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Menergy
Menergy (12")
Cat: SPEC 1864.
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Menergy (Purple Disco Machine remix)
  2. Menergy (Purple Disco Machine remix instrumental)
  3. Menergy
  4. Menergy (feat Sylvester)
  5. Menergy (reprise)
Review: Gay anthems don't come louder or prouder than this evergreen gem from Patrick Cowley and Sylvester. Originally released in 1981, just a year before Cowley's tragic death but heralding the arrival of the Hi-NRG era of electronic disco, it's as brilliant and visionary now as it was at its inception. Now the classic gets a respectful re-touch from Purple Disco Machine, who offers up vocal and instrumental versions on the A side before three original versions stretch out on the flip. The difference between the remixes and originals is subtle, but with ingredients this potent, who's to complain when setting the party aflame?
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Mind Warp
Mind Warp (limited purple marbled vinyl LP)
Cat: SPLP 7053PURPLE. Rel: 26 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Tech-No-Logical World (7:30)
  2. Invasion (6:57)
  3. They Came At Night (6:11)
  4. Mind Warp (6:38)
  5. Primitive World (3:05)
  6. Mutant Man (4:48)
  7. Going Home (6:08)
 in stock $30.37
Megatron Man (reissue)
Megatron Man (reissue) (limited heavyweight clear marbled vinyl LP in embossed spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: SPLP 7052. Rel: 04 Nov 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Megatron Man (9:01)
  2. Sea Hunt (7:46)
  3. Teen Planet (3:30)
  4. Get A Little (6:07)
  5. Lift Off (8:17)
  6. Thank God For Music (5:26)
Review: Buffalo, New York born artist Patrick Cowley is well known as one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in electronic dance music of the seventies and eighties. He studied it in San Fran at the City College of San Francisco then mastered it in the studio over the ensuing decades. Megatron Man was his second studio album , released in 1981, and is a standout of the era thanks to the gliding and funky main tune 'Get A Little' with its great use of vocoder. The rest of the record in true Cowley fashion takes in hi-nrg disco, slow cosmic, electronic funk and boogie all with an erotic and libidinous overtone.
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 in stock $38.32
Some Funkettes
Some Funkettes (LP + inserts in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: DE 283. Rel: 20 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Do It Any Way You Wanna (3:29)
  2. Papa Wuzza Rollinston (7:09)
  3. Spiked Punch (9:58)
  4. I Feel Love (9:44)
  5. Dynomite (4:57)
  6. Spiked Punch (dub) (5:48)
Review: Dark Entries is humbled to continue digging through the archives of legendary producer Patrick Cowley. While best known for his production on chart-topping cybernetic disco anthems such as Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' or his own 'Menergy', Cowley, who passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1982, left us with a substantial body of work. Since 2009, Dark Entries has been working with Cowley's friends and family to shed light on the lesser known facets of this singular artist's output. This has resulted in a string of celebrated archival albums, including Catholic (featuring Jorge Socarras), School Daze, Muscle Up, Afternooners, and the recent Mechanical Fantasy Box. Some Funkettes, the latest addition to this series, is a collection of previously unreleased cover songs recorded from 1975-1977. These raw, unembellished tributes both showcase Cowley's early musical interests and chart the development of his production techniques.
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 in stock $18.16
Mechanical Fantasy Box
Mechanical Fantasy Box (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: DE 269LP. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Out Of Body (intro) (4:44)
  2. Right Here, Right Now (3:16)
  3. Broken Dishes (2:06)
  4. Breakdown (3:28)
  5. Moving Bodies 1 (5:30)
  6. Grisha's Tune (5:41)
  7. Sensitivity (6:36)
  8. Shrouds (6:01)
  9. Lumberjacks In Heat (11:27)
  10. Mechanical Fantasy Box (7:25)
  11. Thrill Of The Hunt (5:06)
  12. Before Original Sin (5:50)
  13. Sea Of China (8:04)
Review: Patrick Cowley was one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in the canon of electronic dance music. Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study electronic music at the City College of San Francisco. By the late '70s, Patrick's synthesizer techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco diva Sylvester, including #1 hit "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". Cowley created his own brand of peak-time party music known as Hi-NRG, also dubbed "The San Francisco Sound." By 1981 Patrick had released a string of his own dance 12? singles, such as "Menergy" and "Megatron Man". That year, he co-founded Megatone Records to release his debut album Megatron Man. Meanwhile, Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with an unknown illness, which would later be named AIDS. Recovering for a spell, in 1982 he composed two more #1 hits, "Do You Wanna Funk" for Sylvester, and "Right On Target" for Paul Parker, as well as a second solo album Mind Warp. His life was cut short on November 12, 1982, when he passed away two weeks after his 32nd birthday from AIDS-related illness.
