MAGIC MIX

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

WEEK STARTING 27 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of DJ Kicks - Dam-Funk by Various Artists.
A lot of folks feel like they know DaM-FunK; he is laid-back, affable and personable but to truly get the guy, I mean really understand him, is to know a deep love of music like no other. A more suitable reflection of this is his contribution to the beloved DJ-Kicks series. A snapshot into the mind of the pioneer of boogie and modern (electro)funk music. Get to know the man behind the shades. At a satisfying 19 songs, Dam lets grooves breath, this is a mix to happily get lost within. It's a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints from low-key producers like Henning and L33 mingle with lost gems from unlikely places.

80s jazz-fusion guitarist Tony Palkovic on "True To Yourself" follow the the airy-burn of new-age ensemble Gaussian Curve's "Broken Clouds" or the super rare bliss-funk of "Theme From Beach Boy" from 1982. Dam's excellent collaboration with Nite Jewel, as Nite-Funk on "Can U Read Me?" is pure bliss and such a fantastic collaboration you'd be yearning for more., reminding listens that one of Dam's biggest assists is his duality from master DJ to trend-setting producer. And we get this heavy on Dam's DJ-Kicks exclusive "Believer". Sheets of synth lines fall all around a locking drum program that starts off innocently enough but ends you in a half-hypnotic state. An extensive instrumental composition that on its own could only be classified as signature modern funk. There may be a lot of folks dabbling but there really is only one Damon.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: 180g red vinyl.

Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

Aimes

Pleasure Cruise / Acid Dreaming

AIMES brings everything good to this release from sun-kissed synths to chimes lapping around your dancing feet, this sort of post-disco can be found on "PLEASURE CRUISE". On the flip, "ACID DREAMING" is an electro- futurist vision of the journey beyond consciousness to realms unknown. Out on the TUGBOAT EDIT spin-off STAR CREATURE

Berlin-based imprint Disco Halal's latest offering comes from Nadav Spiegel, better known as Autarkic, a main man on the Israeli cold-wave scene. As with his previous release on Golf Channel ('Hello To Mrs Blank'), Autarkic revives the post-punk electronic dark wave / minimal wave sound, but this time we're treated to more of a Middle Eastern influence. In fact 'Can You Pass The Knife?' is about the struggle of being stuck in a gap between longing for his homeland, and what it could have been like, and a heavy criticism on what it has actually become.

Opener 'Asi Keta Ga' is a moody electro shuffler with Middle Eastern pipes, dub efx and an urgent, breathy vocal, all saturated with echo. 'Solo Gun' hisses with drum machine percussion before getting in a mid-tempo house groove - perfect for Weatherall and Johnston I reckon. 'Watch Out' is a killer disco-not-disco number in a post-punk style, heading hand-in-hand to the dancefloor with 'Fire In My Heart'. Over on side B 'The Misorientation Of Autrakic' offers more ALFOS tempos, with minaret style wailing, and a vocal from Spiegel, as does the dubbed-out drifter 'UFO (Space Version)'. Lastly 'Tender Lies' sounds tailor-made for Blitz kidz and new romantic dancing.

Birdbone Unlimited

Heart Attack / Not Gonna Stop

“Heart Attack”: This is your Uncle Junior’s funk - that Stacy Adams, Black Love incense, Hai Karate groove providing the quintessential backdrop to primping for a night at the spot. Not the club, mind you, or the bar…but the spot. “Don’t Stop” The team of Brian Ellis and Tim Tucker deliver another sure shot with what those in the know like to call that “up-tempo, feelgood, ass-wiggling jheri curl music.” Wallflowers need not apply. 

FORMAT INFORMATION

7" Info: Comes in hand-spraypainted sleeve.

After whetting our appetites with the Aperol Spritz of his recent ‘Tabarin’ 12” on Highwood, Phil Mison returns with the first Cantoma LP in six years, a gorgeous collection of summery moods and sultry grooves called ‘Just Landed’. Guitar in hand, the Cafe Del Mar legend leads us through shimmering heat haze to a distant horizon where azure waves meet an endless blue sky.

