Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"Le Disco - Tele Music Remixed"

If you are a regular reader of my humble little page you know I tend to like most things funky. Today is no exception. Le Disco is a stack of world-class disco from 1979 that, as library music, was never commercially released. So, apart from a few wily collectors, no-one has ever played these tracks for a dance floor. The team of musicians who did most of the disco library recordings were in both Arpadys and Voyage - Slim Pezin, Alain Dahan, Sauveur Mallia, Marc Chantereau etc. These musicians also graced some of France’s biggest disco hits, but recording for Tele Music was their chance to really cut loose. Tele Music was sort of the French equivalent to KPM, the famous British library label that Alan Hawkshaw and others recorded for. They were also responsible for releasing the highly collectible Arpadys album and the Voyage LPs.

This is the first part of the project - volume two follows in 2009. Most of the tracks are culled from the Disco & Co series of library albums, as well as the Spatial & Co and Arpadys projects. DJhistory has unearthed the original tapes and recruited an all-star cast of splicing fingers – the Unabombers, Ray Mang, the Idjut Boys, Leo Zero, Mudd, Al Kent, Faze Action and Toby Tobias – to polish them up for today’s dancefloors. Suffice it to say that this a truly tasty set of tunes that is guaranteed to get you grooving. Enjoy a couple of samples - the Faze Action edit is fantastic IMO - and stream the rest here.

Tele Music - Disco Free (Faze Action Edit)
Tele Music - Baby's Band (LeoZero Edit)

It is currently only available as a digital download. It will be pressed on vinyl LP at some point. Buy Le Disco - Tele Music Remixed

Monday, November 24, 2008

Não Wave

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Rui Maia, drummer and keyboardist for Portuguese rockers X-Wife. He included an mp3 for me to share with you. Formed in 2002, X-Wife have released a couple of albums worth of quality new wave inspired synth rock. I originally came across them a few years back on some blog or another, and dug them right away. I have always been disappointed that no label in the US has ever taken a chance on them. This makes it very hard for fans like me to get hold of their music. They sing in English and they are as good as any number of their musical peers (CSS/LCD Soundsystem/The Rapture/DFA 1979), so you would have thought their chances would be pretty decent. Well, they still don't have a US deal, so if you want to get hold of their records your only option is to buy them digitally. Which is OK for some folks, but I still like holding the physical product in my hands and always will.

X-Wife - Nothing Else To Prove

X-Wife on myspace

X-Wife on iTunes

X-Wife - On The Radio

My '80s Remastered - New Order

Factory Records' flagship band New Order have finally gotten the remastered reissue treatment. The two disc Collector's Edition sets of the first five records ('Movement,' 'Power, Corruption & Lies,' 'Low-Life,' 'Brotherhood' and 'Technique') arrived in the UK in September & October and were released in the US on November 11th. Hardcore fans the world over rejoiced, myself included - some of these early records I've only ever owned on vinyl. These same fans soon started to complain about the sound quality of the tracks on the bonus discs. Turns out they had good reason to, because it has since been disclosed that the bonus disc material (remixes, instrumentals, 7" & 12" versions) on these reissues were sourced from commercially available vinyl recordings instead of the original master tapes.

Wow. It is amazing to me that the catalog of a band as big a New Order would get such shoddy treatment. You would think that quality control would be an important issue here, and Rhino is usually pretty good with these deluxe editions. It is also surprising than nobody in the music press picked up on it in their reviews.

Peter Hook had this to say on his Myspace;

This is a very difficult one , we are aware of the problems and because we did not have finished product to listen to? It has, shall we say……. slipped through the net?? My great friend claude flowers has taken it on himself to sort this mess out personally, but please be aware , that after the fact it is going to be very difficult, unfortunately because many of you have purchased them already ( a great compliment in itself) we are doing all we can to try and get fresh masters made and available , somehow ? to try and remedy the situation, so please bear with us.
I have said before how difficult it is compiling this stuff, the masters steve and I listened to, were all basically from people's collections, so it was then left to someone? In the library department to compile, as much as possible from original masters, this is where it seems to have gone wrong , unfortunately it is industry standard these days to not have production masters of the cd's or the sleeves, much to pete saville's amazement, but that's just the way it is , hopefully they might resurrect the process after this. Here's hoping, hooky."

On November 20th, 2008 Rhino Records announced that they plan to reissue the reissues and will allow fans to exchange their dodgy CDs for good ones. They issued this statement;

"Warner Bros. UK, Rhino and New Order regret that the initial pressings of the Collector Editions of 'Movement,' 'Power, Corruption & Lies,' 'Low-Life,' 'Brotherhood' and 'Technique' contain some minor audio problems on the bonus discs."

"We are now in the process of correcting the problems, but it should be noted that due to the age and condition of some of the original source tapes, the sound quality may vary. A further statement will be issued once the corrected product is available. At that time, the procedure for exchanging CD's will be announced. Thank you for your patience while we resolve this situation."

Wow again. A costly and somewhat embarrassing mistake for the labels. Thankfully it will end up working out for us fans - I've got 5 of them that will need to be exchanged!

Today's selections come from the band's last live gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in November of 2006. The show was taped from a radio broadcast so there are a few radio station IDs included.

Ceremony (Live)
Your Silent Face (Live)
Blue Monday (Live)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Funky Friday - Yay! Comments!

I finally got motivated and fixed the comment functionality around here. I was not happy with what I had. Now you can leave a comment and tell me how much I suck. Or what a great tune _________ (fill in the blank) is. Or anything you feel like saying. As usual on a Friday I provide the beats to move your feets, so here are a few tasty morsels to tide you over...

Kajagoogoo - Oh To Be Ah (Sir Billy Reconstruct Edit)
Rock Steady Crew - Hey You (Justin Faust Remix)
Of Montreal - Id Engager (Mad Decent Remix)
Red Snapper - Clam (Kelpe Remix)
Clinic - Tomorrow (DFA Remix)

Friday, November 07, 2008

Funky Friday Post Election Comedown

ZTT Records is in the process of reissuing the back catalog - 808 State's 808:90 & Excel have gotten the 2 disc treatment, with disc 2 having remixes and rarities. Hard to believe they are almost 20 years old! Q-Tip's The Renaissance is a welcome return from the Abstract, and features vocals from Norah Jones, D'Angelo, and Raphael Saadiq. It is a good record, filled with the grooves that A Tribe used to bring. Moby has a remix album out and the disco vibes are plentiful, especially on I Love To Move In Here (Holy Ghost! Remix). Late Of The Pier + Joakim = Yes please! Calvin Harris is goofy but has the killer bass. Diplo cuts the Brazilian Girls into a fairly typical Diplo re-edit, reducing it to stuttery beats and vocals. Fromage Disco sent me a bunch of disco edits, including this groover from John Carpenter. Alaska In Winter has a new album coming out called Holiday, and Berlin is a nice bit of electro-pop. Rounding out the picks is Mike E's Everything Will Be Alright (Obama Remix) - celebrate the momentous event that was the US presidential election!
808 State - Pacific (Britmix)
808 State - In Yer Face
Q-Tip - Official
Moby - I Love To Move In Here (Holy Ghost! Remix)
Late Of The Pier - The Bears Are Coming (Joakim Dub)
Calvin Harris - Rock'N'Roll Attitude
Brazilian Girls - Good Time (Diplo Remix)
John Carpenter - The End (Fromage Edit)
Alaska In Winter - Berlin
Mike E - Everything Will Be Alright (Obama Remix)