MAGIC MIX

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

WEEK STARTING 7 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of Jan Schulte Presents: Sorry For The Delay - Wolf Müller's Most Whimsical Remixes by Various Artists.
Over the course of his seven year recording career, many monikered Piccadilly favourite, breakdance champ and salon selector Jan Schulte has proved a big hitter on the remix front, treating us to life affirming, mind altering reworks of a wide variety of artists. Now, Safe Trip has gathered together some of his most celebrated and hard-to-find reworks on Sorry For The Delay: Wolf Müller’s Most Whimsical Remixes.
The collection includes a string of lauded revisions of the likes of Tolouse Low Trax, Africaine 808, BAR and Jose Padilla, all in a trademark percussion-rich, polyrhythmic style that joins the dots between the tropical rhythms of South America, the tribal musical traditions of Africa, the experimental electronics associated with Schulte’s home city of Düsseldorf and the sun-kissed Balearica of Ibiza.
It’s the latter that’s showcased on Sorry For The Delay, whose apologetic title tips a wink to Safe Trip’s debut release, a compilation of Young Marco remixes called Sorry For The Late Reply. The majority of the eight included reworks are revolutionary in nature, with Schulte gaining inspiration from, or making use of, just a handful of elements from the provided source material. For example, the oldest remix in the collection, a 2011 rub of Mungolian Jet Set’s quirky disco cut “Prog Rocks and Moon Jocks”, made with Christian Pannenborg as Montezumas Rache, features numerous vocal and instrumental elements omitted from the Norwegian duo’s final version.

The collection naturally comes packed with deliciously percussive moments, including an undeniably heavyweight translation of Tolouse Low Trax’s “Jaidem Fall” – the first ever Wolf Muller remix from 2014 – a chiming, melodious and sun-kissed revision fo BAR’s 2016 cut “BAR Theme”, an inspired tweak of Africaine 808’s “Rhythm Is All You Can Dance” and a riotous take on “Ba Hu Du”, a never-before-released track from Schulte’s other headline-grabbing, club-rocking pseudonym, Bufiman.

Schulte’s ability to create mesmerizing, slow burn soundscapes can be heard across the compilation, too, from the druggy and psychedelic pulse of his krautrock-influenced version of Telespazio’s “Barrier” and the humid tropicality of the Deep Dub of Sound Species “Balafon Jam”, to the dreamy new age synthesizer lines, twanging Jews Harp and seductive beats of Jose Padilla collaboration “Oceans on the Moon”.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Arguably my favourite producer to have come to light during my Piccadilly tenure, Jan's polyrhythmic, psychedelic and super funky style has dominated our staff picks and best sellers, and this remix collection brings a whole host of previous ROTW together in one place. Every DJ needs this.

Amor

Sinking Into A Miracle

    Sinking Into A Miracle is the debut album by Glasgow’s AMOR, a quartet of musical travellers exploring the sonic open-ended-ness of dance music. Following two critically acclaimed 12-inches, this is a fully developed treatise on ecstasy and transcendence. Here, Richard Youngs, Michael Francis Duch, Paul Thomson and Luke Fowler are more honed, razor sharp in focus and timing, testing their instrumental prowess on condensed song structures and new, enlightened feelings of expansive hope and bliss. From the outset, it’s an ambitious yet ultimately inclusive journey. Recorded to 24-track tape at Chem 19 and mixed by Paul Savage and Richard McMaster (Golden Teacher), this full length retains the elastic grooves of Paradise and Higher Moment, the group’s previous singles, but relinquishes the classic Philadelphia International-tinged sound in favor of looser rhythmic patterns. There are new depths to the compositions: a more free-flowing approach to percussion and deft experiments in hybridity make for a full and rounded, emotionally tinged record. Indeed, there are times when AMOR sound like the lost house band from David Mancuso’s Loft parties: Richard Youngs’ uplifting, gospel-tinged lyrics talk about moving beyond, universal truths, sailing through the horizon. It’s a wideeyed optimism Mancuso would perhaps have approved of and which is embroidered with spectral details that begs to be auditioned on large, tweaked out sound-systems.
    Fantastic cover art by Robert Beatty.

    JJ Barnes

    Candy / For Your Precious Love

      Detroit legends come together for some previously unissued material. J J Barnes teamed up with ex Motown producers Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey during the late 1970's early 1980's and recorded one song penned by Mr Barnes called "Candy". A brilliant feel good modern soul disco tune where he lusts for the sultry "Candy" She certainly was a woman In demand with songs by Brothers of soul and later on the famous Cameo tune! Flip it over and we have a superb rendition of Jerry Butlers' "For Your Precious Love". 


      Rarely does an artist pay homage to the classics like Dimitri From Paris. The Grammy nominated producer, remixer, composer and DJ has made every one in his repertoire of reworks sound effortless – no mean feat when the original tracks are by the some of disco’s greatest musicians. He has a long history of remixing classic records, starting in the late 80s and culminating in this achievement of a lifetime, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix.

