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

WEEK STARTING 14 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Allerta Meteo by The Funkin' Machine.
A singular group of experts issues a notice of extraordinary urgency in the vicinity of various atmospheric phenomena, which are partially localized and, above all, of high intensity. Yet the sun shines with strength over the Neapolitan favela. 'Allerta Meteo' is the first album of sparkling sonics by The Funkin' Machine Collective and the newest release of Periodica Records? Pegaso Series, comprising a cross-section of jazz and funk sounds, with bright colors that are good for any season, whether rain or shine. The voice of Andres Balbucea - the binding soul of the opera - is supported by the unmistakable flow of Speaker Cenzou during the vibrant ''L'ora d'o Groove'', accompanied by the performances of Roberto Porzio on the synthesizers, Alessio Pignorio and Riccardo Betteghella on the guitars, Vincenzo Lamagna bass guitar, Andrea De Fazio drums, Paolo Bianconcini on percussions, and the extraordinary participation of Pietro Santangelo in the cinematic ''Django'' and Jeroen Verberne on Trombone in ''Rafiki''. An authentic wave of warm notes destined to overwhelm the most observant listener, the first-hour followers, and all the citizens.

TRACK LISTING

1. Prufesso
2. Django (Fischio)
3. Rafiki
4. Allerta Meteo
5. Affittacamere
6. Ll'ora Do Groove
7. Pataturk

Two years on from the release of their remarkable debut album, 'New Moon', Almunia return with a second full-length of chugging psychedelic dub-disco, shimmering acoustic grooves and spine-tingling Italian Balearica. Decidedly less heady than its predecessor, 'Pulsar' impresses with its glistening guitars, touchy-feely textures, ocean-blue chords and otherworldly atmospherics. Along the way, there are tracks that variously sound like Cos/Mes jamming with Pet Metheny (‘The Magician’), the Idjuts locking horns with Mudd (‘Ode To Mum’), classic Scandolearica (the Lindstrom & Prins Thomas-ish ‘Pulsar’), Peter Green on valium (‘Views From A Blue Train’) and a lost Fleetwood Mac track (‘Secret Marriage’). Featuring brilliant new artwork by Mark Warrington this is an essential summer album.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Awakening
2. Wrapped In Your Hair
3. Ode To Mom
4. Views From A Blue Train
5. Follow What You Are
6. The Magician
7. Secret Marriage
8. Pulsar

John Carpenter

Lost Themes

    John Carpenter, the legendary director and composer behind Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13 and many more announces his debut solo album ‘Lost Themes’ on Sacred Bones Records. 

    John Carpenter has been responsible for much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtrack work in the fifteen movies he’s both directed and scored. The themes that drive them can be stripped to a few coldly repeating notes, take on the electrifying thunder of a rock concert, or submerge themselves into exotic, unholy miasmas. It’s work that instantly floods his fans’ musical memory with imagery of a menacing shape stalking a babysitter, a relentless wall of ghost-filled fog, lightning-fisted kung fufighters, or a mirror holding the gateway to hell. Lost Themes asks Carpenter’s acolytes to visualize their own nightmares.

    “Lost Themes was all about having fun,” Carpenter says. “It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who scored I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.”

    As is Carpenter’s style, repetition is the key to the thundering power of these tracks, their energy swirling with shredding chords, soaring organs, unnerving pianos and captivating percussion. Singularly titled to inspire dread with such names as “Vortex,” “Dominion,” “Abyss,” and “Purgatory,” but all linked into a unified whole, Lost Themes has a mesmerizing power. Horror fans will be reminded of Carpenter’s past works, as well as ancestors like Mike Oldfeld’s Tubular Bells and the raging guitars and chiming percussion of Goblin’s Suspiria. “’Both classical music and rock and roll are part of my musical language, which is riff-driven,” Carpenter explains. “So if you listen carefully, I’m sure you can hear some echoes from my past. But I’m sure that’s true of any composer. You just bring your music along with you.”

