Recently I fell into a hole made of early 80s dance and electronic music and had to listen my way out of it over several days. This is a period vaguely known as “post disco” which spans the period from the fall of disco in 1979 to the solidification of house and techno in the mid-late 80s, or so wikipedia tells me. I found this out only because the early 80s seemed to be where all of the playlists I was listening to were getting their music from. I guess at that time the hardware was becoming more available and so the little people could afford it, leading to a creative explosion. I believe there is also a specific genre called post disco but I don’t know what it is. I stapled an MP3 mix together of some stuff that I thought was cool. It contains disco, italo-disco, minimal wave and other electronic type things. It contains no electro or Hi-NRG as they are terrible.
Guyer’s Connection – Pogo of Techno (1983)
B.W.H – Livin Up (1983)
The League Unlimited Orchestra – Love Action (1982)
Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolookologie (1984)
Bill Nelson – When Your Dream of Perfect Beauty Comes True (1982)
Logic System – Clash (Chinjyu of Sun) (1981)
Scotch – Take Me Up (1984)
Patrick Cowley – Sea Hunt (1981)
Brain – D.I.X.O (1982)
Pink Project – Der Da Da Da (1982)
Mr Flagio – Take a Chance (Razormaid Mix) (1983)
Expansives – Life With You (Instrumental) (1982)
Haruomi Hosono – Sports Men (1982)
Manuel Gottsching – Moderate Start (1984)
I had to get out of the hole when I realised I could tell when something had been produced by Patrick Cowley. However, there is still a gigantic mountain of stuff that I’ll probably have to return to at some point.
Here are some honourable mentions of things that I couldn’t include in the mix either because I was not technically able to, or they didn’t fit, or because they were not created in the right year:
^ This is a brilliant thing. But It is from 1985. That didn’t stop me from trying to put it in though but I couldn’t do it because I suck at music.
^ I’d stuck a little bit from the middle of this in the mix but when I came to writing the dates on the tracklist above I found out that it was made in 2009 so I had to swap it out for D.I.X.O. Sounds right though right? Good tricking.
^ I like this very much. And it would’ve been good to get another minimal wave track in. I was going to put it at the end but Manuel Gottsching just sounds way more better.
^ This is a great example of all of the horrible trash that I listened to. I had no intention of including it but I can’t forget it.
^This is a great example of all the amazing trash that I listened to. You will love this.
whole albums of goodness
I found a some albums that were brilliant the whole way through, some of which I included tracks from in the mix. Here are a few:
^ These seem to be a little favourite for the hip-hop sampling.
^ The Yellow Magic Orchestra producer doing exactly what you hope he would.
^ This is my favourite of the minimal wave stuff I listened to, though the Guyer’s Connection album is brilliant too.
If you’d like to fall in the hole too here are good resources that I found:
YouTube user Klepperderep has broken this era wide open. If you like weird disco stuff, he is the only person you should be hanging out with.
For more minimal/synth wave type stuff there is a long playlist here.
List of old Japanese electronic and synth music. This is a fun list to trawl through. I was particularly delighted by Yasuaki Shimizu’s music for commercials: