Patrick Adams
May 18, 2010 2:30 PM   Subscribe

Patrick Adams: The king of underground disco. With over 30 gold records to his name and 30 plus years in the music business, Patrick Adams has worked with everyone from Gladys Knight and Salt 'n Pepa, to Eric B. and Rakim and Rick James. But his early, harder to find, pioneering (and moogtastic) sounds from the mid-seventies, with his group Cloud One, and tracks produced for The Universal Robot Band, Queen Constance, Musique and Phreek is where the magic lies. If the sounds of Atmosphere Strut or Disco Juice don't make you want to shake your groove thing, you may not have a soul :( posted by puny human (12 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
His Discogs entry.
posted by empath at 2:36 PM on May 18, 2010

Good stuff! If you're looking to buy them, Unidisc have reissued a lot of his albums and singles. I would stay away from the Traffic comps for sound quality reasons.
posted by hyperizer at 2:38 PM on May 18, 2010

Wow - I didn't know he was behind so many great tracks. I heard Bumblebee Unlimited a few years back for the first time, and it's now one of my favorites.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:41 PM on May 18, 2010

Keep On Jumpin', wow. I wonder if a clean sample of that bassline exists.
posted by hellojed at 4:06 PM on May 18, 2010

I love musicfilter posts!
posted by wcfields at 4:11 PM on May 18, 2010

Another favourite - Marta Acuna - Dance Dance Dance

Nerd bonus, disco star trek theme - UNIVERSAL ROBOT BAND - DISCO TREK

and from the 80s, Cathy Dennis (schwing!) covering a Patrick Adams tune, Touch Me (All Night Long)

Man, I used to have such a crush on her :)
posted by puny human at 4:33 PM on May 18, 2010

Oh yeah, you got me at Atmosphere Strut. Fantastic.
posted by davejay at 5:54 PM on May 18, 2010

Nice. I think I know him mostly as Universal Robot Band, who I'd mistakenly believed was Patrick Cowley.
posted by klangklangston at 6:49 PM on May 18, 2010

I hope I don't offend the Gods of MetaFilter with this comment, but this is a nice bit of serendipity here. We just started a little mini-forum on reddit (aka 'subreddit') for lovers of disco, house, and other forms of "mature" dance & electronic music - we're calling it Future Funk Airlines. And I happen to have just posted "Atmosphere Strut" over there as well.

Really some great music here - thanks for sharing. Personally I found "Atmosphere Strut" on the Choice: A Collection of Classics mix by the one and only 'Little' Louie Vega of Masters At Work - many a forgotten disco gem to be had on there.

If you consider any aspect of this comment offensive, please feel free to disparage me.
posted by viborg at 6:51 PM on May 18, 2010

That is a cool bit of synchronicity there viborg, but all I can say to the fact that you are from reddit is...get him!!!.
posted by puny human at 8:57 PM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

That's some smooth disco! Not necessarily my kind of disco, but you can clearly see the roots of soulful house there.
It has lead me to look into the life story of Harry Wayne 'K.C.' Casey, as he produced Spank, which a nasty pumping disco monster.
posted by asok at 6:02 AM on May 19, 2010

all I can say to the fact that you are from reddit is...get him!!!.

Heh, well...heh. You know, I was actually reading MeFi long before I was on reddit, I just didn't get around to joining here until recently. Yeah, that's it.
posted by viborg at 12:55 AM on May 20, 2010

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