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

WEEK STARTING 21 Jun

Genre pick of the week Cover of Undercover Lovers Vol. 3 by Psychemagik.

Psychemagik

Undercover Lovers Vol. 3

The 1st of 2 singles from the wizards of editing, with lysergic renderings of some well-known pop/dance classics, just not as you might expect. Donna Summer and Doobie Brothers under the knife. Psychemagik still lords of the edit! 

Finally on vinyl after some considerable time, this one has a limited pressing!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Huge demand on this one! Psychemagik veer casually into peak time business, twisting out an alternative and exotic version of "I Feel Love" (with maximum clav action), plus a foreign cover version of "I Can't Go For That". These are gonna bust the brains of your local sun lounger / hammock massive and send beach bars into shutdown as everyone scurries for a cold cocktail to jive with.

TRACK LISTING

A. I Feel Love
B. I Can't Go For That

Acud

Supermarkt - Prins Thomas, Ost & Kjex, Ana Helder, Mijo Remixes

The monstrous "Supermarkt" by Berlin producer Acud gets a vast and top tiered selection of remixes via the Keller label.

Norwegian disco master Prins Thomas kicks off proceedings with a sumptuous and velvety nu disco remix, full of cosmic yearnings as that Human League-esque bassline marches onwards. Ost & Kjex take the track into soulful house territory, adding swung percussion and rising organ stabs.

Argentinian Ana Helder really accentuates the electro-disco chug, turning out a remix that's somewhere between Lucia Ponti's "Dimi Bello" and New Order's "Blue Monday" - all with added cosmic electricity.

Mexican producer Mijo adds a slow techno touch, with intricate mechanization, churning grooves and fizzy textures throughout. Meanwhile Dirty Acid do as their name suggests and pour a highly corrosive and phlegmy concoction of 303s over the stems.

Amount takes us spiraling into the heavens via their remix - ascending arpeggios supplementing pulsating bass, echoed vox and simple drums for a deep late night hypnosis.

Finally, we get the original version by Acud in what can only be described as a bumper and essential pack and one of the best 12"s we've had in this year. TIP! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Electro-disco heads don't wanna miss this one. I'm often left a bit disgrunted when you get a twelve with just one track remixed countless times (why not squeeze another track on there!?) - HOWEVER, in this case, it's totally justified, with all involved turning out brilliant, and varied remixes of this amazing slice of gnarly, cosmic EBM. Hard to pick a favourite but I'm loving the kaleidoscoping ascension of Amount's remix.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Acud - Supermarkt (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
A2. Acud - Supermarkt (Ost & Kjex Remix)
A3. Acud - Supermarkt (Ana Helder Remix)
A4. Acud - Supermarkt (Mijo Remix)
B1. Acud - Supermarkt (Dirty Acid Mix)
B2. Acud - Supermarkt (Amount Remix)
B3. Acud - Supermarkt (Original Mix

Kio Amachree

Ivory - 2024 Reissue

The killer 1981's Nigerian funk boogie disco and reggae by Kio Amachree repressed for the first time in limited edition.



TRACK LISTING

1. Hot Black 'N' Sweet
2. Bokassa
3. Ivory
4. First Time
5. Posers
6. Rat Race City
7. Dance All Over Me
8. Honest Men

Outrageous white label manoeuvres from Manchester mates AR & BS, transporting a Yacht legend to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Psychedelic sprawl, robo-drama, AOR emotion - this disc's got it all !

AR extends, expands and excels on his A-side epic, delivering a dance floor journey which moves from weirdo wonk to the hands-in-the-air heaven in a transformative ten minutes. The loose and lysergic groove of the intro builds into a How Shroom Is Now wall of sound, takes a detour into heavy hip hop headnod and settles into vocal sincerity, all before dropping that HUGE chorus. Festival tested and club ready - everyone say Armen!

On the flipside, we catch up with Stockport staple BS, who puts down the Pet Nat, swaps the grape vape for a gary and gets stuck into a serious slice of cosmic chug. Slo-mo and sleazy, this arpeggiator heavy heater sees a crooning 80's vocal surf a mechanical groove purpose made for backwards dancers and eyeball lickers. The combination of wild emoting and synthetic drama is pretty much everything, but just wait for that breakdown.

Double A-side coz you gotta double drop your GARIES!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: TD renegades in semi-camouflage, dishing out pEak-powered, maximum buzz energy in that dig, chop and boost fashion that we've come accustomed to from these Manchester splicing stalwarts. Check!

