Friday, 29 June 2012

Dimitri From Paris Live @ Brixton Clubhouse, London for Slide On The Terrace 3-6-12

The French dude still knows how to put together a party set. Just take a listen to this. Pulling the old DJ trick of taking away the sound so the dancefloor can belt out the lyrics."I'm Every Woman" sounds great when sung by the Brixton Crew.

Then the disco begins. Sylvester, then a whole lotta Diva. Some Rickroll'n, some Bowie, some fun right there!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Broadway Sounds

The Melbourne dance scene loves a winter. The colder it is, the hotter it gets on the tiles and this winter looks to be no exception. Some big tunes coming from bands like The Bamboos, World's End Press and some big disco nights around town. You can keep your crappy summer dance festivals, winter disco is all about the dance-floor in M-Town.

So, it's nice to see a new crew step to it. Any band that lists their major influence as "The Robert Mitchum Calypso LP" is going to be alright by me. And indeed, this band is alright.

Coming out of a Melbourne winter, Broadway Sounds have just the right feel to them. They're an 8-piece jam, blending pop with summery beats and gentle rolling rhythms. Soulful without spilling over into schmaltz, groovy without giving over to the mainstream. Not-quite afro-beat boogie-funk. This is how Lost Animal could sound if they learnt how to smile. How Miami Horror could sound if they came back home. It's what you need to play as you drive down the Eastern Freeway at 5:27pm in the rain on the way home with a bottle of wine for you and your baby. Forget the Barry White mixtape of luurrrrrve. Put this on!

With their new EP; "WIldflowers" just released, I got the chance to ask  Andrew -- singer/ guitartist/ keys/ percussionist (yep, the guy has talent) a few questions.

With the release of your new EP,  how would you best describe the sound that you're going for?
For this EP, soulful was the encompassing word. Essentially we are a pop band making pop songs. The sounds and presentation vary from song to song, but the overall emotion and feel - that comes from within and that is the thread that holds this whole thing together.

How long have you been playing around Melbourne? Broadway Sounds are quite a new band, were you involved in any other musical pursuits before this?
We just started playing a few months ago! We've done a couple of shows and they have been soooooooo fun! I've spent about ten years working on finding my voice and learning to write songs that best reflect me, and now that my friends are on board we are something different altogether! I guess before I got myself into this I was in other projects that didn't really make it out of the house.

Tell us how you put this EP together.
The EP was pretty much a record made in my bedroom. At that time the band wasn't together, it was pretty much made by me with friends playing and singing on certain songs. Simon Landid and Emmanuela Degery sung on 'Sad Song For Easy Lovers' on the EP and are in the live band. They are both so amazing. The legendary Dave Evans played accordion on 'Wildflowers' and is in the live band when we can get him! Same goes with Adam Simmons, who played saxophone and flute on the EP - he is one of the best jazz musicians I've ever heard.

Aaron Shanahan (of Miami Horror) co-produced and mixed the EP. He's one of my best friends, and pretty much turns anything into amazing - so I feel very lucky to have him on board with making records.

When the EP was finished, Clinton Tokona (bass), Philip Jones (drums, vocals and percussion), Otis Chamberlain (keys) and Jen Bishop (sax, vocals and percussion) all came on board and turned it from being a bedroom project into a fully fledged band. I have known Phil and Clint for years and are super sweet guys. I feel like I've known Jen and Otis for just as long too. All of those guys are amazing musicians with a huge depth of knowledge about music and performance; and are great friends. It's a pretty sweet situation I find myself in.

And then there's King Marong! Say no more.

We're planning another EP for summer, and it will be a band effort. I can't wait.

And I understand you do some DJing, too
I love dj'ing! its the perfect outlet for me to showcase records that I've found over the years and sharing them with drunk people. The music varies, sometimes I play a mish mash of different styles, other times I focus on a genre and stick with that for the night. Depends on the situation and what I get myself into. When I dj, it pretty much reflects the band and the EP. It's all related and relevant.

So, when can we catch you guys?
We are playing at The Liberty Social Club in Melbourne, Friday July 13th! I also DJ there on a monthly rotation on Thursday nights. Step to it!

We've got a Soggy Disco Biscuit Exclusive here! A free download of the new single "Over and Over and Over Again."

And you can get the whole EP here

Oh, and here's some Robert Mitchum singing "Coconut Water". Why, well why the hell not?

Monday, 25 June 2012

Saturday, 23 June 2012

AOR Disco Clubbing

The AOR Disco site seems to be getting its mojo back and has been posting some extended mixtapes that capture the smooth sound of the 70s in a discoed fashion. This one rocks it ever so nicely.

