Mar
03
2016
0

Snake King

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Synopsis – Snake King

Synopsis – Romantic Ballad

One for those nights when the only people in the house are headbangers in cross necklaces and denim wests, mixing up “dramatic” and “utterly fucking hideous”. Rough but still danceable. The second track Romantic Ballad is a quite accomplished pulse groove. The record is Estonian.

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Jan
03
2016
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Гимн СССР Bimbo

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Maria Lukats – Melodya Bimbo

No better way to start a new year than with El Bimbo with a dash of the surreal! Here’s comrade Lukats proving that while the Soviet Union may have disintegrated into fifteen separate countries, it’s collective spirit will always live on it the performances of it’s artists.

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Oct
30
2015
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Sep
22
2015
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Adults Only / Solo Per Adulti

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Maria Sole – Bestia

Maria Sole – Regné Gnené Gnené

Maria Sole – Sono A Far Pipi

Even though all records here are from our own collections – we never download anything – the views expressed in them do not necessarily reflect the views of the bloggers. Still, we must bring even the most potentailly offensive tracks to your attention. It is our duty to report and to serve.

Maria Sole aka Mara Vittoria Solinas is an Italian singer, actress and a performance artist, along the lines of Barbara Markay whose “It’s Allrite to Fuck All Nite” was posted here earlier. Whereas Barbara promoted light carefree sexuality, Maria had a far weirder agenda. Regné Gnené Gnené is apparently harmless family entertainment but Bestia should be approached with caution. The records are from 1979, as is the tune about peeing.

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Sep
08
2015
2

Aaekc Cnabbahhn

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Disco Stomp

A Melodya label realese of a Spanish record originally out by Hispavox in 1979. Whoever you are that did this exceptionally bizarre cover of the Bohannon classic, we salute you!

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Jul
01
2015
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Samir Yazbeck

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Samir Yazbeck – Tourist Melody

Lebanon! Hummus, grilled vegetables and hot hunks like Samir Yazbeck singing tracks like this. Tourists hungry for love won’t be disappointed. The vinyl is in terrible condition but the message gets across.

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Jun
12
2015
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Iqbal Siddiqi

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Iqbal Siddiqi – Dilbar Mera Kaisa Ho

Iqbal Siddiqi – Hoor-E-Arab

“The tunes are Asian, the youthful beat is Disco!” – two tunes described on the sleeve as being of Arabian origin but sounding pretty much Bollywood. In any case, both are ecletic assortments conjuring up images of feral surf bums, khaki jungle ramblers and all kinds of exotic nightclub wildlife. The first one is a version of Mustafa, of course.

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Apr
08
2015
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Amon Duul II

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Amon Duul II – Le Guadeloop

Never at home in any land of theme pubs the perspective of these quirky Germans on global culture was always well informed. These seductive sounds are from 1974, way ahead of their time.

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Mar
03
2015
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Andromeda

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We are proud to announce the vinyl repress of a track that Overfitting Disco presented here exclusively for your listening pleasure since its very initial discovery in 2008: Andromeda.

One of the biggest disco unearthings of the latest years, italocarlito tells us a bit of story about it.

Q: Tell us more about the story of Andromeda.

A: I found this record in 2006, quickly overlooked it and left it there lying around until 2009, when I started playing it in my gigs around Europe. I distinctly remember playing it one of the very first times at Albion’s Camp Cosmic and the audience was shocked, with many coming to the dj booth to ask what this tune sung in italian was. The track was originally published on the small “Papaya” label in Italy in 1981 and of the 500 7″s originally pressed, most got unsold and sent back to the label to be stocked, where – due to complaints regarding sound quality of the pressing – they ended up being destroyed. Then I decided out of the blue I wanted to (try) repressing it, but it wasn’t an option for me to just make a repress out of a vinyl rip, as much as high-quality that could be. Ends up it took close to five years to track down the rights owner and obtain the license for a legit pressing. Surprisingly, when all hopes were lost, also the 24 tracks analog mastertape was found and dubbed electronically with the latest technology. But that was a complicated stage, too, as the tape suffered the “sticky shed syndrome” and had to be cleaned and treated in order to be digitized.

