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Love Chloe
August 19, 2017, 12:52 pm
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The timeless 21 sec of magic that is the ‘Love Chloe’ ad campaign from 2010…

The making-of the ‘Love, Chloé’ fragrance ad directed by Roman Coppola and featuring model Raquel Zimmermann

Raquel Zimmerman

Chemise original

Roller boogie remix

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Black and Blue Radio Show 15 January 2016

black and blue Jan 2016 edit (Medium)

A sweet little guest host spot on the legendary Black and Blue Radio Show Friday Night on RTRFM  – musical explorations of a deep and funky persuasion – ‘very funkapolitan’

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Jef Gilson Big Band – Up To The Light – Jef Gilson Big Band

Louis Armstrong with Leon Thomas – The Creator Has a Master Plan

John Coltrane – Acknowledgement – A Love Supreme

Ballistic Brothers – Love Supreme – 12

Alexander Robotnick – Love Supreme – Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici with Alexander Robotnick

Tri-fire – Receiving End – Tri-fire Volume 1

Uku and Maryn – Suggestive – 12

Usje Sukatma – Waiting For Your Love – PPU 45

Circle City Band – Magic – Circle City Band

Bozeman and Roberts – Workin Mama – 12

Guitar Red – Disco From A Space Show – Personal Space (Electronic Soul 1974 – 1984)

Prince – Mountains – Extended 12

David Bowie – Golden Years (The Captain Tez Remix)

David Bowie and Grace Jones – Dream to the Rhythm Mash Up

Donnell Pittman – Love Explosion – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party

Robbie M – Lets Groove – Lets Groove

Dr Otto Gomez – Love Junky

Moodymann – I Cant Kick This Feeling When It Kicks

King So So – Disco in the Sky

Noo – No More

Wagon Cookin – I’m Gonna Make You Dance (Spirit Catcher Remix)

Ballplayers – American Worker

David Bowie / Pat Metheny – This is Not America (Silinders re-rub\)







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Sandra, Sylvester and Ralphi
February 8, 2015, 3:54 am
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Rinder and Lewis – Disco
July 27, 2013, 6:03 am
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rinder and Lewis

It was that bizarre photo that got be started…

Rinder and Lewis, that is Laurin Rinder and W Michael Lewis have been a very recent disco discovery. I think I kind of knew about them in a purely peripheral sense from some of their artist production for El Coco and the quite well known Le Pamplemousse (see ‘Le Spank’) but I had not really paid attention or even connected to other production work such as Saint Tropez, Tuxedo Junction, and the very cool Discognosis. Rinder and Lewis: well these guys were just prolific original disco era producers who never are but (possibly) should be dropped in the same late-night DJ conversations as Patrick Adams and Pete Brown . Within much longer musical production careers commencing in the 60s they have been involved with at least 29 disco-era albums and as Laurin Rinder remembered it in a 2001 article basically lived in the studio: “we really had cots, beds and the whole thing, we were just pumpin’ them out. 7 days a week, 3 different projects at the same time. I played drums on everything but had to play a little differently. I had to ask the engineer ‘What’s the name of this group?‘ ” . Their music output was the result of a cocaine-fuelled totally mad production schedule: “The amount of coke we did to do all this you can’t even imagine. $300 a day(big $ in 1977). I had to have plastic inserts in my nose so I could do more.” In the tradition of great disco producers they also played the majority of the instruments themselves. Despite that, as musicians they didn’t credit themselves on some of their earlier works, instead giving false names to false musicians on the back of their records.

Seven Deadly Sins is a classic instrumentally-driven disco LP. In discussing its companion ‘Warriors’ Laurin explained some of the ‘secret magic of the studio creative process: “We changed the way recording happened. We started with a bass drum. And we laid down a track of a bass drum for ten minutes. Just boom, boom, boom Then we started piling things on top of things, on top of things and then did tons of editing.” At the time of the Warriors LP they were using over forty tracks to produce their music.

Although they did have a tendency to throw in a bit of populist cheese in the mix (what happened at 5:45 in the stunning ‘Lust’?) these guys are total masters of synth-powered, jazzy atmospheric disco. Search out their production work and especially the Seven deadly Sins. Not surprisingly, after disco, Rinder & Lewis burned out and were forgotten. All that coke had to take it’s toll….

