MTT 201 / The Robot Is Your Friend

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MTT201 Spectrogram

Disco and synthpop for the last mix of 2020. Music for the New Years Eve party in my head.

This mix is no longer available for download from this website. It is however available at mixcloud.

  1. Patrick Cowley / Sea Hunt 00:00
  2. Daniel Wang / Berlin Sunrise (Die Nacht) 04:02
  3. Susumu Yokota / Re: Disco 09:31
  4. Gino Soccio / Remember (again again INST) 14:05
  5. Giorgio / I Wanna Rock You 15:40
  6. Polygamy Boys ft. Lindsay-J / Mystic Eyes 19:42
  7. Synths Versus Me / Goodbye Horses 25:07
  8. Oppenheimer Analysis / The Devil's Dancers 29:13
  9. The Conservatives / Loneliness 31:52
  10. Legowelt / Hazy City Nights 35:41
  11. Orgue Electronique / Panic At Charles De Gaule 39:40
  12. Unit 4 / Bodydub (Freak Electrique Acid Dub Remix) 43:22
  13. Freak Electrique / P.H.A.S.E.R. 49:13
  14. Twilight Ritual / Webbmen (Indecs Edit) 58:23

This mix is primarily inspired by the 2004 CBS Top 100 countdown. Track 4 Remember by Gino Soccio (presented here edited and slowed-down), track 9 Loneliness by The Conservatives, track 12 Bodydub (Freak Electrique Mix) by Unit 4, track 13 P.H.A.S.E.R. by Freak Electrique, and track 14 Webbmen by Twilight Ritual were all featured in that countdown. The CBS countdowns always happened right around December 25th, but for some reason I strongly associate them with New Years. The 2004 countdown in particular is important to me, as it was the first time I had heard a lot of Italo Disco. The CBS (and I-F's Mixed Up In The Hague) seem to have had a wide-ranging impact, exposing a lot of folks like me to Italo.

There are a few outliers in this selection though, some not-quite-disco music. Synths Versus Me's very nice cover of the famous Goodbye Horses by Q. Lazzarus is one, I believe I first heard that at one of the Serious Moonlight parties. The Devil's Dancers by Oppenheimer Analysis is another, old Minimal Wave reissued by Minimal Wave Records. Both big tracks, hits that I've been meaning to play for a while now.

But the biggest track by far is Freak Electrique's P.H.A.S.E.R. (PHoton Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), released 2003 on Viewlexx. I've been waiting a decade or more to play it, waiting for an appropriate New Years Eve set. It was worth the wait. I skipped the first third of the song here, the wonderful ambient portion, and so I strongly recommend listening to the full (16 minute) track on Youtube, kindly made available there by Viewlexx. It never fails to make me move.

And that's MTT 201; that's the end of 2020. Thanks for listening; please pardon some mushy mixing in this hour. I will say, in closing, there's one song notably missing from this selection: Mr. Flagio's Take A Chance. I'd have played it but unfortunately I don't have a copy. Give it a listen on youtube, call it a bonus track.

I have no idea what to play next week; that's a 2021 problem, and I'm still in 2020 while writing this. I'll be back with another upload on Thursday though.


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