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Vortex
    2. Obsidian
    3. Fallen
    4. Domain
    5. Mystery
    6. Abyss
    7. Wraith
    8. Purgatory
    9. Night

    Caserta skillfully combines the wonderous vocals of Curtis Mayfield with some west coast boogie in an inspired double A-side for Bridge Boots. The Boogie Oogie Mix using the classic drum boxes and presets from the golden years of boogie. Meanwhile, the Curious Mix delves into a more late-80s aesthetic, electronic soul, especially Solar Records; with 808s driving the beat and a slightly more stripped back approach. Both sides bound to twist heads and cause a flurry of grown men rushing up to the decks for an ID! Recommended!




    TRACK LISTING

    A1.  Caserta’s Boogie Oogie Mix
    B1.  Caserta's Curious Mix

    Japanese re-editer Dai San has delivered two EPs for GAMM and on this, the first EP, his b-boy and dance background shines through.

    The EP opens with an edit of Roy Ayers best jam ever (well, possibly) and is followed by a drum-fuelled b-boy edit of a rare French funk-jazz cut.
    Last but not least we end on a high with a classic dance jam for the jazz-funk-disco community.

    Thuddin' and pumpin' in that typically GAMM fashion, these retweaked dancefloor grooves are just what the doctor ordered come 21st of June... 


    TRACK LISTING

    A. Still Good
    B1. Body Moves
    B2. People To People

    Justin Deighton / Leo Zero

    Humans

    Second up on 7's Clash we have a spoken word mid-tempo piano house chugger, squarely in the balearic nu-disco camp that Pete Herbert excels in. With the original version on the flip at a more dubby pace reminiscent of early back room tracks you’d hear in the days of white jeans, waistcoats, perms and pointy finger dancing….

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Humans - Pete Herbert Remix
    B1. Humans

    HNNY

    Sunday

      After a brief design-related false start, Swedish wunderkind HNNY releases his debut on Tooli's Omena Records. After bursting onto the the scene with a chunky house refit of Mariah's Foreigner cover, Johan Cederberg delivered a stream of revival house bangers on Local Talk and Let's Play House (including the majestic "For The Very First Time") before broadening his horizons to include Balearic groovers and sunkissed downbeat, and tt's in the latter mood we find him on his debut longplayer. Armed with an endless supply of dusty blue eyed soul samples, production expertise and unhurried style, HNNY packs "Sunday" with the kind of sumptuous textured chill out we, well, chilled out to in the genre's late nineties heyday. Previous singles "Cheer Up My Brother" and "There Is No One Else" are the most floor-friendly cuts on the LP, the latter cutting neat shapes in the filter house realm, while "Sylvia" and "My Baby" are delightfully horizontal soothers worthy of a vintage Ibizan sunset. Lavishly packaged and in frenzied demand, you'd be advised to snap this up sharpish.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Balearic centric HNNY album that disappeared rather quickly in 2015 and has since demanded high figures 2nd hand. Limited repress so don't be complacent!

      Melbourne digger and edit master Hysteric joins the Pleasure of Love fam with this 4 track EP, Pleasure of Edits 08: Kitchen Appliances. With releases on Public Possession, Lisbon’s Ostra Discos, Centre Neptune, and his own italo influenced Mothball record label, Hysteric delivers an adventurous Pleasure of Love 12 Inch that continues to reward on repeated listens.

      'Chrome Plated Broiler' kicks things off and lives up to the name, a bouncy late 80s new beat dance floor heater. Another highlight is 'Automatic Can Opener,' a post-disco tinged, xylophone led groover that highlights a cheeky vocal re-sampling bit to great effect. Hysteric and Pleasure of Love make for a good pairing on this cosmic edit twelve.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Regular readers know I have a pretty huge ear-crush on Hysteric, so I was delighted to see him appear on Pleasure of Love with a quartet of synth-heavy Italo frothers for cocktail hour in your favourite nightspot.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Chrome Plated Broiler (Edit)
      A2. Electric Juicer (Edit)
      B1. Automatic Can Opener (Edit)
      B2. Portable Dishwasher (Edit)

      Gordon Koang, South Sudan’s enigmatic superstar and ceaseless fountain of infectious, upbeat pop music, kick starts 2021 by revealing a series of remixes from his recent Unity album, this time partnering with two of the undisputed leaders of electronic music in his adopted home city of Melbourne, Australia - Sleep D and Andras.

