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Friday, September 25, 2015

Ibiza Amnesia New Beat Dance Classic

1988 was a huge year for dance music.  Acid House was particularly hot in the U.K. and Chicago House was starting to really take a  hold on the whole club scene of the states.

But there was more going on freestyle was big in the cities with high latino populations like New York, Miami and L.A. and other types of experimental dance music were making the clubs churn.  One of those genre's was called New Beat.  It was short-lived but fun.  One of the classics was called Ibiza by Amnesia and I'm providing you with a zip of four versions.

I just heard that it's still getting play now on the island!

FEEL THE AMNESIA  Originally the act was only Steve Novak plus 2 D.J.'s he knew but then it went through various roster changes. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NEW DREAM by CLAY PEDRINI an Italo Disco Sensation

Sensation was one of the less famous italo disco labels but nonetheless they had quite a few sensational records.  New Dream by Clay Pedrini from 1984 is certainly one of them.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fires in the Night K-A-T-A an Italo Disco holy grail and deservedly so

If you can get a copy of Fires in the Night you'd be awfully lucky and it will set you back several hundred dollars.  It remains one of those Italo disco holy grails and truly obscure.

A one off by a couple of guys calling themselves K-A-T-A it was released on Sound of Italy records in 1985.  Damn I love it I think I'll listen to it again, and again!

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Love's Harmony Gianantonio Pezzoli Paciscopi Italo Disco Gold

Gianantonio Pezzoli Paciscopi's tender vocals in this italo disco love song are perfect.  He's lack of command of the English language one of my favorite traits of Italo Disco.  Love's Harmony was a one-off on Capriccio records from 1984.

Mixed by Gianpaolo Bresciani he was at least a name that's a bit more familiar having worked with Gazebo, Rubix and Ryan Paris among others.  Co-producer Lorenzo Suraci also worked with Wish Key.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bobby O A Man Like Me

A man like Bobby Orlando is the king of 80's dance music.  Bobby "O" that is, the alias he used.  Bobby worked with so many artists including Roni Griffith, Claudja Barry, The Flirts, Divine, The Pet Shop Boys, and others that were really just aliases for him and some vocalists he brought in for one-off's or even two-off's (is that a word) like Barbie & the Kens, Waterfront Home, O Romeo, Eric, Teen Rock and more.

I hate to make sweeping generalizations but in this case I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Bobby O is the most prolific dance artist that ever was.   I think I personally had about 50 singles of his.

Bobby O also became synonymous with one specific sound, High Energy, which was sort of ghettoized as gay music.  Many of his songs were embraced at The Saint and on Fire Island.  Ironically Bobby Orlando was a bit homophobic as legend goes.

Certainly his biggest mark was made with the original version of Pet Shop Boys West End Girls.  They apparently idolized Bobby O and specifically wanted to work with him.  But they quickly got too big for him and were signed away.  I think it may have been an ugly parting and Bobby got paid off kindly in the deal.

Bobby O never really had that pop crossover success that so many dance artists are able to have now. But his classic She Has a Way did crack the dance Top 10 in the states and remains one of the songs most associated with his legacy.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fall Down by Tramaine Hawkins

Fall Down the first single by gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins is the perfect mesh of gospel brought to the dance floor.  It became a Paradise Garage classic and super influential in many more house records that also featured that mesh.

All I know is that even in 2015 exactly 30 years later it makes my blood rush and gives me the desire to run not walk onto a dance floor.