MAGIC MIX

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

WEEK STARTING 26 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of Inspector Norse / Strandbar - Justin Vandervolgen Remixes by Todd Terje.

Todd Terje

Inspector Norse / Strandbar - Justin Vandervolgen Remixes

Get ready to dance like a lycra-clad loon all over again as the crowned prince of Norwegian disco meets the My Rules master uptown for some red hot remix action! After wowing us once again with his debut LP last year, Terje Olsen is keen to keep the party moving and a-grooving with some tasty remixes of a couple of his biggest hits. But who to trust with such a tall order? After all, "Inspector Norse" and "Strandbar" are shoe-ins for the upper echelons of any best of the decade charts. Just as well then that Terje turns to everyone's favourite party chieftan Justin Vandervolgen to bring the remix ruckus. On the A-side JVV stretches out "Inspector Norse", breaking the sleek Italo disco hit into its quantum components before reassembling them into a hypnotic laser fuelled groove. The rampant, roving, romping synth squeel of the breakdown is amplified to a heart bursting roar which only drops at the last minute. On the flip, JVV gets tribal and dubby with "Strandbar", pushing the percussive rattle to the fore, extracting all the lysergic juice from the spiralling sequences and extending all the breaks for a full throttle hypno groove. Eventually the sine wave squeal gives way to the head nodding bassline and punchy piano and we're dancing in heaven. Bliss!


Laurel Aitken

Sexy Boogie / Hoochie Coochie Man - Inc. Soft Rocks Re-Edit

Emotional Rescue starts a series of reissues from the Carribean that will move minds and feet in equal measure. First up is the mento / ska star Laurel Aitken, here turning out 2 killer disco reggae jams with the crazily sought-after 'Sexy Boogie' and a re-edit of 'Hoochie Coochie Man'. Born in Cuba in 1927, growing up in Jamaica before moving to London in 1960, Laurel Aitken is rightly remembered for the breadth of his musical styles and career, from stand out calypso and mento to killer ska releases for the likes of Blue Beat and on to all forms of reggae. Tucked away in a cannon of literally hundreds of Aitken's recordings is this one off release, the 1978 disco inflicted 'Hoochie Choochie Man' 12", with the killer 'Sexy Boogie' on the flip. Long a word of mouth for both reggae and the more leftfield disco diggers, prices have seen recent copies go for well over 3 figure sums. All fully licensed and remastered for reissue, here 'Sexy Boogie' is moved to be the rightful main cut. Some 7 minutes of rolling, twisted disco reggae, with chop guitar, stabbed piano, an essential and relentless (wonky) groove, plus Laurel's trademark silk tones, here used as a mantra for the dancefloor. Now moved to the B-side, 'Hoochie Choochie Man' is handed over to Soft Rocks mainman Piers Harrison for his editing expertise. Scapel in hand, the intrusive (and oft annoying) vocals are cut to allow the flanged guitar, hammond keys and drum and bass rhythm to just swing and ride to distraction.

First in a series of vinyl samplers of forthcoming album "Follow The Beat" from Copenhagen’s renowned music maestro Kenneth Bager. Released on his own Music For Dreams label, these samplers will feature original tracks from the LP alongside specially commissioned remixes and exclusive versions. On this first 12”, we have a flawless remix of ‘Amazing’ from Mancunian cassette pervert Ruf Dug. Well-known for his excellent original productions, remixes and edits, this mix is no exception - lush keys, warm bassline, and the unmistakeable vocals of Storm Queen’s Damon C. Scott all underpinned with the drum programming we have come to love from Ruffy. The Beat Mix of "Premiere Classe" is an instrumental disco floor-filler with Nile-Rogers inspired guitars, dreamy marimbas, edited clarinets and a keyboard hook to die for - a modern and twisted tale of a Balearic soundscape evoking memories of Larry Levan’s remix of Central Line. Opening side B, "Biological Bread" again features the voice of Damon C. Scott here showing his African roots over Fela Kuti style guitars, funky marimbas and a dubbed out horn section in a trancey afro space track that works a treat on any openminded dance floor. Finally "Premiere Classe" Ambient does what is says on the tin... a beatless mix of the track. Top quality all the way.