      This 10-track album features brand new remixes alongside all the much-loved essentials that have resonated with artists from Frankie Knuckles to Disclosure, Gilles Peterson to Mark Ronson. Alongside the reworks – three of which have never been released before – are instrumentals of each, most also previously unreleased, for the ultimate bumper pack. To create the project, Dimitri was entrusted to use the original studio masters from circa 1978 - 1980 that feature all of the individually recorded musical and vocal elements. The majority of these songs are for the first time given a respectful new mix and arrangement, unveiling never-before-heard performances, turning the spotlight on the beautiful orchestrations of one the most unique and highly-revered production duos of the Disco era and beyond; Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, along with their CHIC organization of musicians.

      Kicking off with the unmistakeable CHIC staple ‘Le Freak’, Dimitri’s timeless remix making the exquisite instrumental harmonies shine like only Dimitri can, the album delves next into ‘Lost In Music’ and a new mix of CHIC’s classic ‘I Want Your Love’. Norma Jean’s life-affirming ‘Saturday’, originally co-written by Nile Rodgers in 1978, is given a remix of cinematic proportions, no doubt set to become the climax of many Dimitri DJ sets to come. Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for the Disco power group, is given the Dimitri treatment with an extended mix, drawing out the string motifs, showcasing unheard sections from the original master tapes, sounding better than ever. Further exclusives include ‘Forbidden Lover’ and another Sister Sledge masterpiece, ‘Got To Love Somebody’ with cowbell and horns resplendent. More highlights include new mixes of Sister Sledge’s evergreen ‘Thinking Of You’ and the final track, an underdog from French chanson singer turned one-time Disco act, Sheila & B Devotion ‘Your Love Is Good’, a euphoric high to close on and another using many elements from never-heard-before outtakes.

      Through Disco grooves and meticulously reverent production, Dimitri From Paris presents Le CHIC Remix gets to the heart of why CHIC’s music remains so universally relevant, underlining the enduring cultural significance of dance music in its most unabashed form. This album is a demonstration of how captivating the sound of a full orchestra of musicians can be, compared to today’s largely computer generated offerings – celebrating the eternally endearing qualities of some of Nile Rodger’s best-selling records, not to mention, for over 40 years, the unquestionable power of a great Disco record.


      FORMAT INFORMATION

      5xLP Info: The Box is a numbered Limited Edition of 1000 units
      5 x 180 gram vinyl
      Printed parts finished with a soft touch matte lamination.
      Box art uses a matte silver foil for the silver parts.
      The box will come with packed with a ‘press photo’ insert of CHIC & Dimitri.

      Daytoner

      Apache Street / Michael’s Incredible Twin

        18 months after the digital release on Daytoner's 'Shedits 3' EP, 'Apache Steet' finally gets pressed to limited edition 7" wax by Dinked Records/Friday’s Funky 45. This mash of Lou Rawls' tales of tough times with Michael Viner's famous Apache break has proved popular with funk, soul and breaks DJs, holding it's own in Juno Download's Breakbeat Top 10 for a year leading to discerning DJs demanding a vinyl pressing. On the flip is another Apache fuelled monster, 'Michael's Incredible Twin', this time supplying the Skatalites to breaks DJs having featured on the digital 'Shedits 2' EP back in 2016.

        The boys from Hageby are back on RNT Reserve with an EP packed full of lush deepness and dancefloor magic. From the cheeky bounce of "Found Love", the slow burn of "Hageby In Your Eyes", and the boogie-inflected "Ain’t The Way", this record is right for just about any mood. And that’s saying nothing of the standout gem of the 12” - the official D2 remix of the Byron Stingily classic "Get Up (Everybody)", which juxtaposes the ubiquitous soaring vocal over a thunderous low end pulse, making for a monster latenite face-melter of a track!

        Guy & Howard return, older & wiser this time round, exploring a depth of influences across these five special tracks which draw from their love of African rhythms, deep house, disco and vocal jazz.

        'All of these tracks are sample based and we wanted to delve into genres that we hadn’t really experimented with in the past. What we ended up with worked so well together as a set - uplifting, upbeat and danceable, and it made sense to put them all out now in one go.' - Disclosure

        The "Moonlight" LP consolidates all these releases and is available now! It finds the delectable darlings of UK dance music in creative and confident form and hints at what they've got contained 'in their locker' (to quote a ream of 90s football commentators). They've just gotten started on this whole music biz ting and have got plenty styles and flavour in store for their fans! 


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: Brothers Lawrence continues to peacock their myriad styles - turning their hand to glitched up electro-boogie, electronic jazz akin to Floating Points, pumpin' disco-house and a truly unique moment of weirdo pop bliss - we heart this!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

        Sound the alarm! Ultra rare and super dope disco-boogie reissue alert!
        That's right, Distinction's 1982 jammer 'That's The Way I Like It' is back! Freed from the wantlists and officially reissued for 2k18. For the newcomers, this DJ favourite is a masterclass in UK Boogie flavour brought to you by the production and writing prowess of Roy Carter who was a member of the UK's legendary Soul and Funk legends Heatwave and who worked extensively with Central Line, Junior Giscombe, Dee C. Lee and many many more throughout his long career. Pretty much all of Distinction's output is tough to find with the majority appearing on tiny labels, and second hand prices for these gems are always on the high side with this particular 12" being one of the most sought after. This is a proper and full reproduction of the original Hansa 12" from 1982 with the added bonus of the 7" mixes being included of both 'That's the way I like it' and b-side winner 'Looking for love'. This one has been booted before with severely lacking quality control, but this official version comes complete with a tasty remaster and nice heavy pressing for the gees. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Red hot reissue of Distinction's "That's The Way I Like It", a top shelf UK boogie killer from the musical mind of Heatwave's Roy Carter. Class A turbo-boogie here - flash those lights.

