Sep
23
2016
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Urania

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Guy Houzet – Urania

Probably the best record I bought this year. The exquisite textures are quite distinctively 1977 with strings linked to sweet and pleasant flavors,  balanced by sharp bitter and umami tastes of the brass instruments. The sensory experience is topped by the additional zing of the synths. Total perfection.

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Apr
24
2016
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From the archives:
Fear Of Vocals

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A newly discovered improved version of Anno Domini and other unsettling tracks, plus a whole lot of instrumentals.

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Sep
21
2016
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Oliver Robotron

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Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – Oliver Robotron

Chase jazz, deep space mysticism, desert disco and sounds made by something in high heels sashaying up from the vaults of Cinecittá – Misha Panfilov Sound Combo’s latest seven combines all that without missing a beat. This is one of those rare records with both sides ready to go down a storm in a dark basement as well as by the pool at sunset. In other words, a perfect Overfitting Disco package.

Space Jogging has sharp electronic motifs that squirm around a huge bassline and fat beats but as always, we must look closely at the b-side. Oliver Robotron is a more detailed walk thru what seems like the neon lit back alleys Soho during the Cool Britannia era when it was still about proper old school clubbing. Here especially, Mr Panfilov and his gang  excel with ultrasharp playing and astute arrangements, keeping the incredients fresh with personal touches whilst looking towards the future.

Recorded in Estonia in 2016, out By Funk Night Records of Detroit.

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Sep
20
2016
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My Boy Lollipop / Sugar Suite

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Suzy Who – My Boy Lollipop/Sugar Suite

Longer and more efficent than the one credited to Aural Exciters.

There is a a gag-proof way to go this deep. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Then let it hit the underside of your tongue.

 

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Sep
18
2016
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Vzdej Se Pisnim

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Jezinky – Vzdej Se Pisnim (Dirty Old Man)

The Three Degrees know all about them and so does Jezinky from Hungary.

 

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Sep
15
2016
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Cha Cha 2000

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Dusseldorf – Cha Cha 2000

Futuristic cha cha from Germany, made in 1978.

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Sep
14
2016
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Isadora

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Nydia Caro – Isadora

Nice latin US disco from the relatively small Libra label

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Sep
13
2016
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Dancing on the edge of danger

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Mikael Rickfors – Dancing on the edge of danger

Great swedish disco from the ’79 LP Kickin’ a dream.

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Sep
13
2016
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The 80s

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The 80s

The 80s were about wearing black on black, not exhanging bodily fluids, forgetting about New York and flying to London instead. Grace Jones and Pedro Almodóvar made immense impact. The best fonts were by Neville Brody, seen in magazines like Face and the Arena. From France, Philippe Starck emerged as the new designer god. Communism fell, MTV was born and there was famine in Ethiopia. Nights were spent on watching horror movies in cinemas and ultraviolent Hong Kong gangster films on vhs but people still danced on weekends. Computers took over. Anything else…no, that’s pretty much it.

The sounds? Here’s some of the right stuff in a mix.

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Sep
12
2016
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Traum Und Wirklichkeit

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Satin Whale – Traum und Wirklichkeit

German krautrock band Satin Whale composed the soundtrack for the 1978 movie “Die Faust in der Tasche (Fist in the pocket)”. Quite good record all the way through. Lot’s of synth action!

 

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Sep
11
2016
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Вы Жертвою Пали (You’ve fallen victims)

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Alexander Gradsky – You’ve Fallen Victims

Russia, our spiritual Motherland of abundant resources, stretching across 12 time zones! You will all stand up during the introduction and when the modern disco music begins with the heroic sounds of Kalashnikovs you will all clap your hands in rhythm.

 

 

 

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Sep
11
2016
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Žiješ V Éře Diskoték

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Bezinky Prazske Smycce  – Zijes V Re Diskotek (The Best Disco in Town)

Unexplainably my favourite track of the moment, a Czechoslovakian version of the been-there heard-it-a-million-times medley of hits from The Ritchie Family.

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Sep
09
2016
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Roots Of Evil / Die Brut Des Bösen

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Christian Anders & Madrid-Sound-Orchester – Running Away

Killer instrumental from a 1979 German film featuring karate fights, dwarfs and copious nudity, written and co-directed by none other than Christian Anders of the Divine Emanuelle and “Love Love Love” fame. Of course, Christian also composed this track. Also note: if you look closely at the lower poster, you can see he is wearing nipple rings.