Staying on the Mediterranean coast for their third release, Music From Memory this time shift their attention to the work of Mallorcan musician Joan Bibiloni.

Primarily a guitarist, Bibiloni was creating music at an early age, releasing his first single at the tender age of 15. In his twenties he formed Spanish prog-rock outfits Zebra and Euterpe where he would meet Pepe Milan, the two of them becoming the bluesy folk duo 'Milan & Bibiloni'. Bibiloni himself would later go on to play with a number of luminary musicians such as Larry Coryell, Daevid Allen and John Cage to name but a few.

In 1982 Bibiloni set up his own label Blau in order to highlight the much overlooked work of musicians not only on his home island of Mallorca but across the Balearic Islands. In doing so he created a platform not only for local talent but also for his own music to breathe a new life, much influenced by the landscape and life that surrounds the islands.

Whilst Bibiloni's first solo releases on his Blau imprint have stronger echoes of contemporary Jazz fusion of the time, it is on the album known as 'Una Vida Llarga I Tranquila' where Bibiloni really began to experiment with new sounds and technologies; fusing tape loops, drum computers and synthesizers.

Taking these more electronic infused works as a departure point for the compilation and drawing on material from across his following five albums, ‘El Sur’ sets out to highlight Joan Bibiloni’s unique ambient fusion and sun-drenched Mediterranean beach boogie.

Candido

Jingo / Thousand Finger Man

Candido Cameron was a Cuban percussion maestro who had played with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Count Basie throughout his illustrious musical career which started in 1952. Fast forward to 1979 and Candido finds himself caught up in the disco boom that had engulfed his adopted New York City. Feeling he could add his trademark quick-fire conga and bongo playing to disco's straight 4x4 syncopated rhythm he cut some records with legendary NYC label Salsoul. The fruits of this partnership were two full length LPs and a handful of 12" singles that changed the face of disco. "Jingo" is an all-time classic disco record, sampled, edited, re-configured and coveted by too many names to mention! It's a killer funky disco version of master Nigerian drummer Olatunji's 1969 percussion suite of the same name, remade Salsoul style. Over on the flip we have one of the deepest disco records of all time; "Thousand Finger Man" a testament to Candido's percussion prowess and a spacey, beautiful voyage that has left more than an indelible mark on modern house music, cited as a huge influence by artists such as Masters At Work. Essential stuff basically, every collection should have a copy!


CATFM is a new collaboration from Free Magic and Catamaran and the 7th release on Brooklyn based Discovery Recordings. Like Mister Saturday Night, the label and club night seem to be free from genre restraints and instead concentrate on grooves and frequencies to stimulate the floor, whatever style they may fall under the umbrella of. "Drumparti" is a lush, sensual affair, reminiscent of Recloose, Jazzanova and Amp Fiddlr with touches of broken beat alongside live instrumentation, sampled vox and dancefloor-centric grooves. "Niteanat" is more nocturnal, aligning itself with the latter half of the session as druggy nuances permeate throughout. Again, a living, organic sound palette offers a lovely respite from the millions of pre-programmed, VST-heavy house jams that clog up the genre. This jumps and fizzles off the wax, and should sound super warm in your favourite dancing establishment. Great stuff.

Cerrone

Brigade Mondaine - The Original Soundtracks Anthology (3xLP Box Set)

    Numbered box set limited to 1,000 units worldwide. Includes a 4-page 30cm x 30cm poster-booklet with photos and biographic notes.

    LP1: 'Vol 1. Brigade Mondaine' (1978) (International title: "Vice Squad")
    LP2: 'Vol 2. Vaudou Aux Caraibes' (1980) (International title: "Super Witch of Love Island")
    LP3: 'Vol 3. La Secte De Marrakesh' (1979) (International title: "Marrakesh Cult").

