delegation – heartache no. 9 (ariola, 1980)

In the words of Timbaland, ‘it’s been a long time, shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to’. After some time spent without the internet as discofutura towers moved from south to central, here’s a true groover to get things going again. Rub ‘N’ Tug dropped this classy slice of disco on Beats In Space last week so I dug it out of the moving boxes and frisbeed it through the router and straight into the internet. For you.

Delegation – Heartache No. 9

C.O.M.B.i – c/d, you got love song, it a late (C.O.M.B.i, 2008)

After a quiet week for blogging last week I thought it was high time to present number two in the combi series. On sides C/D Eric D managed to take the ruthlessly effective cut and loop style he showed off with the first release and take it to the next level with two extremely good edits. On the face of it, you could argue that there isn’t a lot more going on here then some looping and extension and while this is true, it’s the choice of the loops, and the timing and dynamics of the tracks that sets this edit aside from the rest of the bunch.

On side c, Dunks took Front Page’s ‘You Got My Love’ (no stranger to an edit, check out Idjut Boys’ ‘Key to the Tripod’ release) and turned the high octane original into an extended disco workout. The guitar riff central to the track sounds like it could have been used for any number of late 90’s filter house production, and gives the track a modern sound, especially when coupled with the supercharged bassline. Then there’s those dramatic vocals sitting on top of everything which really hit their peak in the last minute of the song. A top drawer release.

The flipside presents a different kettle of fish. Things get going on a low slow grooving tip with a steady beat and head nodding bassline, extended for dj use into a ridiculously lengthy intro before the cinematic guitar swirls into place. Then the moment of realisation, it’s none other than Village People’s ‘5 o’clock in the morning’, a late night disco classic. This track is moody and groovy and straddles the slow mo disco/balearic divide perfectly. It also makes the perfect soundtrack to late night journeys.

So here in full high definition, 3d, brighter than bright ultra neon white 320 quality are these two pieces of recent disco mastery.

various artists – disco discharge : mondo disco (harmless, 2011)

For the past 15 years Harmless has been consistently releasing compilations and mixes of the highest quality from some of the biggest names in the world of house, disco and funk. From MAW to DJ Spinna, harmless have chosen selectors who are experts in their fields to put together unique products, with the die hard music lovers in mind. This commitment to sidestep the commercial and focus on more underground and authentic sounds gave birth to the disco discharge series, a masterwork in documenting the sounds of the disco era which have been pushed to one side in favour of the hairspray tat which soundtracks hen-nights the world over.

The series currently stands at 24 discs of full length unmixed original 12″ cuts, separated into 12 volumes, each covering a different scene or timeframe within the disco period. Starting with ‘Classic Disco’, a collection of the club hits of disco’s golden age, and moving through the gay scene (Gay Disco & Hi NRG, Pink Pounders, Cruising the Beats), the electronic sounds of Euro Disco (European Connection, Euro Beats), and making stops at ‘Disco Boogie’ and ‘Disco Ladies’ on the way, this series has successfully attempted to bring disco back to life, with a sense of completeness which does not shy away from the more extreme aspects of a genre at home with the ‘other’. I would describe this series as essential to anyone wanting to explore or understand the music of this period and scene.

Of the most recent instalments in the catalogue, the first amongst equals is the magnificent ‘Mondo Disco’. Under the catchment of the worldwide interpretation of the disco phenomenon, these two cds cover synthesised Italo oddness, afro rhythms, cabaret campness, orchestral pomp and a song called deserts of mars. The range and scope of the tracks on show is matched by the quality upheld throughout. The music is playful and uninhibited, not to mention bonkers. Within the first 5 songs there’s classic disco from Patrick Juvet, the sultry groove of ‘doctor kiss kiss’ by 5000 volts, the synth classic ‘body to body’ by Gepy & Gepy, cosmic grooves from Thomas Bangalter’s dad (‘hypnodance’ by Who’s Who) and Boney M’s mental and brilliant ‘steppenwolf’. From this point on the quality continues with great tracks from Supermax, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra, Azoto, Andy Williams and Disco Circus. I cannot recommend this release enough. You can buy it here, and if some of these tracks are new to you, here’s a couple of youtube links to the album highlights.

s.a.s. – give it to you (foot & mouth, 2010)

In December last year this monster snuck out, just in time to be overlooked in the best-of-top-ten-end-of-year-chart-madness. The men behind the S.A.S. edits are Subb_an and Adam Shelton, two men on a mission to take dancefloors deep with some proper house music. On solo tips, Subb_an has just released ‘The Lover’s Night‘ on Spectral Sound, a classic sounding deep house track that manages to sound timeless (in a deep house context) whilst also sounding completely on trend for 2011. Adam Shelton meanwhile has dropped the ‘Air Trax‘ 12″ on Air London, which contains two cuts of early nineties bumping house, each complete with a trippy vocal.

