“Divine Disco: The beatific sub-genre that delivered sermons on the dance floor”: The Guardian

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With its reputation for sex, drugs and unbridled hedonism, disco doesn’t have a reputation as the most god-fearing genre. But, as every clubber knows, on a great night you can have something akin to a spiritual experience on the dancefloor, putting your hands in the air and giving yourself over to a higher power: music itself.

A new compilation, put together by DJ and inveterate crate-digger Greg Belson, confirms that the cultures of Saturday night and Sunday morning aren’t so diametrically opposed. Divine Disco gathers together an obscure clutch of records made between 1974 and 1984 by gospel artists who wanted to spread the word beyond their usual audience.

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