Review: Originally taking form as Universal Robot Band's dreamy instrumental disco cut "Thyme" in 1977, within a year of its release Patrick Adams invited Marta Acuna to add suitably yearning, hazy vocal. Adding to the silky groove's allure without taking any of its original soul, Marta elevated an already pristine track into a real moment that embodies the deeper, most soulful aspects of late 70s disco. A highly authentic P&P reissue.
Review: Patrick Adams was responsible for producing tons of terrific disco records during the late 1970s and early '80s, but few are quite as dizzyingly good as Cloud One's 1976 cut 'Atmosphere Strut'. Created by Adams with the assistance of regular collaborator Peter Brown, the 9-minute plus track is notable for the extensive use of superbly spacey synthesizer lines, an infectious deep disco groove and a typically head-in-the-clouds lead vocal from Margo Williams. This reissue naturally offers-up Adams' original, must-have 12" club mix, but also a brand-new re-edit from disco rework specialist KON. He lengthens the intro, beefs up the bass and makes crafty use of some improvised vocals from Adams and Williams that were previously buried on the multi-track master tapes.
Review: While producer Patrick Adams made many records during the disco era, none were more intergalactic in tone and synthesizer-heavy in execution than those he released under the Cloud One alias. Effectively an interchangeable studio band with Adams at the helm, Cloud One's two albums and umpteen singles were inspired, spacey and often deliciously eccentric - as this fine "best of" proves. The two LPs draw together stone cold classics and lesser-known album cuts (think "Atmosphere Strut", the brilliant "Disco Juice", "Happy Music" and deliciously out-there "Spaced Out"), as well as explore alternative versions, lengthy club cuts and anthems ("Flying High").