Collectors Series Pt. 2: Danse, Gravité Zéro


[deleted] The Collectors Series showcases the multiple faces and histories of dance music and beyond. The second volume comes from Berlin DJ and producer Kaos, in cooperation with singer and percussionist Salvatore Principato of seminal '80s NY band Liquid Liquid. The band is lauded for their mix of percussive, minimal post-punk funk, which laid the blueprint for many of today's "disco punk" bands. So it's an illustrious team which has dedicated its mix to the great legacy of cosmic disco -- the particular sound which emerged in the late 1970s that put slowed-down disco 12"s, new wave, rock, French and German electropop and percussive elements into one manic groove. For Collectors Series Pt. 2: Danse, Gravité Zéro, Kaos and Salvatore have dug deep in their crates, and sat down to create a phenomenal mix which uses various spin offs into the past, present and future. The mix kicks off with Sylvester's classic, "I Need Somebody To Love Tonight." Following is Logic System with a rare Japanese-French pop tune from 1981, which is mixed into the Sylvester song and kicks off the mid-tempo groove, which shapes large parts of this mix CD. During a percussive break from Ola Jagun, Sal P introduces himself and Kaos. Shortly after, the mix blends into the rockish tune from The Bombers. It is followed by the album version of Yello's anthemic and classic "Lost Again?" The beats flow into Billy Thorpe's "Stimulation," a straight but funky-as-hell no wave tune, followed by an equally funky, super rare track from Velodrome, a much sought-after proto electro tune. K.I.M. proceeds with a slick cut that returns us to the present. Next, Zazu's hard-to-find wild tune gives goosebumps. The mix then opens a new chapter: the new school of New York disco with Map of Africa's rocking cover version, and then The Juan Mclean continues, mixed into Danny Wang. ESP shows up with another ultra-rare funk tune from the plastic decade, and after tracks by Fist of Facts, Engine, Throbbing Gristle, Tones on Tail and the much celebrated Tantra, the mix CD rounds up with classic cuts by The Residents, UI, and Augustus Pablo, Liquid Liquid and Arthur Russell. This is 73 minutes of beautifully selected music.