The enigma of The Black Devil Disco Club:
More than 30 years after the first album, the ‘extremely rare disco masterpiece’ got a follow up, an epic journey into the deepest electronic disco, full of haunting vocals, warped lyrics, twisted yet melodic electronics and crisp disco beats.
In 2004 Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label released an album by Black Devil called Disco Club, a re-issue of a long lost supposedly ‘italo disco’ classic from 1978. Given it’s absurdly ‘modern’ sound many doubted it’s authenticity, some even suggesting that it was a collaboration between Richard James and Luke Vibert.
The real story is stranger still. Although credited to Joachim Sherylee and Junior Claristidge with executive production by Jacky Giordano, the album was actually the work of obscure French producer Bernard Fevre known only for his incredibly rare electronic masterpiece ‘The Strange World of Bernard Fevre’ and the even rarer ‘Earthmessage ‘ as sampled by the Chemical Brothers on ‘Got Glint?’ – from their ‘Surrender’ album (1999)
From 2006 new records have been released by Lo Recordings: innovative music so ahead of its time that Black Devil Disco Club can still be considered as avant-garde.
Black Devil Disco Club is still producing new gems and touring worldwide in the best clubs and festivals. One thing’s for sure, you will never hear a more unusual or beguiling electronic dance music.
Fans include: The Chemical Brothers, Pilooski, Tiga, Andy Butler (Hercules and Love Affair), Aeroplanes, Aphex Twin, Afrika Bambaataa, Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Nancy Sinatra, Morgan Geist of Metro Area, Groove Armada, Lindstrom, Alden Tyrell, Emperor Machine and Quiet Village, ParaOne & Tacteel, Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music), Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion), Faris Badwan (The Horrors), Nicolas Ker (Poni Hoax), Holy Ghost, Mondkopf, Etienne Jaumet / Zombie Zombie, Luke Vibert, YACHT, Cosmetics, Dee Lite, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), Logo, Danger, dDamage, Stopmakingme, Horse Meat Disco…
GET READY FOR SOME BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB ACTION.
Affiliations: Rephlex, Lo Recordings, Anthology