Feb
26
2008
1

Sharevari

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(on Detroit’s local dance show “the Scene” in 1982)

“Charivari” in french is the word to describe a ritual consisting in making noise with cooking instruments to celebrate newly married or to make shame on people for examples.

But this electronic tune has nothing tribal except that it has united the underground Detroit scene with his particular sound.

A Number Of Names – Sharevari (1981)

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Feb
26
2008
3

Funky Boogie

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John Ozila – Funky Boogie (1979)

John Ozila is well known in France thanks to the label Disques Vogue which released his first album and later the hit single “La Koumba“.

Mainly influenced by tropical and african music then he recorded with his orchestra a more electronic album “Boogie Salsa” in 1979 including a cosmic disco hit characterized by his own singing style.

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Feb
26
2008
1

The Force

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Put simply, this is most certainly my Space Disco favourite of all time.

The legend tells that Fabrice Cuitad had this revelation after watching Star Wars at the movies. (But in the end it appears F. Cuitad only co-produced this piece of music while Yves Hayat is credited as being the writer.)

Droids – (Do You Have) The Force (Part 1) (1977)

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Feb
26
2008
1

Stand on the Word

Al Green’s smile

 The Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (1985)
(Listen to the full track)

This masterpiece is a must-have for every Dj’s led by Phyliss Joubert for the vocals and George Rodriguez as producer.

Note: it’s commonly associated to “Larry Levan mix” which seems to be wrong because the official mixer is Tony Humphries.

Here’s another version by the frenchies Donovan using a sample for one of their medleys:

Donovan – Chord (2007)

And I won’t tell you anything about Keedz… but make up your mind by yourself reading this news.

Thanks to the website Dream Chimney for their work.

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Feb
25
2008
2

Why

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It could have only been a great Pop song but there is definitely too much flanger and the beat is really too funky for a straight Pop song. It’s also good Disco. Chic wrote and produced it, hence why.

Carly Simon – Why (1982)

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Feb
24
2008
2

Corona?

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On the left, Giovanna Bersola, the actual singer of This Is The Rhythm Of The Night and on the right, Sandra Chambers, the voice behind Baby Baby and Try Me Out.

Did you know that This Is The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona was actually a cover version? I didn’t.

Here we have THE obvious hit:
Corona – The Rhythm Of The Night (1993)

Now just replace the main lyrics “This is the rhythm of the night” with “Save me save me” and listen to:

Say When! – Save Me (1987)
Alright… the “cover” version has been extensively rewritten (if not from scratch) and only part of the original lyrics have been finally kept.
Anyway, thanks to Vanity6 for the info.

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Feb
23
2008
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Feb
23
2008
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War Dance

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War Dance” is a long and percussive ascension in space. So join the tribe and dance for the cosmos.

Kébekélektrik – War Dance (1977)
(Listen to the complete version)

Kebekelektrik (read “Quebec Electric”) made big hits with tracks such as “Magic Fly” famous cover of Space (see the post) .

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Feb
22
2008
0

We Can Make It

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A sort of sped-up Synthpop ballad from Montreal, released in 1984 by one half of Pluton & Humanoids.

Purple Flash – We Can Make It

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Feb
22
2008
2

Spacer Woman

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If you’ve never heard of this piece of music before then maybe it’s worth noting first that it’s considered to be some kind of a ‘state-of-the-art benchmark’ among early-Italo Disco enthusiasts.

So many people think this track is a perfect example of a successful blend of Electro, Synthpop and Italo Disco… I do agree, wholeheartly: very few songs can brag they achieved that level of greatness.

Charlie – Spacer Woman (1983)

Watch out for more about Maurice Cavalieri soon.

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Feb
21
2008
0

Margherita

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Light-hearted bassline with a distinctive latin flavour. ¡Ai caramba!

Massara – Margherita (1979)

Worthless trivia: Boney M. re-used this theme a few years later in their Felicidad (Margherita)

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Feb
21
2008
3

City Of The Dead

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Yet other home-made tracks, meant to be ghastly this time. Some kind of a Post Apocalyptic Z Day setting mixed with a John Carpenter-infused soundtrack. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Logan + Ménard – City Of The Dead (2007)

Logan + Ménard – Wastelands (2007)

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Feb
21
2008
2

Defense Remixes

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Two home-made remixes of The Ghost That Walks‘ Defense. The first one is a kind of fierce and glitchy techno track where the main loop is tortured to death, while the second takes on a darker edge and is relatively electro regarding the form.
The mixing has been rushed and is really weak, you’d better reduce the bass levels and turn up the volume a tad if you wish to hear anything.

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 1) (2008)

The Ghost That Walks – Defense (Kernighan + Ritchie Remix 2) (2008)

All the best to The Ghost with his new record label.

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Feb
21
2008
1

Put The Freeze On

bmkhan.jpg A great track released on Alfie Silas’s first album: Alfie. (Unfortunately) The only song with a strong electronic layer on the album. Too bad, I like this specific one.

Alfie Silas – Put The Freeze On (1982)

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Feb
21
2008
0

Don’t Chop Banana

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It appears I’m unable to grasp the depth and range of the lyrics to their full extent, however the instrumental part sounds good enough.

Dan-I – Monkey Chop (1979)

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Feb
20
2008
4

Who’s “Lena” ?

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2 Belgen – Lena (1985)
(Listen to the “Extended version”)

2 Belgen‘s belgian duo is characterised by Rembert De Smedt‘s singing style and a guitar-synthesizer’s use for bass & rhythm. Hit single released on Vogue Belgique.

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Feb
20
2008
2

The Sparrow

567131-6809-cp.jpg The B side of the indefinable Crème De La Crème, this piece of music is unsurprisingly as bizarre as the first one. I still don’t know if I love it or hate it. One thing for sure: Waylon leaves no one indifferent.

I’m just saddened he didn’t produce anything else in the same vein.

Two words: beyond strangeness.

Waylon – The Sparrow (1979)

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Feb
19
2008
0

Space Disco

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Universal Robot Band‘s debut LP

Dance And Shake Your Tambourine” was released after the single (see the post). The main piece more than 11min. long which is also my favorite because of its progression is so cosmic. Take this rocket!

Universal Robot Band – Space Disco (1977)

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Feb
19
2008
1

Dance / I Was Born This Way

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To my knowledge, Dance is most probably the first Disco House tune (i.e. based around a sample from a Disco song) ever produced. A breakthrough at the time of its release and quite visionary in a sense, pre-dating the Disco House production climax that happened around the end of this past decade. It also turned out to be a true underground sell-out rapidly.

Earth People – Dance (1989)

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Feb
19
2008
4

Danuta

danuta_1.jpg Following the footsteps of Sabrina and Samantha Fox ,
Danuta Lato is a Polish erotic-model-turned-singer who
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In my view the best track from the lot is unquestionably the Touch My Heart B side : I Need You. The other ones are a bit too Pop… but never ‘unpleasant’.

Danuta – Touch My Heart (1987)
Danuta – I Need You (1987)
Danuta – Whenever You Go (1989)
Danuta – Nobody’s Woman (1989)

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