Inside the crate at all vinyl street party Electric Avenue

Words by Brett Pike

 Nick Gencarelli AKA Mr Fantastic Black Plastic himself

Nick Gencarelli AKA Mr Fantastic Black Plastic himself

Basement bars are dope. They're usually covered in graffiti, dance floors littered with people in their mid-20s letting their minds unravel, and chock full of hidden gems. If you haven't graced the dark sweat of Biggies @ Bertram then you've seriously been living under a rock for the past year.

Regularly filling the basement dance floor, Saturday night event DISCO IS NOT A DIRTY WORD is spilling out over into the street and taking the music back to the people in cohorts with Splash Adelaide. But this Saturday night the DISCO IS NOT A DIRTY WORD guys will be going one better, with an all vinyl disco street party taking over Coromandel Place and the basement bar below.

This weekend's event Electric Avenue "was born out of a desire to share under-appreciated music for people to discover and dance to," and will be featuring ONLY vinyl spun in its true uninhibited form, over two bars in Coromandel Place with quality local tune selectors, food and vibes. 

Electric Avenue runner and disk jocky Nick Gencarelli goes on to explain, "I think vinyl has its merits over digital for a few reasons. Firstly, from a curation perspective, playing vinyl means that DJs are only playing music they really love."

In a way, the physical search for records forms a deeper connection to the actual records themselves. "I find there is also a social aspect to shopping for records in stores that is not present when shopping for music alone online. I also enjoy the element of chance to find
music you wouldn’t otherwise seek out or stumble across in the current algorithm based digital market."

Yewth chatted to Nick Gencarelli aka Fantastic Black Plastic in the lead up to Electric Avenue to suss some of his essential disco records he has found through his love of disco and the vinyl-sphere.

Who? Chemise
What? She Can't Love You from their 1982 12" single
Why do you love it?
"Vocals like butter, not overproduced, catchy as hell. A one-off disco project from a husband and wife turned under-appreciated classic."

Who? Idris Muhammad
What? Could Heaven Ever Be Like This from the 1977 record Turn This Mutha Out
Why do you love it?
"Made most famous by Jamie XX, sampled in his track ‘Loud Places’. This
masterpiece makes use of a full spectrum of sound with lush harmonies and is
undeniably euphoric and uplifting."

Who? David Joseph
What? You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) from their 1983 12" single
Why do you love it?
"A driving bassline coupled with playful leading synth sounds made this track a
big hit in the clubs at the time of release and still holds up today."

Who? Steve Monite
What? Only You by the 1984 record of the same name
Why do you love it? 
"Nigerian boogie masterpiece, with it’s lo-fi production only adding to it’s charm.
Recently reissued by PMG Austria and featured on the popular ‘Doing it in Lagos’
compilation by Soundway records."

Who? Womack & Womack
What? MPB (Missin' Persons Bureau) (Frankie Knuckles Paradise Ballroom Mix) from the 1989 12" single
Why do you love it? 
"Big chorussy guitar blends perfectly with a boogie bassline to create a soundscape like no other. Beautifully extended and arranged by Frankie Knuckles to it’s full 9 minute glory. Copies fetch ridiculous prices online, this record is in desperate need of a reissue."


Electric Avenue is taking over Coromandel Place and Biggies @ Bertram this Saturday with some pre-sale tickets still available online. Oh, and they serve Espresso Martini's on tap too, so be sure to tip your bar staff and soak it up.