01. Gazeebo - Space Rocker
02. Led Zeppelin - Ten Years (Dynamicron Rework)
03. Hair - Aquarius (Matan Arkin Remix)
04. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Dub (Brevil Edit)
05. Sky - Westway (Dark Skies Edit)
06. Dynamicron - Love A Woman0
07. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (Karim Slomo Dub)
08. Beatconductor - Ingo vs Floyd
09. Firefall - Anymore (T2MM Edit)
10. Foreigner - Urgent (Strutt's Not In Any Rush Mix)
11. The Cars - Just What I Needed (Mojo filter Overdrive Re-Edit)


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Count Jackula / Breakfast (The Supermen Lovers Remix)

Hey, it's got to be summer somewhere. It sure ain't summer down here in Melbourne. I think it was zero degrees today, and we're having earthquakes! Fuck that! I need a summer tune to warm me up.

Here it is! Summer in a song. Check that intro. All steel drums and calypso rhythms. Pass me my drink in that coconut and hand me my thongs.

Remember the Supermen Lovers. Destined, I thought, to be one-hit wonders from the late 90s. "Starlight" was, and still is, a great little French disco house number that is fun to dance to, more fun to DJ with, and still sounds good today.

But here's something for you. Check it!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Amine Edge -- Live @ Sankeys

Amine Edge is in the house bringing you the sound of the underground. This French dude is working a new genre -- G-House, or Gansta House; a blend of hip house and funk, deep disco and deeeeep house. It's working for me.

Here's a tidy set put together for the Sankeys massive up in Manchester. Some great tracks, a lot of cheeky remixes, a sweet version of "Hit 'Em Up Style" and lots of woop-woop from the dancefloor.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

40 Thieves featuring Qzen - Don't Turn It Off

Great little one, this one. Cheeky lyric, spacey bassey line and some squiggles around the edges to keep you kinda interested.


Friday, 15 June 2012

one from the vaults

So, a big hello to all of you new visitors to my blog. Hiya! Thanks for dropping 'round. It's been a little busy around here, but you know, always nice to meet some new friends. Drop us a line, eh? Or hit the "Like" button on the Facebook, or leave a comment, or "share" it on the twitters, or, um, upload it to your myspace-tumblr-urbanspoon thingee.

Anyways, it's nice to be getting over 500 visits a week. Hang around a while. It's all disco, all night, all right! I take requests, but only if you're wearing roller-skates. And the clams are on the half-shell.

And I thought you'd like a listen to one of the old mixtapes. I think it's one of my favourites. Been listening to it a bit this week. If anything can define the "Soggy Disco Biscuit" sound, it's this mixtape.

But hey! Grab a listen to all the mixtapes. There are all up there in the top right corner of the page. See where it says "Monthly Podcast"? That's it. Or Click here. All killa, no filla!

October, 2011
-- Track Listing --

  • "Don't Stop The Dub" - Majestys Pleasure 
  • "Music Sounds Better With You (Chateau Flight Remix)" - Stardust 
  • "Emotional Resque (Inflagranti edit)" - Rolling Stones 
  • "Funk Phenomena" - Armand Van Helden 
  • "You're Too Dub" - Terdjman 
  • "Promised Land (Villa Remix)" - Findlay Brown 
  • "Get On The Floor (Holy Ghost Edit)" - Michael Jackson 
  • "Destroy rock and roll (Tom Nevilles clean edit)" - Mylo 
  • "Snake Charmer" - Bag Raiders 
  • "'93 aka Don't Stop Now" - Lemon Jelly

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Golden Era -- David Morales & Roisin Murphy

So here's a combination that makes sense. Roisin Murphy and David Morales. Of course! Why didn't we think of this earlier? Like back in the summer of 1998, when both of these artists were actually relevant and hitting the charts, rather than 14 years later when both of them look like they should be hitting the buffet table at an RSL not hitting a dancefloor. Derp!

But anyways, this little house number is still a guaranteed blockbuster rather than a tanking filibuster. Morales still knows how to put a disco-hosue tune together. You've got your bongos, your big drums, a salsa rhythm that morphs pretty quickly into a "clap -> high hat -> kick drum" house beat that is 1998 all over again.

So, back in those days, we used to buy CD Singles, knowing that there'd be a remix somewhere that would be good. A "Full Intention" rework, a "Boris Dlugosch" remix. Something a little harder, or a little softer. Depending on what you wanted. Check out the remixes below. My choice is the DJ Meme remix, just for the way it bounces.

It's good to have these two back. Bring it back! It does sound a little old, but you know, disco is old. So what!



