Tropical Disco Hustle: Highlighting The Disco Era in Trinidad + Beyond

January 5, 2015


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Leroy Sibbles a.k.a. Prince Blackman

Itโ€™s an archive that other diggers have also been cullingโ€”see Torontoโ€™s Invisible City, and their 2012 mixtape, Possibility of an Island. As a record label, Cultures of Soul took the rediscovery approach one step further by properly licensing all the tracks. That process led Deano to Charlie’s Calypso City, a record store and recording studio on Fulton Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, that boasted aย thriving record label during the ’70s and ’80s. It proved a particularly reliable source of quality material. โ€œAnything that had a Charlieโ€™s Records sticker, I pulled it,โ€ Deano said.

But in most cases, the tracks remain the musicianโ€™s intellectual property. That fortuitous outcome meant both an easier process for a small, independent label and the opportunity for Deano to engage directly with many of the artists. โ€œA lot of these guys are still active musicians, still hustling,โ€ he explained in a nod to the album titleโ€™s double meaning, a gesture to both the eraโ€™s iconic dance, and these Caribbean artistsโ€™ hardworking ethic.

A secondย Tropical Disco Hustleย volume, featuring tracks from Barbados, St. Lucia, and elsewhere, is now in the works, with a planned release in spring 2015.

Tropical Disco Hustle is available on CD and double LP, as are selected 12โ€s from the compilation, here.ย