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( ok no more caps ) alot of lovely guitar work and instantly catchy

100% pure bliss pop   a little bit Wild Beasts as well with the falsetto / wavery voice


maybe a bit jorge socarras ? that rich voice is giving me chills


best thing ive heard in ages !!! they should be supported depeche mode in a just world !

go buy here 


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Clash Music – wax analysis – italian electronic special

heres some text on italian electronic music – predominately self releasing and vinyl only /small imprints

the original is here with pics and vids …

Ciao ragazzi come state?

Today I want to take you on mini tour of the northern Italy dance scene – all the labels featured, are very insistent on pressing vinyl and keeping the dance-floor and your earphones humming with maternal bass. There’s talk of a revival in Italian dance but the truth is it’s always been putting out amazing music, you just have to dig a little to find a wealth of labels and styles all directly fostered by Italians. This is just a tiny selection of some of the best music coming out right now, some of which is as yet unreported by the wider music press – so come now on a magic carpet ride over the alps to the land of endless melody!

First up is a young producer called simply Nicholas from Perugia in Umbria. Perugia is a medium sized city in Italy (you might have heard of the place due to the Knox Trial… But we won’t dwell on that!)

Nicholas was introduced to dance music at a very young age by attending the legendary Red Zone Parties (running since 1989 – at the heart of the Italian house scene – known worldwide). As a result of digging out all the classic tracks he heard there, his style has been shaped directly by the club’s signature old school house sound. As a result of producing and releasing a large volume of tracks that embody this particular sound, he has been invited to play at events like Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Space in Ibiza and the Louche Party in Leeds with Omar S.

His is a sound looking backward while still remaining timeless – seriously irresistible jacking grooves that trace a line from Chicago label Prescription (home to legends like Chez Damier and Ron Trent). Check out the compilation of his reworks from the classic Nu Groove label Back on Track which is available on

Now we head further North to Trento to talk with Mashhh! records boss Luigi. Mashhh! covers anything from dreamy electronic pop to jagged post punk, born in Trento (North Italy) in 2010 during a boozy meeting between label bosses Marco Ricci and Luigi Segnana. “The idea is simple: release what we like by friends we love. Recording our artists using whatever kind of equipment available: analogue, digital, it really depends on the music we release. Each style needs the right format.”

“Mashhh! Records love vinyl, tape and all the vintage stuff, because they are warm and friendly. Usually, when we want to record some bands, we rent a house and we shut ourselves in for a week (or more), working day and night, eating together and only taking cat naps and generally trying to pin down an elusive dreamy sound.”

“It leads to a perfect state of mind for making music – half sleepy and tripped out – with our own band Casa Del Mirto we recently got Tjinder Singh from Cornershop to sing on one of our tracks as we are big fans of their lovely grooves – we wrote to him and magically he agreed and wrote this track and laid down one of his lovely thick syrupy vocals – his voice alone can soothe any ailment! His lyrics on this track are pretty bizarre I think he was just riffing on some themes going on in his head. He’s one of the great musicians of our times and it was a real honour to work with him.”

Casa del Mirto feat. Cornershop – Snap Yr Cookies

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Now back To Perugia! ITALO ITALIANS is a small independent label, blog and club project developed by DJ Fab. a.k.a FabMayDay, Giuseppe Trupiano, Marco Mando and Michele Celeschi, all of whom have worked for the Friday night disco electro dance parties “Friday I’m in Rock” organized by Urban Club of Perugia.

In the summer of 2010 they realized the need to create an event and outlet for music, which can thoroughly catalyse the idea of fun dance music without any silly fanfare, and fashionista nonsense that is so prevalent in today’s scene. They have had the honour to host sets by some legends such as Daniele Baldelli, Ajello, Fabrizio Mammarella, so after a successful summer season they were buoyed for a successful winter season – in Italy traditionally clubs close in the summer as its just too hot and the bar and festival scene kicks in.


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Winter 2010-11 they brought guests such as Andrew Weatherall, (the crowds were literally in tears of ecstasy when Weatherall came to town ..) Sir Norman Jay MBE, The Glimmers , Jacques Renault, Cassian Flight Facilities and Classix. A mix of solid legends and risky new talent. In the process of running the nights , a blog and a label “Italo Italians Records” was spawned (its first release “Disco Verme” is due in January 2012). Branching out they began hosting parties in London collaborating with Campari Safari: Another Island, building a buzz around the city and preparing to find a permanent north London home to expose the good citizens of London to some hot blooded sounds

FabMayday feat Piernilove – Disco Verme

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The first track “Disco Verme” (Disco Worm) is an Afro tainted disco number. The track comes with remixes from nu-disco giants Drop Out Orchestra and one of the bosses of the Italo scene in Amsterdam San Proper.. New releases after January will feature FabMayday and other Italian and Italo-friendly producers at the controls. They are also planning a limited CD run of 300 of hard to find edits of underrated songs from all over the world. (Fab. is a great collector of 60’s 45 records and Northern Soul DJ )…watch out and subscribe for updates and freebies!

For all the info watch the blog:

Last but not least in this Italian Label roundup is Danny Was a Drag King. The aforementioned Ajello (Gomma / Crimea X) team up with Hell Yeah Recordings – the giant Berlin techno and house label for a new disco offshoot label: Danny Was A Drag King.

Their niche is nu disco, neo italo and cosmic collaborations with people like Hard Ton the super size disco diva and performance artiste.

Hard Ton – Tribute to Leigh Bowery

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Also on the label are people like Luminodisco from the south and Dutch Rhythm Combo, another crazy Dutch beat doctor (his works span everything from Latin to Deep House). All releases are available on lovely bassy heavy vinyl and digital for all you square eyes out there!

Next month we are off to Britain for a roundup of the weirdest and most bizarre DIY labels with broad rosters and outsider artists all keen to put their art to life in plastic.

Photo: Nicholas

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12th November
The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, London EC2A

tickets here

Lasermagnetic’s monthly at the Horse & Groom continues in November on both floors and they much like usat campari safari / ITALO ITALIANS have a HUGE crush on all things italo dance their Italian Special this weekend sees …a rare London appearance by Beppe Loda, one of Italy’s very first generation DJ’s and closely associated with being one of the originators of the AFRO SCENE, which was pioneering the slow motion sound back in the early 80’s in the Northern Italian regions… by embracing a variety of styles…eanging from disco, funk and obscurities via afro rhythms, Brazilian, fusion music and spaced out rock to new wave, a touch of italo, industrial, and the much contested Cosmic, Melody Mecca, Chicago & early 80s experimental synth music such as this by Hideki Matsutake ( now chairman of the japanese synth programmers association)

….Those who have heard the tapes recorded at clubs like Typhoon can hear and see the maestro in action and witness his brilliant mixing and enthusiastic displays-

we can only attest that the style of DJing and presentation was and still is probably the most creative one that has ever existed, as experimental-ism and connecting genres via the mix, slowing down and speeding up records were the main force behind this movement. lets just call it the golden era of club culture! when genres mattered not and dancers wanted to hear a dj taking risks as Beppe attests in this video he would like to be known as an alternative music dj not lazily labelled as a cosmic …

Beppe, associated with the Typhoon Club and the later years at Cosmic club has clearly influenced generations of leftfield music lovers and contemporary DJ’s who embrace what is today labeled as balearic, collectors disco, and even edits!
Beppe made his first Lasermagnetic appearance back in 2008, together with his Typhoon posse…Lucifer Lightjay (who started at Baia degli Angeli with Bob & Tom), Dj Daniele from Les Cigalles & Le Pois…and Dr. Nishimura (Discosessions Japan)…
We are not sure what he’s going to play this time, but be sure to catch master mixer Loda in action, his technical skills are fun to watch, too …

Lasermagnetic invited another Italian contemporary electronic music producer, Fabrizio Mammarella to join the dots between past, present and the future. FM has recorded for like Bear Funk, Rollerboys Recordings & Slow Motion and DJ-ed internationally for a number of years now.

Local support comes from 2 of East London’s finest party crews Pearlflash (this time in the form of Benjamin Lau) & ReviveHER (Bi Bop), who through their parties and taste in music are carrying on the spirit and fashion from where it all started.
Keep an eye out for these guys there’s plenty of more good work to come in the near future…some of their previous guests have included the likes of Casco, TBD (Justin V & Lee Douglas) Lovefingers, Baris K, Chida & COSMES and recently Tim Sweeney. SALUTE !

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OH! SIGNORI E SIGNORE! Announcing Another Island …. A hot and steamy place of refuge hidden away from the crowded and whistling streets! Space lovers, disco hounds and the curious will be well rewarded for their patronage – we will be bringing the best Italian disco music producers old, new and eclectic to an exciting dancefloor equipped with a powerful and warm system near Bethnal Green in the real East End.The Sebright Arms

Our first guest for this inaugural party is DJ Rocca (Luca Roccatagliati), one half of the super producers Ajello with Fabrizio Tavernelli. With his roots in acid jazz, Luca established himself as resident at the influential leftfield Maffia Club playing alongside Coldcut, Leftfield, and James Lavelle. More recently, his edits and remixes for Luke Solomon, Rodion, Isolee, Pete Herbert and In Flagranti have been tearing up bassbins all over Europe. His latest release sees Ajello collaborating with Hard Ton and Brennan Green on the disco bruiser “Chocolate Black Leather.” on their own collaboration label with Hell Yeah Danny Was A Drag King

Rocca has recently joined forces with nu disco legend Dimitri From Paris for their new retro electro disco act Erodiscotique, with a huge release on Gomma records,

inclusions in the Playboy Mansion compilation released by Defected records and mixed by DFP and Bob Sinclair Another collaboration with a seminal DJ is on the way – Dj Rocca and lord of cosmic disco Daniele Baldelli have signed for an album on UK label Nang, with a 12” already released called “Space Scribble”

Rocca’s DJ set can include anything from New-Wave, Italo-Disco, Chicago House, Disco, Neurofunk, & Eurodance and Cosmic – this one is going to be special! Forza!

we have asked Rocca to play as broad a set as he likes and to take us on a journey through his collection and take us away to ….Another Island

Able support comes from fellow Italian & boss of Italo italians label and blog Fab May Day – scheduled releases include Drop Out Orchestra Tom Trago and of course Ajello themselves and Fabs own tracks and infectious edits of italo and afro/cosmic tracks and pop oddities …. and those Campari Safari DJs and promoters Rob and Sammy who have found the time to cross over from Vienna ( recent eclectic gigs and club nights inc Gang of Four Andrew Weatherall ( with Fab) , Horse Meat Disco , Joe Goddard , Becoming Real, Twin Shadow D/R/U/G/S & Is Tropical to name a few …)

New Fab May Day Here

Another Island is a bi monthly event expect Italian Flavoured Dance music and soon pysche rock/kraut rock/mutant disco/noise bands of all stripes! last sat next date 28th Jan

31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green Tube

Date: Saturday 26th November 21.00 – 02.00

Admission : Free Before 10 w/flyer ; £5 W/ Flyer ; £5 on the list


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