Mechanical Fantasy Box is a new collection of 13 unreleased songs recorded between 1973-80 released in tandem with Cowley's homoerotic journal of the same title. What you hold in your hand is a collection of Cowley's work from the years preceding his meteoric rise as a pioneer of Hi-NRG dance music. This was before drum machines. Before programmable, polyphonic digital synthesis, this is experimental music in every sense. Sounds flows from funk to kraut to psychedelic ambient electronics inspired by Tomita and Kraftwerk. As David Diebold stated in Tribal Rites, "Patrick Cowley parted the veil and entered a dark world of forbidden forces, wondrous musical panoramas and bold, strident, hopeful possibilities. Patrick brought the future to us and laid it at our feet."
Some songs were mixed from 4-track stems by Joe Tarantino and all songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a black and white gatefold jacket designed by Gwenael Rattke featuring a photograph by Susan Middleton, liner notes by bandmate Maurice Tani and an 8.5x11 insert with notes.

Proceeds from Mechanical Fantasy Box will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, who have been committed to ending the pandemic and human suffering caused by HIV since 1982.
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Gespielt von: GK Machine, Luke Solomon
 in stock $22.70
Mechanical Fantasy Box
Cat: DE 269CD. Rel: 18 Oct 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Out Of Body (intro)
  2. Right Here, Right Now
  3. Broken Dishes
  4. Breakdown
  5. Moving Bodies 1
  6. Grisha's Tune
  7. Sensitivity
  8. Shrouds
  9. Lumberjacks In Heat
  10. Mechanical Fantasy Box
  11. Thrill Of The Hunt
  12. Before Original Sin
  13. Sea Of China
Review: Patrick Cowley was one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in the canon of electronic dance music. Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study electronic music at the City College of San Francisco. By the late '70s, Patrick's synthesizer techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco diva Sylvester, including #1 hit "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". Cowley created his own brand of peak-time party music known as Hi-NRG, also dubbed "The San Francisco Sound." By 1981 Patrick had released a string of his own dance 12? singles, such as "Menergy" and "Megatron Man". That year, he co-founded Megatone Records to release his debut album Megatron Man. Meanwhile, Patrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with an unknown illness, which would later be named AIDS. Recovering for a spell, in 1982 he composed two more #1 hits, "Do You Wanna Funk" for Sylvester, and "Right On Target" for Paul Parker, as well as a second solo album Mind Warp. His life was cut short on November 12, 1982, when he passed away two weeks after his 32nd birthday from AIDS-related illness.
Mechanical Fantasy Box is a new collection of 13 unreleased songs recorded between 1973-80 released in tandem with Cowley's homoerotic journal of the same title. What you hold in your hand is a collection of Cowley's work from the years preceding his meteoric rise as a pioneer of Hi-NRG dance music. This was before drum machines. Before programmable, polyphonic digital synthesis, this is experimental music in every sense. Sounds flows from funk to kraut to psychedelic ambient electronics inspired by Tomita and Kraftwerk. As David Diebold stated in Tribal Rites, "Patrick Cowley parted the veil and entered a dark world of forbidden forces, wondrous musical panoramas and bold, strident, hopeful possibilities. Patrick brought the future to us and laid it at our feet."
Some songs were mixed from 4-track stems by Joe Tarantino and all songs have been remastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studio in Berkeley, CA. The vinyl comes housed in a black and white gatefold jacket designed by Gwenael Rattke featuring a photograph by Susan Middleton, liner notes by bandmate Maurice Tani and an 8.5x11 insert with notes.

Proceeds from Mechanical Fantasy Box will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, who have been committed to ending the pandemic and human suffering caused by HIV since 1982.
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 in stock $12.48
Afternooners
Cat: DE 185CD. Rel: 17 Oct 17
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Big Shot
  2. Surfside Sex
  3. Hot Beach
  4. The Runner
  5. Furlough
  6. One Hot Afternoon
  7. Leather Bound
  8. Bore & Stroke
  9. Cycle Tuff
  10. Jungle Orchids
  11. Take A Little Trip
  12. Love Come Set Me Free
Review: The final part of Dark Entries' long-running series of archival Patrick Cowley releases showcases tracks originally recorded for Afternooners, a late '70s gay porn film by director John Coletti. As with previous Cowley releases on Dark Entries, the double album also contains previously unheard material rediscovered from the Fox Studio archives. It's another essential collection of atmospheric synthesizer music in the producer's distinctive style, all told, with tracks ranging from the whistling cheeriness of "Hot Beach" and the sparkling, cowbell-laden throb of "One Hot Afternoon" to the dubbed-out, semi-ambient dreaminess of "Bore & Stroke" and the humid, upbeat "Jungle Orchid".