    Three albums recorded to keep a promise to a friend. But three albums that, retrospectively, are amongst French producer Marc Cerrone's most cherished, especially abroad. Rumour has it that James Murphy, boss of the DFA label and heart of LCD Soundsystem, has a soft spot for some of the music on these three soundtracks. They were born in Saint-Tropez on a yacht. Cerrone used to spend his holidays there and he met with his friend Gérard de Villiers, who talked to him about the cinema adaptation of his Brigade Mondaine novels and asked him if he was interested in writing the music. Cerrone agreed, and, a man of his word, he didn't withdraw, even though he was not interested that much. He put a lot of himself into the job and a fair amount of creativity. Alone in the studio, he composed on the synthesizer, used pre-recorded vocal tapes, and played percussion on a record that would become the soundtrack of the first film of the series. Two others followed, recorded the same way, with a tropical flavor to the third to fit its atmosphere. Then Cerrone, feeling free of his moral contract with De Villiers after three records, declined to write the music for the SAS movie. Too bad - it might have prevented it from drowning.


    Cerrone

    Cerrone's Paradise - White Vinyl Edition

    Cerrone's second long-player "Cerrone's Paradise" (1977) was recorded with Raymond Donnez, also known as Don Ray (of "Standing In The Rain" fame), after Cerrone parted company with previous producer Alec R. Costandinos. As with his previous outing, side one is taken up with the mega-long title track - all 16:30 minutes of it - a big sparkly disco epic. There's also a shorter radio edit on the flipside, along with "Take Me" and slowie "Time For Love".

    Cerrone - disco drummer, composer, and one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over eight million copies of his classic album ‘Supernature’ and his legendary disco production has been sampled by countless artists including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

    The three Cerrone LP reissues all feature original LP artwork, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 4 page poster booklet with biographic notes (in English) + a CD of the album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: White vinyl pressing. Features the CD. Original LP artwork. Remastered from original tapes. Also includes a 4 pages 30 cm x30 cm poster-booklet with photos, biographic notes (in English) & reminder of all vinyl references available.

    Limited numbered edition to 1000 units for the world. The first three Cerrone albums on coloured vinyl, all including CD versions as well. Original LP artwork. Remastered from original tapes. Boxset also includes a 4 page 30cm x30cm poster-booklet with photos, biographic notes (in English) and reminder of all vinyl references available. 'Cerrone 1 (Love In C Minor)' is on clear vinyl. 'Cerrone 2 (Cerrone’s Paradise )' is solid white vinyl and 'Cerrone 3 (Supernature)' is pale green vinyl.

    Based in Paris, Cerrone recorded, composed, and performed his solo debut "Love In C Minor" in 1976, along with Alec R. Costandinos, who had produced his earlier work with the Kongas (of "Anikana-O" fame). Released on his own Malligator imprint the set includes orchestral disco epic title track "Love In C Minor" which takes up a whole side and clocks in at 16:24 minutes-long. The flip features a cover of Los Bravos "Black Is Black" and "Midnite Lady", both driving disco cuts.

    "Supernature" also came out in 1977. A departure from the lush orchestration and live instrumentation of Cerrone's previous two LPs, "Supernature" moved into the electrodisco arena. The 10 minute-long title track (complete with lyrics penned by Lene Lovich of "Lucky Number" fame disco-fact fans) became a worldwide disco smash. Side one segues straight into "Sweet Drums", a three minute drum solo on the same backing track, and then again into the ambient cinematica of "In The Smoke". The flip moves back to live-played disco for "Give Me Love", "Love Is Here" and "Love Is The Answer".

    Cerrone's second long-player "Cerrone's Paradise" (1977) was recorded with Raymond Donnez, also known as Don Ray (of "Standing In The Rain" fame), after Cerrone parted company with previous producer Alec R. Costandinos. As with his previous outing, side one is taken up with the mega-long title track - all 16:30 minutes of it - a big sparkly disco epic. There's also a shorter radio edit on the flipside, along with "Take Me" and slowie "Time For Love".

