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    March 5th, 2013adminPseudo Echo

     

    This is a repost from another favourite music blog of mine called Eightys Vinyl and the first of many that will feature a download in it’s original form that has been ripped from a long deleted 12″ single.

    I was completely obsessed with Pseudo Echo back in the day. What was not to love…cool clothes and hairstyles, makeup , SYNTHESiZERS and electronic drum kits. What more could a growing boy need in a band? This was one of their first singles from the seminal Autumnal Park  album which everyone should have a listen to. I don’t think enough credit  has been given to these guys as I truly believe they were pioneers of electronic music in Australia and a bigger deal should be made of it. A “rock n roll” hall of fame exists and if there was one for Electronic music in Australia, I vote for these guys to be in it!!

    Admittedly, it did go a little wrong for these poor lads with the likes of “Funky Town” a few years later, but after speaking with Brian Canham about this (that is another blog post i promise) its easy to see how a record company trying to keep up with the Bon Jovi’s of this world could try turning a Synth group into a Big Hair Rock n roll band.

    More details on this release are posted in the link below….download link is where is says “listen”

     

    Pseudo Echo ‎– A Beat For You (1984) .

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    March 5th, 2013adminTechnics 1200/10

     

    Again, I could not have a blog called 12inchsingles.com without featuring a post on the most iconic turntable of our era, and the first piece of Hi-Fi equipment that got dragged into DJ culture without ever intending to. The term “they don’t build them like they used to” was really coined to describe this extraordinary piece of engineering by Panasonic. In any case, after 20 or 30 years of solid use even the best of anything should really get treated to some TLC. For any of my friends in Melbourne town that own an old pair of Technics 1200/10s (and that’s quite a few of you)  and are looking to having them serviced, repaired or even modified, I have linked to my good friend Greg “ASIO” Peppas’s Facebook page below. He does great work, has got shitloads of original parts and if like me your decks have served you for a long time without missing a beat, best you give them some good ol’ TLC since you can’t even buy a new pair any longer.  If your little tracking light is out, you want to get rid of that pesky ground wire once and for all, new heavy duty RCAs or recalibrate the pitch, give Greg a call. At the very least “like” his page so if you ever need him he’s only a click away!!

    If you find this post from another part of the world and know of another good Technics 1200 Dr. , please add them in the comments below.

    Technics Sl1200/1210 Service & Mods – Melbourne.

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    March 5th, 2013adminHall & Oates

    So as you’ve probably gathered by now, i really love music. Hall & Oates were top of my list when i was little and this track in particular was probably my favourite. It’s very rare that you get a non commissioned mix that can surpass the original by using all the original parts, and in this case, and I dont know how, this mix was actually reconstructed from the original multi track. Sonically and structurally its amazing and clocks in at 8 minutes +. Put together by our dear departed mate Bob Walker this one is going up to keep his memory alive. Here’s the description from his Soundcloud page written by none other than Philvester:

    “FNQ’s Bob Walker left no stone unturned when he took on this remix. Working from multi-track, Bob carefully rearranged the entire production, shifting the tempo down to 111 BPM and bringing all the best parts of the track up in the mix. Arranged in Logic – a major amount of reconstruction of the arrangement took place with a hint of additional production that does this classic justice. Bob left us on December 3 2012 after putting up a very brave fight against Cancer. I spent a quality week with him in hospital before he passed and his dying wish was to hear this classic remastered. He got his wish – thanks to Melbourne’s mastering guru – Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz. RIP Bobby – this one’s up, as you wanted.”

    If you’re ever gonna play this tune out….This IS the definitive mix…320k mp3 for you kids!!

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    March 5th, 2013adminChicane

    Liger lover and all round top bloke Luke Chable has been hiding this one from us for only about 11 years now…cheers mate!!

    Anyway better late than never and since prog breaks are a bit light on the ground these days here is a little revamp of the classic “Offshore” by Chicane he did in 2002 and it still sounds rather good. The original was released in 1996 on this EP which is still one of my prized records (which I had to give my original copy to Ashley Beedle way back but that’s another post) and if you are really nice I may even upload the full 12″ at some point. This EP was by Chicane  which at that point in time was 2 guys, Nick Bracegirdle and Leo Elstob. The record books won’t tell you this but I will coz i know stuff. Leo departed the duo not long after this and all I’m going to say and to put it in the nicest possible way, I never played another “Chicane” record ever again….Bryan Adams??? Really???

    Lukey boy has been nice enough to gift us a nice WAV here…Respect to all Liger lovers!!

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    March 4th, 2013adminNew Order

    For a blog titled 12inchsingles.com, it would be out of order (pun intended) not to feature the biggest selling 12″ single of all time. Blue Monday by New Order (1983) introduced for the first time to many people the concept that synthesizers,drum machines and Indie music could live happily together and that a Top 40 record did not have to fit into a 3 minute soundbite. In its day it sounded like a transmission from a machine music future and with hindsight we can see now how much this track has affected music trends in the last 30 years. At nearly 7.30 secs, “Blue Monday” is one of the longest tracks ever to chart in the UK and never released as a 7″ single this had a lot to do with it becoming the biggest selling 12″ of all time. Featured here as a re-edit that has been done extremely tastefully by Lee Combs. Adding an 808 laden Electro-fied intro this mix has just enough spice added to add a little sparkle to a gorgeous gem. Presented here as a 320k mp3 for your listening pleasure.

     

    As a little bonus, here is the launch of the Pioneer CDJ2000 NEXUS in Melbourne featuring the vocal from Blue Monday mashed with about 8 different genres in as many minutes.

     

    CLICK THROUGH TO THE SOUNDCLOUD PAGE FOR THE LINK!!

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