Sophisticated from the off, the set stretches into life with the delicate guitars, dreamy chimes and swaying rhythm of 12” cut ’Tabarin’. Appearing here in its original form, ‘Tabarin’ soundtracks la dolce vita of the Mediterranean, sweeping through Capri, San Antonio and Casablanca on a swell of swooning strings, sun kissed trumpets and airy flute. The beachfront soul of previous single ‘Alive’ finds Bing Ji Ling musing on Tibetan mindfulness over Phil’s gentle samba groove, before the titular ‘Just Landed’ reclines on the beach, looking out to where the waves chase the sun over the horizon. Phil delivers a touch of dub on ‘Echo’, laying a fluid foundation of limber bass and circular steel drums for Suad Khalifa’s soaring vocals, before the stunning ‘Abando’ brings us to the halfway point. A collaboration with Balearic legend and former Finis Africae member Javier Bergia, the track pairs Bergia’s emotive vocals with Phil’s cascading guitar licks, before cinematic strings offer a panoramic view of the coastline. The flamenco guitar and insistent backbeat of ‘Tali Lumi’ offers a subtle change of pace, while the African drums, dreamy harp and future primitive melodies of ‘Vialas Journey’ hint at the rich vegetation of tropical climes. ‘Clear Coast’ drifts in on the jet stream as Brenda Ray’s whispered vocals glide over a verdant blend of guitar, synth and melodica, transporting us to a distant cliff top where the piano led beauty of ‘Sea Of Blue’ fills the air. Before the sun sets on ‘Just Landed’, there’s still enough time to bask in the warmth of ‘Claudio’s Theme’, an expansive excursion into transcendent chords, hazy guitars and clear summer skies co-written by Shoom founder Danny Rampling.

‘Just Landed’ finds Phil Mison in imperious form, showing off a lifetime of musical experience and calling on a who’s who of Balearic legends to help him deliver the finest Cantoma LP to date.

“The past is past, the future not yet risen…the only thing we really have is now.” - Sogyal Rinpoche


Queen Constance and P&P come together to treat us to an official reissue of the rare sophomore LP by Cloud One, featuring out of this world disco-experiments from the legendary Patrick Adams. Even after the success of "Atmosphere Strut", Adams continued to experiment with synthesizers (in particular the minimoog) to make this his signature sound or ‘voice’ as he called it. And indeed his usage of the synth was completely different from some of his contemporaries. With titles like "Jump, Jump, Jump", "Funky Track", "Stomp Your Feet And Dance" or "Music Funk", it was clear the spirit of this music was in Harlem. It’s no surprise Adams felt at home in the many P&P subsidiaries. “P&P became this place where artists could be free, as opposed to an Atlantic Records or a Columbia Records, where everything is high spit and polished...We never told anybody on P&P what they could or couldn’t do, what they should or shouldn’t do. It was like, ‘Go for it, if you want to bang pots and pans together, that’s your sound.” And what a funky sound it was. “I was trying to get the most out of the instrument. I was experimenting.” - Patrick Adams

FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: Super deluxe as-original pasted-on sleeve reissue.

Crazy The Lord

Outerzona 1305

Crazy The Lord... the man, the woman, the myth, or just the name of this latest release from the Outerzona13 label? Who knows, and who cares, because the music here is so good, you won't care who's behind these edits.

Outerzona13 has come up with consistent best-sellers, with the label's edit collections of secret weapons all becoming floor favourites. Number 5 in the series is no exception, opening up with a monster gospel disco-funk gem ('Praise Ye The Lord' presumably, seeing as that's the main vocal running through the track - which does sound a lot like "crazy the Lord"!), which has been filtered and fattened up. On 'A2' we get a lively house driver with a pitched up rave-style vocal hook ("jump, yeah"!), while 'B1' revives Pal Joey's jazz-house anthem 'Hot Music'. Lastly we wind down with a slo-mo Afro-arpeggiator workout 'B2', which spirals off into the Equitorial sunset...

