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Patrick Cowley

Muscle Up (2LP)

Muscle Up (2LP)

Label: Dark Entries
Cat No: DE-106

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A1. Cat's Eye
A2. The Jungle Dream

B1. Deep Inside You
B2. Somebody To Love Tonight

C1. Pigfoot
C2. 5oz Of Funk
C3. Don't Ask
C4. Uhura

D1. Timelink
D2. Mockingbird Dream 2


Patrick Cowley - Muscle Up

Everybody's favourite obscure synth/wave torch bearers (Dark Entries) and everybody's favourite San Franciscan DJ collective/party throwers (Honey Soundsystem) have teamed up once again to release another compilation of long-lost (and light years ahead of its time) electronic tinkering courtesy of Disco and Hi-NRG pioneer Patrick Cowley. Some words from the label:

"Muscle Up is a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded between 1973 and 1980 found in the Fox Studio vaults. This compilation also includes bonus compositions found in the basement of Megatone Records owner John Hedges and the attic of former bandmate Maurice Tani. Influenced by Tomita, Wendy Carlos, and Giorgio Moroder, Patrick crafted an electronic sound from his collection of synthesizers, percussion, modified guitars, and hand-built equipment. The listener enters a world of forbidden vices evocative of Patrick’s time spent in the bathhouses of San Francisco. The songs on “Muscle Up” are divided into four sides, each showcasing a different facet of Cowley’s work. Side one opens with an ambient journey through the Amazon. Tension builds on side two, with the instrumental demo version of the slow-chugging masterpiece “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight”. On sides three and four things go interstellar with ecstatic space-funk and galactic workouts.

Featuring 75 minutes of music, this compilation contains soundtrack music from two Fox Studio films, “Muscle Up” and “School Daze”, plus additional songs from the same era, never before released on vinyl. The tapes were restored and transferred using the same speed and pitch settings, then remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a extra wide spine jacket and giant fold-out poster featuring a handmade collage using photography and xerox graphics of classic gay porn imagery from the Fox Studio vaults by Berlin-based artist Gwenael Rattke with an essay from Maurice Tani. For Patrick’s 65th birthday, Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records present a glimpse into the futuristic world of a young genius. These recordings shine a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon."

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