We’re dance music, but we’re the thinking man’s dance music. We go deeper and are more aggressive. We make you move but we provoke you as well. We don’t settle for the standard. It’s too easy to just make a dance record. We’re more claustrophobic and rough. It’s not all ‘Ooooohh baby, I love you.’
Body + Mind
The above quote by Bon Harris is taken from a press release for Nitzer Ebb’s second album, “Belief.” It’s a mission statement for this blog; dance music doesn’t have to be all beats and no brains—a good anthem can inspire cause for contemplation as well as hands in the air. That being said, there will also be plenty of fromage served here, too.
In the late 1980s, I starting making mix tapes for my friends, compiling all the new artists and songs that I discovered. Initially, these tapes consisted mainly of synthpop and indie rock, but as my tastes became more club-oriented, so did the mixes. I labeled the cassette inserts with a faux record label, Body + Mind (BPM), as well as a slogan: UR2 DV8! I had aspirations to be a club DJ but my talents never made it beyond the bedroom. I worked at a radio station for a short period after college, including shifts as an air personality. Alas, I am not destined to spin records for a living.
Through this site I’m looking to promote good music and contribute to the online community. So this blog is for the benefit of you, intrepid trainspotter, in your endless quest to find rarities. And for you, mighty cheapskate, just looking for freebies. I salute you both. Any given week, expect posts showcasing the talents of various artists working in a variety of genres: pop, new wave, industrial, indie, house, progressive, techno, trance – music that you can dance to.
Record and CD collecting has changed dramatically since the advent of the mainstream internet. The marketplace has expanded from local stores in one’s immediate area to now include individuals and merchants worldwide. Surfing around websites has replaced rummaging through bins in second-hand shops. And now in the digital age, we have instant gratification through file downloading. Finding that elusive ‘white whale’ is no longer the challenge it used to be, which I find both immensely satisfying and somewhat deflating – the old ‘thrill of the hunt’ is gone.
The vast majority of tracks offered here are not currently available to purchase new, either on compact disc or via digital download. If you are an artist, record label, publisher or other copyright holder and would prefer that your material not be featured here, please contact me and I will remove the download link immediately.
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Special thanks to Austin Schlack for designing the Shelf logo. He’s a brilliant design dude and one of the smartest guys I know.