Disco Morricone

I’m always trawling online sites and blogs for disco old and new. I came across a wee belter “Disco Morricone” last week from Ramsey Hercules on Stereopor Records out of Sofia, Bulgaria. I don’t know much about him other than he’s clearly a lover of proper disco and soul. Just check out his edits. And Ramsey, your attitude to sharing the music with those who get it is fresh.  There’s clearly plenty who do.

I’m ashamed to say I don’t know Morricone’s music that well, but assume this is a dance floor tribute to his many film scores? Definitely the kind of tune I’d expect Horse Meat Disco to drop. It’s a beauty.

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Aeroplane “We Can’t Fly”

Gosh, back in, like, ages ago, Aeroplane crashed onto the nu-disco/house scene like a breath of fresh air. Pitched down French house grooves and balearic beats. They parted ways as a duo with Stephen Fasano (now The Magician turning our superb monthly Magic Tapes) leaving Vito De Luca to it.

The Aeroplane debut album “We Can’t Fly” came way back in September 2010. I should have loved it but didn’t. The title track was the one that kind of grabbed me initially but I always felt it under-used the gospel choir and should have been a extended disco monster. Fast forward two years and it’s still getting the remix treatment. This one I like.  It’s from Oliver out of LA and its 4 mins 17 sec of gospel, synth-funk. Apparently done ages ago but just released. Buy. It’s from the rather good Eskimonde – A Decade of Eskimo Recordings.

Aeroplane – We Can’t Fly (Oliver Remix)

If you need reminding of what an amazing remix sounds like and the on point talent of Aeroplane as a duo – look no further than Grace Jones “Williams Blood” (Aeroplane remix). Superb.

Edit: Check out the Magician’s latest magic tape just out on 12 November featuring some killer tunes.

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Stereogamous “Face Love Anew”

Honey Soundsystem’s HNYTRX (San Francisco) and CockTail d’Amore (Berlin) have joined together for the debut single by Sydney’s Stereogamous called “Face Love Anew”  featuring Shawn J. Wright on vocals.   Stereogamous are a DJ/production duo from Sydney, Australia who have remixed LCD Soundsystem, Light Asylum, Sam Sparro and George Michael (White Light). Shaun J. Wright is best known for his contributions to wonderful Hercules and Love Affair.

The promo blurb describes it as  “A melancholic dance anthem that displays the weight of Wright’s deep, penetrating vocals. Stereogamous production effortlessly slithers around Shaun’s vocals before deliverng an epic breakdown, seamlessly gliding the listener into a massive, radiating head-rush. “Face Love Anew”‘s climactic peak activates all the pleasurable regions – beware of its effects on the dancefloor and in the bedroom.” Indeed. Whatever the blurb the snippet sounds like bloody good house music to me and up there with Hercules “My House” (still a major tune) or Azari & III “Restless with your love”.  These artists may be gay but it’s time for the gay club scene to wake up to underground house.

The digital release has remixes from Kim Ann Foxman, The Miracle’s Club , Horse Meat Disco and The Carry Nation. Anyhoo, here is the original mix. Love it.

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Back with some new music

Slap my old white arse for being away from music blogging for so long.  Competing priorities I guess, but the good news is that I have far from lost my mojo for new music. In fact, I’m as obsessed as ever – and passionate about going to DJ gigs to hear fresh sounds on solid sound systems.  That’s London for ya.

I remember when I first started this blog I thought I had to upload and share (for free) the tunes I loved, as a way of giving back something. Now, I wonder where that notion came from as you’re smart enough to buy your own music – or find it where you will.  I’m still old school and like the convenience of browsing an online store, tossing them into my cart and speeding through the checkout with the quality (320 or WAV) I want.  It’s still www.junodownload.com for me and sometimes www.beatport.com . I look for new sounds, those that move genres forward or add something fresh. There’s a lot of same-sounding music out there.  I’ll post the tunes that I love, and the odd podcast.

Let’s jump into some tunes that are on repeat for me:

Only Children “Whatever Makes U”  (Razor N Tape) Buy

Hailing from Chicago, Only Children are about house, funk, robofunk, tropical, and disco. This new tune’s got classic house piano, rubbery bassline and just enough bounce.

Flip it over for “Falling” a rerub of Surface’s 1983 Salsoul song Falling in Love, with cut-up vocals and the very-2012-but-so-80s, rubber bassline.  Tracks like this make the mid 80s US synth sound quite palatable. Where did I put that Total Contrast album.

Francis Inferno Orchestra “Astral Breeze”
  (FINA) buy

James Griffin from Melbourne is a producer I’ve whittered on about previously. For the first four minutes we’re in moody deep house territory, then the house piano arrives to lift it, and at five minutes we’re proper dancing. This is exactly the kind of tune that would make me grin madly early on in a set.


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Jessie Ware rules

When it comes to sophisticated, timeless pop music, look no further than Jessie Ware (sorry I just linked to myspace which is all kinds of lame). Try here for a proper music site.  So far, Jessie has blessed us with several songs; “Strangest Feeling”, the sublime “Runnin”, “110%”, “What you won’t do for love” and now her latest single “Wildest Moments”. Her album drops in August and I’m guessing it will top many best of 2012 lists.