      Stranded overseas after civil war tore apart their country over six years ago, Gordon and his cousin Paul Biel Kueth, who were on tour performing to expatriate communities in Australia, were forced to apply for humanitarian protection and made the heartbreaking decision to leave their families stranded at home, on the chance that citizenship would be granted and reunification made possible.

      After languishing on the outskirts of Melbourne’s suburbs for many years, Gordon met the Music in Exile label, a not-for-profit run by members of Melbourne’s flourishing music scene in order to create more opportunity for the city's numerous refugee and migrant musicians. He immediately assembled a band and tracked his eleventh full-length album, Unity (his first recorded album featuring performances in English and made widely available).

      In the midst of a successful run of singles and festival performances around Australia, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, derailing Gordon’s newfound success and growing status as the darling of Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. Forced to find alternatives, Gordon reached out to some of his newfound friends in that city’s community. The result - this set of startling remixes by some of the finest voices in electronic music today.

      Gordon, who was born blind in a small village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile Valley, began composing on the thom, a five-stringed instrument sometimes referred to as a Sudanese banjo, He started busking on the streets of Juba, accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel, who would sell homemade cassettes and CD’s. His anthems of peace, love and unity struck a chord, and before long Gordon found himself as something of a folk hero and a voice for peace in a country torn by ongoing conflict.

      Now resettled in Australia, Gordon records and releases music in order to support his family back home in East Africa. He still awaits Australian citizenship, and forges on in the hope that this may one day be granted, allowing him to reunite with his wife and family in his newfound home.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Y Dah (Sleep D Remix)
      A2. Y Dah (Sleep D Remix - Radio Edit)
      B1. South Sudan (Andras Remix)
      B2. South Sudan (Andras House Remix)

      Next up from Mind Fair is a crafty cover of cosmic classic, That Thing, by That Thing. Originally released as a currently scarce 12 on AVI in 1977, That Thing was a one-off synth-pop project produced by Dutch musician Geertjan Lacunes – who worried the outer limits of various European hit-parades during the ‘70s and ‘80s under the alias Jerry Rix. German label Jupiter picked up the quirky curio and repressed it as 7 for wider distribution, no doubt envisioning that they’d licensed a novelty monster the scale of Chicory Tip’s Son Of My Father - which alas was not the case.

      The track was however a firm favourite of pioneering Italian DJ, Daniele Baldelli, since its wonky bass riff can be heard spinning in and out of a multitude of his legendary mixtapes - where it`s twisted, almost inverted, by the maestro’s use of EQ.

      Back in 2020, Mind Fair have fashioned a faithful but you-betcha beefed-up reworking. The crazy lyric - care of Chicken Lips cohort, Johnny Spencer - and cowbells accompanied by un-MIDI-ed Moog and modular synth twitches, italo arpeggios and fuzzed guitar tones.

      Fabrizio Mammerella delivers a remix that's like a meeting of NYC’s Emergency Records, and Belgium’s Antler and Subway. Chris Barbosa and Morton, Sherman and Belluci. ‘80s New York and ‘90s New Beat. Dropping the chorus into devastating delay, chopping Johnny up into percussive Pop Muzik snippets. Sealing the psychedelic deal with a deft dose of analogue acid.

      In comparison, Eric Duncan’s re-imagining, initially comes across as kinda muted, but that’s just to catch you off guard. While pitched down, and the drums for sure more sedate, it’s definitely the trippier of the two revisions - with all sorts of strangeness throwing abstract shapes deep in its detail. That 303 now sounding severely stoned.

      It’s like that cat at the afters, the one who commandeers the drinks table in the kitchen and then bends any and every unsuspecting ear - spontaneously connecting the disparate dots in the universe, seemingly without stopping to draw breath - while endlessly shaking folks’ cocktails. The kind of nut that everyone knows, but can never work out how they make it home.

      Tongue-in-cheek weirdness worthy of Eric’s Rub N Tug partner, Thomas Bullock, and his mate, DJ Harvey, too slow to disco, too high to stop dancing, it’s quality psyche gear for the experienced, discerning, dimensional traveler. There’s a dub for those that can’t quite handle the vocal (lightweights!).

