Sound Obsession

’80s Chicago Funk

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120 minsFirst aired 7 Nov 2018Restream Sun at 9:00am EST as part of Red Bull Music Festival Chicago
Artwork by Henrik Büren

Kirk Degiorgio takes a deep dive into the dancefloors of the Windy City before acid house, and finds music by Coffee and Royal Flush.

With the Red Bull Music Festival Chicago happening throughout November, Kirk Degiorgio dives into Chicago’s ‘80s funk scene, before the acid house revolution. Disco might have been a dirty word back then, but there was still plenty of dance energy coming from styles like gospel, soul and funk. So take a listen to the sound of clubs before things got stripped-back, raw and electronic, and for the next two hours discover the soulful sounds of Coffee, Royal Flush, Heaven and Earth, Omni, Magnum Force, the Next Movement, Phil Upchurch and other Chicago artists.

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