Mar
03
2015
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American Woman

American Woman

Manuel Gas – American Woman

Proto disco from 1970. Cover of hendrix’s American Woman.

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Mar
02
2015
1

More Hiltonaires

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It’s those anonymous hitmakers (and stealers) again, bringing you back to the days when fancy and extravagant luxury hotels were seen as the epitomy of western civilization. A bit of a mixed bag, but there you go.

The Hiltonaires – A.I.E. Mwana
The Hiltonaires – Can’t Break Away
The Hiltonaires – Man’s Best Friend

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Mar
02
2015
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24 Hours More

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I posted the original version of 24 Saat last summer. This newer version is from a later Rıza Silahlı Poda solo album. Slower, more electronic, and a lot more hypnotizing.

Rıza Silahlı Poda – 24 Saat

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Mar
02
2015
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Love Me Now

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You don’t necessary need a soulmate to be in love. It’s perfectly fine that your relationship is based on impeccable taste in clothing (Nigeria, 1979).

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Feb
28
2015
1

Voodoo Lady Love

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Magic forest pop from Germany (1972).

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Feb
26
2015
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Up Around The Bend

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SWF Orkester – Up Around The Bend

Just like disco music early discothéque music is characterized most easily by what it isn’t. It isn’t rock, it isn’t soul or funk and it’s not really pop music either, sounding often “wrong” to ears accustomed to the stereotypes that populate the more familiar genres. The fans of discothéque music were hedonists, swingers (wanna-be or real) and other outcasts from both well-behaving society and the accepted alternative rock scenes. They were individuals who unashamedly reveled in the excess, the dramatic contrasts of dynamics, the exaggarated instrumentation and the wild movements of sound from left channel to right and back again. Instead of an a lead singer, an electric guitar or a sax, the often familiar melody of a discothéque tune like this version of the CCR standard is carried by a Hammond organ, brass instruments, a girl chorus or a huge wash of strings, and propelled by a funky bass line. Throw in some additional cool from bossa nova, fire from latin soul, stomp from yé yé and boogaloo, and there it is: THE WILD DISCOTHÉQUE SOUND!

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Feb
25
2015
1

Free Africa

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Tribù Bantù – Free Africa

If we were a bit more business minded we’d introduce an Overfitting Disco Car Service. You could just place a call and a well-maintained, highly trained, multilingual driver would appear in a Lamborghini Countach, ready to take you on a made-to-measure tour. A glass of Bollinger in one hand and a spliff in the other, you’d be driven off the usual beaten track to a host of exclusive galleries, cinemas, vinyl stores, bars and finally to a club to dance to music like Free Africa. Pick ups would be directly from the specified address – including airport terminals. You could also request a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.

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Feb
24
2015
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Ballet Dancers

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A ballet dancer (Italian: ballerina fem., ballerino masc.) is a person who practices the art of ballet.
Traditional, gender-specific titles are used for ballet dancers.
Since ballerino is not used in English, it does not enjoy the same connotation as ballerina. A regular male dancer in Italy is called a danzatore, while ballerino usually denotes a male ballet dancer in Italy. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as (male) ballet dancers. Often “ballerino” is used in English-based countries as slang.

Lollipops – Ballerina

Le Streghe – Ballerino

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Feb
23
2015
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Montanari Band

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Montanari Band – Zoo Sound

With a few demonic exceptions like Damien in the original 1976 version of The Omen, children should not be seen and they should not be heard. Same goes for music featuring kids or sounds targeted at them. There are very few acceptable examples such as Blacky or Robotertanz, both posted here earlier. This here now is a borderline case – perhaps there is something je ne sais quoi in the downbeat elephant stomp of the groove?

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Feb
20
2015
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Love Dawn

ccpSivy Foster – Love Dawn

In the age of compulsive happiness it’s sometimes strangely liberating to loath in melancholia. Browsing for surreal art photos and listening to sad keys. Naturally it’s liberating only if you also have a chance to choose the walks in the sun, hear the birds sing and talk endlessly with your friends. Music and lyrics: Sivy Foster, Italy, 1980. Image: Claude Cahun, France, late 1920s.

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Feb
20
2015
1

Transatlantik Nonstop

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Mythos – Transatlantik Nonstop

German efficency from 1981. Everything is done exactly as prescribed – und keine Ausnahmen (no exceptions)!

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Feb
19
2015
1

Cuasares

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Cuasares – Cuasares

Argentina 1974. Much to admire in the propotions, the sense of cold remoteness and the views of the Cosmic Sea.

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Feb
19
2015
1

The Theme from Friday The 13th Part 3

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Michael Zager & Harry Manfredi – Theme From Friday the 13th Pt 3

The only cool guy in a hockey mask got a theme from the maker of Let’s All Chant in 1983.

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Feb
17
2015
2

Karişik Lokum

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This is just a bunch of Turkish songs that I didn’t feel like writing seperate posts for. “Lokum” is not to be interpreted in the Danish way, mind you.

First one on the menu is a cover version of Sabine Sauvant’s Casbah In Cairo. There are other really nice tunes on this album by the way.

Beyza Başar – Doğu Rüzgarı

Next is a synth and bass heavy jam, from a guy who looked like a Turkish version of the Danish singer Richard Ragnvald.

Fikret Gökhan – Ellerim Böyle Boş

Last up is from the trio of girls known as Cici Kızlar. I love those wrenching synths in the chorus part.

Cici Kızlar ‎– I – Ih

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Feb
17
2015
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Karişik Disko

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“Karişik” means mix, and yes, this is another one of those Turkish disco medley records that mixes new sounds with old. Not quite as good as the Osman İşmen stuff, but there are certainly highlights to be found. This sample is from the first parts of side A.

Doruk Onatkut Orkestrası – Karişik Disco

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Feb
16
2015
2

Love

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B-side, Germany, 1981.

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Feb
16
2015
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Someone Switched Me On

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Usha – Someone Switched Me On

It’s the mighty Usha Uthup from India of course, here delivering an early eighties tune typically and totally out of sync with the zeitgeist of it’s era. This one comes on like something out of the psychedelic sixties, with added seventies disco vibe. Which, naturally, is a perfect combination.

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Feb
16
2015
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Enrico Intra

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Enrico Intra – Badaduba

Enrico Intra – Starbus

From the Momento Intra LP from Italy ’78. A true disco masterpiece. If you’re into strings, synth wobbling space sounds, groovy repetitions and perfectly orchestrated arrangements, this record belongs in your shelf.

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Feb
14
2015
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Plastic Heart

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Blazing classic from the second Arabesque long play (Germany, 1979).

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Feb
11
2015
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Conquistadores

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Conquistadores – U.O.Me

This instrumental version of the 1978 Luv hit has nothing to do with prefabricated, ironic, critically sanctioned, synthetic bad taste a la Madonna or Jeff Koons. This is the real deal, for those who demand all-embracing engagements in all their shameless emotions.

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