May
16
2010
0
May
10
2010
4

The Spaced Out Disco Session – May 2010

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The Robot Scientists – The Spaced Out Disco Session – May 2010 (Right click to download)

Loads and loads of both cheesy and groovy tracks inside: the main motto here is “Hi-NRG is fun”. It must be one of their very finest DJ sets so far IMHO.

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Apr
30
2010
0
Apr
07
2010
4
Mar
24
2010
0

Heavy Hitter et al.

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They’re all clustered together on this post because they’re obviously made using the same recipe. Most of the production team is the same.

Karen Diggs – Infatuation (1982) – and no, this is not an alternative version of Plastic Doll.

Barbara Norris – Strategy (1983)

Karen Diggs – Congratulations (1983)

The last one is my favourite from the lot, and unquestionably the most well known – what a catchy hook, everything’s in the name:

Barbara Norris – Heavy Hitter (1981)

Barbara Norris – Heavy Hitter (Remix Instrumental)

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Mar
17
2010
0
Mar
07
2010
4

Boogie Tonight

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M & G – Boogie Tonight (1986)

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Feb
28
2010
8

Under The Ice

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Lovely Italo Disco track with loud beats. The main performer on this record is credited as a toy for geeks from the eighties known as Topo the robot. This vintage piece of so-so hardware lends its limited text-to-speech synthesis skills for a few vocals on the track.

Topo and Roby – Under The Ice (1984)

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Feb
28
2010
1

Two Heads Are Better Than One

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Cube – Two Heads Are Better Than One

Italy, 1982. In the picture, two sassy signorinas from the Amnesia club of Milan, filled with fashionistas, models, punks and punkettes, rich girls, and boys in Armani, Armani and Armani. The Amnesia was one of the flashiest venues to try out the emerging italo tracks( and not to be confused with the place of the same name in Milan now).

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Feb
11
2010
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Feb
09
2010
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Feb
08
2010
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Feb
07
2010
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Le Chat

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Pussycat – Le chat (1983)
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A surprisingly good piece of fluffy Italo Disco. The lyrics can be roughly translated from French into English as “You wanted to touch the neighbour’s pussy/pussycat“. It’s the same ambiguous word in both languages.

It’s in fact a cover version of a 1976 track by the same author, Albert Verrechia, who was also notably involved in the band Belle Epoque as a writer (her sister was the singer; you know, the one with the so distinctive voice).

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Jan
24
2010
4

Eclipse Line

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Eclipse Line – [Unknown] (1987?)

Is it genuine? Is it a fake? Even if I’m personally sceptical about the claims, it’s a pure cosmic rocket anyway. Here’s what the man who kindly gave me a copy knows about it (the full track is in the link below):

Eclipse Line are reportedly a well-forgotten Soviet electronic band from Murmansk.

Little is known about them except that they enjoyed moderate success in their provincial Northern town circa 1987.

A handful of tracks remain the only evidence of the band’s existence. Recorded on a reel-to-reel, the only surviving Eclipse Line album was recently discovered by a music enthusiast and posted on a Russian rare tapes blog:

http://www.say2day.ru/content/nezagranitsa (the post is in Russian only)

The found tape was marked ‘Eclipse Line-87’, no track names or credits. The blogger, whose father owned the tape, named the tracks ‘Disarmament’, ‘Electric Lights’ etc, grabbing random words from his mid-80’s childhood to match the mood. The record has been mastered digitally from a tape – if you listen to it carefully you might notice ‘floating’ bpm which indicates the track can hardly have been recorded on a PC…

Best,

Andrey

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Dec
30
2009
1

Musica Da Batticuore Retrospective – Fri. Jan. 1, 20:00 UTC

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No Spaced Out Disco Session this Friday on the webradio. Even hard workers like The Robot Scientists can take a break too.

But fear not: a musical retrospective of their first “Musica Da Batticuore” mixes will be scheduled instead. It starts at 8pm UTC  and features the cosmic grooves of volume 1 through 6, which means it will be a whole night dedicated to the electronic sound of the duo. Non stop.

Have a nice new year’s eve!

Fri. Jan. 1, 20:00 UTC – Webradio special programme : Musica Da Batticuore Retrospective – Volume 1 To 6.

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Dec
17
2009
1

My Design

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Blue Night – My Design

Italy Cat label 1983.

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Dec
09
2009
7

Computered Love

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Carol Rich – Computered Love (1983)

The lyrics are just a mumbo jumbo of computer terms that must have sounded cool and geek back in the day.

Carol Rich was once selected for the Eurovision song contest, representing Switzerland. She then collaborated with Roland Romanelli of Space fame but I don’t know if he was involved in the production of this song.

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Dec
04
2009
2

The Spaced Out Disco Session – December 2009

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The December edition of the spaced-out Robot Scientists‘ monthly residency is available for download. And this time preceded by a great guest warm-up set by Andreas Posselt.

Big thank you to all the DJs.

Andreas Posselt – Cosmic Mix + The Robot Scientists – The Spaced Out Disco Session – December 2009 (right-click to download)

P.S. Please don’t ask for tracklistings, I don’t have any at the moment.

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Nov
27
2009
0

När Jag Ser Dig

Yet another 10 ¢ record saved from the bin.

Ok, it’s far from being in the top of its league (i.e. the 80s-mawkish-romantico-italo-synthpop genre) but it earns extra points because it’s sung in Swedish (?), and it sounds really exotic to my ears. fvrsvzrev68176816147313665335

Filippa – Visioner Av Dig (1985)

Anyway, if you’re into that kind of retro-italo-romantico-eighties sound, I must definitely recommend you the new Sally Shapiro album: My Guilty Pleasure and Cloetta Paris’ Secret Eyes. It’s exactly what you’re looking for, and they’re both Swedish too.

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Nov
17
2009
0

Love System

This is what happens when I’m in that kind of mood: I start posting tickets about mad choreographies, virtuoso keyboard playing, timeless hair cuts, and trendy men’s suits. You’re lucky, the video below meets all those criteria.

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The Twins – Love System (1984)

(All things considered I think I wasn’t that vicious, otherwise I would have posted that instead. But I didn’t.)

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