Apr
07
2016
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I Sista Minuten

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Musiktruppen Guran – I Sista Minuten

Crazy swedish hippie drum madness from 79. I’m not really sure what the woman is chanting about but the title means “In the last minute”. The track somehow reminds me a bit of the Coro Delle Lavandaie tune by Roberto de Simone. Love this one!

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Apr
07
2016
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Los Bomberos & otros

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Los Bomberos & otros

Spring IS here and dancing right now to Viva America and the rest from my recently posted list of faves is a good start to warm up those lazy winter bones. The sound is summer disco, made of of latin and bossa-flavoured easy listening, library music (recordings for so called music libraries from where film, radio and TV producers could license titles for their productions), psychedelia, soundtracks, lightweight pop and lollipop soul.

First up is Banzai featuring les Glodettes whose Viva America is the ultimate summer song if you ask me. The Glodettes were the backup dancers of legendary late French singer Claude Francois and they probably never sang a note on any record, only appearing on sleeves and promo videos. No matter as this tune is fantastic. The synths swirl and flash around on a highly energetic rhythm base topped by a hypnotic bass line, explosive percussion and an animated lead vocalist shouting in Spanish. Impossible not to groove along. You’ll sense the Glodettes all around you twirling madly.

The power of the rhythms increases, some playful intersections appear and the chorus assumes a less hysterical but more seductive tone in the next tune Ninas by Los Bomberos. All following tracks are in a similar vein and definitely a joy to dive into for any devotee of El Bimbo-influenced mondo disco.

Prince Albert Orchestra’s Try To Satisfy Me was included in the list but as this post is all about summer and fun I didn’t want to promote anything too expensive and hard to get. So, it had to give way to others more easily available, like Ela Ela by the Greek band Axis. And it’s just as good. This thing grooves and steams and freaks out throughout the whole record, with a mindripping fuzzed out bouzouki break that pushes you into a quick state of trance you’d want to go on for hours, melting your soul while your body shakes from the impulses and the psychedelic flow of colors. Campasino! Disco Piper! Couldn’t stop and had to throw in Chinese Kung Fu by Banzai as well, and Lalabye, and naturally the OUTSTANDING Magic Combo By African Magic Combo! But does this mix make sense and is it all well mixed in the traditional way? No, it’s more like a frenzied outburst of insane happiness, like oh how I love this music and yes the coming summer will be great!

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Mar
29
2016
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Here Comes The One

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German V.I.P.-Recordings easily qualifies as a private label as they most likely released just this 7″.

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Mar
29
2016
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Ways of Fire

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Morris Albert – Ways of Fire

Morris Albert aka Maurício Alberto Kaisermann is a Brazilian singer whose 1975 hit Feelings got covered by everyone, including The Salsoul Orchestra. This hot latin disco track from the same year is way better of course.

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Mar
24
2016
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Fix

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Fix – Lindude Järele

Fix – Ebauhtlane Sirge

Enigmatic entries from Estonia, made in 1975.

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Mar
20
2016
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Overfitting Disco Juice

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Jussi Kantonen mix – D.C LaRue’s Disco Juice.

Broadcast last Saturday night on Newton Radio in NYC in D.C.LaRue’s Disco Juice show, this is 75 minutes of tracks, clips of which were posted at Overfitting Disco ages ago, posted quite recently or, as in a few cases, posted not yet at all. We’re going back to basics here a lot, into content which has always related to our target audience. Encouragement and musical motivation to drop-outs, outcasts and outlaws, people like you and me. That’s the ticket, right? No fucking Abba here.

That’s got to be Erika Blanc in the pic, btw.

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Mar
13
2016
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Disco Fever

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101 Strings Orchestra – Disco Fever

An interesting American semi-obscurity from 1979 that never got any attention and most probably never got listed in any chart in the world. There was most certainly no sign of it in Billboard magazine’s offical disco one which was a bit of a shame.

The latest Billboard charts were handed over to a young crowd just past legal age in xeroxed form every Thursday night at the Disco 33, one of the leading clubs in Helsinki. People could then vote their favourites which the dj proceeded to spin the next week, after having counted the votes. Quite often the faves of them Finns were different from those of the American clubbers. The Rivers of Babylon at number one in NYC or Atlanta? Didn’t happen.

