Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lone Ranger

Serving up a 2 for 1 today in homage to the original saddle sore masked crusader. This first track comes from Miserable Edits Vol. 2, one of the best edit ep's to come out in 2008. Really chill stretched out italo-dubbiness and just a damn fine edit. Like chicken noodle soup for ARAWA's soul

Chris Keane - (The Ballad Of) Lone Ranger [miserablist edit]

and then there's this insanely catchy disco ditty:

Quantum Jump - Lone Ranger

I originally heard this on a DJ Harvey mix and was immediately gobsmacked. It's one of those jams I keep coming back to over and over 'cause I can't get enough. I think I've already posted it everywhere but here, which is just a crying shame. At least it's finally home where it belongs.
Edit's aren't my skill, but I sure wish someone would give this the extended DJ treatment it truly deserves. Let us know if you make that happen ;)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Love is like Oxygen

Love is like oxygen
You get too much you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Thursday, November 5, 2009


seem familiar?

Found a great disco edit of this Lipps Inc cover over at Dublin Bus Disco.
They got rid of the filler and kept the killer. So good!

Lipps Inc. - How Long (original)
Lipps Inc. - How Long (dublinbusdisco edit)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Eddie Wants to Know...

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Can U Dance!!!

It'd be hard not to bounce to this Chi-town classic jack beat by Kenny 'Jammin' Jason & 'Fast' Eddie Smith. The Tyree Cooper '89 Acid mix and Fast Eddie reprise have been getting me really pumped causing involuntary body locking and arm popping. Little dangerous though, especially when brushing your teeth. It's not safe, trust me

Kenny 'Jammin' Jason & 'Fast' Eddie Smith - Can U Dance
'Fast' Eddie Smith - Can U Dance (Noise Boyz Remix)
'Fast' Eddie Smith - Can U Dance (Tyree Cooper 89 Acid Mix)
'Fast' Eddie Smith - I Can Dance

Vivien Vee


Probably my favorite jam from Ms Vee. I really have to thank JAZ for turning me onto this jam. It's been a standard in my sets for some time now and always gets a response. Finding the video is just the cherry on top.

Vivien Vee - Alright

Arcade Attack

This has ARAWA written all over it. One of my favoirte youtube finds this year!!!

Billy Boogie

The Rolling Stone's Bill Wyman goes astray in a good way with this lil' off disco diddy. Catchy, ain't it?!

Bill Wyman - (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star


Who's going with me?

Glittering Prize

Been on A Simple Minds kick for a bit. Totally hypnotic music. Sure don't make 'em like this anymore.

Glowing In The Dark

Love youtube for relics like this!!! A must have for any italo enthusiast! By the by, Sean and I just added our youtube accounts to post here, so expect more fun video features in the future.

Experimental Products - Glowing in the Dark

Money and Love

Money money money. Aargh. Sometimes its so hard see beyond it. I often need to remind myself whats really important and what really makes me happy. Love and money. I have one of these things. And I'm so grateful for it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Emotional Disguise

Peter Godwin released this New Wave masterpiece in 1982. I first heard the instrumental of "Emotional Disguise" on a Tony Humphries compilation and was totally blown away. While not as well known as his other 80's hits like "Images of Heaven" and "Baby's in the Mountains", this single is equally compelling with it's slightly moody atmosphere, complete with epic synth stabs and latin influences. It also fits really well with other tracks by Endgames, Pete Shelley, and Human League if you were looking for new mix ideas.

Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise
Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise (Instrumental)
Peter Godwin - French Emotions

I wanted to post this video for Emotional Disguise, but the killjoys at Universal have blocked the embedding option. What's with that logic? So, how 'bout this neato Spanish cover by Maryta Capote instead.

Maryta Capote - Disfraz Emocional
(pretty compressed version. find me a better one please!!)

Crystal Light

Monday, November 2, 2009

In The River

Speaking of current obsessions, I've been total immersed in Ron Hardy playlists. I came across this dub version of an I-Level track I had never heard and it totally blew me away. It's been on repeat for awhile now. For those not familiar, I-Level was an amazing English R&B group in the early 80's who had some success with hits like Minefield and Give Me and was the predecessor for other successful british groups like Loose Ends, Five Star, and 52nd Street. Like gettting baptized by holy water, this song is a godsend. Thanks Ron for all the sermons, consider me a believer.

I-Level - In The River
I-Level - In The River (12" Remix)
I-Level - In The River (Dub)
I-Level - In The River (Acappella)

And here's a nice video for I-Level's other hit Minefield.

Ok, I felt bad holding out on you. As much as I love the single above, these other 2 hits by I-Level sort of blow the last one out of the water. It's not doing me any good holding on tight to them, so here they are. So groovy

I-Level - Give Me
I-Level - Give Me (UK Remix)
I-Level - Give Me (Extended Vocal)
I-Level - Give Me (3AM Dub)

I-Level - Minefield
I-Level - Minefield (UK 7" Version)

So Easy To Love

I've been fairly obsessed with these two tracks throughout October, a few sparkly gems peaking out from behind all the dark, dark matter we've been dealing in recently. Yes, Leo Sayer, he of one of the greatest moments in falsetto history, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. I was first turned in this direction after hearing Easy to Love in Chromeo's recent DJ Kicks (rules!) and then stumbled across When I Need You on a late night Youtube binge. Add Muppets and what do ya got? Stuff that makes me real happy.

And Leo on the Muppet Show. The raddest.