Category Archives: RE-EDITS

Bedmo Disco down the Bank… plus new scalpel work

Tomorrow night (Friday September 10th) sees the public opening of a brand new Bristol venue, The Bank of Stokes Croft.

It’s a new project from our good friends Dave Smeaton and James Savage, the men behind our old stomping ground The Spotted Cow and, of course, The Big Chill Bar here in Brizzle. The venue itself was previously known as Mackies – home of boogie/electrofunk/soul/freestyle/disco night Ghettospheric – and has undergone serious renovation in the last month.

To celebrate the opening, Dave and James are hosting an opening night party, from 9pm-4am (that’s an epic), with various DJs from soon-come regular nights taking to the decks. Bedmo Disco will be playing (our first set together since Soundwave!), alongside DJs from Ghettospheric (a night we’ve played at several times) and Super Ultra Mega (one of Bristol’s new wave of disco/house/techno fusion nights – their residents are superb).

Entry to the party is free, so if you’re in Bristol pop down and check out the venue… and of course our set. No idea yet when we’ll be on, but it’ll be fun whatever happens. Here are the details:

The Bank Of Stokes Croft Opening Party
Friday 10th September @ The Bank Of Stokes Croft (84 Stokes Croft, Bristol)
9pm-4am, FREE ENTRY. Feat BEDMO DISCO, GHETTOSPHERIC and SUPER ULTRA MEGA DJs

Before then, we’d like to provide you with some new sounds fresh from the rusty scalpels we use at North Street Sound. Two brand new edits – one a 1984 style electrofunk growler, the other a 107 BPM disco banger. Enjoy!

BEDMO DISCO – BLEEP

BEDMO DISCO – THE SOUND OF MONEY [CASHFLOW CRISIS EDIT]

Coming soon… The Bedmo Disco Dubs

Just thought we’d post a little taster for the next release on Bedmo Disco Records, ‘The Bedmo Disco Dubs’ by Bedmo Disco.

‘The Bedmo Disco Dubs’ project is a series of electrofunk/boogie edits in the style of the original 1980s scalpel-jockeys (think Latin Rascals, Shep Pettibone etc). The two tracks previewed below (on the embedded Soundcloud player) are confirmed for the release, with more to come. Thoughts welcome. So far the reaction from the few DJs and heads with copies has been very positive.

Cosmic Boogie – The Disco Grinch EP (Bedmo Disco Records 01)

Drum roll please! The first EP on Bedmo Disco Records is ready to go. It will hit Juno/Juno Download on Monday 14th June.

Here’s the press release:

Straight outta Bedmo – that’s Bedminster for non Bristol folk – comes a brand new digital-only label… Bedmo Disco Records!

Named after the website, club night and production outfit of the same name, Bedmo Disco Records launches this June with a very special E.P from rising star and friend of the family, Cosmic Boogie.

The Liverpudlian producer and DJ has enjoyed a stratospheric rise of late thanks to a series of much-heralded releases on Disco Deviance and, of course, his own Cosmic Boogie imprint.

Now he’s kick-starting a busy summer of gigs and festival appearances with a killer set of edits for Bedmo Disco.

‘The Disco Grinch’ is Cosmic Boogie’s first digital release, and it’s a belter. It features four wildly different slabs of dancefloor-friendly disco and electrofunk, all with Cosmic Boogie’s trademark eye for detail and ear for a killer groove.

The E.P kicks off with ‘Catch 22’, a sensual slow-jam that’s perfect for those ‘eyes wide shut’ moments. It’s sexy, scintillating and, frankly, a little bit naughty. If it doesn’t make you go a bit wobbly down below, we’ll eat our flat caps.

Next up is ‘Must Come Down’, a chunky groover that teases out a lesser-known disco gem for nine action-packed minutes. Think sizzling synth-bass, cut glass strings, heavy percussion and just the right amount of vocal. As we’d say in Bristol, proper job.

