We have a positive ten-thirteen in progress with a report of a party not being rocked!
Please respond, please respond!"
Disco Four - Throwdown
(From Throwdown 12"; 1983)
Like Coldcrush, Disco Four were one of those old-school groups with a fearsome live reputation who spent their recording career struggling to translate their on-stage routines into song format, but this is the crew's one record where their Rapping and their ye olde Harlem harmonizing really congealed, and for that we can probably thank Rap's first genuine production auteur, Pumpkin. Composed and played by him, Throwdown is similar to Pumpkin's other great 1983 production in that it's got a stonking Seinfeld theme type slap-bass at the song's centre and it serves as the transition point between his earlier disco band-Rap original compositions for Spoonie Gee and his later Electro-tinged productions like the Profile Records posse-cut Here Comes That Beat and Coldcrush's only true classic Fresh, Wild, Fly And Bold, a song he ghost-produced alongside various other 1983/1984 Tuff City singles which Aaron Fuschs inevitably took the credit for.
Favourite line in the song? C'mon now - it's gotta be "because I been summoned to arrest y'all for party-poopin' up against the wall" since it's one of the quintessential wallflower-disses by a Harlem Rapper alongside Ma$e's "while you stand on the wall, hand on your balls/lightin' up drawls, always fightin' in the club/I'm the reason they made the dress-code, they figured I wouldn't wild when I'm in my French clothes" from Feel So Good, innit?