David Morales Disco Mix
David Morales Album Mix
Dripmaster Dub
Director's Cut Episodic Mix
Franco De Mulero & Hector Romero Golden Days Mix
DJ Meme Remix
Federico Scavo Remix

Monday, 11 June 2012

Disco Mix Two -- Stephane Darras

Nothing like a bit of Parisian disco to warm things up. This a lovely set, blended and mixed as only a Frenchman can; with a bit of cheek and a lot of class.


1 Idris Muhammad - For Your Love (Disco Mix) 
2 Avenue B Boogie Band - Bumper To Bumper (Original 12'' Mix) 
3 People's Choice - Do It Anyway You Wanna 
4 Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up (Orginal Larry Levan 12" Mix) 
5 New York City Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (Larry Levan's Classic West End Remixes) 
6 Althea Forrest and Togetherness - Hey Mister 
7 Larry Hart - Goin' Up In Smoke 
8 Sandy Barber - I Think I'll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) (John Morales Alternative Mix) 
9 First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder 
10 Teddy Pendergrass - You Can't Hide From Yourself (Dimitri From Paris Super Disco Blend) 
11 Jackie Moore - This Time Baby 
12 Arts & Crafts - I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12'' Mix) 
13 Disco Fox - Ebonite 
14 Alex and His Soul Messengers - Hail To Guyana 
15 Mixed Grill - A Brand New Wayo

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Disco Mixtape -- Steele Bonus

I dare you to find any of these songs in your record collection. Lots of rare tunes. In fact, all of them are so rare that you're not sure if you want to dance or just stand back and fire up Shazam to check exactly who it is. Trust me, put the iPhone down and let your feet take over. Hit the floor.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

I Got Burned -- The Bamboos

I can't stop listening to this song. Strong lyrics, soulful grooves and a well informed down-tempo smooch that just blends into any mood you're wearing at the moment.

Who are The Bamboos? Well, they're a tight funk and soul outfit who have been playing around Melbourne for over 10 years. They're festival mainstays, and indie radio darlings, but it's their live shows that get everyone talking.

And who's Tim Rogers? Well, shame on you for asking.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Global Underground -- Complete Set

In the 90s, the Global Underground record label held a huge stable of every big name DJ. These guys were just starting to tour the world, taking the Global Underground sound with them, and everywhere they landed, a party would start. Take a look at some of the names below. Massive DJs with massive tunes for the dance party massive!

These sets were not actual recordings from the gig in that city, but rather, a reflection on the tunes played that night, as well as a feeling of the sound that particular city was offering at the time.

Superstar DJs, here we go!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Goody Goody - It Looks Like Love (DJ Butcher Edit)

Do you like a fat disco bassline? Of course you do. You wouldn't be here, otherwise. This blog is dedicated to the fattest b-lines for the fattest b-boys!

Only one thing better than a big, rolling bass, and that's a smoky, sultry female voice over the top. Sleazy? You bet! Italio-Sleaze? Even better! How about some cow-bells, some jingle-bells, some dingle-berries?

The Cleptomaniacs loved this back in 1999. I'm loving this remix by DJ Butcher, He's from Greece, so send him some love. Or a few dollars!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Soggy Disco Biscuit -- Volume 15

Hooray for the first of the month. The mixtape is here and this one is a smooth retro mix. Lots of old tracks that I know you're gonna love. It'll warm up your winter, for sure.

Old tunes with long remixes that are fun and crazy and quirky and fresh. That Tina Turner re-shape just gets better with every listen. Such a clever reworking. And look out for the drop in the Led Zeppelin tune, it blows up. Some old Stereo MC's transitioned beautifully into the song of the year so far. W.E.P will be massive this year. And from there, it gets all old-skool. Billy Ocean, Madonna, Hall & Oats (kinda) and a Chris Isaak favourite to finish.

Keep warm, keep on dancin'

June, 2012
-- Tracklisting --
"L.A. Nights" - Yasuko Agawa 
"What's Love Got To Do With (Lord of the Isles Re-Shape)" - Tina Turner
"Whole Lotta Love (V's Dub Edit)" - Led Zeppelin
"I Feel Loved" - Volta Cab
"Step It Up" - Stereo MC's
"Second Day Uptown" - World's End Press
"I Can't Go For That (Drunken DT Edit)" - The Bird and the Bee
"Walk Away (Discolog R.I.P. Edit)" - Donna Summer"
"Caribbean Queen (Jona's Rework)" - Billy Ocean
"Deep Inside (Of You) (Soul Trance Mix)" - Shafty
"Into The Groove (Boogie Cartel finished wav)" - Madonna
"Wicked Game (Final DJs 2011 Funky Bass Rmx)" - Chris Isaak