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Though the purists might cry sacrilege, I'm all about this beefy cover of cosmic classic "That Thing". Fabrizo Mammarella (chief slo-mo acid alchemist) heads in the psychedelic direction with his remix, before Eric Duncan shouts "Me Too" and follows suit.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Original Mix
      A2. Fabrizio Mammarella Dub Mix
      B1. Eric Duncan Mix
      B2. Eric Duncan Instrumental Mix

      Back in stock Cover of Moon EP by M|O|O|N.
      The first release from Wrong Island Communications is the eponymous "M|O|O|N EP". M|O|O|N is the artist name of 18 year old Bostonian, Stephen Gilarde. His musical talent being so well defined at such a young age can possibly be explained as a family trait: he is the nephew of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem). These recordings are the first Stephen made not long after being given an old mixing desk and some monitors by DFA's Juan Maclean. They were made in 2010 and released via Bandcamp, proving so popular M|O|O|N was recently listed as one of the 10 Artists To Watch by Billboard 100 and were then picked up for the soundtrack to last year's 'Hotline Miami' video game. Since then, he has produced two more EPs which Wrong Island Comms. will be releasing over the next year. Comes in a picture sleeve designed by Madison McKenna with an A4 insert. Wrong Island Communications is a vinyl only label run by the same people as the long-running Glasgow club night of the same name.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Paris
      A2. Crystals
      B1. Hydrogen
      B2. Release

      That illusive & cult collected Mutable series has beguiled and pleasured the most ardent oddball disco and leftfield funk lovers with a highly desired, low-turnover series full of dancefloor jubulence that now reaches its forth release. Whilst only a few know the true identity of the master craftsman behind the label, plenty have indulged in its pleasures on the dancefloor.

      Side A of the new record contains two workouts that sound like you're catching Moodymann DJ'ing at either Plastic People or The Roadhouse circa 2004 - primo disco-house soul that simmers and broils with passion.

      Side B begins with an electronic rock-disco cut which bucks to a wicked groove and unleashes a Zanzibal-esque b-line onto our receptive body particles. Continuing with a hefty slice of timpani-led disco-funk full of slashing Stratecasters and wild bass before concluding with an piece of exo-orbitting dub that contains a plethora of tropical instrumentation.

      As always, nothing short of splendid. Limited copies and highly recommended from all.




      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: The mystery continues... Part four of the riddle. Sounds like Moodymann, plays like Andi Handley; is neither of the two but you DO know him! ;)

      TRACK LISTING

      A1
      A2
      B1
      B2
      B3

      Payfone

      Sofian - Inc. Loyal Remix

      Having lit up sunsets and sunrises the world over with their first outing on Leng, the deliciously Balearic ‘Last Night in Sant Celoni’, Payfone has opted for a more sensual and seductive sound on their triumphant follow-up.

      Phil Passera and Jimmy Day are in fine form on ‘Sofian’, a deep, chugging and intoxicating affair topped off by a sleazy and breathy, half-sung and half-spoken vocal from Barbara Alcindor, previously of hugely successful European chart-toppers French Affair.

      As with previous Payfone productions, no samples were used in the creation of the track. Instead, Passera and Day focus the action around hypnotic, slow-motion machine drums and a brilliant analogue synthesizer bassline that will quickly worm its way into your subconscious.

      On top of this the pair has layered up warming chords, languid boogie-style guitar riffs, colourful synthesizer lines, hand percussion and mazy Wurlitzer electric piano solos played by guest musician Phil Marten. It’s an undeniably alluring combination of musical elements that offers a clever counterpoint to the barely hidden melancholia within the track’s surprising lyrics.

      Jimmy Day delivers the flipside ‘Loyal Mix’, a slightly brighter and more vivid interpretation that gives extra weight to the track’s razor-sharp guitar riffs and kaleidoscopic synth sounds. The result is a weighty, synth-powered dub disco workout that makes a fine accompaniment to one of Payfone’s most dramatic and addictive songs to date.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Recall the feels of warm sun on your face, grilled calamari drifting up your nostrils and the gentle lap of waves at your feet with this 100% Balearic offering from Payfone. Original for the daytime, Loyal's remix for the night. Perfecto!

