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Journey Through Sound: Foremost Poets aka Johnny Dangerous’ Diverse Musical Landscape.

Kono Vidovic November 20, 2023 139 10 5

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Here at Dirty Disco, we’re always on the lookout for groundbreaking sounds that redefine the musical spectrum. Imagine my excitement when I got the chance to delve into the world of the legendary Foremost Poets, also known as Johnny Dangerous. Known for his unparalleled creativity and innovation, Johnny is set to release his ‘Flowers EP’ on Foundation Music, offering us a rare glimpse into the 12 tracks that have shaped his illustrious musical journey. From the rhythmic depths of Fela Kuti’s 1971 masterpiece to the innovative beats of Mr. Fingers in 1986, each track is a testament to the diverse influences that have sculpted his unique sound.

Foremost Poets - Flowers EP and track talk

1. Fela Kuti – Who Are You? (1971) 

This song shows us how wide spread a song can be recorded. It’s spācially perfect.  

2. Manu Dibango – Soul Makosa (1972) 

Coming out of the 1960s, this song shows us how the kick and baseline will eventually shape the best sounding records to come. There are others, but this happy accident is why I picked it. 

3. Eddie Grant – Nobody’s Got Time (1975) 

This song shows us how a Jamaican revolutionary song can go from this original version – to a modified Electric Avenue Version. Something is happening. 

4. Martin Circus – Disco Circus (1977) 

This song shows us how to orchestrate a circus, arrange a circus, or treat 3 24-track machines like a circus. 

5. Santa Esmerelda – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1977) 

This song shows takes Nina Simone & the Animal’s interpretation to another level. Santa gets a chance to give the 1970s a Latin disco flavor to this classic song.  

6. Suns of Arqa – Ananda Snake Dance (1982) 

The deep underground house sound owes its roots to songs like this. There are so many, and this is one of my favorites. 

7. Pieces of a Dream – Mt. Airy Groove (1982) 

This song shows us hip hop, disco, house & Jazz before they reached their  intersection of genres. 

8. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Computer Games (1979) 

This song shows us how Japan keeps it’s pentatonic roots in the disco conversation. One of the most important records in historic records. 

9. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Reasons To Be Cheerful (1979) 

This song shows us that one of the funkiest disco rap records of all time does not come from the Bronx, New York. The story being told is the reason why.  

10. Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood (1979) 

This song is another remake from the classic “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd. The original was perfect for the time & Place, but Amii’s got other ideas.   

11. Malcolm Mclaren – World Famous (1983) 

This song shows us the merge of Electronic Drum Machines, Hip Hop Scratching & Malcom’s Jazz improv. This chemistry is one of the best deviation of genres ever recorded. 

12. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It (1986) 

This song shows us Larry Heard’s insanity when left in a room by himself. With tracks like this being released, the 1990s will have a lot to live up to. 

My final words.

As we wrap up this incredible exploration of Johnny Dangerous’ musical odyssey, it’s clear that his influence spans across genres, time, and cultures. Each track on the ‘Flowers EP’ is not just a piece of music; it’s a landmark in the ever-evolving landscape of sound. To all the music aficionados out there, this is your cue to dive into this auditory treasure trove. A heartfelt thank you to Foremost Poets aka Johnny Dangerous for sharing his journey with us, your innovation continues to inspire and shape the future of music. Don’t miss out on this epic musical adventure – explore the ‘Flowers EP’ and immerse yourself in the genius of Johnny Dangerous!

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Kono Vidovic

DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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