Strictly limited black label pressing.

Janette “Jnett” Pitruzzello is considered something of a legend in her home city of Melbourne, where she’s been DJing for well over two decades. Here, she delivers her debut solo EP, featuring a quartet of tracks co-produced by Piccadilly favourite Maurice Fulton. And what better way to kick off the EP than Fulton's own remix of opener “Reflection". Maurice sprinkles his magic over the track adding a little underground disco sparkle and percussive sweatiness to an otherwise organ-stabbed deep house groove. There’s a similarly cheery, funky, swinging jazzy garage feel to the rolling, cut-up house goodness of “Swangzipani". Elsewhere, the duo gets a little stranger in pursuit of dancefloor thrills; “Bubbles Away” is a deliciously dark, wonky and intergalactic dubbed-out slo-mo groover that transforms into an electronic body-mover, with metallic percussion and elastic bass, while “Judge Not” wanders off into head-nodding, instrumental hip-hop territory.

Isle Of Jura starts life with an official reissue of the highly sought after ‘Fire In My Heart’ 12” by Escape From New York - massive Harvey tune! Originally released in 1984 ‘Fire In My Heart’ fuses elements of disco, electro-funk, world music and new wave to create a mystical masterpiece. ‘Won’t Be Your Fool’ has more obvious 80’s leanings and the 12” closes with the Instrumental dub of ‘Fire In My Heart’, stripping back the vocals and letting the bassline work its magic. Completely re-mastered for 2016 and distributed worldwide by Rush Hour. 

The latest installment of 12" releases from Roam Recordings sees the San Fran imprint team up with old friends 40 Thieves for an excellent redux of Squeeze's 1978 classic "Take Me I'm Yours". The Thieves take on the disco meets psych rock classic, bringing it into sharp dancefloor focus while keeping it chill and sexy with Nina Lares stunning sultry voice. The original lyrics are captivating and Nina's voice is sure to send shivers down the spine when the hook comes in. Tronik Youth's mix strips the whole thing down and gives the drums a bit more of a bite as you may expect from the man who runs Nein Records. Simon Peter shows his mastery of the live bass with his smoothed out Balearic take on the original before Praus rounds this this remix package out with his slo-mo lost-in-the-smoke psychedlic ALFOS chugger.

The Fruit band's fleeting existence was only recently revealed by the discovery of a few unsold copies of their sole 1978 single, 'Say It' (released on Cypress Records), which quickly became a cult showpiece for savvy DJs and collectors. Athens Of The North has since reached out to Cypress Studios of Jacksonville, Florida and discovered a complete album of the group's stylish, dancefloor-smashing funk and deep disco on tape, unreleased for over 30 years. Featuring a collection of 10 party-starting disco-funk killers, jazz-funk, boogie and soul, it's amazing that none of these tracks were considered worthy of release back in the day.


FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: The vinyl LP is presented in a thick cardboard tip-on sleeve.

Marvin Gaye

I Want You - 180g Vinyl Edition

    "I Want You", while it was a Top Ten smash for Marvin Gaye in 1976, is not as generally well-known as its predecessors for a number of reasons. It marked a sharp change in direction, leaving his trademark Motown soul for lush, funky, light disco, and its subject matter is as close to explicit as pop records got in 1976. From the Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson string and horn arrangements to Leon Ware's exotic production that relied on keyboards as well as drums and bass as rhythm instruments, "I Want You" was a giant leap for Gaye. The feel of the album is one of late-night parties in basements and small clubs, and the intimacy of the music evokes the image of people getting closer as every hour of a steamy night wears on. By the time it is over, the listener should be a blissed-out container of amorous vibes. "I Want You" is a pre-eminent early disco concept album, an adult record about intimacy, sensuality, and commitment, and decades later it still reverberates with class, sincerity, grace, intense focus, and astonishingly good taste. As necessary as anything Gaye ever recorded.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: This album is all about groove and production: slinky, laid-back, deep and lush. Perfect for late nights, this record simply oozes class and, well: lust!

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Includes MP3 Download Code.