        Eddie C

        Horizons

          Canadian edit wizard, hog enthusiast and disco machine Eddie C has been off the radar a little of late, and just when I was beginning to pine for his jazzed up sampler skills, the great man returns with a brand new 12" for his regular haunt, Japan's revered Endless Flight. Eddie welcomes us like an old friend with the disco-tinged 4/4 and worldly guitars of A-side track "Horizons", leading us into familiar territories via a looped up jazz bass, insistent ride and glassy Rhodes riff. If you got your ass down to "La Palette" or "Be Aware" from 2013's "Country City Country", you'll be all over this, though it's worth noting that our Eddie keeps things fresh on this one with the addition of some sliced up breaks. Keeping the vibe clubby and the quality high, Eddie goes in on the B-side with some high-grade disco house bizznizz, slicing a sweet soul vocal over driving disco bass and a skippy garage house groove. Tasty tackle - and it comes in Dub form for those who like to keep it tracky.

          The Edwards Generation

          I Like Your Style / The Love I Found In You

          The Edwards Generation were a San Francisco family group that were lead by Chuck Edwards, who was the father of the group members. Chuck had been a recording artist since the 50s and had recorded for labels such as Duke, Kapp and Apollo before establishing the Edwards Generation as a force in Frisco during the 1970s. Their one and only album 'The Street Thang,' which was released in 1976, is a much revered and sought after album by serious soul collectors across the globe. Cordial Recordings will be releasing an album of unreleased songs in 2019, but in the meantime they have the groups first vinyl release since 1977 with the uptempo dancer 'I Like Your Style' on the A Side, This version will not feature on the album and is only available on this single release. Whilst on the flip we've got the only song from our album that features their father Chuck on lead vocals with the Motownesque 'The Love I Found In You.' The Edwards Generation were a talent that deserved a greater exposure and with this Cordial are happy to be partnering with them in releasing their unreleased gems. 

          Ahmed Fakroun

          Nisyan

          Although the catastrophic bootleg/not boogleg, nazi-not-nazi furore pretty much did for ole' PMG, the label did manage to offer up a pretty decent press of these two tracks on their "Ahmed Fakroun" compilation. Thing is though, I can't get enough of a replica 7" so I was in buzz-overload when this reissue landed in my lap. Showing off shades of the Bee Gees, Ned Doheny or Vangelis "Let It Happen", "Nisyan" sees Ahmed take us to Libyan Balearic heaven on a cushioned carpet of slinky grooves, shuffling percussion and spacey synths. The AOR disco genius doesn't stop there though, as the sweet and syncopated "La Ya-Hob" waits on the B-side to bring a smile to your face, a twinkle to your eye and a spring to your step. This is the first time this 7" has been available since 1977, and I suggest you buy now rather than wait another 40 years.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Ahmed Fakroun's Libyan Balearic anthem gets a first ever official reissue thanks to Groovin - suns out, socks off, cocktails by the pool tackle!

          Through their reissues of Midori Takada, Mariah and Yasuaki Shimizu, or contemporary "club" cuts from Conga Square, Palto Flats have made a serious commitment to the unconventional. It's entirely (perhaps insanely) appropriate that Nagoya-based experimentalist Foodman should take the reins for their new release. A 5 track 12” focused on deep, tactile rhythmic and offbeat tracks, "Moriyama" tilts on some of the producer’s most dance-friendly work. Opener “Mizuboro” (meaning water bath) conjures visions of babbling springs, tropical lagoons and those Shishi-Odoshi water features (think the Kill Bill samurai showdown). Comprising of 8 bit bleeps, pygmy polyphony and woody percussion, this offbeat club cut flirts with minimal techno before swelling into a strange chimera of off-kilter new age house. Next up, "Kishimen" continues to wow us with the weird, serving up the kind of strange and shattered fx abuse Stimming made his own around a concentrated solution of Casiotone techno. Foodman drifts between the anaesthesia of deep house pads and free-jazz intensity of early noughties glitch for "Nanika" before experimenting with traditional instrumentation & vocal forms to create a special post-ambient/dance hybrid on "Soudesu". Finally, "Tokai Desu" brings us bleeps, Cornelius-style guitar and jazzy flute tones for an emotive downbeat closer. Named after the district he lives in, Moriyama represents some of Foodman’s most direct, accessible work - a full helping.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Palto Flats take a break from their radical reissue program to unleash the latest release from Japan's experimental auteur Foodman. His most club-centric release to date (which says little to be honest), "Moriyama" is a five track snapshot of post-glitch, new age house and demented downbeat positioned somewhere between Cornelius and Wolf Muller's Tropical Drums.

