Alessandro Pappadia, co-founder of Montreal dance party Raw Feelings, has been a jock in his city for a hot minute. They’ve booked the likes of Cloudface, Luca Lozano, Willie Burns, Voiski, and Basic Soul Unit amongst others. This year their halloween party is set to feature Legowelt live. Alessandroid has been a supporting act for the likes of Ryan Elliot, Octave One, Lil Louis, Fred P and Steve Bicknell. He’s performed for club nights and promoters around the city, including Montreal’s renowned Stereo Nightclub.
He spent the summer in Europe; digging in Florence, Berlin and Amsterdam. He made a mix for us as soon as he got back, it features 7 records from the buy. He also wrote a few words about these records and his experiences abroad.
I visited 11 stores in 3 different countries and came home with 70 some records. Seven of which are featured in this recording:
1. T’N’I – Beam E.P.
Disco Beams 3:26
Bold Back Beams 36:03
1992 Germany Intense Recordings
One of my favourite finds on my entire trip. I bought this at Data Records. Found this record amongst others in an unpriced pile and payed a euro for it. Discogs release page.
2. M-D-Emm – Get Busy (The Remix)
Get Acidic (Long Strong Dangerous Mix) 21:46
1988 UK Republic Records
This find surprised me. I had listened to it many times before in my car in a Carlos Souffront DJ set, never knowing what it was. Found it at Danex Records in Florence; I was impressed with their collection of near mint early house original pressings. Discogs release page.
3. House Syndicate – Jam The Mace
Freestyle Bongo 26:14
1990 US Dopewax
I bought this record off Laurine, one of three DJs part of the Slow Life crew. We were at the Slow Life and Libertine Crew Bikini Waxx Market Sale. The two storied shop was packed and the courtyard was full of people enjoying pwyc beers as Saverio Celestri was DJing inside.
– Discogs release page
– Libertine & Slow Life Summer Vinyl Market : event
4. Brian Harden – FAS011
Instinctive Pleasure 66:05
2016 Spain Fathers & Sons Productions
Bought this at Disco Scratch in Florence, which is essentially an online store location of distribution. I walked an hour out of the city centre and ended up near the airport. I walked into the poorly lit room and was greeted by a very affectionate big white dog. I took a seat with the store keeper and went through their inventory of new releases. If it sold out in most online stores, then they probably still have a copy of it. Discogs release page.
Come On Girl 70:30
2004 Million Dollar Disco UK
Knock Me Out (Vocal Version) 80:44
1982 UK Arista
In 40 minutes I found 4 great records at Distortion Records in Amsterdam. The store is mess of vinyl and induces digging. Whatever isn’t priced is then matched on discogs: Al kent / Discogs: Gary’s Gang.
7. GU – Classiques Volume One
Love Hang Over (Rework) 74:40
2016 US GUCLSSQS1
On my second visit to Bikini Waxx Gerd was playing this classic as I walked in. The store was empty and the listening was easy. Two days later I heard Marquis Hawkes play that same song at Heideglühen.