In good news Laurin Rinder is still about and these days is an abstract painter calling abstract painting ‘the jazz of painting’ (alright!!). I have not been able to find out what happened to W Michael Lewis? ..mysterious?

Check out…

The vast AVI Records catalogue – keep an eye out for these babies in second hand record shops

Check out… this article on the fabulous Disco Delivery blog – and where I launched from to got some of my info

Check out…  this great news story from U,S. 60 Minutes from 1978, Its got some killer Studio 54 footage and there is some amazing footage of original disco era production and recording featuring Laurin Rinder’s Butterfly Records and Peter Brown doing some work for TK Records – this is the ‘real deal’ with big strings by the New York Philharmonic being dropped into the mix not some laptop generated sequenced samples. The clip was loaded up to YouTube by Laurin Rinder himself – neat and thank you.

Check out… ‘Lust’ from the 1977 Seven Deadly Sins LP

Check out… ‘Anger’ from the 1977 Seven Deadly Sins LP

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Kate Bush Disco Edit
October 1, 2011, 2:36 am
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The Last Days of Disco 2
August 13, 2010, 10:17 am
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If you loved Claude Mono presents The Last Days of Disco then I have just re-upped it  just in time for the weekend but gone further and deeper and added this cosmic boogie…

play right now here

…and check out the tunes….

last days of disco vol 2 – cosmic boogie

intro …

midnight express – breeze it

checker kabb – by my side

glass pyramid – better by the minute

cosmic force – ghetto down

galaxy – visions of tomorrow

jackie stoudemire – invisible wind instrumental

cloud one – patty duke

sexual harassment – I need a freak

orlando riva sound – moon boots

space rock – rockets

space cadets – spaced outta place

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The Last Days of Disco
December 26, 2009, 10:02 am
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Just in time for your New Years Eve 1979 Partaaay!!! … or on New Years Day to stick straight into your Sony Walkman while you rollerboogie your way around Central Park. Here it is – month’s in the 4/4 selection – lots of original, obscure, organic and lo-fi classic disco boogie jams, some total monsters and even some nice post-millenium re-takes. All mixed in the raw Mono style in two huge Part 1 and Part 2 downloads. Music for Pleasure. Enjoy. Keep On Dancing.

Setting the scene…

part 1

intro – the last days of disco

letta mbulu – kilimanjaro

billy frazier – billy who

the constellation orchestra – perfect love affair

galaxy – visions of tomorrow – past due remix

jimmy bo horne – is it in

musique – keep on jumpin

vince montana – it feels like love

the bee gees – you should be dancing – tod terje mix

chic – I want your love – todd terje mix

thelma houston – don’t leave me this way – instrumental

jean carne – was that all it was

chain reaction – dance freak

part 2

the queen constance band – the freak

dam funk – galatic fun

shirley lites – heat it up 

bozz scaggs – lowdown – glenn rivera remix

queen constance band – pigeon hustle

aura – la sunshine

leb harmony – feelin love

jackie stoudemire – invisible wind – shoes re-edit

curtis – how can I tell her

annie love and the lovettes – we have had enough

sabata – man for my lady

wynd chimes – baby you’re the one

queen yahna – aint it time

Claude Mono Disco Jams Volume 1
March 15, 2009, 4:53 am
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keep it sweet for your feet



1) mystique – keep on jumping – classic p&p with a nice disco intro from the new york disco show

2) shirley lite – heat it up – a classic with a deep deep disco electro beat

3) galaxy – visions of tomorrow (past due mix) – low-fi organic disco at its best from the past due label

4) distance in time band – dance (past due mix) – another past due highlight

5) jackie stoudemire – invisible wind – from dont stop Tap Recordings on Numero – best disco comp in years!!

6) jean carne – was that all there was – disconet extended mix of the classic soul diva anthem

7) billy frazier – billy who – nice…

8) chic – i want your love (danny k re-edit) – awesome danny k reconstructionl!!

and here is a taster…mystique – keep on jumping

get the full mix here

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