Feb
16
2008
0

Makin’ Music

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Over 9 minutes of pure dubby and trippy goodiness, thanks to Joe Tucci‘s know-how.

The Vocal version is fine too, but IMO the Dub Mix is really the standout track on this release.

Gary’s Gang – Makin’ Music (Dub Mix) (1983)

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Feb
16
2008
0

Megatron Species

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A huge classic from one of the creators of Hi-NRG, along with a limited pressing cover version which is fairly good on its own.

Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man (1981)

Native Love – Megatron Woman (1983)

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Feb
15
2008
0

Protection

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Limited pressing from 1985, nothing really memorable but pretty fun nonetheless.

The Poptown Syndicate – Protection

The Poptown Syndicate – Keep On Lovin’

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Feb
14
2008
0

Annie Anner

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Anne-Lie Thorslund aka Annie Anner is a Swedish girl specialized in italo disco.

Night In The City is one of the first songs of her rather short career and undoubtely the most successful. Other tracks such as Robotman or The Human Race (either three are co-written with Lars Fjellström) are however as enjoyable as they are well produced and maybe retrospectively even better IMO.

Annie Anner – Night In The City (1985)

Annie Anner – Come On And Dance (1986)

Annie Anner – Robotman (1986)

Annie Anner – The Human Race (1987)

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Feb
13
2008
0

Hills Of Katmandu

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This track is an epic and progressiv 16 minutes trip. Masterpiece from “The Double Album” released in 1980.

A “megamix” from Patrick Cowley has been released in 1988 and for sure many other versions to discover… (in spanish for example)

Now attach your belt and listen carefully the sample to make up your mind.

Tantra – Hills Of Katmandu
(Listen to an edit version)
(Read the lyrics)

Celso Valli, also involved in the project Azoto and others, is responsible for some hits of italo-disco scene like “San Salvador” or “Exalt-Exalt” on the LP “Disco Fizz” in 1979.

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Feb
12
2008
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Feb
06
2008
2

Au Paradis

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Originally released in 1982 on Chagrin D’Amour‘s only album, it is one of those tracks meant to make love to: repetitive patterns, funky riff and spoken words of a couple in the background.

Sadly, the song is really too short to be appreciated to its full extent and, as such, Loud-E did a perfect job extending the original 2 minutes and a half to a mere 6 minutes long cut (who said it is still too little ;)).

Chagrin D’Amour – Au Paradis (LoudEfied Edit) (2007)

It appears that this track has been wrongly attributed to LoudEfied alone when it was first aired on the CBS Top 100 show.

Just for fun, here are the roughly translated (and silly) lyrics, from French to English:

Grégory : Tell me « apple »
Valli : « apple… apple »
Grégory : once more…
Valli : « apple »… it’s good !
Grégory : the apple ?

Chorus : Don’t say a word you know that, we can’t believe it
No more words you know that, it’s better this way (x2)

Valli : I can’t believe it ?
Grégory : hush…
Valli : What about : « hush » ?
Grégory : Just because : hush !
Valli : Because I can’t believe it ?
Grégory : Don’t say a word…
Valli : But…
Grégory : No no, no more words : hush !

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Feb
05
2008
1

Philharmony

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Philarmony is a great experimental LP, full of pulsating Ambient keyboard hooks and with a very welcome exotic touch for every westerner. It’s been released in 1982 by the head man behind the incredible Yellow Magic Orchestra, but as a solo project from end to end.

The sample in preview is really mesmerizing and sounds quite surprisingly ‘modern’ for its age.

Haruomi Hosono – Platonic

More on YMO in a forthcoming ticket, soon.

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Jan
31
2008
7

Zombie!

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That’s a fact, I’m a Fabio Frizzi (living?) dead fanboy. I’ve already posted about my true fascination towards his work a few months ago, but I couldn’t stop just there. Frizzi has scored Lucio Fulci‘s so-called Living Dead trilogy from A to Z and only one of these three impressive themes has been previously presented in these pages. Now I hope the mistake is properly corrected.

The first track is probably his most famous score and can be heard in the movie Zombi 2 while the second one, which is a variation on the same theme, is used in Paura nella città dei morti viventi.

Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci – Zombie (1979)

Fabio Frizzi – Apoteosi Del Mistero (1980)

Of course, I could not decently post on the subject without mentioning the splendid tribute produced by Legowelt to one of the greatest masters of the Horror soundtrack genre.

Legowelt – Congo Zombie (2005)

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Jan
31
2008
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Space Woman

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This very groovy track’s been first released with the Herman’s Rocket moniker, then under the Venus Gang guise a few years later; but don’t be fooled, it’s really the exact same song. Whatever its name, the bassline is quite hypnotic.

Herman’s Rocket / Venus Gang – Space Woman (1977 / 1981)

Interesting trivia, this is in fact a ‘spacey’ cover version of a funky song released only one year earlier.

La Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway (1976)

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Jan
31
2008
0

Robotnick

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Released on the excellent Ce n’est qu’un début EP, this track builds a very disctinctive and retro-futurist aesthetic that sounds like no other Synthpop productions of that era. IMO a true gem that has not lost any of its appeal since its initial release.

As a noted bonus, the whispered vocals perfectly fit in the atmosphere created by the instrumental part.

Alexander Robotnick – Dance Boy Dance (1984)

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Jan
30
2008
1

Starlight

Early 80s disco wtih delicate-tenuous & hazy synths., released in 1982.

Risque – Starlight

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Jan
28
2008
0

Aliens

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Fairly enjoyable piece of music, nothing outstanding though but I like the bassline.

Android – Aliens (Special Dimension) (1986)

(All the edits sound very similar, I could have picked any of them you wouldn’t have been able to notice the differences)

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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
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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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