lördag 10 juli 2010
No.25 x 2010 / Philippe Renaux Special No.1
After my recent special on italian producer Alberto Radius, I thought I would continue digging up the forgotten names from the era of the disco producer.
And so I stumbled on Philippe Renaux; french composer, writer, arranger and producer as well as the label boss of the french Carrere sublabel Clever.
The story of his involvment in the disco business starts around 1977, closely after his collaborations with the enigmatic J.P. Massiera.
His full-on production efforts starts with the pretty conventional idea of establishing a disco diva by the name of Toni Van Duyne, a project which seems to have been fully orchestrated by Renaux. But from the get-go, Renaux had his mind set on something cosmic. A theme that would prevail in most of his commitments of the late 1970s and early 80s, and which is clearly evident here on Cosmic Dancer of 1978
On this, the first and only Van Duyne album apart from a handfull of singles, most of the production is soft midtempo disco-pop with modest hints of synthesizers thrown in for a sci-fi-esque effect, to fit the ever prevailing cosmic theme (which seems fuelled by an inspired fascination of Barbarella) . Be A Star works very well though, riding on a perky baseline aided by some funky synth squeezes.
TONI VAN DUYNE - BE A STAR