Sunday, March 28, 2010

Who's Getting It  

We have put up some early eighties offerings from New Orleans disco funk outfit Chocolate Milk before, but I flipped over their 12" 'Who's Getting It Now' this afternoon and was reminded of how funky the instrumental is. A great long running hi hat driven intro for the DJ's amongst us. I heard these guys reformed and played some shows around Louisiana a couple of years back, I wonder if they ever make it out of their home state.

As an added weekend bonus here are some 1980 cosmic disco sound library joints from Gianni Safred, Django Reinhardt's keyboard player (?).

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Rollalong Songs  

I just want to skate.

Vaughan Mason & Crew - Roller Skate
Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo - Rollalong Songs

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Monday, March 22, 2010


The one theme of continuity between the two tracks that I'am posting today are that firstly, they were both in front of me as I had recently listened to them, and secondly they are both high energy dancers but from opposite disco epochs, 1977 for Bionic Boogie's 'Boogie Boo' and..well, I don't know when the DJ Peebo did his JDC released "U.S Remix" of German new wave pop band Boytronic's Bryllyant as it's not on the label, I'm guessing 1987. Maybe I'm clutching at straws for a thin connection between the two simply because I wanted to post more than one records and didn't want to think hard about it. Oh, wait, they both have lots of B's in their names and titles. That's good enough for me.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Assignment  

A really sick 7 inch featured here from Pittsburgh, PA unit The Assignment. Released in '87, Jammin' to the Beat was the groups first release and quite notable as it so nicely bridged the gap between lo fi boogie and late 80's electric funk. The band released a few more singles and experienced regional notoriety but never quite broke through on the national stage. If you want to dig a little deeper on The Assignment, I found a pretty sweet bio page with some lo-res scans of the band (featuring members Chill Bill, Fly Ty and Cookie) in full Prince-esque splendor.

The Assignment - Jammin' To The Beat
The Assignment - Keep Jammin' To The Beat

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Au Revoir  

I am leaving for vacation France on Thursday and thought it would be a good time to post this edit of a 1968 Serge Gainsbourg song. This cut was written for the soundtrack of the classic film La Pacha. I have no idea what he is saying, but apparently it is a funeral speech at the burial of an asshole and there are no holds barred. Let me know if there if something fun going on in Nice this weekend!

Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem Pour Un C... (LeBaron Edit)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010


Sunfire is probably the least heralded and hardest to come by project of Reggie Lucas, former Miles Davis band member and production partner of percussionist Mtume, whom he met whilst they both played for Davis. his best known work probably being Madonna's 1983 debut album. Both these tracks were taken from Sunfire's self titled and only album. There is a 12" of Shake Your Body out there (somewhere) which is well worth tracking down. I love the beautiful synth work on the album, its like a perfect balance between newer electronic sounds that were coming in and more traditional funk live sound that was already well established.

Reggie Lucas founded Quantum studios in New Jersey, which now famously is used for all the big selling lovely new jersey scene screamo core punk emo goth whatever that comes out of that part of the world, and teaches at the music department in Montclair University. (source - the internets)

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


My original intent for this post was to be the third part of my Mastermix series, this time featuring the Prelude Vol. II Tony Humphries mixes. Well my thrift store copy is fucked and beaten to death, I was only able to salvage the two least essential tracks off the comp. Not to worry, I will track down a new copy and post them up sometime down the road. In an attempt to make up for the lack of killer content here I am throwing in a pretty smooth track from the second Wynd Chymes LP entitled Festival. For more on Wynd Chymes, read the comments by the bands former lead singer on our post from a couple of years back.

Wynd Chymes - Festival
Sharon Redd - Beat The Street (Tony Humphries Mastermix)
D Train - Music (Tony Humphries Mastermix)

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Nicky Siano  

Nicky Siano was one of the first DJs to mix records and owned the legendary club The Gallery in Manhattan which he opened in 1972. He was the most proficient DJ of the era and mentored both Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan. His sound system, which was a scaled up version of the one at the loft is thought by many to be the best sounding club system ever. Nicky had isolators and crossovers set to tweak the sound in his live sets which he mixed on three turntables. The club set the standard and predated the legendary clubs Zanzibar, Studio 54, and The Paradise Garage.

Nicky set another benchmark when he became the first DJ to produce a record. Arthur Russel and Nicky released Kiss Me Again by Dinosaur in 1978 on Sire Records. Guitar work is done by David Byrne. Nicky put a couple of records out under his own and this one from 1986 has a strange Ultravox meets pop disco sound.

Dinosaur - Kiss Me Again
Nick Siano - I'm Looking For You (Serious Mix)

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

In Memorium, T.Preston.  

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Monday, March 01, 2010

Right Here Right Now  

I think this tune was written to be the perfect car chase or karate fight scene song for a late 70's cop show. It came out on Shady Brook Records in 1977 by a group known as S.S.O. or The S.S.O. Orchestra. Their name is an abbreviation The Soul Sensation Orchestra, so the later name is redundant. I like the blaxploitation feel and the jazz funk sound that is going on. Vocals are executed by The Sugar Sisters. The track was produced by Roland Kruger, who also produced Que Tal America and other tunes by by Two Man Sound.

S.S.O. - Right Here Right Now

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