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)

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)