Second Wind - "Free For All" (Serge Gamesbourg rework) (5:19)
Dreamflight - "Feel The Music" (Serge Gamesbourg rework) (6:16)
Royale - "I Want Your Body" (Serge Gamesbourg edit) (5:58)
Carrie Mims, Herb Lee & White River Junction - "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" (original 7" version Spliced parts 1 & 2) (7:14)
Dreamflight - "Feel The Music" (original 7" version) (4:40)
The Christopher Michael Band - "You Make Me Happy" (Serge Gamesbourg Slight edit) (4:07)
Gypsy - "Keep It Comin' On" (Serge Gamesbourg edit) (3:41)
Review: Bostonian DJ, producer and crate digger Serge Gamesbourg has spent much of the last two years slavishly digging into the history of Massachusetts' little known underground disco scene. Here, over mixed and unmixed discs, he presents the results. Naturally, there's little you'll have heard before, and plenty of high-grade dancefloor fire, much of it re-edited or subtly reworked by Gamesbourg himself. Highlights include the fuzzy, lo-fi funk of Gypsy's "Keep It Comin' On", the turn-of-the-'80s, synth-laden disco-funk dazzle of Portable Patrol's "Cop Bop", the celebratory release of "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics and the smooth, blue-eyed soul shimmer of "Wait Until Dark" by The Chris Rhodes Band.
Review: Despite earning his reputation as a composer of religious music and cinematic soundtracks in the 1970s, Marcello Giombini was also something of an electronic music pioneer. He began to use synthesizers heavily in his work from the early '70s onwards, embracing early music computers at the dawn of the 1980s. It was in this period that he recorded Computer Disco, an album featuring a suite of all-electronic dancefloor instrumentals created using some of the earliest music computers. All these years on, it remains a thrilling release; a stripped-back, Italo-disco-era take on Kraftwerk or Yellow Magic Orchestra featuring all manner of intergalactic melodies, spacey synth sounds and off-kilter drum rhythms.
Review: Italians Do It Better seem to have initiated some sort of three yearly reissue cycle for Glass Candy's amazing second LP Beatbox, with this 2013 edition coming after the label initially reissued Jonny Jewel and Ida No's 2007 masterpiece in 2010. There's a reason it keeps getting reissued and that's because Beatbox is a classic in the IDIB canon along with Night Drive by Chromatics, the After Dark compilation and Farah's helium voiced Gay Boy 12". From the opening "Introduction" it's impossible not to fall under the thrall of Ms No once again and tracks such as "Etheric Device", their cover of Kraftwerk and the monumental "Rolling Down The Hill" are wonderful reminders of how important Mike Simonetti's label were in that 2006-9 period of excellence.
Review: Riding high on the buzz he has generated in the last twelve months, Max Graef delivers this album to Tartelet as a man very much in demand. His style, fuelled on the foundations of sampling funk and soul to a brilliantly modern end, has more space to breathe on this LP, but still the fundamentals remain. "Itzehoe" struts on a lazy jazzed-out sizzle of drums and beautiful Rhodes notes while "Tamboule Fudgefunk" punches its way through woozy synth work and a righteous beat and "Drums Of Death" struts on a perfect disco groove replete with live instrumentation, but there's a wealth of other tempos and styles all shot through with the homespun jazz charm that Graef has made his own of late.
TB Funk - "Free Blow" (the dub version - G&D edit) (5:01)
Kenny Pierce - "Done Been" (5:13)
Those Good Intentions - "We Know How To Boogie" (6:50)
Sherman Hunter - "Dance To Freedom" (8:12)
Gospel Keepers - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (5:38)
Living Color - "Plastic People" (G&D edit) (4:57)
Roller Disco - "Stone Luv" (4:15)
Carol Meriwether - "Love Ain't Just (A Physical Thing)" (9:35)
William Barlak - "Ain't No Doubt About It" (3:42)
Review: The Grasso is greener in Bologna: home to two of the most well-connected collectors in Italy. Suppliers to the likes of Kenny Dope, Phil Asher and Dimitri, Gino and Federico have carved their crate craft to insane levels over the last 30+ years... As shown on this detailed, widescreen boogie, funk and disco collection for BBC. Splattering the vibrant collection with a handful of their own edits (TB Funk's salubrious struts on "Free Blow", fly-by boogie falsettos on Living Color's "Plastic People"), the Grasso bro's have put together a package that's eye-opening, enlightening and damn fine to party to. See you on the other side.