Finding suitable tracks, putting them into order and then mixing them is proving to be an extremely frustrating process. Who would have thought?
Introduction songs, ending songs, build up songs, banging songs... GAH.
The single positive that I can take out of this whole experience is that I have managed to reconnect with the world of disco.
After a period of intermittent-at-best disco following, it was nice to see that things have been bubbling away nicely while I have been gone.
American Athlete - once a major stop for all things disco, as well as a nice insight into the world of Pat Les Stache - was wound up late last year, but its spirit lives on the form of Les Stache's new blog Village Dance Radio. This time around, his focus is on "jazz and afro-latin grooves".. Heaps of vibraphone, heaps of chanty vocals and heaps of funky bass. Heaps good. If that sounds like your cup o' tea, head over and take a look.
A couple of his recent edits can be found on there as well.. Unfortunately they aren't downloadable (as they will be featuring on upcoming 12" releases), but you can still stream the shit out of them..
I would particularly love to direct you to his edit of Ray Stephen Oche's '70 bangor Odeiyolaoo.. Guys wailing on trumpets over bongos and a warmly warbling bass sounds good any ol' time - especially right now.
Pat Les Stache - Odeiyolaoo Mambo
Odeiyolaoo Mambo is a preview from his upcoming release The Spirit Rides Again which will be released on Finnish label Kojack Sounds in late Feb. Preorder that here.
Other high-five worthy news in the world of disco is the continuing run of form by Norwegian master Todd Terje.. I won't spend too much time talking about it here (I'm sure you are sick of hearing of Terje's defiance of recent Scandinavian disco prejudgement) but I would like to say that yes, his The Arps EP is every bit as good as RA and Pitchfork have said it is.. Sheer nu-disco brilliance.
I'm sure most of you would have copped lead single Inpsector Norse already, so I thought I would share the lush Swing Star Pt 1 + Pt 2.. An awesomely shimmery 11 minute synth odyssey that gently winds its way through several decades and time signatures. Part 2 (from seven minutes on) in particular is worth checking out with its profound melodies and playful keys.
If you haven't already, grab The Arps EP here. It is well worth your while.
And if this computer can survive my frustrations, a couple of mixtapes will appear on these pages soon. Fingers crossed..