Oct
05
2010
0
Oct
05
2010
0

Donga Donga

LFO-modulated bassdrums, hissing hi hats, Syndrum pings aplenty, catchy melody, off-key bass riff, over the top vocal duet: everything is here! Even the official dance moves.

The following copy is made from a VCD made from a VHS: you know what to expect – but it’s still the best rip around, by far.

K. Chakravarthy – Donga Donga (Movie Edit) (1985)

The full soundtrack album had been properly released, but who knows where the very few copies left are hidden right now… The movie version above is identical with the album version, except for the first 10s.

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Oct
03
2010
0

Dreamworld

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Dreamworld – Dreamworld’s Symphony

Germany 1980. You could wake up in a restaurant, café, theatre, night club or a space station.

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Oct
02
2010
4

I’m A Bad Girl

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Ghinai & Singh – I’m A Bad Girl

Jesus must have punished her for what she did to Michael.

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Sep
27
2010
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Sep
27
2010
0

Let Me Trouble

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Deborah Haslam – Let Me Trouble (Afro Remix) (1984)

One the very first Gianfranco Bortolotti‘s productions, THE heavyweight Eurodance producer of the early 90s.

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Sep
27
2010
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Sep
14
2010
2

Super Bloodsucker

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Bloody Mary – Super Bloodsucker

From 1980, my copy is an Italian pressing. To present anything connected to vampires is of course humiliating these days thanks to the Twilight etc rubbish, but give this pounding tune a try. Also, if you see a copy of Jasper Kent’s book “Twelve” grab it. No mawkish teen bloodsuckers there. The sequel Thirteen is superb as well.

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Sep
08
2010
5

Sounds From The Future Past

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Thanks to Waxidermy & The Growing Bin blogs for bringing this album to my attention. Released in 1980, René Roussel’s Rubriques on the French Editions Montparnasse 2000 record label is the sound of the future all the way from 1980. After listening to the tracks, my immediate thought was, where did René Roussel get his ideas from?

The first track Caramel sounds like it could have been recorded last week never mind thirty years ago. It is almost eerie how the minimal drum loop and stabbing synth sound anticipates the future sounds of Chicago and when the broken piano melody comes in near the end, you suddenly realise, René Roussel not only duplicated the sound and structure of house music but anticipated it by at least five years.

Rene Roussel – Caramel [1980]

If the first track echoes the music of Marshall Jefferson and Jamie Principle, then the second track Manigance sounds like nothing less than the sound of Detroit techno and more specifically, the third wave techno futurism of Derrick May, and Cybotron with its strange Strings Of Life neo-classical beauty.

Rene Roussel – Manigance [1980]

If it were not enough that René Roussel engaged in an act of sonic precognition with two different but intertwined genres of music; Chicago house and Detroit techno, this third offering Noctilucque sounds closer to and has more in common with the early nineties ambient music paradigm of Peter Namlook, (and other horizontal sounds coming from the Fax label) and the UK’s Mixmaster Morris AKA Irresisitible Force than it does to Roussel’s electronic contempories such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Richard Pinhas. There is a curious early nineties feel about the minimalist synth sounds and the way the rising and falling tones are repeated.

Rene Roussel – Noctilucque [1980]

So there we have it, sonic anticipations of  future music recorded by someone called Rene Roussel (who I can find no information about whatsoever), released thirty years ago on a relatively obscure French library music label and retrieved from the memory hole by some cool bloggers. I think that for anyone who thought albums like Black Devil Disco Club and Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat were just amusing anomalies, they should start wondering how many more records like Rubriques are out there just waiting to be discovered? Enough to start re-writing the linear causal narrative of late 20th century western electronic music perhaps…

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Sep
08
2010
1

Spring Dance No 3

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Video Dance Orchestra – Spring Dance No3

Synth skronks made in France, 1980. ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.’ -Yogi Berra.

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Sep
07
2010
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Sep
05
2010
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Souvenier De La Mer

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Sonoko – Souvenier de la Mer

Belgium 1987. Full name of the artiste is Sonoko Yasuda.

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Sep
05
2010
6

Exposition 5

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Phillippe Laurent – Exposition Partie 5 (1983)

Taken from this compilation. It appears that the original recording (like most minimal wave-ish stuff from this period) was only available on home-made cassettes, it also means that longer versions are most likely forever lost if they ever existed.

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Sep
05
2010
0

Dancing In The Moonlight

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Tonic – Dancing In The Moonlight (1980)

Bouncy, unpretentious… and Belgian. Sold for as low as €0.5 on the Net. Thanks to Antoine Bonan from Belgium for the hints.

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Aug
30
2010
9

It’s The Monkey

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Strada – It’s The Monkey (1984)

Coming up this Friday: the first hour of The Robot Scientists’ live at Magnet/Comet Club, exclusively for the webradio, in place of the regular Spaced Out Disco Session. Beware, no MP3 copy afterwards this time!

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Aug
26
2010
1

Takin’ It Straight

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Cori Josias – Takin’ It Straight (Dub) (1983)

Lots of new tracks to be added to the webradio database tomorrow night.

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Aug
25
2010
4

Autumn Leaves

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Hana + Dana + ORM – Autumn Leaves (Okay Edit) (1982/2010) (± 7’30”, VBR max, right click to save)

The ORM duo (Petr and Pavel are not brothers, despite what most people say) also did that. According to their biography, they now own a psytrance (sic!) record label, funny.

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Aug
24
2010
1

Black Inferno

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In my last Guido and Maurizio De Angelis post I mentioned a rare 1983 12 inch single released on the German Kangaroo Team Records label with the title Black Inferno. It features two tracks which were taken from the soundtrack the brothers did for the 1983 Ruggero Deodato film I predatori di Atlantide (known alternatively as Atlantis Interceptors or Atlantis Inferno).

I have yet to see the film myself but the basic plot seems to revolve around a team of scientists who discover an ancient Atlantean artefact while raising a submarine from the ocean floor. In the process of it’s recovery they somehow bring about the re-emergence of Atlantis which in turn triggers a giant tsunami, destroying most of civilisation except of course for the mandatory b-movie “small band of survivors“!

The twist seems to be the fact that the Atlanteans far from being a benevolent race of advanced spirtual entities are in fact a group of blood thirsty rampaging rambo types hell bent on wiping out what is left of humanity!

Anyway, this is not a film blog so on with the music! I have not been able to ever locate a copy of this 12 inch and as it has never been re-released or on any compilation or bootleg (as far as I know) this is the best rip I can find.

The music is really special in my opinion, a wonderful blend of seventies vocal based Italian progressive rock elements fused with the melodic groove of early eighties Italo-disco and synth-pop. I hope the two tracks inspire one or two Overfitting Disco contributors to join in the hunt for this ultra-rare release.

Black Inferno – Black Inferno [1983]

Black Inferno – Black Inferno (Instrumental) [1983]

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Aug
23
2010
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Million Dollar Melody

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Bernard Estardy and his magic synthesizers.

Sexy Soxy – Million Dollar Melody (1982)

And yes, the pressing sounds that muffled. It doesn’t appear to be specific to this record, that’s really a shame.

And yes, it’s maybe not worth one million dollars but it’s yet another one hundred euro track programmed in the webradio for your listening pleasure.

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Aug
20
2010
1

Computer Pop

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Platinum Status – Computer Pop (1985)

From the library music album Sound Stage 27, and credited to Ann Dudley (from The Art Of Noise fame.)

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