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Patrick Cowley was an early pioneer in left-of-center disco, synthesizer experimentation, and hi-nrg. He’s credited with creating the “San Francisco sound” made famous most notably by the disco slammers he wrote and produced with Sylvester like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Stars” as well as his notorious 16 minute remix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”

In the late 70s, Cowley was contacted by gay porn magnate John Coletti of Fox Studios in Los Angeles to score some upcoming films, one of which was Muscle Up. Cowley submitted a trove of early synth compositions from his college years as well as some rough demo tracks like “Somebody To Love Tonight” (later recorded by Sylvester). The resulting album is an otherworldly journey into cosmic funk, proto-disco, and exotic synthesizer textures.

Patrick Cowley tragically passed away of AIDS in 1982 at the young age of 32. Although his career was short-lived, his unique influence has reverberated through electronic music to this very day.

12.19.18