Dec
08
2007
1

Lady Valentine

monte-kristo.jpg Monte Kristo‘s second release in 1986. A perfect instance of the Italo Disco production of that era.

Some vocal intonations remind me of Valerie Dore, but it is less spacey and more pop here.

Monte Kristo – Lady Valentine

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Dec
08
2007
1

Allô Allô?

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New remix from one half of the Sally Shapiro fame. Johan Agebjörn brings Disco into Souvenir‘s great tune.

Souvenir – Allô, Allô (Johan Agebjörn Remix) (2007)

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Dec
08
2007
0

Shiva Goes Trance

shiva.jpg Some proto-trance brought to you by Cosmic Baby (one half of the Energy 52 fame) and Paul Van Dyk in 1992.

This is an incredible tune and maybe one of the very first works of both artists (and their one and only collaboration known to date). It’s just too bad that this genre evolved into what we know today.

The Visions Of Shiva – Perfect Day

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Dec
08
2007
0

Gat Decor

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If you were a teen or a twentysomething in the early nineties then you obviously remember this track. One-hit-wonder though, too bad.

IMHO, only the Naked Mix deserves the mention but it is a true old school classic.

Gat Decor – Passion (Naked Mix) (1992)

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Dec
07
2007
1

Rude 66

color_droid.jpg Since the early/mid nineties, Rude 66 has been an influencing producer within the Bunker Records artist roster.

He distillates top-notch analog electro. His music is usually oscillating between moody retro synthpop and harsh and acid-filled minimalism. With style. Always.

Rude 66 – Overkill (Vocal Mix) (2005)
Rude 66 – Die Stärke Der Vernichtenden Schläge
Rude 66 – The 1000 Year Storm (2007)

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Dec
07
2007
0

Spank

elvis-spanking.jpg Naughty Jimmy, very naughty… he just can’t stop slapping bottoms. Here we have the original version by Jimmy “Bo” Horne in 1978 and a cover version from someone specialized in such activities and released in 1981

Jimmy “Bo” Horne – Spank

Brooklyn Express – (Spank) Sixty Nine

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Dec
05
2007
0

Acid Thunder

One of “Fast” Eddie Smith‘s big hits, released in 1988 on his Acid Thunder EP… and one of the breakthroughs in Acid House too. The 303 bassline sounds really fresh for this period.

Fast Eddie – Aa Aaacid (Rocky Jones Mix)

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Dec
05
2007
0

Warming Up Before The Chase

One year before Chase, Giorgio Moroder (with his partner Pete Bellotte) released a track that already had all the gimmicks we used to love in the Midnight Express OST.

It cannot be considered as a draft for Chase simply because it is actually equally brilliant and in a quite different range. From the essential From Here To Eternity LP

Giorgio Moroder – I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone (1977)

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Dec
04
2007
0

College

College is yet another member of the Valerie crew (see The Outrunners and Maethelvin) and is as talented as his fellow colleagues. The track in preview is simply HUGE.

Minimal but catchy, repetitive but obsessing: a very good ‘nu krautrock’ entry. I can’t stop thinking of John Carpenter’s bassline and leads when listening to this

College – The Light Of Your Dress (Live) (2007)

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Dec
04
2007
0

Holy Ghost!

Damn fine electropop tune from the newcomers Holy Ghost! on Death From Above Records. Simple yet efficient.

Holy Ghost! – Hold On (2007)

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Dec
03
2007
0

Grace Of God

A very danceable track, full of ‘boogieness’, from Machine in 1979.

Machine – There But for The Grace Of God Go I

Senor Coconut did a cover version one year later and lots of recent House productions sample or pay a tribute to the original in one way or another.

e.g. One Hit Wonders – Grace Of God (Raul Rincon Remix) (2005)

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Dec
03
2007
2

International Karate

I know it’s pretty rare and not really my preferred genre but this time I’d like to introduce a… chiptune. A great chiptune. And also a great cover version of this track at the same time.

Ron Hubbard was the #1 chiptune maker for an early-eighties 8bit computer called Commodore 64. In 1986, for the release of the game International Karate by System 3, he geniusly re-arranged and chopped up a few patterns from Ryuchi Sakamoto‘s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and it then became one the most memorable video game soundtrack

Rob Hubbard – International Karate

Here is a 2005 acappella version of this song too. This one is also one of the best in its genre

Visa Röster – International Karate

BTW and if you like both and can’t choose, there’s a mashup of the two which is available under the name White Belt – International Karate (mixed along with a few Sakamoto’s beats)

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Dec
02
2007
0

Dragon’s Lair

Harmless piece of music from the Italo Disco veteran Koto. Old school gamers will easily identify where the samples used all along the song originate.

Koto – Dragon’s Legend (1988)

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Dec
02
2007
1

Droid From Space

Pre-Italo Disco from space, it is the first track on the B side of the impressive Automat album.

Automat – Droid (1978)

It appears a lot of cover versions have sprung over the years

Mito – Droid (1982)

Hipnosis – Droid (1987)

Even Legowelt gave it a fair try

Venom 18 – Globo Theme (2005)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Incantations

Mike Oldfield‘s latest (and famous) installment in modern classic, called Incantations, and its obscure synthpop cover song.

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part One) (1978)

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (Part Four) (1978)

G.A.N.G. – Incantations (1983)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Saint Tropez

Only one single known from this band with an odd name, Oyster, in 1979. Could easily have been the main theme for a European B-grade comedy movie from that era…

Oyster – Saint Tropez

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Dec
01
2007
0

Today In Jerusalem

Slow paced disco (I cheated a bit: it is played at the wrong speed) from the UK band White Door in 1983.

White Door – Jerusalem

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Dec
01
2007
1

Deep Red

The very first OST from Goblin for Dario Argento‘s Profondo Rosso and its disco cover song.

Goblin – Profondo Rosso (1975)

City Center – Profondo Rosso (1984)

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Dec
01
2007
0

Top 6 for November 2007

You’ve missed the past tickets and you don’t have the time/desire to look back through the last month archive? Maybe it’s time to inaugurate a new post category: here’s a sort of monthly digest and my personal track selection for november.

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  1. MC1 – Basic (B. Loda Remix 2)
    (See original post)
  2. Joël Fajerman – Flowers Love
    (See original post)
  3. Lifelike – Adventure
    (See original post)
  4. Fabio Frizzi – Voci Dal Nulla
    (See original post)
  5. Sally Shapiro – Hold Me So Tight
    (See original post)
  6. The Outrunners – Blazing Speed And Neon Lights With You
    (See original post)
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Dec
01
2007
6

The Ghost That Walks

Dark. Gritty. Abrasive. Grim. Detroit electro on a gloomy night. The Ghost That Walks is all of this… and more. This bloke produces quality music (and he’s a nice guy BTW), highly inspired by both John Carpenter and the old-school electro masters from the D.

The Ghost That Walks – The Machine (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – 7 Deadly Sons (2007)

The Ghost That Walks – Urban Jungle (2007)

He is still unsigned and struggles to get a record deal, what a shame.

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