Friday, April 24, 2009

Ca-The-Drals



From 1976 through 1980, when disco was king, the music of D.C. LaRue ruled the underground and avant garde dance floors of the world. With #1 hits like “Cathedrals,” “Let Them Dance,” “Do You Want The Real Thing” and “Hot Jungle Drums & Voo Doo Rhythm” he was a major creative force behind a movement that evolved into the pop/dance music of the 80s, 90s and this current decade.

Making one’s mark as a spokesman for any genre on the first try is not easy but his premiere dance recording “Cathedrals” was such an influential hit that it prompted Casbox Magazine’s Aaron Fuchs to rave: “Cathedrals” is to discos what “Blue Suede Shoes” is to rock dance halls. By mid-1976 “Cathedrals” had become a top ten dance record throughout the world. D.C. LaRue was the first white male to ever hold the #1 R&B/Soul chart position in England. “Cathedrals” was the first commercially available 12” 45 rpm disco single in the USA and the only 12” single ever to be charted on the Billboard Magazine Top 100 Singles Chart before or since. And this was just the first in a string of D.C. LaRue musical firsts!

About the extended break on the 12” remix of “Indiscreet” (until now commercially unavailable) rapper Grandmaster Flash is quoted as saying: “It was the first Hip Hop break I ever heard…the start of all the Hip Hop and Rap beats to come.” That was 1976!

“Let Them Dance” (released in 1978) was the beginning of D.C.’s successful quest to change album tracks into radically different remixed 12” dance singles. And by 1979 his 12” remix of “So Much For L.A.” (from LaRue’s “Star, Baby” album) saw a remix containing new lyrics, revised arrangements, erased tracks, looping and sampling. It was the fruition of the consummate “cut and paste” recording. Needless to say, it was nothing like the original LP track!

And now, with a genuine world wide re-interest in the disco/dance music of the 70s, it appears that D.C. LaRue’s time has arrived once again. And his music continues to titillate the musical palette of the discriminating dance music lover around the globe via the world wide web. With each reissue and sample of one of his dance classics his enduring legend of fans are now being joined by a whole new group of people who are finding his work not only the perfect reflection of the dazzling disco era gone by but an example of an art that is even more relevant today…over 30 years later.

Back in 1981 the editor’s of GQ Magazine voted D.C. LaRue one of the 6 creative artists who would epitomize “success in the decades ahead.” Little did they know how right they were!!



D.C. LaRue - Ca-The-Drals

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dancing Digits



The original mix of this obscure 80's disco track has been a huge tune for the likes of DJ Harvey / Daniel Wang and has subsequently become a highly prized slab of vinyl.

The Soft Rocks remake which was completely stripped down, (and all parts replayed with musicians including Alice Russell from Quantic Soul Orchestra), and turns out to be a fine piece of deep, disco house. 

Hell yes, you need this in your life!



David Astri - Dancing Digits (Soft Rocks Remake)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Social Disco Club Dj Set at Discosafari (Milan)



Just a quick link to the live mix at Discosafari in Milan.

Crazy Party!


Social Disco Club Dj Set at Discosafari

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Guest Mix #5 Eddie C



Im very pleased to have Eddie C, the Jiscomusic latest star, on the Guest Mixes series.

Eddie C lives in beautiful Banff, Canada in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a mecca for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, not a place you'd expect to find disco evangelists such as himself. Complemetary to his ski-bum lifestyle, Eddie C also has a fervor for record collection and quality music of all genres. 

Raised on a farm in southern Ontario, he discovered said quality music, like many others, at a young age through late night radio and frequent trips to Toronto record shops during the golden era of Hip Hop and Acid House. Still a passionate record collector, his taste has become increasingly eclectic and as a DJ in a land of Lady Gaga/Nickelback mashups, it is most important for him to share his finds with others at local night spots. 

DJing has been a way of life for him since junior high-school. Inspired first by Toronto's British infused rave culture of the early 90s and then by many trips to Detroit and Detroit-inspired Ontario cities, he was at the center of an incredible Techno and House culture movement at the time. Moving to Banff in 2000, just after the first Detroit Electronic Music Festival was a move he and his fiance, now wife, did not expect, but it turned out for the best as the music felt to be drying up a bit by then. At the same time he began buying old records for the first time, and started experimenting with sample-based music production.

As a producer, he has just released his first 12" on Jiscomusic out of the UK. Having spent the bulk of this decade focussing on Hip Hop production and searching for rare funk and oddball records to sample, he only recently delved back into disco and house music. Everything has felt to him like a natural progression musically, keeping on is what is so important. Everything comes full circle and we are on the cusp of something great!

Upcoming releases include a digital release remix on Toronto's own Pawn Shop Records due out this April; a limited edition 7" with Colin De La Plante (the Mole), in May; an EP of disco edits and original production for Karat Records of Paris this summer; a release for five20east out of Scotland, and a future 12" for Jisco with Mark E also coming this summer. 


Tracklist:

01. House of House - The Rough Half (Whatever We Want)
02. Eddie C - Between Now and Then (CDR) 
03. ? - Baby Cage (Moxie)
04. Manuel Gottsching - E2 E4 (White)
05. Mark E - Smokescreen (Sonar Kollectiv)
06. Dj harvey - Love Finger (Black Cock)
07. Eddie C - You're Welcome (Jiscomusic)
08. Joubert Singers - Stand On The Word (Hot Coins Remix) (Tirk)
09. Matrix - Stay (I Need Your Love) (Disconet)
10. Bill Withers - You Got the Stuff (Columbia)
11. Mike Burns - Everybody's Mantra (Disco Devil)
12. Herbie Hancock - Twilight Clone (Columbia)
13. Edwin Birdsong - Rapper Dapper Snapper (Salsoul)
14. Sylvester - I Need Somebody To Love Tonight (Fantasy)



Guest Mix # 5 (Eddie C)

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