          Foxy

          Mademoiselle / Tena's Song

            "Mademoiselle" is a rare groove club classic and a favourite amongst DJs! With its grooving swing and snapping slapped bass taking the lead role behind the smoother than silk vox beneath. Flip over and we get "Tena's Song" providing the more upbeat counterpart to the slow, sashaying vibes of the first half, string stabs and flickering guitar working away beneath the three-part vocal harmonies and beautifully balanced piano. A Must have 45!

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            7" Info: Limited to 500 copies.

            New lobster sublabel for dark, moody, nostalgic vibes and essential club material. Straight outta Manc in '91! Well known by now Hidden Spheres channeling that northern rave euphoria for the his most epic release yet. From heady early 90's Manchester rave to Dungeons & Dragons electro and deep percussion heavy twisters. Heavy productions & weighty goods as you are well accustomed from this man. 

            This is playful, melodic and full of intricate passages. Every release gets better and better proving that record label promiscuity and being prolific does not equate being medicocre! The hard to find spheres are proving the opposite. 

            Pantone printed centres in a discobag with hologram 'UNDR' sticker. Go grip! 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: It is hard to get a four tracker in which all the cuts are acceptable, let alone good. Happy to say the hard to find Spheres have produced a well rounded ep in which ALL the cuts are shining and definitely shaking my old hips. A cut above the rest. Keep it coming, sir!

            High Voltage is one of the more familiar names in the P&P / Queen Constance galaxy. Led by Peter Brown and Patrick Adams right hand man and producer Michael Campbell who presided over some of the biggest and best sides the labels put out. This one is a must, essential, do not sleep business. 11.00 minutes of Disco fury! You're forgiven for thinking that this would've been huge had it have come out on one of the 'bigger' disco labels, but that hasn't stopped 'Rock, Spank, Freak' becoming a true blue club anthem. Appearing in the playlists of DJs and selectors as diverse as Larry Levan, Danny Krivit and Daniele Baldelli. Rough n'ready, unpolished but musically explosive the sounds contained on this here 12" are indeed High Voltage! As with a lot of these jams, this one's been badly bootlegged, so ignore those wack counterfeits that are out there and bag you a fully licensed reissue of this absolute bomb. Dope.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: If you like your disco raw, funky AF and kind of twisted, you're gonna be all over this. Blessed with the kind of mantra-styled vocals you can still manage mid gurn, "Rock, Spank, Freak" has the raw power to tear a club apart, harnessing clavs, bass and percussion into a party pyrotechnic.

            Jonny Rock

            Ode To A Happening On Earth

            Jonny Rock is somewhat of a sorcerer, an omnipresent eye that gathers secret ingredients from far and wide - old school House oddities, hypnotic melodies of the Orient, the furthest reaches of Disco, the easy pace of Turkish psychedelic funk - fusing it all into his own shrouded code, a string of immaterial messages, both subliminal and lucid, that highlight his eccentric sense of storytelling and nuance. He imbues a sense of familiarity in his music, implying history that might not be studied but still feels learned, a quality inherent to productions born from a vast catalog of influence (and the inseparable sample material). Jonny conjures euphoric acid flashbacks, herds of crowds through Istanbul alleys, the misty morning residue from raves of yore, orchestral winds blown across the Aegean riviera, and he manages to concentrate their essence into singular details such as a snare drum. Both sides of his eternally-awaited ESP debut lean toward his dark arts—'Tye Die Techno' drives a relentless hard-edged drum kit that could throw an otherwise self-respecting Goth into a heated breakdance battle, while the title track and theme, 'Ode To A Happening On Earth,' plays with the imagery of ritual, fantasy and role-playing—but throughout this malevolent stew, there is a sustained hint of the artist’s playful nature. No matter how murky the trip becomes, Jonny is always there, a light at the end of the tunnel, with a big hug to reassure that everyone will be OK. He is one clever bastard—if you know, you know.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: "Tye Die Techno" reminds me of summat you might hear Neil Diablo playing at El Diablos Social Club or perhaps blasting outta the Function 1's in Croatia circa the last few years. "Ode To A Happening.." creeps into the shadows with a slow EBM throb.

            Barefoot Beats complete the year on an unfaltering high as Joutro Mundo and Jkriv supply a couple of joints for your festive shake downs.

            Mundo's "Revele" pairs hooky guitar licks and a soulful Brazilian vocal to a steady disco beat with plenty of bottom weight to create one of those ultra fresh moments of tropical disco revelry that's hard not to have a wobble to. 'Honorary' Brazilian (via NYC) Jkriv opts for a more relaxed mood. Think sipping caipirinha's while Ruf Dug plays an extended daytime session on some luxury coastline and you'll be halfway to holiday heaven! If only it weren't so bloody cold outside...!


            Third album by Frankfurt's Phillip Lauer - one half of Tuff City Kids (with Gerd) and one of Germany's prime exports regarding all things melodic and dance related. "Power" is a topical take on classic dance and 80ies pop figures, disco music in a closet (Lauer is still in denial), singing arpeggios, android choirs, beautiful bass lines and sometimes the apparitional architecture of house music.

            Neatly placed on one piece of vinyl, “Power” collects nine songs that follow these roads. Expertly produced, recorded on high-end tape and complemented with intricate songwriting, many are regarding this as Lauer's magnum opus.

            “Power” is vintage Lauer. Like his attic - Pyramide Studio 2 for those who know - where a vast synthesizer collection from the days of yore and tomorrow meets other digital dinosaurs and analog axes, it showcases a sanguine, punky and vivid DIY-aesthetic that isn't too far from a garage band turned into a one-man-orchestra. Glazed with two songs featuring the vocal talents of Jasnau ("Mirrors" and the eponymous "Power"), that sentiment is consolidated through a complete and dizzying LP which takes the listener over rainbow roads and electronic super highways. 


            LCD Soundsystem

            I Used To (Dixon Retouch) / Pulse (v.1)

            Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. First up, Innervisions head and Berlin house legend Dixon takes on the broody, pensive and propulsive "I Used To" and opens it out into a clinical club cut. Reshaping the track into a spacious mix down, Dixon allows maximum room for the icy synth tones to stand out, while the clipped rhythm section is perfectly suited to a Funktion One. Stealing the show though is that most wonderful of things, a non album LCD track. Like "Starry Eyes / Freak Out" and "Hippie Priest Bum-Out" before it (amongst many others), "Pulse (V.1)" sees the NYC ensemble wave goodbye to pop songform and say hello to freeform jamming, this time on a punk funk meets minimal techno trip out. The track builds from the icy arps of a techy synth line, through loose live drums and Blank Tapes organs into a bleeping, squelcho bassline breakdown right out of the Maurice Fulton playbook. After five body moving minutes, the track suddenly veers off into new realms, repurposing those elements first as a tense and claustrophobic snapshot of ambient techno, then as an ecstatic and spiritual experience. Edge intact, LCD are back.

            LCD Soundsystem

            Oh Baby (Lovefingers Remix) / Oh Baby (Lovefingers Dub)

            Reformed, refreshed and reinvigorated, the most important band of the 21st Century (Patch says!) LCD Soundsystem returned last year with the remarkable "American Dream", their finest album to date. Now, Murphy and co pluck a couple of killers from that masterpiece and hand the stems over to a pair of party fiends and friends for a two part remix series. This second serving sees ESP Institute founder Lovefingers putting his own psychedelic touch on sincere synth serenade "Oh Baby". The New York producer and label head adds a rolling house piano and tripped out textures, reworking the original percussion elements and acid tinged fx into a hypnotic shuffler perfect for extended warm ups and post peak euphoria. In time honoured ESP fashion the off-kilter congas come to party while the arpeggios and sequences of the LCD original take on a "Big City" grandeur. Lovefingers drops the vocal just on time, lending the medicated music a mantra for the ages, then twists us out with pitch bent synth riffs and a nagging bassline. I'd go as far as to say this is my favourite Lovefingers production, and the dub version on the flip is the icing on the cake, doing away with 95% of the vocal, and rinsing the rest through the space echo for added cosmic impact. Straight in the bag I should think!

            Manncool & Trol2000

            EP

            Cult Portuguese outlet Outerzona13 return with three more special edits for the dancefloor connoisseur. Manncool is one of those rare beasts with an incredible musical knowledge combined with meticulous approach - (much like MCR's Andi Hanley) every record he plays out gets tweaked, bolstered or edited slightly, giving him that unique edge out in the field. Trol2000 owns not one but two record shops in Lisbon and is regarded by many as one of the best DJs in the city.

            Together they set to work creating a nocturnal canopy of sonic delights. "Capy" possesses a wild party spirit, accelerated by a Santana-esque percussion workouts and face melting guitar solos. "Opa" slows things down; inducing a hands aloft lilt to any unsuspecting audience and lashings of flute cut through a steady funk groove. A rare but crowd pleasing track I'm surprised we haven't come across before - top marks crew! Just enough time for "Magoo" to close off the dance with a rather rambunctious take on disco rock that takes in beguiling guitar passages and layers them over an ever-growing drum roll to create a feverish track that used correctly should cause maximum dancefloor eruptions! Without doubt more ingenious stuff from Outerzona.


            In what surely must be one of the biggest Dark Entries Editions to date, it's the all time Italo disco club classic: My Mine - "Hypnotic Tango". All rejoice!

            My Mine were the trio of Stefano Micheli (vocals, keyboards), Carlo Malatesta (vocals, keyboards), and Danilo Rosati (drums, keyboards) formed from the ashes of Italian New Wave group Ipnotico Tango in 1982. They shifted focus from the experimental post punk sounds towards something more commercial with which to try and enter the market, namely to make a record. At that time Carlo was studying in Bologna and he had heard about producer and arranger Mauro Malavasi famous at that time for the many hits produced for Macho, Peter Jacques Band, Change, Luther Vandross, Ritchie Family. The group handed Malavasi a demo tape and four days later they were invited to Fonoprint Studios to record their first single, “Hypnotic Tango”.

