Category Archives: Electro

MUTAZIONE-ITALIAN ELECTRONIC AND NEW WAVE UNDERGROUND 1980-1998-COMPILED BY WALLS.

MUTAZIONE-ITALIAN ELECTRONIC AND NEW WAVE UNDERGROUND 1980-1998-COMPILED BY WALLS. While Walls haven’t released an album since the blissed out, dreamy and ethereal beauty of Coracle, released in 2010, Allessio Natalizi of Walls hasn’t been taking things easy. Not at all. Instead, Alessio has been busy compiling an eclectic and compelling compilation for Strut Records. Entitled …

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NONA HENDRYX-NONA.

NONA HENDRYX-NONA. Six years after the release of her debut album Nona Hendryx, Nona decided the time was right to return to the recording studio. Much had changed since 1977, when Nona last released an album. Disco which had been at the height of its popularity back then, had almost died in 1979. After that, …

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GWEN GUTHRIE-GOOD TO GO LOVER.

GWEN GUTHRIE-GOOD TO GO LOVER. By 1986, when Gwen Guthrie released Good To Go Lover, her first album for Polydor, she was already an established artist and songwriter. Good To Go Lover which will be rereleased by SoulMusic Records on 18th February 2013, marked Gwen’s debut as producer. It seemed that Gwen Guthrie had the …

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STEPHANIE MILLS-I’VE GOT THE CURE.

STEPHANIE MILLS-I’VE GOT THE CURE. By 1984, Stephanie Mills was about to release her ninth album, I’ve Got The Cure. This was her final album on Casablanca Records, and featured Stephanie’s number one single Medicine Song. However, success hadn’t come overnight for Stephanie. Neither Stephanie’s 1974 debut album For The First Time, nor her 1975 …

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CHANGE THE BEAT-THE CELLULOID RECORDS STORY 1979-1987.

CHANGE THE BEAT-THE CELLULOID RECORDS STORY 1979-1987. In 2012, Strut Records released Only For You: The Sound of Cajmere and Cajual Records, which paid homage to Cajmere, one of the innovators of the Chicago house scene and his label Cajual Records. This proved to be one of Strut Records’ most critically acclaimed and commercially successful …

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THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 2.

THE BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2012-PART 2. The Best New Albums of 2012-Part 2, covers the period between May and June 2012. These two months proved to be good months for new music. Two veterans of music, Paul Buchanan and Eddie Levert somewhat belatedly, released debut solo albums. Then there were three truly innovative albums, …

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FAC. DANCE 02.

FAC. DANCE 02. Of the many compilations released in 2011, one of the most eclectic and compelling collections of music was on Fac. Dance 01, a double-album featuring twenty-four tracks from the much missed Factory Records’ back-catalogue. Given how much I’d enjoyed Fac. Dance 01, I’ve been looking forward to reviewing this compilation. Indeed, I …

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FOUNTAIN MUSIC AND PLAZA IN CROWD.

FOUNTAIN MUSIC AND PLAZA IN CROWD. With the recent  resurgence in interest in dance music, or as it’s now referred to in the US Electronic Dance Music, you’d think that record companies worldwide would be releasing innovative music to quench what seems like America’s relentless thirst for dance music. Sadly, with a few exceptions, this …

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LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1: THE VOICE.

LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1: THE VOICE. Starting as the lead vocalist in Black Ivory during the early seventies, Leroy Burgess would go on to become one of the most successful men in music. Leroy wasn’t just a singer, he was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer. His career started as lead vocalist of Black Ivory, …

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LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2: THE PRODUCER.

LEROY BURGESS-ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2: THE PRODUCER. Having reviewed Leroy Burgess-Anthology Volume 1: The Voice, I decided that I’d review the follow-up or companion compilation Leroy Burgess-Anthology Volume 2: The Producer. Given the title, you’d expect this compilation to feature some of the many artists who’ve benefited from Leroy Burgess’ production skills. Not quite. Instead, the compilation …

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ANDRE CYMONE-SURVIVIN’ THE 80’S.