TRACK LISTING

A. AR - Comin' Apart At The Edit
B. BS - More BS

ASHRR

Different Kind Of Life - Incl. Massimiliano Pagliara Remixes

The LA-based ASHRR outfit is back with more of their superbly warm and soul-infused sounds here with 'Different Kind of Life'. Their own ASHRR Soundsystem version of the original is a gloriously upbeat and funky bit of space disco with lavish synth lines and chugging drums that lock you in. Berlin electronic mainstay Massimiliano Pagliara, who has landed on the likes of Ostgut Ton, Cocktail d'Amore and more, then brings his own two remixes. The first has some nice indie vocals and dazzling chord work, while the second is a deep dub that pairs things back. All three of these are swaggering and uplifting disco cuts with a difference.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: ASHRR continue to drop killer 12"s of new disco with a punk-funk styling. They like to enlist some proper royalty for their remixes too, in this case Massimiliano Pagliara giving it an executive seal of approval via two infectious remixes.

TRACK LISTING

Different Kind Of Life (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix)
Different Kind Of Life (Massimiliano Pagliara Dub)
Different Kind Of Life (ASHRR Soundsystem Version)

Following last year's wonderful "Anthropomorphic Fantasy EP", Byamm returns with another super limited, private press modern soul release!

Crisp production taking in gospel, heavyweight 80's boogie, classic 2-step soul and downtempo joints, this is another top quality selection...

Timeless song-writing and classic soul music.

Pre-orders advised! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Byamm are back with their second instalment after causing an absolute stampede last year with their debut 12". The formular hasn't changed - modern soul and boogie with smoochy vocals, uplifting energy and highly skilled instrumental backing. Do not sleep on this!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Life Comes From The Sun
A2. Sweet Soul Sister
B1. Last Train To Oblivion
B2. Thank You

Gledd brings a great mix of funk, disco, Afro and plenty of extra special magic to this hot new 12" on Saint Wax. It opens with 'Papa Bel' which is a steamy cut with florid melodic leads and tribal percussion. 'Tanda' then brings wailing vocals and more organic and jumbled grooves that ooze summer heat. The Afro rhythms continue through 'Rewild' which has a lively broken beat that rides stiff drums and last of all is the most intense of the lot - 'Guado Loop' is heavily layered with drums and perc, vocals, congas and background chants that will get any dance floor in a sweat.

TRACK LISTING

Papa Bel
Tanda
Rewild
Guado Loop

It got away! The hounds are back on the leash for another session, as Montel makes a bid for better days with this all-out charm offensive of serenades, blissed up patter and emotional blackmail, Palmer-style.

The result is 12 tracks steeped in mind games, romance power plays and neurotoxin rollercoasters, with additional bonus strategies to dissociate with minimum dignity.
Big up Kiwi’s Kiosk..

Seriously wacked-out musica! RIYL: Dean Blunt / Hype Williams, James Ferraro, Sun Araw, Michael J Blood, Durutii Column. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A truly singular piece of outsider electronica and druggy downbeat that should appeal to fans of Relaxin Records (Lolina, Inga Copeland etc) and the aforementioned Dean Blunt / Michael J Blood axis. Truly breathtaking mutant musicia!

TRACK LISTING

Love Getaway
Just What You Do
Get Into It
Monopoly
Talk To Me
Cant Walk Straight
Time To Get Up
Told You Not To
Mermaid Wolf Whistle
Western Break Apple Turnover
Questions Looking For Solutions
Tears Of Pure Joy

GAMM is back after a short leave of absence with a grand disco rework (not edit).

Our friend Moplen definitely knows his way around the disco and here it all comes full circle as both music and vinyl artwork (full-color 12" vintage sleeve and labels) look and feel like the sound of New York City circa 1977.
"The Blackout Night" comes in a main extended +9 min long version and reprise mix (dub version), both are soaked in big strings, soulful vocals, and a thumpin' disco backbeat.

One for the DJs...one for the dancers...

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Moplen gets his mitts on the stems of a well know slice of peak era disco courtesy of the Trammps, turning out one of his universally adored versions which sound as hot as the original takes.

TRACK LISTING

A. The Blackout Night
B. The Blackout Night (Reprise)

Paul Older is the man behind the Disco Mind Records and after something of a short break, he and it are back with a bang. These two superb cuts are the result of him going on a deep digging record trip and unearthing two marvelous old gems that have been expertly restored for modern dance floors without losing any of the grit and realness that makes old tunes so appealing. 'The Venetian Girl (Marisa)' comes on strong with huge horns and big Philly percussion that reminds immediately of the legendary Studio 54 and then 'Up' is a big-time party pumper with funky elements to get the floor going.

