Review: Chapter One of Daniele Baldelli's Cosmic Temple series, released earlier this month, contained some of the cosmic disco pioneer's strongest studio work to date. Happily, this second 'chapter' is equally as impressive, and contains three typically chugging, psychedelic dancefloor workouts. There's the obligatory trip into stargazing, slow-motion electronics - the excellent "Afelio" - and a pitched down dub-disco/space disco weird-out built around sampled Afro-disco drums and buzzing analogue synthesizer lines ("Zircaloy"). Best of the bunch, though, is opener "Krebs Cycle", which layers sharp funk guitars, intensive percussion hits and wild electronic melodies atop a dark, druggy, Italo-style arpeggio line.
Review: Since returning to action in the early 2000s, cosmic disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli has released more original tracks than he ever did back in his early '80s pomp. Cosmic Temple Part 1 - a second volume is also available - arguably contains some of his strongest material to date. As you might expect, it does a great job in showcasing his unique musical vision, in which fusing blissful jazz pianos, druggy synthesizer arpeggios and gravelly guitar riffs is all in a day's work (see "Thyratron" for proof). Generally speaking, the veteran Italian is at his best when capturing the druggy and spacey vibe that marked out his DJ sets at the Cosmic Club (check "Diffrazione"), though his forays into off-kilter new wave pop (in this case, "Inner Light") also impress.
Review: Earlier this year, Daniele Baldelli released Back To My Funky Side, the follow-up to his funk and soul inspired 2005 full-length My Funky Side. On this partner album, LP highlights - including the riotous, horn-heavy funk jam "Funk Me Again" - are joined by a plethora of largely impressive remixes. There's a stunningly dense and dubbed-out of version of "Fountainebleau" from the Idjut Boys, a smooth and groovy, near Balearic take on "A Good Day" from DJ Rocca, and a jaunty Italo-meets-classic disco tweak of "Mellow Game" by Greg Wilson and Derek Kaye. Best of all, though, is Eric Duncan's version of "Funk Me Again", which turns the original into a driving slab of heavy dub disco with clavs aplenty.
Review: Mondo Groove has gathered together a crack team of remixers to rework cuts from Daniele Baldelli's five-part Cosmic Temple series of EPs. Predictably, the resultant revisions are rather good, with something to suit almost all cosmic tastes. DJ Tennis kicks things off with a fine version of "Ganhava" that brilliantly joins the dots between deep, melancholic synth pop and gently pulsing Italo-disco, while DJ Ralf brilliantly re-casts "Kosmaro" as a low-slung late night dub disco roller heavy on punk-funk bass and clattering percussion hits. The highlights keep coming throughout, from the sun-bright, synth-heavy nu-disco throb of Tiger and Woods rework of "Vhanessa", to the pots-and-pans percussion assault of Eric Duncan's super-deep remake of "Diffrazione" and old pal Marco Dionigi's sax-wielding dub disco-goes-electrofunk revision of "Taxon".
Review: They don't get more legendary than Daniele Baldelli. As one story goes, the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Nicky Holloway went and witnessed one of Baldelli's legendary Afro-cosmic sets in Ibiza in 1988, which in turn inspired them to throw their own parties in London that same year - and the rest is history. Originally released in 2006 on vinyl and CD, Daniele Baldelli presents Cosmic Disco - A Journey Through Elektro Afro Funky Sound finally gets a digital reissue. From euphoric and spaced out Italo disco journeys like "Cronos" or "Corona Borealis", through to hypnotic Afro moments like "Hararibode" and "Mamba" which truly capture the moments of tribal trance that made his hometown residency at Cosmic (where he apparently used Technics and incorporated drum machines long before Ron Hardy or Jeff Mills) in the early '80s the stuff of folklore - this is essential listening for any serious DJ or electronic music nerd
Review: Afro-cosmic pioneer Daniele Baldelli continues to impress with his Cosmic Temple series, which has now reached Chapter 6. As usual, the Italian legend touches on many of his now familiar inspirations across the course of an EP that impresses from start to finish. Check, for example, the dancing jazz-funk horns, pulsating electrofunk bass and crunchy drum machine hits of cheery cosmic disco opener "Taxon", or the cosmic-rock brilliance of "Kevlar", where Red Hot Chili Peppers style guitar riffs cluster around a tribal-influenced drum machine groove smothered in intergalactic electronics. In a nod to his famous passion for playing records at the wrong speed, Baldelli finishes with the alien synths and mind-altering rhythmic chug of "33v45".
Review: Daniele Baldelli dons his ritual robes and throws open the doors to his Cosmic Temple for a fifth time. We first find him kneeling at the alter of Alexander Robotnik style Italo-disco deepness on talkbox-sporting opener "Kata Sandi", where tipsy but dreamy chord progressions wrap themselves around a bubbly synthesizer arpeggio line. He invites us to take a trip to space via the intergalactic chords, cascading synthesizer melodies and pulsating analogue bass of "Esaendro", before calling time on another session of prayer with the low-slung disco-punk looseness of the rather brilliant "Dioxide". He's showcased his love of this kind of Clavinet-heavy disco-funk before, but rarely have the results been as thrilling and on-point as this.