    Cerrone

    Love In C Minor - Clear Vinyl Edition

    Based in Paris, Cerrone recorded, composed, and performed his solo debut "Love In C Minor" in 1976, along with Alec R. Costandinos, who had produced his earlier work with the Kongas (of "Anikana-O" fame). Released on his own Malligator imprint the set includes orchestral disco epic title track "Love In C Minor" which takes up a whole side and clocks in at 16:24 minutes-long. The flip features a cover of Los Bravos "Black Is Black" and "Midnite Lady", both driving disco cuts.

    Cerrone - disco drummer, composer, and one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over eight million copies of his classic album ‘Supernature’ and his legendary disco production has been sampled by countless artists including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

    The three Cerrone LP reissues all feature original LP artwork, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 4 page poster booklet with biographic notes (in English) + a CD of the album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Clear Vinyl. Features the CD. Original LP artwork. Remastered from original tapes. Also includes a 4 pages 30cmx30cm poster-booklet with photos, biographic notes (in English) & reminder of all vinyl references available.

    Cerrone

    Supernature - Green Vinyl Edition

    "Cerrone 3", or "Supernature" also came out in 1977. A departure from the lush orchestration and live instrumentation of Cerrone's previous two LPs, "Supernature" moved into the electrodisco arena. The 10 minute-long title track (complete with lyrics penned by Lene Lovich of "Lucky Number" fame disco-fact fans) became a worldwide disco smash. Side one segues straight into "Sweet Drums", a three minute drum solo on the same backing track, and then again into the ambient cinematica of "In The Smoke". The flip moves back to live-played disco for "Give Me Love", "Love Is Here" and "Love Is The Answer".

    Cerrone - disco drummer, composer, and one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over eight million copies of his classic album ‘Supernature’ and his legendary disco production has been sampled by countless artists including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

    The three Cerrone LP reissues all feature original LP artwork, remastered audio from the original tapes, a 4 page poster booklet with biographic notes (in English) + a CD of the album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: Pale green vinyl. Features the CD. Original LP artwork. Remastered from original tapes. Also includes a 4 pages 30cmx30cm poster-booklet with photos, biographic notes (in English) & reminder of all vinyl references available

    Cerrone - disco drummer, composer, and one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide, including over eight million copies of his classic album ‘Supernature’ and his legendary disco production has been sampled by countless artists including Modjo, Bob Sinclar, The Beastie Boys and Run DMC.

    The fantastic new 2CD compilation “The Best Of Cerrone Productions” brings together all of Cerrone’s biggest and best tracks in one comprehensive collection, including smash hits ‘Supernature’ and ‘Love in C Minor’. Alongside these bonafide classics the album also covers Cerrone’s work with Don Ray, Kongas and Brigade Mondaine; as well as fantastic remixes from some of the world’s most exciting DJs and a brand new version of 'Supernature' by French electro band The Shoes and featuring vocals by the inimitable Beth Ditto from The Gossip!

    French Touch survivor, edit master, and funk king DJ Vas makes his Razor N Tape debut with a wide-reaching quartet of dancefloor energy. Originally a member of pioneering French-touch group Kojak, Vas' seasoned production approach really shines through on this package, whether in the blistering groove of "Wizard Funk", the classic boogie of "The Moment", the dub reggae styles of "Alright", or the smooth-as-silk "Cream". Kicking the EP off with a little magic, Vas comes correct with "Wizard Funk", a proper floor burning cousin to Fatback's "Ninja Walk", powered up with extra female vox and P-funk squelch. Sleazy, sassy and sexy as they come, this one's a sureshot. For the A2, Vas drops the tempo right down low with the looped up soul of the super smooth "Cream", a bedroom jam par excellence which rivals Garth Be's most chilled moments. Head to the flip and get ready for a killer, dubbed out version excursion of Inner Life's Salsoul classic "Moment Of My Life", which sees Vas employing his production expertise to boeuf up the P&P groove for he modern floor. Last but not least, we get Vas's trap inspired hip hop rework of Keith Hudson & Family Man's "I'm Alright" off the 74 "Pick A Dub" LP. The sweet reggae vocals and dubwise effects remain, but are augmented with skitterish hi hats and tranqued out synth riffs. There's truly a bit of something for every party on this 12.