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Gespielt von: I Love Disco!, Snuffo
 in stock $12.48
Muscle Up
Cat: DE 106CD. Rel: 20 Nov 15
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Cat's Eye
  2. The Jungle Dream
  3. Deep Inside You
  4. Somebody To Love Tonight
  5. Pigfoot
  6. 5oz Of Funk
  7. Don't Ask
  8. Uhura
  9. Timelink
  10. Mockingbird Dream 2
Review: Having previously impressed with their reissue of Patrick Cowley's brilliant, all-synthesizer soundtrack to obscure '70s gay porn flick School Daze, Dark Entries and Honey Sound System once again join forces to shine a light on the high energy disco pioneer's work for San Francisco's Fox Studios. Unsurprisingly, it's another impressive collection, and features material recorded for a number of different pornographic films. There are naturally more up-tempo moments - see "Somebody To Love Tonight", which would later be re-recorded with Sylvester, and the synth-weirdness-meets-jazz-funk brilliance of "5oz of Funk" - but it's the impressively cosmic and exotic ambient moments, such as the stand-out "Timelink" and "Jungle Magic", that really stand out.
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 in stock $12.21
School Daze
Cat: DE 052CD. Rel: 06 Jan 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Zygote
  2. Mockingbird Dream
  3. Nightcrawler
  4. Seven Sacred Pools
  5. School Daze
  6. He's Like You
  7. Journey Home
  8. Out Of Body
  9. Primordial Landscape
  10. Tides Of Man
Review: Disco producer, synthesizer pioneer and Hi-NRG originator Patrick Cowley made a lot of highly sexual music. In fact, his muscular synth-disco productions were, for years, the soundtrack of choice in San Francisco's notorious bathhouse scene. It doesn't stop there, though. Unbeknownst to most disco aficionados, Cowley also provided experimental synthesizer tracks to soundtrack gay porn films between 1973 and 1981. Initially released on vinyl last year, School Daze has now been granted a CD edition by Dark Entries and gathers together the best of those productions. Arguably, the material here is amongst his best work. Free of the constraints of the dancefloor, Cowley let himself go, delivering avant garde synthesizer compositions that ranged from spaciously psychedelic ("Out of Body", like some lost Confused House record) and decidedly cosmic (the chugging "Journey Home"), to otherworldly and outlandish ("Zygote"). Recommended.
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Candida Cosmica
Candida Cosmica (12" + insert + booklet)
Cat: DE 140. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Candida Cosmica (7:55)
  2. Elementals (8:17)
  3. Shimmering (Where Am I?) (11:40)
  4. Tantum Ergo (4:33)
  5. Tomato Song (1:01)
Review: The latest previously unheard Patrick Cowley material to get the Dark Entries treatment was recorded between 1972 and 1975, and made in collaboration with budding actress - and later feminist pornography icon - Candida Royalle. It was apparently intended for experimental theatre productions, and contains some of Cowley's most enthralling, out-there electronic experiments. Royalle's freestyle vocals take pride of place on the spacey, otherworldly opener "Candida Cosmica", before weaving in and out of Cowley's sparse, alien electronics on 12-minute B-side cut "Shimmering (Where Am I)?". Perhaps the most inspired track of the lot - and that's saying something - is the proto-ambient weirdness of "Elementals", which makes great use of fuzzy radio records and curious modular noises.
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Do You Wanna Funk?
Do You Wanna Funk? (180 gram marbled vinyl 12" in embossed sleeve)
Cat: SPEC 1829. Rel: 07 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Patrick Cowley - "Do You Wanna Funk?" (feat Sylvester - remix 1) (6:25)
  2. Patrick Cowley - "Do You Wanna Funk?" (feat Sylvester - remix 2) (6:26)
  3. Sylvester - "Don't Stop" (6:53)
Review: It's an oldie but a goodie; Patrick Cowley and Sylvester's 1982 electronic disco classic 'Do You Wanna Funk' receives another worthy vinyl repress featuring two timeless remixes. The two versions on the A side are the most commonly heard ones, with Sylvester's unmistakeable falsetto underpinned by Cowley's adrenaline fuelled and trance inducing production. Over on the flip, we have the sweltering disco inferno of 'Don't Stop'.
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