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Sofian
      B1. Sofian (Loyal Remix)

      Schatzi

      Schatzi 007

      Very Polish Cut Outs contributer Schatzi drops a slick, self-released EP continuing with his imperetive series of edits.

      Volume 7 contains five workouts that roughly enjoy the broad spectrum and disco and boogie, albeit with that vacational vibe that Bottin also does so well; like you're in your best holiday gear, expensive cocktail in hand, about to board a very expensive yacht for a weekend of decadence. There's zero bad vibes across the whole record; get the prosecco on ice; shades on, deck shoes out and the biggest grins on your face - it's gonna be an ace weekend! 


      TRACK LISTING

      A1.
      A2.
      B1.
      B2.
      B3.

      An infrequent but invigorating contributor to Phantasy, U returns with a beguiling new single entitled "Ecstasy" Initially available as a limited pressing with a sleeve designed and printed by U themselves, this haunting return promises to draw the curious into two divine rhythms, transferring unknowable forces and mysterious energies.

      The first side of the artefact portrays "Ecstasy", a wide-eyed and spectral incantation rich in intimacy, whispering voices and earthy psychedelia. Somewhere between machine funk and folk canticle, a sonic gift perhaps for a field in England bathed in moonlight, else a dire basement dripping in energy, "Ecstasy" leaves the system almost spiritually.

      On the contrary, "Morpheus" presents a tougher meditation, a creeping jam with an analogue consciousness, ghostly rave echoes and a conundrum at its heart. The dream seems so real, but what if you can’t wake from it after all?

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Futuristic-cosmic-slop anyone?! YUM YUM! Two slow moving, concentric pieces of celestial machine music to help you oil the cogs of your mind.

      TRACK LISTING

      A. Ecstasy
      B. Morpheus

      Doug Willis returns with a club banger in the form of “The Mighty Douglas”. A euphoric ride in the sky with live gospel organ-led instrumentation, whilst vocals are provided by Taka Boom (Chak Chak Chaka Khans Lil sis). Hallelujah! We then have Mr Basejam delivering one of his groovy chugging mid-tempo mixes of this forthcoming ZR release by Mr Wrightangle. Live strings, syncopated clav and overly loud organismic dog howls are the order of the day here.

      On the flip we have the prolific Atjazz who turns his hand on that classic Jakatta track ‘American Dream’. He reconstructs it elements with great precision as he lays out swinging drums & sparkling percussion to back up a seriously groove led bassline and slick synth work. The legendary US soul funk act of “Come Go With Me” fame release a brand new song in the shape of optimistic gospel tinged “Work It Out”. Dave Lee works his magic on the mix to tease in some of their classic old sound into the instrumentation.


      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Doug Willis - The Mighty Douglas (Doug's Godbizniss Mix)
      A2. Roland Wrightangle Feat. Darcus - In Your Blood (Ron Basejam Mix)
      B1. Jakatta - American Dream - (Atjazz Remix)
      B2. Pockets - Work It Out (Dave Lee Rework)

      In celebration of the fifth anniversary of his Mercury Rising residency at Pikes Ibiza and loving memory of the legendary Tony Pike, Harvey has put together a second collection of music inspired by and that represents the party. Never Mind the Balearics Here’s DJ Harveys Mercury Rising volume II.
      Blending the classic and the cutting edge like the superstar he is, Harvey switches from the chugging Balearic house of Music For Dreams signings Rheinzand to an instrumental of Mandy Smith's primo pop pick "I Just Can't Wait". Elsewhere we get recent and decent jams from Mildlife, Das Komplex, Nu Guinea, Mildlife and Hugh Mane as well as disco delight "Dance, Dance, Dance" by Marta Acuna, boogie bomb "It's You I Love" by Pamela Nivens and Mr Marvin's Italo-house anthem "Entity".

