Following on from Mothball’s 2018 reissue of the Italo-oddity Fancy – “Null Null”, comes a follow-up collaboration with the maestro Raffaele Fiume. This time a long-overdue reissue of the sparkling Italo-disco duet by Radiators – “I Am Sure”, originally released in 1984. The original vocal and instrumental tracks are complemented here by an energetic remix from Mario Moretti. To finish off the record is a stripped-back “bonus beats” edit by Hysteric.
Mothball Record presents a lost album from legendary Italian wave band: Ruins. Hailing from Venice, Ruins are one of the pioneering artists of the Italian new wave scene beginning in the late seventies: an explosion of new and exciting art, music and film. The tracks on ‘New Record’ were taken from the self-distributed, tape only release from 1983 ‘Side Roads’. This album was timed directly before their most well-known releases in contemporary times, the ‘Fire / Crime’ 12′ and the eponymous 4 track EP on Black Square. Taken from the original master tapes and selected by Ruins themselves, the album should be listened as a whole to gain the full experience, but immediate ‘must-hear’ tracks are ‘I Don’t Know’, ‘I Love You’ and ‘Last Night DJ Killed My Wife’ featuring early use of Roland TB303. At times unsettling, beautiful, violent, harmonious, these songs will finally get the audience and exposure they deserve 35 years later.
During the eighties it was possible to observe an Italian fascination with the mysterious Far East. This can be found across art, design and music in Italy during this time, in subtle or obvious ways. Specifically there are Italo-disco records that proudly show this influence, some of the best known being: Fun Fun – ‘Living In Japan’, Koto – ‘Chinese Revenge’ and City-O’ – ‘Rose of Tokyo’. Following in this theme is Fancy – ‘Null Null’, a one-off project from Italo-disco icon Raffaele Fiume. Adding to the original tracks of the 1982 release is a totally ecstatic and powerful remix from Betonkust: one of the most talented and exciting Dutch producers of recent years. Also included is an instrumental edit from Hysteric, for those who find the unique vocals challenging.
Following on from 2015’s ‘Dreamatic’ EP by FM Attack is the belated next chapter in Mothball’s ‘Turbo’ series, dedicated to the best in contemporary synthwave. Sellorekt / LA Dreams is one of the most prolific and consistent artists in the genre, with a musical oeuvre spanning more than 30 albums. This 6 track EP has been carefully selected to make a thematically cohesive and exhilarating listening experience with maximum replay value.
Mothball Record presents the first collaboration between Hysteric (Public Possession, Fuego International, Bordello A Parigi) and Shelter (from Plaisir Partagé and International Feel), who are now working together as H&S. Both known for their edit skills and obscure taste, they now bring us dark balearic versions of two underground Italo killers. With strong new beat influences, and two versions of each track for added flexibility, this record can fit easily in different sets.
Originally released in 1986, “Alkaid” was the first solo release of DECA following his debut appearance on the cult various artists compilation “Angelo Segreti”. The original edition was published in a tiny edition on the independent Italian label Videoradio and to this day remains a rare and sought after album. Following Mothball and Bordello’s continued work with DECA, they make this diverse and fascinating collection of music available to a wider audience. On this instrumental LP we can hear elements of modern classical, synth-pop, dark ambient and even some middle eastern influence.
Mothball Record returns with a lesser known, but no less brilliant, double-sided disco bomb from Plustwo. Lighthearted and infectious melodies on both sides are matched with superb production and unmistakably beautiful vocals: this is no fast food but elegant music to enjoy for years to come. For years a favorite in the Mothball Record offices, yet strangely unknown by many, “Mad Radio” and “New Sensation” will put some unexpected spark in your next disco set.
Mothball Record starts its 2016 release schedule with a bang by releasing their first LP. Originally produced in a tiny edition of only 100 copies back in ’87, this dark masterpiece from prolific Italian artist DECA finally appears as an official reissue on Mothball (in collaboration with Bordello A Parigi) remastered from the original tapes. “Synthetic Lips” is an absolutely diverse album spanning industrial, synth-pop, ambient and even elements of new age…some tracks will hit immediately and others will reward repeated listening.
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.
Amazing italo re-issue for the hardcore italo lovers with extended edits made by the notorious Flemming Dalum and Hysteric.
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.
At the end of the year 2014, Hipodrome brings you a special Christmas present!
After the immediate sold-out success of Hot Girls of Italo Disco, Bordello A Parigi and Mothball Record have returned with another strictly limited collaboration. Sure to be in high demand with collectors and DJs alike, this is a selection of previously impossible to find cuts, extended for your dancing pleasure by Flemming Dalum and Hysteric. Boasting no less than five different tracks, you can dance from the impossibly funky bassline and sweet vocals of Flavia Fortunato’s – “Se Tu Vuoi” to the dark and haunting hymn “La Notte” by the mysterious Taigher.
Just in time for the summer holidays Bordello A Parigi presents in cooperation with Mothball Record from Down Under: Hot Girls Of Italo Disco. For the first volume were selected this two well known Italian diamonds with Flemming Dalum and Hysteric delivering two DJ friendly edits on top.