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
2

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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Aug
19
2010
1

Pocket Angel Leftside Wobble

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No real news here, just a very fine edit by the amazing Leftside Wobble that deserves a big nod IMHO.

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Change was already minimal disco, it’s even more minimal, but almost house, and with mucho gusto for sure.

From the Soundcloud page:

Something that’s forthcoming. This ones an unashamed screamer (featuring a massive Jocelyn Brown chorus), reworked from the Change track, Angel In My Pocket. It’s also the first Leftside Wobble collaboration, (done with Guy Williams, one of DJ’s behind the Black Rabbit and Reverso parties).

Likely to do some other mixes on this too. Jx

It’s been released on vinyl since then.

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Aug
17
2010
10

Italia Numero Uno

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Various Artists – Italia Numero Uno (right click to save)

One hour of one-hundred-percent certified Italian bangers.

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Aug
17
2010
3

Tony Monn Concept

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Tony Monn Concept – Who Built The Pyramids?

This is a 1982 instrumental version of the track, by Anthony Monn. – I still say it was the Egyptians.

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Aug
16
2010
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remembering amnesia

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Myself and a couple of the Overfitting Disco contributors were exchanging posts over the fact that some (notice I say ‘some‘ but not all) of the new French/Italianhouse‘ music can sound…well…almost too perfect; often to the point of it feeling clinical. In a sense, this tendency to perfection or what could be described as ‘sonic eugenics’ seems to demand every beat and texture to be pitch & speed perfect, quantized to the nth degree with every imperfection airbrushed out by a click of the mouse.

In some ways this is the complete antitheses of seventies disco, early eighties Italo and late eighties/early nineties acid, house & techno music which is riddled with micro “imperfections“; a singer who hits an occasional bum note, a drum break that almost threatens to fall apart at the seams or an analog synth affected by voltage variation; for myself, these are the very building blocks of the kind of sexy, sleazy, funky disco/dance music which just oozes with subversion & radical passion.

With this in mind, I thought we could compare some of the new synth based house music with some of the old synth based house music and today I just so happened to be listening to the 1988 Amnesia album ‘Hysteria‘.

While most people will be aware of their 1988Ibiza‘ track (even if it’s just for the fact that every few years it gets a new ‘treatment’), fewer people will know there is in fact a whole album full of variations of the ‘Ibiza‘ template so with that in mind, here are three tracks from the album I particularly love and the kind of deep dark new beat/early Euro acid that is particularly suited for 5am ghost dancing:

Amnesia – Again [1988]

Amnesia – Boys From London [1988]

Amnesia – Ecstasy [1988]

The main musical mind of Amnesia was Belgian musician Stephan Novak supported by Patrick Cools who is perhaps best known for his 1991 DJPC Inssomniak rave classic while the deep vocals were provided by Plastic AKA Belgian DJ Pascal Pante. The album was arranged by Belgian producers Benoît Marissal and Bruno Van Garsse who also produced numerous Belgian new beat and acid house releases including tracks for Signal Aout 42 and one of my personal favourite’s, the 1989 Twice Of Love cover of the New Musik early electronic classic 24 Hours From Culture. The album was mixed by Franck Fiction AKA Franck Seynaeve and released on Indisc in Belgium, BCM Records in Germany, Debut in England and Boy Records in Spain.

Strangely, the album has never been re-released and you can pick up an almost mint copy for 8-10 Euros.

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Aug
13
2010
5

Who Built The Pyramids?

 “And the space-craft came on down to Egypt land, part of a blue star which was called “the earth”. There they stood on desert ground, walls of stone so tall and proud, as witness of the holy writ. But who had set up these pyramids? ”  

ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) – Who Built The Pyramids?

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While anyone with more than a passing interest in seventies disco music will be aware of the group ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) I am sure many people will initially have assumed like I did, that they were an American outfit, mainly for the fact their most well known tracks Moon-Boots and Body To Body Boogie (mixed by Tom Moulton  & the late  Bobby ‘DJ’ Guttadaro respectively) were released on the Salsoul Records label.

