Saturday, December 03, 2011


Beatelectic is starting to look a little dated, we gave it a revamp a couple of years back, but the fact is it's a blogspot page, and in this day and age thats the equivalent of having your website up on geocities, with animated gifs of grim reaper skulls puking fire and popup ad's for cheap hotel rooms. All the new blogs I go to with the decent new electronic music on look like they were made by a team of trendy engineers with degrees in graphic design, then I come back to beatelectric and we look like shit. In reality I suppose to have had a blog this long hosted by google with direct mp3 links to unlicensed music is somewhat of a miracle, most got taken down due to copyright infringement complaints long ago, but I think its really a testament to the unpopularity of the under the radar dusty commercial failures that we post. And with that in mind, I'm about to post some private press Hi Nrg...

My apartment is on the corner of Castro and Market St in San Francisco, which has been the heart of the gay community here for decades, and as such when I go digging around my local thrift stores and yard sales I come up with endless San Francisco scene high energy and uptempo, euro disco. Not my genres of choice or expertise, but each to their own. A block either side of where I live were the homes of Megatone records, Moby Dick records, Hot Tracks records, some other labels and plenty of record stores specializing in dance music popular in the gay clubs at the time. Now and again, when searching around the 'hood something locally made that's a little outside of the norm shows up.

Sonny Padilla Jr.'s self released 1985 single is marked as coming out on Uno Records, the address of which is a few doors down the street from me, an old apartment complex, and probably the address of Sonny's living room office. It turns out that this record is actually well known and quite sort after on the digging circuit, fetching a couple of hundred bucks in mint condition, due to it's heavy utilization of the vocoder on the A side's It's Your Body, and as a rarity it makes it on to a lot of vocoder nerd's wants list. I actually prefer the instrumental of the B side, 'Talk To Me!', which doesn't appear to be on the internet anywhere.

In the sleeve notes Sonny states that the record was made at The Automatt, a well known studio which is now a parking lot on Fulsom St, the photo in this post was taken from the main room's mixing console. Sonny lived in San Francisco and worked in the music industry throughout his life before passing away in 2007, an obituary to him can be found here:

Sonny Padilla Jr. - It's Your Body!
Sonny Padilla Jr. - It's Your Body! (Instrumental)
Sonny Padilla Jr. - Talk To Me!
Sonny Padilla Jr. - Talk To Me! (Instrumental)

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  • December 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

    Those beautiful gems you droppin each every day is worth than any fancy graphic design.
    Keep up the good work and thanks for the good music!

  • December 4, 2011 at 12:51 AM  

    As a long time admirer of your Blog, and a Web and graphic designer, I must tell you that I love the simple beatelectric design, love the vintage images that accompany each post, and really really love the music you post. It may look old and boring to you, but the fact is, you post and give stage to some of the best music ever produced and conceived, so the look and feel are much less important than the content, which is amazing. Love your blog. Thanks you for all the fine artists you made me discover. I love you just the way you are!

  • December 4, 2011 at 9:09 AM  

    I can only offer a response equal to the first two.

    Beat Electric is exactly the type of blog that I love and cherish.

    A blog that showcases rare, beautiful and relevant black music and completely lacking in pretence too.

    Keep up the good work, thank you and onelove.

  • December 4, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

    beatelectric is perfect and should never change!!!! all the flashy design in the world can't make up for one-of-a-kind, quality tunes

  • December 4, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

    ive been looking on this blog for years i found loads records that i din'nt know about.ive bought some of them and dont think you need to change anything. only problem that ive got that i cant play any on chrome

  • December 4, 2011 at 4:07 PM  

    I *like* your unflashy design - & I love the music you post. So, thank you!

  • December 5, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

    i agree with pretty much everything that's already been said...this blog, "flashy" design or no, has succeeded where others have failed by being consistent and always on point with the music. many thanx from another long time admirer/follower!

  • December 6, 2011 at 3:29 AM  

    Keep it simple ! Big thanks for all your good work, schooling people

  • December 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

    I demand more web 2.0/3.0, slidey menu things... with 8-bit shizness and borders and guttering and bendy edges (especially in IE6 and IE9)... more html5 and sprite pngs and blah blah blah. More multi-media!!!! For the love of Real Audio 1.0 and gifs! More 1990s! More Ads and less great awesome beardodisco!

    I am just kidding...

    Oh Honey you are just fine the way you are!

  • December 12, 2011 at 4:57 PM  

    I love this so much, thank you something so surprisingly great!

  • January 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

    Love this Blog..informative and Sick Sick Riddims

    Peace Everytime

    Asher Dust