Monday, November 10, 2014

JNB I'll Be The One

Killer Northern-Disco jam comped by Al Kent a few years back. Serious horn breakdowns, beautiful vocals, and a favorite unexpected moment occurs during the last few seconds as the song fades out...

I've got dead stock near mint condition copies for sale. Hit me at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Discovery Series 001: Super Disco Edits presents Ebony Diamonds "I'm So Lucky"

This new reel to reel discovery committed to vinyl has our heads spinning! For Secret Rendezvous' first installment of the Discovery Series, Super Disco Edits head honcho Russell explains how "I'm So Lucky", a beautiful mid-tempo soul cut came to be signed as a new release 30 years later. This one has the potential to be a big favorite for many lovers of the sound. So in his own words, I'll let Russell tell his story...

***Back around 2008 I'd say, or there about's I decided I'd have a go at tracking down Moses Tribbery, this was after I got to hear the boys over at Oslo Soul Experience play Infinity "Queen of My Universe" on their website. It was credited to Moses Tribbery and Alvin Walker, and anyone on the soul scene would have heard it and instantly gone, "damn!" as its a killer slice of modern soul music, just ripe for playing out at events across Europe.

I managed to find Moses who had now packed up bags from his native Richmond Va and moved over to Asia to teach English. He was shocked to hear from me, and after we chatted said he may have a few recordings by Infinity back home. Maybe a year passed and being a man of his word Moses sent me a copy of Infinity's other only 45rpm INFINITY "party man"/ "put everything in place" Whitehorse. Unfortunately he didn't have a copy of "Queen of My Universe" , and I must admit at the time I hadn't really heard of the Whitehorse cut. But after I stuck it on the turntable I instantly fell in love with "Put Everything In Place", and realized Infinity and its members were some serious musicians.

Along with the 45rpm he also sent a rare Whitehorse flyer from around the late 70's. This had a picture of the group and the band members' christian names. So being a bit of a detective freak, I thought I'd chase some of the members down. It wasn't long before I was in connection with Ray Crawley, a member of Infinity. Ray was also from Richmond Va, and had also written "Party man", along with his long time playing partner Ray Dorsey. Ray Crawley had also written the flip to "Queen of My Universe", a monster disco funk cut called "Up", which at this moment is firmly stuck on my turntable.

Quite a good few years had passed and Ray had told me about a group he was in before Infinity called Ebony Diamonds, along with Ray Dorsey and their other friend Carroll Ellis Jr. They recorded a bunch of cuts at the famed Alpha Audio studios in Richmond, that was owned and run by Nick Colleran. None of these tracks ever made it past the reels, and as time went on Infinity was born and the tracks left to sit dusty in the home of Ray Crawley.

Whilst checking Ray's personal Facebook page I see he had uploaded a video onto YOUTUBE. Luckily it hadnt had many views, they had transferred what they could of those early 1975 recording sessions by Ebony Diamonds into a WAV and stuck it on the net. Only one track survived the decaying reels, that were nearly 40 years old, a track called "I'm so lucky". Man I was hooked on the track the very first few bars. I contacted Ray and said lets get this beautiful slice of modern crossover soul music out on a 45rpm. I told him about my record label which really only started out last year as a bit of fun to put out a disco edit I had made. Now 8 releases on its become a full time hobby.

Ray and the other members were really excited about the project, and that their track was gonna be heard again. I designed the EDI label to give it that 1975 feel, and even used the sort of Font that Alpha Audio used to use back in the day. I think they kind of had a generic style associated with their releases. This may not be completely accurate but from my own experience it seemed like a lot of the text was similar on the labels..

Super Disco Edits pressed 500 copies,and with initial clips getting mad likes and comments, and then a bit of a push from our friend Mark Allbones at we decided to have a go at pre-order. Wow, the response was amazing. Upon release of the 45rpm in mid-October every copy had been accounted for. I'd say its gonna have that future rare record status in years to come. I could go and press some more copies, but being a collector of records myself I like the fact that in years to come people will probably be searching for Ebony Diamonds like I did Infinity's "Queen of My Universe", well I'm hoping that may happen!

Dj Sigher

Nomad Uno of Africaine 808 joins Love On The Run and Private Panther

Let's celebrate your inner beauty, together. Join Nomad Uno, Wes P Panther and yours truly for what will be one epic night of vanity, poodles, and amazing dance music.

Wednesday, November 5, 10:00pm - 4:00am

Cameo Gallery: 93 N6th St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

$10 Admission, $5 b4 11 with RSVP to

Thank you Secret Rendezvous Dancers!

Thanks for coming out and making our night at Starvue so much fun together. We got to play some lots and lots of Disco, Soul, Gospel and even some classic Deep House cuts and you all threw down on the dance floor. I hope to see you again at the next one.

