Jun
12
2017
0

Beppe Loda’s Elettronica Meccanica

Beppe Loda Elettronica Meccanica

A clip from another stunner of a cd from the mighty Members label, courtesy of Norio Sato of Osaka.

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Jun
01
2017
0

High-Ball

Fabio Fabor & Antonio Arena – High-Ball

“On occasion I danced for nights on end, ever madder about people and life. At times, late on those nights when the dancing, the slight intoxication, my wild enthusiasm, everyone’s violent unrestraint would fill me with a tired and overwhelmed rapture, it would seem to me – at the breaking point of fatigue and for a second’s flash – that at last I understood the secret of creatures and of the world. But my fatigue would disappear the next day, and with it the secret; I would rush forth anew. I ran on like that, always heaped with favors, never satiated, without knowing where to stop, until the day – until the evening rather when the music stopped and the lights went out.” – Albert Camus, The Fall

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May
12
2017
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One More Mission (Another Version)

Quinn Martin – One More Mission (Another Version)

No hope I’m afraid, I know we can’t be saved, No peace in my mind, Till I find what’s behind. Just one more mission.

As some of my 11 fans already know, I’ve a very soft spot for Italo. This relatively rare 12″ cover version of the Rockets classic touches the all right spots with dark lyrics and bounding bass. In the picture decaying remains of club Ultimo Impero in Airasca, Italy.

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Apr
09
2017
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Set On Fire

Loukas Thanos – Set On Fire

Hey you behind the camera! Please remember that objectifying is all right only if there’s a mutual agreement. In the picture dancefloor action from Paris in 1985. Greek cult tune with a seductive bassline and easy to sing-along lyrics sure can set carefully curated floors on fire in 2017. Track is so good and delicious to mix that it makes one wonder was it played bitd. It might as well been totally dismissed until the current years. No need for anachronistic over-interpretation even if the track sounds as irresistible as this one.

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Mar
27
2017
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Lamuka

Zazou/Bikaye/Cy 1 – Lamuka

Whipping cosmic classic for those into spacing out at 90 bpm.

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Mar
02
2017
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Jan
29
2017
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Energy Overload

Transwork – Energy Overload

Lo and behold: the flip of the The Robots 12″ has an almost equally electric track which works either at 45 or as heard here at 33.

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Jan
23
2017
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Disco Queen of Venus

Miriam Stockley – Disco Queen Of Venus

I got a bit obsessed about getting this floating space disco greatness in my bag. Take a listen and you’ll understand why.

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Jan
03
2017
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Computer Love

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International Broadcasting Musicians – Computer Love

Being a teen in the 80’s I had a chance to play some “stimulating” computer games with Commodore 64. Unfortunately I never had a chance to try Interlude #99.

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Dec
13
2016
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Yugoslavian Space Program

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Miha Kralj – Robot

This vinyl collection of previously unrealesed electronic tracks from 1981 till 2015 has been available on Discom label for a few months now.  As it’s a strictly limited realese do yourself a favour and get a copy right away. You will definitely not want to miss the two Miha Kralj masterpieces that open the album. Take a listen for proof. The rest of the material is less disco but interesting nevertheless, and that sleeve!  Your all-white neo-minimalist flat-cum-gallery living space demands you  frame it.

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Dec
10
2016
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All The Night (Slowly)

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Wrong speed classic of the month.

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Sep
13
2016
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The 80s

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The 80s

The 80s were about wearing black on black, not exhanging bodily fluids, forgetting about New York and flying to London instead. Grace Jones and Pedro Almodóvar made immense impact. The best fonts were by Neville Brody, seen in magazines like Face and the Arena. From France, Philippe Starck emerged as the new designer god. Communism fell, MTV was born and there was famine in Ethiopia. Nights were spent on watching horror movies in cinemas and ultraviolent Hong Kong gangster films on vhs but people still danced on weekends. Computers took over. Anything else…no, that’s pretty much it.

The sounds? Here’s some of the right stuff in a mix.

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Aug
23
2016
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The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2

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It’s essentially the spiritual sequel to The Unnamed Avenger Minimix. It’s still as strange and for sure totally lacks direction. This time we trade cosmic luchadores and Bollywood fighters for Afro super sentais. Sort of. Enjoy.

The Unnamed Avenger Minimix 2 (right-click to save)

Kudos to Jussi and Discotruper for part of the selection. (more…)

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Aug
19
2016
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Elleorde: Black Talon

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Elleorde – Black Talon

Finally it’s here, a new record by the cosmic force behind Den Haan’s epic Gods From Outer Space album, and it’s a cause for celebration. The familiar dynamics are intact and the tone is as hedonistic as ever but the music does not loop back on itself. Strides are taken toward a new destination, somewhere resembling the Almerian region in Spain where the legendary spaghetti westerns were shot.

Three of the four tracks on my demo pressing ascend to frenzied, laser synth peaks with rolling thunder basslines, haunting melodies, moody whistling sounds and all around weirdness and toughness. Then there’s one mellow tune that pours dark, delicious tasting liquids over your naked body as you squirm with pleasure. Everything you hear presents a full manifestation of carefully constructed ideas and is executed with technical four-on-the-floor finesse.

Here’s a taster of the stuff. You’ll want it all, obviously. It’ll be available soon.

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Jul
27
2016
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Jun
26
2016
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Total Eclipse

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Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse

Klaus Nomi – Wasting My Time

The high operatic notes reached by Waylon on his record Crème de la Crème have been documented here several times as has been the output of Sylvester. Now let’s hear it for Klaus Nomi, born as Klaus Sperber in Immerstadt, Bavaria. Nomi was a one-time usher at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, as well as a performer at a gay discothèque Kleist Casino, before moving to New York in 1972 where he became legendary in the city’s art and club scenes.

The voice you hear is a falsetto, not a castrato. A castrato singer’s voice is the result of a castration done before puberty.

The creation of castrati singers became popular first in Rome during the mid-16th century, when the pope banned women singing in churches or on the stage. Italian boys with promising voices would be taken to a back-street barber-surgeon, drugged with opium, and placed in a hot bath. The expert would snip the ducts leading to the testicles, which would wither over time. By the early 1700s, it is estimated that around 4,000 boys a year were getting the operation. Some lived thru the mutilation and many died from complications. Few became celebrated singers.

The high notes of a pre-pubescent boy wafting from the lungs of an adult were said to sound magical and ethereal. The prowess came from an increased breath capacity. The lack of testosterone allowed the skeleton to continue to grow beyond what was normal. Limbs would elongate. As would ribs. This was why castrati had such exceptional lung power. Nobody now actually knows what a castrato singer sounded like, as the practice became illegal in 1861, before recordings could be produced.

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May
23
2016
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Escape

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Magnetic System – Escape

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera ost 45 sounds fast and furious even when pitched down a lot. Godzilla from the a-side has been one of my all time faves ever since it was featured here back in 2009.

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Apr
10
2016
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In The Disko

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Papertiger And The Cat Cammerorchestra – In The Disco

Cult item for those into danger.

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Jan
08
2016
0

Robot

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Lysergic robot disco sounds from Yugoslavia, 1982.

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Dec
09
2015
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Data Transfer

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Pluta Connexion – Data Transfer

Pluta Connexion – Ic D’Amour

The standard compact cassette is a popular way of data storage for personal computers. Typical data rates for compact cassettes are 2,000 bit/s. You can store about 660 kB per side on a 90-minute tape.
The music is from Germany, made in 1981.

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