Nov
28
2007
1

Plants and Life

I don’t know much about Joël Fajerman except that he used to produce a lot of soundtracks for the French television during the eighties.

Anyway, his whole work is really inspiring. Just take a listen to the main theme for a French series called l’Aventure Des Plantes and make up your own opinion.

Joël Fajerman – Flowers Love (1982)

For all you curious people over here, Flowers Love has been played using a Prophet V (main theme and soundscape layers) and an Arp Odyssey (with a resonant filter, for the distinct ‘voice-like’ sound) and sequenced through a 16-step analog Arp sequencer.

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Nov
28
2007
0

Hystereo

The Dublin duo Hystereo‘s first single on Soma, in 2004: still kicking.

Hystereo – Winters In The City

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Nov
27
2007
2

Disco Romance

Sally Shapiro released her first album in november 2006 and it was clearly one of the best discoveries of this past year. It’s full of nostalgic intents blended with energetic italo disco beats. A positive regression and an obvious homage to the best of italo disco.

Two samples from Disco Romance, available on Diskokaine Records.

Sally Shapiro – I Know

Sally Shapiro – Hold Me So Tight

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Nov
27
2007
3

Early 90s Hand-picked Electronic Music : 1990-1992 – The Benelux so-called ‘Rave’ Sound – Part 2

The obvious sequel to Part 1. Back to exploration…

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Nov
27
2007
4

The Outrunners

The Outrunners, aka Pierre De La Touche & Stephen Falken, are members of a collective called Valerie. Recently signed on Lemon & Lime Records, their new track really delivers in both nostalgic feelings and disco raw power.

The Outrunners – Blazing Speed And Neon Lights With You (2007) (more…)

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Nov
27
2007
1

Adventure

I first discovered Lifelike with the track Obsessions back in 2002, and since then I’m amazed by the overall quality of his productions.

His most popular track is most certainly the acclaimed dancefloor smasher Discopolis (in collaboration with Kris Menace) in 2005.

Here’s another of his best track to date, released the same year. It’s epic, thrilling, and disco.

Lifelike – Adventure

Lifelike’s first album should be in the making right now, don’t miss Golden Boy (working title?) when it’s out

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Nov
27
2007
1

Early 90s Hand-picked Electronic Music : 1990-1992 – The Benelux so-called ‘Rave’ Sound – Part 1

Do you remember those harsh and innovative sounds from the early 90’s? Belgium pioneered a genre without name (or maybe is it New Beat?) that evolved into what was once called ‘Rave’ later on.

The sound from Belgium or The Netherlands had a distinctive touch that really set them apart from the parallel scenes exploding everywhere else in Europe at that time.
You can easily guess which one is which, Belgian tracks are usually more refined and varied than their Dutch counterparts, the latter take on a harder edge (and are also known to incorporate the notorious Hoover sound in unhealthy proportions). Both are breakthroughs in electronic music though.

A lot of the artists from the ‘Rave’ scene then moved on to Gabber House and sometimes Trance (even a few are responsible for some Eurodance tracks). Most disappeared too.

I’ve tried to cover tracks from artists or record labels located in Belgium or The Netherlands only, a few errors may inadvertently occur though.

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Nov
27
2007
1

Hand-picked Funk: 1980-1985 (and a bit of Disco and Garage too) – Part 2

Blatant follow-up to Part 1. More groovy gimmicks…

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Nov
26
2007
0

Britannia Romana

Legowelt‘s project Gladio has a brand new entry. Hadrian’s Wall EP is a fine mix of electro harshness and analog tricks. Worth the listen, were it only for its soundtrack-like setting.

Gladio – Fighting In The North (2007)

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Nov
26
2007
0

Keep On Holding On

Another fine tune from the Midwest duo Josh Barnes and Justen Parris aka Automatic & Silk. Chicagoan House all the way. Bouncing and cheerful.

