Feb
21
2008
0

Margherita

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Light-hearted bassline with a distinctive latin flavour. ¡Ai caramba!

Massara – Margherita (1979)

Worthless trivia: Boney M. re-used this theme a few years later in their Felicidad (Margherita)

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Feb
21
2008
3

City Of The Dead

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Yet other home-made tracks, meant to be ghastly this time. Some kind of a Post Apocalyptic Z Day setting mixed with a John Carpenter-infused soundtrack. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Logan + Ménard – City Of The Dead (2007)

Logan + Ménard – Wastelands (2007)

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Feb
21
2008
2

Defense Remixes

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Two home-made remixes of The Ghost That Walks‘ Defense. The first one is a kind of fierce and glitchy techno track where the main loop is tortured to death, while the second takes on a darker edge and is relatively electro regarding the form.
The mixing has been rushed and is really weak, you’d better reduce the bass levels and turn up the volume a tad if you wish to hear anything.

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 1) (2008)

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 2) (2008)

All the best to The Ghost with his new record label.

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Feb
21
2008
1

Put The Freeze On

bmkhan.jpg A great track released on Alfie Silas’s first album: Alfie. (Unfortunately) The only song with a strong electronic layer on the album. Too bad, I like this specific one.

Alfie Silas – Put The Freeze On (1982)

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Feb
21
2008
0

Don’t Chop Banana

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It appears I’m unable to grasp the depth and range of the lyrics to their full extent, however the instrumental part sounds good enough.

Dan-I – Monkey Chop (1979)

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Feb
20
2008
4

Who’s “Lena” ?

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2 Belgen – Lena (1985)
(Listen to the “Extended version”)

2 Belgen‘s belgian duo is characterised by Rembert De Smedt‘s singing style and a guitar-synthesizer’s use for bass & rhythm. Hit single released on Vogue Belgique.

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Feb
20
2008
2

The Sparrow

567131-6809-cp.jpg The B side of the indefinable Crème De La Crème, this piece of music is unsurprisingly as bizarre as the first one. I still don’t know if I love it or hate it. One thing for sure: Waylon leaves no one indifferent.

I’m just saddened he didn’t produce anything else in the same vein.

Two words: beyond strangeness.

Waylon – The Sparrow (1979)

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Feb
19
2008
0

Space Disco

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Universal Robot Band‘s debut LP

Dance And Shake Your Tambourine” was released after the single (see the post). The main piece more than 11min. long which is also my favorite because of its progression is so cosmic. Take this rocket!

Universal Robot Band – Space Disco (1977)

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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Feb
19
2008
4

Danuta

danuta_1.jpg Following the footsteps of Sabrina and Samantha Fox ,
Danuta Lato is a Polish erotic-model-turned-singer who
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In my view the best track from the lot is unquestionably the Touch My Heart B side : I Need You. The other ones are a bit too Pop… but never ‘unpleasant’.

Danuta – Touch My Heart (1987)
Danuta – I Need You (1987)
Danuta – Whenever You Go (1989)
Danuta – Nobody’s Woman (1989)

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Feb
18
2008
0

Disco Train

radio_tube_train.jpg Dance Reaction‘s major hit, released in 1981.

Get on the Disco train!

Dance Reaction – Disco Train

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Feb
18
2008
3

The Runner

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The Three Degrees – The Runner (1978)

The Three Degrees are a female Philly soul and disco vocal musical group formed in 1963. The members changed many times. (more informations)

After a few disappointments the album “New Dimension” arrived right in time for a renewal: new producer with Giorgio Moroder and new label with Ariola.

First the single “Giving Up, Giving In” hits the top of the club charts. Then a second single “The Runner” came to complete the real success.

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Feb
17
2008
4

Crème De La Crème

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Produced by one half of Dance Reaction, this tune is so weird it’s intriguing.

Minimalist production and ridiculous voice: la crème de la crème? Maybe 😀

Waylon – Crème De La Crème (1979)

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Feb
16
2008
0

Makin’ Music

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Over 9 minutes of pure dubby and trippy goodiness, thanks to Joe Tucci‘s know-how.

The Vocal version is fine too, but IMO the Dub Mix is really the standout track on this release.

Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix) (1983)

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Feb
16
2008
0

Megatron Species

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A huge classic from one of the creators of Hi-NRG, along with a limited pressing cover version which is fairly good on its own.

Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man (1981)

Native Love – Megatron Woman (1983)

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Feb
16
2008
10

Automat

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Automat are Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi two italian keyboardists working with the programmer Mario Maggi also builder of the MCS70 the main synthesizer used for this album released in 1978 on EMI.

You can hear side A here which is a suite in 3 parts composed by C.Gizzi and the other contains shorter tracks by R.Musumarra like the famous “Droid” covered many times (see the post here).

Automat -A- The Rise, The Advance, The Genus (1978)

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha4jLUyQcLY

Automat -B2- Ultraviolet

Automat -B3- Mecadence

More informations (even technical) about “Automat”

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Feb
15
2008
2

Entering Snake Pass

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(artwork by Godspill)

Galaxy Toobin’ Gang are William T. Burnett & Eliot J. Lipp from New York. They’re part of the Crème Organization (discography here) a dutch label.

Their 1st release for Crème contains 8 tracks (unreleased yet…). Many influences in their music like Vangelis, John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and more.

Here’s a wonderful piece a kind of future dub from space I found on another blog but I had to share:

Galaxy Toobin – Entering Snake Pass
(listen complete track on 20jazzfunkgreats)

Galaxy Toobin – (title unknown)

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Feb
15
2008
0

Protection

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Limited pressing from 1985, nothing really memorable but pretty fun nonetheless.

The Poptown Syndicate – Protection

The Poptown Syndicate – Keep On Lovin’

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Feb
14
2008
0

Voodoo Man

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Voodoo Man” is a famous funky disco tune by the Biddu Orchestra. Its producer Biddu also worked with Carl Douglas (world-wide hit “Kung Fu Fighting“) and other guest stars. (Biddu’s biography)

It still sounds great to me with its squeezy guitar riff, voodoo chorus and the little flute melody. Another ceremony to wake up the dead but this time in a funky style.

Biddu Orchestra – Voodoo Man (Instrumental) (1979)

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Feb
14
2008
0

Annie Anner

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Anne-Lie Thorslund aka Annie Anner is a Swedish girl specialized in italo disco.

Night In The City is one of the first songs of her rather short career and undoubtely the most successful. Other tracks such as Robotman or The Human Race (either three are co-written with Lars Fjellström) are however as enjoyable as they are well produced and maybe retrospectively even better IMO.

Annie Anner – Night In The City (1985)

Annie Anner – Come On And Dance (1986)

Annie Anner – Robotman (1986)

Annie Anner – The Human Race (1987)

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