Sep
07
2016
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Surcide

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Surcide – Rite

Sacred ritual music from France, recorded in 1982. The first part of this can be heard as the opening track of my Disco Dance 7 mix, see a previous post.

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Sep
06
2016
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The Fantastic Pikes

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The Fantastic Pikes – Ghost Riders In The Sky

The Fantastic Pikes has got to be among the best names for a group, ever. They deliver the standard tune exactly the fab fishy way you’d think.

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Aug
31
2016
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Summernight Dance

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A Great strange dream called summer is over. Somehow the ascension to autumn is not yet in the horizon as everything still resembles the summer. Perhaps these days of transition are best spend on the road. Eventually all these roads lead to Tartu, Estonia this Saturday. Enter the empowering world of cosmic disco at the Psühhodisko II Konverents at the Genialistide Klubi. Feel free to join the party and enjoy a mixture of haunting synths, tribal drums and irresistibly pumping disco bass!

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Aug
27
2016
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Habanera

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Union All Stars Band – Habanera

The Habanera means a “Dance from Havana.”  This musical style originated in Cuba’s capitol in the middle of the 19th century and soon spread like syphilis through the rest of the Spanish speaking regions. In 1872 the Habanera captivated European composer Bizet who borrowed the style for his opera Carmen and made it known across the globe.

This odd 1976  disco version of the Bizet hit is of Japanese origin.

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Aug
27
2016
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Melodya C-60 – 18365

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St John’s Ensemble – St John’s Cosmic Concerto

Heroic space themes from the USSR, from an unidentified album made in 1982. The lp has a generic sleeve with pictures of yellow flowers, no texts of any kind. Track number 3 has an intro apparently lifted off the St Johns tune from 1979.

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Aug
26
2016
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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

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榊原郁恵 – 燃え尽きるまで (This Is Hot)

An improved version of the Pamala Stanley classic.

 

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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
22
2016
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Besame

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Antonia Rodriquez – Besame

A record played a lot at the sensory twilight zone that was the Budapest discothéque, the oddest chance ever to dance in Helsinki. Originally a failed Hungarian restaurant, the place went disco in 1977 with minimal effort – they simply got a so-so sound system and dragged out the furniture apart from a couple of random wooden chairs. No special disco lights were installed to this zero budget dance palace, or anything else resembling decoration.

Shoving the entrance fee across a table placed in the bare downstairs lobby where the doors to the toilets were, you climbed up a winding staircase and entered a world of loud music and almost inpenetrable blackness. The club was so dark your eyes had trouble adjusting and all you could do is either stay there standing until they did or try to stagger towards a single dim lightbulb flickering across the hall. On your way you’d bump into apparations shaking in the dark like lost souls trapped in some sort of hellish urban cave, announcing their existence with lit cigarettes. When you reached the only illuminated part of the shapeless smoke filled space you noticed the light came from a narrow hole in a wall, cut something like one meter high. This is what constituted a “bar” at the Budapest. On the other side in an equally dimly lit room there was a table next to the hole, with two kinds of bottles lined up: regular beer and Lonkero, a local foul tasting blue-tinged long drink mixture that has, in 2016, suddenly acquired  cult status in Japan. A grim faced matron sat by the table, taking your money without a word.

You’d only hear about thirty different tracks played at the Buda, as it was known among it’s habituées, during any night as the dj favoured the longest possible records. This must have been out of necessity as the booth had one tiny blue spot of light above the decks. Romeo and Juliet, Get On The Funk Train, Watch Out For The Boogie Man, From Here To Eternity, I Love America, here was the place to fully get lost in the sound. You kept on dancing, oscillating and jerking in a state of virtual blindness, hoping your need to piss would go away.

The Buda is STILL there, under a different name and management and with more light.

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Aug
21
2016
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Disco Dance 7

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Icons Florinda Bolkan, Cat Stevens and Helmut Berger photographed outside a discothéque. It can’t be Le Sept in Paris as there was no canopy to announce the club at 7 Rue St Anne, just an anonymous black door. It’s not the Voom Voom either in Juan Les Pins judging by the clothes they’re wearing as nobody went there off season. Perhaps what we’re seeing is the entrance of the famous Piper club in Rome or the Audium in Madrid?

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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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Aug
18
2016
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Cosa non farei

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You can only hope one hit wonder Francesco Sartini showed up at his date with this wonderful Moto Guzzi 254 from late ’70s, around the time the track itself was produced.

Francesco Sartini – Cosa non farei

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Aug
17
2016
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Aug
17
2016
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Turkey Turkey

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Dizzy Man’s Band – Turkey Turkey

They sing about shish kebab and raki but forget about the great Turkish sex films from the seventies. Even president Erdoğan must love those.

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Aug
15
2016
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Hyper Space

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One of my all time fave space disco sevens sounds the part at the parties at 33 rpm. Plays well with Laserdance. In the picture bikes and fashions to match.

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Aug
11
2016
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Emma Kussch

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Sandra – Emma Kussch

Sandra – Gebrauchtmann

A bit like angst-ridden Rainer Werner Fassbinder melodramas in sonic form, wallowing artistically in shame, betrayal, lust and deepest possible despair.

This Sandra is of course not the Sandra of the Arabesque fame. The record was made in 1979.

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Aug
09
2016
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Movin’

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Simba – Movin’

Searing back to 1973 with buzzsaw guitars and everything else you need to feel like a rebel.

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Aug
04
2016
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Luna Luna

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Passionata – Luna Luna

“Recorded at AD & AD Studio, Metro, Manila, Philippine [sic] and Victor Studio, Tokyo, Japan.”

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Aug
02
2016
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Banánvirág

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Harangozó Teri – Banánvirág (1980)

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Aug
02
2016
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Tiksh Billa

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Grutz – Tiksh Billa

“You look ridiculous if you dance
You look ridiculous if you don’t dance
So you might as well
dance.”
― Gertrude Stein

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Jul
31
2016
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