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
16
2008
10

Automat

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Automat are Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi two italian keyboardists working with the programmer Mario Maggi also builder of the MCS70 the main synthesizer used for this album released in 1978 on EMI.

You can hear side A here which is a suite in 3 parts composed by C.Gizzi and the other contains shorter tracks by R.Musumarra like the famous “Droid” covered many times (see the post here).

Automat -A- The Rise, The Advance, The Genus (1978)

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha4jLUyQcLY

Automat -B2- Ultraviolet

Automat -B3- Mecadence

More informations (even technical) about “Automat”

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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

Voodoo Man

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Voodoo Man” is a famous funky disco tune by the Biddu Orchestra. Its producer Biddu also worked with Carl Douglas (world-wide hit “Kung Fu Fighting“) and other guest stars. (Biddu’s biography)

It still sounds great to me with its squeezy guitar riff, voodoo chorus and the little flute melody. Another ceremony to wake up the dead but this time in a funky style.

Biddu Orchestra – Voodoo Man (Instrumental) (1979)

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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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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
12
2008
0

Feelin’ Love

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‘Bleepy’ and funky at the same time… very fine mixture.

Hott City – Feelin’ Love (1979)

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Feb
10
2008
3

Bob-A-Rela

70s-dancing.jpg Hehe, I have absolutely no info regarding this band and their one and only album from 1979.
These are actually samples from Blackberry’s record and she forgot(? lazy you!) to post em up here.

Bob-A-Rela – Why Does It Rain?

Bob-A-Rela – Spend The Night

Bob-A-Rela – Money

Bob-A-Rela – Tobacco Road

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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
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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