Mix: A Gentle Sway in the Intergalactic Breeze


16 jui. 2007, 0h11m

This mix mainly came about through discovering G.A.N.G.'s KKK, a really gorgeous slice of floaty electronic disco, and wanting to build a mix around it. Apart from all hovering around the 100 BPM mark, what binds most of these tracks together is a laidback and melancholic feel with lots of melody. The title says it all really. Again, most of it is from the 80s, but with quite a few more recent tracks too.

It feels like I spent ages making this one, as many of the tracks required quite extensive editing to fit in the mix. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the end result, let me know what you think.

Here's the MP3:
A Gentle Sway in the Intergalactic Breeze

And here's the tracklisting:
1. Franz Falckenhaus - My Cold War
2. Chris & Cosey - Walking Through Heaven
3. Logic System - Unit
4. The Hasbeens - Ain't the Same as Before
5. Clive Stevens & Brain Child - Mystery Man (Remix)
6. Ginny - Can't be Serious
7. Datassette vs Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
8. Funky Family - Funky Is On
9. Legowelt - Hazy City Nights
10. Popular Computer - Next Level Pope
11. Decadance - On And On (Fears Keep On) (Dub Version)
12. Glass Candy - Miss Broadway
13. G.A.N.G. - KKK (Club Mix)
14. International Music System - An English '93
15. International Music System - Nonline
16. LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
17. Gaznevada - I.C. Love Affair
18. Kraftwerk - Musique Non Stop
19. Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe
20. Rah Band - Clouds Across the Moon
21. Fox The Fox - Precious Little Diamond
22. Red White Rose - No one Puts Baby in the Corner
23. Peppermint Lounge - Perfect High
24. Valerie Dore - Get Closer

By the way, is this the sort of stuff people mean when they talk about cosmic disco? I never really managed to put my finger on that term...

European Man
A Gentle Sway in the Intergalactic Breeze


  • arjesh

    It's probably improper to comment on a mix without listening to it fully - I am only at around minute 7-8 of the mix - but the sounds here are incredible. I think it must be Logic System track. So cool. I need to get hold of other things by them. The transitions so far are pretty smooth - The Hasbeens just started and it fits perfectly with the previous track.

    17 jui. 2007, 20h08m
  • c_flatline

    I think space disco / cosmic disco is a fairly subjective label. I don't think you can pin something down and go this is space disco, whereas this is kitchen disco and this is bath disco. Obviously most Italo and a lot of electronic music sounds futuristic, but I think what sounds cosmic to one person, might sound, I don't know 'robotic' to someone else. For example I'm 7/8 minutes into the mix and the lead line I think sounds 'spacey', like some sci-fi theme tune or something, like Battlestar Galactica... it reminds me of The Chase and Magic Fly, both songs that conjur images of space in my head. (Ok so one of the bands is called Space...) Same with space rock - Hawkwind are the only band you can really call space rock for definite. I refer to Chrome as space rock but then you could call them industrial or post punk too. I'll recommend you some Hawkwind. I haven't tried that function yet.

    18 jui. 2007, 11h28m
  • arjesh

    It turns that I have been exposed to Logic System before. When I was a wee lad, I chanced upon Venus (http://www.discogs.com/release/440571) and was amazed and puzzled by it. It resembled nothing else in my sonic experience at that time. The term alien landscapes was not in my vocabulary then but it would certainly have been apt. I haven't heard this album in more than 15 years. I should get hold of it now and see what it sounds like to me now.

    18 jui. 2007, 15h20m
  • arjesh

    In my soul-seeking for Logic System, I came across this interesting coincidence. I dled a Logic System track called Clash that was part of a mix called Sarcastic Disco compiled by DJ Harvey and this track faded into Can't be serious by Ginny! Clearly the two artists have something in common that touched DJ Harvey as well as DJ Erik. See http://sarcasticdiscoish.blogspot.com/ for details.

