Il Bosco – Bare Hits From The Manctalo Diskotek [RL29]

Il Bosco is back at the controls ably assisted by The Bat & Flemming Dalum. Four Red Laser bangers ready for your local diskotek – Forgotten Euro dreams, euphoric Italo & boogie tinged pop-pretenders.

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Il Bosco – Bare Hits From The Manctalo Diskotek [RL29]

VA – Italo Disco Legacy (Soundtrack) [369.047]

A journey into the past and the future of Italo Disco music through the stories of the original 80’s heroes and cult DJs and the voice of the new generation of artists, radio broadcasters and fans ready to carry on the Italo Disco Legacy.

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VA – Italo Disco Legacy (Soundtrack) [369.047]

Brina – Stranamore [DSM002]

The second release of Disco Segreta – catalogue number DS M 002 – is titled “Stranamore” and comes after the successful release of the first label imprint “Andromeda”, already turned into an underground disco classic. Sung in italian by mysterious singer Brina, “Stranamore” and “Per Te” are two italo-disco tracks written in the ’80s by Mario Baldoni (aka Miro) of the “Safari of Love” fame: a teenage girl shares her heartbreak, then it’s just the instant magic of italo, italian language and those synthesizers, in a freeze-frame taking back to that spring of 1984 with the car windows open, listening to the radio, waiting for summer to arrive.

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Brina – Stranamore [DSM002]

Marge & The Marvellous – A Distant Dance [NMP002]

The second release of No More Pop features an obscure sideproject of the famous dutch minimal synth group “Ensemble Pittoresque”. Originally released on a promo compilation for local bands in 1984 called “De Wassenaarse Slag”, the single “A Distant Dance” is a truly unique journey into dutch synth wave. The composer and producer Ton Willekes and Paulus Wieland teamed up with Marga Visser for the vocals for their last creation before the final end of Ensemble Pittoresque. Besides the original version the record also features a special rework of the original Ensemble Pittoresque Demo of “A Distant Dance”, produced by Murphy Jax. On the remix front, the silvery Celina S resang the vocals for both Keen’s and Flemming Dalum’s remixes, which are shining due to their unique , dreamy and melancholic mood.

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Marge & The Marvellous – A Distant Dance [NMP002]

Transport – Emotions [NMP001]

Produced in June 1985, under the lead of Panagiotis Papachatzis, the rare LP “Just A Dream” featured several italo disco stylistic songs and became legend for its unique touch and excellent synth lines. Now No More Pop teamed up with the former band lead P. Papachatzis to make it possible to officially rerelease their hit single “Emotions”. This release features also remixes by Flemming Dalum, Steen Gjerulff and Murphy Jax.

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Transport – Emotions [NMP001]

Giusy Dej – Walking In The Night [GIUSY001]

When “Walking in the Night” by Giusy Dej was first discovered as an incomplete track on the rare ‘A Touch of Class’ compilation, many italo fans were really surprised when it was later found as a single. And that the b-side “Follow Me” was also great! Both tracks represent the perfect mix of dark italo-disco and minimal-synth elements with raw lo-fi production. Without a doubt one of the most cult and sought-after discoveries in recent years. Flemming Dalum and Hysteric on remix duties.

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Giusy Dej – Walking In The Night [GIUSY001]

Kermesse – Mrs Moon [FNGRM002]

A bona fide Italo classic that reminds us why the genre remains as influential and fun to play with; playful lyrics, nagging hooks and forward-thinking synthesis, this would have blown minds back in 1983. To be fair, it still blows minds now. Especially with Danish edit maestros Flemming Dalum and Steen Gjerulff and Italoconnection on remix duties. The former remain faithful to the instrumental version to the very end with slight additional production on the middle eighth while the latter apply more beef in the kicks and arpeggiated bottom end.

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Kermesse – Mrs Moon [FNGRM002]

VA – Hits From The Manctalo Diskoteque 2LP [RL016]

Red Laser conductor general Il Bosco once again turns his beam on 8 tracks of mind melding italo. Providing a double vinyl release of tracks that have been inspirational to Red Laser Records and the labels releases. This isn’t by any means your run of the mill italo selection. Il Bosco knowingly selects a set that shows the true girth of style and fashion in the genre. Face grillers are ramped up next to sleazy pop sensibilities. Goth-synth disco frottages with 8-bit machine gun bass lines. Chugger masterpieces salivate on crystalline new romantics. As the compiler says ‘Truth is loads of Italo is shite but when its good it’s up there with the best electronic disco music you will ever hear’ Check this album and you’ll agree. For maximum disco potential several Red Laser protagonists have suitably revamped and edited some of the selections with Kid Machine & Il Bosco uniting in the cut, Flemming Dalum sprinkling his magic dust over a bonafide classic & Parisian Romain Bezzina repairing an old banger. As always Red Laser pay close attention to detail with all tracks carefully restored & remastered whilst the vinyl comes in full colour heavy card inners with two riso print poster sleeves & a gatefold pvc cover.

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VA – Hits From The Manctalo Diskoteque 2LP [RL016]

Effetto Joule – Roberspierre [MNQ068]

Mannequin Records presents the rare dark italo 12” ‘Robespierre’ by the italo wave trio Effetto Joule. Originally released in 1989 on Top Sound Records, the reissue comes with extra demo tape material from their ‘Ultraviolet’ tapes and with a killer Flemming Dalum remix of the title track. Effetto Joule formed in Modena during the second part of the 80’s. The pulsating heart of the band were the brothers Flavio and Valerio Biagi with the collaboration of Valerio Tassinari. Deeply influenced by the British synth pop heroes like Tubeway Army and Depeche Mode, the Biagi brothers were able to merge that kind of epic sounds with the more romantic Italian vision of the electronic dark wave.

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Effetto Joule – Roberspierre [MNQ068]

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]

Katia – Io Senza Di Te [KATIA001]

First introduced to the modern italo-disco universe by Flemming Dalum in 2011, the rare-beyond-rare original 7″ by Katia remains a holy grail for all but the most obsessive and/or bankrolled collectors. Mothball Record present this official and absolutely faithful repress, with painstakingly restored audio and sleeve by Hysteric and his crack team of italo specialists. The song itself was the final interpretation of “Mistery Woman”, a theme returned to several times by the authors Lupo and De Peppo. However this one is really set apart by the unique and unforgettable vocal performance by Katia, aged just 17 at the time of this record. As well as the original Vocal and Instrumental versions, a new extended edit has been made by Hysteric for contemporary DJs wishing to keep the flame burning a little longer.

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Katia – Io Senza Di Te [KATIA001]

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]

De-De-Mo – ‘Cause I Need You ‘Cause I Love You [BAP031]

Another true italo holy grail sees the light again on the Bordello A Parigi label! Originally released in 1984 and high in demand ever since. The euphoric synths and the spacey vocals accompanied by Dario Dedemo makes this record a crazy addictive classic. Fully remastered tracks for your best listening pleasure and on top a killer remix by the one and only Flemming Dalum.

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De-De-Mo – ‘Cause I Need You ‘Cause I Love You [BAP031]