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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Dec
03
2007
0

Grace Of God

A very danceable track, full of ‘boogieness’, from Machine in 1979.

Machine – There But for The Grace Of God Go I

Senor Coconut did a cover version one year later and lots of recent House productions sample or pay a tribute to the original in one way or another.

e.g. One Hit Wonders – Grace Of God (Raul Rincon Remix) (2005)

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Dec
03
2007
2

International Karate

I know it’s pretty rare and not really my preferred genre but this time I’d like to introduce a… chiptune. A great chiptune. And also a great cover version of this track at the same time.

Ron Hubbard was the #1 chiptune maker for an early-eighties 8bit computer called Commodore 64. In 1986, for the release of the game International Karate by System 3, he geniusly re-arranged and chopped up a few patterns from Ryuchi Sakamoto‘s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and it then became one the most memorable video game soundtrack

Rob Hubbard – International Karate

Here is a 2005 acappella version of this song too. This one is also one of the best in its genre

Visa Röster – International Karate

BTW and if you like both and can’t choose, there’s a mashup of the two which is available under the name White Belt – International Karate (mixed along with a few Sakamoto’s beats)

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Dec
02
2007
0

Dragon’s Lair

Harmless piece of music from the Italo Disco veteran Koto. Old school gamers will easily identify where the samples used all along the song originate.

Koto – Dragon’s Legend (1988)

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Dec
02
2007
1

Droid From Space

Pre-Italo Disco from space, it is the first track on the B side of the impressive Automat album.

Automat – Droid (1978)

It appears a lot of cover versions have sprung over the years

Mito – Droid (1982)

Hipnosis – Droid (1987)

Even Legowelt gave it a fair try

Venom 18 – Globo Theme (2005)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Incantations

Mike Oldfield‘s latest (and famous) installment in modern classic, called Incantations, and its obscure synthpop cover song.

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part One) (1978)

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part Four) (1978)

G.A.N.G. – Incantations (1983)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Saint Tropez

Only one single known from this band with an odd name, Oyster, in 1979. Could easily have been the main theme for a European B-grade comedy movie from that era…

Oyster – Saint Tropez

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Dec
01
2007
0

Today In Jerusalem

Slow paced disco (I cheated a bit: it is played at the wrong speed) from the UK band White Door in 1983.

White Door – Jerusalem

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Dec
01
2007
1

Deep Red

The very first OST from Goblin for Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso and its disco cover song.

Goblin – Profondo Rosso (1975)

City Center – Profondo Rosso (1984)

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Dec
01
2007
6

The Ghost That Walks

Dark. Gritty. Abrasive. Grim. Detroit electro on a gloomy night. The Ghost That Walks is all of this… and more. This bloke produces quality music (and he’s a nice guy BTW), highly inspired by both John Carpenter and the old-school electro masters from the D.

The Ghost That Walks – The Machine (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – 7 Deadly Sons (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – Urban Jungle (2007)

He is still unsigned and struggles to get a record deal, what a shame.

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Nov
30
2007
1

Dancing In The Street

Peter Jacques Band, a seminal band in the eighties, released in 1985 the Dancing In The Street LP, a perfect blend of American and Italo Disco. Ecstatic.

Peter Jacques Band – All Right Let’s Go

Peter Jacques Band – This Night

Peter Jacques Band – Drives Me Crazy

On a side note, it is worth noting that Change – Let’s Go Together is actually the exact same song as the first one. Jacques Fred Petrus is the producer of both bands.

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Nov
30
2007
2

Season Of The Witch

A Halloween movie sequel without Michael Myers? It did happen and I’m talking about Halloween III: Season of the Witch here. The movie was… well, below average. But the score was up big time. Thanks to John Carpenter with the help of Alan Howarth.

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – Goodbye Ellie (1982)

(And it will obviously not be the last ticket devoted to John Carpenter as I am one of his self-confessed zealots)

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Nov
30
2007
0

Don’t Stop

Fantastic progressive piece of instrumental music,
I’m sure you will get goosebumps.

Black Gold – C’mon Stop (1983)

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Nov
30
2007
1

Hanna Haïs


Hanna Haïs and the legend Chez Damier

Hanna Haïs has been producing special blends of latin house since 2002, she always benefits from great remixes and is surely someone to check out.

Hanna Haïs – Jazz Samba (Ian Carey Remix) (2006)

Hanna Haïs – Jungo (DJ Memê Remix) (2006)

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Nov
29
2007
0

\ˈmat-el-vin,\ ?

Another artist from the informal Valerie crew I’ve recently stumbled upon, Maethelvin (whatever how it’s pronounced) has an interesting sound.

The analogy with The Outrunners‘ sound (recently reviewed) is quite appropriate but there’s something else and I can’t define it. One thing for sure, it sounds good.

Maethelvin – Plan B (2007)

The Outrunners – Cool Feeling (Maethelvin Remix) (2007)

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Nov
29
2007
0

Le Messager

Not disco at all, not even electronic, but nonetheless worth listening. The OST of Joseph Losey‘s The Go-Between by Michel Legrand.

Michel Legrand – Theme From “Le Messager” (1972)

Interesting trivia, the main theme from the French TV documentaries Faites Entrer L’Accusé is directly inspired by this piece of work. The piano melody from the intro is almost identical (section not included in the preview).

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Nov
28
2007
0

Discoman

Reprogrammed by disco scientist Johan Agebjörn, Megaman is back to rock the dancefloor! This bootleg is quite an oddity but so fun to play.

Capcom Sound Team – Mega Man 2 (Johan Agebjörn Remix) (2007)

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Nov
28
2007
1

Plants and Life

I don’t know much about Joël Fajerman except that he used to produce a lot of soundtracks for the French television during the eighties.

Anyway, his whole work is really inspiring. Just take a listen to the main theme for a French series called l’Aventure Des Plantes and make up your own opinion.

Joël Fajerman – Flowers Love (1982)

For all you curious people over here, Flowers Love has been played using a Prophet V (main theme and soundscape layers) and an Arp Odyssey (with a resonant filter, for the distinct ‘voice-like’ sound) and sequenced through a 16-step analog Arp sequencer.

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Nov
28
2007
0

Hystereo

The Dublin duo Hystereo‘s first single on Soma, in 2004: still kicking.

Hystereo – Winters In The City

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Nov
27
2007
2

Disco Romance

Sally Shapiro released her first album in november 2006 and it was clearly one of the best discoveries of this past year. It’s full of nostalgic intents blended with energetic italo disco beats. A positive regression and an obvious homage to the best of italo disco.

Two samples from Disco Romance, available on Diskokaine Records.

Sally Shapiro – I Know

Sally Shapiro – Hold Me So Tight

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