Jan
08
2009
0

La Serenissima

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Rondò Veneziano – La Serenissima (1982)

It must be the most popular hit by this chamber orchestra led by the composer Giampiero Reverberi. Certainly not a masterpiece but the melody is very nice… and the following recent “covers” are even more entertaining IMHO:

The Bloody Beetroots – We Are From Venice (2007)

The “in da hype” masked Italians from Bloody transform it into a distorted anthem. While Riton as a side-project keeps it slow and hypnotic adding repetitive vocals.

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – La Serenissima (2008)

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Jan
03
2009
0
Jan
02
2009
3

Start Something

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Morten Sorensen – Start Something (2008)

It’s a new beginning. Back in the time with Morten Sorensen a Norvegian producer and a NY disco lover who released his first EP “Start Something” for the label Tirk.

This tune sampled a song by the popular band Chic that appears on the “Tongue In Chic” LP:

Chic – I Feel Your Love Comin’ On (1982)
(Listen to the full track)

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Dec
30
2008
0

Take me down

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F.A.T. – Take Me Down (Dub) (1985)

An obscure release from Greece surely inspired as much by italo disco as prog rock. I love the guitar riffs, the dark bassline and the deep wave like a choir.

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Dec
28
2008
0

Monkey Computer

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J. M. Band – Computer Monkey (1983)

Released on the label Emmegi Rec. and composed by the italian trio Magli, Orioli and Trevisani.

This tune may sounds cheesy but it’s still interesting anyway. BTW it’s been selected by Flemming Dalum on the compilation “Dance Of The Obscure Robot” in 2006.

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Dec
25
2008
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Dec
20
2008
0

Party People

70f01.jpg Just as the accompanying picture says: it’s Funk with a big fat F …and lots of it!

(…and a tremendous sound sample mine too)

Frank McDonald & Chris Rae – Party People (1980)

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Dec
17
2008
2

Shoot Me Gino

35148716541.jpg It does sound like some Italian-American cheese mixture… except that it’s been written by Harold Faltermeyer.

Not its most inspired stuff though, but still o.k.

Valérie Claire – Shoot Me Gino (Shotgun Version) (1985)

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Dec
16
2008
4

Love Express

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Number One Ensemble – Love Express (1980)

Number One Ensemble – Love Express (Cobra Cut Edit)

First the original song of N.O.E. that appeared on “Gipsylon” LP and then a recent edit by Cobra Cut

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Dec
15
2008
0

V: The Final Battle

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Earth has surrendered… we repeat: Earth has surrendered.

 Barry de Vorzon – V The Final Battle (part 2)
(Listen to the full track)

This theme was composed by B. de Vorzon and Joseph Conlan for the cult sci-fi serie “V” in 1984.
Just to remember

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Dec
09
2008
0

New York’s Movin’

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No dancing !? … it’s crazy!
When politics are getting really dumb
here comes the time to remember those crazy moves.

Ahzz – New York’s Movin’ (1981)

So here’s a freakin’ funky disco instrumental by Ahzz (collaboration between Osborne Hunter, the producer, and Steve Boston, writer, percussionist…).

Awesome guitar riffs, groovy bassline, twisted drums, whirling violins, all the essential for me.

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Dec
08
2008
0

Ginny Can’t Be Serious

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Ginny – Can’t Be Serious (1985)

Ginny Clee was a serious singer and party headbanger. Here’s a good new wave sound produced by Chris Baylis & Hugh Murphy with a light touch of disco.

This is the original song covered more recently by A Mountain Of One (related post). I didn’t even know that and this song is sooo chilling out.

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Dec
06
2008
0
Dec
06
2008
0

Agboju Logun

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Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – Agboju Logun

Something warm for this winter: a great afro beat, funky vibes and exotic vocals.

Originally released in 1984 for the label Earthworks, selected for the compilation “Nigeria 70 The Definitive Story of 1970’S Funky Lagos” in 2001 and more recently for Supersound.

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Nov
25
2008
0

China Star

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Kano – China Star (1983)

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Nov
24
2008
0

Ann Margret

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Ann-Margret Olsson
(and the King, incidentally)

Check out the second track in particular, it sounds like the best of Sister Sledge.

Ann-Margret – Love Rush – E Minor (1979)

Ann Margret – Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes (Part 1) (1981)

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Nov
22
2008
0

Dracula Goes To Disco

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Following Kundalini’s footsteps I crawled deep down into my crypt and found those “tunes” – ranging from quite good or funny (if you’re a vampire yourself or in a good mood maybe) to plain horrific bad taste:

Empire / Methusalem – Ooh Dracula (1980)
Piramis – Dracula (1977)
Gerry Bribosia – Dracula Disco (1977)
The Jimmy Castor Bunch – Dracula Pt. I (1975)

(more…)

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Nov
22
2008
0

Deep Breakfast

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Raymond Lynch‘s 2nd album “Deep Breakfast” was released independently in 1984 and became soon a platinum record. (biography)

It’s made of synthetic pop melodies and deep waves that can lift you very high.

Ray Lynch – Celestial Soda Pop
Ray Lynch – The Oh Of Pleasure
Ray Lynch – Falling In The Garden
Ray Lynch – Tiny Geometries

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Nov
21
2008
0

Unveiling The Secret

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Psyche – Unveiling The Secret (1986)

This song appears on the socalled 2nd LP from the cult band Psyche (with Darrin C. Huss).

A tune like EBM with a mysterious atmosphere that makes me groove for sure.

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Nov
17
2008
2

Gotta Go

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One of my favourite tunes coming from the repertoire of Giancarlo Meo‘s girlfriend (see this post for other tracks), and musically fairly different from anything she has ever released.
I still believe the rolling bassline sounds really close to Imagination‘s BTW.

Vivien Vee – Gotta Go (1983)

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