Bursting out of its third-place billing is ‘Calling Lenny’, an endorphin-releasing beast of shirts-off disco set to fire-up festivals across the globe this summer. With its dizzying disco horns, floor-slaying vocal and thumping groove, ‘Calling Lenny’ is sure to cause a commotion on any disco-minded dancefloor.

Rounding off the E.P is the digital bonus ‘Let’s Jam’. Only available for those who buy the whole release, it’s an intergalactic P-funk jam with more wonky percussion than your average crusty drum circle.

The goodness doesn’t stop there though. In addition, Bedmo Disco Records will be making another Cosmic Boogie edit available free-of-charge to lucky disco diggers. The frankly rather enormous and funksome ‘Talk To Me’ will be made available as a free download on Juno, www.bedmodisco.com and http://www.cosmicboogie.co.uk.

Bedmo Disco – breakin’ out the happy music!

Cosmic Boogie: The Disco Grinch EP (Bedmo Disco Records, BEDMO01)

1. Catch 22 (Cosmic Boogie Edit)
2. Must Come Down (Cosmic Boogie Edit)
3. Calling Lenny (Cosmic Boogie Edit)
4. Let’s Jam (Cosmic Boogie Edit)*
*only available as part of the EP

5. Talk To Me (Cosmic Boogie Edit)**
** Free download, available from 14/6/10

Check the label… the BEDMO DISCO label!

This may well be the worst kept secret in the history of music: this June, Bedmo Disco will be launching its own digital label. Or, technically speaking, two digital labels. Let us explain.

For a while we’ve been considering starting up another label. Some years back we released two 12s of re-edits under the Pointless Edits moniker. Both sold out, but we never really pushed on with that and put out more releases. This was partly a financial decision – making records is an expensive business, after all – but partly because we didn’t have enough material – either from ourselves or others – to really justify putting out more 12s. After all, what’s the point of putting out mediocre or substandard music for the sake of it? Plenty of labels do it, but we didn’t want to fall into that trap.

That’s not to say that we went off the idea of putting out music. We’ve talked about setting up a digital-only label for some time, but we always held back as we thought the time wasn’t right. After talking to friends and contacts within the scene, getting given some great music and, crucially, being more on the ball with production ourselves, we decided last month that we’d take the plunge.

We’ll be running two labels: Bedmo Disco Records and Boogie Down Bedmo Records. The first, the main label, will release all sorts, much of it disco-related. The latter, meanwhile, will be a home for hip-hop in all its forms – and related musical wonkiness.

The first release on Bedmo Disco Records is due mid June, and comes from our good friend Cosmic Boogie. It’s his first digital release, and will feature five (count ’em) classy re-edits. Four of these will be on an EP (three of which can be bought individually – the fourth will be a bonus for those who buy the whole EP), with the fifth being given away free of charge. You’ll be able to buy Bedmo Disco releases on Juno and Chemical to start with, though we envisage adding more stockists over time.

You can listen to tracks from the Cosmic Boogie EP on the Soundcloud player below. The second release on Bedmo Disco will be a three-tracker from ourselves (as Bedmo Disco, or maybe Thumbs Aloft – we’ve not decided yet), whilst the first Bedmo Beats release will be an extended EP featuring hip-hop tracks from a variety of producers and MCs.

We’re on the look out for material to release, so if you think you’ve got something we’ll be interested in, get in touch!

Sell By Dave’s UFO Edits

UFO - at Dojo's in Bristol, Friday 22nd Jan 2010

This Friday (January 22nd) sees top Bristol night UFO return to Dojo Lounge for a boogie-licious bass assault with an interplanetary flavour. Here at Bedmo Disco we’re huge fans of the monthly party, which always keeps an open mind and boasts some of the freshest and most imaginative line-ups in our fair city. The residents, The Kelly Twins, are amongst the best DJs in our fair city, with a fine record collection that sees dusty old electro, P-funk and electrofunk nestling side by side with Italo, acid house, dubstep, aquacrunk, UKG, funky, techno and more besides.

