Jun
18
2016
0

Chaos

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One of those all too common disco tracks everyone has and that’s why I’ve never dared to play it in public. Kinda sad thinking how good it sounds hearing it over and over again while watching rain dancing on my windowsill. Might sound the part at the parties on 120 db at 6.17 a.m. In the picture something horribly chaotic, but disturbingly peaceful at the same time. Library books floating on the streets of Paris after the catastrophic floods in 1910.

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Jun
18
2016
0

Instrumental Queen

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The Soul Symphony Orchestra – The Queen of Chinatown

Yes, it’s an instrumental version of La Lear’s immortal hit. Here’s the lyrics. Now release your inner Diva:

It was down in Chinatown that I met the opium Queen
babyface girl from Shanghai never smile and never cry.
She now rules the underworld down in Chinatown
she runs all the opium dens down in Chinatown.

Bring her your gold bring her your worries
and when life gets a bit too dreary to stand
give a ring to the Queen of Chinatown.

Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
she’ll pick you up when you’re feeling down.
Go down go down
to the Queen of Chinatown
and she’ll soon blow your blues away!

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Jun
18
2016
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Chorus Line

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TT. Sotto – Chorus Line

Obviously intended as the ultimate line dance anthem this American track by the always interesting producer Titti Sotto was a flop in 1975. Sure sounds funky now.

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Jun
15
2016
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Diamond Head

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Disco Ventures – Diamond Head

Disco Ventures – Walk Don’t Run

Surf seven from 1979 has a strong cult rep. B-side not half bad, either.

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Jun
14
2016
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Space Magic

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Shohjo-tai – Space Magic

Shohjo-tai – Flamingo Island

Japanese girl group was typically all about かわいい (Kawaii = exaggarated cuteness celebrating furry little animals, manga characters with big eyes and pink everything) until 1986 when they got surprisingly tough.

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Jun
13
2016
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Places Of Light

kolka picBrainticket – Places Of Light

This classic psych tune started to play in my head when wandering at the endless beaches of Kolka, Latvija. Black Sand from the same album is more dancefloor oriented with beautifully bounding drum and wah-wahs.

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Jun
13
2016
0

E.V.A.

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Discotheque sounds from 1970.

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Jun
13
2016
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Space Surfers

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Space Surfers – Movin’

A third 1978 version of the Notteke surf disco tune, big in Japan.

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May
29
2016
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Flyin’ Bolero

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GAG – Flyin’ Bolero @ 45 rpm

33 or 45? More is more, I prefer both.

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May
26
2016
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Carlos Paião – Zero-a-Zero

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You probably won’t understand a word of what this guy’s shouting other than ‘zero’. Well, that’s all he ever wasn’t. One of the most celebrated Portuguese pop artists, Paião put aside a career as a doctor of Medicine to fully devote himself to music, his true passion; and, oh boy, was he an outstanding songwriter. Wish you could understand how he magically always got the words together.

 

Died in a car crash aged 30, on his way to a show.

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May
26
2016
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Zalatnay Sarolta – Szettort Tukorkep

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Two things come to mind when we check this album cover: Singin’ in the Rain and girls stripping at biker shows. But could its songs make a good soundtrack to any of these two? Well, check the clip and let us know.

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May
26
2016
0

Rub Out

rub outJeff Britton & The Spitfires – Rub Out

Psyched break classic rocks any floor.

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May
26
2016
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Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

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Michel Magne – Signaux Codes Non Identifiés

Hypnotic cosmic beats from France, 1978.

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May
26
2016
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California Dreaming

california dreaming pictureDenial – California Dreaming

I’ll be spinning vinyls at the 4th of June at my favourite spot in the universe – the Uus Õu garden in Tartu, Estonia and later in the night at the vibrant Genialistide Klubi. Even if everything is most likely going to be totally awesome all the time with happy people everywhere, maybe it’s still ok to play some melancholic records? In the picture California fashions of 1967.

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May
25
2016
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Wild Safari

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Music Operation – Wild Safari

An alternative version, Italy, 1972.

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May
24
2016
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Pagurus

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1976 is the year i was born. During that summer Italy was already invaded by a countless number of disco tunes. Some went mainstream, others are now forgotten, and are being slowly rediscovered. It was also a period when the boom of local or clandestine radio stations was at its glorious beginning. We have to thanks these small, often improvised activities, if some local or less famous disco records arrived to our days, resurfacing as cult items. In fact it was more usual that this kind of tunes were played where there was not a sort of market to follow, but only the taste of a DJ, or radio host. This was probably the case of a record i discovered one month ago. I was in my hometown, Carrara, and there was a small flea-market. Not a lot of interesting things in it, but i noticed a small desk crammed with posters and old records. Many were 7″, and some quite obscure. Not a lot of disco, but i found 9 records which satisfied my research. Asking to the seller where he had found all these rare stuff, he said me he acquired the entire stock of an old local radio station. Among the records i found there was one which by now is not yet on Discogs website. It is a 7″, with track Amor Amor Amor by Andy Morgan on A-side, a very cheesy cover of Rod McKuen classic, and one called Pagurus, by Hermit Bernard Band, on B-side. Label is Rifi, and year of release is 1976. Ah, cult composer Enrico Intra is behind this last track. This is the one i will let you listen now. So, just go back to Carrara in 1976, and discover what a local radio host could’ve made my fellow citizens listening in the summer of 1976 (in the picture, a late 60s postcard of Carrara beachfront, with a dancing on the left).

 

Hermit Bernard Band – Pagurus

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May
23
2016
0

Escape

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Magnetic System – Escape

Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera ost 45 sounds fast and furious even when pitched down a lot. Godzilla from the a-side has been one of my all time faves ever since it was featured here back in 2009.

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May
22
2016
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Juicy

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Sandy Bull – Got To Be Juicy

“ah… you’re one with and part of an ever-expanding, loving, joyful, glorious, and harmonious universe” – a line from The Trip (1967)

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May
20
2016
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Karakara Sabaku

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Akiko Tsuge – Karakara Sabaku

This psychedelic masterpiece from japan 1975 really makes my hair rise. The weird vocal effect, the amazing surf(ish) guitar and the smashing drums. I can’t ask for more!

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May
18
2016
0

Classic British

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Classic British

According to a recent poll by the British Council, culture and history are seen as UK’s most attractive features. Weather and food are the worst. The Brits are very polite but they have bad drinking and eating habits.

Shakespeare, the Queen and David Beckham are their biggest cultural icons. We disagree. Far more important: Biddu Orchestra.

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