Emile (Night Rate)

ZE 1202 ZE 1202

"By the end of the seventies Bob Blank was one of the original respected young Disco producers of N.Y.C. Opening the famed Blank Tape Studios in New York in 1976 and producing hit records (with his wife Lola a former performer with the James Brown revue) such as Over Like A Fat Rat by Fonda Rae. Blank tape was ZE records favorite studio. Bob was going to records there some of the best No wave and Mutant disco albums. First efforts by Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, James White & the Blacks, Lydia Lunch, The Contortions, Cristina, Garcons, Casino Music, everyone was recording at Blank Tapes Studios, with Bob as chief engineer or sometime co-producer. Perhaps more than any other Mutant Disco artifact, the Aural Exciters's record features a special spider's web of links and lineages. Besides, the aforementioned August Darnell connections, who was also one of Aural Exciters's main composer, the gang featured Taana Gardner, who later sang on 'Heartbeat', her awesome West End disco classic. Most of the girls you could find on any Prelude records, like Chris Wiltshire were also invited to the party. August Darnell even used Aural Exciters for experimentation on various material to be founded on future Kid Creole's albums. Songs like 'Mr. Softee', 'Gina, Gina', 'Maladie d'amour', 'Broadway Rhythm', were first recorded by Aural Exciters. August also wrote the avant garde '<< Emile (Night Rate) >>', which was downbeat dub disco ten years before Massive Attack. Not to mention the evident wink to Amyl Nitrate well known by Poppers's fans."