    Hiram And Direct

    Love Flight / Turn It Around

    Favorite Recordings presents the first single on new sub-label SOL Discos, a partnership between Pascal Rioux and DJ Waxist. Following their recent collaboration on projects like the Lamar Thomas single and 'Caribbean Disco Boogie Sounds’ compilation reissues, Favorite Recordings asked the French DJ to become the coordinator and A&R of a new imprint aiming to reissue rare and forgotten music with a tropical, jazz-funk and boogie-disco flavour - sunsshine sounds! The label's first offering is this official 7" reissue of Hiram & Direct's "Love Flight". Initially recorded and released in Detroit on the Hirome Records imprint, it's been a hard to find record ever since, with only a little number of known copies floating around and changing hands for top dollar (Discogs currently has four for sale from £90+). “Love Flight” is a killer jazz-funk / boogie soul dancer that'll have the floor rocking - a must for rare groovers, soul weekenders and jazz-dancers. On the B-side, you will find a different vibe with “Turn It Around”, a smooching soul ballad with beautiful vocals and harmonies. 


    Kazahaya

    Miracles / It's Better Than Walking Out

    Well, with a name like Disco Bits, it'd have to be an edits imprint, and this inaugural offering should see the label rise right to the top of the tree. Tokyo beatmaker Kazahaya takes the controls, steering us clear of any disco chaff on a journey to the heart of the dancefloor. The A-side is a rework of the rare groove classic "I Believe in Miracles", which places the vocals and strings from the 1973 Mark Capanni original over the body moving beat from the Jackson Sisters version. Over on the B-side, Kaz treats us to a beefed up edit of the Disco Ladies  funky northern classic "Its Better Than Walking Out", retaining all the sequined, phet fuelled sparkle of the original but with a more generous helping of bottom end. Get on down to the new sound.

    Kerrier District

    Kerrier District 1 - Hypercolour Edition

    Originally released in 2004 on Rephlex, Kerrier District’s debut has long since gone down as a classic album, a kaleidoscopic ride through disco, funk and MPC beats. The mastermind of Luke Vibert, the Cornish acid pioneer and grand exponent of mischievous electronic sounds under a variety of guises, the Kerrier District debut has long been of press.

    Following 2015’s successful re-entry on Hypercolour, with the critically acclaimed album ‘4’, the label remaster and reissue this landmark release. Faithfully recreating the original 3LP vinyl set, and reissuing on CD alongside a bonus disc that features the second Kerrier District EP (‘2’, originally released in 2006).

    What we said at the time: 

    Fresh from furnishing Rephlex with four Amen break sampling EPs Luke Vibert returns with a whole LP dedicated to disco! This triple pack uses his awesome technical studio wizardry to create ten tracks of warm, deep, electronic, instrumental disco that you're just gonna love. In places similar to Metro Area, but often more joyous, this is sure to be a favourite in 2004!! (it was)

    While Magnus International's recent album 'Echo To Echo' is still making waves from Oslofjord to Echo Beach, Full Pupp bring us a further EP from the Norwegian producer featuring two previously unreleased album session bonus tracks and extended 12" versions of  the album's biggest hits, 'Big Red' and 'Zap The Cat'.

    First up is 'Big Red', a luscious electronic house cut featuring bubbling acid bass, a catchy key hook and warm, phased pads - a favourite on the Piccadilly stereo all year! 'Kambodia' adds far eastern touches to Magnus's typically Scando disco-house sound. 'Swing Your Thing' is the jacker in the pack, a peak-time funky house cut with a Detroit techno style keyboard motif, grumbling acid and a sprightly rhythm. The extended version of 'Zap The Cat' closes the EP at a slower tempo, with plucked-strings and a melodic bassline, making for another fjord winner.

    Ooft

    The Masters Series Vol 2

    Ali Heron The man behind OOFT! Music & Foto Recordings. Delivers a stunning 2 track release for Vol 2 in the Masterworks Music Series.

    Pressed on 10 Inch Vinyl in a tasty Sleeve. 

    Australia is known for its Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, the vast desert wilderness and unique animal species including kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses; but is also known for its well-crafted music output and deep love for optimistic sensual tunes. This is the case here with the first release of a mysterious project called Ponzu Island, there is absolutely no info available on the artist, so let your ears judge without prejudice. His first effort comes in the form of a 3 track EP including "Super Koto", "Ponzu Beach" and "Ponzu Logic", they sound like if Morgan Geist and Todd Terje took some acid and locked themselves in a room with a sea view, a synth, and a computer. Welcome to Ponzu Island.

    To complete the EP the label counted with Andras Fox, another Aussie who has already gained much respect for his simply-perfect micro house productions (btw don't miss his live set if you ever have the chance). Andras revisits the track "Super Koto" in the form of an extended mix with a slower bpm and his magic touch here and there. On the flip side Apersonal's local producer Trujillo does his usual thing remixing "Ponzu Logic", closing the EP into a deep and darker territory. By now you will be in the middle in the desert asking yourself how you got there..

    Psychic Mirrors

    Nature Of Evil

      Cosmic Chronic Records, in association with Peoples Potential Unlimited & Gangster Groove America, proudly announces Psychic Mirrors' debut LP, "Nature of Evil." VINYL PRE-ORDER ONLY. Super HiFi digital download cards will be included in each vinyl purchase. 

      Ptaki spread their wings for another journey on Transatlantyk, revisiting their critically acclaimed debut album with a couple of kindred spirits in tow. Alongside an unreleased dub from the "Przelot" sessions, we're treated to two great reworks here, both by contemporary heroes of the fast rising Polish house scene. Stretching across the whole of the A-side is Eltron's 10 minute version of "Sloneczny Pyl", a straight up peak-time house banger destined for summer jam status. The catchy female vocal loop from the ambient original is surrounded by a massive dubwise bassline, layered tribal drums and a vat of raw, oily effects, guitar licks and pouring keyboard pads. Just when you think you had this one figured out, Eltron swerves into an enormous breakdown, perfectly combining his trademark 'big room deep' vibe with Ptaki's sampled psychedelia to create a track that's already a road-tested crowd favourite. Das Komplex take on "Ostatni Kurs" is just as excellent, although it's destined for a different time of the party. The Polish producer maintains the cinematic atmosphere of the original but swaps downbeat for beatdown as those headnodding flavours are developed into a jazz-funkin' slice of slow house magic. Weaving Ptaki's melancholic samples together with an island-like horn section, walking disco bassline and tons of sensimilla-infused effects, it's another great track from the most talented Polish newcomer. Last but not least is Ptaki's unreleased "Taniec Na Wodzie". This dubby original brings you folky guitars, flutes, organs, synths and pianos working closely with hypnotic rhythm. Clocking in at a languid 63bpm, this one is for the afternoon at the beach.


      Raphael Top-Secret & Nelson Bishop

      Love So High

      Undoubtedly in line for some sort of trophy this season, the infallible Antinote deliver yet another essential release, this time from celebrated digger and DJ Raphael Top Secret and musical maestro Nelson Bishop. Prompted perhaps by a dull Parisian winter and the faltering spring, the French duo seem to have set their sights on more sunnier climes, concocting a three track EP which blends the off kilter synths of Euro-pop with the sweet flavours of the tropics. EP opener "Chekema" finds the duo reimagining the hypnotic, percussive sounds of Africa through future primitive drum machines and naive synth sounds. The circular motifs of the kalimba or marimba play out through pristine FM synth, while the simple vocal refrain and infectious rhythm keep us glued to the dancefloor. The flipside kicks off with "Get Enough", a foggy street jam in which the cold CR-68 rhythm finds perfect balance with the warm organ chords of the Crumar, setting up camp in the bermuda triangle between Compass Point, the Blitz Club and Morgan Khan's living room. The duo bring the curtain down in fine fashion with the frosty reggae of "Love So High", a perfect combination of icy European melody and lilting Caribbean groove in line with Rune Lindbaek's "Wonder" or Laidback's "Fly Away". Melancholy but so damned danceable, this should have the after party crowd sobbing and smiling in equal measure.

