Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tougher




Martin Vogel - Tougher Without Bruce [zsh]

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thunder



Leo Sayer - Thunder In My Heart (1977) [zsh]

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Even Angels



Big-bass and piano-driven sweetness from the 'INTENSIVE SPOT' EP on Four Roses. Gorgeous.

Bocca Grande - Overdose [zsh]

More techno moodiness I've been listening to lately from Superpitcher (Aksel Schaufler) and the CD sampler 'POPULAR SONGS' on Kompakt, released a few years ago.

Superpitcher - Mushroom Angels (The Modernist Mashed Up Mix) [zsh]

Still loving this re-edit of "Mustapha Dance", the B-side of the Clash's 1982 12" classic "Rock The Casbah", on Better Days Records by mystery man Brad Shitt, updating the already serious party-starter with some sax bits and dose of cowbell for two minutes of added awesomeness over the original, and a party out of bounds in my cube.

Brad Shitt - Casbah Breakdown [zsh]

The tenth volume and crowning piece in the venerable Rvng Of The Nrds series of edits goes to Pilooski with a 10-minute burner of a re-edit of reggae / gospel artist Nora Dean's mesmeric "Ay Ay Ay". 10/10.

Pilooski - AAA [zsh]

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Save Your Love


From 'CAPTAIN FUTURE RE-ANIMATED', a compilation of remixes of Hans Christian Bruhn's original soundtrack recording for the Japanese anime "Captain Future", broadcast in Germany in the early 80s.

Hans Christian Bruhn - Captain Future (Captain Balduin Edit) [zsh]

A couple of my favorite remixes of music by French space disco pioneers Space; the first by Chicago producer Jordan Fields for the first installment of his Risque De Funk Electrique project 'MODERN STYLE: VOLUME 1'. Ilya Santana's awesome interpretation of "Running In The City" is from 'THE SPACE REMIXES, VOL. 1" on Nang Records.

Risque De Funk Electrique - Magic Fly (Jordan Fields Special Disco Version [zsh]

Didier Marouani & Space - Running In The City (Ilya Santana Version) [zsh]


My favorite song by Space, the original version of "Save Your Love For Me" from 1978. I was hanging out at a bar in the East Village in the 80s the first time I heard this song and then someone handed me a bottle of poppers, and I don't remember much after that. Just kidding. ♥ y'all.

Space - Save Your Love For Me (Original Version) [zsh]

Friday, February 5, 2010

Keep It Up



Kind of a mixed bag / bag of mixes. Loving this song, but couldn't find much information on 80s synth-pop artist Anna (Anna Quinn), save for that her dreamy pop confection "Like They Do In The Movies", released in 1981, was the first of only two singles. Anna released "Systems Breaking Down" the following year before fading into some obscurity.

Anna - Like They Do In The Movies [zsh]

"Like They Do In The Movies" was written by Ken Leray (who wrote Fern Kinney's only number one hit in 1979, "Together We Are Beautiful"), and Geraint Hughes who penned "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper" for Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip . . .


So, so hot . . . and I just love fog machines, don't you ? You really can't go wrong with a fog machine and a troop of dancers leaping around in skin-tight body suits, I always say.

More Italo-Disco from that magic years of 1982-83. The first, from Digital Emotion, and a re-edit by Seattle DJ / Producer "7Up" and a 12" released in 2005. One of the members of Q-Feel, Martin Page, went on to write "These Dreams" for Heart and "We Built This City" for Starship.

Digital Emotion - Go Go Yellow Screen (7Up's DisKo Re-Edit) [zsh]

Q-Feel - Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) [zsh]


I've been loving the latest re-releases of Disconet classics. "Again and Again" is one of my mid-80s disco favorites by Nikki Lauren that hasn't reappeared on a compilation yet.

Nikki Lauren - Again and Again (Disconet Edit) [zsh]

Possibly one of the better mixes from Southern California DJ and disco aficionado Glenn Rivera's extensive output is his subtle ReStructure of gorgeous uplifter "Tomorrow", originally from Cappuccino's 1981 self-titled LP, you know, the one that brought us disco destroyer "Hell Dance With Me" when that album resurfaced (at least on my radar) a while ago. Get your disco download fiend on at Mr. Rivera's Shades Of Seventies page. You know you want to.

Cappuccino - Tomorrow (Glenn Rivera ReStructure Mix) [zsh]

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Unohana



From MINDLESS 021 'PINO GRINGO', edits by Steve Moore (Zombi).

Lovelock - Pino Grigio [zsh] [buy]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What You Won't Do



Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do [zsh]
Teddy Pendergrass - Life Is A Song Worth Singing [zsh]
Yambú - Sunny [zsh]

Friday, November 6, 2009

Make His Eyes See Forever


Not a lot I'll go on about, just some excellent newer tunes I've been grooving to lately to go along with this kind of Bridget Riley-esque graphic I yanked off of fffound.com. Bye !

