this time best record italy presents an italo masterpiece from 1983 produced from the duo :francesco paolini (pasta dj) and alessandro novaga that became a massive dancefloor classic in chicago house with the likes of the hot mix 5 on cult radio station wmbx and regularly played by the legendary ron hardy at the infamous muzic box. it was very influential at its time on the early chicago house movement.
man face is a disco afro studio project from 1977, from the musicians duo winston alwyn gill and henderson brathwaite from sounth africa but recorded in italy during the disco era. now rediscovered by early sounds recordings in conjunction with best record italy. early sounds recordings owner pellegrino delivers an additional remix and overdub with the new na na na edit plus the remastered original disco version available on the flip
its coming out on best italy, so you know you re in for a rarified treat from the dusty archives of pan european music. on this occasion the unstoppable reissue label has its disco hat on, serving up the raw cosmic funk of oro, recorded in naples and originally released in 1977. back then, this crucial cut was confined to a short 7inch edit, but best have pulled the stops out to track down the master tapes and execute a thorough remastering job on the full-length versions, now pressed to 12inch for your long-playing, disc-spinning pleasure. its a good thing these tracks came back into circulation they capture the best of the late 70s era in a cool, downright funky style that never gets old.
silvana noris, italian-german singer, is an artist who has embraced theater, sport (she has been awarded on various occasions in various martial arts disciplines), writing and singing. the cult song -din don- published under the pseudonym of evo in 1983 for the italian label -cultura & musica-. with silvana s voice in a very deep and dark intonation, accompanied by synthesizer chords creating a sort of melancholic cosmic-disco, defining an underground hit that has been only recently rediscovered by dj-harvey and played into his exclusive -sarcastic-disco- sessions. today best record italy presents it again in a limited edition remastered from the original master tapes at the highest level of quality possible!
when the one o ones originally released radio cosmo disco back in 1977 it was confined to 7inch, which is no place for such majestic cosmic groove exploration. now best records are continuing their quest to repress every hidden gem of italian dance music and beyond, and they re doing radio cosmo 101 the right way. the full disco version of the track gets to stretch out on a full 12inch side, and does so in a dreamy haze of feel good funk. you can still hear the radio edit on the flip, and the original instrumental jam is included for those who want to drift away on those sumptuous tones of the backing track.
official limited edition reissue of asso s italo masterpiece from 1983. featuring -do it again-, a killer balearic disco-style cover of the steely dan classic. on the flip side you get the wonderful boogie jazz-funker -don t stop-, a track which is pure blissed-out dancefloor heaven and deservedly became a loft and garage classic as well as receiving heavy rotation on both the cosmic and balearic scenes. with the coolest of laid-back jazzy piano grooves underpinned with driving funky squelching bass and superb syncopated drums.
official remastered limited edition of this down-tempo disco heaven from one-hit wonders byron. originally released in 1985 on the italian label golden sound, too much is a must for any discerning balearic record bag. a side contains the original vocal version and on the b side there is the original instrumental plus the warmest remix version previously available only on the rarest byron album from 1985.
with the grupo almendra album fresh out of the gates, italian label best records jump right back in with a crucial slice of disco funk from noted arranger, producer and karate expert pino presti. -you know the way- is a slinky party starter with on-point slap bass, lively brass and sumptuous philly strings of the highest order. as if the original wasn t funky enough, the b-side features a disco remix from dearly departed new york disco legend tee scott, who subtly buffs up the dancefloor potential of the track to devastating effect.
as well as all the jazz and funk, best italy are also dab hands at digging out italo disco gems that pretty much qualify as proto house jams for their heavy spinning by the seminal chicago djs like ron hardy. this essential transmission from amnesie is a fine case in point, a one hit wonder originally released in 1983 appropriately enough on proto records. now turas makes a welcome return, sounding resplendent in both vocal and instrumental versions, but the real treat for the dedicated diggers is the previously unreleased dub version mixed by legendary dj tony carrasco. thats the jam that will have eclectic spinners getting in a lather.
written in 1984 during midem in cannes ecoute le son du soleil alternating dj vocals and singing, interspersed with jingles, reflect yannick chevalier s radio shows, club performances and live sets. today can be considered one of the most cosmic records produced in france, thanks also to the heavy use of one of the very first harmonizers (publison dhm 89 called the infernal machine) for the effects on voice. this limited edition reissue from best record italy contains the vocal, instrumental plus the unreleased dub version and the jingles that can be useful on your personal selections!
