Archive for Italo Disco

Editions Haighton – Italia ‘83

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2014 by dk

Editions Haighton - Italia '83Editions Haighton are homespun edits of dusty curios by Hotflush Recordings’ Jack Haighton.

The first instalment of a quarterly series takes its cues from the Italian disco scene of the early ‘80s, reworking Cyber People’s ‘Void Vision’ into a Hi-NRG burner fit for the early hours at a former power plant, and JM Band’s ‘Computer Monkey’ into a loopy tool with frills.

Limited press, vinyl-only. Release date: May 26th 2014

A – Void People
B – JM Beats (And the night goes on)


Hot Casandra Getaway Heart EP(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2013 by dk

HOT CASANDRA2013 has been a busy year for London based duo Hot Casandra. Fresh off the back of performances at Pacha, Proud Camden and Café 1001 and with sets at Ministry of Sound, the duo have been spinning their Smooth Electro sounds at top clubs around the London circuit.

Originally hailing from Romania, Hot Casandra are by no means strangers to the limelight. In Romania they enjoyed high profile, with regular appearances on MTV, National Television and Eastern European festivals. Meanwhile on the press front they have seen reviews in FHM, The Guardian and Tillate. But 2013 sees the duo move to the UK as they introduce their brand of Electro the UK crowd.

‘Getaway Heart’ is the new single from the duo. A slow burn Electro groove that works it’s way towards climax. With Paul Ballo on live drums and bass and Elena providing haunting female vocals, the track draws inspiration from acts like Simian Mobile Disco and classic Italo-Disco. The track bubbles on increasingly draws the listener in as it builds in emotion and tension.

Next up on the package is ‘Mouthwatering’. An emotive Electro trip, with 80s Electro influences and great male and female vocals, answering each other as the track rolls on. Synth stabs prevail, alongside driving live drums and thoughtful melodies. Not to be missed!




Midnight Magic new album + North American Tour with Holy Ghost!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by dk

Midnight_MagicMidnight Magic release new album ‘Midnight Creepers’ + North American Tour with Holy Ghost!
‘Midnight Creepers’ out on October 4th via Permanent Vacation.
Tour Stops Include NYC, LA and Chicago!

A NYC ensemble bonded by an unwavering desire to make the listener and the rhythm become one.
Fall 2013 will see Midnight Magic link up with buddies Holy Ghost! for an extensive US tour! The tour will see Midnight Magic celebrate the release of their forthcoming ‘Midnight Creepers’ album on Permanent Vacation.

As if they were the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton, Midnight Magic join the dots between funk, disco, electro and soul, stamping their own musical footprint on NYC’s revered dance music landscape.

Since releasing their interstellar dance floor mainstay “Beam Me Up” 12” in 2010, Magic Midnight have forged a family bond with Permanent Vacation. Released on October 4th the ‘Midnight Creepers’ album pools together a hot body of the bands music, deeply soaked in the rhythms of New York City.

– Tour dates… w/ Holy Ghost! –

10/12/13 Denver, CO / Bluebird Theatre
10/13/13 Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
10/15/13 Seattle, WA / Neumos
10/16/13 Portland, OR / Velvet Jones
10/18/13 Santa Barbara, CA / Velvet Jones
10/19/13 San Francisco, CA / Treasure Island
10/20/13 Los Angeles, CA / Fonda
10/21/13 Phoenix, AZ / Crescent Ballroom
10/22/13 Tuscon, AZ / Club Congress
10/24/13 Austin, TX / Emo’s East
10/25/13 Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
10/26/13 Dallas, TX / Club Dada
10/28/13 Atlanta, GA / Terminal West
10/30/13 Cambridge, MA / Sinclair
10/31/13 New York, NY / Terminal 5
11/01/13 / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club
11/02/13 Philadelphia, PA / Theatre of Living Arts
11/04/13 Burlington, VT / Higher Ground
11/05/13 Montreal, ON / Belmont
11/07/13 Columbus, OH / A&R Bar
11/08/13 / Pontiac. MI / Crofoot Ballroom
11/09/13 Chicago, IL / Metro

Ralph Myerz feat. Annie – Take A Look At The World (prod. by Royksopp)(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2013 by dk

Ralph Myerz feat. Annie - Take A Look At The WorldRALPH MYERZ
feat ANNIE
Label: Disco Piñata Music
Released: AUGUST 2013

Ralph Myerz returns with the first single from his star studded 3rd Album ‘Supersonic Pulse’, and he’s pulled out all the stops with amongst others George Clinton, Roxanne Shanté, Snoop Dogg & Kurupt guesting.