ANDRE CYMONE-SURVIVIN’ THE 80’S. Having released his debut solo album Living In The New Wave in November 1982, less than a year later, in September 1983, Andre Cymone released the follow-up album, Survivin’ the 80’s. His debut album Living In The New Wave had reached number forty-nine in the US R&B Charts, with both singles …

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FAC. DANCE: FACTORY RECORDS 12” MIXES AND RARITIES 1980-1987.

FAC. DANCE: FACTORY RECORDS 12” MIXES AND RARITIES 1980-1987. Between 1978 and November 1992 when Factory Records became insolvent, Factory proved to be one of the most influential and innovative British labels. Indeed, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that Factory’s influence spread much wider, influencing independent labels worldwide. During this period, Factory Records were …

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NONA HENDRYX-NONA.

NONA HENDRYX-NONA. After recently reviewing the ZE Records Story 1979-2009, which featured Bustin’ Out by Material featuring Nona Hendryx, one of the highlights of the compilation, I decided that I’d review Nona’s 1983 album Nona, released on RCA. This was Nona’s second album since leaving Labelle, an all-girl group which featured Patti La Belle, Sarah …

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ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009.

ZE RECORDS STORY 1979-2009. Back in New York in 1978, Michael Zikha and Michael Esteban decided to set up their own record label, ZE Records. Using the initials of their surnames, to name of their new and nascent label, an innovative and influential label was born. During the label’s short lifetime, they released an eclectic …

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DARK ROOM NOTES-DARK ROOM NOTES.

DARK ROOM NOTES-DARK ROOM NOTES. Dark Room Notes, who were formed in Galway in 2006, will soon release their second album, the eponymous Dark Room Notes on BBE Music. This is the follow-up to their 2009 debut album We Love You Dark Matter, which contained their highly acclaimed single Love Like Nicotine. Since then, much …

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FUTURE DISCO VOLUME 5-DOWNTOWN EXPRESS.

FUTURE DISCO VOLUME 5-DOWNTOWN EXPRESS. On 27 February 2012, Future Disco Volume 5-Downtown Express was released. This was the latest instalment in a highly successful series that began in March 2009, when I came across the first volume of a new compilation series A Guide To 21st Century Disco, which was the first volume in …

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WALTER GIBBONS-JUNGLE MUSIC.

WALTER GIBBONS-JUNGLE MUSIC. If you were to ask most lovers of all things disco, who the most important, influential and innovative DJs of the seventies were, Walter Gibbons’ name wouldn’t be far from most people’s lips. Walter’s role in the history of DJ-ing can’t be underestimated. He was one of the most technically brilliant DJs, …

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SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS VOGUING AND THE HOUSE BALLROOM SCENE 1976-1996.

SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS VOGUING AND THE HOUSE BALLROOM SCENE 1976-1996. Recently, I’ve noticed that there have been some quality compilations being released by some of the smaller independent record labels. Many of these labels like BBE, Harmless and the Soul Jazz have a good record for releasing quality compilations. A couple of weeks ago, …

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JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1.

JOHNNY D PRESENTS DISCO JAMMS VOLUME 1. Nowadays, for anyone wanting to try to become a DJ, the equipment is very different to the equipment Johnny “D” DeMairo learnt his trade on. For the wannabe DJ, they can choose from CD decks, USB controllers with software like Traktor or if they’re traditional or old school …

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HORSE MEAT DISCO VOLUMES 1-3.

HORSE MEAT DISCO VOLUMES 1-3. Over the years, I must have bought many hundreds of compilation albums. Some have been brilliant, some good, others average at best, with some being absolutely dreadful, and never should’ve been released. Just now, there are various labels releasing good quality compilations. These include Strut, BBE, Harmless and BGP. Some …

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