      The legacy and influence of Mark Moore and S'Express is celebrated with 'Enjoy This Trip' - a collection of remixes and cover versions by artists Mark has been an influence on and friend to, including Chris & Cosey, Tom Furse from The Horrors, Horse Meat Disco and Ray Mang. The album art is a homage the punk-era work of artist Linder Sterling and is designed by another friend - Trevor Jackson.

      Having played a key part in the UK’s house music rise, Mark took things up yet another level. His idea to form S’Express with co-producer Pascal Gabriel was a natural progression from life as a regular on the club scene. Swept along on a huge wave of excitement for acid and rave culture, S'Express had a number one chart smash with ‘The Theme from S-Express’. This was their first of several worldwide hit records which helped thrust these new sounds into the world's spotlight and positioned dance music/DJ culture as a viable force. Mark's meteoric rise to fame - due in part to his flamboyance and fabulousness - paved the way for electronic dance music stars to come. With Mark’s keen ear for new talent, the first S'Express album ‘Original Soundtrack’ featured vocals from a girl just starting her singing career - one Billie Ray Martin. The second LP, ‘Intercourse’, featured additional production from William Orbit and Carl Craig.


      Nabu Network is a colourful journey into the musical mind of Sorcerer (Daniel Saxon Judd). Soulful Balearic tempos and tropical tones swim with sparkling guitars and uplifting melodies on this awesome pan-global journey from the disco to the rainforest.

      This exciting release is the first 12" on Universal Cave Records and features some of the California artist's strongest works to date.

      The EP is made up of three original Sorcerer jams and a Universal Cave remix. 'Nabu Network' kicks things off with a languid organic groove that's got laid back moves and dubwise syncopation along with echo-drenched guitar licks and analogue synth fills. The Universal Cave remix of 'Voice Of Nabu' gets on a super slo-mo Balearic house tip, with a Mr Fingers-style bassline and rock solid kick. Flip the disc for 'Critical Situation', a more upbeat house cut layered with treated synth pads. Lastly 'Rich Cat' goes for the full 1991 Balearic piano house sound - just wait for the equally retro rave keyboard breakdown halfway through! We're rockin'!

      Did somebody say Athens Of The North 12"? For the label's first foray into the land of the large format singe they bring us the unreleased full length version of the original Symbol 8 classic "I Thought You Wanted To Dance". The track was featured on American Band Stand in the late 70s but failed to make it for the usual reasons (luck, management and distribution) but that is no marker of quality, these tracks are disco and modern soul anthems. Charlie Adams versatile vocal flipping into falsetto with ease while the band holds the solid groove is a special thing. On the flip-side is later and very different version of "I Thought You Wanted To Dance', plus AOTN's DJ Fryer's personal favourite and long time spin 'Call Me'. Essential as always.

      T'Spoon

      If You Dance Tonight / Say Yeah

      Athens Of The North bring us their second and final release from Billy Bruner's T'Spoon out of his obscure Oil Capital Record label. 'If You Dance Tonight' is almost unknown boogie spin you're never gonna find an original of. On the flip 'Say Yeah' is  1980s sweet soul ballad years ahead of the pack, AOTN boss DJ Fryer have a soft spot for this one - it's one of his favourite end of nighters. Strictly 500 copies only with no repress.