‘Taker A Look At The World’ is the first single from the album and includes two stars from Ralphs homeland of Norway, Royksopp on production duties, and ‘Annie’ on vocals.

Røyksopp, Annie & Ralph are all from the same music scene in Bergen, which blossomed in the early Noughties with a whole wave of electronic tinged artists emerging at once. As well as Royksopp there was Datarock, Bjørn Torske, Annie, Kings Of Convenience , and Ralph Myerz who after success with music for both adverts and film received an invite to work with Rappers like Snoop and ASAP Rocky in the USA and Canada.

15 years later Ralph is about to release his 3rd solo album and as he explains, he had a vision for album number 3 of bringing all the artists he had worked with past and present together:

When I put this album together I wanted to have all the people I had visualised in my mind that would suit each track perfectly, and I instantly knew when the instrumental for Do The Damn Thang was finished I had to have Snoop & George Clinton on it.
Snoops crew ‘The Dogg Pound’ had already been in my studio in Bergen, Norway recording music so they already liked a lot of my music and had heard a lot of the other tracks that were going on the album, so it was actually quite easy to get it done. Since I already had a connection to Snoop’s crew ‘The Dogg Pound’ I basically just asked them ! People like George Clinton followed on from tha

Ralph Myerz

Late Night Tales by Röyksopp

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2013 by dk

LateNightTalesRoyksopp-ArtworkThe new edition of Late Night Tales journeys to Scandinavia to invite Norwegian duo Röyksopp to delve through their record collection. Their Late Night Tales mix is eclectic, diverse and wonderful. Sliding from light folk to widescreen ambience to experimental rock to prog-pop (seasoned with the occasional guilty pleasure); it’s all in the spirit of the night.

Label: Late Night Tales
Cat no: ALNCD32
Released: Sunday June 16th, 2013


  1. Royksopp – Daddy’s Groove
  2. Rare Bird – Passing Through
  3. Little River Band – The Light Of Day
  4. Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking
  5. Vangelis – Blade Runner Blues
  6. Röyksopp – Ice Machine
  7. Johann Johannsson – Adi Et Amo
  8. F.R. David – Music
  9. Prelude – After The Goldrush
  10. Richard Schneider Jnr. – Hello Beach Girls
  11. Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore
  12. Thomas Dolby – Budapest By Blimp
  13. Byrne & Barnes – Love You Out Of Your Mind
  14. Andreas Vollenweider – Hands And Clouds
  15. John Martyn – Small Hours
  16. XTC – The Somnambulist
  17. This Mortal Coil – Till I Can Gain Control Again
  18. Popol Vuh – Aguirre I (Lacrime Di Rei)
  19. Benedict Cumberbatch – Flat Of Angles (part 2)


Visage to Release First Album In 29 Years! “Hearts and Knives”+Free Download “Shameless Fashion” EP

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dk


DOWNLOAD “Shameless Fashion” EP HERE

Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the ’80s sound, Visage return with a new album Hearts and Knives. “It has been 29 years since the last Visage album and during that period it often seems like we have all lived through several lifetimes,” comments Steve Strange, the band’s creative force and flamboyant leader singer. Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was soon augmented with members of Magazine (John McGeoch, Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single “Tar” with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1979 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album).