    London's finest post-disco outfit, the magnificent Imagination return over 30 years after their iconic "Night Dubbing" release with fresh mixes of their finest material from some of the biggest names in the game. In the boogie centric, house orientated club scene of the early 80s, Imagination carved out a profitable niche with a dubby, bass heavy electronic sound which combined disco, boogie and proto house into sleek dancefloor workouts. The irrepressible Aussie, Late Nite Tuff Guy kicks off the release, serving up a housed up mix of "Changes", which retains the cosmic synth work of the original, but adds extra loops and pads to fill the frequencies and the floor. Next up disco veteran John Morales delivers one of his trademark M+M Mixes, transforming the classic "Just An Illusion" into a midtempo proto house jam packed with emotional melodies. Calm pads underpin Leee John's delicate vocals, while the array of clipped synthlines offer countless counter rhythms to the steady beat. On the flip, Boston's favourite son, the one and only Kon takes on "Flashback", tweaking the beat and bassline until the track explodes into a bizarre and brilliant mix of P-Funk and cruise ship disco. Closing proceedings in lush fashion we have the evergreen Yam Who?, who collaborates with original Imagination drummer Errol Kennedy on a brand new version of the heartbreaking "In & Out Of Love" - not a dry eye in the house. With DJ support coming in from all over the place, you'd be wise to grab a copy before they vanish.


    The KM Editions series, admirably helmed by the mysterious Keyboard Masher, has always been one of the more interesting re-edit / rework labels on the scene. Past installments have touched on krautrock, disco, Balearica, funk, Italo and what can only be described as "electronic oddities". This sixth volume offers up three more impressively remixed, overdubbed and re-edited gems. There's naturally much to admire, not least the OMD style woozy synth-pop of "Stolen Shapes (Stealing Rework)", which should tickle the fancy of anyone of a Balearic disposition. The same can be said about the immersive, sun-kissed, echo-drenched piano chords and chugging grooves of "Astral Playground". Lastly we get a delightful French pop-reggae number in the shape of "Le Cod" which features a sweet female vocal and cute rapping.

    Marcus Marr

    Brown Sauce / Peacemakers

      DFA welcome London multi instrumentalist Marcus Marr back to the land of new releases with the long awaited follow up to 2013's "The Music / Pleasure Moon", an underground smash which opened fashion shows, soundtracked art house movies and score #3 in Spin Magazine's best dance tracks of that year. Despite such stiff competition, it looks like Marcus is gonna eclipse his previous release this time round with a pair of malevolent techno cuts primed for club destruction. A-side cut "Brown Sauce" sees the London producer merging moody new wave pads and chord progressions with fierce acid house basslines and rattling live drums resulting in a weapons grade banger that leaves Avery, Factory Floor and the rest reeling in its wake. "Peacemaker" sees Marcus in the same funked up form he brought to his Prince-covering collaboration with Felix Dickinson and Horse Meat Disco. This mid tempo monster struts onto the dancefloor propelled by some superfluid bass work and far out wah guitars, constantly shifting its focus between house, disco and funk, but keeping the crowd moving and grooving til dawn. He might not be the most prolific of producers, but when he puts something out, it's always a game changer.


