Mar
12
2008
3
Mar
12
2008
2

Cuffs

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I simply cannot stop listening to this one. The lead synth reminds me of moody things in the vein of the great MC1; which means it is über good according to my own standards.

Ali Renault – Cuffs (2007)

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Mar
12
2008
1

Obaa Sima

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It could have been an early Chicago House tune from circa 1986, except that it is African and likely produced quite recently (in fact I really don’t know).
The track comes from the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa (the name says it all).
No artist bio, no nothing. Grab the tape duplicate from the address above quickly, before it disappears as fast as it came out of thin air…

Ata Kak – Obaa Sima (?)

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Mar
12
2008
0

Hot On The Heels Of Love

page73a.jpg A fairly lighthearted electronic track from the original band of Chris & Cosey, used to be versed in things more Industrial.

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (1979)

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Mar
10
2008
0

Co-Co Boy

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This minimalist but very funky tune was the main theme for the strip tease sequences in a French TV show called Co-Co Boy. It was broadcast throughout the early 80s on saturday on prime time (!) television – only female topless mind you, no full frontal nudity. But yes: it was not restricted to adult viewing only.

Jean Schultheis – Playmate (1982)

This theme is in fact the instrumental-only section of another song, named Bébé Bop, from the same artist and released the same year. This specific version has been a bit slowed down compared to the original, some extra moanings and whispered vocals have also been added on top.

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Mar
10
2008
2

Disco Machine

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A projection from computer scientists in the 50s of what a ‘home computer’ might look like by the year 2004.

Electronic System is the pet project of Daniel Lacksman, better known as one third of the mighty Telex. With the likes of Giorgio Moroder or Kraftwerk (to name only the obvious ones), it is blatant that Dan and his MiniMoog helped shaping the sound of modern Electronic music as we know today. It is also crystal-clear that everything really skyrocketed during this specific period.

The Disco Machine LP was released in 1977, about one year before Telex was officially formed.

Electronic System – Flight To Tokyo
Electronic System – Cosmos Trip
Electronic System – Flight To Venus
Electronic System – Sailing To An Unknown Planet
Electronic System – Time Trip
Electronic System – Rock Machine
Electronic System – Back Home

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Mar
10
2008
0

Voyage

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A sleek and bright ‘souvenir’ from the late 70s. IMO the highlight of their career is definitely the critically acclaimed Souvenirs.

Voyage – Souvenirs (1978)
Voyage – Follow the Brightest Star (1982)
Voyage – Let’s Get Started
(1981)

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Mar
09
2008
5

1972

Ape Into Jam – 1972 (2007)

The first solo release of Jamie from Cage & Aviary including a long cosmic sound with that ”sticky whistle” at about 11 minute.

Others tracks for the label Dissident :

Cage & Aviary – Giorgio Carpenter (2007)
Cage & Aviary – Television Train (2007)

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Mar
08
2008
4

Doris Norton

r-1051672-1188251365.jpeg I don’t know much about Doris Norton, even her official biography is quite terse. I’ve been able to listen to only one LP of hers – which I’ve discovered quite by accident: Personal Computer… but I’m sold.

IMHO this is one of those innovative yet fairly unknown albums of that period. One can even recognize the premises of the IDM genre (as we know today) from one track to another.
The LP’s been released in 1984.

Doris Norton – Norton Computer
Doris Norton – Personal Computer
Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software
Doris Norton – Binary Love
Doris Norton – Parallel Interface
Doris Norton – Caution Radiation Norton
Doris Norton – Personal Computer (Reprise)
Doris Norton – A.D.A. Converter

Another mystery: she appeared to have a kind of sponsorship with Apple Computer at that time. I don’t know to which extent but the LP cover proudly displays the company logo.

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Mar
07
2008
4

Who Do You Love?

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THP Orchestra – Who Do You Love? (1979)

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Mar
06
2008
3

Pink Project

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Mike Oldfield has his Italian Disco medleys (see this post and that one), but so has Pink Floyd.

It first happened when a bunch of DJs (namely some session musicians from the band Kano) realised that two club hits of the moment, namely Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and The Alan Parsons Project‘s Mammagamma, could be seamlessly mixed within their DJ set because they share almost the same tempo and key… the rest is the story of a front runner studio project specialised in producing Disco mashups (sort of, some are really medleys, others are true mashups) during the 80s.

