Andy Romano – Every Time Feel Allright

Artist: Andy Romano
Single: Every Time Feel Allright
Release: 2010
Genre: Disco, italo

A crazy italo and electro EP from 2010, though it sounds at least 25 years older.
Pulling together sounds from West Coast US Hi-NRG, New Wave and classic italo, this EP honestly does not have a single bad track on it.
We played the electro-disco b-side “Sayonara Robot” last month [June 2013]. One of the better newly-produced yet retro-sounding records in our collection!

Rating: 9/10
Reviewer: DJ Pasta (original review published in Vanitas #003)

Daniel Vangarde – Who’s Who

Artist: Daniel Vangarde
Album: Who’s Who
Release: 1979
Genre: Disco

You’ve probably never heard of the artist or the album: he was cool before being unknown and cool was cool.
Daniel Vangarde is actually Daniel Bangalter, father of Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter, and writer and producer of that song “D.I.S.C.O.”
Don’t let that put you off though, this album is nowhere near cheese. It almost feels like an album of b-sides, an album wherein Daft Punk’s dad is telling stories about the good old days. Good old days indeed.
Check out Hypno Dance and Ad Libitum for the sounds of sedated disco floors.

Rating: 8/10
Recommended Tracks: Hypno Dance, Ad Libitum
Reviewer: DJ Pasta (original review published in Vanitas #002)

Fast Radio – Under My Thumb

Artist: Fast Radio
Single: Under My Thumb
Release: 1983
Genre: Italo

Buying records for a clubnight instead of general listening can be difficult at the best of times. Trying to predict the reception of a track by an ethereal audience, far off in the future, is especially tough when you are buying records you have never heard. Thank goodness for YouTube.
Picking through a Discogs seller list, this one really stuck out: Fast Radio’s “Under My Thumb”.

It’s one of those tracks that isn’t terrible. It isn’t great either. I would go so far as to say that the song doesn’t even exist somewhere in the middle: It is just plain terrifying.
A cover of the Rolling Stones song, it is a disco-pop track that is an abrasive and relentless journey through how to take all emotion and meaning from a classic melody. Think the sounds of Bananarama, if Banarama were replaced by blow-addicted cyborgs belting out karaoke.
Once in a great while I take pleasure in subjecting other listeners to this single. It is easier to suffer together, than alone.

Rating: 7/10
Reviewer: DJ Pasta (original review published in Vanitas #001)

Ajello – Do The Job (Vol. 2)

Artist: Ajello
Album: Do The Job (Vol. 2)
Release: March 2010
Genre: Disco, italo, electro

Way-back-not-so-way-back-when, I purchased this EP of serious boogie beats wrapped in serious disco re-edits.
I am especially fond of track B2, “Bronze Planet”, an edit of a track called “Silver Planet”. Sounding like Marc Cerrone playing drums over Paul Parker and Patrick Cowley’s “Right On Target”, “Bronze Planet” takes a marching journey through a now classic disco theme.
On the other side of the record: track A1 – Tito’s “Mirage”, is a cracked-out and spacey electro tune. Italian disco is weird, but this the track is downright terrifyingly electronic. I am not familiar with the original track, but Mirage sound like they were influenced by Kraftwerk and four months paid holiday a year.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewer: DJ Pasta (original review published in Vanitas #001)