January 23, 2007 | Posted by blair at 12:25 PM

The Devil's Music

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Black Devil Disco Club - The Devil In Us

I love it when something like this comes along. Do you remember a few years back, when the Rephlex label put out a couple of records by someone called Black Devil? They were shrouded in mystery, and there was little word on whether or not it was new music, or if it was actual late-period italo disco - judging from the sound of it alone, it really could have gone either way.

Well, as it turned out, Black Devil was in fact authentic - from their bio, "Originally released in 1978, Black Devil's Disco Club... is credited to Joachim Sherylee and Junior Claristidge, pseudonyms of two French library-writers, Bernard Fevre and Jackie Giordano. 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."

Now that you're up to speed there, we're presented with new work by 'Black Devil Disco Club' - now credited solely to Fevre - with the release of 28 After, which I take to mean 28-years-after the original Disco Club release. The funny thing about the album is that it is very similar to the original work - a few of the tracks on 28 After are arguably the same songs, only modified with complete vocals and fuller-sounding production. So it could be that the original tapes were used as source material, or these are completely new, re-recorded versions of the old songs? Fevre isn't telling, and that is fine by me. I love this stuff, and the songs - new or old - are awesome. Totally bizarre, dark disco jams with rolling bubbly synths, goth-y vocals, and congas galore. RIYL: Black Devil (obvs), Metro Area and the Environ label, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas, Beard-house, etc.

The new album is out now on the British Lo Recordings label, and can be purchased in the US from our friends at Turntable Lab, Boomkat (in the UK), or you can download it from iTunes or eMusic. Highly recommended.

Comments

Yeah !!! Those 12's were great and this is nice stuff ... hahahaha "Beard-house" !! ??

Posted by: MIKIE at January 23, 2007 12:53 PM

really digging this record

Posted by: sovietpanda at January 23, 2007 02:20 PM

Me too.

Posted by: jennyo at January 24, 2007 01:54 PM

Great stuff yeah!

Posted by: Shore at January 25, 2007 01:36 AM

i love this, and i'm not even into disco much!

Posted by: josé carlos santos at January 25, 2007 05:57 AM

this was one of my favorite albums of last year, though it might best be argued that it's an EP of sorts. the story of Black Devil Disco Club makes it even more fascinating, the fact that the original vinyl on Out Records is possibly the single rarest artifact of the disco era. great choice.

Posted by: loudersoft at January 25, 2007 12:09 PM

You can tell he was really relaxed when he produced this track. Lets see what my friends think about this one...."wuahahahaha!" (my evil laugh)

Posted by: (^_^) at January 26, 2007 10:31 AM

I bought the original LP in 1997 in France! Audience was a bit shocked when I played it at the time. I'm happy that its pure beauty is now recognized.

Posted by: Bertrand at January 26, 2007 12:49 PM

http://www.radiocampusparis.org/?p=2174#comments

Posted by: at January 27, 2007 12:56 PM

thanks Blair and thanks to Lo and BDDC for sharing. interesting listen, I have one of the Rephlex 12"s, I'll have to dig it out and see if I like it any better now. I know I need to get a sense of humour, but the vocals are a bit much (like the wobbly effect on them though). some lovely touches in the synths though ... cheers a>

Posted by: AndiChapple at January 30, 2007 09:11 AM
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