            Utilizing new electronic instruments like the now legendary Roland TB-303, Danilo improvised a simple but effective synthesizer bass line and passed it through the Roland Echo until something magical came out. “Hypnotic Tango” was released on Progress Record in 1983 and became an international hit across Europe and US dance clubs in New York, Detroit and Chicago, capturing the imagination of house and techno producers. In 1987 the legendary Frankie Knuckles remixed “Hypnotic Tango” at Seagrape Studios in Chicago, with assistance from studio engineers Tommy White and Brett Wilcotts. Originally released on Danica Records as the “Powerhouse Mix” paying tribute to the Windy City club atmosphere and adding his own 'sighs' in the track as well.

            This reissue presents 4 mixes of “Hypnotic Tango” including the “Hypnotic Mix” only appearing together once before in 1990 on Rams Horn Records. All songs are remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in a jacket with original artwork and includes an insert with photos and liner notes by Stefano Micheli. 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Matt says: Mega buzz. All mixes of this bona fide Italo classic on one beautifully pressed, heavyweight 12".. Rejoice, and throw away your crappy bootleg copies now!

            Ivan Neville's 'Dance Your Blues Away' was originally released in 1979 on Cookies and has been a much sought after wax ever since. This is the first official re-release since the original pressing. 'Dance Your Blues Away' is one of the great escapism records that fills dancefloors across the globe with its infectious bassline and uplifting lyrics. On the flip the Mighty Zaf from Love Vinyl works the great instrumentation of the original song and adds an extra dimension to give it a new life in 2018. 

            For the 7th release on his label,Temi Kogbe compiles Willy Nfor's greatest songs from his solo works. The session player (bass) was involved heavily in the African boogie / funk scene with a impressive credits list.

            Willy is little-known master bass player who left his country for Nigeria at 20, formed the Mighty Flames with made a name for himself as a session player played with Bongos' The Groovies, William Onyeabor (Crashes in Love), Odion Iruoje at Phonodisk where he played on several releases, left for Paris, became a sought-after session player, formed Ghetto formed Ghetto Blaster
            (with Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 alumni), joined Mory Kante band toured the world on the back of the Global Hit record, unfortunately, he died before the world could really know him.

            This compilation (from three rare Nigeria-produced LPs; Mighty Flames' Willie Nfor, Feel So Fine, My Turn) capture Willy's vision of a free world where love, music and breaks migrate freely. His afro-boogie nods to Bootsy Collins and Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) but it invariably afro and inalienably Willy's music, a space funk with deeply rooted rhythmic grooves that has made these LPs highly sought-after by music aficionados and selectors worldwide.

            9th Creation

            Mellow Music

            It is well known that talent never guarantees any success in the music industry. This sentence summarizes the story of The 9th Creation, one of the best soul, funk, disco and boogie band to make it out of Stockton, CA.
            Founded by J.D. and A.D Burrise in 1970, the 9th Creation went on for almost two decades and released 3 albums and half a dozen singles that regularly flirted with the US Charts, getting them featured on Soul Train in 1975 and allowing them to tour North America and Japan a few times over. 9th Creation regularly shared the bill with Irma Thomas, James Brown, The Whispers, The Sylvers, The Main Ingredient, Con Funk Shun and many others.
            To this day, The 9th Creation has been sampled by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Artifacts, Quasimoto, 3rd Bass, Basement Jaxx and many others.
            “Mellow Music” is the most sought after 7” from 9th Creation. This single marks the band’s new direction and was announcing an album that remained unreleased (more on that later). This single is a boogie funk gem and both tracks are pure monsters of heavy bass, synth, horns and massive vocals. A must have that’s been known to be traded for well over $1000 in the collectors market.

            Nirosta Steel is a sometime alias of Steven Hall - musician and survivor of the `80s NYC`s art melting pot. "Everybody Sing" dances like Steven`s long-term collaborator and lost-way-too-early friend, Arthur Russell. Riding low rumbling bass, phased guitar & rhythmic picking that flickers in and out of the mix. Strings, choir boy falsetto, and blue yodel all working at cutting through its delay-drenched, dancefloor delirium.

            L.A.`s Cole Medina delivers two reworks. His "Heavy Disco" take is intro`d by cowbell and synth swirls. Cymbals crash like sampled surf while Stratocaster microtones and echoes of the original, wash over an electronically re-imagined B-line and trippy keyboard sequences.

            Cole`s "Knuckles Tribute" sets punchy B-line, poignant piano and gated orchestral euphoria against a classic Def Mix groove. Clarifying the lyric`s call for unity, the sheer warmth and texture of the mix should be plenty for nocturnal revelers to embrace.

            Mind Fair`s version goes in for some tribal disco thumping. Stripping the track down before building it back up. Its big chesty kicks firing off like a cocaine-fuelled heartbeat Imagine Coati Mundi-meets-Jah Wobble and they make a track for The Loft and you'll be halfway there! Tasty EP this, full of fun and goodness! 


