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Oct 19 2017
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DE185_PatrickCowleyAfternooners_FRONT(Image via Dark Entries)

Today would have been HI-NRG dance producer Patrick Cowley's 67th birthday — had he not been an early AIDS casuality, dying at 32 in 1982. Keep reading for my review of the latest posthumous collection of his work to be released ...

Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem are today releasing Afternooners, which represents the third album-length release of the late, great Patrick Cowley's soundtrack work in gay porn.

D_34066One of the films for which Cowley was composing (Image via Fox Studios)

Created in May 1982, when he had just six months to live, the work was an assignment for the triple-X gay films of Fox Studios. From an essay to accompany the collection by Drew Daniel:

Porn music is functional music, meant to accompany action without upstaging what is onscreen, ramping and building towards release while subtly whispering that there's always more to come.

No puns intended, I'm sure, but more seriously, a listen of this instrumental mastur-piece reveals music that perfectly conjured images of 20-year-old adonises writhing in their unafraid, early-'80s glory. As background music, it surely fails, because the beats are so cunningly insinuating they could only be described as another scene partner, making a twosome an orgy and making an orgy that much more fun.

Cowley was a maestro of this form — it's tantalizing wondering what musical direction he may have ultimately taken, since HI-NRG is a dead form, whereas more traditional disco and Euro beats survive, albeit changed in Top 40 hits by everyone from Justin Bieber to P!nk. 

The track listing:

1 “Big Shot” — A stand-out; I hear some “Sugar Don't Bite” foundations here

2 “Surfside Sex” — Doesn't remind me of sex on the beach, but has a great, propulsive quality

3 “Hot Beach” — A totally sensual synthline that captures the act of seduction

4 “The Runner” — Great, meandering track

5 “Furlough” — That applause-line percussion will get you up, either to dance or ... in the other way; “Papa Don't Preach”-y

6 “One Hot Afternoon” — This one feels more unhinged, messier in a cool way

7 “Leather Bound” — I'm not getting leather from this one, which is a little too ambling and loose not to sound a bit cartoony

8 “Bore & Stroke“ — Totally romantic

9 “Cycle Tuff” — A tropical-infused jam

10 “Jungle Orchids” — Pretty perky, like coke-fueled sex

11 “Take a Little Trip” — Sounds Chic-inspired to me, pretty much the perfect BPM

12 “Love Come Set Me Free” — This mainstream-vibing track could have been behind any pleasingly sappy 1980s love ballad on Casey's Top 40

Check out Afternooners here.

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