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Sep
07
2016
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Surcide

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Surcide – Rite

Sacred ritual music from France, recorded in 1982. The first part of this can be heard as the opening track of my Disco Dance 7 mix, see a previous post.

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Sep
06
2016
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The Fantastic Pikes

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The Fantastic Pikes – Ghost Riders In The Sky

The Fantastic Pikes has got to be among the best names for a group, ever. They deliver the standard tune exactly the fab fishy way you’d think.

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Aug
31
2016
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Summernight Dance

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A Great strange dream called summer is over. Somehow the ascension to autumn is not yet in the horizon as everything still resembles the summer. Perhaps these days of transition are best spend on the road. Eventually all these roads lead to Tartu, Estonia this Saturday. Enter the empowering world of cosmic disco at the Psühhodisko II Konverents at the Genialistide Klubi. Feel free to join the party and enjoy a mixture of haunting synths, tribal drums and irresistibly pumping disco bass!

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Aug
27
2016
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Habanera

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Union All Stars Band – Habanera

The Habanera means a “Dance from Havana.”  This musical style originated in Cuba’s capitol in the middle of the 19th century and soon spread like syphilis through the rest of the Spanish speaking regions. In 1872 the Habanera captivated European composer Bizet who borrowed the style for his opera Carmen and made it known across the globe.

This odd 1976  disco version of the Bizet hit is of Japanese origin.

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Aug
27
2016
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Melodya C-60 – 18365

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St John’s Ensemble – St John’s Cosmic Concerto

Heroic space themes from the USSR, from an unidentified album made in 1982. The lp has a generic sleeve with pictures of yellow flowers, no texts of any kind. Track number 3 has an intro apparently lifted off the St Johns tune from 1979.

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Aug
26
2016
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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

An improved version of the Pamala Stanley classic.

 

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Aug
23
2016
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The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2

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It’s essentially the spiritual sequel to The Unnamed Avenger Minimix. It’s still as strange and for sure totally lacks direction. This time we trade cosmic luchadores and Bollywood fighters for Afro super sentais. Sort of. Enjoy.

The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2 (right-click to save)

Kudos to Jussi and Discotruper for part of the selection. (more…)

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Aug
22
2016
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Besame

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Antonia Rodriquez – Besame

A record played a lot at the sensory twilight zone that was the Budapest discothéque, the oddest chance ever to dance in Helsinki. Originally a failed Hungarian restaurant, the place went disco in 1977 with minimal effort – they simply got a so-so sound system and dragged out the furniture apart from a couple of random wooden chairs. No special disco lights were installed to this zero budget dance palace, or anything else resembling decoration.

Shoving the entrance fee across a table placed in the bare downstairs lobby where the doors to the toilets were, you climbed up a winding staircase and entered a world of loud music and almost inpenetrable blackness. The club was so dark your eyes had trouble adjusting and all you could do is either stay there standing until they did or try to stagger towards a single dim lightbulb flickering across the hall. On your way you’d bump into apparations shaking in the dark like lost souls trapped in some sort of hellish urban cave, announcing their existence with lit cigarettes. When you reached the only illuminated part of the shapeless smoke filled space you noticed the light came from a narrow hole in a wall, cut something like one meter high. This is what constituted a “bar” at the Budapest. On the other side in an equally dimly lit room there was a table next to the hole, with two kinds of bottles lined up: regular beer and Lonkero, a local foul tasting blue-tinged long drink mixture that has, in 2016, suddenly acquired  cult status in Japan. A grim faced matron sat by the table, taking your money without a word.

You’d only hear about thirty different tracks played at the Buda, as it was known among it’s habituées, during any night as the dj favoured the longest possible records. This must have been out of necessity as the booth had one tiny blue spot of light above the decks. Romeo and Juliet, Get On The Funk Train, Watch Out For The Boogie Man, From Here To Eternity, I Love America, here was the place to fully get lost in the sound. You kept on dancing, oscillating and jerking in a state of virtual blindness, hoping your need to piss would go away.

The Buda is STILL there, under a different name and management and with more light.

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