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A disco celebration

Here’s a new mix that celebrates the funk, the groove and the boogie. It’s a weekend of celebration in the UK.

There’s a few tunes you’ll know and some you won’t – plus it finishes with a new disco classic “We Could Fly”.

Click your mouse here to listen or download.


1. Debonair “Why”
2. Loca Loca “Hey Mr. DJ”
3. Disco Deviance “Night Dancing” (Dicky Trisco Edit)
4. Toto “Georgy Porgy” (Satin Jackets Edit)
5. Boogie Culture “Montana”
6. Disco Deviance “High Speed Connection” (Pete Herbert Edit)
7. Spirit Catcher “Rendezvous”
8. Sister Sledge “Greatest Dancer” (Daz Digs Edit)
9. Sunday Night Fevers “Disco Rocket” (Pete Herbert Edit)
10. Change “Holiday” (LNTG Edit)
11. Sunday Night Fevers “Jump on the Floor” (Pete Herbert Edit)
12. S.O.S. Band “Let’s Do It” (LNTG Edit)
13. Sam Sparro “We Could Fly”

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Scritti Politti live and intimate


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Roberto Rodriguez delivers the deep house album of the year.

Roberto Rodriguez has been on my radar for a while now as a house producer to watch and he’s just released his debut album ‘Dawn‘ (buy it). He’s all about the warm, synthy deep house and, as Juno said, nu-disco fusion. I say it’s melodic, warm, sexy soulful music.

I was going to write  a track by track review but I’m so immersed in it right now, I’d end up using every adjective in the dictionary, so here’s a couple one review and another.  In an age when no one really buys artist album in the dance genre, I hit ‘add to cart’ without even listening. House album of the year hands down.

Check him out on Soundcloud. Here’s a fun (non-album) rework he did of a very familiar 90s dance tune under is Manolo moniker.



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R.I.P. Donna Summer

Following the most soulful weekend of my life, this week brings the tragic news of the death of Donna Summer. I really don’t know how to describe what I feel when these musical legends pass away. I’ve literally grown up with her music which has bookmarked my teenage years and beyond. A Horse Meat Disco Sunday night is not complete without a Donna song. I saw the tweets and sat there all tingly and sad for some time at my desk. There’s so many classics, in fact looking at her work tonight, there’s little that does’t seem like a classic. Even the Stock Aitken Waterman album sounds good tonight.

The song I’ve posted is possibly lesser known and shows that she wasn’t just about the disco hits.  It’s from her 1982 album produced by Quincy Jones, the Billy Strayhorn jazz standard ‘Lush Life.

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Day 3 @ Southport

Sunday funday arrived too soon but there was plenty to see and experience yet. We were back in the Powerhouse by 2.30 for the brilliant Souldynamic duo – bouncing uplifting house with several vodkas. They handed over to Josh Milan from Blaze who dazzled me with his energy and keyboard skills. Natasha Watts up next followed by the (her phrase) ‘queen of gospel energy’ Dawn Tallman. They got together for a cover of Sounds of Blackness’ “Optimistic” – joyous.
Phil Asher then took us into The Brand New Heavies. They trotted out all the hits – there’s plenty of em. Tight, funky and soulful.
To round of the afternoon at 6pm Karizma again – he whipped the room into a bloody frenzy with classics – Bill Withers ( a massive golden lit every hands in the air moment), Imagination, Space Cowboy. I have even more respect for him now.

Time for bangers and mash and a sleep before the after party. Only 3000 people could stay so it was comfy. Anthony Nicholson dropped some Chicago house but it wasn’t quite the energy we needed. The Dome was going off and we spent an hour or so amongst the crowd. Banging it were. Jan had said we mustn’t miss Atjazz and she was right. His performance and connection with what he was playing were something to behold. He played air guitar, air piano exactly the keys at the right time. I’ve not seen a DJ feel it that much – plus all new music to me. The love and respect in the room was immense. A highlight.

So there you have it. All the hype was matched, and it’s been a defining weekend with the bar lifted for every other gig now. Literally everyone is there for the music, a very educated crowd, everyone danced all the time and had the best time they could.

To wrap up here’s a few random things from the weekend:
The guy with the big Willy Wonka tattoo.
Playing Air triangle a lot.
Taking the piss with air saxophone.
Some crazy Experimental music.
The Dome – the perfect space.
Baby powder on the floor.
People dancing with cups of tea on the dancefloor.
High fives all the time.
Hugs and smiles.
Everyone seems like a friend by day 3.
Forraging for bottled water.
Too much chewing gum.
Stepping on people’s toes a lot.
Sunshine for 3 days.
Chasing geese up the path at 3am.
Kerri Chandler everywhere.
Famous DJs just hanging out at the party and having pics taken.
A record fair.
Sticky floors from spilled drinks.
Forgetting to buy a t shirt (damn).
Bananas – I ate a lot of them.
Talking shit when we’re tired – mostly made up French, Italian and Catalan.
Nom Nom Nom.
Very tired legs.

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