      Transatlantyk departs for the second time and her port of call is any open-minded dancefloor around the world. As with the first journey, the well acclaimed debut 12" by Naphta, it's all about original material, this time covering a wide array of sultry ambience, orchestral lushness and raw, track-style grittiness. In charge of this second voyage is The Phantom, one of the hardest working Polish producers well known for blending different genres with an ease. Aside from his solo career, he is also one half of a successful duo Ptaki. Fresh after releasing his debut album this spring, The Phantom comes to Transatlantyk with a three tracker filled with pulsating dance floor grooves and spacial cinematic ambience. 'Punkt' is the choice track here, combining piano house vibes with gritty housey patchworks. Expertly crafted rhythms make way for subtle pads along with a rolling piano and bass combo, satisfying all the dancers and trainspotters at the same time. Meanwhile 'Sopot' is a totally effortless and genuine jewel of balearic house music.  Just wait for those strings and vocals, the epitome of feel-good vibes mixed with just a right portion of melancholy in the form of bass and electric piano chords. On the flipside The Phantom takes us into a deep underwater trip. Accurately titled 'Ocean' & consisting of 12 minutes of cinematic pads, pianos and marimbas which could be a perfect soundtrack for one of Jean Jacques Costeau's adventures, or maybe just for your relaxed Sunday at the beach.

      Join us in our journey. 


      After delighting the bearded masses with a fully licensed and remastered reissue of Tony Esposito's "Je Na'" for their first release, Archeo Recordings continue their mission to thrust the old, lost obscure and forgotten Italian gems back into the spotlight once more. Their second release sees the label dive into the sleazy, slightly cheesy and utterly brilliant world of the Radio Band; a loose collective of radio DJs from Florence's Radio Fantasy, who came together with producer Danilo Ciarchi in '84 to create their only recording. "Radio Rap" sees the group turn out a loose and limber euro funk groove, complete with rubbery bassline, spritely keytar, clattering conga and dreamy pads, which they top with some Ray-Band sporting Italian language rapping about their day job. Excitable female backing vocals provide a nice contrast to the testosterone fuelled verses and put this in the same category of Italo brilliance as Gaz Nevada's "I.C. Love Affair". On its release it made a round the world tour of the underground, even making Ron Hardy's Music Box playlist, before falling into complete obscurity.

      "This is an absolute gem... as rare as rocking horse shit!" (Balearic Mike).

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      12" Info: Limited hand-numbered pressing.

      Nile Rodgers

      Do What You Wanna Do (IMS Anthem) - MK / The Reflex Remixes

      Fresh from stealing the show last year with his Daft Punk collaborations, the guitar wizard Nile Rodgers has teamed up with CR2 Records once again to create the 'Do What You Want To Do' (IMS Anthem).

      The song was originally released last year with an Eats Everything remix and now it gets a shiny 2014 makeover and a new set of remixes. Who better to give the track a once over than fellow man-of-the-moment MK.

      Also stepping up to remix the package is London-based French native Nicolas Laugier, aka The Reflex, fascinated by the remix from an early age, he takes his cue from the first wave of disco remixes by using only the original sounds from the master tapes (or stems) to breathe new life into soul, pop and disco classics. Imaginative arrangements, boxfresh sonics and intricate editing make The Reflex Revisions rocket fuel for every DJ set & this version of the legend that is Nile Rodgers will certainly not disappointed....

      With an estimated 500,000 inhabitants, Surinam has always had a lively music scene. Although the country is little known internationally, it has a very strong influence on the Netherlands, where many Surinamese people live. Music from Surinam is mainly known for its kaseko (which evolved out of the traditional kawina music) and soul music, but the Surinamese have also been active in other genres such as pop, funk and jazz.

      Between 1976 and 1983, Surinam had a lively soul scene, with the output varying from eccentric soul tracks to more uptempo disco and boogie cross-overs. Nowadays, these tracks are becoming increasingly rare and hard to find. Kindred Spirits' compilation “Surinam! Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dancefloor 76 - 83” gave a proper introduction to these hidden gems and included the tune "Soul With Milk", from Sumy’s “Tryin To Survive” LP.

      Rush Hour now continue their mission to unearth more Surinese sounds by making this 80s boogie and disco-funk album available again to a wider audience. "Tryin To Survive" is truly one of a kind... Expect a-typical pounding rhythms, striking guitars, and stabbing keyboards and synths.

