The Million Dollar Orchestra - Better Days (BBE Music)
Sick and tired of cut and paste re-edits and hollow sounding Disco-House records, Scottish disco lord Al Kent decided to take matters into his own hands. He put together a real ‘orchestra’ to create dancefloor bound music that is full of retro charm and genuine musicianship. Following in the tradition of 70s outfits like Salsoul’s musical troupe, Kent’s modest outfit features horns, strings and singers and records delightful discoid ditties in an analogue studio. Efforts on this album such as the heart-warming “Don’tcha Wanna Get Down”, risqué “Rock Freak Boogie” and smile-inducing “Feel The Music” really hit home. This is New Disco, albeit with one ear stuck firmly in the past.