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]

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]

Bandido’s Gang – Dance With Bandido’s Gang [CD012]

Ostensibly one of Italo Disco’s great lost producers, we suspect that Bandido’s Gang may well be a nom de plume for one of the label’s many associates. Whatever their provenance, the tracks certainly sound like vintage Italo, with ”Marinche” leading with a pulsating bass arpeggio and synth horn melody worthy of Moroder, whilst the Flemming Dalum & Steen Gjerulff remix adds layers of vocoder and a variety of cosmic accents to its sturdy frame. ”Last Train to Tucamari” meanwhile takes a more languid approach, pulling in an opposite direction to the speeding train samples, whilst Flemming Dalum & Mike Salta’s remix adds some guitar licks, hazy synth atmospherics and even a flute solo which just adds to the classic Italo feel.

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Bandido’s Gang – Dance With Bandido’s Gang [CD012]