MAGIC MIX

disco . italo . cosmic . disco-not-disco . boogie

WEEK STARTING 15 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Digital Deviance Volume 4 by Various Artists.
Disco Deviance returns with the final instalment of its best selling 'Digital Deviance' series. Featuring seriously heavy hitting reworks by many of the scene's very finest editors, and produced on classic vinyl look CDs in 45 style covers, what disco aficionado would not want to have one of these beauties in their collection? 'Volume 4' features the usual blend of previously unreleased cuts and vinyl only nuggets by editors such as Dimitri From Tokyo, Rahaan, Ray Mang, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Otherlover, The Popular People's Front, Beaten Space Probe, Eddie C, Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco. And everyone's a winner! Grab one while you can as these CDs are already highly collectable and are always limited edition. Enjoy the music!

CONCEPT: On this new album for Ghost Box Records, The Advisory Circle (aka Jon Brooks) explores darker territory than on 2012’s more pastoral As The Crow Flies. This time Brooks hints at a Wyndham-esque science fiction story, where bucolic English scenery is being manipulated and maybe even artificially generated by bizarre multi-dimensional computer technology.

SOUND: Brooks’ strong sense of melody and composition is still evident as are his renowned sound design and production skills. Consequently the album is a rich and rewarding experience that subtly showcases a wealth of musical experience. The usual analogue synth sound palette is augmented with found-sound from antique tape reels and Brooks’ ever growing tangle of home built electronics.

BIOG: The Advisory Circle is one of the core acts of the Ghost Box collective. Originally inspired by library music and the sound-world of British public information films, Jon Brooks has developed this aesthetic through four albums over a period of nine years. During that time he’s also released a wealth of material under his own name (and as Georges Vert) on several other labels. His mixing and mastering skills are much sought after and he is responsible for some of the more challenging sonic restoration work for the re-issue label, Trunk Records.

FORMAT INFORMATION

CD Info: The CD version includes three bonus tracks.

Ltd LP Info: The 180gm LP comes with a free download code.

Album Cover Frame

Black - 4 Pack

    A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

    Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

    Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

    £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.


    Album Cover Frame

    White - 4 Pack

      A clear plastic fronted black wooden album frame. Just like a standard picture frame, with the sleeve held in place via metal clips on the back.

      Accomodates single record sleeves to the size of 31.5cm x 31.5cm (please note; does NOT hold gatefold sleeves).

      Perfect for all your favourite record sleeves.

      £12.99 for one frame, so buying 4 saves £8.

      '"Suicidal" by Amin Peck is one of the most intense italo disco songs ever. For almost 10 minutes, the listener experiences some very light male vocals tossed on top of some extremely deep synthesizer rhythm's concurring with all sorts of experimental noises and sounds. Obviously, Amin-Peck enjoyed the 'arpeggio' feature on his synthesizer more than the other Italians. To this day, I have been unable to decipher what the vocalist is saying in the song, but that doesn't stop me from loving this song so much. Amin-Peck obviously knew music well because this is one of the best.. A+'- Magic00 (Italo / Euro-disco obsessive).
      More fresh pressings of classic Italo records here for you folks. this one from 1983. Limited press - move quick if you want to bag a copy!


      Australian synthesizer enthusiast, boogie revivalist and occasional house producer Inskwel dons his rarely used Cold Chillin' Inkswel alias for this outing on Marcel Vogel's Lumberjacks In Hell label. While the Aussie producer's disco and boogie influences can be heard on "Lemonade City", for the most part the EP is a house-centric affair. "Mercury Retrograde" melds a midtempo, head-nodding chugger out of backwards synth melodies and analogue sounding beats, while "Ompai" delivers his usual, soft-focus blend of vintage synths and warm, floor-friendly bottom-end. There's a chunkier feel about the heavily filtered disco bump of "Lemonade City", while "Degrees In The Shade" moves from metronomic house throbber to sparse P-funk jacker in the blink of an eye.