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Balearic badboy, surf idol and all round pin up DJ Harvey hits us with a second selection of Mercury Rising bangers, assembled in loving memory of the late great Tony Pikes. Finding an equal balance between recent winners and all time classics, Harvey does disco, house, street soul and jazz funk in his distinctive Balearic style.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Rheinzand - Mr Mercury
      A2. Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Instrumental)
      A3. Marta Acuna - Dance, Dance, Dance (Disco Version)
      B1. System Olympia - Close To My Nebula
      B2. Mildlife - Magnificent Moon
      B3. Das Komplex - Slap
      C1. Nu Guinea - Je Vulesse
      C2. Forgotten Corner & Khidja - Tatooine Moons (Original Mix)
      C3. Pamela Nivens - It's You I Love (Instrumental Mix)
      D1. Hugh Mane - Real Sucker For Your Love
      D2. Switchdance - Arabian Ride
      D3. Mr Marvin - Entity (Jazzy Mix)

      Various Artists

      DJ Kicks - Jayda G

        For Jayda G, joy is a state of mind. Whether she transmits it through her upbeat productions or magnetic energy at the decks, the Canadian-born DJ and producer, real name Jayda Guy, is a beacon of empathy on the dancefloor.

        It’s no surprise, then, that Jayda G’s DJ-Kicks mix, releasing on 14 May, captures the buoyant spirit of the music that has influenced her most. “DJ-Kicks has been a personal goal of mine for a really long time. I've been a fan for decades now. I remember there was one mix by Chromeo and it had some French disco on it that always stood out in my mind,” she remembers. Clocking in at just over an hour, Guy’s mix takes you on a journey that moves through loved classics and new bubblers.

        The mix contains Jayda's Brand new single "All I Need", the follow up to Grammy Nominated breakthrough single "Both Of Us", a slinky house tune co-produced with James Ford that fizzes with shimmering energy. A rallying cry for kinship and understanding, Guy’s insouciant vocals insist “all I need is you to hear me”, gliding across the perfectly swung house beat. “Because the mix was made during the pandemic, I thought, ‘What music makes me happy?’ I want people to feel like they know me. I wanted it to be approachable, still honouring the disco and soul music that I love. I hope that translates in some shape or form.”



        TRACK LISTING

        CD (mixed)
        ** = Exclusive

        1. Light Of The World - London Town
        2. Aged In Harmony - You're A Melody
        3. Glass Beams - Taurus
        4. KOKOROKO - Uman
        5. Atmosfear - Invasion
        6. Universal Togetherness Band - More Than Enough
        7. Royale - I Want Your Body
        8. Don Blackman - Just Can't Stay Away
        9. Gerry Read - 90’s Prostitution Racket
        10. Naomi Daniel - Stars (Dos Cult Mix)
        11. LNS - Bitumen **
        12. DJ BORING - Gardenia **
        13. Jennifer Loveless - In 10,000 Places **
        14. HAAi - Good Ol'Fashioned Rugs
        15. Jayda G - All I Need **
        16. Fred Again.. - Diana (You Don't Even Know) **
        17. House Of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up
        18. 250 Lbs. Of Blue - Rejoice! (People C'mon) (Spen's New Vocal Mix)
        19. FIT Siegel Feat. L'Renee - Tonite (Detroit Mix)
        20. DJ Koze Feat. Ada - Homesick (feat. Ada)
        21. Benny Sings - Summerlude


        LP (unmixed + Mix DL)
        ** = Exclusive

        A1. Jayda G - All I Need **
        A2. Fred Again.. - Diana (You Don’t Even Know) **
        B1. LNS - Bitumen **
        B2. Jennifer Loveless - In 10,000 Places **
        B3. HAAi - Good Ol'Fashioned Rugs
        C1. DJ BORING - Gardenia **
        C2. House Of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up
        D1. Glass Beams - Taurus
        D2. Royale - I Want Your Body
        D3. Benny Sings – Summerlude

        In 2006, the musical landscape was very different; there was no streaming, “shazam" was a word used by magicians, and "all-access” was not granted to the general public. Social media, as we know it, was in its infancy and today’s constant digital feed of interruptions, notifications, refreshes and “likes” didn't yet exist. Those with a thirst for the overlooked regions of the record store had to quench themselves in the climes of the online world's music blogs, and while that digital community was surely expanding, NYC’s www.lovefingers.org was something different. Not a blog but a daily unfolding mix — no opinions, reviews, or backstories were coupled with the music, no full albums or submissions from the outside — it was a mysterious watering hole in the burgeoning digital desert where rogue tracks from Wally Badarou rubbed shoulders with those of Holger Czukay, the drama of Sylvester juxtaposed with the quirkiness of Hosono, and countless other coveted artists’ unearthed gems melted in one pot, a digital space where $1 thrift store scores could easily breathe the same dusty air as cosmic holy grails, oddball psychedelics and proto-electronica b-sides comfortably cohabited with $300 private-press folk rarities. With 1 track per day, Andrew “Lovefingers” Hogge created a truly democratic and educated selection of music for our aural pleasure, and labelled them ‘Fingertracks' (numbered 001-999).

