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Thursday, December 18, 2014

VA-Editor's Kutz # 4 (EDITORSKUTZ004D) (Out Now!!!)




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Tracks:
01. Let's Make Love Tonight (Sleazy McQueen Edit)
02. Love Massage (78Edits Rework)
03. Let's Play Around (Jean Claude Gavri & VinylAddicted Edit)
04. Le Viole (Lillo Carillo's Balearic Disco)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Editor's Kutz
Country: UK
More: 4 Tracks Digital EP
It's been a year since the first release of the successful "Editor's Kutz" series and the mysterious imprint hits back with its fourth digital installment, following the special 180 gram vinyl that was included in Juno's Best Disco Vinyls for 2014. Now it's time for the digital amantes to put their hands on this release. Love is the message coming hand-in-hand with this EP and the package includes a quartet of sexy, chilling and sentimental contributions. 
Starting things off with "Whiskey Disco" boss, "Sleazy McQueen", who squeezes the best out of a little known gem since 1979. "Let's Make Love Tonight" has all those disco-nutritious ingredients making it suitable for today's disco floors: fat baseline, soft strings, sexy female vocals and a nice spanking guitar, all resulting into an irresistible disco edit. Next there's a "Love Massage" waiting for you. Couldn't expect less by "78Edits" than another unmistakable, blue-sky disco cover. This time Mr Buchanan reworks the homonymous track since 1981, transforming it into a modern, mid-tempo and slippery groove, a perfect party starter.
The successful Israeli keyboardist and producer "Jean Claude Gavri" joins his editing skills with "VinylAddicted". Their combo retouch on a Larry's forgotten version is exactly what you need to get lifted: Disco rich in percussion, fully quantized, targeting on the guitar performance, while only the hottest vocal samples are used here, before the beat and guitars hit you again. Last but not least, the marvelous Balearic disco cover from the rookie "Lillo Carillo" on an Italian ballad will find you swaying to the memories of 70s.

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Sound Stream-Live Goes On (SST04)



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Tracks:
A1 "Live" Goes On
B1 Rainmaker
B2 Dance With Me

Genre: Disco-House
Release Year: 2008
Label: Sound Stream
Country: Germany
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 33rpm
Last post for 2014! For those who like the simple, tight, feelgood pleasure of disco-house, things can probably not go much more to-the-point than Sound Stream's "Dance With Me". This is the perfect, ultimate disco loop on "Do You Wanna Boogie" track by "Two Tons O' Fun", stripped down, purified, profiled with a basic but deadly produced beat.
This 7-minutes weapon of joy can be used to the max by DJs who have such high class material to put their hands on. Repressed twice (or maybe three times so far), it worths saying that you not very often see in Discogs a release being so much rated and added in the users' collection. However, I find "Live Goes On" and "Rainmaker" very monotonous. All marks go upon "Dance With Me", which - by the way - is not included in the digital release of the label. Accidentally?  

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don Ray-The Garden Of Love (BEC5161937)



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Tracks:
A1 Got To Have Loving
A2 Body And Soul
A3 Midnight Madness
B1 Standing In The Rain
B2 Garden Of Love
B3 My Desire

Genre: Disco
Release Year: 2014 (Reissue)
Label: Because Music 
Country: France:
More: 12'' Vinyl, LP, Remastered, CD Included, 33rpm
Having built a reputation as arranger for legendary disco figures, such as "Cerrone" and "Alec Costandinos", but also as a member of "Kongas", "The Garden Of Love" was Don Ray's first album as a solo artist. 1978 saw the creative partnership between Ray and Cerrone reaching full bloom, with Ray co-writing "Look For Love" on Cerrone's "IV" and "Cerrone" producing and co-writing Ray's debut album. 
In addition to the "Top 50 US Pop" hit single "Got To Have Loving", "The Garden Of Love" also featured the later classic "Standing In The Rain". The album was a top-seller in US disco scene, reaching rank 4 of the disco chart. This reissue comes in full original form, complete with extensive liner notes featuring interviews + a bonus CD and a poster. A must for the disco fans!

