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Disco Preservation Society: A treasure trove of DJ mixes from 80s San Francisco dance clubs
03.03.2017
09:50 am
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Jim Hopkins of the SF Disco Preservation Society curates a digital archive of mixes, sourced from old cassettes and reel-to-reels, from luminary ‘80s and ‘90s San Francisco dance club DJs.

Many of these mixes come from gay dance clubs which are no longer in operation.

“Somebody just came and dropped off this whole bag of cassettes,” Hopkins told SFist. “A lot of these guys are getting up in years, and this is stuff that shouldn’t be lost.”

Hopkins wants people who went to SF nightclubs like Pleasuredome, the I-Beam, and the EndUp back in the day to be able to hear some of these multi-hour mixes that they may only have the haziest memories of, and he wants to introduce a new generation of DJs and nightlife mavens to the talents of their forebears.

The online archive which is housed at hearthis.at contains a selection of ‘80s mixes. Dance mixes from the ‘90s can be found on a separate page here.

What’s really remarkable about these mixes are how deep many of the cuts go. There’s really so much worthwhile high-energy dance music which has been lost to the sands of time. Hopkins’ curation of these tapes will hopefully expose a lot of this music to new ears. This archive is your one-stop destination for programming your next workout or home dance party. 

After the jump a selection of mixes from this amazing archive…

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Posted by Christopher Bickel
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03.03.2017
09:50 am
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Have yourself a Disco Christmas with Cut Chemist’s ‘Disco Is Dead’ mix
12.24.2011
12:24 pm
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It’s party season, and as we should all know by now, disco is the greatest party music ever. If you happen to disagree with that statement, then check out this excellent 50 minute mix by veteran LA turntablist Cut Chemist.

There is nothing particularly obscure of unknown here (not for disco aficionados anyway) but what sets it apart is the sheer slickness of the mixing, and the ease with which these tracks go together. Especially worthy of mention is the section from about 5 minutes in which sees Donna Summer, Rinder & Lewis, Silver Convention and Love Unlimited Orchestra slide into each other hand in glove, as if they were written for that very purpose. Then he drops “Sesso Matto” and it just keeps getting better: 
 


Happy Christmas everybody! 

 

Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
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12.24.2011
12:24 pm
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Peaches covers ‘Private Dancer’ - and it’s beautiful
12.13.2011
09:41 pm
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This clip was recorded live this past August in Moscow, and showcases the Mistress of Filth’s new dj-cum-live-style show. Once you get past the mash-up of Slayer’s ‘Angel of Death’ (and the bizarre but entertaining dancers/fighters) Peaches stops the set to launch into a surprise piano-ballad version of the Mark Knopfler-penned, Tina Turner classic. It’s heartfelt and really quite powerful. Is this a new direction I wonder?
 

 
After the jump, Peaches’ guide to Berlin…

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Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
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12.13.2011
09:41 pm
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50 Hours of Autechre
03.20.2010
03:16 pm
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Swen’s Weblog drops 50 hours of Autechre DJ sets, downloadable for free from Archive.org. Sweet god of glitch! Entries include:

27h set for xltronic radio in 2006

A 12h mix on 23–24 February 2008 to coincide with the release of Quaristice.

A 12,5h Mix, on 2–3 March 2010 to coincide with the release of Oversteps

(Swen’s Weblog: 50 Hours of Autechre)

(Previously on Dangerous Minds: New Autechre album)

(Autechre’s Albums)

Posted by Jason Louv
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03.20.2010
03:16 pm
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