Their breakthrough track “Fade To Grey” became a European hit and reached number 1 in eight countries in 1980. The band then enjoyed a series of hit singles “Mind Of A Toy,” “Night Train” and “The Anvil” coming from a pair genre defying albums, the eponymous Visage in 1980 and The Anvil in 1982. In 1981 Ultravox now led by Midge Ure took off and in 1982 Midge and Billy left to concentrate on what would become one of the biggest bands of the ’80s. In 1984 Visage made their third albumBeatboy. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom throughout Europe he continued to be active in hosting club nights (The Camden Palace, Club For Heroes) and in the fashion world.
In 2010 Steve reconnected with Steve Barnacle and began writing songs once more. Some time later ex-Ultravox guitaristRobin Simon joined the equation, bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that “Visage sound”) to the project, but also his own distinctive style and ethereal musicianship. Vocalist Lauren Duvall was invited into the fold, adding not only her sultry vocal ability but a slice of the classic Visage glamour too. With the core members in place the picture slowly started forming and the band reached out (once again) to Martin Rushent. He suggested the blueprint for the album and had began working on the first tracks before his untimely death in 2010. The Hearts And Knives album is dedicated to Martin.


The album features collaborations and contributions from Dave Formula (former Visage and Magazine keyboard player),Mick MacNeil (the former keyboard player and creative musical core of Simple Minds), ’80s super producer YouthRich Mowatt and Logan Sky. The sound of Hearts and Knives is “classic Visage” but with modern songs and style. There is the odd tip of the hat to modern production values but the sound is 1980-1982 Visage. It’s Vintage keyboards and synthesizers all the way. There’s not software synths on this record! The production by John Bryan and analogue synthesizer collector Sare Havlicek is firmly rooted in the ’80s. Many of the tracks are instantly recognizable as Visage (Moogs and the obligatory CR78 drum sound feature on several).
Visage (French for “Face”) has always been one part music to one part style & fashion. In 1980 the explosive combination of then futurist synthesizer music, fashion, make up & gender ambiguity set the blue print for the New Romantic movement and eventually the style template of the 1980s. Visage was one of the bands to evolve out of the famous night club the Blitz Club, created and hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. Other bands included the infamous Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
Innovative style, clothing and make-up continue to be central to brand “Steve Strange.” In a series of style looks for the album he has collaborated with designers Haus of Gaga, Sorapol, Mark Fowler and long time collaborator milliner Stephen Jones OBE. The first album cover in 1980 was shot by veteran music photographer Peter Ashworth in the Blitz Club. Peter returns to shoot the cover of the fourth album. The shot references the famous “Fade To Grey” white face & water motif now displayed on a mask created by Lara Himpelmann. The current day Steve Strange bursts through the mask in a blaze of silver & red.
Hearts and Knives may have been a long time in coming but it is a purposeful statement of just where Steve Strange and Visage are at present. The past has been full of highs and lows but musically & creatively they are at a point where they can confidently present an album containing all the strands of their unique mix of music, fashion and style.
Hearts and Knives Tracklisting:
1 Never Enough
2 Shameless Fashion
3 She’s Electric (Coming Around)
4 Hidden Sign
5 On We Go
6 Dreamer I Know
7 Lost In Static
8 I Am Watching
9 Diaries Of A Madman
10 Breathe Life
11 Shameless Fashion – The Extened Mix (Bonus Track Exclusive to U.S. CD)
Visage’s new album Hearts and Knives is due for release in the U.S. June 11, 2013 and will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digtal formats through Pylon Records. Fall 2013 U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.


Download:Crystal Fighters – You & I (Gigamesh Remix)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2013 by dk

Crystal Fighters - You & I (Gigamesh Remix)


Upcoming Tour Dates:

Fri, May 17 – Mono Bar – Warsaw, Poland
Sat, May 18 – Wanderlust – Paris, France
Sun, May 19 – Chill Out Festival – Istanbul, Turkey
Fri, May 31 – [venue T.B.A.] – Jakarta, Indonesia
Sat, June 1 – Ku De Ta – Denpasar, Bali
Fri, July 12 – Camp Bisco – Mariaville, NY
Sun, July 14 – Lightning In A Bottle Festival – Temecula, CA
Thur, July 25 – FloydfFest – Floyd, VA
Fri, July 26 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
Thu, Aug 15 – Social Club, Paris, France
Fri, Aug 16 – XOYO w/ Mylo – London, UK
Sat, Aug 17 – Fish Factory – Falmouth, UK
Thur, Aug 22 – The Behive – Zurich, Switzerland
Fri, Aug 23 – Decks On The Beach – Beruit, Lebanon
Sat, Aug 24 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain