Funky beats and smooth treats

Arthur Russell, as Slate tells us,

... was a musical wanderer best known as a disco producer, but understanding his place in the history of disco calls for a renegotiation of terms.

... As opposed to the well-fed anthems of the uptown sort, Russell's disco subsided on an unwholesome diet of false starts, wobbly rhythms, and glommed-together experiments.

New re-releases are making his music more accessible to everyone, instead of

... one of those obscure gems limited to whomever can afford a murderous bidding war on e-Bay or are privy to exceptional file sharing sites.

There are some remarkable beat and song excerpts on the Slate site above: GO NOW!