Gomma Records has taken the lead as one of my favorite labels in the past few years, consistently delivering swoon-worthy releases and never missing a funky beat. Recent releases have been some of my favorites of 2011 including The KDMS “Tonight”, Mercury “Sweetness” and Telonius “Last Night”.
Especially with their next release on the horizon, it’s apparent that Gomma is among several record label’s who are helping to revive disco and resuscitate popular music in general (think DFA, Kitsune, and more and more coming up). With a stellar cast of international artists including Telonius, Munk (Germany), Moullinex (Portugal), Mercury (Switzerland), Rodion (Rome), Golden Bug (Paris), and others, Gomma has decided to ask a new talent to join the crew….. the always-entertaining Peaches.
The latest release to come from the German disco label has everyone here at Golden Scissors EXTREMELY excited. A tribute to the hugely influential, Casablanca records, a 4-track release by the Gomma Allstars now featuring Peaches, this gem is set to be released TOMORROW on January 13, 2012.
Although the track-listing hasn’t specifically been revealed yet, we know that Gomma artists Moullinex, Telonius, Munk and The Phenomenal Handclap Band will give us their take on tracks by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder, Skatt Brothers, Stephanie Mills and Michael Sembello. The label has has dropped a couple of teaser tidbits for our hungry ears. Check out some previews below.
Michael Sembello’s ‘Maniac’ has always been one of my favorite 80’s hits and if you’re a fan of the movie ‘Flashdance’, you probably agree with me. This version adds a disco-house beat that is characteristic of Gomma artists with Peaches’ strong, fierce vocal gliding through, telling the tale of a steel-worker by day, exotic dancer by night, who is trying to make it in the cut-throat world of professional dance. The remake is ace and the video is pretty damn hot…. see for yourself! (NSFW)
Telonius & Peaches – Our Love (Teaser)
I am really diggin the sounds coming from this excerpt, which is no surprise, considering I’m a sucker for anything that Telonius is involved with. Peaches vocals repeating “Our Love, will last forever” alongside the bouncey, diverse beat with a couple of nice breakdowns has me drooling for more.
Gomma All Stars & Peaches present: “Casablanca Reworks” (Teaser medley)
I guess we’ll take what we can get, but experience some of the EP in only 5 short minutes with this tantalizing medley. If you’ve listened to the tracks above I’m sure you will recognize some things. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the full EP, out Friday.
It is always important to appreciate the history of music and in this case the classic disco that has helped to shape the sounds we hear today. Casablanca records, out of Los Angeles, was started by Neil Bogart in 1973 as a means of signing artists who break away from the norm and think’s outside of the box… much like our friends at Gomma. Get familiar with the classic sounds of Casablanca with this little mix compromised completely of 70’s/80’s singles from Casablanca Records put together by DJ extraordinair, Manuel Kim. Tracklist is included.
Gomma Podcast #60 – Casablanca Podcast (mixed by Manuel Kim)
 Parliament – Flash Light (12″ Version) (1977)
 Stephanie Mills – You Can’t Run From My Love (Manuel Kim Edit) (1982)
 Mantra – Doin’ It To The Bone (1981)
 Cameo – Rigor Mortis (1976)
 Parlet – Pleasure Principle (1978)
 Brenda & The Tabulations – Let’s Go All The Way Down (Manuel Kim Edit) (1978)
 Leroy Gomez – Foolin’ You (1978)
 Lipps Inc. – Funkytown (1979)
 Skatt Bros – Walk The Night (1979)
 Giorgio Moroder – Chase (1978)
 D.C.Larue – Let Them Dance (Manuel Kim Edit) (1978)
 Donna Summer – Our Love (Lucky Medley) (1979)
 Space – My Love Is Music (1978)
 Michael Sembello – Maniac (Manuel Kim Edit) (1983)