originally released in 1983 stop bajon (primavera) became a favourite in rimini discotheques, balearic islands and even chicago during the early house days. it was an anthem on what went on to become the italo disco movement. the vocal mix is still revered and played to this day by dj s such as dj harvey at his mercury rising night at pikes, ibiza. this special limited edition release from best record italy features for the first time the original acapellas (tracked down during tape restoration) plus the song stadera that was available only on the first italian pressing and of course the original extended club vocal and instrumental.
official remastered limited edition of a huge italo boogie from 1983. the plus on this release is represented by the b-side filled up with an unreleased instrumental dub version to give you even more options for dropping this essential classic !
giorgio gordano and giorgio dolce originally produced kkk back in 1983, and the track was taken into the hearts of the blossoming balearic scene hovering around dj alfredo at amnesia. its as gentle and sweet natured as italo disco can be, and of course it makes perfect sense that best records would dig it out of the archives and give it the shiny new reissue it deserves. the club mix of kkk is a feast of simple, charming programmed melodies and crisp drum machine rhythms with the innocence of the early 80s in its heart. the dub mix and bonus beats on the flip are handy for the technical djs out there, but the club mix is where it s at for the lovers.
this new release from best record italy contains for the first time the 3 tracks edited and mixed by john jellybean benitez between 1981 and 1982 of the italo disco songs by kasso (the pseudonym used by claudio simonetti) who became a classic in the underground house music scene of n.y. and chicago!
the latest dig from best record italy s eternal mission to release the finest roman musical manna features noted jazz man pino presti taking on manu dibango s eternal party jam soul makossa. presti s interpretation uses oodles of gleaming 80s synths in place of the original traditional instrumentation, but fear not as the iconic brass section remains a real-world force, and sounds mighty fresh with it. following up that cover is a sumptuous version of aint no sunshine which is aimed square at the heartstrings of the most balearic cruisers. i call your name / come back to me gets even smoother, the vocals capturing mediterranean getaway romance to perfection
this week best italy take their reissue romp of roman rarities down to the infamous rimini discotheque cellophane. crafted as a tribute to the 80s club, -gimme love- is an absolute gem of an italo record, pitched at the more subtle end of the spectrum without ditching the hallmarks of the style. the bass arpeggio still thrums with purpose and the vocals revel in a bath of vocoder processing, but the camp histrionics are replaced here with a more measured delivery that should go down a storm in all kinds of different sets. as well as the original version on the a, the b-side features the italian version of the track.
billy woost may not have released much music back in his heyday around 1977, but the one album he did put together was enough to secure a place in the crosshairs of the consummate italian groove archivists, best italy. picking up the finest jams from woost s back catalogue, we re presented with a three tracker dripping with classic disco charm. -body, body love- comes in a previously unreleased disco form that cruises at an easy pace but packs plenty of punch, while -please touch me- edges the intensity up with a steamy set of strings, brass and vocals. -sleep- meanwhile taps into a blockheads kind of funk, bright and bouncy and just a little left of centre, which of course makes it all the more special.
giampiero scalamogna best known as gepy & gepy was an italian singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and for his powerful voice visually combined to his robust physique he was paired to barry white and demis roussos. during 70s he focused on disco music genre, composing and performing several songs such as body to body opening song of the famous italian tv-show discoring and african love song that was part of the nicky siano s playlist at the studio 54. best record italy wants to remember this big italian producer (died in 2010 at the age of 67) with this 12inch limited edition containing for the first time the extended disco versions of body to body on the a side and african love song on the b side
baricentro is an italian funk-rock band founded in 1976 by two brothers francesco and vanni boccuzzi, after the release of two albums in mid seventies (sconcerto and trusciant) for the major record company emi they recorded in 1983 the single tittle tattle representing a clear innovation in sound from their past, without believing that would receive a positive response in the new york city underground music scene and soon becoming a paradise garage and loft classic. best record italy today came out with this special reissue-project as a limited edition ep, remastered from the original master tapes and containing for the first time all the versions from 1983 and 84 including the unreleased dub that was previously available as an acetate cut only for deejay play.
best records own luminary claudio casalini was at the helm for this one-shot studio project that captures italo disco at its most exuberant and organic. originally released in 1984, the bassline on -stop your lies- is a quintessential slice of synthetic throb from a golden era, but the electronic elements are wonderfully offset by rich instrumentation and a brilliantly camp vocal performance from the unnamed boy-girl combo. the vocal mix on the a side is strong enough for a single-sided cut, but the instrumental on the flip widens out the reach of the record and really lets casalini s superb production shine through