2022, 12″ LP, Dark Entries.
Best known for producing chart-topping disco anthems like the Sylvester-fronted ‘Do You Wanna Funk?’ – that still crop up in DJs like Juan Atkins’ sets to this day, Cowley died in 1982 due to an AIDS-related illness. He left an incredible body of work but since 2009, the Dark Entries label has been working with Cowley’s friends and family to uncover the singular artist’s lesser-known sides such as his soundtracks for gay pornographic films. Malebox brings us six more recent discoveries from the hidden archives, very much in the churning disco-funk and hi-NRG areas that we’ve come to know and love as trademark Cowley. Recorded from 1979-1981, one of Patrick’s most creatively exciting periods, this bumper pack includes early Paul Parker demos ‘If You Feel It’ and ‘Love Me Hot’, a demo version of ‘Low Down Dirty Rhythm’ with Jeanie Tracy’s vocals, plus ‘Floating’, ‘Love and Passion’ and ‘A Wicked Tool’, all infectious and brimming with joyfulness and futuristic exploration. Also included is an air mail envelope containing a letter from Patrick Cowley to French disco producer Pierre Jaubert as well as liner notes and hand-written lyrics. Malebox will be released on November 12, the 40th anniversary of Patrick’s passing. – Juno