Hasta La Victoria (Tech Disco edit) - (7:25) 117 BPM
Hasta La Victoria (dub Disco edit) - (6:33) 117 BPM
Review: Italian producer Andrea Rucci brings us an EP on his own Cosmic Sumo label that contains three different mixes of the title track. The EP opens with a minute-long ambient Intro mix; then you get the Tech Disco Edit, a deep, dark techy affair that'll nonetheless slot neatly into more experimental/cosmic-leaning contemporary disco sets, and that sports a familar "in my life" sample by way of a (sparingly used) vocal. Completing the EP is the Dub Disco Edit, which is one for later in the night when things are starting to get a bit twisted...
Review: Florence based label Cosmic Sumo presents another fine release by their big boss Andrea Rucci. This full length entitled Lost & Found is a fine collection of moods and grooves that cover the full spectrum of house music and is definitely worthy of your attention. In fact: it's his first album in 10 years since 2006's Mu-Sick LP. Starting out with the bumping and surefire groove of dynamic opener "Lonely", there are more wicked tracks in the form of the deep and sleazy "Holiday In Paris", his dark and mysterious rendition of Metuo's "Subway" and his collaboration with The Lulabenjim "Too Much Drunk" , a punk-funk jam reminiscent of Ralph Lawson's 20:20 Soundsystem back in the day.
Review: After nearly a decade in the game, Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo release their first-ever 'best of' compilation. Unsurprisingly, cosmic and Italo-disco vibes predominate: you won't find many cowbells, handclaps or female multi-part vocal harmonies here (though there are some). But if it's Carpenter-esque synths, druggy Afro-inspired beats, bleepy electro flourishes and a distinct whiff of mid-80s Europe you're after then you're in the right place, because here all of the above are provided in spades by the big-hitting likes of James Rod, Tulioxi and, perhaps most signficantly, Italian founding father Alexander Robotnick himself.