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Various Artists – DDR003

This record is dedicated to Kamil Bendida aka Yoshi Hitchcock

On its third release, Deviant Disco keeps on digging up lesser known gems of various origins and delivers a hot batch of four brand new edits. The French rarities label sticks to its peculiar aesthetics and welcomes you once again to an enthralling musical trip — starting with Tchamy Patterson’s groovy & percussive afrobeat only to spiral into Barnes’ and Ygalove’s hypnotic The Mongol Raid slow-mo trance edit, and steering from La Décadanse’s tropical and sensual rework of vintage hit Amazoniaque all the way down to Éric Vincent’s obscure 80s French erotica.

A1 – Eric Vincent – Madame

After auspicious beginnings in modern jazz, Éric Vincent managed by the end of the 60s to establish himself amongst French artists as a proficient purveyor of original music and literary creations. Esteemed by the likes of Jacques Brel and Claude Nougaro, he’s booked as an opening act to then superstars Claude François and Johnny Hallyday on their worldwide tours… and goes on showcasing his very own mixture of French chanson and more pop-oriented melodies on more than 140 countries, including the South Pole. Madame, the disco-ish tune featured in this release, operates in a surprisingly different register — it could almost be considered a piece of French boogie. With his warm voice, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a quite minimal groove, Éric Vincent definitely takes us back to a très eighties clubbing atmosphere.

A2: Yves Simon – Amazoniaque (La Decadanse Edit)

This edit is another take on Amazoniaque, a classic 1983 hit by French composer and writer Yves Simon. “In itself, the original tune happens to sound so close to our own production style and technique that as soon as we stumbled upon it, the idea of a rework not only had an obvious appeal — it became mandatory,” say Marc Lapeyre and Laurent Pastor, the two DJs and producers behind the La Décadanse moniker. A scenic tropical pop track with just a whiff of sensual nostalgia : a match made in heaven for the duo that released its first LP in 2018, Everything Is Terrible.

B1 : Unknown Artist – The Mongol Raid (Ygalove & Barnes Edit)

The Mongol Raid is the result of Deviant Disco’s new beat connoisseur Ygal Ohayon aka Ygalove teaming up with mysterious producer Barnes (from Barnes & Wobble). Ygal bumped into a trancy, unmarked german white label from the 90s ; he pulled the age-old ‘oops — wrong speed’ 33 RPM trick and waited for Barnes to come along with his magic scissors. With the cheeky addition of an oriental synth going properly bananas, their collaboration gave rise to this entirely rebuilt, borderline industrial tune. A wholesome slow trance monster !

B2 – Tchamy Patterson – le temps est long

Hailing from Cameroon, Tchamy Patterson produced a large amount of funky Afro disco hits during the 70s, all of which were released either on the Parisian label Disques Espérances or on his own imprint, Moderato. He then settled down in Grenoble where he kept working with multi-instrumentalist Jacky Arconte. Written by the duo in Annecy, Le Temps est Long comes out as an Afrobeat banger powered by a rather obsessive disco groove, and definitely foreshadows the techno loops that were soon to take over the clubs in a landslide. No wonder Albion and many others DJ acts have been spinning this record all over the global dancefloor.