I got a box in the mail from Reykjavik’s Lucky Records a few months ago, and among the assorted randomness was a truly random item – a pink cassette in a plastic case with no J card (the image to the left is from Bandcamp). It had “Just Dance” written on one side in black marker; the other side said “Party Angel”. That’s it. I had no idea what it was. But a little internet digging revealed it to be a 2015 release by the eccentric Berglind Ágústsdóttir, who’s 2014 re-mix album Walking In Heaven I wrote about for ROK – Icelandic Music Review a while back. Just Dance / Party Angel came out in 2015 and is available for free listening HERE, though I haven’t seen any references to it coming out on any kind of physical media… so not entirely sure the story with this tape.
What I am sure about, though, is that this is some pretty interesting electronic music. It opens with a very experimental “They Love The Way I Ride The Beat” before kicking in with some great dance jams in “Dream Lover” and “Johnny,” a pair of more traditional female vocal pop tunes that will make you wish there was a disco ball in your living room. I’d been kind of putting off playing this, but now I’m kicking myself because these songs are great! “Just Dance” takes a more experimental turn, like something Nico would have been performing back in the day. “Don’t Be A Hater Be A Creator” gets us out on the dance floor again before we flip the tape and jam to the 20+ minute “Party Angel Radio Tape Mix New York 2013”.
I made an effort to follow along on the Bandcamp site, and all the songs listed there appear on the cassette in the same order. However, following “Party Angel Radio Tape Mix New York 2013,” the tape includes two additional tracks. I have no idea what these are or why they aren’t part of the digital download… just a little extra bonus if you can find the physical media.