Last night I was watching a funny heartfelt Peruvian film titled Octubre about a money lender. The funniest part was when a borrower was giving his record collection as collateral and one of the records was Two Man Sound's dance classic Disco Samba. Two Man Sound was a Belgian pop trio from the 70's that combined disco with samba and bossa nova. Their signature hit was "Charlie Brown" and the medley "Disco Samba" which became a huge hit in Europe in 1980. "Que Tal America" was quite the underground disco anthem in New York City during the mid to late '70s. So here it is in it's full extended glory for your disco pleasure. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
So crazy what's going on in this country with handguns! Something has got to change! On an lighter note, it's Friday and I'm so happy to feature this gorgeous song by Betty Everett. Lately, I have been entering lots of vinyl that's been sitting on my shelves for months and finally have the precious time to do it. And speaking of time here is "1900 Yesterday" from her 1969 LP There'll Come A Time . Ms. Everett was an American sould singer and pianist, best known for her hit single, the million-selling "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In his Kiss)". There'll Come A Time is an amazing record from beginning to end. It was co-written and produced by lead singer of The Chi-Lites, Eugene Record. Also, Ms. Everett did a beautiful version of "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys. Ms. Everett is no longer with us but her beautiful music and spirit lives on! Enjoy
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
It's vacation time and sorry I haven't tended this blog properly; however, with time on my hands, I have been entering some amazing vinyl that's long been sitting on my shelves and excited to post new material. Speaking of, here is a dance number that keeps on giving and to tell you the truth, I can't quite pin this one yet but one thing for sure it hasn't escaped my mind in weeks already. "First Sparkle" is by Cécile and Refleksie, a collaboration between Milan-based duo Carlo Dall'Amico (Cécile) and Matteo Lavagna (Refleksie) whom have previously recorded as Esperanza. There is a sunny, psychedelic take on dance music here with some intense hungry bass. In "First Sparkle", a chorus from 1950's easy listening is layered with some amazing disco breaks and a great modular acid bass line that reminds me a bit of late '80s S'Express stripped down. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Here is a house classic that makes sense during our last leg of this summer, "Beau Mot Plage" by Isolee. The song title means "beach beautiful word" and it revolutionized house music and techno. The song was created by German minimal techno producer Rajko Muller and it propelled the term microhouse to the front. It means stripping house music to a more minimal and sparse aesthetic by adding clicks, static, glitches, and small bits of noise where artists often experiment with different forms of sampling to achieve this effect. I remember hearing the sophistication of this tune for the first time and it blew mind. In my book, this song pretty much kick started the twenty first century of dance music. It has been featured in countless DJ mixes and has been re-worked and re-conceptualized several times. Nothing can beat the original though, as well as the Freedom Reform Parts I and II featured here. The song still sounds as good and fresh as it was twelve years ago. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I'm simply loving this "romantic techno" sound by German couple Saschienne. One of Germany's great Techno producers, Sascha Funce together with his wife, the multi-instrumentalist and singer Julianne Desagnne have delivered a record rich in beauty with intricate melodies that harmonize very well with classic instrumentation combined with a simple driving techno sound giving us a uniquely human feel to all the songs from this brilliant record . Released on German's premier record label, Kompakt in May of this year, this couple are exploring the discord that a great love can bring along with the harmony and bliss reflected clearly on the whole LP. The visceral title song "Unknown" brings chills upon hearing Julianne's voice "This unknown...keep us together, bring us closer" with such an open attitude that can help the listener to dig deeper into this "unknown". Here is the title song for your listening pleasure along with amazing "Cache". I'm singling out this record as the best of 2012! Enjoy!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
This is Disco Monk's 300th post! In the tradition of this blog here is a new remix titled Summer Mix '12: For Two. This mix explores the theme of the story line as told through songs with a slightly summer feel. See if you can figure it out. This one is an eclectic composition of songs starting with a stunning jazz song by Maynard Ferguson. The mix as a whole has a healthy dose of late '80s and early 90's house and some exciting new tunes with some unexpected twists and turns as well. There is also a new Glamjack re-edit of MSFB's "Pretty Good Lovin". Hope you enjoy it and thank you for continuing listening and reading to this labour love. Enjoy
1. Chala Nata - Maynard Ferguson
2. Sing It Back - Moloko
3. Pretty Good Lovin' (Glamjack Chopped Edit) - MFSB
4. Enjoy It Now (Glamjack Sprinkled Mix) - Torture Soul
5. Running From The Sun - The Chromatics
6. Play The World - Johnick
7. Frankie's Seduction - Frankie "Bones"
8. Seduction (Club Mix)- Seduction
9. Who Love The Sun (Original) - Nu and Jo Ke
10. Human Nature (Vins Dub Edit) - Michael Jackson
11. Sea Hunt - Patrick Cowley
12. Ai Shi Temasu - International Smoke Signal
13. To Woo Lady Kong - Chaz Jankel
14. Keep On Moving (Big Beat A Capella) - Soul II Soul
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Here is a great disco stomper to put you in the mood this hot Saturday summer day by the amazing Ritchie Family. "Put Your Feet To The Beat" was released on Casablanca Records as the single from their 1979 LP Bad Reputation. The song marks a new direction from their previous releases as the group abandoned their exotic and kitsch costumes of their earlier incarnations in favor of a more contemporary, sexually provocative style. The line up by that time has been replaced and consisted of Jacqui Smith-Lee, Theodisia "Dodie" Draher and Ednah Holt. The group was the brainchild the late Jacques Morali who also formed the Village People. They were never actually sisters and the original line up consisted of four singers Jean Davis, Cassandra Wooten, Gwen Oliver and Nadine Felder. Their first hit single was a rework of the 1930's song "Brazil" in 1975. The following year they released the concept album Arabian Nights, and it was the single "The Best Disco In Town" that took them into stardom and became a worldwide hit. The song was essentially a medley of recent disco songs linked together with an original chorus. Their follow up albums Life Is Music and African Queens were all concept albums featuring songs of a similar theme as suggested by each album title featuring medleys usually running from 15 to 20 minutes. This one here has more of a Euro-pop disco feel. Enjoy!