Sometimes all the brain needs is great disco. It’s like a party and a detoxifying spa in one. For Sylvester, making disco and soul was exactly that; few records showcase the genres’ sense of rapturous relief as well as Step II. It is the antithesis of denial, and, having passed through the choppy valley of acceptance, reaches euphoric embrace time and time again. The movements to which Sylvester belonged needed cultural figureheads to advance their acceptance in the systems of both fame and everyday living. He was infectiously open in all that he was, famously stating “I don’t want much—just a fabulous time”.
A favourite: ‘You Make Me Feel’ (Mighty Real)