Automatic & Silk – Keep On Holding On (2007)

which BTW samples sections from:
Margaret Reynolds – Keep On Holdin’ On (1982)

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Nov
26
2007
0

Street Hawk

Street Hawk is the archetype of the 80’s series, the story is in the same vein as Airwolf or Knight Rider but the final result is a bit weaker than its direct competitors IMO. The music score is quite good though. Thanks to Tangerine Dream‘s know-how.

Tangerine Dream – Le Parc (1985)

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Nov
26
2007
2

Voices From Nowhere

Almost exclusively known for his soundtracks for Lucio Fulci’s movies, Fabio Frizzi perfects his art in 1980 for the movie The Beyond. Impressive piece of work, multi-layered (not that rare for a euro-horror movie soundtrack but worth noting) and with a simple but haunting theme.

I always used to think that Frizzi’s scores were out of touch with the pictures from Fulci, but in fact it is for the best: this is an original score and the proof that Frizzi is a great composer.

This is the movie main theme (watch out for the incredible flute),

Fabio Frizzi – Voci Dal Nulla

On a side note, High Contrast – Everything’s Different samples it with great effect

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Nov
25
2007
2

Basic


Dusseldorf May 2007 – from left to right: Michael Mertens (from the Propaganda fame), Beppe Loda and Francesco Boscolo (MC1 aka Memory Control One)

What a terrific single! The best slow motion disco I was able to listen in ages. Great solo synthesizer along with a perfect uplifiting mood. The drum science of Beppe Loda paired with the ethereal keyboards of Francesco Boscolo. Too bad, it doesn’t appear they’ve teamed up again after this release. Ladies and gents: Memory Control One.

MC1 – Basic (B. Loda Remix 2) (1984)

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Nov
25
2007
0

The Most Shining Boots

Oh yeah, these one are top-notch bootlegs! They rock the casbah, anywhere, anytime.

  1. Girls On Top – I Wanna Dance With Numbers(Vocal: Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody + Instr: Kraftwerk – Numbers)
  2. 2 Many DJ’s – Dreadlock Woman(Vocal: Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman Part 1 + Instr: 10CC – Dreadlock Holiday)
  3. Go Home Productions – Rock In Black(Vocal: Queen – We Will Rock You + Instr: AC/DC – Back In Black)
  4. Pheugoo – The Sun Never Knows(Vocal: The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows + Instr: The Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun)
  5. Junior Jack – My Feeling(Vocal: Cherrelle with Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love + Instr: Sister Sledge – One More Time + Instr: Jaydee – Plastic Dreams)

Close to the top (unsorted):

Some other good ones (unsorted):

DJ Moule – Close To My Roots
DJ Lobsterdust – Biscuit Kings
Go Home Productions – Processed Waterfall
Ben Double M – Back In Too Deep
The Lovemakers – Shake That 50 Cent
Bobby Martini – Don’t Call Me Lady
Dunproofin’ – Coming Out (Edit)
Pheugoo – Humps Up
DJ Zebra – Joey Starr Wars
Ben Double M – Feels Like A Rolling Stone
Zamali – Flamenco Freddy Ain’t Too Proud
Dunproofin’ – (Ain’t No Justice)
DJ Earlybird – Girls Just Wanna Dance
Zamali – This Is How We Give You Love
Go Home Productions – Can’t Hold Us Down vs Theme From The Monkees
Go Home Productions – Time vs Outside
DJ Lobsterdust – My Irreplaceable
Uganda – All That She Eats Is Another Big Baby
DJ Earlybird – The Invisible Hustle
DJ Earlybird – Love Shout
DJ Barbelivien – Get Thai Nana
DJ Jay-R – Sweet Sovereign
DJ Mei-Lwun – Smack It Right
Ben Double M – Because Of Love
DJ Zebra – New York Avec Cure
Go Home Productions – The Next Episode vs Weather With You
DJ Fistfunk – Return of The Phantom

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Nov
25
2007
2

Hand-picked Funk: 1980-1985 (and a bit of Disco and Garage too) – Part 1

Here’s a quick selection of a few 80s funky tracks you MUST play when you invite me 😀 A common feature is the use of a massive groovy bassline… and sometimes quite a catchy vocal loop.

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