And of course, shout outs to Ben Manzone and BLT at The Party Line for inviting me down to the great night they host. Keep an eye out for their monthly jams of great deep dance music.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Renee Geyer "Be There In The Morning" ultra rare 1976 version 2nd press coming soon!

This has been a long time favorite and sought after by many collectors on the UK scene, recorded twice with two pressings. One feeling a bit more stripped down (extremely rare 1976 version), and the other with a slightly more produced sound (1977 version), both absolutely blinding! Properly licensed and ready for another press by Fryer's Records, do not sleep!!! Coming soon...

A film made just for you, "Northern Soul: The Movie"

Demand it at your local theatre! Extremely talented photographer and film maker Elaine Constantine spent her days dancing at all night soul jams on the UK's legendary Northern Soul scene, and has been working hard to make a proper film about her youth for the last several years. This is made by someone that actually came from the scene, and is essentially inspired by real people she knew in the scene loosely combined into great fictional characters for the film. Every detail was painstakingly looked after, from proper clothing that was worn back in the day, to a blinding soundtrack curated by the legendary DJ Butch. This is the REAL DEAL and destined to be a cult classic! If you are in the UK I highly recommend buying tickets to this ASAP as it just started it's limited theatre release that the film makers fought so very hard to get, and IMO that will be the most amazing way to view this. Sleep and weep!

Here is a direct link to the Northern Soul site with plenty of great info:

P.S. Fun fact, her husband Marco Santucci is a fantastic DJ that I was lucky enough to play alongside during an earlier visit to London this year. Check out a blinding mix of his on one of our favorite music sites, independent movement uk: CLICK

Monday, October 6, 2014

CHICAGO: This Thursday, October 9th Disco Illusion Presents Love On The Run!

Disco Illusion Presents Love On The Run!

The Disco Illusion Crew is Proud & Honored to host the return of Love On the Run for another night of Deep Disco/AfroFunk/ModernSoul/Gospel/Boogie&HolyGrails...

Love On The Run has had a busy 2014 with eclectic DJ sets in London, Leeds, Chicago, Montreal, LA and NYC, spinning deeper shades of Disco and Soul. Love On The Run’s lifelong obsession with club music and DJ’ing began in his native New York City during its notorious late ‘80s and early ‘90s. This wild era of NYC nightlife left such an impact on him, he spent the next 20+ years completely immersed in Deep House and Disco culture buying vinyl, working in record stores, labels, vinyl distributors, promoting underground parties and DJ’ing both locally and eventually abroad from London to Moscow. While working at Satellite Record store during the ‘90s he cemented his reputation for having a keen ear with many of NYC’s DJs and industry insiders for breaking new sounds behind the scenes. Never satisfied with the status quo, his quest to unearth quality new tunes eventually led him to explore new avenues throughout the city’s cultural melting pot, digging both deeper and in less expected places than the majority of his peers. This endless search had led him to dingy basements, moldy garages, defunct shops, homes of strangers and more odd venues in the pursuit of eclectic vinyl. His musical ethos combined with DJ sets at his intimate club nights from the ‘90s throughout 2000s have earned him loyal fans, and through his edits, mixes, radio shows, secret vinyl societies and “Secret Rendezvous” blog, his taste and passion for sharing great unheard music has earned him the respect of listeners around the globe today. This is only expected to grow with his upcoming compilation series and private reissue record label slated for the end of the year. This Thursday marks his second visit to Chicago this year to play along side the Disco Illusion crew.

Don' Sleep Chicago..

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday, October 25th at a secretive venue in Brooklyn....

We are back at it again in a space fitted with Klipschorn speakers, Bozak mixer, vintage Macintosh amp, nothing but pure buttery sounds from analog sources. I will be bringing warm vinyl to you all night at this secret jam along DJs Ben Manzone, Dan Arlein and a special guest Sal Principato of Liquid Liquid playing percussion alongside us for the evening.

Don't miss this one, and you will need to RSVP for entry. Here is a link to the Facebook page: CLICK ME

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

General Johnson "Don't Walk Away"


The flip side has nice sleaze tune too...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Kaplan Records second smashing release!

Secret Weapons revealed! Heavy Disco Dance edit by Roger Thornhill and Christy Eissen "Rumors" edit on the flip by Waxist. Essential underground edits, beautifully remastered and popping in the club. Cop them before they sell out. Kaplan Records 001 is already selling for $$$...

Monday, September 8, 2014

"You're A Melody" special with Floating Points (UK) and Love On The Run (NYC) at Output in Brooklyn on Wednesday, September 17th!

We will be steering the big rig on the main floor of Output next Wednesday, dropping heaters on that amazing sound system all night. Plan accordingly!

Here is the archived set from our "You're A Melody" gig at Plastic People in the UK earlier this year: