VA – LYO Presents : Driving Blind (Vol. 2) [LYO-DIGI#002]

LYO is back and ready to take your breath away with the second volume of their compilation series «Driving Blind».
They follow up on their first exquisite offering with an even wider and larger selection of 23 tracks from captivating artists from all over the globe. Selected with care and love, it will bring you on an electronic journey pushing boundaries of style featuring only fresh new original music.

VA – LYO Presents : Driving Blind (Vol. 2) [LYO-DIGI#002]

VA – Apocalypse Domani [GDD2]

Emerging like the blind dead from ancient tombs hidden amongst the seemingly lost ruins, connected by ley-lines and mystical signet rings comes twenty-three undead club-hits from across the globe from Giallo Disco alumni past, present and future. Electro meets Dark-Ambient via Low-Motion Techno and styles in-between, Giallo Disco is proud to present a digital only V/A for your late night summer walks or woodland rituals and remember… always aim for the head…

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VA – Apocalypse Domani [GDD2]

Cestrian – Gradients [MTRON010]

Cestrian (aka Ali Renault) lands on Mechatronica for the Berlin label’s 10th release with a remarkably wide electro-driven EP, exploring different rims of the genre from the transporting melodic peripheries and weirder edges, to the raw core. Two hypnotizing journeys in ”Gradients” and ”Rake & Pikel” make up the A-side along with the frenzied styles of ”Cat Strain”. ”Speak & Spell” blasts open the flip with an anthemic groove and potent basslines, before ”The Weir” rounds off the EP in heavy and atmospheric fashion, concluding an essential electro record – for the mind and for the floor.

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Cestrian – Gradients [MTRON010]

Parasols / Antoni Maiovvi – Black Gloves III [GD030]

The franchise goes one cut deeper as Parasols AKA Ali Renault and Antoni Maiovvi team up on this dark as hell during an eclipse set of grime soaked grease sleazers. Parasols throws forth two sharp as blades numbers with a guest appearance by the one and only Unit Black Flight with his first ever remix. Antoni Maiovvi closes things with something from the vaults, the 808 and sub bass sleekness of Shivers, remixed by Black Metal EBM overlord Equitant. Guaranteed nightclub nightmares as we put on the gloves one more time.

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Parasols / Antoni Maiovvi – Black Gloves III [GD030]

N.O.I.A. – Forbidden Planet (Remixes) [NEXIT004]

The superb ‘Forbidden Planet’ is a shiny early electro cut with a great funk bass line, a real instrumental groove and fantastic melodies that shimmer like a hot sun. It’s filled with joy and sounds as fresh today as ever, the way it ducks and dives and offers real warmth. The Francisco Remix keeps the funk vibe but changes the groove to be a more Chicago house style cut. As such it has a rasping bassline, big drums and coarse percussion that make you want to jack. The masterful Ali Renault—a go-to disco and synth specialist who runs Cyber Dance Records, Human Shield Record Company and most recently his own Vivod imprint—then turns out a hypnotic version that is more driven and direct for the dance floor, with robotic bass and epic reflective synth lines. It’s a cinematic track with great analogue textures that goes back to the future. The last original is the excellent ‘Stay With Me’, a cosmic love song with breezy trumpets and dreamy disco vibes as well as soulful vocals. Italo melodies and infectious percussion finish it off and make it an instant crowd pleaser.

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N.O.I.A. – Forbidden Planet (Remixes) [NEXIT004]

Ali Renault – Altro Mondo [BAP066]

Ali Renault lands on Bordello A Parigi with a four tracker of leftfield electro pop. ‘Altro Mondo’ screams out of the traps, bulbous bass lines elbow sweetened chords and snapping beats. ‘Fume’ grows from the same soil. Analogue warmth is brushed, even bruised, by the crack and whip of rhythms; a touch of EBM bitterness blended with Italo hope. Nowhere is this more evident than in…’Nowhere’, a buckled dancefloor romp with the king of Milano, Fred Ventura, offering vocals. Uabos maintains the tension for the finale, uplifting house currents coursing through his remix of ‘Lenticular’.

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Ali Renault – Altro Mondo [BAP066]

Ali Renault – Keeper Of The Seven Keys [GD019]

Giallo Disco returns from hiding all summer, taking comfort in the encroaching darkness with a very special EP from Ali Renault. ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ includes three tracks of cosmified aphex bliss, where pan pipes are the sound of death whistles and hats scatter like falling shells. The sky is falling and it sounds amazing. Closing up the EP is a italo-tech remix by Antoni Maiovvi.

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Ali Renault – Keeper Of The Seven Keys [GD019]

Manhattan Project – That’s Impossible [Vß005]

The Manhattan Project band was founded by Rikk Maggese and Andrea Majocchi in the ’80s. They recorded two “pop-dance” tracks, “That’s Impossible” and “Guinnesmen”, which are a clear reference to the daily life in the 80’s. The record remained anonymous for a long time, yet it has been rediscovered by all lovers of the “Italo-disco” across Europe. Today, Vielspass records re-release a limited edition of the Manhattan Project with two new remixes by Flemming Dalum and Ali Renault.

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Manhattan Project – That’s Impossible [Vß005]

Fred Ventura – The Years (Go By) 30th Anniversary Reworks [DM010]

Disco Modernism presents the imminent release of the 30th anniversary remix project of the most successful Fred Ventura single to date. Originally produced by godfathers of Italo disco Turatti and Chieregato and released on Gong records at the end of november 1984, this extremely limited deluxe gatefold package contains an amazing array of finely crafted remixes from amazing talents from across the globe.

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Fred Ventura – The Years (Go By) 30th Anniversary Reworks [DM010]

Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian – Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian [CYBERDANCE014]

Heinrich Dressel from Minimal Rome and Ali Renault in his Cestrian guise team up to bring us the latest release on Cyber Dance Records, a split EP featuring 2 tracks from each of them. Side A is Heinrich Dressel’s half of the record and kicks off with ‘Out Of The Blue’, a deep throbbing monster of a jam full of psychedelic synths rumbling and pulsating beneath mesmerising electronic tones. His other track. ‘Thru The Fog’ ups the tempo and pushes the rock-solid analogue weightiness into a Chicago-esque jack classic that DJs won’t be able to resist. The Cestrian half of the record counter-balances Dressel’s moody analogue jams with 2 LSD-driven electro-monsters that evoke bleak but somehow lush visions of life in the modern world of concrete and machines. ‘Strong Face’ with its distinctive audio sampling and dystopian future vibes would surely be just the kind of electro JG Ballard would approve of, while ‘Methane Filter’ is a tweaked-out electro rocker that sounds like robotic paranoia distilled into soundwaves.

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Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian – Heinrich Dressel & Cestrian [CYBERDANCE014]

Ali Renault – Ali Renault [CYBERDANCE011]

One of the UK’s most endearing electro stalwarts presents his debut solo album after nearly ten years of operations. All that experience has been funnelled into his eponymous LP, a sexy, melancholic crush of Italo, Electro, Synth-pop and disco bearing vocals from none other than Fred “The Voice Of Italo” Ventura and Marika Gauci of Hotel Motel. Marika opens the account on a Freestylin’ Electro ace ‘Snowdrift’, while ‘Mont Chaberton’ is pure Euro-synth romance, and the likes of ‘Zombie Raffle’ and ‘Pagan Run’ put his sleazy spin on fat-bottomed slow disco. ‘Fade Away’ features a typically cool vocal from Fred Ventura on some kinda savant-electro-boogie rhythm, but we’d have to say our favourite is the humid Italo/EBM throbber ‘Flies a Kungan’. Lovers of phat, raw, analog electro need to check this album instantly.

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Ali Renault – Ali Renault [CYBERDANCE011]

Cestrian / Perseus – Annihilator [FFLASH002]

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Ali Renault dons his Cestrian outfit once again for some equally momentous movements for the Future Flash imprint. “Annihilator” surely ranks in the upper echelons of apt titles as Renault explodes into a frenzy of spazmoid analogue rhythms from the off. Spectral flourishes and bubbling textures keep it interesting and it all rides on top of a pummelling aqua techno groove. The aforementioned spectral elements are expanded on by Perseus Traxx on an eerie electro refix that displays all the producers’ talent for eking every last drop of lysergia out of analogue machinery.

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Cestrian / Perseus – Annihilator [FFLASH002]

VA – Messages From The Void Vol. 2 [CYBERDANCE009LP]

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Cyber Dance Records are proud to present their first album release ‘Messages From The Void Vol 2’, a compilation, on double-vinyl and CD, that confidently re-defines the sound of the label in more exciting and varied directions at once than ever before. Consisting of eleven tracks that range from electro to synth-pop and from Italo to disco-funk, the album features contributions from Cyber Dance regulars like Mark Du Mosch, Ali Renault and Tommy Walker 3 alongside tracks from emerging artists like Bill Ambrose, Brassica, Meschi and Serious Lover and also the more mysterious Night System and Martin Aston.

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VA – Messages From The Void Vol. 2 [CYBERDANCE009LP]

Ajello feat. Fred Ventura – My Rhythm EP [DWDK001]

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New label Danny Was A Drag King and the first release from Ajello featuring Fred Ventura vocals. Nostalgic Italo disco with remixes by Ali Renault, Crimea X and King Of Basia.

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Ajello feat. Fred Ventura – My Rhythm EP [DWDK001]

Ali Renault – Running On Vapours EP [MST013]

Manchester – Rotterdam Connection, 666 Km, 9hours 35minutes by car. A Hot summer in the year 2031 Moustache records is very proud to release MST013 Ali Renault – Running on vapours E.P. This top London-based musician delivers us a slowflight electro nu-disco napolitana 4 tracker E.P. Expect drunken cowbels, fat flow low basslines, trippy popcorn sounds and robotico vocoders from the heart and soul of downtown London city. High energy like a discoball and bloody slow like a retarded butcher on ketamine. Cutted by the master Lex van Coeverden, a special secret inlay and as always limited vinyl pressing!

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Ali Renault – Running On Vapours EP [MST013]