The guy behind the much loved Italians Do It Better label, Mike Simonetti, has got to be one of the most prominent tastemakers in “modern” disco. Not only does he release some of the freshest disco around, he also has a superior taste when it comes to older disco sounds. In early 2008 Mike and Johnny decided to whip out a mix that combines newer and older disco sounds along with some more regular elements from hiphop and rock, and the result is the Albuterol mix. I really dig this mix, and though the older disco sounds don’t tend to grab me as much as the newer ones, there truly are some gems hidden in this mix. If you like this, be sure to high five Mike on the Viva Italians blog.
Mike Simonetti – Albuterol
I’ve been digging a lot of disco grooves lately, and I think it’s fair to say that somewhere in the future, disco will be huge once again. I’m not talking that 80’s glamour stuff, but some of the wonderful and fresh sounds coming from bands like Weird Tapes, Pink Stallone and everything ever put out on Italians Do It Better of course. The new single from Streetlife DJ’s is a declaration of love for the disco sound, and even though the track doesn’t really sound like the bands mentioned above, this is still a pretty good take on what a electro/disco fusion may sound like when the electro elements are a bit more prominent in the mix. But never mind the genres really, this is just an ace track.
Streetlife DJ’s – We Love The Disco Sound
Check out Streetlife DJ’s Myspace for some more great track and an opportunity to buy the 12″ released on Kitsuné and even a ridiculously amazing t-shirt with that helps you declare your love for disco
Italians Do It Better have amazed me time after time, but it seems that the guys have slowed down a lot recently, and there isn’t really coming anything new from them in terms of releases. Fortunately, Tiedye isn’t taking any breaks right now and half of Tiedye, Anton Qlint to be precise, has just dropped a new mixtape to give you company and comfort through the winter. The mix consists entirely of Swedish music and ranges quite wide although all tunes have a clear Tiedye’ey twist. Pure goodness! Find the tracklist below.
Anton Qlint – Ge Och Ta-Mix
Rasa – “The greatest one”
Graham Nash – “Earth & Sky”
Renée – “Can’t live my life”
Alan Tarney – “On TV”
Eloy – “Mirador”
Moon Martin – “Writing on the wall”
The Earons – “Land of Hunger (Dub version)”
Cos/mes – “Fanfare Maniac”
MUD – “Mr Bagatelle”
Torkel Rasmusson – “Resan”
Catch Tiedye and Anton Qlint on Myspace
photo from Kang A Ji on flickr
“Fan death is a South Korean urban legend which states that an electric fan, if left running overnight in a closed room, can cause the death (by suffocation, poisoning, or hypothermia) of those inside”. That may be the single most crazy thing I’ve heard today, enough said. The whole reason why I came across this was a quest to dig into the greatness of disco/owl-lovers Fan Death first brought to me by the always great gorillavsbear. They play disco like every other hip kid in town, but they actually put some soul into it too and that’s always a plus. The sound is fairly similar to Glass Candy and the rest of the Italians Do it Better crew, but this still manages to stand alone as a take on the 2008 disco.
Fan Death – When the Money’s Right
Dance along on Myspace too
People keep on telling me, that when Justice have busted the last eardrum of an innocent teen hipster and no one knows how to pronounce Ed Banger once again, people will return to the slick grooves of.. disco?! But no matter how crazy it sounds, it’s probably right and when Wikip. talks about a “disco revival”, it must be true. Looking around the musicsphere in 08 should also indicate that disco is on its way back. Hercules + love affair made us dance to Blind, James Murphy is doing a special disco-dj tour (smells a bit 70s, right?) and Italians Do It Better keep on getting praise. The whole ITDIB hype is well deserved though, and I really enjoy Glass Candy ( does that make me cool?). Nvm the hype, they do make some excellent tunes available for you to hear too:
Glass Candy – Geto Boys
but stil.. disco?!