If it works on the road it works on the floor. Co-driver Donyale Luna.
Library sounds for the psyched riders in the night.
The thrust for a powerful car engine can be derived from Newton’s second law which implies that the force equals to the time rate of change of momentum. This is documented in sound form on these tracks from a 1977 KPM library album.
“Souvenir From Musketry Club” is soviet radio play based on James Hadley Chase‘s pulp fiction “The Guilty Are Afraid” (1957). The play was recorded in the end of 80’s and has curious soundtrack: a few original (I guess) dark and exciting electro-noir themes plus some old jazz and lounge tunes to bring the spirit of the age. Unfortunately all music performers are uncredited.
I cut all the music snippets (about 50 items) and mixed them in the 32-minutes mini-mix. Enjoy the old school soviet radio-theatre flirted with “hard-boiled” pulp material.
From cool baristi to chefs preparing the most succulent beef in the world, refined ancient customs to outrageous flaunting of luxury goods, the city of Kobe has it all. Plus it’s got the Disques Dessinee vinyl store with stuff like this pretty perfect Go track.
Thanks to Waxidermy & The Growing Bin blogs for bringing this album to my attention. Released in 1980, René Roussel’s Rubriques on the French Editions Montparnasse 2000 record label is the sound of the future all the way from 1980. After listening to the tracks, my immediate thought was, where did René Roussel get his ideas from?
The first track Caramel sounds like it could have been recorded last week never mind thirty years ago. It is almost eerie how the minimal drum loop and stabbing synth sound anticipates the future sounds of Chicago and when the broken piano melody comes in near the end, you suddenly realise, René Roussel not only duplicated the sound and structure of house music but anticipated it by at least five years.
If the first track echoes the music of Marshall Jefferson and Jamie Principle, then the second track Manigance sounds like nothing less than the sound of Detroit techno and more specifically, the third wave techno futurism of Derrick May, and Cybotron with its strange Strings Of Life neo-classical beauty.
If it were not enough that René Roussel engaged in an act of sonic precognition with two different but intertwined genres of music; Chicago house and Detroit techno, this third offering Noctilucque sounds closer to and has more in common with the early nineties ambient music paradigm of Peter Namlook, (and other horizontal sounds coming from the Fax label) and the UK’s Mixmaster Morris AKA Irresisitible Force than it does to Roussel’s electronic contempories such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Richard Pinhas. There is a curious early nineties feel about the minimalist synth sounds and the way the rising and falling tones are repeated.
So there we have it, sonic anticipations of future music recorded by someone called Rene Roussel (who I can find no information about whatsoever), released thirty years ago on a relatively obscure French library music label and retrieved from the memory hole by some cool bloggers. I think that for anyone who thought albums like Black Devil Disco Club and Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat were just amusing anomalies, they should start wondering how many more records like Rubriques are out there just waiting to be discovered? Enough to start re-writing the linear causal narrative of late 20th century western electronic music perhaps…