      After freaking us out with Eirwud Mudwasser's voodoo inspired "Ziggurat EP", Andy Pye's most excellent Balearic Social records drop a second release from the mysterious Zmatsutsi. After negotiating the smoke and mirrors of the pre-release promotion, Zmatsutsi have revealed themselves as Joe Gill (of Bakery fame) and long time collaborator Tim Hutton with a little extra vibes and vocals help from the wonderful Heidi Armitage. After an especially messy after-hours session at Outlaws Yacht Club, Joe and Tim decamped to the studio and set about capturing the magic and madness of a late night conversation with Heidi, concocting a track packed with off kilter funk, power Balearic chug and speaker hugging synth riffs. B-52s meet World Premier backing laid down, Joe and Tim took the next logical step, inviting Heidi to wax lyrical on a Gina X tip and before they knew it the swaggering sleaze of "Mogadishu" was born. A2 cut "Spanish City" retains the beefy new beat bass sound but adds emotive chimes, quicksilver guitar licks and tropical keys to take us for a ride along with Crockett & Tubbs. Kicking off the flip in uplifting, floor moving fashion is "Les Europeennes", a sublime blend of dreamy pads, tripped out sequences and proggy chord progressions underwritten perfectly by the slow motion shuffle of an irresistible bassline. Joe & Tim bring the curtain down with the tribal malevolence of "Dark Eyes", a smoldering fusion of gentle mallets, future primitive textures and bowel emptying bass which perfectly captures the fear and excitement of a late night lift home from Andi Hanley. If slo-motion treacle dancers and wrong speed madness is your kind of party, you'll go bananas for this synth heavy stomp-a-thon.

      Olivier Carrié aka Uncle O chose to explore this effervescent and eclectic inter-zone for 'Cosmic Machine, The Sequel'. A second opus that takes us a bit further in time to introduce us to the dark corners of a French musical landscape where recording studio workaholics like Jean-Pierre Massiera or Roger Roger produced endless strings of records that challenged the laws of gravity (and sometimes the laws of good taste), where teenage heartthrob singer Alain Chamfort launched Araxis into space with a few synth notes, where drummer Cerrone enrolled in the Brigades Mondaines for the charms of a cover girl imagined by Gérard de Villiers and where the Anarchic System, The Peppers, Moon Birds or Arpadys dreamed of winning a one-way ticket to the moon. Some managed to land on our satellite, but all of them contributed to the space conquest aboard the Cosmic Machine. Châtelet Metro Station, Cassiopeia-bound vessel, the odyssey is just starting.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

      In 2016 Dekmantel will see the launch of both a limited-capacity festival and compilation series, both bearing the Selectors name. The compilations will come first, with Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco, and Joy Orbison at the helm of the initial three chapters. These are not mix CDs; every Selectors compilation will include a collection of hand-picked, unmixed tracks personally curated by the artist.

      Admittedly, drawing a line between "selectors" and mere DJs is an all-but-impossible task- it's essentially a "you know it when you see it" proposition - but it's hard to argue that Motor City Drum Ensemble (Danilo Plessow) doesn't tick all of the required boxes. He's been digging for records since his teenage years, and his DJing has become the stuff of legend.

      In truth, Plessow's relationship with Dekmantel dates back to the earliest days of the Motor City Drum Ensemble project, making him a natural candidate to head up the inaugural Selectors compilation. As expected, he's thrown himself into the task; selecting a want list from his collection of 15,000 records was no easy task, but getting permission for the final tracklist was even tougher.

      One song in particular, Raphael Green's "Don't Mess with the Devil," required him to personally call up a church in St. Louis, Missouri. "The guy, he's a Bishop," he says. "When the Ferguson protests were happening, for example, he was on CNN explaining his thoughts on the whole thing, so he's a known public figure, but nobody really knew that he had this amazing record that was recorded in '79 or '80. His voice is just unbelievable. It's the kind of record that when I heard it the first time, I couldn't believe that there had only been like 100 copies pressed, and that this wasn't actually big."

      Motor City Drum Ensemble's record bag is full of these kinds of gems, but he has no qualms about sharing a few of his secret weapons with a wider audience. "I wanted to get some of the stuff that is really, really hard to get, and make it available for younger people," he explains. "I used to be in the same situation. Back when I was 18, I would listen to a Rainer Truby mix and he would only play these $400 Brazilian records. I was like, 'Fuck, how am I ever going to be able to afford these?' I was glad when there was a reissue, and it's a bit the same with the compilation now."

      "Basically," he explains, "the approach for the compilation was, 'If I walked into a record store, what kind of compilation would I buy?' That's what I did." 


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