Pink Project – Disco Project (1982) (see the video)

(combines The Alan Parsons Project – Mammagamma, The Alan Parsons Project – Sirius, and Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part III))

It is worth noting that everything has been re-played or re-sung because of copyright issues.

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Mar
05
2008
0

Collision

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The first single of the two Kano core members’ side project. Yum!

Sphinx – Collision (1982)

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Mar
05
2008
0

Stark Night

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Joe Yellow under cover… One of his very first releases, it sounds a tad more like Hi-NRG than straight Italo.

Bob Salton – Starknight (1982)

Bob Salton – Starknight (Instrumental) (1982)

Slight preference for the instrumental only edit on my part.

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Mar
05
2008
2

Cyber People

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Cyber People was a spacesynth project spearheaded by a ubiquitous producer from that era: Alessandro Zanni. Notable writers and arrangers for Cyber People were Giorgio Spagna, the producer and husband of the singer Spagna, Stefano Cundari, Zanni’s long time production partner and Mirko Limoni, who will later on become notorious for his involvement in successful Euro House projects (Black Box anyone?).

Cyber People – Polaris (1984)
Cyber People – Digital Signal Processor (1988)
Cyber People – Doctor Faustu’s (Swedish Remix) (1986)

and my favourite from the lot:

Cyber People – Void Vision (1984)

the next track, although not considered as a proper remix, is clearly a ‘big nod’ from nowadays producers to Cyber People:

The Hacker – Fadin’ Away (2000)

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Mar
05
2008
6

Tubular Affair

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Samoa Park – Tubular Affair (1983)
(Listen to the “instrumental version”)

Samoa Park is a disco project led by the very influent executive producers R. Fraschini and S.Annunziata.”Monkey Latino” was the first medley released for the project (Listen to the complete track).

This “affair” is in fact a medley combining two Mike Oldfield‘s classics (same ambient sounds with disco rythm and effects). It was produced by Kandinsky and Multiplayback. (more…)

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Mar
04
2008
0

Penguins’ invasion

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Scotch – Penguins’ Invasion (Hot Version) (1983)
(Listen to the “vox” version)

Scotch is an authentic disco italian duo formed by Franz Felleti (Sex-7) and Vince Lancini (Bosa Trida).

They have made a few hits with their albums on the label Beat Box: first “Evolution” in 1985, then “Pictures Of Old Days” in 1987. But for me, the best is the first single with a simple synth melody and funky effects.

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Mar
03
2008
2

Cristal

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 Cristal – Phonic (1977)
Cristal – La Nuit Pour Nous (1977)

Behind this Cristal is hiding Marc Cerrone a godfather of european disco. (biography)

His debut was succesful with his band Kongas inspired by the african rythms (biography). And so it was also under his own name thanks to the hits “Love In ‘C’ Minor” and “Supernature” for the french label Malligator.

Kongas – Anikana-O (1974)
Cerrone – Love In ‘C’ Minor (1976)
Cerrone – Supernature (1977)
Kongas – Africanism (1977)

As a side project the single “Phonic” wasn’t as successful maybe because of its colder space sound instead of the disco pop style. B-side is slow more influenced by latin music.

Other Cerrone hits… (more…)

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Mar
01
2008
3

Premature ejaculation

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Bangkok Impact is a project of the Finnish Sami Liuski. His productions were released on labels like Clone, Bunker or Viewlexx with many aliases. Most of them released on Crème like this 12 inches “Premature ejaculation” in 2007 that’s quite progressive and powerful on A-Side while the other is more retro.

Bangkok Impact – Premature Ejaculation (2007)
Bangkok Impact – You Are Rubber I Am Glue (2007)

(Listen complete tracks on MySpace)


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Mar
01
2008
0

Karen Silver

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The canadian singer Karen Silver debuted as chorister for Star City band in 1978. (biography)

Then John Driscoll their producer and Gino Soccio decided to produce her solo album “Hold On I’m Comin” released in 1979 that hits the charts with the so-called single.

It sounds like the cold side of disco with her voice a bit rock.

Karen Silver – Hold On I’m Comin’

(Listen to the full track)

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Mar
01
2008
1

Vikki Benson

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Her most successful hit, by far. Written by an unknown duo (to me): A. Hill & N. Martin and produced by Ken Gold.

Vikki Benson – Easy Love (1983)

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