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Chromatics’ "Kill For Love"- yearning late night italo disco. Italians Do It Better 2012.

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There is no doubt in my mind that "The Raven", from the Alan Parsons Project's album Tales of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe, influenced Justice and other house musicians who dabble in stadium-sized rock. Featuring the first digital vocorder, the band partnered up with many guest musicians like Leonard Whiting to set the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to music. On "The Raven", notes from both "I Robot" and "Breakdown" from the I Robot album can be heard. Charisma 1976. 

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Lovely bit of psychedelic soul over a bouncing drum machine from Shuggie Otis. This track is from his seminal album Inspiration Information which I highly recommend! In an interview, in his old age, Shuggie said that he spelled the song "Aht Uh Mi Hed" to differentiate it from another songs with the same title by Little Anthony and the Imperials. Epic/Luaka Bop 1974/2001.

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Giorgio Moroder on the cover of From Here To Eternity, an album made entirely of electronic keyboards and synthesizers. He recorded this with the help of studio engineer Robert Wedell who worked with Giorgio on Donna Summer’s legendary proto-house track "I Feel Love". Casablanca 1977

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I love a lot of old disco because it’s aerodynamic, smooth, and very seductive. Every time I go out dancing these days, there’s always music playing that’s like, ‘You have to dance right now, or I’m going to beat the shit out of you!’ There was a song on Swedish radio a few years ago that translates to: ‘He Who Doesn’t Dance Is a Rapist’! But when I DJ, I try to think of the opposite of that— more like, ‘It’s all right if you don’t want to dance, but just try to resist this!’

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Gal Costa was a singer involved in the Brazilian Tropicalismo movement of the 60s and 70s, producing some of the must psychedelic and warm tracks ever to come out of Brazil. Her 1969 album Gal is essential listening for any fan of Brazilian rock/pop and any fan of psychedelic music, especially hard soul and rock. Using sampled sounds, vocal processing, and Gal’s effervescent but intense delivery make for a trip you will never forget. The instrumental playing is stellar, frequently featuring virtuosic playing wrapped in deft studio multitracking and arrangements by producer Rogerio Duprat. You can hear the Philly Soul and harder sounds of American funk burst through in the bombastic horns and bumping melodic bass lines. Phillips 1969.

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With “Share My Love”, Kells comes through with a Friday-ready disco-soul jam that recalls Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra.

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Extended version of Yelle’s poppin’ "Safari Disco Club", the title track off their killer 2011 album Safari Disco Club! Barclay 2011.

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And to follow up on my last video post of local San Francisco band Still Flyin’, here is the glorious album artwork from their first album Never Gonna Touch the Ground. One point of interest in the scene is Personal’s Pizzas, no doubt a reference to another local SF band who play the New Jersey personas of Personal & the Pizzas (they have a pizza delivered in the middle of their shows too)! They are releasing their follow up album On A Bedroom Wall in mid-May! 

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Still Flyin’ are a local San Francisco band here in the bay area! They put their own unique spin on reggae mixing it with indie pop and DIY communitarian good vibes. In their own words, hammjamm “when a good time gets better.” They have members from a wide variety of varsity and junior varsity indie pop bands such as The Aisler Set, Architecture in Helsinki, Red Pony Clock, #poundsign#, Masters of the Hemisphere, Je Suis France, The Lucksmiths, and Dear Nora. This is a B-side from their first single entitled "Rope Burn". This song is later referenced on their first album Never Gonna Touch the Ground. 2009 Antenna Farm Records.