The mysterious man behind arguably one of the most critically acclaimed underground deep house records ever, Ben Cenac aka Cozmo D aka Dream 2 Science is something of an enigma to many. Out of print and relatively unknown for 22 years, it was only until a Rush Hour repress came in 2012 that a deserving amount of attention directed itself towards the 1990s classic New York house record, and still not too much is known about the producer personally.
Dream 2 Science’s self-titled six track EP perked ears by shaking hands with electronic soul, lush garage, spacejazz piano and sweet acid, fermenting a warm melting pot of golden-age house that sounds staggeringly fresh for its age. Believe it or not, project mastermind Ben Cenac’s unique strand of introverted deep house was only a side-project, alongside his work for pioneering electro group Newcleus.
Once asked about his upbringing, Cozmo answered, “I was born in 1959 and came of age in the best decade of all time for music: the ’70s”. We decided to pick at that a tad further ahead of his performance next week at Found Festival in London, digging deep into his disco collection to find some formative records that shaped his music from the decade.
Catch Dream2Science for a rare performance at Found Festival this year – final few tickets here.
MFSB – Love Is The Message (Philadelphia Classics Version)
The Brooklyn national anthem in the ‘70s and ‘80s, this still packs the dance floor to this day. Amazing sax and electric piano solos. Perhaps the greatest disco bass line of all time.
Don Ray – Standing In The Rain
Love the synth work, the arpeggiators, the effects and the singalong vocal hook.
Space – Carry On, Turn Me On
Dope bass work, spacey synths and atmospheres, and a great vocal to boot.
Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity
This is the track that first made me love synthesized dance music. The synthesized drums and syncopated bass and arpeggiators are dope and it’s just so funky when it breaks down.
Giorgio Moroder – E=MC2
For me, this is Giorgio’s greatest… his signature. I know he did much bigger and much more acclaimed stuff, but for me this was a masterpiece. Beautiful simplicity meets technological complexity. And the vocoder sang right to me. I really think there would have been no Newcleus without this track.
George Duke – I Want You For Myself
The immortal George Duke does Disco like a boss. Dope bass line, amazing arrangement, fantastic vocal and a piano solo to die for. This is disco for jazz aficionados, and jazz for disco aficionados. And a singalong masterpiece.
Cloud One – Atmosphere Strut
Raw, funky mix and arrangement and 8 minutes of some of the funkiest synth playing and soloing ever on a dance record.
Love Exchange – Got to Find A Disco
Raw, gritty, dirty recording with arrangement and vocals to match. The drums hit so hard and the bass is so thumpin’ and dope that this track just can’t be denied. Used to kill a dance floor with it, even though most of the people dancing had never heard it before.
Salsoul Orchestra – Run Away
I just love this record, just love it. The pristine arrangement, the easy, funky, swinging disco drumming of Earl Young, the beautiful, perfect vocals of Loleatta Holloway, and Vince Montana with my favorite vibraphone solo of his. Whenever this song comes on I have to stop what I’m doing and sing along with Loleatta, then vibe along with Vince.
Martin Cirrus – Disco Circus
OK… so this record starts out being cheesy disco, and ends up as cheesy disco. So, you don’t play those parts. About halfway through it it drops into this dope syndrum breakdown that rocks the dance floor. What is more, after a few minutes of that, it drops into an even funkier breakdown with voices going “dumdumdumbadum”. I have rocked those 2 breaks for a half hour! Just get out before the cheesy disco comes back.