Harry Houdini

Today’s musical escape comes courtesy of Andrei.

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01 Harry Houdini (New 7″ Edit) 03:49
02 Harry Houdini (UK Pop 12″) 05:56
03 Harry Houdini (UK House 12″) 05:50
04 Harry Houdini (House Dub) 04:54
05 Harry Houdini (House Vocal) 07:07
06 Harry Houdini (Miami Mix) 05:43

INFO > Kon Kan followed up their hit debut “I Beg Your Pardon” with “Harry Houdini.” The 1989 release was remixed by Justin Strauss; consolidated here are unique tracks from the US promo and German CD singles.

Bjango

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01 Bjango (Original Mix)
02 Bjango (Fluke Remix ‘Six To The Floor’)
03 Bjango (Way Out West ‘Bjangin’ Remix)
04 Bjango (Way Out West ‘Bjangin’ Dub)
05 Bjango (Scope ‘Bjanjaxxed’ Mix)

INFO > In 1996, the Fluke trio of Jon Fugler, Mike Bryant, and Mike Tournier circumvented their contract with Circa by releasing Hi Life single “Bjango” under the alias Lucky Monkeys.

Voices Inside My Head

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01 Voices Inside My Head (Ashley’s Tribal Space Mix)
02 Voices Inside My Head (Ashley’s Tribal Space Dub)
03 Voices Inside My Head (Roger’s Underground Voices)
04 Voices Inside My Head (Roger’s Voices Accapella)
05 Voices Inside My Head (E-Smoove Pump Mix)
06 Voices Inside My Head (Classic Mix)
07 Voices Inside My Head (Superministry 8AM Rulin Mix)
08 Voices Inside My Head (Roger’s Loft Mix)

INFO > With only two lines of repeated lyrics over a funky instrumental, “Voices Inside My Head” appears on The Police’s third album, 1980′s “Zenyatta Mondatta.” Fifteen years later, the track’s vocal acapella, guitar riff, and percussion became DJ tools with which to fashion radical reworks; this package features remixes by Ashley Beedle, Roger Sanchez, Eric Miller, and DJ Harvey.

Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

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01 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (Edit)
02 In The Glow Of The Night
03 Paperlate
04 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (12” Remix)

INFO > Genesis can’t dance. The prog rockers-turned-pop powerhouse produced many a radio-friendly hit during the 1980s; however, none of the band’s tunes are fit for any disco. And that’s okay. The group’s massively successful “Invisible Touch” album spawned five US top 5 singles, the last of which was “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”, released in 1987. It’s one of those songs that effectively evokes an eerie evening atmosphere and consequently should only be played at night. The CD single includes an extended remix by John ‘Tokes’ Potoker, along with “Paperlate” from the band’s 1982 EP, “3 X 3.”

She Sells

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01 She Sells (7-Inch)
02 She Sells (Alternative 7-Inch Mix)
03 She Sells (Apollo 440 Mix)
04 Bide Your Time

INFO > As short-lived pop duo Banderas, vocalist Caroline Buckley and instrumentalist Sally Herbert recorded one album and three singles, all produced by Stephen Hague and released in 1991. “She Sells” was their second single, and features remixes by Apollo 440.

Big Fun

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01 Big Fun (Radio Fun)
02 Big Fun (Magic Juan Mix)
03 Big Fun (Juan’s Magic Remix)

INFO > Released in 1988, club classic “Big Fun” was the debut release from Inner City: producer Kevin Saunderson and vocalist Paris Grey. The track first appeared on Neil Rushton’s seminal compilation, “Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit.” Combining elements of techno and house, “Big Fun” was a very successful and hugely influential single.

Hold That Sucker Down

Thanks to eLeMeNOhPeaQ for generously sharing this single.

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01 Hold That Sucker Down (Radio Edit)
02 Hold That Sucker Down (Builds Like A Skyscraper Mix)
03 Hold That Sucker Down (Happy Daze Vocal Mix)
04 Hold That Sucker Down (Builds Like A Skyscraper MK II)
05 Hold That Sucker Down (Brutal Mix)

INFO > 1994 handbag hit “Hold That Sucker Down” was produced by Rollo and Rob D as The O.T. Quartet, featuring vocalist Colette.

Frankie Knuckles “The Whistle Song”

Just watched this colorful and uplifting video for the first time and had to share it (my more personal motive should be obvious).

Rest in peace, Frankie Knuckles.

Church Of Danceology Vol 1

In memory of the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles.
(18 January 1955 to 31 March 2014)

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CD 1: The Remixes
01 Mr. Lee – Pump Up London (Steve Johnson Remix)
02 Ralphi Rosario – You Used To Hold Me (Jeremy Sylvester Remix)
03 Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body (Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley Remix)
04 Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (The Scammers Remix)
05 Adonis – No Way Back (The Knight And Power Kru Remix)
06 Kevin Irving – Children Of The Night (Frankie Foncett Remix)
07 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – As Always (Bobby & Steve Remix)
08 Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (KCC Remix)
09 Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It ’99 (Kennel Klub Remix)
10 The Housemaster Boyz – House Nation (Slaves 2 Da Rhythm)
11 Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Smokin’ Beats Remix)
12 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around (Jeremy Sylvester Remix)

CD 2: The Originals
01 Mr. Lee – Pump Up London
02 Ralph Rosario – You Used To Hold Me
03 Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – Jack Your Body
04 Frankie Knuckles – Your Love
05 Adonis – No Way Back
06 Kevin Irving – Children Of The Night
07 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – As Always
08 Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
09 Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
10 The Housemaster Boyz – House Nation
11 Joe Smooth – Promised Land
12 Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around

The Buttlick “Addicted To Love”

After Really Odd called it a day in 1987, Chris Martin considered having a go at a solo career. Inspired by one of his biggest influences, Martin tackled a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.” Recorded in Wildwood, New Jersey during the summer of 1988, this rough demo is far more conventional than Really Odd’s eccentric output. Martin’s free-spirited girlfriend, competitive cyclist/supermodel Gina Q, suggested he adopt a peculiar artist alias: The Buttlick.

Contrary to reasonable assumptions, no alcohol or drugs were involved during the session. Upon hearing the tape, Martin immediately abandoned his ambitions.

When Robert Palmer died in 2003, Martin was devastated—he regarded Palmer as his musical mentor, even though the two had never met due to a longstanding restraining order.

On a related note, Sonic Youth side project Ciccone Youth also covered “Addicted To Love” in 1988 for “The Whitey Album.” Typical of the band’s lo-fi approach for that LP, Kim Gordon recorded the track in a karaoke booth.

Any similarity between the two versions is not entirely coincidental.