It's well known that the music libraries of the 60's and 70's have become serious sample fodder for hip-hop and electronic producers. But the music has also become a staple on adventurous dance floors a la carte, or in some cases after subtle tweaks from a gifted editor. That's exactly what Manchester producer Waiwan has done with his expert take on the Keith Mansfield classic "Crash Course." We've posted a download to our Soundcloud page, and the original version is available on Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library, which is out now.
We've already shared the incredible story behind the creation of Rodion G.A.'s recordings, and their discovery nearly 30 years after their initial creation. Of course, the story only means so much if the music itself doesn't transport the listener to a place they've never been before. With that in mind, we've posted a standout track from our collection of previously unreleased material to our Soundcloud for free download. We're pretty sure you've never heard anything quite like it.
The Lost Tapes, which collects material recorded in Romania in the early 80s that has never had an official release, will be available on May 28th on CD, Vinyl, and digital download.
The term "sleaze" as applied to disco goes back to the mid-70s, and was used to describe the slower, often vocal-lead tracks that DJs would spin toward the end of a party, in many cases in the early hours of the morning. The always informative Horse Meat Disco guys used the sub-genre as an inspiration for one of the discs on their third compilation with us, and there is of course an ongoing and healthy debate taking place online as to what technically is and isn't bona fide "sleaze."
As Dennis Citizen Kane (the man behind the Disques Sinthomme / Ghost Town labels, one of our favorite DJs in New York, and another great source for disco history and information) is launching a new club night at the Soho Grand this Friday featuring some authentic sleaze sounds, we thought we'd take the opportunity to have him share some of his favorites.
Says Kane: "These songs are not ranked in any specific way, they are just 10 great sleazy jams, they all have tremendous atmosphere and great sonic palettes. All of them convey such an intense mood and intimacy, elegant, erotic, exotic, and modern."
Sleaze to Please - 10 sleazed-out jams selected by Dennis Citizen Kane
10 Pino Presti - Disco Shitan
9. Shock Taktix ~ Morocko
8. Puccio Roelens - Northern Lights
7. Jo Dassin - Le Jardin Du Luxembourg ( TeeTwo Mariani Edit )
6. Night Creatures - That's the night
5. Crystal Bird - Tunnel
4. Francis Lai - #1
3. Marti Cane - Love the way you love me
2. Bob Chance - Jungle Talk
1. Double Fantasy - Food for fantasy
Why do we love library music so much? Take a listen to John Cameron's "Swamp Fever" for an idea. Air-tight musicianship, out-front back-beat, sparse arrangement, crisp recording, effortlessly funky. It's as if it were made with the beat lovers of the future in-mind.
"Swamp Fever" is featured on our Music For Dancefloors collection, and originally appears on one of the heaviest and most sought after of all KPM LPs, Afro Rock, recorded at Morgan Studios by John Cameron and Alan Parker in London in 1973. As well as being a library music veteran (with over a dozen different LPs recorded for KPM and Bruton Music since the '70s), Cameron is a bona fide film composer whose credits include Kes from 1969 and 1973’s A Touch Of Class (starring Glenda Jackson and George Segal) for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Music For Dancefloors: The KPM Music Library (Deluxe version) is released on April 2nd on 2xCD (original studio recordings and live concert), 2xLP featuring the original studio recordings and 2xCD insert of the full CD content, and digital (original studio recordings and live concert).
The dance floor has always served, at least in part, as an ideal location for a potential romantic conquest. On the classic yet somewhat overlook track "Chit Chat," Cajmere goes slightly meta, showcasing his pick-up skills over classic house beat which likely provided the background to a number of real life conversations along the same lines. The Chicago producer (born Curtis Jones) recalls, "Chit Chat always makes me think of Tony Humphries because he showed that song so much love. It’s really because of him that the song became as popular as it did.” The track, along with two discs full of equally essential productions from the Cajual Records catalog, appears on Only 4 U: The Sound Of Cajmere And Cajual Records 1992 - 2012, out October 30th.
Tom Moulton is a dance music legend and pioneer in the same realm as Walter Gibbons, whose work we explored on our Jungle Music collection a couple of years ago. When we found out that we had the opportunity to release for the first time on vinyl a rare Moulton edit of Bang The Party's "Bang Bang You're Mine" (which appears on Richard Sen's This Ain't Chicago collection), you can imagine our excitement. This is lovely slice of dance floor bliss, and a great example of the cross-polination of the nascent UK House scene with the American producers who helped inspire it. This version will be released on limited vinyl 12" and digital single on July 23rd, along with May's "Love Me Baby" and a new Richard Sen edit of K.C.C.'s "Future III."
One of the joys of working with a connoisseur like Richard on putting together a collection like This Ain't Chicago is being hipped to some great tracks that might have flown beneath the radar. Colm III's "Take Me High" (Mansion Mix) didn't make the biggest splash for the West Midlands production duo, but it's a hell of a track, and we're happy to share it with you. We'll let one half of the group, Mike Evans of Ruby Red Records, contextualize it for you:
(from the album notes)
“Ruby Red was one of the best known shops in the West Midlands for many years – we did well with dance music and catered for whatever anyone wanted, really. We sold a lot of bootleg Northern soul records. Colm III was myself and a DJ called Malcolm Heath who also worked in the shop and 'Take Me High' was one of the first records we released. It was really only picked up by Midlands and Northern DJs at the time. The follow-up single which had a track called 'Acid Cracker' was picked up by a couple of shops in London.
“It was the early stages of that type of music. After that, we did score a chart hit with ‘Addicted To Love’ by Powerzone and I started Cleveland City Records (Ruby Red was in a road called Cleveland Street in Wolverhampton). We had some big records there – Tony Di Bart ‘The Real Thing’ was a national Number One and we scored dancefloor hits by Chubby Chunks, Direct 2 Disc and a few others.”
Originally available exclusively on Factory Records' US-only 1987 compilation 'Young, Popular And Sexy,' Shark Vegas' "Pretenders of Love" is something of a lost gem. With production that recalls New Order's mid-80s output, it's a satisfying slice of electronic pop from a Berlin group that has since slipped below the radar. This track along with many other choice bits from the Factory camp will appear on our FAC. DANCE compilation, a two disc collection of 12" dance mixes and overlooked tracks from Factory Records' early forays into dance music, out in October.
You can pre-order the full MP3 album on iTunes
Here's the first bit of audio we have to share from the upcoming Arthur's Landing project. We picked their version of Arthur's well known Loose Joints classic "Is It All Over My Face" because it really shows the effects of their approach, though several of the songs on the record are built not from fully formed songs, but expanded ideas, melodic fragments, and performance techniques that that the members of the band worked on with Arthur when he was alive. Looking forward to sharing music music!
Ain't these great times we live in? Not only is the more amazing obscure music being released, but listening to it is easier than ever. Our friends @ Spinner have been really supportive of our music, and it's a win for you, as it means you can stream whole releases to see what they're all about. Though with this one, you'll probably only need half a listen to decide whether it's for you or not. I mean, heavy South African funk, soul & psych from the 60's & 70's! What more do you need to know? Stream Next Stop...Soweto 2 all week at Spinner. Volume 3, featuring rare South African jazz, will be out in June.
It's been a long time coming, but we're extremely pleased to announce that our Next Stop... Soweto project is out this week. Compiled by the always incredible Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding, the three part release covers a wide spectrum of South African music from the traditional Mbaqanga, Township and Jive featured on Volume 1, to more modern takes and fusions on Vols. 2 & 3. The album is streaming all week on AOL Spinner, and we're confident that once you hear it, you'll know why we're so excited. CLICK HERE to stream.
As a creative force in disco, Arthur Russell is unmatched. In the third edition of our interview series, producer Bob Blank discusses working with the man behind the classics "Go Bang," "Is It All Over My Face," and many more. Our anthology of Blank's work, The Blank Generation is out this week, and as you can see below, it's streaming in full all week over at Spinner.com.
Our friends over at Spinner.com are hosting a listening party for Bob Blanks Blank Generation release all this week. Head over there to stream the entire album, as well as some other new release treats. Try before you buy, folks!