Mat 101 – Archives 1999-2001 [CYBERDANCE019]

Italian arcade electro superstars Mat 101 are back with this LP of lost recordings from the vaults on Cyber Dance Records. Back in the late 90s when electro was first being resurrected and transformed into a more European dark psychedelic style Mat 101 were at the forefront of the revolution, taking inspiration from the pure electro sounds of the arcade games of their youth and representing the classic Italian sound in new and unexpectedly brilliant ways. Their legacy was immense, spawning Jollymusic, Pigna People, Raiders Of The Lost Arp and Francisco (among many other projects) and inspiring subsequent generations of electro wannabes with how to do it properly ever since. This LP brings together their lost recordings, some intended for a second LP that never was, along with live cuts and rarities as well as other unreleased material. However the album is in no way merely a random collection of lost bits and pieces – what is surprising is how fresh, finished and naturally flowing the record sounds, so much so that it really would have made a worthy follow up to their classic 1999 ‘Goodbye Mum!’ first album. The breadth of sound on the records, from the gently hypnotising strains of ‘Marble Madness’ and the blissful climax of ‘Gloria Gloria’ to the intense electro jamming of ‘Commando’ and the progressive rave monster ‘Toys Around’, is truly stunning. And with dancefloor anthems like ‘Falling Down Suite’ and ‘Musicadambiente’ thrown into the mix too the release is essential ammunition for both DJ activists and armchair-listeners alike.

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Mat 101 – Archives 1999-2001 [CYBERDANCE019]

Raiders Of The Lost Arp – On And On [CURLEP005]

Classic Italian Electro-House from Mario Pierro’s Raiders Of The Lost Arp, reissued and backed with a brand new Patrice Scott remix. Reservedly sophisticated keys and deft bassline programming make for an enchanting original, while the Sistrum boss’ remix places more emphasis on hefty kicks and modulating acidic tweaks without losing the debonaire groove.

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Raiders Of The Lost Arp – On And On [CURLEP005]

Raiders of the Lost ARP – Battlestar EP [LDR009]

Italy’s Mario Pierro aka Raiders of the Lost ARP returns with two outstanding Sci-Fi influenced electro/disco tracks for the 9th release on Lunar Disko Records. Both tracks are accompanied by a remixe from Dutch master, Rude 66 with his distinctive dark and atmospheric production style. Both artists create contrasting soundscapes on each side that compliment each other brilliantly.

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Raiders of the Lost ARP – Battlestar EP [LDR009]