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Various Jerome Derradji presents The American Boogie Down

For The American Boogie Down, Still Music label head Jerome Derradji has amassed a crate digger’s trove of late-era disco and P-Funk-infused soul, the kind that could survive any record-burning orgy. The best cuts are clap-alongs that drift through outer-space, namely Devarne’s “You Are Number One” and Visions of Tomorrow’s “Galaxy,” while Grayship Daviz’s jerky rhythms are tailor-made for the cardboard breakdancing mat. The American Boogie Down has a separate, unmixed disc but the mixed version is worthier for MC Paul Randolph’s calls for love on the dancefloor: “Whatever ails you baby/We’ve got the cure.” Amen.

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