Roswell Return - Iftodex C0001 (Original Mix) [zsh]
Idioma - Landscapes (Shit Robot Remix) [zsh]
Sneak Thief - Zmaj (Original Mix) [zsh]
The Hasbeens - You & Me (Instrumental) [zsh]
Beatfanatic - Automatic [zsh]
Shena - Nasty Little Rumour (Faze Action Remix) [zsh]

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wake Up



Though probably not for everyone, I love this hard-rocking piece of space boogie by Welsh-Canadian composer, writer, and singer Laurice Daniels, who recorded "The Disco Spaceship" under the pseudonym of Laurie Marshall in 1977. So awesome. I was never too wild about the vocal version, but the instrumental on the b-side is fantastic.

Laurie Marshall - The Disco Spaceship (Instrumental) [zsh]

Some space disco from French 'space rock' pioneers Rockets, who started out as Crystal in 1972, and two years later underwent a name-change to Rocketters, or Rocket Men, and finally Rockets. The band sported smooth, bald heads and dressed in black and silver space suits over metallic silver painted skin.


Hot. The extended album version of "Space Rock" was mixed by Tom Moulton and comes from the Rockets' 1978 'ON THE ROAD AGAIN' LP on Tom N' Jerry Records. "Future Woman" is from the 1976 self-titled LP 'ROCKETS'.

Rockets - Space Rock (Tom Moulton Album Mix) [zsh]
Rockets - Future Woman (Long Version) [zsh]


I've been hearing more re-edits / mixes of music from John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York Soundtrack' lately. This moody, Italo-flavored reinterpretation of "The Bank Robbery" by Lory D is a killer.

John Carpenter - The Bank Robbery (Lory D Edit) [zsh]

From 'CABIN FEVER TRAX VOL. 4' of Matt "Radio Slave" Edwards' Cabin Fever Trax series, surveying sounds from NY house, Balaeric groovers, and acid disco, "Beyond Contact" is one of the more disco-fied offerings where guest producer Toby Tobias takes aim at Edwin Starr's 1978 party classic "Contact" as a starting point, and we're all the better for it.

Cabin Fever Trax - Beyond Contact [zsh]

A favorite headphone 'sing-a-long with in the supermarket' re-edit confection of the moment comes by way of Horse Meat Disco and legendary pop icon / entertainer Dusty Springfield. "Dusty Blue", originally titled "Baby Blue", was co-written by Trevor Horn and recorded by the late British singer in 1979. And if you're not in the mood for singing, there's the tripped-out space odyssey that is "Eyeko Dyko", Horse Meat Disco's awesome re-edit of a version of "Iko-Iko" produced by Patrick Cowley for the 80's disco trio Loverde from 'HORSE MEAT DISCO (PART 3). ♥♥

Dusty Springfield - Dusty Blue (Horse Meat Disco Re-Edit) [zsh]
Loverde - Eyeko Dyko (Horse Meat Disco Re-Edit) [zsh]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Put Your Love In Him



Was wondering if there were more to 70's funk / soul band and Brixton natives Hot Chocolate than your cave-dwelling ancenstor's done-to-death disco hits of the 70's compilations on CD and that irrepressible disco-era theme party mix-tape staple "You Sexy Thing". I got more curious after that earth-quaking Revenge re-edit of "Heaven Is In the Back Seat Of My Cadillac" came out, as well as when I heard the Hot Chocolate version of "Don't Turn It Off", recently remade by 40 Thieves and enjoying some popularity lately, so I went cruising around on YouTube to see what I could see and I came across . . . this. Look at it.

"Put Your Love In Me", released as a single in 1977, was written by Hot Chocolate lead singer Errol Brown and produced by legendary producer, Mickie Most for the 1978 Hot Chocolate LP 'EVERY 1's A WINNER'. The song is one sexy, tripped-out groove. It's amazing, and the video is simply mesmerizing, yet vaguely . . . alarming. Who directed it, Joe Gage ? It's all in lurid 70's porn colors, like some kind of porno-disco fantasy, which actually wouldn't be such a bad thing, really. I'd probably go, just to check it out. So what is it about this video that I find so compelling ? Is it the way Errol shimmies gently to his music while the drummer pounds out that beat that disturbs, yet beckons me ? When Errol sings, "Give me more and more and take and take," I want to give him more and more, and I want to take and take, too. Could it be the way he effortlessly obliterates those high notes like a champion and never once looks back ? And what does he mean, exactly, by "Put Your Love In Me" ? Should I put my love in him ? So many questions were raised, and yet I couldn't turn away. I'm not sure I even want to.

Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me (Album Version) [zsh]

Great edit of "Put Your Love In Me" by Loud Minority Radio, extending the album version and thankfully practicing a cool restraint over the temptation to muck with what's already brilliant with burdensome effects. Plus, it's at 320K. Loud Minority Radio, Go say hi !

Hot Chocolate - Put Your Love In Me (LMR Edit) [zsh]

Did a little digging and lucked into a few more choice nuggets from the Hot Chocolate catalog. Sweet.

Hot Chocolate - Living On A Shoe String [zsh] from 'MAN TO MAN' (1976)
Hot Chocolate - Don't Turn It Off [zsh] from the 'MINDLESS BOOGIE / DON'T TURN IT OFF' 12" (1979)

"Mindless Boogie" is a stomping piece of disco / funk. I wonder if it's where Dirk De Ruyck of Eskimo Recordings and Tonic (Wiebe Loccufier) got the title for their series of venerable edits, Mindless Boogie ? It's an excellent choice. "Music is the drug we're searching for."

Hot Chocolate - Mindless Boogie [zsh] from 'GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS' (1979)

What's That On Your Head ? [A Wig.]



Wow, not at all what I was expecting. I mean, she's black ! Genius. I'd heard "Robots Are Un-American" long before I stumbled across the video and I kind of imagined Solage to be a moon-eyed blonde in glitter face paint, making strange robotic gestures at no one in particular and gaping at the sky; the video all soft-focus camerawork and post-production effects on the cheap. Guess I was only half right, right ? Originally released in 1982, "Robots Are Un-American" by Solage got a re-release on Italians Do it Better earlier this year. Just glad I didn't assume anything.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Put It On Me



Love, love this super-sexy slice of cosmic/electronica from 1984 and Angela Werner's 'FANTASY' EP. I never seem to get tired of hearing this.

Angela - I Gotta Little Love [zsh]

A shot of Shock, an early 80's band from Los Angeles, two of whose members (Tic & Toc) went on to perform with Gary Numan in concert on his 'Farewell' tour.

Shock - Dream Games (R.E.R.B. Mix) [zsh]

So excited about re-releases from the Disconet Remix Service. "Madmen's Discotheque" is an epic ten-minute remix / workout from the Chaplin Band. ♥ it.

Chaplin Band - Madmen's Discotheque (Disconet Remix) [zsh]

I Never Wanted To Go



Awesome extended re-edit of "Stoney End" written by Laura Nyro and recorded by Barbra Streisand in 1971. Someone get this person a Soundcloud page.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

If You Want It



A little psychedelic rock from Rare Earth. "I Know (I'm Losing You)" is from the 1970 LP 'ECOLOGY' and "Voodoo Celebration" is a Hardway Brothers re-edit of Rare Earth's "I Just Want To Celebrate" from the 'POINTLESS ALLSTARS - NO SLEEP TILL BEDMO' EP.

Rare Earth - I Know (I'm Losing You) [zsh]
Hardway Brothers - Voodoo Celebration [zsh]


Can never seem to get enough Eagles re-edits. "Dub Shoes" is a Rove Dogs re-edit of "Those Shoes" from the Eagles 1979 LP "THE LONG RUN'. The re-edit is from the 'SMALL TIME CUTS VOL. 1' EP. ♥ it.

Rove Dogs - Those Shoes [zsh]

More re-edit awesomeness from the 'TRY TO FIND ME VOL. 1' EP on Golf Channel. "Make Dance" is a re-edit of "Flash Back" by Chic, originally from the 1981 LP 'TAKE IT OFF', and "Sir Mr Doctor To You" is a re-edit of "Dr. Love" by J.C. Barreto.

Make Dance [zsh]
Sir Mr Doctor To You [zsh]


A bit of a surprise (a surprise for me, anyway) to discover that Captain Hands is also Daedelus (Alfred Alfred Darlington), who's probably more widely recognized for his eccentric, experimental brand of down-tempo. "Dispel Disco" came out early this year on Moxie.

Captain Hands - Dispel Disco [zsh]

I've been going back and listening to a lot of music from the Underdog Edits series, and this edit of "Casanova Brown" especially; Gloria Gaynor "sipping on a little wine, checking things out" and about to lose all sense of composure. "Casanova Brown" is from 'UNDERDOG EDITS VOL. 5'. I'll have to post more of these.

Gloria Gaynor - Casanova Brown (Underdog Edit) [zsh]

It took me a while to figure out who re-mixed / edited "Backwards Is The Best Way Forward, Baby". I'd been listening to the Gloria Gaynor Underdog edit and was sure I'd heard another equally as good. "Backwards Is The Best Way Forward, Baby" a re-edit of "(If You Want It) Do It Yourself" from the Phantom Slasher (Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell/Idjut Boys) 'GRUBLE' LP that came out a few years ago.

Phantom Slasher - Backwards Is The Best Way Forward, Baby [zsh]