Apr
19
2008
2

From: Disco To: Disco

Whirlpool ProductionsFrom: Disco To: Disco
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=BBsq1tE–1Q

This funny and easy single is on the album “Dense Music” released on Ladomat 2000 in 1996.

Whirlpool Productions is a german trio that recorded 4 albums with no much success except a few singles.

Behind this project a man called Justus Köhncke in between. (more…)

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Apr
18
2008
4

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Santa EsmeraldaDon’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=WrOfBRblGec

Santa Esmeralda is a band led by the american singer and saxophonist Leroy Gomez. (biography)

They made a fusion between the genres pop, rock and disco with latin influences. Best known for their rock classics’ covers in 1977 like this originally by The Animals or the following.. (more…)

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Apr
07
2008
11

Disco Alien

nostromo.jpg A Disco cash-in version of the Jerry Goldsmith‘s original score.
Released the same year as the movie, in 1979.

The long and creepy soundscapes have been removed in favour of plain 4/4 beats. Not memorable but somewhat fun (in a sense).

Nostromo – Alien
Nostromo – Around The World In 80 Seconds

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Mar
26
2008
4

Not afraid of the Future World

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Future World Orchestra is a dutch synth-pop duo that released quite successful singles in the early 80’s for Dureco and other labels.

The first LP “Mission Completed” was released in 1982 with a great song “I’m Not Afraid of the Future” (see video below). And the second “Turning Point” in 1983:

Future World Orchestra – Captain Coke

Future World Orchestra – Theme from E.T.
(Ben Liebrand remix)

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Mar
15
2008
2

Japanese Boy

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=89p99UQVcBg&feature=related

Aneka –  Japanese Boy (An Endless Music Mix)

Scottish singer Aneka released his first pop hit in 1981 produced by Neil Ross. An album followed in 1982.

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Mar
06
2008
3

Pink Project

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Mike Oldfield has his Italian Disco medleys (see this post and that one), but so has Pink Floyd.

It first happened when a bunch of DJs (namely some session musicians from the band Kano) realised that two club hits of the moment, namely Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and The Alan Parsons Project‘s Mammagamma, could be seamlessly mixed within their DJ set because they share almost the same tempo and key… the rest is the story of a front runner studio project specialised in producing Disco mashups (sort of, some are really medleys, others are true mashups) during the 80s.

Pink Project – Disco Project (1982) (see the video)

(combines The Alan Parsons Project – Mammagamma, The Alan Parsons Project – Sirius, and Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part III))

It is worth noting that everything has been re-played or re-sung because of copyright issues.

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Mar
05
2008
6

Tubular Affair

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Samoa Park – Tubular Affair (1983)
(Listen to the “instrumental version”)

Samoa Park is a disco project led by the very influent executive producers R. Fraschini and S.Annunziata.”Monkey Latino” was the first medley released for the project (Listen to the complete track).

This “affair” is in fact a medley combining two Mike Oldfield‘s classics (same ambient sounds with disco rythm and effects). It was produced by Kandinsky and Multiplayback. (more…)

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Feb
29
2008
1

You Are In My System

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A standard from 1982… (but actually sung in Spanish herein, not in English.)

The System – Tu Estas En Mi Systema (1983)

Robert Palmer covered it one year after the original was released. This specific version has its fans and haters, I like both.

Robert Palmer – You Are In My System (1983)

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Feb
28
2008
2

Jimmy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLPUe9Xn9ZE

M.I.A. – Jimmy (2007)

Ordinarely M.I.A. is “rapping” on every cool beat full of bass that her producers Switch and Diplo made for her. “Kala” her second album is like that: an incredible mix of electro beats spiced with world musics.

She’s surely not a disco queen but she may has been in another life. “Jimmy” the second single is so kitch but it’s also one my favorites for the fun.

In facts it’s a cover… (more…)

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Feb
24
2008
2

Corona?

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On the left, Giovanna Bersola, the actual singer of This Is The Rhythm Of The Night and on the right, Sandra Chambers, the voice behind Baby Baby and Try Me Out.

Did you know that This Is The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona was actually a cover version? I didn’t.

Here we have THE obvious hit:
Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (1993)

Now just replace the main lyrics “This is the rhythm of the night” with “Save me save me” and listen to:

Say When! – Save Me (1987)
Alright… the “cover” version has been extensively rewritten (if not from scratch) and only part of the original lyrics have been finally kept.
Anyway, thanks to Vanity6 for the info.

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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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
13
2008
5

Italians Do It Better

Mike Simonetti, an american DJ, became a label manager in the early 90’s with Troubleman Records. After his participation to the disco and post punk revival in successfull parties in NYC he decided to create the sub-label “Italians Do It Better” with his special blog. Seeing the success of a few limited run CDRs and 12″s he understood that it could be more than a joke.

Download Mike Simonetti’s mix “for a fashion magazine” 06-21-2007

Mike Simonetti’s mix “special Kraut Rock set” 02-12-2008

The first compilation “After Dark” in 2007 highlights the members of the label with some covers and other surprises.

Glass CandyComputer Love (live) – Kraftwerk cover

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=OX-BhZNd29k

Most important artists are Glass Candy, Chromatics, Farah, Mirage and Professor Genius. For them all happened very fast thanks to the web.

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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
3

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
29
2008
0

Hands In The Dark

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Produced in 2005 but only properly released in 2007 by the dark italo ‘revivalist’ record label Italians Do It Better, Hands In The Dark is a cool track to relish on headphones. A perfect mood enhancer.

Chromatics – Hands In The Dark

It is in fact a kind of strange and unlikely mashup:
the lyrics and the melody are originally from
R.L. Crutchfield’s Dark Day – Hands In The Dark (1979)

while the instrumental part is sampled from
Chromium – Caribbean Air Control (1979)

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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
11
2008
0

When You Wake Up

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A very funky Candi Staton‘s tune from 1979, along with a slightly edited and bouncy House version made in 2006.

Candi Staton – When You Wake Up Tomorrow

Soul Revenger – Wake Up Tomorrow

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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
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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