      Disco Deviance Presents

      Rahaan Edits - Sweet Stuff / You Got The Right To Dance

      Chicago legend Rahaan returns to Disco Deviance and drops a seriously hot double header of essential reworks that are sure to keep the floor warm through the winter. Building up from the ground up, "Sweet Stuff" is the perfect record to open your next mix / set with, evolving from a smooth and soulful intro into a sizzling disco-jazz groover. Rahaan takes all the best elements of Nino Tempo & 5th Avenue Sax original, and extends them into a non stop latin disco killer that's gonna slay them all this party season. For the flipside, Rahaan takes us into the brainfizzing, mind bending world of the Muzic Box with "You Got The Right To Dance". Opening with some serious warped synth FX and a trippy pitched up vocal, this bomb soon unwinds into a dubby disco cut topped with echo laden sax and raw vocals. My guess is the Sylvers for the O.G. but I could be wrong. Either way, it's one of those killer jams which pairs the synthetic and the organic in super cool fashion. As they say in Chicago...beat that shit Rahaan!


      French Touch legend and edit master DJ Vas returns with another quartet of floor burning disco reworks, primed for the jocks out there on the front line! You'll have to have your wits about you in the dark of the booth though, this one opens with a big old mislabling! Vas gets us started with "The Q", a remastered, rearranged edit of Italo/first wave techno classic "The Voice Of Q", which straightens the beat out for DJ simplicity, enabling those lengthy blends we all love without any of that pesky tempo riding. Next up we have the soul infused strains of Curtis Mayfield's '79 disco-boogie groover "Tell Me, Tell Me (How You Like To Be Loved)". Vas boosts the original with a solid kick and some insistent percussion, before breaking the track down into its constituent parts and rearranging it into modern dancefloor dynamite. Flip the disc and Vas gets super funky with the break heavy groove of "What's Funk?", a fat cut with plenty of bump in the trunk. Killer bassline, scratching guitar, shouted vocals and irresistible percussion are all present and correct as DJ Vas gets the block rocking. The Frenchman closes the EP out with the slinky sizzle of "Keep It", a full on funk bomb packed with attitude, sleazy vocals and a stomping bassline. Just wait for those horns to ignite the party. Big tunes all round from the one and only DJ Vas!

      Happy Meals is the Glasgow-based duo of Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, life-partners since high school finding expression in cosmic form. Originally from the Scottish borders, Rodden and Cook (also of The Cosmic Dead) began Happy Meals in a flurry of experimentation at Glasgow’s creative hub The Green Door Studio. Initially the result of a free music production course, 'Apéro' sees the pair embark on a blissful voyage into a love-fuelled, outward-looking hedonism. Both artists operate machines and sing but it’s the dominating Franco-Scottish lingua-franca of Suzanne Rodden that imbues a sense of seductive fun to the album.

      Their first recorded statement, 'Apéro' is an instant rush of Kosmiche-disco, utterly addictive and inviting. The epic 'Crystal Salutation' welcomes the listener in with analogue synths delayed into the horizon before 'Electronic Disco' ushers in distorted drum machines and Rodden’s disco-at-sunset vocal. Album stand-out 'Altered Images' is a pop-masterpiece, mixing French / Italo disco, acid basslines and a sense of Scottish optimism. 'Age Of Love' is unabashedly the feeling of being up until day-break, with layered synths climaxing all-around. Retro-futuristic visions abound on the beat-less 'Visions Of Utopia' before closer 'Le Voyage' reprises back the cosmopolitan disco, playing out the perfect club night in ecstatic fashion. It’s an enchanting, inclusive vision; everyone is invited, the future is bright. Just say yes.

      Inkswel returns to Faces with a steady swinging right hook mini EP after recent outings on Wolf Music, Rush Hour Store Jams, People Must Jam, Omega Supreme, Dopeness Galore and City Fly records. On the A-side, the boogie wizard unleashes "Used 2 Hold Me" featuring blossoming UK soul singer Alena and legendary edit-not-edits producer Yam Who? collaborating on a burner that's primed to boom out your Jeep speakers! Sounding like Masters at Work in a bedroom romp with Dimaond D at a Bugz in the attic party, this is hip hop house (ahem, I think we call that hip-house) music at its finest. A definite floor stomper drafted to bridge the gap between party hip hop jams and “for the heads” house tunes! Things go totally batshit on the B-side as Inkswel throws in a little extra bang for your buck with the late night skronking of "Go Coconuts!" and the skewed sci-fi bonus beats of "Fizzy Fluoride". 

