Articles tagged with 70s

August 21

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“Yama Yama” – Yamasuki

And the theme is…

GET STRANGE.

This week at YDH2S headquarters, we’re reaching deep into the digital crates to pull out some of our more left-field finds- songs that have an oddball edge, a mutated strand of musical DNA or are just kinda weird, but still have enough of a groove that we wouldn’t mind throwing them in a DJ set now and then.

To kick things off, I present to you Le Monde Fabuleux des Yamasuki, the fabulous world of Yamasuki. This 1971 cross-cultural brainstrorm comes courtesy of two French songwriter/producers, Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger, who named the project after a dance (you can learn some of the steps from those photos on the cover, feel free to fill in the gaps as you see fit) that apparently became all the rage in les discotheques that summer. They loaded up the record with a French kid’s choir singing in Japanese, fuzzy wah-wah guitars, occasional pseudo-samurai yelps and, most importantly, some incredibly funky beats that elevate the sound out of the pure-novelty heap and into a realm worthy of repeat listens. Oh, and to tie this track back to more typical YDH2S fare- Daniel Vangarde is actually Thomas Bangalter’s father. Yep, he’s a Daft Punk dad.

– Spoolwork

August 14

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Michel Magne – “Pétrole Pop”

French film composer Michel Magne wrote this funk-tinged piece for Moi Y’ En A Vouloir Des Sous, a 1973 film that, as far as I can tell from this clip, involves some sort of factory/discotheque overseen by a pair of purple-satin-jacketed DJs and several gumshoes working out their best Kraftwerk impression (see 0:39). Oh, and the film’s title translates to “I Want a Communication Subsystem” if that helps clear things up. But regardless of mangled plotlines, the pairing of a blaxploitation-worthy backbeat with Arabic-tinged strings and a French woman sighing over pétrole (oil, that is) is pretty damn compelling in my book. Weirdly funky, it’s a head-scratcher and a head-bobber at the same time.

 If this track piques your interest, be sure to check out Shake Sauvage, compilation of French soundtrack work in a similar vein, available here.

– Spoolwork