"Cocktail Disco,", a style sometimes called 'Sleaze' back in its day, from roughly 1976 to 1979 is the subject of Dimitri from Paris' latest rare Disco collection.
According to Dim, the 'Sleaze' sound "was usually played after hours, in spots with a strong sex oriented drive." and "has that ubiquitous 4/4 beat and flying open high hat, complemented by rich orchestrations, campy over the top vocals, and an often tropical latin vibe. Something that wouldn't feel out of place in a broadway musical." Major producers of the genre "inevitably spawned smaller ones trying to follow with a similar sound, and hence an identifiable genre was born. The indie label releases usually meant lower producing budgets, which translated in less polished recordings giving the music a rawer, more appealing sound."
"Cocktail Disco" a double CD compilation will be released in June from UK's BBE label. The focus is more on the indie and harder to find songs rather than on the major players which have been thoroughly compiled or re-issued.
You can sample it on MySpace player at myspace.com/djdimitrifromparis