      For their haunting thirteenth release, Especial take a side-step from their usual chug heavy tackle, welcoming up and coming producer Wolf Muller (Remember his remix of Jose Padilla? Scorchio!) to the label with his remixes of indie-pop dreamer Mariam The Believer. Now, some of those chuggers might register upwards of 5 on the sci-fi horror scale, but no one does doom and gloom better than the goths, and Mariam's Siouxsie-esque post-punk delivery nails that B-movie vibe. Muller transforms her dreamy (or should that be nightmare-y) sonnet into a percussion heavy hit of voodoo groove, which finds a place between post-punk, disco-not-disco and no wave to dance like Britt Ekland in Wicker Man. Available exclusively on this release in dub and vocal form, this bone rattler is already getting love from Lexx, Manu and Coyote.


      Eilon Paz

      Dust & Grooves - Adventures In Record Collecting (2nd Edition)

        (This edition has 20 more pages than the first edition) A stunning, 436-page photography-and-interview coffee-table book about the world’s most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors created by noted photographer Eilon Paz. “[Eilon Paz’s] lavishly illustrated coffee-table book contains portraits of some 130 ‘record diggers,’ as he sometimes calls them, who have often gravitated to genres as obscure as Turkish psychedelia, ‘Sesame Street’ albums, lounge acts, sexploitation and horror film soundtracks, ’60s girl groups from France and Japan, and even colored discs … visceral and joyous.” NY Times // Eilon Paz’s 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl connoisseurs and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with indepth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging. Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of world-renowned and lesser-known DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 fulllength interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, his book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history. Eilon Paz has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and is a regular contributor for the US based food/travel magazine, Saveur, and his work appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

        After seducing us with some late night boogie sounds last time out, Inkswel & Benny Badge's Hot Shot Sounds invite Quaid to take us on a trip to a futuristic metropolis where the cars fly, thought is the only form of currency and NYC sits submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean. On this perfectly realised mini-LP, the producer serves up the cyclical sounds of slipstream funk, the proto-house inspired sounds of a red light district dive and malfunctioning hardware jams from the archive of the cybernetic broadcast system; and that's just on the A-side. The flipside tackles sci-fi tinged heavy boogie, Prince-styled future gospel and a smokers groove perfect for whatever narcs they take three centuries from now. While I'm disappointed that we don't have robot suits, this is still a future I'd happily live in.


        Brian Reitzell

        Hannibal OST Season 2 Volume 1 - Travertine Grey Coloured Vinyl

          Invada Records are proud to announce the vinyl release of two volumes of music from season 2 of hit NBC television series HANNIBAL by Brian Reitzell. Spread across two double gatefold LPs with each volume available as 140gm and colored variants. Accompanying the release, director David Slade has provided rare photos from his personal collection for the artwork. Each double LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve and comes with a download card. The music has been sequenced in the chronological order they appears on the show itself, allowing for an essential listening experience as dictated by the music’s creator.

          Over the last decade and a half, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Reitzell has created his own unique method of scoring films, drawing equally from his experience as a recording and touring musician with bands such as Redd Kross and Air, and his massive knowledge of recorded music. His vision is to create a seamless landscape of songs, score, and found music for each soundtrack. Brian’s explorations of new sounds add unique character to visual images.

          Brian's past films include The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation (For Which He Received A Bafta Award Nomination), Cq, Friday Night Lights, Stranger Than Fiction, Thumbsucker, Marie Antoinette, The Brothers Bloom, 30 Days Of Night, Beginners, And Red Riding Hood. His video game credits include his critically acclaimed score for THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon and the upcoming Watch Dogs for Ubisoft.