The 33 used to be on the second floor of the building on the left hand side. Weekends there were also very popular thanks to or despite the djs being quite adventurous – this was the only place in town I ever heard a Finnish record getting spinned. No, it wasn’t Emilia’s Satan in Love, it was Auringonmaa By Anneli Pasanen. Naturally, people kept dancing during the instrumental opening part but turned their noses up when the vocals kicked in. Times sure have changed. Play it now and it’s hands in the air on the floor for sure.

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Mar
11
2016
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I Love You

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Andre Brasseur – I Love You

Belgians are better at steamed mussles, fries and super rich chocolate than producing good looking cars. But the story doesn’t end there.

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Mar
06
2016
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The Other Side of Frodo

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Comet – Frodo Der Held des Rings

Cometen Zauber, the b-side of this famous twelve, is well known but the flip is certainly worth knowing too. Even for haters of everything-Lord-of-the-Rings (such as me).

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Feb
29
2016
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Ugler i mosen

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Gnags – Ugler i mosen

Funny enough i’ve discovered this record through the Stockholm based dj, Johan Ressle. And even funnier was i couldn’t connect the language when i first heard it. I was sure it was some weird swedish record. To my big surprise it wasn’t. It was from my own small kingdom Denmark. A Danish record sung in Danish. And not by some secret 70s rock band. No, it’s by one of the most famous 70s and 80s danish pop bands, Gnags. And to be honest, a band i really disliked. Another fine example of why you shouldn’t be judgemental when searching for good tracks. Gnags just moved up the latter in my musical perception.
The title Ugler i mosen (Owls in the swamp) is a danish figure of speech of something being fishy.

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Feb
28
2016
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Equinoccio

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Robot – Equinoccio

Jarre tune gets in shape. This 1978 version is from Argentina.

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Feb
23
2016
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Classic French

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Classic French minimix

As a part of the Collection Les Classiques, Overfitting Disco launches a new interpretation of the classic French mix.
This aromatic sonic fragrance contains spicy accords enriched with warm, deep, woody notes of Cannabis Sativa. Subtle, playful citrus and used condom bring an elegant and sensual side to the composition.

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Feb
20
2016
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Mosaic

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Mosaic – Kismet

Once past the final gate to madness this is what will hopefully greet me – the Sound and the Vision.

“Kismet” has already been presented here as part of a classic mix by Oki but the sleeve has not been displayed. So here goes, better late than never.

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Feb
17
2016
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Do you dance

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Mauro Santoro – Do you dance

Weird Italian misfit from ’79. This is one of the tracks i still can’t figure out if i love or hate. Well, i let you be the judge of that.

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Feb
13
2016
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Red River Story

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Peter Moesser’s Music – Red River Story

This has a wholesome, clean cowboy feel to it. Here they are riding under the vast clear skies of Texas, arriving to spend the night in a farmhouse with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

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Feb
11
2016
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ザ・ウルトラマン・ディスコフィーバー

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Los Angeles Ultra Band – ザ・ウルトラマン・ディスコフィーバー

日本 1979. 二番目 側 ディスコウルトラマン – , funky!

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Feb
10
2016
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Disco Rocket

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Mimi Ivanova & Start – Disco Age

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Mimi Ivanova & Start – Disco Rocket

Balkaton Diva from Bulgaria hits high notes here and the synths aren’t bad either.

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Feb
08
2016
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Aida

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Giancarlo Chiaramello – Aida

Maximalist interpretation. Verdi would certainly approve. The work is from 1977, by the person behind the Naples Pop Dimensions album.

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Feb
06
2016
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Folk Sinteza

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Igor Savin i Orkestar Stanka Selaka – Folk Sinteza

Driving at 120 bpm and the fashionistas on the floor move freely. What next? Can’t kill the groove with the amazingly trippy Folk Sinteza. It mixes beautifully with about anything alike.

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Jan
31
2016
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Dance With The Devil

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Sandy Nelson – Dance With The Devil

“The fire inside me don’t fade away
The smoke dances around the room
Never again to see the light of day
And the darkness starts to consume

The dance comes close to an end
And the light flickers out
They say that I did condescend
As the devil twirled me about”

– Elizabeth Wurstel. The music is an improved version of the Cozy Powell tune, made in 1974.

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