Mar
16
2008
0

It’s All True

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I completely missed this record when it was released this past year and that’s a shame, really.

Tracey Thorn – It’s All True (DSE Dub) (2007)

It’s not that I dislike the voice of the late EBTG but I just prefer the dub version over the original mix. If you do really want some vocals on top then I can only recommend you the fun mashup from seandonson, the admin of the so-80s AsRestlessAsWeAre blog.

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Mar
15
2008
2

Japanese Boy

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Aneka –  Japanese Boy (An Endless Music Mix)

Scottish singer Aneka released his first pop hit in 1981 produced by Neil Ross. An album followed in 1982.

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Mar
15
2008
1

Vicious Pink

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After a former experience as backing vocalists for Soft Cell, they started producing their own music in 1982. The highlight of their rather short career is most certainly the great Cccan’t you see…

Vicious Pink – Cccan’t You See… (French Extended Mix) (1984)

For all you trainspotters out there, the sample of the main vocal hook can be heard in the impressive Nightmares On Wax – I’m For Real (1990) intro while the backing choir snippet has been re-used in one of my favourite Rave tunes: Set Up System – Factory (1991) (see here for a preview)

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Mar
15
2008
1

World X

per-vivere-meglio.jpg The soundtrack of an unknown comedy to me:
Per vivere meglio, divertitevi con noi.

It’s great Italian Disco.

Angella Dean – World X (1978)

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Mar
14
2008
2

Underwater

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Harry Thumann was a german composer and sound engineer (see his biography). His first LP “American Express” in 1979 included a classic instrumental disco so cosmic with a lot of effects.

Harry Thumann – Underwater (1979)
(Listen to the complete track)

The second LP “Andromeda” is still a synth-pop classic album with such pieces as “Sphinx” his robotic voice and his space guitar solo at the end of the trip.

Harry Thumann – Sphinx (1982)
(Listen to the complete track)

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Mar
12
2008
3
Mar
12
2008
2

Cuffs

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I simply cannot stop listening to this one. The lead synth reminds me of moody things in the vein of the great MC1; which means it is über good according to my own standards.

Ali Renault – Cuffs (2007)

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Mar
12
2008
1

Obaa Sima

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It could have been an early Chicago House tune from circa 1986, except that it is African and likely produced quite recently (in fact I really don’t know).
The track comes from the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa (the name says it all).
No artist bio, no nothing. Grab the tape duplicate from the address above quickly, before it disappears as fast as it came out of thin air…

Ata Kak – Obaa Sima (?)

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Mar
12
2008
0

Hot On The Heels Of Love

page73a.jpg A fairly lighthearted electronic track from the original band of Chris & Cosey, used to be versed in things more Industrial.

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (1979)

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Mar
10
2008
0

Co-Co Boy

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This minimalist but very funky tune was the main theme for the strip tease sequences in a French TV show called Co-Co Boy. It was broadcast throughout the early 80s on saturday on prime time (!) television – only female topless mind you, no full frontal nudity. But yes: it was not restricted to adult viewing only.

Jean Schultheis – Playmate (1982)

This theme is in fact the instrumental-only section of another song, named Bébé Bop, from the same artist and released the same year. This specific version has been a bit slowed down compared to the original, some extra moanings and whispered vocals have also been added on top.

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Mar
10
2008
2

Disco Machine

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A projection from computer scientists in the 50s of what a ‘home computer’ might look like by the year 2004.

Electronic System is the pet project of Daniel Lacksman, better known as one third of the mighty Telex. With the likes of Giorgio Moroder or Kraftwerk (to name only the obvious ones), it is blatant that Dan and his MiniMoog helped shaping the sound of modern Electronic music as we know today. It is also crystal-clear that everything really skyrocketed during this specific period.

The Disco Machine LP was released in 1977, about one year before Telex was officially formed.

Electronic System – Flight To Tokyo
Electronic System – Cosmos Trip
Electronic System – Flight To Venus
Electronic System – Sailing To An Unknown Planet
Electronic System – Time Trip
Electronic System – Rock Machine
Electronic System – Back Home

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Mar
10
2008
0

Voyage

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A sleek and bright ‘souvenir’ from the late 70s. IMO the highlight of their career is definitely the critically acclaimed Souvenirs.