      Bjorn Torske

      Nedi Myra - Smalltown Supersound Edition

      Smalltown Supersound is proud to announce the reissue of the Holy Grail of Norwegian dance music, the first two albums by reclusive cult innovator from beyond the Arctic Circle Bjørn Torske.

      With the Norwegian disco movement having given birth to many international dance stars, now is a perfect time to go back and re-evaluate these brilliant records, that provided the inspiration for a wave of producers in their wake. With all of Torske's album discography now with their natural home Smalltown Supersound, the label can finally feel complete. Both albums have been out print for many years and have not been distributed on any digital streaming sites. Now lovingly re-mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, for the first time Bjørn feels that they sound as he intended them to sound.

      Together with the late Tore “Erot” Kroknes, Bjørn laid the foundation for the disco scene in Norway that gave birth to Prins Thomas, Lindstrom, Andre Bratten and Todd Terje. Inspired by DJ Harvey, Ron Hardy and Idjut Boys, Bjorn Torske and Erot brought underground disco and house / techno (Chicago / Detroit style) to the country, developing their very own style of tripped out dubby disco with their characteristic weird, humorous and psychedelic twists along the way. With Torske as with many auteurs, he hasn’t always got the attention and credit he deserved. He is known for being reclusive, and an outsider, making music on his own terms and not playing by the rules of the record business. All of which has made him the musician’s musician.

      Torske’s debut album under his own name was “Nedi Myra” in 1998 on UK label Ferox. After that he released a string of singles with Svek label, among them the seminal “Jeg vil være søppelmann”. That translates to “I Want To Be A Binman” in English, which shows who set the tone for Norwegian disco’s particular sense of humour. Also on Svek was the single “Sexy Disco”; cited by Todd Terje as “the first time I listened to disco in a non-ironic way”. "Trøbbel" was released in 2001 and in 2005 he signed to Smalltown Supersound and released the two 12” singles “Kokt Kveite” and “Ny lugg/Kort bak lang på siden” and the albums “Feil Knapp” (2007) and “Kokning” (2009). In 2010 he released “Oppkok” 12” which was remixed by DJ Harvey and Todd Terje, and last year the “Kok” EP with additional material from the “Kokning” album sessions.

      Get to know the production genius of Norwegian disco’s original Wilderness man.


      Bjorn Torske

      Trobel - Smalltown Supersound Edition

      Smalltown Supersound is proud to announce that it is re-issuing the Holy Grail of Norwegian dance music, the first two albums by reclusive cult innovator from beyond the Arctic Circle Bjørn Torske.

      With the Norwegian disco movement having given birth to many international dance stars, now is a perfect time to go back and re-evaluate these brilliant records, that provided the inspiration for a wave of producers in their wake. With all of Torske's album discography now with their natural home Smalltown Supersound, the label can finally feel complete.

      Debut album “Nedi Myra” was first released on UK label Ferox and his second album “Trøbbel” originally came out on Telle Records. They have been out print for many years and have not been distributed on any digital streaming sites. Now lovingly re-mastered by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, for the first time Bjørn feels that they sound as he intended them to sound.

      Together with the late Tore “Erot” Kroknes, Bjørn laid the foundation for the disco scene in Norway that gave birth to Prins Thomas, Lindstrom, Andre Bratten and Todd Terje. Inspired by DJ Harvey, Ron Hardy and Idjut Boys, Bjorn Torske and Erot brought underground disco and house/techno (Chicago/Detroit style) to the country, developing their very own style of tripped out dubby disco with their characteristic weird, humorous and psychedelic twists along the way. With Torske as with many auteurs, he hasn’t always got the attention and credit he deserved. He is known for being reclusive, and an outsider, making music on his own terms and not playing by the rules of the record business. All of which has made him the musician’s musician.

