DJ Dove Vs. NYC Peech Boys’ disco explosion

DJ Dove Vs. NYC Peech Boys – “Don’t Make Me Wait 2007” mp3

It’s Friday, innit? Let’s party down. Why not? To kick off the weekend, I present for your discoing pleasure, DJ Dove‘s treatment of the NYC Peech Boys‘ 1981 groundbreaking club hit, “Don’t Make Me Wait” (the song that launched Bernard Fowler‘s career), from the Gr8 West End Records label. Pure electro dance fun. This music is for dancing and partying and having sex to. And that’s good.

DJ Dove Vs. NYC Peech Boys
“Don’t Make Me Wait 2007” (mp3)
from “Don’t Make Me Wait 2007”
(West End Records)

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band – “15 to 20 (Den Haan remix)”

What am I thinking? It’s 2010, and I’m going to make disco the winner this week. “15 to 20 (Den Haan remix)” by The Phenomenal Handclap Band is infectious fun music I need to share with everyone. This New York based 8 piece also has quite a stage presence, and if you haven’t, I’d check out a show.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band
“15 to 20” (mp3)
from “15 to 20 / You’ll Disappear Remixes”
(Friendly Fire Recordings)

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band – “15 to 20 (Den Haan remix)”

Venus Gang – “Love to Fly” mp3

Venus Gang – “Love to Fly” mp3

Tight, groovy, and funky as the day is long, this 1978 number by Venus Gang is pure fun. No politics or controversy here, just a phat, raw beat, and sexy female vocals about stars making love and loving to fly. Imagination takes care of the rest. Disco keyboard and rhythm section work a’la Quincy Jones, meets a dubby clubby vibe that anticipates more contemporary nightclub music, and gives some of today’s producers a bit of schooling, I’d have to say. Delicious track.

Venus Gang
“Love to Fly” (mp3)
from “Galactic Soul”
(Mucho Gusto Records)

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Venus Gang Loves to Fly

Tight, groovy, and funky as the day is long, this 1978 number by Venus Gang is pure fun. No politics or controversy here,  just a phat, raw beat, and sexy female vocals about stars making love and loving to fly. Imagination takes care of the rest. Disco keyboard and rhythm section work a’la Quincy Jones, meets a dubby clubby vibe that anticipates more contemporary nightclub music, and gives some of today’s producers a bit of schooling, I’d have to say. Delicious track.

Venus Gang
“Love to Fly” (download mp3)
from “Galactic Soul”
(Mucho Gusto Records)
Venus Gang – “Love to Fly” (play)

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band

The Phenomenal Handclap Band-15 to 20(Den Haan remix)

Brooklyn’s The Phenomenal Handclap Band are often thrown into the ‘new disco’ camp but their sound soars too high to deserve any one genre classification. The motley DJs-turned-producers make dance friendly grooves that reflects the diversity of their record crates. Add that to all the remix love the band has been receiving, and what we have is a group that will easily rock a music festival stage during the day, then rock the music fest’ after party at night.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band
“15 to 20” (mp3)
from “15 to 20 / You’ll Disappear Remixes”
(Friendly Fire Recordings)

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Lee “Scratch” Perry as Santa Claus

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Santa Claus”

It seems Lee “Scratch” Perry‘s musical evolution will never stop. Jamaican music innovator number one, Perry has from the early 60’s to the present been a core author of the operating systems for ska, reggae, and dub, spawning myriad sub-genres and altering the perceptions and priorities of generations of fans and musicians world wide. Quite a resume. Now on, like, his ten thousandth LP or something, “madman scratchy” has a new release on the lovely Narnack Records label. This track, a wild riff on Perry’s already wild “Having A Party” which I posted earlier, is closer to a dubby downtempo or house vibe than the Reggae based work he’s most famous for. But the unique voice and mind bending take on life are instantly recognizable as no one else’s. Here’s holiday music of a kind I promise you, you have never heard before. Santa Claus is coming, so catch Scratchy on his short US tour they just announced, and be good!

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Lee “Scratch” Perry
“Repentance”
Narnack Records

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May the Forrrce be with you! Keep on Dancin’

Forrrce – “Keep on Dancin”

Oooooold skooooool! How funkay do ya wannit? This classic slice of early 80’s club disco is a joyous celebration of life, dancin’ and partying. Luscious ear candy from electric guitar, bass, clavinet, bells and the kitchen sink back party chants and vintage rap vocals, in this under-discovered link in the evolution from disco and funk to hip-hop and modern deejay dance music. From Mel Cheren’s West End Records, ladies and gents, a timeless, absolutely guaranteed dance floor filler. Feel the Forrrce!

Forrrce
“Keep on Dancin'” (mp3)
from “Keep on Dancin'”
(West End Records)

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Rae & Christian Play On and ON and oN

Rae & Christian – “Play On feat The Jungle Brothers”

Rae & Christian bringin’ tha DJ pfunkt like mad hatters. This floor-filler is x-rated if you’re paying attention, but either way, it pops. Like the album title says, they’re “Raiding The Vaults” – with the Jungle Brother’s help on this track – pulling up whatever they need to construct a massive party mix. Fun stuff.

Rae & Christian
“Play On (feat. The Jungle Brothers)” (mp3)
from “Raiding The Vaults”
(RAC)

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Julius Papp’s funky fresh international beatness

Julius Papp – “Bole Bantu”

Like a collision of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat style and distinctly west coast house music,  “Bole Bantu” is a lovely ‘zample of the borderless nature of music. Give this a minute to start – it’s a good beat, but you could easily expect a fairly stock house loop that goes on forever like some of them do.  This track does something else entirely. It grows and expands in natural yet unexpected directions, making for a highly satisfying aural journey. Excellent work, energetic, driving and smartly arranged.

Julius Papp
“Bole Bantu” (mp3)
from “Large Music 4.0”
(Large Music)

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Takin’ a trip with Spaceflight Orchestra

Spaceflight Orchestra – “Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)”

DJ Subverse made me a “miztape” for the holidaze and I’m loving it. It opens with this funky post-disco trip from Spaceflight Orchestra, and it’s just the thing to help one depart for a minute from any form of seasonal stress. Purely chill, “Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” lives up to its oh so ‘lectronica title! Très Magnifique.

Spaceflight Orchestra
“Truer Than True (Drop Logik Refreak)” (mp3)
from “An Orchestra of Remixes, Volume One”
(Black Bridge)

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