Voyage – Souvenirs (1978)
Voyage – Follow the Brightest Star (1982)
Voyage – Let’s Get Started
(1981)

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Mar
09
2008
5

1972

Ape Into Jam – 1972 (2007)

The first solo release of Jamie from Cage & Aviary including a long cosmic sound with that ”sticky whistle” at about 11 minute.

Others tracks for the label Dissident :

Cage & Aviary – Giorgio Carpenter (2007)
Cage & Aviary – Television Train (2007)

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Mar
08
2008
4

Doris Norton

r-1051672-1188251365.jpeg I don’t know much about Doris Norton, even her official biography is quite terse. I’ve been able to listen to only one LP of hers – which I’ve discovered quite by accident: Personal Computer… but I’m sold.

IMHO this is one of those innovative yet fairly unknown albums of that period. One can even recognize the premises of the IDM genre (as we know today) from one track to another.
The LP’s been released in 1984.

Doris Norton – Norton Computer
Doris Norton – Personal Computer
Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software
Doris Norton – Binary Love
Doris Norton – Parallel Interface
Doris Norton – Caution Radiation Norton
Doris Norton – Personal Computer (Reprise)
Doris Norton – A.D.A. Converter

Another mystery: she appeared to have a kind of sponsorship with Apple Computer at that time. I don’t know to which extent but the LP cover proudly displays the company logo.

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Mar
07
2008
4

Who Do You Love?

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THP Orchestra – Who Do You Love? (1979)

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Mar
06
2008
3

Pink Project

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Mike Oldfield has his Italian Disco medleys (see this post and that one), but so has Pink Floyd.

It first happened when a bunch of DJs (namely some session musicians from the band Kano) realised that two club hits of the moment, namely Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and The Alan Parsons Project‘s Mammagamma, could be seamlessly mixed within their DJ set because they share almost the same tempo and key… the rest is the story of a front runner studio project specialised in producing Disco mashups (sort of, some are really medleys, others are true mashups) during the 80s.

Pink Project – Disco Project (1982) (see the video)

(combines The Alan Parsons Project – Mammagamma, The Alan Parsons Project – Sirius, and Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part III))

It is worth noting that everything has been re-played or re-sung because of copyright issues.

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Mar
05
2008
0

Collision

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The first single of the two Kano core members’ side project. Yum!

Sphinx – Collision (1982)

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Mar
05
2008
0

Stark Night

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Joe Yellow under cover… One of his very first releases, it sounds a tad more like Hi-NRG than straight Italo.

Bob Salton – Starknight (1982)

Bob Salton – Starknight (Instrumental) (1982)

Slight preference for the instrumental only edit on my part.

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Mar
05
2008
2

Cyber People

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Cyber People was a spacesynth project spearheaded by a ubiquitous producer from that era: Alessandro Zanni. Notable writers and arrangers for Cyber People were Giorgio Spagna, the producer and husband of the singer Spagna, Stefano Cundari, Zanni’s long time production partner and Mirko Limoni, who will later on become notorious for his involvement in successful Euro House projects (Black Box anyone?).

Cyber People – Polaris (1984)
Cyber People – Digital Signal Processor (1988)
Cyber People – Doctor Faustu’s (Swedish Remix) (1986)

and my favourite from the lot:

Cyber People – Void Vision (1984)

the next track, although not considered as a proper remix, is clearly a ‘big nod’ from nowadays producers to Cyber People:

The Hacker – Fadin’ Away (2000)

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Mar
05
2008
6

Tubular Affair

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Samoa Park – Tubular Affair (1983)
(Listen to the “instrumental version”)

Samoa Park is a disco project led by the very influent executive producers R. Fraschini and S.Annunziata.”Monkey Latino” was the first medley released for the project (Listen to the complete track).

This “affair” is in fact a medley combining two Mike Oldfield‘s classics (same ambient sounds with disco rythm and effects). It was produced by Kandinsky and Multiplayback. (more…)

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