Disco Mixtape for Roller Skating, Anyone?
I love music. I love listening to it, I love learning about it, I love talking about it, and I love knowing what others are listening to. While songs are meant for popular consumption, a mixtape (or playlist) is very personal, and as such, can tell you a lot about a person. Even the platforms that we use to stream our mixtapes say something.
I have been using Spotify since I was in high school and I keep all of my old playlists. I find this platform to be very intuitive and reliable. And I love that Spotify gives you a year-end report on your listening (Wrapped). Any new playlist that I make becomes part of my personal archive. Recently, I added a new mixtape that combines two of my favorite things: disco music and roller skating. This is the perfect combination. Now don’t exit this page! Give disco a chance for me. On the surface, it’s good fun that will have you grooving (or at least tapping your feet and bobbing your head). On a deeper level, I have so much respect for the culture and history of disco music, particularly the Black women who defined the genre, and roller skating. So while you listen to a few songs at your desk or as you make dinner, I will be listening to this mixtape as I strap on my knee pads (safety first!) and get some exercise.
The full playlist will be available at the bottom of the page. While I typically use Spotify, I am adding YouTube links for anyone who doesn’t use that platform (because Spotify will shuffle the order for non-payers). I also appreciate the music video element of Youtube that you miss with Spotify, which will tell us a lot about disco and roller skating during its present comeback. I am breaking this mixtape down from oldest song to newest, with a little historical context mixed in, of course!
Cheryl Lynn, “Got to Be Real” 1978
CHIC, “My Forbidden Lover” (1978)
Sister Sledge, “One More Time” (1979)
Donna Summer, “Bad Girls” (1979)
Patrice Rushen, “Haven’t You Heard” (1979)
Lord Echo, Mara TK, “The Sweetest Meditation” (2017)
Victoria Monet, Khalid, SG Lewis, “Experience” (2020)
Jessie Ware, “Step Into My Life” (2020)
Do you prefer Spotify too? Here is my mixtape:
Did you hear anything you like? Did this make you want to buy a new pair of roller skates? Are you googling disco history (as you should)? Any new artists with a disco-infused sound that I need to check out? Drop a comment below!