Q: Why a 12″ and which tracks contains?

A: The 12″ offers more grooves space, and I could have the chance to work with the best Italian artisans: Cesare Marchesini did the delicate tape transfer stage and lacquer artisan Roberto Barbolini did a very special lacquer as the durations allowed to make a 22 and 1/2 mastering one, which is the top level. Senio Corbini at Narada Studio was my Pro Tools wizard doing the magic in the studio with the tracks.
There was no original 7″ mixdown in the tape, so I chose to just present the original version culled from the 7″ as a historical document, plus two new versions: a slightly extended one that respectfully maintains all the original mixdown choices, but revealing the violin parts, previously unhearable in the 45.  So, the 12″ contains an extended version,  the og 7″ version as well as a remix by italian legend DJ Beppe Loda, who loved the track and embarked very happily in this project.  He worked “Andromeda” in his “afro-electronic” taste, that we all know through his mythical “Afro” tapes serie and his productions under the monikers Egotrya and MC1.

Q: Tell us about the famous sample you can hear in the track

A: When we opened the tracks in the studio for the first time, it was hearable someone just recorded the first two bars from the vinyl and made a tape loop out of it. Incredibly, and this is one of the strongest peculiarities of such track, it turns into something completely different and has a value of its own, possibly becoming the definitive version everybody would have wanted to play out back the days: a relentless space disco-ish track, with dreamy lyrics talking about a creature called Andromeda, coming from a galaxy far far away.

Q: Who is Andromeda?

A: Andromeda is the singer of the track, but it’s not the author of the track. I know her name through the author, but this part of the story will be told in the documentary that I’m trying to have produced.

Q: A documentary?

A: Yes, on the italian overlooked disco scene of the 70s. Back in the days these disco tracks suffered the stigma of being pure-entertainment ones VS politically engaged ones. This heritage – once considered garbage – is now a major goldmine of obscure gems and – as similarly as happens with the tracks posted on this blog – resurfaces thanks to the hard diggin’ work of passionate DJs, trying to educate a newer audience to “odd” disco tracks which have nothing less in quality to mainstream disco productions. On the contrary, it’s a very interesting display of the super-experimental work of independent authors trying to make themselves themselves known in previously corporate-ruled field of business.

Q: Any other releases on “Disco Segreta” soon?

A: Yes, stay tuned!

“Andromeda” is out on a limited numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies, sold on discosegreta.it. Pre-sales started February 28th, official release date will be April, 30th.

“Andromeda” original version will be on rotation *exclusively* on Overfitting Disco 24/7 radio until its official release.

Andromeda (Respectful extended)

Andromeda (Beppe Loda remix)

Jan
23
2015
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Tommy Martin & Ricky Collins

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Tommy Marten & Ricky Collins – Disco Baby

Feel the sheer animal magnetism of Tommy and Ricky, awakens the roaring beast in you, ja? In any case check the tune and slip from disco to schlager and back again.

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Jan
09
2015
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Paranoid

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Rolf Kuhne – Paranoid

Finally this tune becomes listenable, and danceable.

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Jan
06
2015
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Special message to all who are Disco

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Ben Thomas – Sooleymon

Midnight Movers Unltd – Follow The Wind pt 1.

Face it. You’re no saint so indulge to the max in your vices at least once a year. In the evening of 16th of January A.D. 2015, give in to gluttony, lust and greed and celebrate with us all that is excessive, over-the-top and brilliant in the music we love, for hours and hours. Italo, funk, disco and beyond. Rare tracks and anthems. It’ll all be there to really wallow in, from exotic, sophisticated hothouse flowers to indescribable, sick sonic funghi from hell. From deep powerful vocals by mighty Divas to the flimsiest sighs from young girls who look like they’re sixteen but act like they’re twenty-one. No holds barred. Top tunes from a top lineup. The event will be re-broadcast on the 17th in case it’ll all become too much for you – though of course too much of a good thing is the best thing ever.

