31.1.10

Dead Disco Pulls № 5


Thanks to Resident Advisor's top 100 tracks of the last decade list I've been digging through my archive of French music from the era.

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke's classic, "Intro," made the list, and that made me riffle through my Braxe and Falke folders―and beyond! For some reason, "Intro" and the Kris Menace jam that Fred Falke was featured on ("Fairlight") are the only tunes really pushing my buttons right now, but, obviously, they merely represent the tip of the tip of the iceberg in terms of French house and, outside of the fact that Falke was involved in both, are markedly unrelated.

Anyway―enjoy the tracks and expect me to throw up some more French classics soon enough!

Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Intro (Original Club Mix)

Kris Menace Featuring Fred Falke - Fairlight


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29.1.10

Q&A with Air


A few months ago I did an interview with Air―no introduction required, right?―and it was finally published in 'Sup, a magazine I've been doing freelance work for over the past few years.

Check out the full Q&A right here.

Air - Surfing On A Rocket (Zongamin Remix)


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22.1.10

BBBD Mix: "More, More, More"


I decided to make another mix for no good reason. Enjoy it!

(1) DJ Kaos, "Rough Side"
(2) House Of House, "Rushing To Paradise (Walkin' These Streets) (DJ Harvey Streets Mix)"
(3) Jacob Korn, "I Like the Sun (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
(4) Solange, "Robots Are Un-American (Special DJ Version)"
(5) Nick Chacona, "The Fear (feat. Kathy Diamond) (Beg To Differ Remix)"
(6) Gino Soccio, "Love Is (Edit De Prince Language)"
(7) Low Motion Disco, "Love, Love, Love (Aeroplane Remix)"
(8) Andrea True Connection, "More, More, More"

Nik Mercer - More, More, More Mix


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21.1.10

D22


Nothing to say. Just ride this classic out.

Andrea True Connection - More, More, More


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20.1.10

Dead Disco Pulls № 4


My good friend, Josh Taylor, a.k.a. Prince Language, has been putting out disco edits on his little label Editions Disco for a few years now and these are two of my favorite cuts.

The Gino Soccio jam is one of the best edits I've ever heard. It's simple (no flashy, in-your-face filtering or remixing or anything) and clearly an ode to the Canadian disco legend's greatness rather than just being yet another club-ready boogie ("Love Is" is not a song you want to screw up―it's already just about perfect). "Yo Son" is more of a cut-and-paste job, but it's pretty spectacular in its own right. The track sounds like what would happen if Talking Heads transplanted themselves to the Middle East and took up disco production of the smooth, sultry, and soothing variety.

Happy hump day!

Gino Soccio - Love Is (Edit De Prince Language)

Prince Language - Yo Son (Edit De Prince Language)


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11.1.10

Q&A with Lindstrøm & Christabelle/Studio Visit with Runaway


I proudly present you with a rather long interview I did before the holidays with Lindstrøm & Christabelle for Anthem magazine. Please check the thing out as it's thorough and quite compelling throughout. Love him or hate him, Lindstrøm is one of the most dedicated producers out there. It was a true pleasure talking about the new LP, Real Life Is No Cool.

Read away!

Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop (Aeroplane Remix)

Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop (Idjut Boys Remix)


I forgot to write about the studio visit I did with Runaway when I published the thing last week, but better late than never, right?

Read the article and check out its accompanying photos of the duo's Brooklyn studio!

Runaway - The Fire Below


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8.1.10

BBBD Mix: "Lock Track"


I haven't published a mix to this blog in weeks and weeks and for that I feel bad. It's a new year, though, and, therefore, I feel as though I ought to give you all something special.

Here's my latest musical odyssey. It's about 50 minutes long and, in my humble opinion, really cool... save for the fact that my right channel completely dropped out for about one second for god knows why towards the beginning of the set.

Tell me what you think!

(1) Idjut Boys, "Jesta Dub"
(2) KZA, "Capricorn"
(3) Elitechnique, "Elektric Evening"
(4) Tensnake, "Keep Believin'"
(5) Lullabies In the Dark, "Code 7429 (Original Mix)"
(6) Putsch '79, "Asian Girls"
(7) Reverso 68, "Tokyo Disko (Part One)"
(8) Rude 66, "As"
(9) Panthu Du Prince, "The Splendour"

Nik Mercer - Lock Track Mix (direct MP3 link)

Nik Mercer - Lock Track Mix (ZShare link)


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Dead Disco Pulls № 3


Before I get into the music here, I'd like to remind you all that "Dead Disco" is on today at 12 PM, so please tune in if you can. You can always check it out at your leisure by going directly to the archives, but there's something special about listening in real time.