TRACK LISTING

The Venetian Girl (Marisa)
Up

Dispatches From Solitude is the latest album from Ortrotasce on the mighty Dark Entries. For over a decade, the man behind this project, Nic Hamersly, has been making brooding yet propulsive darkwave anthems that draw on the similarities and differences between industrial and synth-pop, all while connecting past and present sounds. He recorded this album during the Covid and post-Covid era and it captures some of the prevailing moods of those times across eight expertly crafted synth-pop tracks that delve into grief, romance, and the weird and wonderful nature of our modern world.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. "Distant In Time"
2. "No Mortal Harmony"
3. "Failing Star"
4. "Romance & War"

Side 2
1. "Dispatches From Solitude"
2. "Part From Myself"
3. "Systems Of Love"
4. "Shorting Circuit"

The faithful Italian duo return with more disco-flecked house action in their trademark cut-up style.

"Cotton & Silk" features 'Em on vocals and is a feel-good slice of summery disco-boogie-house. Electronically powered with a soulful vocal part, decorated with boogie-styled synthlines and adorned in a glitterball friendly aesthetic. "Mary Babe" continues the theme with hefty acid bass complimenting live disco drums and chopped up galvanized vox.

"Emotional Frequency" goes on an electric, new house romp. Loopy vox, bit cruched sfx, and a foundation shaking wooden bass riff all working in tandem to get bodies jiving - be it on the boat, at the beach, or in the club! "Danzin' Days" completes the set with phazed perx, flanging pads, galloping arps and rubber band bass - quite out there production tropes yet resulting in an easily digestible slab of pre-peak house bliss.

Top stuff as always from Larry and David... 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Larry & David return with more electric and elastic filter-disco forerunners. They've milked the shit out of the formula but its still as delicious and moreish as ever. The Mike N Ike's of modern disco-house!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Cotton & Silk Feat. ‘Em
A2. Mary Babe
A3. Cotton & Silk (Instrumental)
B1. Emotional Frequency
B2. Danzin’ Dayzz

1981. A new South African band is making waves. Produced by the team Van Blerk / Roos & Greg Cutler, it includes succulent voices and melodies, psychedelic Moog, Fender Rhodes surrounded by some Afro-folky guitars. A sublime slice of SA soul.

Between 1972 and 1973 Poy-Poy Makhubela appeared on 4 singles with The Young Movers produced by David Thekwane. In 1975, as a lead guitarist, he decided to bring together four musicians to form the band Unity. Jeff Radine (Fender Rhodes, Moog), George Legobye (bass), Edward Modiselle (percussion) and Robert Moema (drum). The members were all from the group The Sound Jaws, except Jeff Radine who was with Rugare and played with Harari, Chicco, The Black Five or Prince Nico.

In 1978, after hearing Unity playing in a club, Mike Tswai joined the band as a manager. Poy-Poy has gone on to have a long career, touring the world and playing with some of the South African’s greats including Brenda Fassie, Don Laka, Blondie & Pappa, Dorothy Masuka as well as Kwaito bands like Alaska, Boom Shaka or Trompies.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Ntsate Loo
A2. Manana
A3. Give Me Your Love
A4. Manejere
A5. Ghiyane

B1. Erube Jambo
B2. Bamsanda Le Maduba
B3. Let's Go And Disco
B4. Babakuwe
B5. Pula Yana

Various Artists

Do You Have The Force? Volume 2 - Jon Savage's Alternate History Of Electronica 1978-82

    Jon Savage's second eclectic voyage through Post-Punk era Electronic music, Disco, Experimental & Proto-Techno 1978-82.

    Re-mastered with care & attention from the very best available audio sources for maximum listening pleasure..

    This compilation is selected and curated by renowned cultural commentator, writer and film-maker Jon Savage. Amongst many highly revered projects Jon has produced the definitive work on Punk Rock in “England's Dreaming” and the documentary & book “Teenage” The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He is also the biographer of Joy Division & author of the top 10 Sunday Times best seller "This Searing Light, The Sun & Everything Else" The Oral History Of Joy Division in 2019. His new book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979) is published in in 2024.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Dee D. Jackson-Automatic Lover 4:07
    A2 Telex - Moscow Diskow (Original 12" Version) - 5"20
    A3 Soft Machine - Soft Space 8"56
    B1 Qondile-African Dawn 2"54
    B2 Gaz Nevada - I.C. Love Affair 6"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
    B3 I Signori Della Galassia - Archeopterix 4"00
    B4 Cerrone - La Secte De Marrakech Suite 4"33
    C1 John Foxx-Burning Car 3”15
    C2 Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Monochrome Days 4”01
    C3 Cabaret Voltaire-Red Mask 6”54
    C4 Caution – UFO 5"30 (Original 12" Mix Version)
    D1 Martin Rev - Nineteen 86 4"36
    D2 Pascal Comelade - Sequence 1 2"55
    D3 The Flying Lizards - An Age 2"31
    D4 Throbbing Gristle - Beachy Head 3"39
    D5 Terminal City -Mugin For Unknown 5”40


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