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  • Best of 2007

    14 Jan 2008, 01:59 by sharevari

    And there goes another year in which I've totally failed to get into the sounds of today.

    The top 100 songs I listened to in 2007

    1. G.A.N.G. - KKK (Club Mix) (1983)
    Another year, another best of and yet again, a track from 1983 made by an acronym from Italy takes the top spot! It was even harder this time to pick the number one, but in the end this sublime gem of floaty electronic disco won out. It's just perfect, there isn't a single element that could be improved. My favourite bit is the bell-like sequence that first makes an appearance at 1:33. It's anyone's guess why it's named KKK, as the sounds emanating from the speakers are as far from cross-burning dimwits as you could possibly get. As per usual with this sort of stuff, there is virtually no info around about the people who made it or where it came from. But there's a spot-on comment by a user named restless on its Discogs page that nicely summarises the mood of the piece: "Too slow to really dance to it, too floating to be a radio hit…
  • new Sonic Sunset mix: Lay It On Me

    25 Sep 2007, 16:56 by MacQ

    So hey i'm going to try out the last.fm journal and see if anyone actually reads these.. i've got a new mix for download on our website:

    Sonic Sunset

    Alternate soundtrack to a 1983 film about a spaceman stranded in Harlem, expressed with soul, electronic funk & boogie - winds up with a few beautifully synthesized italo disco anthems from the same era.

    Download - http://sonicsunset.org/ci_20070901_matt_BrotherFrom.mp3


    The New Birth - It's Been A Long Time (BMG) 1972
    Loggins and Messina - Pathway to Glory - Full Sail (Columbia) 1973
    Sylvia - Lay It On Me (Vibrations) 1977
    Mcl - New York @ halfspeed (WEST SIDE) 1987
    Aleem - Confusion (Nia) 1985
    Bombers - Don't Stop the Music (West End) 1979
    The Love Unlimited Orchestra (presents Webster Lewis) - Welcome Aboard (Unlimited Gold) 1981
    Fonda Rae - HEYOBAH (Posse Records) 1983
    Venise - Play Boy (Superradio) 1984
    Daniel Wang - Warped - Look Ma, No Drum Machine (Balihu) 1993
  • It's Automatic, London, Friday 28 Sep

    15 Sep 2007, 14:04 by sharevari

    So it's finally happening. It's been about four months since the rooftop BBQ where me and Sasha started discussing starting a night and Graziela, being absent as per usual, enthusiastically texted back in support of the idea.

    Between us, we have slightly different musical tastes, but with all three being die-hard Future Brain regulars, it was somewhat inevitable that italo disco would play a large part in this new night. We did not however, want it to be just about italo, as Future Brain already does a fantastic job of that. The idea is that It's Automatic should bring together a wider range of styles, from old school electro and freestyle to jacking ghetto disko a la Legowelt, to Detroit techno to minimal synth to 80s pop to italo/cosmic disco etc. All with an emphasis on fun and danceability (and cheesy synths ;).

    The name, in case you're wondering, is nicked from electro classic It's Automatic by Freestyle.

    So, do come down to The Macbeth on Friday 28 September and join in the festivities. …