Night Moves ‎– Transdance

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Includes the original 1981 12" containing the "aspirational post punk electronic mood music" recording (recorded @ Ridge Farm studio in Surrey in 1981), and the famous dance versions (recorded @ Matrix studios in Spring 1982, with backing vocals by Eve Goddard).

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Transdance
Nightdrive

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GC1 Night Moves Transdance(12", W/Lbl) GC Recordings GC1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
GCT2 Night Moves Transdance(12") GC Recordings GCT2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
RTS 602 Night Moves Transdance(12", Single) Righttrack RTS 602 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
GC2 Night Moves Transdance(12", W/Lbl) GC Recordings GC2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
GC2 Night Moves Transdance(7") GC Recordings GC2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
GCT 1001 Nightmoves* Transdance(12", Maxi) GC Recordings GCT 1001 UK 1984 Sell This Version
GCT 2 Night Moves Transdance(12", RE) GC Recordings GCT 2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
copilote 03 Night Moves Transdance(12", TP, Ltd, W/Lbl, RE) Copilote Recordings copilote 03 France 2007 Sell This Version
COPILOTE 03 Nightmoves* Transdance(12", RE, Ltd) Copilote Recordings COPILOTE 03 France 2008 Sell This Version
DOM05-M Night Moves Transdance G.C.1(10", Ltd) Domestica DOM05-M Spain 2013 Sell This Version
DOM.05M Night Moves Transdance GC1(10", Ltd, RP) Domestica DOM.05M Spain 2016 Sell This Version

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wormsinwombs

wormsinwombs

December 22, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Transdance G.C.1, 10", Ltd, DOM05-M
Its this version im not sure which one that is http://youtu.be/MKUezv1vhMc
Edcoogan

Edcoogan

December 17, 2013
referencing Transdance G.C.1, 10", Ltd, DOM05-M
Can anyone shed light on which mix the "1981" version is? Is it the NY or UK mix? Or a different mix / new edit..
Betabox

Betabox

October 15, 2013
referencing Transdance, 12", RE, Ltd, COPILOTE 03

Like many reissues this one also suffers from sibilance but it's not too bad.
Betabox

Betabox

October 15, 2013
referencing Transdance, 12", Maxi, GCT 1001
Fantastic track right on the border between Synth Wave and Italo Disco
Jarren

Jarren

April 19, 2011
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Transdance, 12", RE, Ltd, COPILOTE 03

When I first heard that Transdance was getting a repress on Copilote I immediately flew online to pre-order my copy.

Thankfully I got one of the 500, and I treasure it.

What a track! Originally recorded in 1981 (the 1983 UK Club Mix is featured here), this is the real sound of the New Romantic movement. Of course Fade To Grey is the ambassador, but Transdance is the image in my head when I think of the Blitz club. And yes, I was two years of age at that time.

This '83 mix predates House by three years, but it could easily fit into a mix of Chicago Warehouse classics. It was an undeniable influence on Electroclash, and again it would fit into any Electro House mix with ease.

What's it got? Well, what's it NOT got!

Moody male vocal, angelic female singing, tight House percussion, a menacing dark bassline, ice cold synths...

A dance music classic.

***This review was originally written by me under the assumption that the '83 UK Mix was in fact the original 1981 version. I have amended my review after learning that the 1981 version is in fact noticeably different, in tempo at least (ironically the original 1981 version will mix with Fade To Grey without much pitch change)***
siman91

siman91

June 8, 2010
referencing Transdance, 12", Maxi, GCT 1001

WOW..what a release. Dark, moody and very house like in parts. Definately worth a punt if your into your old acid house/ electro stuff.
replicant61

replicant61

March 31, 2009
referencing Transdance, 12", W/Lbl, GC1

This i think was one of the great tracks of the 80's which didn't quite make it into the pop charts even though it had all the right elements but did well on the dance floors of Europe and the East coast of America.

Lead singer Michael based in sw London who also wrote TransDance in the spring of 81 and recorded it at Ridge Farm studios with keyboard wizard Denis Haines and engineered by Simon Smart.

The GC1 version is very rare and has commanded a whopping 720 Euros/£500 on ebay in M/C The B'side is a dark moody piece of classical inspired electronic genius which isn't to everyone's taste but do give it a listen if you find this great bit of vinyl