For those of you who have been in a coma, living on another planet, or simply in hibernation for the last 40 years or so, Genius of Time is a great introduction to one of dance music’s all time greats. Larry Levan’s infamous residency at Paradise Garage will go down in the history books as possibly the greatest of all time and his influence on so many genres paved the way for much of the music we love and adore today.
This two disc disco history lesson on demigod Larry Levan follows a 12” release last year on Record Store Day. It’s packed full of some of his greatest remixes and production and attempts to touch on various genres he influenced. From the classic disco grooves of Jimmy Ross, with that exceptional off-beat clap and sampling that was way ahead of its days, to Gwen Guthrie’s punchy 80’s synth disco basslines (one of many from her on the compilation), this collection takes you back to Paradise Garage in the comfort of your own home.
Other favourites of Levan’s such as Loose Joints, Man Friday (who also features numerous times), and Dee Dee Bridgewater, also make the cut. I feel sorry for the guys at Universal that no doubt had a few arguments trying to whittle the shortlist down to just these 22 tracks.