Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Joan Ashe :: My Life

Probably 1 of my favorite discoveries over the last year or 2; I first came across a copy of this through Friends of Sound in Austin and found a 2nd copy buried in a stack of 12s in South Carolina last Summer. I can't get much information on who Joan Ashe was other than that this is from the Atlanta area and that the label put out a couple of early rap 12s. Although listed as a promo, I presume that this wasn't released any other way. The B-side has an instrumental of the same length.

Joan Ashe | My Life | Gold Mine Records | early to mid 80s

High Fidelity :: Magic Carpet

Another Peter Brown production that gets better with each listen; only problem is that the red vinyl brings down the audio fidelity a bit. The purple label/black vinyl version is however even rarer than this pressing and will cost you 3 to 4 bills, but what on Queen Constance is easy to find really? Magic Carpet is the best cut to my ears.

High Fidelity | Magic Carpet | Queen Constance | 98 | late 70s

Sunday, January 24, 2010

K-Hollywood Hollis :: K-Hollywooda-Rap

One of the earliest disco rap 12" from the West Coast, this record was once trading hands for several hundred dollars before some sealed copies turned up recently and a copy of this essential release has come back to the more reasonable price of about $50. In traditional disco rap style, there's not really much of a chorus so you've got to pick your place to mix out. The B-side has an interesting but mostly forgettable lounge ballad by Vickie Hollis.

K-Hollywood Hollis | K-Hollywooda-Rap | Central City Records | 1982

Reanna Coleman :: You're In My Pocket

Possibly the rarest release on Noel Williams' Miami-based label, You're in My Pocket includes additional production by Tommy Stewart of Bump and Hustle Music fame and is about the smoothest release on the label, nestled in nicely between the electro rap releases and the edgier electronic stuff like Connie Case. There's an instrumental included on the flip.

Reanna Coleman | You're In My Pocket | Konduko | 3035 | 1984

Friday, January 22, 2010

Skip Jackson & The Natural Experience :: Micro Wave Boogie

No, that's not me turning the bass up really high in the mix, that's on the record. A known and desired 12" for awhile, Micro Wave Boogie has New York written all over it, but they trick it up a bit with the phasing percussion throughout the record and dub it out towards the end of the record with lots of scat-styled vocals. This yellow label copy is considered the remix and there's a white label/red text version that I've never come across.

Skip Jackson & The Natural Experience | Micro Wave Boogie | Catamount | late 70s

Thursday, January 21, 2010

John Greek and The Limiters :: I'm Hot For Your Body

With flanging effects and swirling synths, this is the kind of record I would envision being a Baldelli Cosmic Disco kind of record, clocking in at under 90 bpm with that prog disco feel; but from what I can tell, this is ungoogleable, unpopsikeable, unknown. Some may cry for an edit to chop out the rock-ish vocal, but that's just the kind of record it is and I ain't mad at it. This copy came from Waco Texas of all places.

John Greek and The Limiters | I'm Hot For Your Body | Wall of Sound Records | 1979

Lotti G. :: What It's Worth

Class boogie 12" produced by Lenny Underwood of Unlimited Touch; this is 1 of those records that seems like it should have been big when it was released and 1 you'd expect to be easier to find. The regular release has red labels, both releases have long and short versions as well an instrumental. Interesting side note is that appears to have some involvement from Next Plateau though this appears to be the sole release on the label.

Lotti G | What It's Worth | C Sharp Records | Early 80s

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kasso :: One More Round (Remix by Frankie Knuckles)

US remixer of an Italian artist on a German label - maybe that's why this remix is so damn tough to get a copy of. Similar in vein to Knuckles' nearly as tough remix of Unfinished Business' Out Of My Hands, this remix of One More Round has some early house elements to it but infuses enough disco elements in it that it, like Out Of My Hands, stands alone as a classic. The version on the US LP doesn't even come close. Some may also recognize the sample from Derrick Carter's Blue Cu release under Shock Therapy.

Kasso | One More Round | Haristol Records & Tapes | 1986

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Derrick Harriott :: Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

This one has been a long time want for the cover of Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys, but as it turns out this whole LP is nice with a great cover of I'm Your Puppet. It's no surprise that Sly and Robbie are involved and the whole LP has that Garage vibe they were able to capture with Gwen Guthrie.

Derrick Harriott | Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys | Crystal Records | 1982

Franki Zhivago :: Disco Funkanoo

I picked this up at the Fall ARC show in Austin and I'm quickly catching on that Florida had an intense disco scene to rival that of anything coming out of either coast. Even the guitar doesn't bother me on this one; all of the right elements are here and this release avoids the pitfall of some unnecessary chord change. The sparse artwork just adds to the intrigue.

Franki Zhivago | Disco Funkanoo | Space | 5478 | 1978

Lisa Warrington :: I Like The Way You Do It

Discovered in a recent warehouse dig in perfectly sealed condition, this basement disco release is from 1984 but sounds years earlier and gave me the inspiration to start this blog to highlight some lesser known disco and boogie releases. From Philadelphia and apparently a tough pull, this has all the right changes in the right places and is perfectly produced with Warrington's vocals.

Audio has been removed as a legit reissue is in the works!