Oct
26
2010
0

Survivor

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Belen Thomas & Mike Francis – Survivor

Belen Thomas – Survivor (gipsy mix)

Italy 1989. One of the classiest dance records of it’s era.

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Oct
24
2010
1

House Of Music Footages

Better late than never…

The never-aired-before video-clip footages of two seminal House Of Music records – and maybe the two songs that define the best song-writing qualities of early Italo Disco: Stop and Dog In The Night.

Stefano Zitto himself put them online on YouTube.

Maybe you’ve already seen them a long time ago, but, as usual, I’m a bit late.

Presumably Helen (the actual track singer), Stefano Zitto’s wife.

The unnamed Australian bloke known as Mr. Master.

It’s the exact same cheap TV set and overall feeling of complete improvisation, not to mention that the camera work is boldly nauseous… but the music excuses everything.

Note that Stefano Zitto dates the Dog In The Night videoclip in 1981, not 1983.

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Oct
21
2010
1

Phone

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Oct
21
2010
2

Кружатся диски

If you can skip the sections where this young Travolta clone sings, then suddenly the track reveals all its magic.

The great Russian edit specialist How_beezar owns the LP, let’s hope he’s willing to do a little something with this one (another subliminal request) (blink) (blink)

EDIT: lobbying works

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Oct
20
2010
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Oct
17
2010
2

The Kozak

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Oleksa – The Kozak

USA 1981. Jerry Bonham played this during an especially intense segment of the White Party on 10th of October 2010 in San Francisco.

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Oct
15
2010
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Oct
08
2010
2

Sexation

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Barbados Climax – Sexation (1980) -> Discogs

Fat come back ! I’m alive… alive! Disco is still flowing in my veins. I just can’t take it no more, nononoOo! I had to share this  piece.

Stranger than strange: epic intro, DAMN funky groove, weird song and a lil’ spanish touch for the latin lovers. That’s just a magic receipe for me. Nothing else to say. (Yeah! in fact I’m a cheesy lover I must admit it)

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Oct
06
2010
9

The Unnamed Avenger Minimix

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Various Artists – The Unnamed Avenger Minimix (right click to save)

It’s short, it’s crude, it’s freaky, the tempo is way too fast… but it contains lots of essential nuggets. The set starts in the streets of Delhi, and ends up somewhere at the borders of the Milkyway. (more…)

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Oct
05
2010
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Oct
05
2010
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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
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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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