Monsieur Seb’s Daily Music Suggestion: Where Is He Today?

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…Gino Soccio! Mister Soccio, if ever you read this, please contact me, I’d love to talk with the purpose of writing an interview or simply to chew the fat on the state of the industry, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on that. Thank you!

The man composed some of the biggest classics of early electronic music and has been an influence on countless musicians, even Giorgio Moroder copied him!

But first and foremost, he was a visionnary (and a Montrealer!).

Just listen to these and read what follows.

War Dance (1977, under the name Kebekelektrik)

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The Visitors (Instrumental version) (1978)

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Dancer (1979) – classic moments, oft-sampled at -3:15, pay attention!

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Breaking Artifical Barriers

by Gino Soccio

With the practical elimination of the word “disco” from the industry’s vocabulary, and the new-found recognition of dance music, new artists are being introduced to new audiences. Once specialty chart toppers such as the Dazz Band and the Gap Band are now seen at the top of pop, dance and black charts.

We are beginning to see new wave acts like Human League, Haircut 100 and Soft Cell achieve dance as well as pop recognition. And bands formerly pegged as “punk”, like the Clash, Gang Of Four and Bow Wow Wow, are scoring higher in dance circles than in pop chart numbers.

All this indicates a breaking down of the useless barriers that kept artists from getting maximum exposure, pigeonholing them into unnecessary classifications of music. Thanks to the trend toward de-categorization, whole new areas of musical crossovers are now being developed.

When disco first took off, we were living in a fantasy world. People were treating the music like it was the new Beatles, about to revolutionize a sleepy industry. This led to a serious backlash; artists were labeled with a tag that became inflexible.

Early disco artists like Giorgio Moroder and I predicted the current trend of Euro-techno-pop dance songs, and as early as 1979 incorporated it into our music.

I watched the scene change in my hometown of Quebec, and throughout Europe, where deejays have generally been more liberal in mixing r&b with dance, techno-pop, punk and rock.

But DJs in the States were more conservative in their tastes, and it has taken them longer to open up to this style of crossover.

Today, it is no longer unusual for a good song to go top 10 in pop, dance and r&b simultaneously. However, this change did not take place overnight. It took a year of persistence to get Soft Cell off the ground. It is a change that has been evolving. One of the first fusion hits was “Pop Musik” by M.

Most of these rock acts did their homework by watching the club movement grow. Their techniques for the use of drums and synthesizers were developed on the dance floor. It was a sound rock artists knew little about before.

The new rock-dance clubs are an extension of the disco experience. The ideal situation would be to get both markets to agree, and to get the consumer of black music to buy rock music acts like the Bus Boys, Soft Cell and Human League. In urban markets, these acts broke on black radio stations.

If you can get a record that crosses over all the charts, you have a real seller. Just as punk, when it began, was a musical style thought too abrasive and attractive to a marginal audience, so disco had to undergo a fusion before it could grow. Combining its sounds with rock and r&b influences pleased a more varied audience.

Some artists, initially short-changed by pigeonholing, could win recognition today if they had a second chance. After all, it is the industry that is more likely to put a label on the music and artist than the consumer. He has his say by buying or not buying the record.

It’s about time radio began picking up on more dance-oriented music. By eliminating the misleading disco label, the way has been opened for a Rick James, Patrice Rushen or Change to chart across the boards.

The acceptance earned by the first few hits is an indication that the barriers are falling. But the process is still too filtered, too slow. There’s still a lot of good music that needs to be played. At least it’s a start.

(Billboard, September 18, 1982)


Notice that date. Some things change very slowly apparently! Much of what he wrote is still valid today, 27 years later.

Monsieur Seb Daily Music Suggestion: Jumpin’ the Bandwagon

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…well, kinda.

It wasn’t my intention of jumping on the MJ bandwagon, but I was going through my music library yesterday, in preparation for my set at Picnik Electronik, and I stumbled upon this one.

Now, I don’t think it’s a rarity (but it’s not that common and easy to come by, either) or that no one’s ever heard it, but I think it’s worth reminding or introducing it again!

Ian Brown – Thriller

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Ian Brown, for those of you who are not too sure who the hell he is, used to be the lead singer in The Stone Roses (see below if you’re not sure who they were), and his cover of MJ’s hit was a bonus track on a limited edition of his Golden Greats album from 1999.

Enjoy!

Monsieur Seb’s Daily Music Suggestion: 12 Giveaways on Stompy

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Online music spot Stompy is giving away it’s Summer Sampler, 12 tracks totally free that you can even download in WAV format, and there’s lots of yummy stuff in there, too!

To wit: 1200 Warriors feat La Bru, Alland Byallo, Dan Curtin, Matthew Bandy, Gramophonedzie, Hard Mix!, James Braun & Dan M, Jay Tripwire, Lars Behrenroth, Marko Militano feat Sunny (A Dub instrumental by Fred Everything), Nick Chacona & Anthony Ma (remixed by Brothers Vibe), Nikola Baytala & Myles Eg.

Head on to Stompy, all you need to do is create a free account.

Inside Me

New mix?

Apparently, yeah!

It came out of nowhere…

I mean, usually, I set out and plan to make a new mix, but with this one, I wasn’t planning it — at least not in this style — for yet another little while.

However, some time last week, I just HAD to start tinkering with my decks and, well, it just flowed right out of me.

Guess the right combination of tracks and mindset was there!

So, here it is… Honestly, it’s not a mix for amateurs: the choice of tracks, the mixing style, the very different moods, all require that you, dear listener, be ready to deal with it.

Just before recording it, I set my Facebook status to “New mix coming your way in the next few hours! Just in time for the weekend, too! Lots of weird goodness!”

Weird goodness might as well be the title of this mix! 😀

BUT…

As I was chatting about this mix, just after it was done, with my friend Mélanie D., she made me realize that this was actually some kind of message to my recently dearly departed friend Marie Lebel, and, in retrospect, I have to admit she was totally right, even though I didn’t realize it at the conception or recording stage.

So here’s to you, one last time, beautiful Marie…

As usual, you can stream it

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or “right-click/save as” on the image to download it.

Here’s the hyperlinked tracklisting:

  1. Two Dots (Pezzner Remix). Lusine
  2. Just The Kind Of Girl. Jimpster
  3. King Of Sunset (Pezzner Dub Mix). De Funk
  4. Saxtrack (Reboot Twisted Fist Remix). Sebo K/Metro
  5. The DJ feat. P. Diddy. DJ Hell
  6. I Am Plankton (Pezzner Mix 20). Mike Monday
  7. The Soul (part II). Craig Smith/The Revenge
  8. Madrugada. Satoshi Tomiie/Mes
  9. In & Out. Will Saul, Tam Cooper
  10. The Loneliness. Stimming
  11. Living My Life. Roberto Rodriguez
  12. Star Kissed. Eric Kupper/K Scope
  13. Love Stimulation (Radio Slave Full Length Vox Remix). Humate
  14. Simple Things (Serge Santiago Remix). Shit Robot
  15. Light Years. John Daly
  16. Kobra Dance (Joris Voorn Interpretation). Wigald Boning