            Digging 80s pop obscurities has long been part of Emotional Rescue's mission statement and the unearthing of this cover of the Talking Heads classic by the little known, Italian new wave band Politrio for a limited 7" press is a worthy addition. 
            Formed by guitarist, songwriter and producer Giorgio Canali alongside Massimo Sbaragli and Roberto Zoli, the short-lived project released just one album of new wave pop rock before going their separate ways. It was their non album contribution to an Amnesty International benefit LP that spawned this excellent version of Byrne, Franz and Weymouth penned classic.
            Coming out of the CBGBs scene of post-punk downtown NYC, the song, released on their aptly titled 1977 "77" debut album, has gone on to become one of the defining songs of its time. Further enhanced with their mesmeric performance in the 1984 Stop Making Sense film and album, it has been ripe for reinterpretation.
            Politrio's version keeps and captures much of the original, but with their own swing, rhythm, Italian-English vocal delivery, rock guitar, bells and keys. While remaining instantly recognizable, this is a unique version, with the straightened drumming giving it some added punch and kick.
            This is backed by a systematically cool, delicate but additional re-edit by the Berlin based Italian duo Dama and Budino aka Double Wave. Rising names in the Berlin scene they are part of the Oscillator collective, label and parties and can be heard at some of the best parties right now.
            Letting the instrumental interplay of funky, slap bass and rock guitar have more time to shine, the edit builds and drops, dubs and builds again to the vocals and lyrics known so well, offering an alternative sing-a-long for the more wonky DJs and dancers out there.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Unholy shit! This high drama, super stomping 80s Italian flip on the Talking Heads classic is a total killer! Moody bells, doomy synths and spiky guitars create a little basement intensity before that singalong chorus has you punching the air. Props to Oscillator duo Double Wave for their killer club arrangement.

            Secret Squirrels

            No. 19

            In these troubled times, a spiritual squirrel has landed in the woods to try and spread some peace and harmony amongst the creatures of the night. With a world turned upside down, we all need some life affirming music to get us back into the groove and on the floor, and the most life affirming shizzle I can think of is some vintage disco house! From the filtered depths of Detroit or Paris, the A-side erupts into an assault of walking bass, slamming 4/4 and huge piano vamps! Now, this instrumental attack certainly demands spirit fingers, but once the gospel vocals drop you'll be screaming church at the DJ booth and digging out your favourite Claussell clappers! Flip it and rip it for another disco hit laced with hot horns, big brass and a conga led spiritual break. Smooth vocals, bass in your face and jazzy chord progressions make this one a winner for any party starter out there.

            Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen

            Country Fried Chicken

            Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Country Fried Chicken, his fourth LP with his Lightmen band is his most accessible, a mixture of funk and spiritual jazz. Contains second disc with bonus tracks: alternate, synth-lead mixes of songs from his first two LPs as well as rare and unreleased disco and boogie tracks. Extensive booklet, download card for WAV files and footage of live performances included. 

            The best soul/disco/funk single is here for the first time ever, on any format. From the independent UK label six nine records ltd, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Tim Tucker is here with two brilliant new songs, written and produced by the man himself. with history being part of groups like Davinity, Birdbone Unlimited and Love Cryme, Mr Tucker has been an active song writer, musician and artist for a long time. truly not to be missed as it is a limited UK press with small hole and full colour printed picture cover! This is the second of many planned releases for Tim Tucker on Six Nine Records.

            Straight to 6th gear on this disco edits top notch belter. Fast paced and loaded with real noisy string arrangement and a very infectious bass. Did I tell you about the drum break? An absolute sweaty bomb. Hot Sauce has simply chopped out the worst bit of this disco hit (which I have no clue about it) and gave us a real tool for the always discerning DJ or dancer. 

            On the flip you have a monster funk number with a gorgeous vocal male who will totally make you change the way you see the world and maybe even change it! Those keys are the real deal here and of course the mandatory string arrangement. Very uplifting and very much needed in this uncertain times. 

            Two slices of dancefloor bliss that are vinyl only. You need this! 




            STAFF COMMENTS

            Sil says: Brutally exquisite dancefloor friendly disco and funk edits. One per side on glorious 45rpm. Vinyl only and limited. Read my crazy review above so you know what you are dealing with.

            Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

            Bugge Wesseltoft & Prins Thomas

            The Rainbow Studio in Oslo is a familiar name to anyone who follows the ECM label – many of its classic 1970s jazz albums were recorded there under the eye of resident producer Jan Erik Kongshaug. Bugge and Thomas booked a couple of sessions at the legendary space with Kongshaug at the controls, and improvised some tunes in the style and spirit of some of their favourite ECM moments, like the fresh, open sounds of Codona, Egberto Gismonti, Oregon and Kenny Wheeler. Bugge had previously done a remix of Thomas’s "Bobletekno" in 2015 but this is the first time they have worked together as active musicians. The results – also partly taped at Thomas’s home studio – fuse programmed rhythms, live synths and percussion, all captured in a sumptuously spacious acoustic.

            For an even more authentic touch they called up one of their all time local heroes and one of Norway’s most famous jazz drummers, Jon Christensen, who’s been the go-to guy for Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Keith Jarrett and many more. At 75 years old he’s still pretty spry behind the kit, as you’ll hear on several tracks here.

