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
06
2008
1

Disco Dream And The Androids

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Disco Dream And The Androids is a one-shot band that released only one LP, in 1979, but what a record! I let you appreciate the array of skills of the British duo by yourself…

Disco Dream And The Androids – Dream Machine

Disco Dream And The Androids – Love Dance

Disco Dream And The Androids – Café Des Illusions

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Feb
04
2008
0

Lady Bug

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A smashing track from the band comprised of most members of The Universal Robot Band and the Phreek original crews. It is a sort of sequel to the highly enjoyable Love Bug song released two years before.

The non-sense lyrics are quite cheesy but also fun in a sense.

Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug (1978)

As a rule of thumb, there is always at least one Disco House cover available. This one is fairly up-tempo:

DIZ Co., Ltd. – Track 03B (‘Bring It Down’ Vocal Mix) (2005)

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Feb
02
2008
2
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
30
2008
1

Starlight

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

Risque – Starlight

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Jan
29
2008
7

Space Lady

Exceptional obscure deep space-cosmic disco track

AMPLIFIED ORCHESTRA – Space Lady

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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
27
2008
1

Forces Of Light

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This one is simply awesome, the main chorus is so entertaining.

It’s been released quite confidentially in 1979 on Infinity Records. From the fantastic LP Star To Star. Enjoy.

Chromium – Forces Of Light

A huge thank you to blackberrie!

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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
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
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
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
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
0

Spring Rain

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One hell of a cheerful Disco tune! One of the best symphonic Disco releases of the seventies, suffice to say.

Bebu Silvetti – Lluvia De Primavera (1976)

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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
14
2007
1

Stardance

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I must admit I know nothing about John Forde. Except that he used to produce some kind of weird and spacey slow-motion Disco songs.

Seriously (or not), they must have all taken LSD in the recording studio.

John Forde – Stardance (1977)

EDIT: John Forde appears to be an alias (or a typo on the covers) of John Ford.

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