          Brian Reitzell

          Hannibal OST Season 2 Volume 2 - Hemochrome Red Coloured Vinyl

            Invada Records are proud to announce the vinyl release of two volumes of music from season 2 of hit NBC television series HANNIBAL by Brian Reitzell. Spread across two double gatefold LPs with each volume available as 140gm and colored variants. Accompanying the release, director David Slade has provided rare photos from his personal collection for the artwork. Each double LP is housed in a gatefold sleeve and comes with a download card. The music has been sequenced in the chronological order they appears on the show itself, allowing for an essential listening experience as dictated by the music’s creator.

            Over the last decade and a half, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Reitzell has created his own unique method of scoring films, drawing equally from his experience as a recording and touring musician with bands such as Redd Kross and Air, and his massive knowledge of recorded music. His vision is to create a seamless landscape of songs, score, and found music for each soundtrack. Brian’s explorations of new sounds add unique character to visual images.

            Brian's past films include The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation (For Which He Received A Bafta Award Nomination), Cq, Friday Night Lights, Stranger Than Fiction, Thumbsucker, Marie Antoinette, The Brothers Bloom, 30 Days Of Night, Beginners, And Red Riding Hood. His video game credits include his critically acclaimed score for THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon and the upcoming Watch Dogs for Ubisoft.

            Legendary obscure and rare Italian disco single only previously available on 7". This EP contains extended mix versions by Francesco Moccia recorded in 1980 but never released before. "Zombi" is a swirling cosmic groover, undeniably Italian and touching on a similar vibe to Phill And Friends Band "This Man" - robotic disco which should get all the beards twitching! "In The Land Of Zombi" also has swirling analogue effects, robot vox and a live bassline at the fore of the mix, adopting different chord progressions and melodies from the first track. It's another highly infectious, sexy groover which should unite cosmic tribes across the galaxy! Highly recommended. Move quick!

            New imprint Akuba open their account with a barnstorming debut of killer edit Afro edit action! This red hot, red vinyl two tracker delivers a pair of deep and cosmic disco funkers born in the mother continent and raised by esteemed editors close to the label's bosom. We dive directly into the peaktime on the A-side with the clav heavy groove of "He's The Man", a bouncing Afro-disco strut with echo laden vocals, off beat pianos and hot brass. The insistent bassline and rolling percussion just keep on keeping on as the track switches between male and female vocals transporting the dancefloor deep into hypno-boogie territory. I can already see Harvey squeezing this one into his peak time party arsenal. On the flip, things take a deeper and dubbier turn thanks to Double Trunk's laid back and groovesome rework of "Atik-A". If you're on board with Soft Rocks' "Black Rocks" material then you'll be all over this ceremonial head nodder. The lilting bassline and pattering rhythm get your hips swaying, while the psychedelic, echo heavy guitar licks and deep brass stabs make your head spin like too much sugar cane spirit. And just when you've no idea where you are any more, Double Trunk let the pianos roll, making for the perfect desert island disc.


            FORMAT INFORMATION

            12" Info: Limited red vinyl pressing

            Uncanny Valley and Permanent Vacation are joining forces for an Uncanny Vacation! There has always been a lively exchange between Dresden and Munich and both labels are known for releasing a wide variety of music so it was only natural to team up for a joint release. Very limited copies in beautifully presented, ‘16-bit graphic’ picture sleeve. DMX Krew kicks things off in suitably disjointed form, the electrofunk maestro firing up his analogue gear for an excursion into velcro beats, squelchy acid and twinkling arps on "Astro Logical". Sandrow M provides a druggy Adriatic-flavoured chug on "Prayervan (Live Version); touching on the quirkiness of the Nordic and Italians and reinforcing it with a 'proper' song structure and arrangement. Jacob Korn's "Eieiei" kicks off the B-side with a big ass B-line! Rolling congas + huge bass = massive groove. This is no exception to the rule! Korn works the filters like a pro as he teases in various elements in a Balearic-slo-mo workout of the highest order. Shop favourites Drvg Culture gets suitably narc'd out on "See You Again Someday". I reckon its Quaaludes as the drug of choice however as they slow down an infectiously fine loop, repeat the best bits then let glorious strings and pads overwhelm the mix at select intervals. Delightful stuff, perfect for end-of-night group hugs and stolen kisses by the shoreline. Recommended.


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