Keyboards: "Don Ray" & "L. Dixon"
Synthesizer: "Don Ray", "G. Rodi" & "Cerrone"
Drums: "Cerrone"
Guitars: "Slim Pezin" & "Larry Juber"
Percussions: "Ray Cooper", "M. Chantereau" & "F. Ricotti"
Bass: "Mo Foster"
Lead Vocals: "Rob King" & "L. Rich"
Backing Vocals: "Madeline Bell", "Sue Glover" & "Kay Garner"
Engineered by "Neal Ross", Rene Ameline", "Roland Guillautel", "Mackie"
Music composed and arranged by "Don Ray"
Mixed at "Musicland Studios" (Munich)
Publishing by "Malligator Productions & Don Ray Music"
Recorded at "Trident Studios", "Ferber Studios", "Studios 92"
Concept: "Francis Pessin"

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Times Are Ruff-Got Five On It EP (TAR007)



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Tracks:
A1 Concrete
A2 That's Funky
B1 That Phaser Track
B2 Danger
B3 Kenny

Genre: Disco/Edits/House
Release Year: 2014
Label: Times Are Ruff
Country: Germany
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 33rpm
The "Times Are Ruff" boys make bumpin' house cuts that join the dots between Chicago jack and disco. Their musical formula - loopy and sample heavy, like a looser version of the "Soundstream" sound - is unflinchingly groovy and party-friendly. There's plenty of fun to be found on this latest five-tracker, from the "Love Sensation" sampling thrills of "Kenny" and disco-funk-goes-house bounce of "That Phaser Track", to the undulating deep house warmth and hazy boogie keys of "Concrete".

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Skylevel-Skylevel 07 (SKYLEVEL07)



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Tracks:
A1 Give A Little Help (Skylevel Edit)
B1 Leftovers (Ben Aksar Edit)
B2 Meet Me Tonight (Skylevel Edit)

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Skylevel
Country: Germany
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 45rpm (A'Side), 33rpm (B'Side)
"Skylevel" invite you onboard to celebrate their seventh flight in the only way they know how, by throwing an all out, anything goes disco party way above cloud level. On side A', "Skylevel", hits us with "Give A Little Help", a funky disco rock bomb complete with rhythmic piano, shredding guitar and a killer vocoder part. On the flip, "Ben Askar" notches up some serious frequent flyer points with the dubbed out groove of "Leftovers", a killer rework of "Don't Leave Me This Way" by "Harold Melvin". Last but not least, the emotional and smooth "Meet Me Tonight" is a tasty reboot of a yacht rock obscurity that packs a percussive punch and a loving touch, making for the perfect end of nighter.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daniel Grau-The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau (Compiled By Jazzanova & Trujillo) (SK281LP)



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Tracks:
A1 Delirio En Fa Menor (Original From Mas Alla de Las Estrellas 1976)
A2 Disco Fantasy (Disco Fantasy, 1979)
A3 Combination (Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo?, 1981)
A4 Nunca Conoci Amor Igual (Fallen) (440 Torker, 1983)
B1 Atlantis (Disco Fantasy, 1979)
B2 Tren Del Espacio (Original From El Sonido Magico De Daniel Grau 1978)
B3 Dejando Volar El Pensamiento (Dejando Volar El Pensamiento, 1974)
B4 Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C1 El Leon Bailarin (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C2 Apartate (El Leon Bailarin, 1980)
C3 Volando Libre (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979)
D1 Funky Bip-Bot (440 Torker, 1983)
D2 Robot Magico (El Sonido Magico De Daniel Grau, 1978)
D3 Skylab (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979)
D4 To Night (New Inedit Track, 2014)

Genre: Disco/Rare-Grooves
Release Year: 2014
Label: Sonar Kollektiv
Country: Germany
More: 2 x 12'' Vinyl - LP, Compilation, 33rpm
"Daniel Grau" recorded eight albums between 1974 and 1983; none of them available outside of Venezuela. Born 1948 in Caracas, regarded as one of the most sought-after studio engineers in his country. Almost all respectable artists in Venezuela could be found in the "El Palacio De La Musica-Studios" taking advantage of Daniel Grau's mastery. 
Just for fun Grau asked some of the musicians who frequented the studio on a regular basis to use the free studio time to record his own compositions, which were then compiled and released on LP. The first two albums from 1974 and 1976, released under the "La Orquestra De Daniel Grau" moniker, already displayed what an adept composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass and keyboards) Grau was and still is. The influences and references, which characterize his entire, short and Venezuelan-only career, are unmistakable: North-American fusion jazz, orchestral bossa nova and Latin American funk in the style of "Eumir Deodato" and "Sérgio Mendes". At the end of the 1970's Grau moved more towards disco and incorporated with his tracks becoming big on the cosmic scene. 
"Sonar Kollektiv" member "Class Brieler" was aware of Grau's work when he visited Caracas in 2012 as part of the cultural exchange programme by the prestigious "Goethe Institute". Together with Venezuelan Dj "Trujillo" all the stops were pulled out to bring Daniel Grau's music to a wider audience. The vinyl edition confines itself over two LPs to the 15 tracks that are the most danceable. You will find also a new composition called "To Night", closing this magnificent album. Dive into the sounds of cosmic disco, vintage grooves, bossa-nova, Latin and funk. Euphoria! Probably the best LP for 2014 with disco and rare-grooves! Vamos hermanos Venezolanos!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Myron & E-Do It Do It Disco (STH2339)