      Torske’s debut album under his own name was “Nedi Myra” in 1998 on UK label Ferox. After that he released a string of singles with Svek label, among them the seminal “Jeg vil være søppelmann”. That translates to “I Want To Be A Binman” in English, which shows who set the tone for Norwegian disco’s particular sense of humour. Also on Svek was the single “Sexy Disco”; cited by Todd Terje as “the first time I listened to disco in a non-ironic way”. "Trøbbel" was released in 2001 and in 2005 he signed to Smalltown Supersound and released the two 12” singles “Kokt Kveite” and “Ny lugg/Kort bak lang på siden” and the albums “Feil Knapp” (2007) and “Kokning” (2009). In 2010 he released “Oppkok” 12” which was remixed by DJ Harvey and Todd Terje, and last year the “Kok” EP with additional material from the “Kokning” album sessions.

      Get to know the production genius of Norwegian disco’s original Wilderness man.


      Ron Hardy is the only man who can test Frankie Knuckles' status as Godfather of Chicago House Music.

      Though he rarely recorded under his own name and left little evidence of his life, Hardy was the major name for Chicago's dance music from the late 70s to the mid-80s. By 1974, he had already effected a continuous music mix with reel-to-reel machines plus a dual-turntable setup at the club Den One. Several years later, Hardy played with Knuckles at a club called the Warehouse and though he spent several years in Los Angeles, he later returned to Chicago to open his own club along with Robert Williams, the Muzic Box.

      While Knuckles was translating disco and the emerging house music to a straight, southside audience at the Power Plant, Hardy's 72-hour mix sessions and flamboyant party lifestyle fit in well with the uptown, mostly gay audience at the Muzic Box. A roll-call of major Chicago producers including Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, Adonis, Phuture's DJ Pierre and Chip E all debuted their compositions by pressing up acetates or reel-to-reel copies for Hardy to play during the mid-80s.

      This CD compilation brings together some of of the classic house and electro-dance tracks he played at the Muzic Box back in the day...

      This time we go back to 1978. Why? Antilope’s and Death On The Balcony’s edits both are based around originals that were released in 1978 - stretched and sped up for the club. Matpat, on the other hand, selected a drum and piano loop from a Maxi Version of one of the first disco-rap records from 1980. When the original of "Singing Ghost" was released in 1978, it was already an edit, as it used poetry recordings of the band’s singer who was by then dead for 7 years. With the overdubbing of music to pre-existing poetry recital tapes by the surviving band members, it marks the beginning of the creation of something new for the band. Right in this spirit, Antilope has created a club version that stays true to the original but makes it suitable for after-hours and late night venues. Death On The Balcony’s edit of “Georgie Porgie” by Toto is all about the groove. Think Paul Humphrey, Ed Greene, Earl Palmer and the god-father of that 16th-note groove James Gadson. Death On The Balcony's "Addict For Your Love" version replays some parts & add a more modern bass to mirror and compliment existing parts in the original. This baby takes an eternity to get going, slowly drawing you into the pocket before slapping you with some darn near beautiful chord sweeps as it climaxes hard on the floor. Matpat uses a piano-loop from one of the first disco rap records ever made (Convertion’s “Let’s Do It” pop pickers. Big Frankie Knuckles jam – Matt) and transformed it into a jackin house swinger on "Only You". No more words needed, just enjoy it.

      This album is another chapter in the ongoing "there's-much-more-to-Brazil-than-bossa-nova" saga. It's filled with disco-era tracks produced for the Brazilian domestic marketplace, some of which were hits, others which were quite obscure. What binds them all together - besides their common origins, time period and overall musical approach - is the fact that their reputation has been steadily transcending Brazil's borders. This has allowed these tunes to find their place on set lists, want lists and in the crates of the world's most discerning DJs and tastemakers. Artists like Jorge Ben and Marcos Valle have been legendary and influential for decades, and the duo Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti dominated the Rio studio scene in the '80s before creating huge buzz overseas in recent years. Banda Black Rio and Cassiano are also both household names amongst crate diggers and fans of rare groove. While this album is sure to highlight the work of the artists featured on it, its main aim is to shine a spotlight on a sound and a style that continues to hypnotize scores of music lovers. Most importantly, its goal is to get dance floors moving across the world.


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