Our own Sell By Dave is a big part of the UFO family, being a resident of sorts (he plays three of four times a year, usually). For this Friday’s party – headlined by West London producer Funkineven – he’ll be teaming up with good friend and crate digger extraordinaire Andy ‘Payback’ Clarkson for a 90-minute excursion into boogie, electro, P-funk and early garage territory. To celebrate the fact – and UFO’s forthcoming first birthday at Dojo in Feb – the man we call Sell By has crafted some extra-special edits for the occasion.

Since we’re pretty generous chaps, we’ve decided to let you have ’em, too – as 320 MP3s, no less – so you can play ’em out loud. We’re rather generous, wouldn’t you say?

So, what’s on offer then? Click on the track titles to listen and download…

Daniel Paul: Outta Space [Sell By Dave’s UFO Edit]
This squelchy, soul-flecked piano groover dropped back in 2000/2001 on Mermaid, an offshoot of the then just born Sonar Kollektiv label. The Meitz remix has always been a fave of ours, ever since we heard Joe 90 drop it at Level back in the Seen days.  Sell By says: “Volker Meitz’s version of ‘Outta Space’ is top notch, but it fannies around a lot. I’ve been working on this re-cut on and off for about a month. Feel the pianos!

David McPherson – You Can’t Stop! [Sell By Dave’s UFO Edit]
Originally released by SAM Records in 1982, David McPherson’s ‘You Can’t Stop!’ is a fine example of that style of US boogie that sits somewhere between jazz-funk and dubbed-out synth disco. The original flits between a number of percussive styles, with DJ-friendly breaks aplenty. About his edit, Sell By says: “With this, I tried to keep the vibe of the original, extending some of the dubbier sections, cutting out some of the vocals, and extending other parts to come up with a dub that gets stripped down but never dull. There are also a few Shep Pettibone style edit touches. See if you can spot ’em!

Wuf Ticket – Ya Mama [Sell By Dave’s UFO Edit]
Some fondly remember Wuf Ticket’s ‘Ya Mama’, a thoroughly idiotic – but charming – trip into electro/hip-hop territory from 1982. It was released on Prelude Records, most famous for the chunky synth disco of D Train, Sharon Redd and many early Francois Kevorkian rubs. Over to Sell By: “Ya Mama is an ace record – a proper early hip-hop diss record with a slick sheen that shows up its Prelude roots. The original goes on forever though, and to be honest some of the rap is a bit silly – especially the bit where Wuf Ticket are telling all the kids to love their mums. So, I stripped it down to the groove and teased in the call-and response pay-off at the end.

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We’ve got the Midas Dub

Midnight Star’s ‘Midas Touch’ is one of those tunes that’s almost impossible to dislike. Sure, there’s a whiff of fromage about it, but it’s one of those records that almost anyone will dance to. And quite rightly so – it’s a belter!

Messing with such a classic – which has, it should be noted, already been remixed by Ashley Beedle and others, is not necessarily the wisest move, but here at Bedmo Disco Towers we’re not ones to stick to convention. When listening to ‘Midas Touch’ again the other day it struck us that Solar System didn’t include a Dub on the original 12″. All you got was the (excellent) extended original, a slightly naff instrumental and the spaced out ‘acapella’, which combined the original bassline and vocal. We’ve always wanted a Dub that includes some, but not all, of the vocal and 80s synth disco style dubby breakdowns and so on. So, we’ve done one. Here it is, ‘Midas Dub’… enjoy!

Bedmo Disco – Midas Dub

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What would you do without your music?

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Welcome to the first post (hurrah!) on the brand new Bedmo Disco blog-come-website – the online home of Thumbs Aloft, Pointless Edits. the Bedmo Disco Soundsystem and Bedmo Disco parties. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

In a bid to launch our new home in a blaze of self-indulgent glory, we thought we’d give you a fresh scalpel cut to sink your teeth into. It would have to be something celebratory to match our mood of wide-eyed excitement. It would also have to feature ace synth bass, spine-tingling piano bits and some top-notch dubby percussion.

So here’s a breakdown-tastic Bedmo Disco Dub of a familiar electrofunk/synth disco hit from 1982. Enjoy!

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