There’s a certain rule that I have when I’m digging through dusty crates of vinyl that helps to weed out the crap from the good stuff at first glance. This rule states, “If the cover of the album is a photo of a multi-ethnic/racial group of people, standing in space/on a starship/on some distant fictional galaxy, then chances are there is some funky grooves on that piece of wax.” This rule has hardly ever let me down over the years. So, when I first discovered Skyy’s 1979, self-titled release “Skyy” and saw that it was basically the trifecta of the rule I lived by, I pretty much had an erection the moment I dug it up. And rightfully so.
Skyy’s inaugural release is no disappointment to the late disco of the 70’s and it’s perfect to usher in the sounds of the early 80’s. The whole album is a wonderfully funky, floor filling good time! I mean what would you come to expect from the folks over at Salsoul Records with Jose Rodriguez at the helm of mastering the production? This album embodies all the great things that make Salsoul productions great and shows off the talents of all the artists that make up Skyy. When you take a listen to the works of this album, make sure that you pay extra special attention to “This Groove is Bad,” “First Time Around,” and “Disco Dancin’.” Each of these tracks are perfect to play for any rump shaking discoteque! I mean come on! On “This Groove is Bad” less than a minute into the song they tell you to, “shake your ding-a-ling-a-ling” and it’s “a party just for you to get it on.” And this is just from the opening track of the album! And nearly the whole album is like this! The notable tracks on this album have all been pressed up onto 12″ singles around the same time when the full length LP was pressed up so they shouldn’t be too hard to find. In fact this release goes for a very digestible median of about $5.00 on Discogs. You could probably even find it for less at your local swap meet or thrift shop. Definitely, you’ll want to add this to your collection!