Jan
24
2008
0

Face To Face

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Maybe the best known tune from the German pop band The Twins, a simple and naive melody you simply can’t forget.

The Twins – Face To Face – Heart To Heart (1982)

Shy Rose re-used the melodic line a few years later in what became in turn her greatest hit:

Shy Rose – I Cry For You (1987)

Another fine example of the appeal of this melody can be heard in a rather House-ish song from the mid-nineties:

Mozaic – Rays Of The Sun (Electric Beach Mix) (1996)

Please keep me posted if you happen to know a song using this melodic pattern and released before The Twins’ version.

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Jan
11
2008
2

S.O.S

noel_neill_1.jpg A quirky Disco tune from the exuberant singer Dee D. Jackson and its simple yet efficient House cover version. The distress call has been received.

Dee D. Jackson – S.O.S. (Love To The Rescue) (1983)

Pierre De La Touche – SOS (2007)

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Jan
10
2008
0

Oh Romeo

2g.jpg Yet another alias for Bobby Orlando‘s productions. Oh Romeo is a fine piece of italo disco with the obvious “O” touch. This is what Hi-NRG is all about.

Oh Romeo – These Memories (1983)
Oh Romeo – Only A Memory (1984)
Oh Romeo – Living Out A Fantasy (Dub) (1985)
Oh Romeo – Light Of Love (1985)

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Jan
06
2008
0

Ikeya Seki

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Possibly one of my favourite Kano‘s pieces of music.

Follow the comet…

Kano – Ikeya Seki (1983)

On a side note, Kavinsky remade it with a contemporary touch for his 1986 EP

Kavinsky – Grand Canyon (2007)

Thanks to Kundalini for spotting this specific version.

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Jan
04
2008
1

V.I.P.

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Let’s face it, this track is quite an oddity within Françoise Hardy‘s discography. Hardly fitting into the genres she used to play and never followed up by any other similar productions.

It also happens to be my personal favourite from her repertoire.

Françoise Hardy – V.I.P. (1986)

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Jan
03
2008
0

Another Life

travolta-saturday-night_std.jpg One of the most incredible smash hits from the über brilliant Disco-act Kano (no, not that Grime poser 😉 the one and only Kano), namely Another Life, and released in 1983. Some mere 20 years afterwards, the house tunes that sample it are even as outstanding as the original version. True dancefloor killers.

“Another life another lover, where in the world do lonely dreams ever go?” So incredibly dazzling and catchy that it’s impossible to get it out of your head.

Kano – Another Life

Two different portions of the original song sampled or re-created, two different artists and styles, two insane House reduxes.

Lifelike & Kris Menace – Discopolis (Alan Braxe Remix) (2006)

Junior Jack – Life (2007)
(The Banshee Rocktron rules)

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Jan
03
2008
2

Angie Care

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Another great introspective tune from the original Valerie Dore team. 1984 was a very special year for Italo Disco.

Angie Care – Your Mind (Vocal Version)

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Jan
02
2008
5

Magic Fly

sputnik_teck-751540.jpg THE tune that launched a Disco sub-genre on its own (but short-lived mind you, what a pity).

The video clip is fun too. All hail robots from space! Your music rocks BIG times.

Space – Magic Fly (1977)

and its cover version by Kebekelektrik, released a few years afterwards (which is sadly not as brilliant and innovative as the original was)

Kebekelektrik – Magic Fly (1981)

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Jan
02
2008
0

Tanzania

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A very slow paced Cosmic Afro track released by Helen.

Helen – Zanzibar (Afro Mix) (1985)

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Dec
23
2007
1

I Want

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I’m in the mood for that kind of thing today, so here’s another unpretentious and cheerful Italo Disco tune in the same breathe as the one in the previous ticket. And BTW I do really dig this one.

Anneclaire – I Want (1986)

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Dec
23
2007
1

Faces

faces.jpg Released in 1985 on Crash Records (and arranged by Pineapples himself): it’s Italo Disco at its best.

Clio – Faces

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Dec
22
2007
0

Nami Shimada

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Nami Shimada was (she retired from singing in 1990) a J-Pop artist and although I’m not fond of that genre, a few tracks she did, like Sun Shower released in 1989, are really more Garage or House than Pop. And they are good.

Nami Shimada – Sun Shower (H-Track Edit) (2006)

Nami Shimada – Sun Shower

On a side note, Nami Shimada now appears to be DJing in Japan.

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Dec
21
2007
0

Two Of Hearts

2-of-heart.jpg Uplifting and breezy tune for today, every Italo Disco fan knows this one…

Stacey Q – Two Of Hearts (Extended Mix) (1986)

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Dec
19
2007
0

Spaced Out

spaced-out.jpg Catchy bassline, funky guitar riff, silly lyrics, high-pitched chorus, robotic chipmunk vocals… what else do you want?

Pure Energy – Spaced Out (1983)

(thanks to blackberrie for the disco-very)

BTW, did you know that two of the Pure Energy team, i.e. Curtis Hudson and John Benitez, are also involved in Madonna’s first LP? The first one has even written Holiday. Neat, huh?

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Dec
19
2007
1

Vivien Vee

vivien-vee.jpg Vivien Vee started her career in the late 70s with plain (Italian-flavoured) Disco and moved into the 80s with Italo Disco. Her most notable hit is IMO the incredible Higher, very melodic and well produced.

BTW most of her songs are arranged and produced by the duo behind smash-hit bands such as Capricorn and Kasso and composed of Giancarlo Meo and Claudio Simonetti. (More on Claudio and his OSTs soon, in an upcoming ticket)

Vivien Vee – Give Me A Break (1979)
Vivien Vee – Higher (1983)
Vivien Vee – Heartbeat (1987)
Vivien Vee – Cross My Heart (Club Mix) (1989)

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Dec
18
2007
0

Appointment In Space

house-of-the-future-1953.jpg A fun attempt at quirky futurism, by the crazy Belgian trio Telex in 1988. From their great Looney Tunes album.

A track looking towards both the late 70s Space Disco and the typical 80s bleepy Synthpop. Mixed with the obvious Belgian touch one would expect from Telex.

Telex – Rendez-Vous Dans L’espace

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Dec
14
2007
0

Okay Okay

roller-disco.jpg Direct follow-up to Me Quale Idea and released one year later in 1981. It’s almost the same song… which means it is good.

Same bouncy bassline and same laser twirls.

Pino D’Angiò – Okay Okay

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Dec
11
2007
0

You Got My Soul

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Released in 1984 on the mythic Crash Records, You Got My Soul is a very fine piece of Italo Disco. And now I know (see previous post) that the first Valerie Dore team is behind this great tune actually.

Domina – You Got My Soul

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Dec
11
2007
5

The Story Behind Valerie Dore

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Thanks to a recent post by Johan Agebjörn I’ve discovered that Valerie Dore was in reality the name of a studio project, involving a tremendous amount of people, and not just a single band.

Anyway, and because it was too tempting…

Valérie Dore – Get Closer (1984)
Valérie Dore – The Night (1984)
Valérie Dore – It’s So Easy (Maxi) (1985)
Valérie Dore – Lancelot (1986)

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Dec
10
2007
2

Running Up That Hill (For Cover)

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Everybody (?) knows Kate Bush, talented English artist and behind loads of hits in the eighties. I do really appreciate her Running Up That Hill, released in 1985, and I’ve recently noticed that it’s been covered by a wide array of Electronic producers, a lot.

Some are pure garbage to my ears but others are quite excellent, not surprisingly the ones I prefer are those that kept the simple melody, the strong reverb and all the things that made the original release great.

The Original:
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (Extended Version)

A slight Electro redux:
Datassette – Running Up That Hill (2005)

A more Housey outfit:
Housego – Running Up That Hill (2006)

And finally a gentle commercial House reconstruction not using the main chorus as the gimmick:
Infusion – Running Up That Hill (2002)

Edit by Kundalini:
AND finally a slow italo synth-pop because Italians Do It Better (as you should know by now).

Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (2007)
(Listen to the full track)

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