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Various Artists British Hustle

Before the hustle became Love Boat fodder there was an actual vibrancy to Van McCoy's dance. As evidenced by this new compilation from Soul Jazz, the UK was feeling the Philly soul sound too. Their jazz-funk bands added a Caribbean twist to the Stateside formula with clean picking, bubbling basslines and percussive pockets-this was disco with a Red Stripe. British Hustle not only includes music from FBI and Hi Tension, but also Heatwave (before Rod Temperton wrote half of Off The Wall and Thriller) and Freeze (prior to crafting electro classic "I.O.U."). Equally fitted for a social club or the Paradise Garage, the blueprints of late-'70s and early-'80s dance scene are contained within, even those of proto-house (Imagination's "Burning Up").

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