Tuesday 19 July 2022

What the world needs now is blogs blogs blogs

The eight-year hiatus is over. Daddy's home. 

Felt a bit dispassionate from working in music full time for so long but I've got that tingling to share some tunes again. This is probably a really dumb place for it, if anyone has a bright idea for where to post music these days (aside from an online radio show, cbf) feel free to weigh in. 

Got a cool decade's worth of stuff I've been sitting on, so let's start rummaging through the archives hey?

Renzo Fraiese - 12 Engle Street (Red Greg's Full Length Kamagra Edit)

Okie doke, no mucking about, this one's a big treat. I think I first heard this played by Red Greg at a You're A Melody party in Sydney back in 2017 and it was the perfect example of that kind of high-octane soul that Floaty P and co. can be really devastating with. Nothing too tricky about this edit, it mostly just extends a track that really needs extending because it's so fucking good. 

Candle Family - Love Theme From Two Hearts

Dunno who the fuck Candle Family is but woah mama this is a burner. A bit like Tom Noble's fine effort via House of Spirits, this track is a magical, authentic conception of disco in the 2010s that feels new rather than 'nu'. Chunky, muscular bass, horn and piano stabs, sensual deep vocals saying some vaguely sexual shit - it's everything you want in a slow and funky floor-heater. 


Kimiko Kasai - We Can Fall In Love
Kimiko Kasai - Love Celebration

Kimiko Kasai fuckin rules. I discovered from a YouTube comment that she's actually Maya Rudolph's stepmum, AND that Maya Rudolph's mum is Minnie Ripperton. Hectic. Anyway, these are two of my favourites from her catalogue. We Can Fall in Love is light and breezy disco with some sick jazz guitar certified by Mark Grusane (I think) and Love Celebration is a slow and slunky bass-led groove that was given a nice Cali adaptation by Vex Ruffin on Mabuhay Boy

Made In U.S.A. - Melodies

This one's a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing. It begins with some obnoxious lyrics like "tra la la" and "twiddly-dee" — the kind of frolicking, sickly-sweet cutesyness that tarnishes the lamer side of disco — but don't be misled, it bares its teeth if you stick with it. In Flagranti fans might recognise the dark and dramatic second half as the source for the hats and vocals for Low Dose Virility.


Håkan Lidbo - Delhi's Delight

I know the kids like their 'electronic beats' so here's another modern one (ie. released this century) to appease the youth. Haven't got a clue where I came across this one, but it's sludgy and punchy and percussive and has this kind of groovy urgency about it. Something about the tense energy makes me quite like it. Sorry if this is tech housey or something, I dunno what's what anymore. 

OK thanks. Talk to me, tell me if this is a dumb idea, tell me if you have a smarter idea, tell me if I've lost my edge. Seems fun though.