            Make no mistake, though, this is not retro pastiche but contemporary music, coasting on gently insistent programmed grooves and bubbling basslines. The whole thing feels not so much like a consciously hip fusion of DJ and jazz musician, more like two great musicians totally enjoying themselves. Which is exactly what it is.


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: Take one part Bugge Wesseltoft jazz, a generous helping of Prins Thomas Balearic and shake over ice until the whole thing starts to fizz.

            Dublab is an LA based public broadcast radio station and not-for-profit arts collective, operating a number of creative endeavours and enlisting the talents of a wide-range of collaborators and a diverse pool of talents. 

            It's pretty clear from the tracklist that there is no restriction on the sytlistic output, but all of these artists share a similar goal and electronic aesthetic. We kick things off with the broken funk of Matthewdavid and wonky portamentoed synths of Daedelus, both eeking head-nodding funk and broken beat saturation from their respective hardware before the rolling bass of secret circuit leaves us on a high before the B-side draws to a close. 

            Straight out of the gates then, and things take a particularly avant turn with the beautiful Karplus-Strong strings of 'Toccata' flickering and sliding around the stereo image, reprogramming our minds before some superb covers by Actual Magic and a frankly mindblowing Sade cover by the insaneley talented and effortlessly awesome Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. 



            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: There's a lot of variety in this compilation but one thing is for sure, it's a veritable treasure trove of amazing electronic talent, brilliantly curated and eye-openingly diverse whilst remaining cohesive. Superb.

            Every other year Permanent Vacation's compilation nerve starts itching and if scratching doesn't do the trick anymore, they start collecting music from shores around the globe for a full screen bag of goodies. In this case the result is the 5th installment of the Permanent Vacation compilation, which also marks the longest ongoing series of the label. 12 exclusive tracks from old heroes and new stars that strike the full musical spectrum of Permanent Vacation from blissful percussive Balearica, hypnotic house, fun loving disco to dubby affairs, emotion rich electronica and glistening cosmic. Being aware of the past, living in the present and rooted in the future. Yes cru!

            Various Artists

            Smalltown Supersound 25 (The Movement Of Free Spirit Mixed By Prins Thomas)

            The Movement Of The Free Spirit liner notes

            Trying To Be Like SST. Since 1993.

            I started Smalltown Supersound in 1993 while in high school in Flekkefjord, a small town of 4,000 inhabitants in the south of Norway. There was obviously no supersound in our small town. It was just an ironic name I came up with to release some tapes with lo-fi/noise/bedroom recordings by my brother and his friends. The name was inspired by my hometown and the catalogue number STS was a homage to SST, a label I deeply admired at the time (and still do). Little did I know that I would have to live with that name for the rest of my life.

            I started the label before I knew what a record label was. So I gradually learned it by doing. And it was part of me growing up. It might sound like a cliché, but in many ways the label is the soundtrack of my life. Thomas has now made it into a mixtape.

            We all hate to see photos of ourselves when we were younger, the bad haircuts and the strange clothes. It is the same thing when you run a label. You constantly look back on things you regret. This mix makes me see the label from the outside in a way I don’t think I have before. And to my surprise the haircuts and the clothes weren't as bad and strange as I remembered.

            I have to admit that when I listened to it the first time, I was moved. First of all, because of the deep and true love Thomas has put into this mix. Second, because some of these tracks I haven't heard in 20-25 years. It really felt like revisiting the past. And in a very good way.

            Thomas has followed the label since the early beginnings. Back in the days I was always thinking: “He’s a house/disco DJ – why does he want my noise records?”. I realize now I wasn't smart enough to understand his scope. I didn't understand it until his mix album Cosmic Galactic Prism, which is one of my favorite mix albums of all time. So for me it was very obvious that Thomas should make the Smalltown Supersound mix. I just couldn't imagine that he would go this beautifully far with it.

            Since day one I have tried to have a red thread run through the releases and the label's DNA. Most of the time I am probably the only one who sees it. And many times I don't even see it myself. Now Thomas has found the spiritual unity.

            While I have always struggled to describe what the label is, only now – with this mix – I can finally say: this is what it is.

            Joakim Haugland Oslo, August 2018 


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Patrick says: It's practically impossible to give you an accurate impression of this comp through sound clips and sales notes alone. Thomas works his way through the fiendishly diverse STS back catalogue and creates an awe inspiring journey through ambient, neo-classical, psychedelia, disco, dub house and techno, tracing the history of one of the finest labels out there. A fitting tribute create by a total genius.

            Version Excursion are back, hitting us with two more f-f-f-fresh edits slapped astride a fun-sized 7". Bursting out of the A-side is a nice re-run of Risco Connection's ace reggae-disco cover of McFadden & Whitehead classic "Ain’t No Stopping Us Now". The OG is a true-blue Loft classic, and this respectful edit leaves you in no doubt of its class. Over on the flip we feel the full wah-guitar force of Elkie Brooks' HUGE disco cover of Stevie's magnificent "As". Punchy, pounding and so damn funky, this is floor fuel of the highest grade. Get on it!


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