Tuesday – Tech House remix. 07/02/12. Ivan Pica – Freak (Vocal Disco [Chic] mix)

Tuesday’s child was exploring his fetishes

What happened to our generation? When did we get afraid of getting our Freak on? Was it the rise of Aids? Did the Conservatives consistent lobbying for prudeness win out? In the days where freakyness is only available at the click of a button, why is all that was awesome in the Disco era, so faux pas in person now. I reckon it’s because no one wants an orgy with people who wont take off their boat shoes & lens-less frames.

So much of today’s music can be traced back to Disco. From the 4×4 of House, to the catchy vocals of Pop. Chic, who most people will only know for two of their songs, were truly instrumental with iconic contributions to the music world.

They discovered young artists like Luther Vandross, produced some of the biggest hits from Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Blondie, Bowie & Madonna. They inspired delight from the first big rappers The Sugarhill Gang, and helped persuade crowds to chant whenever someone bit the dust in embarrassingly public moments. Heck Daft Punk might never had made it as big around the world without the good times of Chic.

Where Good Times was their most influential hit (the three songs hinted above all were inspired by or sampled from it), by far Le Freak was their most famous. Imagine, New Years Eve 1978, you are invited to the hottest club in the world Studio 54, by one of the most revered celebrities of the time, Grace Jones, and the doorman doesn’t let you in. All these plans for a big new years down the toilet, whats your first instinct? Rage, anger, sadness. So as all good musicians should do when they get an whiff of emotion (or THC), they head back to the studio and let it out through their instruments. Originally Le Freak was intended to be a personal retribution song towards the discourteousness of Studio 54. Where the disco rhythm stayed the same, the initial lyrics of Ahhh Fuck Off evolved into 4 millions sales and one of the biggest hits of the Disco Era.

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Ivan Pica released Freak over a year ago now and I still rock it in my longer sets, it has such an enduring melody that no one can resist. The original chorus vocals build smoothly into a wicked drum fill that befits the powerful techy drop. The bouncy bassline is highlighted by the familiar disco chords that allows the crowd to let their inner freak out. If you are looking for the perfect track to start off your next dancefloor orgy, this is the one and it will be memorable, because I can guarantee you it’s never been so chic.

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Friday – Disco House remix. 20/01/12. George Benson – Gimme The Night (Sulli5657 Jammin mix)

Friday’s child had a seat at the main table,

You have had your days, or more likely, they have had you. From the annoying phone habits of the cubicle next to you to the 10 minutes of freedom you have on the bathroom every day, its time you took back the night, and being Friday, its your god given right.

So once you demand the time off from your respective other (or more likely, politely ask permission), it’s time to go make mistakes, coz when there’s music in the air and there’s lovin everywhere, just make sure to never tell anyone what happened (except your local barista the next morning), and be sure to clean up that lovin, UV lights catch EVERYthing.

Tomorrow, when you pass a busking child, I bet you’ll pretend not to be impressed just to avoid giving them your hard earned cash (that you threw away the previous night), be aware though, that in ten years time, these kids may either be playing at the Big Day Out reunion concert (today was the final BDO in New Zealand), or giving ZJ’s (if you have to ask what a ZJ is, you can’t afford it) to support their crack addictions, your support now could help influence their path.

George Benson’s first paid performance was at the tender age of 7, with nothing but a Ukulele and dogged determination. He dropped off his Ukulele and picked up his act with the help of legendary pioneers Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, with their help he rose to the heights of the R&B scene (I’m talking about when R&B was sexy, with the body of Jazz & the heart of Soul). Pulling a Fresh Prince out of his ass, Jones helped propel Benson to the top of the 1980 Billboard charts with Give Me The Night.

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Sean Sullivan & Cody Nasir aka Sulli & 5657, hailing from the biggest little city on earth, Reno, have upped the stakes and doubled down with their impression of Benson’s Disco era hit. Right off the deck, the first hand they play is a strong one, with an uptempo bongo and high-hat drum track that alerts us to down our Red Bull, and entices you to keep riding your luck. Stuttered electro chords pepper the table as the ante is raised with perfectly quantized vocal samples that are intermittently glitched for added style. The first break gives you a chance to breathe, but there are no bluffs here as it builds back into the chorus with smooth delays and high pass filters, unleashing your inner disco beast as the beat drops. Everyone’s a winner tonight, except hipsters and Jersey Shore fans, they don’t deserve music this good.

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Monday – Nu Disco remix. 2/1/12. Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (Discotizer’s Sexy Green Eyes mix)

Monday’s child had the look,

Songs are often ambiguous as to what their true meaning is, did you know that Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun was about masturbation, or did you know that The Vapors – Turning Japanese was about pleasuring ones self? On the other hand did you realize that Billy Idol – Dancing with myself was actually about Wanking? Elvis Costello’s – Pump It Up isnt about a pumping up a flaccid crowd, more like… But Seriously, did you ever stop to think what The Divinyls – I Touch Myself was about? Would you believe me if I said it was about a tragic ballet accident that left the victim without sensation in her body?

Is this a case of life imitating art or art imitating life? You tell me who first created such sexy bass lines, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, the sublime 1970’s American soft rock band or Dr. Cock & his magic boner Medicine, the only Porn film to ever be nominated for Best ‘Score’ at the Academy Awards. Never a band to incorporate a flute solo into their disco fusion soulful grooves, Dr. Hook never cared too much about subtlety. Sexy Eyes, as part of the bands anti-spank campaign in the early 80’s, was released to rapturous audiences keen for any excuse to have no more lonely nights.

Rumen the self-proclaimed Discotizer, hailing out of the best smelling city on earth, Cologne, Germany has put many a classic artist through his disco spin wash, resulting in clean & fresh funky remixes that will get everyone from your uncoordinated Teenager to your arthritic Grandma groovin in rhythm on the dance floor.

Discotizer has removed the Fusion from Disco Fusion with his brillaint remake of Sexy Eyes. Sensuous bass guitar chords and relaxingly beautiful high piano notes perfectly match Dennis Locorriere’s hinting vocals, making this Nu Disco remix too dangerous to be played alone. So do yourself a favour, call up your girlfriend and wait til she gets to you before pressing play.

Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (Discotizer’s Sexy Green Eyes mix)

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