Black Devil – Disco Club (Rephlex)

Black Devil - Disco Club

Black Devil - Disco Club

“Originally released on Out Records way back in 1978, Black Devil’s “Disco Club” is an extremely rare disco masterpiece, an epic journey into the deepest electronic disco…discovered by Rephlex’s own PP Roy for 20 pence at a car boot sale, and quickly found favour with friends Richard D. James and Luke Vibert.”

The EP contains four predominantly instrumental tracks from the original release, a second 12″ will follow with two vocal tracks and a remix from Kerrier District (aka Luke Vibert).

In musical terms ‘Disco Club’ is certainly a rare find – it sounds like nothing else, loosely falling into the disco category, probably more by era than content. Heavy psychedelic influences are developed through tribal drums, electro-esque synths and muffled vocal samples. It’s futuristic but in a very retro way.

Sadly its let down by inferior 70s production, and it’s hard to see how its dull sounding drums and stifled bass could cut it on a 21st century dancefloor. A great find at a car boot sale definitely! But there’s a few too many dated key changes for this record to be the contemporary hit that Rephlex are hyping it as. However it’s an enticing and intriguing slice of dancefloor history.


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29 March 2003

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