Okay―I've got some pretty spacey stuff for you today.

First is Tensnake's incredible, epic jam, "Keep Believin'." The guy just did a Resident Advisor mix, which I can't recommend highly enough.

Second up is I:Cube's Cosmic Marathon remix of Karma's "Beach Towel." The tune has this great slow, deliberate buildup that revolves around a thick yet bouncy bass, which ties the whole piece together, beginning to end.

Third, and last, we have Moxie's "Run Disco Run," a higher energy cut that features some pretty gay vocals and a subtle house edge. You'll soon understand where it got its name...

Tensnake - Keep Believin'

Karma - Beach Towel (I:Cube Cosmic Marathon Remix)

Moxie - Run Disco Run


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6.1.10

Dead Disco Pulls № 2


A few more tunes for fans―and fans to be!―of my Viva Radio program, "Dead Disco," which airs every Friday at noon!

First is DJ Kaos's "Kosmicher Ruckenwind," the latest from the extraordinary Berlin club staple. It's unlike anything I've heard from the guy before... an intricately layered and textured modern take on the work of 70s German kraut rockers like Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Harmonia, and so on.

Second is deep house anomaly Walter Jones' new jam, "I Am Loved" (the man, it seems, can only write songs about how much love he gets and feels!)

Third, and last, is one of my favorite Rvng Of the Nrds edits ever, the inaugural release's "Trip One (the Flying Squad Edit)" by Giorgio Moroder's Munich Machine. The edit, which is by the unparalleled Tim Sweeney under an alias, is one of the most infectiously groovy disco tracks I've heard in the 21st century. A high-water mark to say the least.

DJ Kaos - Kosmicher Ruckenwind

Walter Jones - I Am Loved

Munich Machine - Trip One (the Flying Squad Edit)


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5.1.10

Dead Disco Pulls № 1


As promised yesterday, I'm going to try my best to regularly post music I'm considering or using for a future Dead Disco program. Simple, to the point, and varied. Sound good?

Today I've got four killer tunes for you! First up is a Larry Levan mix of Nami Shimada's "Sun Shower." (The track wound up being one of his final works.) Shimada was a huge J-Pop star in the 80s and I assume her label coaxed Levan into doing a mix while he was on tour in the Land Of the Rising Sun (he was big over there). The song, which is quite the club banger, is really strange considering that Shimada's unaltered hits were more along these lines.

Next we've got two Crème Organization releases. Rude 66's "As," which hit shelves last year two years ago, is an exceptionally creepy electro tune that you might hear in a disco minutes before the apocalypse. It's excellent. Bangkok Impact―a Fin who is half of the immaculate Italo outfit known as Putsch '79―has really been catching my fancy recently. His 2007 banger, "Premature Ejaculation," will never get old. Think Black Devil Disco Club with a DFA makeover.

Finally, we have Elitechnique, a Dutch group that's put out a few songs on Clone Records. My favorite jam by far is the swirling, cosmic "Elektric Evening" from 2008's Mirror Men EP.

How's that for a hangover helper?

Nami Shimada - Sun Shower (Larry Levan Mix)

Rude 66 - As

Bangkok Impact - Premature Ejaculation

Elitechnique - Elektric Evening


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3.1.10

D21


Since starting my Viva Radio program "Dead Disco" (tune in every Friday at noon!), I've been dedicating a large portion of my free time to digging through my massive audio archives, researching what I may have overlooked during the past decade or two, and keeping current with today's dance music―a high order to say the least. The upside is that I feel more engaged with music than I have since the heyday of BBBD. The downside, though, is that I don't know where to begin when it comes to posting new tracks on this blog. My goal is to throw random tracks that really catch my ear your way every once in a while, but I don't know how consistently I'll be able to do that as I'm already loaded with work as is.

For now, though, let's just sit back and listen to some old disco gems courtesy of Patrick Adams, one of the biggest and most influential producers of the 70s. Today I'm giving you some of the choice cuts from his 1978 LP by Phreek (Patrick Adams Presents Phreek). Phreek is one of my favorite Adams projects, but the man also put out some excellent tunes with Bumblebee Unlimited (a group I wrote about earlier this year), Cloud One, Universal Robot Band, and a handful of others.

The Harlem native definitely had a distinct sound: The bulk of his material featured traditional disco characteristics―thick and sultry bass lines, glamorous string arrangements, and so on―but he always made sure to throw in his own embellishments like primitive synth ditties, choir-esque choruses, and vocals by some... uh... very aroused females.

Check out my three favorites cuts from the first Phreek record and wrap your holidays up on a funky note!

Phreek - I'm A Big Phree (R-U-1-2)

Phreek - Much Too Much

Phreek - Weekend


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