Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gomma All-Stars featuring Peaches- Casablanca Re-Works

German label reinterprets 80's hits from the Casablanca Records vault with the vocal aid of Canadian electro-rapper Peaches and two-time Grammy award winning keyboardist Harold Faltermeyer (he of Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun soundtrack fame). That alone should be enough to draw you in. Casablanca Records was founded in 1973 by Neil Bogart and quickly became a hugely successful label with acts as diverse as KISS, Donna Summers, Parliament, and The Village People. The label pioneered the extended mix single concept that would later be known as the 12" single, a conceit that is prominently utilized by the Gomma All-Stars.
Peaches plays it straight here, invoking the spirits of disco past. Four songs are featured here with an additional remix of each song to round out the disc. Moullinex tackles "Maniac" from the movie Flashdance, and also contributes an instrumental version of the song. Telonius provides a dub version to accompany his cover of "Our Love" from Donna Summer's best-selling record Bad Girl. The Stephanie Mills hit "You Can't Run From My Love" gets a fitting retooling from Munk and The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band break out the Skatt Brothers #1 1980 hit "Walk The Night" utilizing a, can you guess?, omnipresent hand clap percussion track. Casablanca Re-Works is a breezy affair that's all sequined pants and feathered hair, and a fitting tribute to the twilight years of Casablanca Records.

Buy this record as you amble through the aisles of Target looking for footless leggings.


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