        This was before most things we now take for granted were common on our dancefloors, radio shows or live streams. Those ubiquitous Euro Pop dubs, unclassics that aficionados play at the wrong speed, or private gems that have since been reissued to the moon and back? They very probably popped up on our collective radars via the medium of www.lovefingers.org first. Rightfully so, what started as a well-kept secret, became a go-to resource and mark of quality among enthusiasts, diggers, DJs, musicians and producers around the globe — the genre-bending mentality in turn re-coined the term “selector” — and inspired a generation the world over to delve further into record shelves, undoubtably contributing hugely to the wondrous, multi-faceted and open-minded musical language we now all speak fluently. While it remained niche, at its peak, www.lovefingers.org had upwards of 100K music freaks turning up daily, and ignited a global musical dialogue between people that were yet to be connected by today’s social technology. The site received countless letters of appreciation from rural kids with no access to record stores, acclaimed DJs, film directors, fashion houses, forgotten artists who were thrilled to feature among unexpected peers, soldiers who diligently tuned-in direct from their call of duty, even heroes of sample-scavenging culture like Coldcut who applauded, “…it just goes to show, when you think you’ve heard it all, you can always dig deeper.” The community around Lovefingers’ site was a call-to-action, gathering analogous minds and inviting them all to the same party, and on New Years Day 2010, after 999 Fingertracks and a plethora of (now classic) mixes, the site made a final post stating, “That's all folks!” The collective energy pivoted into the ESP Institute, a record label and art platform to champion new artists who emerged from this foundational community and as a catalyst to push the musical dialogue forward. Now, as the ESP Institute approaches its 10-year anniversary, we revisit the significant role www.lovefingers.org played in shaping where we are today.

        'Fingertracks Vol : 1' is a snapshot of aural delights that were on offer to those of the leftfield persuasion, all who discovered the site and tuned-in for their daily shot of sonics proper — a lovingly selected handful of records that re-introduce the story of Andrew’s most influential and essential music resource. The track list is classic Lovefingers, an insight into the free-flowing nature of the daily Fingertracks, context-free but connected through creative threads and energies — lo-fi loner jams brush up alongside sleazed-out Italo powerhouses, Greek new age obscurities tussle against overlooked Hawkwind-related cuts — nuggets that may be more known to the heads now, but whose initial excavation can be accredited to Lovefingers’ site, and are essential to its story nonetheless. Rumor has it that this is merely the first volume in a series, so as it turns out, and gladly so, “That’s not all folks!”

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: As far as I'm concerned, Fingertracks was the most influential blog..and it didn't have a single bit of journalistic content - just an endless supply of outrageous tunes from all times and genres. Total rarities, DJ favourites and daily discoveries for every head on the planet. In the years since, each of the tracks on this FIRST VOLUME (YES!) has become an algorithm classic, but you've never had them all in one place, from the man who first helped us discover them. This isn't a collector's item or exercise in nostalgia, this is one of the best sonic selections you'll have the pleasure to own.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Lovefingers - Intro
        A2. The Chequers - Theme One
        A3. Lifetones - Good Side
        A4. Rick Cuevas - The Birds
        A5. Data - Data Plata
        A6. Hotlegs - Today
        B1. Jo Squillo Eletrix - Avventurieri (Dance Mix)
        B2. Captain Mustard - Quiet Move
        B3. D.E. - Full Moon (Lovefingers Edit)
        C1. Nuno Canavarro - Blu Terra
        C2. Electronic System - Skylab
        D1. Eddie Callahan - Santa Cruz Mountains
        D2. Dave Brock - Spirits
        D3. Florian Poser - Winds


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