|Elton, Diana and Cher|
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Yesterday, I saw the film Shame with my dear "Disco Mistress" Coty as an after dinner celebration of her birthday and what an lovely surprise was to hear this song in it's full glory in a current and poignant movie that tackles the hot topic of sexual addiction. What stroke me most about the film was the nice selection of dance classics from Tom Tom Club, Blondie and Chic done exceptionally well visually while carrying such lurid story line. Also, the fact that having a turntable these days seems like such a status symbol of "cool" while making a point on the acoustic beauty of listening to vinyl these days. "I Want Your Love" was composed by the legendary Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards. The track first appeared on their 1978 album C'est Chic and it was originally intended for then proteges, Sister Sledge but remained Chic. The song has been covered by many such as Jody Watley in 2006, and remixed by Soulcast, Thomas Gold. Danny Krivit has amazing edit also. Here is the original 12" mix version in it's full glory and the amazing re-edited remix from Dimitri From Paris. Enjoy!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thirteen minutes of pure disco bliss! "Love Talk" by American session musician James Gilstrap. Mr. Gilstrap is known for his 1975 solo hit single "Swing Your Daddy" as well as singing co-lead to the theme from the TV series Good Times. Earlier in his career he was one of the backing vocalists for some of Stevie Wonder's most endearing albums. He actually sang the opening two lines of "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" with Lani Groves singing the next two lines. Gilstrap went on to release two solo LP's during the '70s, Swing Your Daddy and Love Talk. Here is "Love Talk" in its full glory. This song is pure epic disco magic! Enjoy
Love Talk - James Gilstrap
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Like many disco groups of the '70s, Saint Tropez was a producers' creation, in this case of American producers Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis who had already been successful with disco groups El Coco and Le Pamplemousse. Saint Tropez was composed of a female menage-a-trois of three hot ladies doing some Lesbian chic. Belle de Jour was the follow up after the success of Je T'aime which gave Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's well know classics some pornesque disco symphony treatments. My personal favorite from Je T'Aime is the feel good "On A Rien A Perdre" (It Has Nothing To Loose), a song that is entirely sung in French but sometimes the chorus sounds like they are questioning themselves if they are "..am I in a better mood" so here it is so listen for yourself and see if this can put you in a better mood. Enjoy!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
I went to 718 Sessions this past New Years day and it was great as usual. Danny Krivit brought the house down with his usual blend of old and new. Highlights where an amazing instrumental tribal that segued into the Company B's "Fascinated". Company B was formed in 1986 from the trend of Miami inspired girl groups from the late '80s. It was produced by Cuban-American Ish "Angel" Ledesma. This song created such a buzz in the clubs that it was widely released and became a giant mainstream pop hit. I haven't heard this song in ages and upon hearing it on a loud sound system it reminded me of the power of free style house and it brought me back to the days dancing at the New Orleans' gay establishment The Bourbon Pub. So here it is the glorious Club Mix for your enjoyment!
Other highlights included an amazing remix of Fast Eddie's house anthem "Let's Go" which cleared the palette for the sublime Murk/Funky Green Dog's "Until The Day". Murk is the Cuban-American duo composed of Ralph Falcon and Oscar Gaetan that pretty much defined the '90s house sound. and let me tell you that the pounding power of this '90s house classic combined with the vocals of Tamara Wallace took the dancers on a rapture. Enjoy
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Here is a sweet and fresh tune to start us off this 2012. This saccharine '80s synth inspired sampling of the Ashanti/ Notorious B.I.G. hit "Foolish" aptly titled "Running Back To You". The song was conceived by a production team called Perseus from French Express record label and have released three original tunes on an EP titled Russian Girls. I highly recommend to give a listen to all the three songs. It felt great to hear this song during this frigid weather we've been experiencing in the city late. Enjoy!