One of the finest artists leading the disco renaissance is Sydney’s own PHYSIQUE, who recently dropped a four-track EP of piping hot grooves by the name of ALL NITE, via Personal Best Records.
Spearheaded by Andrew Elston (of Sydney house collective The Possé), Physique is all about throwback disco goodness blended with the sweat-soaked four-to-the-floor flair of modern dance music. Since his 2015 debut ‘Same Mistakes’ put him on the map, he’s made a name for himself not only in Sydney’s dance scene, but among Australia’s finest tastemakers AAA Backstage, Pilerats (and also us). ALL-NITE‘s sound is best expressed on the title track, a slow-disco of glittering synths, twangy funk guitar and catchy vocal samples.
With notes of disco, funk and everything in between, ALL-NITE pays homage to the contemporaries while offering up its own twist on the formula. For a better look at the melting-pot of influences that make up his debut, we asked Physique to share the top five disco-funk albums that inspired him the most. Get in on the ground floor and check out ALL-NITE before everyone starts sporting flares and leisure suits!
George Clinton – Atomic Dog
My introduction to proper funk as a high school student in the late 90s. This was the first “real” funk 12 inch I bought from the now defunct “Discovery Records” in Hornsby and has stayed with me for life. George Clinton and P-Funk remain a strong influence to this day – the spirit of inclusion, clever social commentary, controlled madness and futurist vibes all make it for me.
David Joseph – You Can’t Hide (Larry Levan Mix)
A staple in the record box. A Larry Levan, New York Garage classic and a synth funk masterpiece! The interplay between all the elements is for me, perfection. Also one of the best examples of dub in disco, the delay work in the vocal breakdown is sublime.
Cool Uncle – Game Over
While strictly not funk or disco I feel it has many cross-overs and this track definitely influenced me and the production of this record when I first heard it. One of the best produced and arranged songs I’ve heard in the last few years. How can you go wrong with Mayer Hawthorne and the Don Bobby Caldwell?
Evelyn Champagne King (Produced by Kashif) – Back to Love
Probably one of the more obvious sonic influences on the Physique sound, more specifically the drum sound, guitar playing and overall tone of the production. Evelyn king’s voice is incredible and Kashif remains one of the most underrated producers of this time period. RIP Kashif!!
Sasac Talking God
I don’t know much about this European guitar god but the laid back, smooth guitar based grooves struck a chord with me a few years back and never left!
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