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Nov
23
2014
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Disco Pomp

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Senior Class – Disco Pomp

This 1978 American track not only operates with the exact same musical keys as the Italian-made Tom Dooley Story posted here earlier, it also seems to belong to the same difficult-to-describe category of music making. There is evidence of definite workmanship and talent involved in the arrangements and the Singers Unlimited-styled vocal performances. Yet, despite the hard playing, it’s all way too middle-of-the-road for even to those clubbers who enjoyed disco versions of standards like Baby Face, and too strange for the James Last & Frank Valdor crowd. Upon their realese records like this did not make anyone dance or make anyone roll around engulfed in throes of unbridled lust. They did not really work in any other way either. The records just laid there completely forgotten. Until now!

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Nov
10
2014
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Gigar

 

Privately pressed 45 from a tiny northern Italy label. No date on the release but late 70s as inferred from the release number, this has the usual catchy “something” related to the wonderful world of failed attempts of turning tracks into synth-driven monsters.
In any case the wtf? tag is pretty much deserved.

Gigar

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Oct
30
2014
1

Tom Dooley

A cover version of the Tom Dooley track, an old US standard, in a 70s discofied version coming from Italy. This one starts as a spaghetti western, then turns into a demented cowboys-on-the-loose track, sounding like Sergio Leone meets a drunk Yodel male choir. The result is bad, bad, bad……….therefore absolutely magnifico! Please thank the immense italian maestro Dino Siani with the Verona Folk choir ensemble, for this gem which I’m sure will get stuck in your head and you’ll be humming for days.

Dean Siani Orchestra featuring Verona Folk – Tom Dooley Story

 

 

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Oct
20
2014
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The East is Red

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Tillsammans – The East Is Red

On any given day, dozens of exciting news come out, testimonies of integrity, victory and Heroic Valor. This dance record was made by our friends in Sweden – Tillsammans means Together! – in 1975 to celebrate the approaching moment when our Leader wins and holds control over all economic, political and cultural institutions of the world, and when human race will be propelled to its highest accomplishments.

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Sep
22
2014
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Mad Mountain King

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Apollo 100 – Mad Mountain King

My Grieg-y finale at CC 2014.

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Sep
04
2014
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Leroy Vohn and his stars

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Record it’s years you have, but you never had the chance to play.
So, before today you thought you had Leroy Vohn and Money, and Puppet, Gang and Orchestra. How could you therefore miss Leroy Vohn and his stars? One of the many incarnations-monikers of Renato Ulvioni (Ulvioni’s show and Babysitter), from 1979. A mystery why two versions: A side features Kiki Smith (not that Kiki Smith I guess) and is sung in english, flipside is sung in spanish by Sandy B. Once again, if anyone had any doubt, is a concentrate of most stylistic elements of disco: campish off-key singing is on the cheese side, but the track shows enough variety in its elements all through: female moans, drum solos and synths mainly, but (male) moanings and more can be heard in the full length on the radio.

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Kiki Smith – Carolina (english version)

Leroy Vohn and his stars featuring Sandy B – Carolina (spanish version)

Aug
23
2014
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Tiger Dance

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Kebnekaise – Tiger Dance

Seriously psychoactive beats from Sweden, made in 1976.

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Jul
29
2014
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Haruomi Hosono

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Haruomi Hosono – Funiculi Funiculà

An obvious role model for August Darnell’s Kid Creole, Harumi Hosono realesed a series of mock-exotica albums during the seventies, beginning with Tropical Dandy in 1975. He then joined the Yellow Magic Orchestra and in 1982 put out a solo record containing this delightfully demented version of the old opera tune.

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