Through darkness diamonds spread their richest light… Part three is here with Hyboid from Germany, Discobeton from Germany/Bulgaria, Daniel Monaco & Futuristant from The Netherlands/Italy and Captain Mustache from France.
As a New Era beckons globally, Manchester’s primo Manctalo merchants – Red Laser Records – quietly unveil their latest clutch of specialist space-age kinetics. A fifth-kind encounter enabling users to bridge the continuum of dance & interaction between our Earth-dwelling selves and the inter-dimensional overlords. Containing three brand new movements in machine music from our treasured production stable of Kid Machine, Bob SwanS and Il Bosco; it also houses an honorary appearance from revered Danish spearhead Flemming Dalum, who serves up a particle-splitting redux of a lesser-known proto-techno nugget from Belgium.
Best Record Italy presents a reissue of Model 11-29’s “Wot Times,” a particularly inspired work by the legendary Sangy that transforms “Rapper’s Delight” into a slice of Italo-balearic ecstasy. On the vocal version, drums sit between disco and electro as they boogie down to a breakdance beat, with greasy funk basslines slapping and sliding in support. Solar dub chords pulsate through anthemic pattens, pads blow across the mix like a warming ocean breeze, synth leads sparkle in coral colorations, and those classic Sugar Hill Gang lyrical flows are reconfigured into an ebullient spoken word rap, which is then morphed by futuristic fx and interspersed with shouts, grunts, and call-and-response chants. On the flip, the instrumental version walks with more of a sexual disco strut, resulting in a summertime seaside cruiser overflowing with dazzling synthesizer displays, as organ chords generate mirage visions, gemstone leads shimmer through swells of tropical mist, and acid-laced Italo pulsations work the spirit into euphoric beach dance hypnosis.
The Illegal Future LP by Infravision is the soundtrack to a (not so) imaginary future constructed with clear cyberpunk aesthetics, inspired by films like Strange Days, Blade Runner or Akira and of course by the current disturbing era. Through their titles, lyrics and sonic palette Kendal & Pablo Bozzi channel a dystopian narrative on themes of virtual reality, police brutality, ultra-authoritarian leadership, illegal nocturnal activities, border controls, ecological crises and space colonisation. It is their ambition to imbue the italo, EBM, early trance and breakbeat sounds of the 80s and 90s with an undeniably modern touch, making claim to their very own distinctive and powerful sound : Italo Body Music from another reality.
Daniel Monaco is a musician who defies definition. An artist who is as comfortable strumming a bass as he is bending waveforms on his synths, this is a creative that guarantees something unique. Tu Sei Pazza more than meets that guarantee. The title track is an instant classic. Soft burbling basslines float around a steady kick before daring brass sections are punctuated by scaling xylophone lines. Somewhere between late 70s lounge music and strikingly modern disco, this piece will put a smile on any face. Whodamanny lands on the flip and takes the original to moonbase five via Studio 54. Tempos are reduced as a path of cosmic laser-funk is taken by the amazingly versatile Naples producer. A cracking close to a 7” that packs a real punch.
With this joint venture between Wrong Era and Italo Moderni, label boss Adrian Marth brings it on with a five track EP including two killer remixes from Fabrizio Mammarella and Geneva Jacuzzi. Expect nothing but harsh basslines and filthy drums from the Barcelona based producer. His love for the classic sounds of italo, space, and cosmic disco of the 80’s comes perfectly together on this release. Geneva gives ‘’Hypnotic Eyes’’ a synth driven vocal pop rework that will hypnotize you from the start. Fabrizio instead, gives Adrian’s track ‘’Disorder’’ a peak time heavy edged remix, that will not disappoint you.
SIRS comes correct with another four tracker of edit wonders to rework your mind from dreary to cheery in the drop of a needle. With Lovebirds taking listeners on a blissed-out, sun-kissed Balearic trip for the last record, SIRS leads you into the night with four Italo pumpers that put the ‘u’ in euphoric.
The fifth release on Tempo Dischi comes from one of the true pioneers of Italian disco: Maurizio Dami aka Alexander Robotnick.
ZYX Music presents a re-issue of this italo classic from 1983. On Side-A there are the rare original versions and as a highlight on Side-B two new and exclusive remixes by Flemming Dalum and Victor Ark.
Chemise’s 1982 boogie classic ‘She Can’t Love You’ is back on repress as part of Unidisc’s 40th anniversary series of releases. Backed with an exclusive new Purple Disco Machine re-edit as well as the original dub and the killer 1986 Marc Hartman remix. An essential release for all disco / boogie heads, officially reissued and remixed by the Unidisc / Emergency records family, fresh for 2021.
Highly influenced by early 1980’s electronic music and classic 90’s trance, Emilio Van Rijsel from Lille, France, debuts on Italo Moderni with energetic Moroder-esque propelling bass lines next to epic synth patterns and hypnotic sounds. With “Tendre Furie EP”, Emilio van Rijsel offers a glimpse of the wide array of his influences, embarking us on a synthful romantic & melancholic journey, depicting the nostalgia of missed blissful raving nights.
Remixes duties fall to Raw Union man St. Theodore, who replaces those italo trance flourishes with the strobe-lit pulse of Giallo and master producer Daniel Monaco the layers of well-informed 80s synth wave sends us into another dimension with high energy vibes.
Originally released towards the end of 2019, Armonics synthetic dream album ’Nuovi Orizzonti’’ (translated: New Horizons) is now getting a refresh by Slow Motion’s most established artists. Slow Motion presents these six sophisticated remixes as: “Nuovi Orizzonti Reworks”. Remixes by Alessandro Parisi, Altieri, Daniel Monaco, Sauvage World and label heads Franz Scala and Fabrizio Mammarella.
ZYX Music re-issue an Italo Disco classic from 1982, “Robot Is Systematic”, with Flemming Dalum and Hysteric remixes.
Reworked versions of a classic track, “Spacer Woman”, by Valentino Kanzyani featuring Iury Lech and Dana Ruh.
A stone cold old-school classic right here, from the year of 1984. Forged within the furnaces of electro and freestyle, Shannon’s sound was ubiquitous in post-disco clubland. Washington DC native Brenda Shannon Greene had a long career and released numerous records that soundtracked the clubbing experiences across the world, but ‘Let The Music Play’ was undoubtedly her calling card and still resonates today with it’s clipped booming 808s, bubbling acidic bassline and soaring synth lines. An absolute masterclass that rocks for the b-boys, the fly girls and anyone within 2 feet of the dancefloor.
Giorgio Records presents Simon Bennett and his beautiful track ‘I Wanna Tokyo’u’, which is reborn on vinyl again after 37 years. An elegant track, written and sung divinely by Lorenzo Lombardino aka Simon Bennett. Remixes from legendary Flemming Dalum and Marcello Giordani.
Produced by Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards of Chic, this song was featured on the 1982 Soup For One movie soundtrack album. Includes an 8-minute 12” version, instrumental, and radio version. Pressed on opaque olive green vinyl with white detail.