Apr
27
2012
5

Meet Ivan Dorn

Yesterday he sampled “Apache” and revived Chicago sound.

 

Tomorrow he’s gonna tear up all the world’s hit-parades.

He is Ivan Dorn from Russia

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Jan
09
2012
3

Drums that changed a world

It’s always interesting to discover nodes where music flow changed its direction, especially when these nodes are the songs. Here are a few of such milestone songs.

“The Love I Lost” of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (Philadelphia International Records, 1973) gave to world “Four-on-the-Floor” rhythm pattern.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN7mQtcLRCs&feature=player_embedded

BTW 2nd pretender to the palm is Temptation’s “Law Of The Land” (Motown, 1973), but actually it has only 4/4 kick drum without hissing open hi-hat.

Certainly I could not miss the song that gifted its own standard rhythm pattern to Hip-Hop. This is fabulous The Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip” (Sussex, 1974). Short drum break on 3:31 and the rest is… 5 pages on whosampled.com.

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Aug
10
2009
0

A Dog in the Night/Voyage

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Mr. Master – A Dog In The Night (Instrumental) (1983)

Kris Menace – Voyage (2009)

An “edit” that actually cloaks its origins: it’s not fair Mr. Menace.

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Aug
06
2009
0

Just As Long As I Got You

I have enough!

Love Committee – Just As Long As I Got You (1978)

B-side from the album’s single “Law And Order” on Gold Mind Rec. special 12″ disco mix by Walter Gibbons.

(Listen to the full track here)

“I got enough!” Mad horns and insane strings making me karaaazy!… And dj’s must love it too… (more…)

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Jan
26
2009
0

Captain Future

181293467_b8a5022738_o.jpg Every thirty or twentysomething will easily remember this old anime, named differently according to the country that broadcast the show (e.g. Captain Future, Capitan Futuro or Capitaine Flam).

It is worth noting that every European country had its own version of the OST. While, in France for example, Jean-Jacques Debout (see previous post) recorded it, Christian Bruhn released his own version for the German market, in 1980.

Christian Bruhn – Gefahr
Christian Bruhn – Vor dem Start
Christian Bruhn – Durch den Weltraum nach Hause

This OST spawned countless remixes and cover versions. Some are o.k., others are really bad.

The original:
Christian Bruhn – Feinde greifen an
The remake:
Phil Fuldner – The Final (Chronovisor Mix) (1998)

The original:
Christian Bruhn – Space – Wind
The remake:
Wildchild – All Together (1996) – I should still have my Mokum T-shirt somewhere, cleanly packed…

(more…)

Jan
08
2009
0

La Serenissima

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Rondò Veneziano – La Serenissima (1982)

It must be the most popular hit by this chamber orchestra led by the composer Giampiero Reverberi. Certainly not a masterpiece but the melody is very nice… and the following recent “covers” are even more entertaining IMHO:

The Bloody Beetroots – We Are From Venice (2007)

The “in da hype” masked Italians from Bloody transform it into a distorted anthem. While Riton as a side-project keeps it slow and hypnotic adding repetitive vocals.

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – La Serenissima (2008)

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Jan
02
2009
3

Start Something

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Morten Sorensen – Start Something (2008)

It’s a new beginning. Back in the time with Morten Sorensen a Norvegian producer and a NY disco lover who released his first EP “Start Something” for the label Tirk.

This tune sampled a song by the popular band Chic that appears on the “Tongue In Chic” LP:

Chic – I Feel Your Love Comin’ On (1982)
(Listen to the full track)

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Nov
21
2008
3

Soul Dracula

Hot Blood – Soul Dracula (1975)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6jaG-_L3A
This is a short psyche video clip on french TV.
(see the real video clip here)

Hot Blood‘s classic was released in 1975 and later on the “Disco Dracula” or “Dracula And Co” LPs.

Here’s a longer remix from 1984 by Julius T & Hens Z:

Hot Blood – Soul Dracula (Subway Invader Part 6)

This big hit has even been covered by an Italian DJ/producer (more…)

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Oct
07
2008
0

All This Love That I’m Givin’

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Gwen McCrae – All This Love That I’m Giving

Gwen Mc Crae is an american singer inspired as much by gospel, R’n’B, soul as funk and also by her husband.
It appears on her 3rd album “Melody Of Life” in 1979.

It’s been later sampled by the frech duo Cassius. (more…)

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Oct
05
2008
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Aug
25
2008
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Aug
04
2008
0
Jul
31
2008
7

Knowing Me, Knowing You Dub

abba_heads.jpg Linda Jane Bull did an awesome job with this ABBA track.She(?) trimmed all the fuss and the extra-sweet pop elements from the original version and spared one single loop only, but what a loop!

This is a wonderful edit full of flange and reverb: the end-result is really dubby and cosmic.

Linda Jane Bull – Knowing Me, Knowing You (2006) (more…)

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Jul
29
2008
0

Instant Replay

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Gambafreaks – Instant Replay (Rhythm Masters Club Mix)

A punchy house tune from Gambafreaks feat. Paco Rivaz released in 1998 remixed here by the Rhythm Masters.

Bouncy on the dancefloor !
Of course it contains a groovy sample. (more…)

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Jul
23
2008
0

Black Devil’s back (again)

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Black Devil‘s latest album “Eight Oh Eight” is out now!

And I think it must be a pleasure for all the lovers of the disco’s dark side. Now welcome to “the strange world of Bernard Fevre”.

Black Devil Disco Club – With Honey Cream (2008)

Listen to this album and more on Lo Recordings website

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Jul
21
2008
2

U Love My Music

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Switchblade Sisters – U Love My Music (1997)

This track by the Switchblade Sisters (tell me who?) appears on “Monsieur Dimitri’s De-Luxe House Of Funk” a mixed compilation by Dimitri From Paris.

It contains samples (more…)

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Jul
21
2008
0

Lola Dee

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Lola Dee – Love In Space (1978)
Lola Dee – For Your Love (1978)

It is worth noting that the last song is a redux of a Rock song from the mid 60s that generated quite a few cover versions throughout the years. (more…)

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Jul
20
2008
0

Can’t Get Enough

SoulsearcherCan’t Get Enough (1998)
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=zhDIBY3hKmk

This song featuring the 80’s american disco singer Donna Allen contains samples (more…)

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Jul
08
2008
0

Cosmic Melody

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The sample used in the track from the previous post.
(And secondarily, an exceptional Disco tune mind you)

Constellation Orchestra – Cosmic Melody (1978)

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Jun
19
2008
0

The Mistery With Me

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IMO the best track from The Best Disco In Town and what a tune! Check out the bassline.

Jo Bisso – The Mistery With Me (1978)
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