    19 jui. 2007, 6h25m
  • sharevari

    Space disco to me is something quite different from cosmic disco. Space disco is Cyber People, Koto, Hipnosis, The Droids, Space... That melodic and instrumental super-synthesized 80s sounds that sounds like Amiga demo music. When talking about cosmic disco, people always mention people like Daniele Baldelli, DJ Harvey etc. And I never really tracked down any of their mixes so wasn't really sure what the sound was. But it seems arjesh tracked down a coincidence proving that this mix indeed contains some cosmic disco! :) As for Logic System, some of his early tracks are ace but I listened through a bunch of albums of later stuff which were dross to be honest. Very over-produced over-polished and sugary muzak, so he went crap a bit in the same way that Tangerine Dream went successively crappier during the 80s. Will check out Venus though, that looks promising. Will have a listen to the Hawkwind tracks at well. Not that I think I'd enjoy them but I can't say that until I've tried can I.

    19 jui. 2007, 22h47m
  • sharevari

    Ooh, very interesting that Harvey featured Severed Heads - We Have Come to Bless This House in that mix as I was planning on including a SH track from the same album in this mix too. There is clearly some consensus on these disparate things belonging together then... arjesh, was there a link to download it somewhere?

    19 jui. 2007, 22h50m
  • arjesh

    there wasn't. but there is now. in your mailbox. I need to give the DJ Harvey mix more time to sink in. But it's pretty amazing in terms of its juxtapositions. And it's from 2001. In 2001, I had lost all contact with the italo songs I had listened to growing up and was listening from a relatively narrow palette - idm, synthpop, and some medievalish stuff. In 2007, these connections seem more self-evident but back then it must have been an intuitive leap. I should find out more about this DJ Harvey. Your mix has already sent me on 3 paths: Logic System [though I'm not surprised that the later albums suck badly; the first I think is the best; but there are winners on Venus and Orient Express, too.], Valerie Dore [her album is quite charming in parts: King Arthur, Lancelot!], and now DJ Harvey. But what did the Rah Band do to get on your mix? :)

    20 jui. 2007, 16h33m
  • sharevari

    Haha, Clouds Across the Moon is one of those tracks I remember from the 80s. It was a reasonable hit, at least in Sweden. Rediscovered it a few years ago and figured it fit really nicely into the intergalactic theme here. Love the lyrics and the cheesy space theme. :) Plus I thought the transition into it after the SMB tune worked beautifully.

    20 jui. 2007, 16h46m
  • johanagebjorn

    I like this mix, I think your mixes are getting better and better. Can't help you with labelling though...

    23 jui. 2007, 19h22m
  • WeAreGlass

    Argh, I attempted to comment on this and it got deleted. Well, the long and short of it, you've got some Cosmic Disco in here and some more modern Cosmic-inspired artists like Glass Candy as well. It is a distinct subgenre. The wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_disco) is actually pretty good at tracking down the history and rationale of the genre. To sum it up, it stems from a club in Italy named Cosmic and was mainly popular there, but was distinct from Italo. It tends to be slower, often instrumental, and can encompass a lot of prog rock and krautrock as well as disco. The key aspect to it is that it's very slow (80-105 bpm), so that eliminates a lot of italo right there. Honestly though, there are definitely places where the division between the two genres seems pretty fuzzy to me. Certainly, a lot of modern groups inspired by the genres tend to throw them in together and not draw distinction. For some great examples of the genre check out Elaste: Slow Motion Disco, which is compiled by DJ Mooner and has excellent liner notes on the subject of Cosmic, and the new Dirty Space Disco by Pilooski. The latter is not all cosmic per se but includes some great examples of the genre like the amazing John Forde and Starbow (helmed by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk fame's dad). Oh, and Elaste contains tracks by the Rah Band, Chris & Cosey and Logic System, so you're on the right track there, and according to the liner notes, everything on it was once played at Cosmic the club.

    11 nov. 2007, 20h46m
  • vocodad

    Great mix. Many gems I've forgotten about - such as Walking Through Heaven and Clouds Across the Moon. Thanks for the effort.

    11 mars 2008, 19h29m
  • BocaSeca

    never get tired of this mix, i can listen when i go to gym, while taking sun bath at summer or when i can't sleep at night.

    4 jan. 2012, 6h16m
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