‘Give it to you’ is a stealth weapon, building up it’s shuffling beat and vocal snippets before unleashing a dark and menacing bassline. When you’v finally managed to recover your senses after the hypnotic bassline, it drops out leaving you with some melancholic keyboard stabs, before taking things down and dirty again. This track is proper, and would make the perfect accompaniment to their latest single, which you can grab here.

va. horse meat disco vol. 3 (strut records, 2011)

Hitting the shops July 4th is the next instalment in the successful series Horse Meat Disco.

Acclaimed London DJ collective HORSE MEAT DISCO return in June with the third instalment in their essential compilation series bringing together rare disco, ‘80s boogie, electro, fresh edits and all-new dancefloor dsicoveries. Mixed by resident DJs James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Severino and Filthy Luka, this new edition packs in 28 incendiary tracks for guaranteed dancefloor heaven.

CD 1 brings the peak time selection and features a spread of Salsoul classics re-worked by some of the current masters of the re-edit including Todd Terje and Stupid Human, alongside Ron Hardy’s famed and previously bootleg-only cut-up of First Choice’s ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’. UK producer Andy Williams aka Yam Who? cuts a brand new version of Sha-Lor’s house classic ‘I’m In Love’ and also features as bandleader of Fuzz Against Junk on the Harvey remix of their Talking Heads cover ‘Born Under Punches’ from the ‘90s heyday of Nuphonic Records. New productions feature from the stables of Smalltown Supersound, Rush Hour and more.

CD 2 takes us to the early hours with a hazy mid-tempo sleaze mix, echoing the spirit of infamous New York havens like The Saint. Tracks include the Factory Records classic ‘Reach For Me’ by the late Marcel King and the rare ‘Lovemaker’ by Wham (no relation to the George Michael group), re-issued here for the first time. ‘80s grooves from Miquel Brown from the peak days of ‘80s hi-energy and T.S. Monk’s boogie classic ‘Candidate For Love’ rub shoulders with hand-picked mid-tempo beauties from Sylvester and original Weather Girls incarnation, Two Tons Of Fun.

Now into their seventh year, Horse Meat Disco have continued to lead the way with packed residencies at their HQ at The Eagle in London’s Vauxhall, Lux in Lisbon and Tape in Berlin. Inspired by the music and inclusive ethos of New York’s club scene during the ‘70s and ‘80s, the collective have garnered a unique reputation for amazing parties and unmatchable sets, the quartet of DJs each mixing their own quality blend of disco juice. During 2011, as well as playing their annual UK festival dates at Glastonbury and Lovebox, they will be spreading the love to some of the world’s leading festivals including Vivid in Sydney, Electric Elephant, Bestival and San Francisco’s Pride.

Horse Meat Disco III is mixed by the Horse Meat Disco residents with mix bundle and all unmixed tracks available to download. Also available as unmixed 2LP set. The package features a selection of photos taken at Horse Meat’s events worldwide and exclusive sleeve notes by New York DJ and journalist Daniel Wang.

CD 1

1. JIMMY BRISCOE AND THE BEAVERS – INTO THE MILKY WAY (Felix Dickinson Edit)
2. LEFTSIDE WOBBLE – GRAPEVINE BOOGIE (Leftside Wobble Edit)
3. CLAUDJA BARRY – SWEET DYNAMITE (Todd Terje Edit)
4. FUZZ AGAINST JUNK – BORN UNDER PUNCHES (Harvey remix)
5. MUNGOLIAN JETSET – MOON JOCKS ‘N’ PROG ROCKS (Full Length version)
6. DIMITRI FROM PARIS & DJ ROCCA present ERODISCOTIQUE – DOWNTOWN
7. SUZY Q – I CAN’T GIVE YOU MORE (DC Edit)
8. BILLIE RAY MARTIN – SWEET SUBURBAN DISCO (Severino Dub remix)
9. AVA CHERRY – YOU NEVER LOVED ME
10. FIRST CLASS – LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER (Ron Hardy ‘Baby, Baby, Baby Aw Shucks’ Edit)
11. WILD GEESE – MACHO DISCO MASTER
12. TOM TRAGO – SHUTTERS (Extended 12” mix)
13. YAM WHO? – I’M IN LOVE
14. RAPHAEL CAMERON – TOGETHER (Stupid Human Edit)

CD 2

1. IDRIS MUHAMMAD – FOR YOUR LOVE
2. SYLVESTER – GIVE IT UP
3. FEVER – TOLD YOU NOT TO MESS WITH HIM
4. SALSOUL ORCHESTRA feat. LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY – SECONDS
5. TAMBI – YOU DON’T KNOW
6. MARCEL KING – REACH FOR LOVE (Mark Kamins remix)
7. BAISER – SUMMER BREEZE
8. MIQUEL BROWN – CLOSE TO PERFECTION
9. WHAM – LOVEMAKER
10. T.S. MONK – CANDIDATE FOR LOVE
11. ROSE LAURENS – AMERICAN LOVE
12. B.L.T. – TIGHTEN IT UP
13. GENE CHANDLER – I’LL MAKE THE LIVING IF YOU MAKE THE LOVING
14. TWO TONS OF FUN – JUST US