Mar
24
2008
2

Satellites

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Subway – Satellites (2007)

I don’t know much about Subway an electronic duo but the only thing I’m sure is that this track “Satellites” on their 2nd release for Soul Jazz Records is damn great to my ears.

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Mar
24
2008
0

Q

q-judge.jpg One of those early-80s spacey Disco tracks I never get bored of.Released in 1983.

Q – The Voice Of Q (Vocal)
Q – The Voice Of Q (Instrumental)

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Mar
21
2008
2
Mar
21
2008
0

Same changes

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I have no so much information about this guy.

http://www.myspace.com/mrleedouglas

Although for a lof of people his best song is be ”Our Song”

Lee Douglas – Our song

”Same changes” has that beautiful electronic-disco melody with space-keyboards that can get you into a totally feeling-nice mood

Lee Douglas – Same Changes

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Mar
20
2008
10

Discocross

156-ff-butterflychick.jpg A one-time collaboration between Gigi Farina and Goblin for a very special LP in 1978, halfway between Prog Rock and plain Disco.
It has been finally re-issued (bootlegged) in 2007 and can now be easily found.

Giorgio Farina – Farina’s Suite (Extract 1)
Giorgio Farina – Farina’s Suite (Extract 2)
Giorgio Farina – Tawawa’s
Giorgio Farina – Suite Slide Return

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Mar
19
2008
0

Càpita

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One of the few Fabio Frizzi‘s side-projects and indeed quite far from his usual soundtrack material. Written by the man himself and produced in partnership with his younger brother Fabrizio.

D.J. Look – Càpita (1983)

I got this one for cheap at a used record shop and I’m trying hard to gather some more limited pressings from Frizzi at a reasonable price. If you happen to sell for example the Hot Cha-Cha EP don’t hesitate to contact me…

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Mar
18
2008
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Mar
16
2008
1

イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ

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A long time ago I promised a ticket about Yellow Magic Orchestra. Tough job. Really. I did only select 4 tracks; maybe they’re their most Electronic-inspired and well-known tracks. I don’t know.

Yellow Magic Orchestra – La Femme Chinoise (1979)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Rydeen (1982)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis (1979)
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Kai-Kou (1983)

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Mar
15
2008
1

World X

per-vivere-meglio.jpg The soundtrack of an unknown comedy to me:
Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi.

It’s great Italian Disco.

Angella Dean – World X (1978)

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Mar
14
2008
2

Underwater

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Harry Thumann was a german composer and sound engineer (see his biography). His first LP “American Express” in 1979 included a classic instrumental disco so cosmic with a lot of effects.

Harry Thumann – Underwater (1979)
(Listen to the complete track)

The second LP “Andromeda” is still a synth-pop classic album with such pieces as “Sphinx” his robotic voice and his space guitar solo at the end of the trip.

Harry Thumann – Sphinx (1982)
(Listen to the complete track)

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Mar
12
2008
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Mar
12
2008
2

Cuffs

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I simply cannot stop listening to this one. The lead synth reminds me of moody things in the vein of the great MC1; which means it is über good according to my own standards.

Ali Renault – Cuffs (2007)

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Mar
10
2008
2

Disco Machine

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A projection from computer scientists in the 50s of what a ‘home computer’ might look like by the year 2004.

Electronic System is the pet project of Daniel Lacksman, better known as one third of the mighty Telex. With the likes of Giorgio Moroder or Kraftwerk (to name only the obvious ones), it is blatant that Dan and his MiniMoog helped shaping the sound of modern Electronic music as we know today. It is also crystal-clear that everything really skyrocketed during this specific period.

The Disco Machine LP was released in 1977, about one year before Telex was officially formed.

Electronic System – Flight To Tokyo
Electronic System – Cosmos Trip
Electronic System – Flight To Venus
Electronic System – Sailing To An Unknown Planet
Electronic System – Time Trip
Electronic System – Rock Machine
Electronic System – Back Home

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Mar
10
2008
0

Voyage

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A sleek and bright ‘souvenir’ from the late 70s. IMO the highlight of their career is definitely the critically acclaimed Souvenirs.

Voyage – Souvenirs (1978)
Voyage – Follow the Brightest Star (1982)
Voyage – Let’s Get Started
(1981)

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Mar
09
2008
5

1972

Ape Into Jam – 1972 (2007)

The first solo release of Jamie from Cage & Aviary including a long cosmic sound with that ”sticky whistle” at about 11 minute.

Others tracks for the label Dissident :

Cage & Aviary – Giorgio Carpenter (2007)
Cage & Aviary – Television Train (2007)

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Mar
07
2008
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Who Do You Love?

l_f751802d4fe1ce9b89fe2cc56c692285.jpg This one is seriously rocking hard. From the first measures to the conclusion: everything oozes groove.

THP Orchestra – Who Do You Love? (1979)

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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
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Stark Night

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Joe Yellow under cover… One of his very first releases, it sounds a tad more like Hi-NRG than straight Italo.

Bob Salton – Starknight (1982)

Bob Salton – Starknight (Instrumental) (1982)

Slight preference for the instrumental only edit on my part.

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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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Mar
03
2008
2

Cristal

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 Cristal – Phonic (1977)
Cristal – La Nuit Pour Nous (1977)

Behind this Cristal is hiding Marc Cerrone a godfather of european disco. (biography)

His debut was succesful with his band Kongas inspired by the african rythms (biography). And so it was also under his own name thanks to the hits “Love In ‘C’ Minor” and “Supernature” for the french label Malligator.

Kongas – Anikana-O (1974)
Cerrone – Love In ‘C’ Minor (1976)
Cerrone – Supernature (1977)
Kongas – Africanism (1977)

As a side project the single “Phonic” wasn’t as successful maybe because of its colder space sound instead of the disco pop style. B-side is slow more influenced by latin music.

Other Cerrone hits… (more…)

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