Monday, November 12, 2012

Select - the Factory Tape

This is a rare compilation put out by Select magazine (other tapes of which I've featured on the blog) which features various singles from the Factory Records collection.  Factory Records were famous for people like New Order and Happy Mondays and have had a movie made about them.

The track on here which appears to not feature anywhere else is the Stephen Hague remix of New Order.  Stephen Hague was an american producer who gave a more 80s disco/synthop tinge to a lot of big tracks from people like the Pet Shop Boys.  Later he went on to work with Ace of Base.

When I first was researching this tape I was a bit surprised that there was an actual group called "Electronic" and I wondered how they could get away with that.  Then I realized it was probably some late 80s concept by these really heavy hitters,  Bernard Sumner of New Order and Johnny Marr of the Smiths.  If some random guy like me had put together a group called "Electronic" people would have scoffed.  But in the 80s big guys like these could pull it off.

This tape is on Discogs here.

A1Northside Moody Places Instrumental

A2New Order Bizarre Love Triangle (Stephen Hague Mix)

A3Cath Carroll Moves Like You

A4Happy Mondays Kinky Afro (Euromix 12-Inch Version)

B1The Wendys Suckling

B2Revenge The Trouble With Girls

B3Electronic Lucky Bag (Miami Edit)

B4Cath Carroll Next Time (Edit)

B5Vini Reilly & Durutti Column Megamix

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mlimani Park - Kenya Soukous from the 80s

This is another tape that I purchased in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in 2009. Mlimani Park (DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra being their full name) is one of the best known Soukous groups from Tanzania.  Unfortunately the tape was in relatively new condition when I bought it but the recording is not exceptional.

Strangely enough this tape has a song about Daniel Moi, the president of Kenya (not Tanzania) in the 80s.  I was living in Kenya in the 80s and remember this kind of music blasting out of every single shop everywhere all the time.

You can find similar music here, where I've written about other tapes I purchased.

Probably my favorite track is Nakubali Makosa, which means "I Remember Mistakes" in Swahili.  About half way through where the track switches to the dance break there is some great instrumentation.

Side 1

Side 2

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Smylonylon 13 + Shoreditch Radio

I recently had the pleasure of an e-mail from a guy called Ron Kutulas who offered to send me some Smylonylon tapes I didn't have.  I still have a bunch that I've not posted (because I'm too lazy) but what I'm mostly missing are the early ones, such as this one.

As you can see the tracks are largely early disco with lots of synths and weird foreign stuff. 

I'm particularly crazy about the Ibrahim Tatlises track but if you search for this track as titled, another lame ballad comes up.  So either this is an earlier version of the track or else it's a different one.  Would love any info from someone who knows.

Also, Ron Kutulas wanted me to particularly point out the Bappi Lahiri track which is an Indian cover of Buggles' Video Killed the Radio Star.

I was also recently invited to be on Shoreditch Radio's  show Dance Dance Dance to the Radio.  You can hear the show and the track I picked to recommend (Luther by Matthias Zimmerman) at minute 38:10 here.

Smylonylon 13 tracklisting

Side A (download)

Mike Post - The Rockford File
Fantastic Experience - Get It Right

Juggy Murry Jones - Inside America Pt. 2
Willie & Mighty Magnificent - Funky (8) Corners Pt. 1
Magnetic Sounds - Super Erotica
McLane Explosion - Love In Space
Space Factory - Radio Activity
Super Erotica - Performance
Rod McKuen - Easy In
Tchou Tchou Combo - Hooray For Love
Fusun onal - Insanciklar
Ibrahim Tatlises - Yalnizim (download rip)
Fusun onal - Ah Nerede
Bappi Lahiri - Auva Auva . . .(download)
Irwin Goodman - Poing Poing Poing

Side B (download)

McLane Explosion - Space Police
Performance - Dynamite Dragster
Gas - Odessa
Harpers Bizarre 4 - I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
The Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense & Peppermints
Noel Harrison - Museum
I. Ledesma - Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
Raymond Lefevre - Rockytrain
Lee Jackson - Satisfaction
Freedom Machine - Free Love
Average Disco Band - Eleanor Rigby
Muzak - Cherokee
Neely Blumb - My Funky Valentine
Rahul Dev Burman - Dil Diya Hai