Monday, August 31, 2009
Hey, it's a House Music Monday ! Let's get right into it.
♥♥ the crazy girlfriend in "I Called U." There's a more sax-intensive version floating around but I've always favored this one with the wacky girlfriend in it. I mean, who tells their ex what color car they're stalking them around town in ?
Lil Louis & The World - I Called U (Original Album Version) (1989) [zsh]
More serious girlfriend issues from Terry "Housemaster" Baldwin, featuring Paris Grey . . .
Housemaster Baldwin - Don't Lead Me (Medusas Mix) (1988) [zsh]
. . . And a memory of standing outside of a club one morning waiting to get in and and feeling the bass from "Surrender Yourself" reverberate through brick and mortar. I think Peter Daou left music production for something of a successful career in politics. The other half of The Daou, Peter's sister Vanessa, has continued to make music, leaning more toward the down-tempo side of things where her breathy spoken word type vocals are undoubtedly well-suited. Anyway, "Surrender Y'all Selves !" Nothing like a healthy dose of thick, heavy bass to shake you out of yourself and restore some of the potentially lost or forgotten mystery and foreboding of the night(club) experience.
The Daou - Surrender Yourself (Original Un-Edited Ballroom Mix) (1994) [zsh]
So many great David Morales remixes to choose from. I just grabbed this one at random. I remember the first time I heard the Morales mix of U2's "Lemon". I couldn't believe my ears. What's your favorite ? The Def Mix of "Strobelite Honey" from 1992 was definitely a floor-filler . . .
Black Sheep - Strobelite Honey (Def Mix) (1992) [zsh]
. . . As was this one off from 4th Measure Men (Marc Kinchen) that was played everywhere in the 90s.
4th Measure Men - 4 You (Separate Minds Mix) (1992) [zsh]
And to round out this week's House Music Monday with me ! Sandi ! A few true classics from Chaka Khan and Diana Ross; always refreshing to hear songs like these, especially one of my favorites, Diana Ross's "Once In The Morning" from the Ashford and Simpson produced masterpiece 'THE BOSS' LP, after a dark, moody, sweat-drenched set.
Chaka Khan - Clouds (Re-Edit) (2006) [zsh]
Diana Ross - Once In The Morning (1979) [zsh]
Denise Matthews, Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsey (on right, in white) providing vocals for "Drive Me Wild" . . . "Ohh, look at me I'm a Cadillac. I'm a brand new convertible, child. I've never been driven, baby. You're the first. Come on baby, drive me wild." I'm not sure I could handle that, actually.
Vanity 6 - Drive Me Wild (Extended Version) (1982) [zsh]
Labels: Vanity 6
Monday, August 24, 2009
Hey. How's about a House Music Monday ? Sometimes I'll talk about it, but most times I probably won't and just post some tunes. If you were there you probably already know, anyway.
Jeanette Thomas - Shake Your Body (House Shaker Version) (1987) [zsh] ♥♥
"Master Blaster" was recorded by dance music heavy-weights George Morel and Nathaniel Pierre Jones (DJ Pierre!) and released on Strictly Rhythm in 1992. It was, undeniably, peak-time warehouse nightclub devastation. By the time this song came on, creeping across a massive sound system to a roar of recognition from the crowd, usually well after 4:00 AM, the room was already pretty much soaking wet. I used to love to watch the breakdown of the general boundaries of where certain social groups would congregate, and by the time a song like "Master Blaster" was being played, I'd be able to look out and see Chelsea muscle queens boogie-ing down with trannies from the piers, right and proper.
Joint Venture - Master Blaster (Turn It Up) (1992) [zsh]
"What is House Muzik ?" was recorded in the mid-90s by Phuture Scope, one of DJ Pierre's aliases. Still groovy.
Phuture Scope - What Is House Muzik ? (Wild Pitch Mix) (1994) [zsh]
I used to not like "Work That Mutha Fucker" very much because it has the F-word in it, but I'm older and I say the F-word all the time now, so it's all right. I used to think that the song was a little too 'stripped down' in its stripdownedness, but now I believe that this is part of its charm, and it still managed to drive people into fits on a dancefloor. It's an obvious choice for a House Music Monday, right ? I read that the song was made entirely using only a Casio RZ-1 drum machine. So hardcore. ♥ that.
Steve Poindexter - Work That Mutha Fucker (Like A Tim Mixx) (1992) [zsh]
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sofie St. Laurent - Sex Appeal (Home Run Mix Version) (1983) [zsh]
Labels: Sofie St. Laurent
Toro Y Moi - Left Alone At Night (Pink Skull Remix) (2009) [zsh]
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Got this in the mail and it's . . . growing on me. Pollyn enlisting the remix / production talents of the balearic disco favorite for “Gave It Up”, the first single from Los Angeles-based Pollyn’s debut album 'THIS LITTLE NIGHT'.
Pollyn - Gave It Up (Peter Visti Remix) (2009) [zsh]
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Larry Heard presents Mr. White - The Sun Can't Compare (Long Version) (2006) [zsh]
Labels: Larry Heard presents Mr. White
Alif Tree - Never Be The Same (TJ Kong Nuno Dos Santos Remix) (2009) [zsh]
Labels: Alif Tree
Norma Jean Bell - Nobody Is Gonna Love You (Like I Do) (Moodymann Remix) (1996) [zsh]
Friday, August 7, 2009
Disco high drama from Vicki Sue Robinson, included on the motion picture soundtrack for the 1979 disco / comedy / horror film 'NOCTURNA'; the story of the last descendant of Count Dracula who follows her rock-guitarist lover from Transylvania to Manhattan in spite of the wrath of her infamous grandfather, who follows her to the big city. On roller skates. Actually, I made the roller skates part up. But it would be awesome if it were true.
Vicki Sue Robinson - Night-time Fantasy (1979) [zsh]
Labels: Vicki Sue Robinson
Thursday, August 6, 2009
"Creamy" is an edit of Gregg Diamond & Bionic Boogie's 1978 single "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)" by Lucci Capri on the 'TAKE ME TO MUDBONE' 12" on Messalina Records.
Bionic Boogie - Creamy (Lucci Capri Edit) (2009) [zsh]
Ralph, Charles, Paul . . . and Larry. The Floaters from Detroit and their 1977 self-titled LP 'THE FLOATERS'. Ten minutes of R&B silky-smoothness I can still remember some women-folk going completely nuts over (and kids groaning in misery) at various childhood picnics and beach barbecues when this song came on. I learned early the value of boxed wine from songs like this (and was reminded again, years later, with "Freebird"). It couldn't be kicked over when people got up to dance.
The Floaters - Float On (Album Version) (1977) [zsh]
Labels: The Floaters
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr - Shine On Silver Moon (1978) [zsh]
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Ashford & Simpson - It Seems To Hang On (Disco Mix) (1978) [zsh]
Labels: Ashford and Simpson
I've been listening to a bit of techno lately. Loving the Isolee remix of "Innvervoice" by Istanbul's Onur Ozer from 'KASMIR REMIXES #2' 12" on Vakant Records.
Onur Ozer - Innervoice (Isolee Remix) (2009) [zsh]
A muffled bass kick that rises, then slips into a moody, industrial dreamscape. Just when I think it's going to break out into a techno stomper, it falls apart again. More contemplative than floor-filling, but still of the most interesting and eerie techno sounds I've heard in a while from California-based Margaret Dygas.
Margaret Dygas - Invisible Circles (2009) [zsh]
I hadn't listened to "Trauermusik" in a long time, and had just a hint of the song floating and and out of my thoughts for days. Just when I thought I'd had the title at the tip of my tongue, it was gone. After three or four days of this, thinking, "You'll never remember the name of that song," I found it again. One of my favorite singles from last year by Partial Arts (Ewan Pearson and Al Usher).
Partial Arts - Trauermusik (Original Mix) (2008) [zsh]
Back to the beach. Prins Thomas adding an infectious balaeric disco vibe to Luke Solomon's "Spirits" from the 'ROBOTS' EP out last year on Rekids.
Luke Solomon - Spirits (Prins Thomas Disko-Tek Miks) (2008) [zsh]
"Trip One" is a re-edit of "Nightflight To Venus" by Boney M. from 'RVNG Of The NRDS VOL. 1' and edits by The Flying Squad (Tim Sweeney).
Boney M. - Trip One (2006) [zsh]
Really ahead-of-its-time mid-tempo disco action by Transvolta (Dan Lacksman, one of the members of Telex). "You Are Disco" is on the b-side of the "DISCO COMPUTER' 12". Hard to believe that this is from 1979.
Transvolta - You Are Disco (1979) [zsh]
Dubbed-out disco awesomeness I've been listening to again from Dirty 30 (Alphonse Lanza and Benjamin Boles) and Steve Yanko.
Dirty 30 - Rip It Off (Steve Yanko 86 Mix) (2006) [zsh]
And finally, some sweet uplifting sounds to wrap up with from Diskjokke and the 'ROSENROD' 12". ♥ it. Catch ya later.
Diskjokke - Rosenrod (2009) [zsh]
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This Mark E dub of Ghost Note's first single has been kicking around in my headphones for months now. It's a grower and so good.
Ghost Note - Holy Jungle (Mark E Pressure Dub) (2008) [zsh]
Great galloping disco I picked up from the Sounds Superb Vol. 3 12" compilation on Codek Records. Did you say rock guitars and vocoder action ? Of course I'm there.
Frederic Sinful - Crater Sand (2008) [zsh]
Another great song from Jazzanova featuring Ben Westbeech that I keep coming back to from the Sonar Kollektiv 'BASED ON MISUNDERSTANDINGS' compilation out this year.
Jazzanova featuring Ben Westbeech - I Can See (Holy Ghost ! Remix) [zsh]
Finally, Eli Escobar gets it right after all of those schlocky remixes of "Dreams" I and the rest of the villagers were forced to flee from where it sounded like Stevie Nicks was going to pass out from exhaustion for trying to keep up with some tracked up tribal track attack. ♥ this one.
Stevie Nicks - Stand Back (Eli Escobar Disco Mix) (2009) [zsh]
Was listening to the second half of the July 21 podcast of Beats In Space with Tim Sweeney and it was nice to hear "Break Night" again, a classic on Strictly Rhythm. Jacob Korn's "I Like The Sun (But Not On LED's)" was another stand-out from Mr. Sweeney's 7.21 set for me. I tracked it down to Jaccob's myspace page. Will be performing a 'page-yank' forthwith. Meanwhile, definitely worth a listen.
The Mole People - Break Night (1995) [zsh]
Digging around on an old drive I came across a dubbed out Tom Moulton mix of "Love Honey." Originally released in 1995 and re-released in 2004. The keyboards by Quentin Harris are amazing. Approaching Patrick Cowley "I Feel Love" amazing.
Man Friday - Love Honey (A Tom Moulton Mix) (2004) [zsh]