the 80s italo disco /proto-house classic ‘mbo theme’ by the mighty klein & mbo, repressed! comes with an heavy (and unheard) south african version on the flip. huge tip! the mbo theme (1983) has been a dance floor favorite since decades, created by mario boncaldo and tony carrasco - the legendary italian/us duo klein & mbo. the track got support in nyc and chicago by greats as larry levan, frankie knuckles and ron hardy.
the rare version on the flip is created by a south-african band called warrior. rush hour explain how they came across the track: “we bumped into this version on a south african record digging trip. it took us a few months to realize the scarcity of this version. ian osrin, a well respected engineer in south-africa who was involved in many 80ties and 90ties bubblegum, kwaito and south african disco records, explained us about music distribution in south africa during apartheid.
nadanna is extremely proud and excited to present tobias bernstrup’s new album “technophobic”. bernstrup who works both as a visual artist and musician has been touring worldwide since the late 1990s and positioned himself as one of the leading re-inventors of italo disco with his unique mix of italo, synthpop and gothic noir. he has created his own unmistakable stage persona wearing androgynous outfits in shiny latex and heavy make-up. tobias has collaborated with seminal artists such as trans-x, apoptygma berzerk, martial canterel, xeno & oaklander, lebanon hanover, and she past away. “technophobic” contains 10 smashing tracks including the recent single “utopia”, and “metropolis of tomorrow” featuring french dark synth wave artist hante. combining influences from classic synthpop, minimal wave, dark wave in a retro futuristic manner tobias bernstrup has created an album reminiscent of the 80s but in a contemporary context of sound landscape.
repress of the killer italo disco funk holy grail released on 45rpm single in 1979, now available in 12” includes previously unreleased instrumental versions and two alternative versions of “samedi soir” by patricia & top secret and olga melchionda. all tracks are from original master tapes.
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-. not to be confused with the famous euro-disco artist behind -slice me nice-, this fancy is a one-off project from italo-disco icon raffaele fiume, the artist and voice behind many great italo-disco hits, such as: helicon – -you ... see-, malcom & the bad girls – -shoot me- and ralph river band – -strange vibration-.
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.
four italo disco cuts produced by the powerhouse of svengile aka luigi venegoni. original copies of stratosferic band on it s 40th anniversary are changing hands for £125 and no wonder why. splashdown encapsulates perfectly the weird and wonderful imagination of italo productions sci-fi synthwork that ventures beyond this dimension. the ben norman track on the b1 has a more straight up disco feel to it but those vocals maintain an ethereal italo aura. completing this special 4 tracker is the obscure t.c. radiation that talk box guitar solo will melt any minds it s put in front of!
GET CLOSER (TIGER&WOODS, GERD JANSON RMX, DJ OYSTER RMX)
12" Vinyl D18.12.17
here we are again! courtesy of valerie dore. numero due in the super sound singles series on running back continues on the re-issue/update tip of inexpensive records. big in the charts in 1985, the italian queen of romantic dance made her second single get closer a clairvoyant poem about… errr… life and love: when the world is running down get closer! think stonewashed jeans, endless summers on italian beaches, boats coming back to the shore. remixed by fellow country men tiger & woods, get closer gets sandblasted into our modern times and the necessary treatment to be the peak- and night time hug fest, it’s always supposed to be. add a run out tool by dj oyster and a gentle dj-friendly edit by gerd janson of the original to the billboard. and always remember: changing your spell can save you.
die exklusive italo disco vinyl serie “italo disco collection“ geht in runde 3 und liefert auf 2 lps die großen hits und exklusive raritäten. natürlich gibt es auch diesmal nur die extended versions, z.b. von lee marrow, wish key, cyber people, radiorama, koto, the fashion.
initially released in 1984 on legendary discomagic records, the first record of otto mix (ottorino menardi) - sahara sand - returns. attic salt discs brings you an official remastered reissue of this hybrid italo classic. features george aaron on vocals and the visnadi brothers on the keyboard and drum machines. written by renzo zennaro. a fine downtempo cut that has withstood the test of time and remains in the current dj mixes!
well known in the clubscene a classic italo track from this underground dark wave italo band from holland. track played by dj david vunk on numberous parties for more than 6 years already, so it took some time but here it is, including a techno remix.