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Tracks:
A1 Do It Do It Disco (Tom Noble Remix)
A2 Do It Do It Disco (J Rocc Re-Edit)
B1 Do It Do It Disco (Extended Unreleased Version)

Genre: Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Stones Throw Records
Country: US
More: 12'' Vinyl, Limited Copies, 33rpm
"Myron & E" is a California-based soul duo, singers from differing musical backgrounds. The two met working in the tour outfit of Bay Area indie-hip hop legends "Blackalicious". The senior member of the duo, "Myron Glasper", got his start in music in the early 90s working as a back-up singer in Los Angeles. The mysterious “E” is actually the DJ known as "E Da Boss", whose music has been released on labels including San Fran’s "Om Records".
Myron & E's 2013 debut album for "Stones Throw", "Broadway", was something of a surprise hit. Here, one of the LP's genuine highlights, the authentic 70s disco-soul gem "Do It Do It Disco", gets the remix treatment. The standout mix comes from "Tom Noble", who delivers a synth-heavy disco-boogie version that nudges the duo's original further towards roller-disco territory, while "J-Rocc" drops a delay-laden, filter-heavy re-edit that makes more of the original's brilliant disco drums. 
On the flip "Myron & E" deliver an extended, more than 12-minutes take on the four-minute album version, with a little help from the Finnish band "The Soul Investigators". Original version produced by "Didier Selin". Vocals recorded in Helsinki by "Didier" and in San Francisco by "E". Autumn's disco delight and highlight!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

VA-Paid Dues / Pretty Cool Groove (SCR-013)



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Tracks:
A1 Falcon Punch-Paid Dues
B1 Osmose-Pretty Cool Groove

Genre: Disco/Edits
Release Year: 2014
Label: Smokecloud Records
Country: US
More: 7'' Vinyl, Limited Hand-Stamped Copies, 45rpm
From the Athens of Greece to the Athens of U.S, where "Smokecloud" vinyl-only label has been bombing awesome disco, beatdown and boogie releases with great success for the past three years. On this latest 7'' double-header, A' Side (the white with the logo), hosts "Falcon Punch" who drops "Paid Dues", a sultry and heavy cut accompanied by nice pads and guitar licks. On side B' (the sexy and wild one), the label CEO "Osmose" submits a "Pretty Cool Groove", which is very pretty indeed, bringing the tempo down a few notches with its melancholic riffs and dubby flourishes. Beautiful bassline, discrete percussion and turnovers, with a sweet guitar tickling your ears. 

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RaBo & SnoB-Here We Come EP (WD32)



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Tracks:
A1 Here We Come
B1 Baci
B2 Everybody Knows It

Genre: Nu-Disco
Release Year: 2014
Label: Whiskey Disco
Country: France
More: 12'' Vinyl, EP, 45rpm (A'Side), 33rpm (B'Side)
For the 32nd release of "Whiskey Disco", Tel Aviv based duo "Rabo & Snob" blend the middle-eastern rhythm mixed with western influence. Equal parts studio musician and disco academia, these guys know their history and can see the future. 
Logo side hosts "Here We Come", which is built upon a funked up loop into a luxurious groove that'll rock any casbah. This low slung shoulder-roller wears the hint of cosmic disco deep under the fug of shisha smoke as middle eastern percussion and trippy clavs take us to another place. On the flip, "Baci" is a sizzling piece of uptempo disco layed out expertly over a deep and dirty bassline, which twists and turns this way and that until that huge vocal gets released towards the end of the track. Closing the EP with "Everybody Knows It", which is a dancefloor sure-shot with beautiful vocal samples. Eyes and ears on "RaBo & SnoB"!

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