Dec
14
2007
0

Okay Okay

roller-disco.jpg Direct follow-up to Me Quale Idea and released one year later in 1981. It’s almost the same song… which means it is good.

Same bouncy bassline and same laser twirls.

Pino D’Angiò – Okay Okay

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Dec
12
2007
0

Disco Star Wars

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In order to end the weird space-opera-to-disco chapter (first initiated with Star Trek and then with Battlestar Galactica), now here’s finally Star Wars. Same recipe as the others, the result ends up being as approximate (maybe worse) but it’s quite fun in its own way.

Re-arranged by Meco Monardo and Harold Wheeler in 1977, it’s their second fair try in the genre (after an album inspired by Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and even if it ultimately falls short it is still enjoyable to some degree.

Meco – Star Wars Title Theme

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Dec
12
2007
0

Votchik

70.jpg Votchik is a Polish newcomer recently signed on 23 East Deep Recordings and specialized in moody House. Surely someone to check out in the future.

Votchik – Make First Step (2007)

Votchik – Aurora In The Sky (2007)

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Dec
11
2007
0

You Got My Soul

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Released in 1984 on the mythic Crash Records, You Got My Soul is a very fine piece of Italo Disco. And now I know (see previous post) that the first Valerie Dore team is behind this great tune actually.

Domina – You Got My Soul

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Dec
11
2007
5

The Story Behind Valerie Dore

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Thanks to a recent post by Johan Agebjörn I’ve discovered that Valerie Dore was in reality the name of a studio project, involving a tremendous amount of people, and not just a single band.

Anyway, and because it was too tempting…

Valérie Dore – Get Closer (1984)
Valérie Dore – The Night (1984)
Valérie Dore – It’s So Easy (Maxi) (1985)
Valérie Dore – Lancelot (1986)

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Dec
11
2007
0

Battlestar Galactica

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Battlestar Galactica fans don’t have to envy their Trekkie counterparts (see previous ticket). They have their own theme makeover too.

Released in 1978, the Music From “Battlestar Galactica” And Other Original Compositions contains remakes of the series themes on the A side (mostly written by Glen Larson and Stu Phillips) and produced by Harold Faltermeyer while on the B side Giorgio Moroder provides a 15-minute-long original composition. Not the very best of their work but worth it nonetheless.

Harold Faltermeyer – Theme From “Battlestar Galactica”

Harold Faltermeyer – It’s Love, Love, Love

Giorgio Moroder – Evolution

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Dec
11
2007
3

Disco Warp 7

dj-spock.jpg They did it. And the almighty The Universal Robot Band is responsible for this, not mindblowing but rather fun.

In fact, not much has changed compared to the original Alexander Courage‘s version… it’s just more Disco. From their Freak In The Light Of The Moon album in 1978.

The Universal Robot Band – Disco Trek (Star Trek Theme)

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Dec
10
2007
3

Shake Your Tambourine

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This is what happens when robots go Disco. All hail The Universal Robot Band for this boogie track!

The Universal Robot Band – Dance And Shake Your Tambourine (1976)

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Dec
10
2007
2

Running Up That Hill (For Cover)

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Everybody (?) knows Kate Bush, talented English artist and behind loads of hits in the eighties. I do really appreciate her Running Up That Hill, released in 1985, and I’ve recently noticed that it’s been covered by a wide array of Electronic producers, a lot.

Some are pure garbage to my ears but others are quite excellent, not surprisingly the ones I prefer are those that kept the simple melody, the strong reverb and all the things that made the original release great.

The Original:
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (Extended Version)

A slight Electro redux:
Datassette – Running Up That Hill (2005)

A more Housey outfit:
Housego – Running Up That Hill (2006)

And finally a gentle commercial House reconstruction not using the main chorus as the gimmick:
Infusion – Running Up That Hill (2002)

Edit by Kundalini:
AND finally a slow italo synth-pop because Italians Do It Better (as you should know by now).

Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (2007)
(Listen to the full track)

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Dec
09
2007
0

No Sleep

goya-sleep-reason.jpg Just because I really love this one…

Anthony Rother – Sleep (2006)

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Dec
08
2007
1

Lady Valentine

monte-kristo.jpg Monte Kristo‘s second release in 1986. A perfect instance of the Italo Disco production of that era.

Some vocal intonations remind me of Valerie Dore, but it is less spacey and more pop here.

Monte Kristo – Lady Valentine

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Dec
08
2007
1

Allô Allô?

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New remix from one half of the Sally Shapiro fame. Johan Agebjörn brings Disco into Souvenir‘s great tune.

Souvenir – Allô, Allô (Johan Agebjörn Remix) (2007)

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Dec
08
2007
0

Shiva Goes Trance

shiva.jpg Some proto-trance brought to you by Cosmic Baby (one half of the Energy 52 fame) and Paul Van Dyk in 1992.

This is an incredible tune and maybe one of the very first works of both artists (and their one and only collaboration known to date). It’s just too bad that this genre evolved into what we know today.

The Visions Of Shiva – Perfect Day

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Dec
08
2007
0

Gat Decor

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If you were a teen or a twentysomething in the early nineties then you obviously remember this track. One-hit-wonder though, too bad.

IMHO, only the Naked Mix deserves the mention but it is a true old school classic.

Gat Decor – Passion (Naked Mix) (1992)

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Dec
07
2007
1

Rude 66

color_droid.jpg Since the early/mid nineties, Rude 66 has been an influencing producer within the Bunker Records artist roster.

He distillates top-notch analog electro. His music is usually oscillating between moody retro synthpop and harsh and acid-filled minimalism. With style. Always.

Rude 66 – Overkill (Vocal Mix) (2005)
Rude 66 – Die Stärke Der Vernichtenden Schläge
Rude 66 – The 1000 Year Storm (2007)

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Dec
07
2007
0

Spank

elvis-spanking.jpg Naughty Jimmy, very naughty… he just can’t stop slapping bottoms. Here we have the original version by Jimmy “Bo” Horne in 1978 and a cover version from someone specialized in such activities and released in 1981

Jimmy “Bo” Horne – Spank

Brooklyn Express – (Spank) Sixty Nine

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Dec
05
2007
0

Acid Thunder

One of “Fast” Eddie Smith‘s big hits, released in 1988 on his Acid Thunder EP… and one of the breakthroughs in Acid House too. The 303 bassline sounds really fresh for this period.

Fast Eddie – Aa Aaacid (Rocky Jones Mix)

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Dec
05
2007
0

Warming Up Before The Chase

One year before Chase, Giorgio Moroder (with his partner Pete Bellotte) released a track that already had all the gimmicks we used to love in the Midnight Express OST.

It cannot be considered as a draft for Chase simply because it is actually equally brilliant and in a quite different range. From the essential From Here To Eternity LP

Giorgio Moroder – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (1977)

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Dec
04
2007
0

College

College is yet another member of the Valerie crew (see The Outrunners and Maethelvin) and is as talented as his fellow colleagues. The track in preview is simply HUGE.

Minimal but catchy, repetitive but obsessing: a very good ‘nu krautrock’ entry. I can’t stop thinking of John Carpenter’s bassline and leads when listening to this

College – The Light Of Your Dress (Live) (2007)

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Dec
04
2007
0

Holy Ghost!

Damn fine electropop tune from the newcomers Holy Ghost! on Death From Above Records. Simple yet efficient.

Holy Ghost! – Hold On (2007)

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