Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Cosmic Disco

Black Devil  : "H" Friend

40 years ago a French musician named Bernard Fevre released a moody disco album made with synthesizers. He wanted to make the sonic equivalent of a Salvador Dali painting. Black Devil's Disco Club  may be one of the greatest lost album of that year. 

Not unlike what Giorgio Moroder was doing at the time, the album was eventually reissued in 2004 with the following liner notes:

"Originally released on Out Records way back in 1978, Black Devil’s “Disco Club” is an extremely rare disco masterpiece, an epic journey into the deepest electronic disco ... The record was discovered by Rephlex’s own PP Roy for 20 pence at a car boot sale, and quickly found favour with friends Richard D. James and Luke Vibert. The record has received heavy road testing from Richard and Luke, and original copies are on the net for up to £200... 

 Keen as ever to share fantastic music, label co-founder Grant Wilson-Claridge has managed to secure the exclusive license for Rephlex, unwittingly beating Metro Area’s Morgan Geist (a longtime fan) to the snap!.... It was made manually in a recording studio in the suburbs of Paris using synths and occasional tape loops and a drummer: no midi or computers..."

A quote from the artist:

I am often inspired by my dreams, their inconsistencies and the terrifying visions as much as the harmless ones. In the 1970s it was very important that the music we made resembled the future, that we, the young people we had in mind. Images of progress that we read in science fiction books and our own delusions that we’d create after a night drinking!

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