Review: For all his skills as a DJ - and, let's face it, he pretty much created the Afro-cosmic DJ style all on his own - Daniele Baldelli's productions have not always hit the mark. It's heartening to report, then, that this collaboration with Dario Piana for Leng Records is arguably the best thing he's produced to date. "Infinity Machine", where wild, effects-laden Clavinet lines, jammed-out electric piano chords and meandering synthesizer solos ride a particularly druggy arpeggio bassline, sets the tone magnificently, before the Italian duo jogs towards dub disco territory on the percussion rich "If You Drive". Badlelli's love of spacey synths, crunchy guitars and tactile synth bass comes to the fore on closer "Air Vibes", which also boasts a wonderfully tactile breakdown.
Review: Italy's Daniele Baldelli has simply kept on innovating since he began experimenting with disco and cosmic house, back in the early 1980s. The DJ-rpducer veteran is back on Real Balearic this week, coming through with some sublime downtempo-ism in "Quagga", a slow, break-centric swarm of delicate melodies that find their own sort of off-kilter movement - not to mention revel in an endless sea of majestic, jazz-friendly sounds. There's two remixes off the back of it, both form Aimes, with the first upping the tempo and crafting more of a house sound from Baldelli's rich sonics, and the second blending in some subtle 303 nuances to make it an altogether more rave-friendly experience.
Review: Daniele Baldelli is in a rich vein of form right now, with each successive release seemingly being stronger than its predecessor. The cosmic disco pioneer's latest project is an album that impressively blurs the boundaries between his original "Afro-cosmic" sound and the horizontal world of Balearica. Predictably, it's a formula that delivers a string of musical highlights, from the woozy easy listening flourishes and head nodding throb of "Quagga" and ambient-soaked late night fluidity of "Dodo", to the restless Afro percussion and jazzy guitars and of "Megaloceros (featuring Verdo)". Those looking for more Padilla-style horizontal thrills should check the "Extra Balearic" mix of "Pongo", while Baldelli's love of vintage analogue synths and lolloping rhythms is successfully explored on album highlight "Lipote".
Review: As resident DJ at infamous Italian disco Cosmic Club, Baldelli pioneered the slow chugging grooves that evolved into both Balearic and Belgian New Beat. Here he teams up with DJ Rocco for the impressive "Poouli". The track is a super cool slice of moody early 80s new wave dance music - all moody tropical vibes, not unlike Jamaica Running by The Pool. Private Agenda's "Sunrise" mix adds ecstasy to the mix for a shimmering masterpiece and Sare Havelicek turns in a stunning, warped-chillwave style jam. Gig Masin meanwhile opts for a beatless, chiming coda. Not a dud in sight on here!
Review: Over the years Daniele Baldelli has released quite a few albums, though it would be fair to say that none are anywhere near as good as this terrific collaboration with fellow Italian scene legend Marco Fratty. The genius of "Oil Painting" lies in the pair's ability to fuse chugging, typically cosmic grooves and mind-altering synthesizer motifs with the hot-to-trot grunt of funk-rock and disco-funk. It's a template that guarantees a string of high quality cuts from start to finish, with our favourites including the arpeggio-driven throb of organ-heavy smasher "Steam Engine", the melodious dub disco flex of "Jasmine Flavour", the Cymande tribute "Slinky Funk", the eye-closed rock guitar solos and trippy cosmic disco grooves of "Column", and the Nu Guinea-on-steroids flex of "Positive Flow".
Review: Of late, Dean Meredith's Rogue Cat Sounds label has been exploring the more cosmic and Balearic end of the musical spectrum, so it's little surprise to see him welcome Italian legends DJ Rocca and Daniele Badlelli to the imprint. The storied twosome begins in fine fashion via the lilting electric guitar solos and bubby electronic disco grooves of "Sky Dump", before opting for a weirder and more psychedelic dancefloor sound on Afro-Cosmic workout "Massive Birth" and doffing a cap to Yello on the eccentric electronics of "Talorypo". The accompanying remix package is epic and uniformly high standard, though if we were picking favourites we'd opt for Warehouse Preservation Society's warm, thickset nu-disco version of "Talorypo" and Mind Fair's Chicken Lips-esque rework of "Massive Birth".
Review: Take it back to the mid-20-teens and Newcastle Upon Tyne's Man Power, aka Geoff Kirkwood, was only just getting out of bed. With early releases on Jennifer Cardini's Correspondent and later John Talabot's Hivern Discs, Man Power has taken it all the way through ESP Institute, Optimo Trax and Throne Of Blood to Skint, DFA and of course the project's home label, Me Me Me. With a spotlight over three years of remix work that sees Me Me Me lift a selection of remixes made over Bryan Ferry to Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca, Man Power takes it back to the roots with a rework of Woolf vs Projections and Tronik Youth! With the heaviness of Man Power's remix to Ess O Ess a highlight too, expect a touch of acid, EBM, Italo and kosmische inspirations woven in and around bustling drum machines, analog synths and plenty of Man Power.