Samstag, 29. September 2007

Larry Levan

As promised more of this legendary figure in the history of dance music. A superb unreleased lenghtend mix of `Hall & Oates - Maneater` an already perfect and much beloved evergreen gets the maestro`s retouch - done late in his career. Plus a scantily early ninetees London Kiss FM Interview hosted by the the pretentious and badly informed Radio Dj, Judge Jules. "Does he really ask about a belgium-hard-beat-house wave coming out of New York influencing Larry at the time"?
Well, to hear this influential and inspiring guest talk and his sweet selection is worth enough a listen.
"Only Classics survive the modes of time."

Hall & Oates - Maneater (Larry Levan - Extended Mix
Larry Levan Kiss Fm Interview

Freitag, 28. September 2007

Laurin Rinder & W. Michael Lewis

The biographies of these two exceptionally talented musicians, producers, songwriters, stylecreators etc. from california who have been reinventing themselves more than once in their long carrier are great statements for peoples dedication to music. They had been taking part in numerous professional productions and projects from early childhood and had both sucess and being participants in making music history in very different styles even before they met. This is an appreciation for the time they worked together producing disco with an ouput forcing them to create aliases like El Coco and Le Pamplemousse before acclaiming under their real names. These two tracks show the variety in which they even managed to play disco in.
`One of them SuperGroups`

Rinder & Lewis - Gluttony 1978
Le Pamplemousse - Love Every Minute 1980

Mittwoch, 26. September 2007

Advance - Take Me To The Top 1982

Been wanting to post this for a long time - Äh, sorry going just under two months but it feels like I never did anything else sure will keep on going for my fanbase. Could call it a fan too but adding -base sounds bigger and might even attract more to make `em feel like being part of something great. Advance seemingly put out no other song than this there was one released a few years later called "Take It To The Top" which I have never had a listen too, but as names do not differ much I expect it to be close to the original. Nevertheless this song is fantastic with its surplus vocals, groovy synth lines, dreamy pads and classic muted guitars it for sure is one of my all time favourites. And if not reminded by some `music theoreticians` and that it was produced by Alvaro Ugolini and Dario Raimondi I would have never subsumed it under the term Italo Disco, but hey lets compromise: An All Time Dance Classic

Freitag, 21. September 2007

Midnight Star - No Parking On The Dancefloor 1983

One of my forevermore party classics with this inescapable groove that still gets the biggest disco hater and dancemuffel moving. Released on the bands peak in 1983 when the founders and brothers Reginald and Vincent Calloway were still in control - also worth checking out is their track Operator. Being dissed by my friends in the mid ninetees Hip Hop times (when I first found out about this song) it stands for my revolutionary style battle with my coeval fellowmen. But I know now why I loved and still love a lot of music from exactly that time is cause they called it R&B. What the FUCK happened to this genre?
Original Video:

Mittwoch, 12. September 2007

The Colonel Gino Soccio - You Move _ Me Trapped (Phillygran Live Edit)

A mix a day keeps the doctor away.
Photo by the georgeous Edda. (Berlin, Wedding)

Dienstag, 11. September 2007

Blake Baxter - Brothers Gonna Work It Out (Red Planet Mix) 1992

One of Detroits constants Blake Baxter has been around for far more than two decades providing the dancefloors with his perception of finest house and techno tunes. After a world tour with the Underground Resistance he spent some time during the long gone great times in Berlin where he produced songs like "One more time", the here featured "Brothers gonna work it out" and for Tresor Records the album “Dream Sequence one thru three”.
The vocals of "bgwio" were later sampled by the Chemical Brothers for their “Brothers Gonna Work it Out”.

Montag, 10. September 2007

Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 (3 min Excerpt)

E2-E4 is said to be one of the most influential electronic albums of all times. First released in 1984 after Manuel had recorded it three years earlier the vinyl version consists of the nearly 60 min track cut up into two pieces. It`s been used and referred to plenty of times in the recent past as it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The track was sampled in 1989 by the italian producers DFC and released under the name Sueno Latino which brought it the most circulation up to then in an acid robe.
After I already had the pleasure to see Manuel at the end of last year performing this famous album solo at the great Berghain here in Berlin he showed yesterday night in the course of his 55th birthday party toghether with Elliott Sharp (NY) and White (China) at Watergate in a kind of acoustic though amplified version. Followed up by Joe Claussell, Marc Schneider, My My, Artur8 and Dixon.
Enjoy this piece of footage:

Sonntag, 9. September 2007

Paul Hardcastle - You Are The One For Me 1984

Paul Hardcastle`s most famous song which brought him acclaim and chart success was of course `19` where he mixed samples from a television documentary about vietnam veterans who suffered from psychosomatic disorders. That song wasn`t supposed to be released he just put it together to convince his record company to let him record and mix at his home studio.
You`re the one for me was a cover originally by D-Train combined with two of his own compositions (Daybreak and A.M.) sung by Kevin Henry.

Samstag, 8. September 2007

Connie Case - Get Down 1982

An absolute classic early eighties disco track straight from my party bag into your arms. Extremly cool

Donnerstag, 6. September 2007

Demis Roussos - I Dig You (Orig. 1977) Todd Terje Edit

Just a quick one as I am really tired and should be sleeping already.
To Egypt born Greek Demis Roussos brought us many wonderful pieces of music having included a great deal of cultural variety to form his definition of Jazz. The album `Magic` from the original to this lovely edit was produced by Vangelis whom he had joined with in the late 60s to initiate the goup Aphrodite's Child.

Mittwoch, 5. September 2007

me on mi @ lining

Will be playing some rare disco classics and dance gems for all of you in Berlin
tonite wednesday, September 5th at Lining.
11pm Entry € 0,00 - so no excuses!

Dienstag, 4. September 2007

Watsonian Institute - Coming Around 1978

Time for Johnny Guitar Watson and his Watsonian Institute. I do love a lot of his work
but the two albums he reorded under this name 78/79 with a bunch of other greatly
talented Musicians do suit me the most. When improvising on the guitar he sometimes
took it too far tooteling. But the same thing on a Moog, these great synthie basslines were a great addendum to his indispensible blues guitar Soli - Real Dance/Speed-Funk

Montag, 3. September 2007

Bobbi Humphrey - Chicago Damn 1973

Bobbi Humphrey was only 23 years old when she recorded her already second album
as a solo artist in 1973 called blacks and blues. Kowing that she wanted to become a flutist
from the first moment she heard Peter and the Wolfe being a little girl in first grade.
For me this is her best track as it combines a much stronger damn funky groove to her jazzy way of playing featuring on
drums the also very famous Harvey Mason.

Samstag, 1. September 2007

Carol Kenyon - Dance With Me 1984

Carol Kenyon has been working on numerous productions as a lead and
backround singer in her still ongoing career. Some of which were Heaven 17,
Vangelis/Demis Roussos, Paul Hardcastle and Mike Oldfield.
At the moment she is touring with Roger Waters on his Dark Side of the moon tour.
This one is produced by Stephen Lipson. I like that it takes quite some in the song for the vocals to set in.