Mon. Sep. 20, 2021

Stephen Encinas – Disco Illusion

Most Wanted! Stephen Encinas – Disco Illusion (Kalinda)

Lucky are the happy few who managed to get their hands on this ultra rare piece of wax dating from 1979.
Its cosmic synths effects over a rumblin’ phonky bassline somehow reminding of some of Roy Ayers‘s works…

Port Of Spain hailing Stephen Encinas alongside lead singer Wendy Eligon soon got favorited by luminaries such as Gilles Peterson and Joey Negro after its re-release in 2013. With, as a consequence, bids goin’ over US$ 1,500 to get its original pressing!

Encinas gave his explanations as to how the whole happened on the Invisible City Editions website
“I guess I was happy when the Disco era ended. Since as a writer, its passing gave way to a wider focus on more diverse tastes for emerging genres. Nevertheless, I got also somewhat enthralled during the Disco ear by its hypnotic call to dance… To de-stress, to unwind, to celebrate… To immerse yourself into that hazy illusion that the song speaks about. If only for that moment!

Like many of the other songs I have written however, the genesis of ‘Disco Illusion’ was not as a result of any epiphany. But more an attempt to capture the look and feel of what happened in the club scene at the time.

It would however be remiss of me not to mention that ‘Disco Illusion’ was released months after launching my very first record/45. ‘Rock-a-bye Baby Love’, which instantly put me on the map as a young upcoming writer, producer, singer and musician.
So positive were the responses to that first production that the market propelled me to follow with another release…”

Better late than never, regarding the recognition of these talents, whom we’d like to definitely hear more of even though some 35 years after…

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Stephen Encinas only managed to get two single releases to his credit. ‘Rock-A-Bye Baby Love’ preceeded by ‘Disco Illusion’. Both issued on obscure Trinidadian label Kalinda. The only problem being that no one heard it before, due to the fact that the label failed to get a distribution deal. No one until 2013, when someone happened to find a box full of copies of it in a local warehouse. With the rest being history when Canadian label Invisible City Editions decided to reissue it.

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