In fact they were members of the seventies unstoppable German disco machine populated by legends such as Giorgio Moroder, Frank Farian, Michael Kunze and I would strongly argue kosmische pioneer Conny Plank. Formed by core members Anthony Monn & Rainer Pietsch and later joined by Stefan Zauner and the exquisitely beautiful singer Sophia Reaney, they were signed to the Ariola label and released their first single ‘Verde‘ in 1976. However it was the b-side track ‘Moon-Boots‘ where the real excitement lay and in 1977 a 12 Inch Tom Moulton remix version of the track was released on Ariola in Europe and Salsoul Records in America.

A year later they released their debut album Body To Body which was again picked up in America by Salsoul and re-named Body To Body Boogie (a couple of tracks were remixed at the legendary Bob Blank studio by Moulton & Guttadaro). After the success of their debut album they released a few more singles but by then the zeitgeist was infused with the disco sucks meme and their last four releases between 1980 and 1982 were in Germany & the Netherlands only (which is probably why the tracks below are not that well known).

The first two tracks are taken from the rare Untitled 1981 four track 12 inch promo for the unreleased Neonlight Children album:

ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) – Who Built The Pyramids? [1981]

ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) -Wall Of Sound [1981]

The second two tracks are taken from the 1981 12 inch single O.T.T. (Over The Top)

ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) – O.T.T. (Over The Top) [1981]

ORS (Orlando Riva Sound) – O.T.T. (Over The Top) [Vox Mix]

As a side note, all the tracks featured here were due to be included on the unreleased album (Who Built The Pyramids? was also released as a 7 & 12 Inch single) and hopefully in the future it will finally see the light of day as more record companies grasp the demand for these kind of albums. As for the music itself, it has a real ‘cosmic‘ feel about it (albeit expressed in the language of seventies sci-fi) with the ‘Who Built The Pyramids?’ track espousing the themes of extraterrestrials and alien spacecraft with a tale of future ET explorers landing on a desolated earth only to discover life itself has been wiped out with only the pyramids left standing in mute witness to humankind’s self-destruction.

The other tracks, two versions of “O.T.T.(Over The Top)” have some of the strangest lyrics I have ever encountered; essentially a story of society’s obsession with acronyms. Here is but a brief sample to give you some idea of the high literary weirdness involved:

It’s O.R.S. not a U.F.O., Come back “nobel” with your T.N.T., Here’s an I.O.U. signed L.S.D

Hell, yeah!

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Aug
12
2010
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Aug
08
2010
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Mirage

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Louise Freeman – Mirage

Yet another fine Trilogy production. I discovered it on ItaloBot, where the full MP3 is available.

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Aug
04
2010
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Jul
30
2010
6

Allo, Le Réseau

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Allo, Le Réseau – Allo Maman Allo (1981)

Allo, Le Réseau – Allo, Le Réseau (1981)

Once again, Massiera and Torelli are on board. The “concept” behind the single appears to be all about phone calls, first a son tells his mother that he loves her, then a depressed man looks for a feminine presence over the phone. Yep, they’re in top shape.

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Jul
29
2010
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Acariciame

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Susana Estrada – Acariciame

Susana was a political activist in post-Franco era Spain and also appeared in genre films like The Night of The Seagulls/La Noche De las Gaviotas (a great 1975 entry in the Blind Dead series), Sexy, Amor Y Fantasia, El Maravillioso Mundo Del Sexo and more recently in 2008, Rated R/Los Anos Desnudos. She was a popular figure on television, performing stuff like the bodymelting Acariciame (Caress Me) from 1980.

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Jul
26
2010
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Follow Me

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Laura D’Angelo e La Danceterie – Follow Me (Italian Version) (1984)

Digitally available for very cheap almost everywhere.

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Jul
21
2010
5

Oh no love, Mrs Partybox

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spAceLex – Oh no love, Mrs Partybox (right click to save)

Kudos to spAceLex from Discobots for kindly sharing this DJ set here. Check out his myspace for a proud follow-up: Frisbee is fun, and more.

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Jul
14
2010
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Woman

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Junior Byron – Woman (1983)
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Cheap SID-like arpeggios do always sound great to me. Does anyone know which chip was used?

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