Review: Following their recent collaboration focusing on remixing the work of avant electronic composer Richard Bone, Daniele Baldelli and Marco Dionigi once again join forces. This time round, the inspiration is the music that Baldelli played at Italy's most famous disco venue: the Cosmic Club. As a result, Cosmic Eagle offers a mix of new productions and sneaky remixes that touch on everything from hypnotic synth weird-outs and curious cosmic rock to progressive synth-funk, chiming early eelctronica and wobbly space disco. It's all floor-friendly and tightly produced - perhaps a little too tightly, in some cases - and fits snugly into Baldelli's infamous cosmic disco sound.
Review: It's another meeting of different Italian disco generations as cosmic disco veteran Daniele Baldelli and young(ish) hotshot Marco Dionigi team up for another joint EP. "Cosmic Efficacy" is a linear arpeggiated electro-disco journey to the stars, complete with electro-housey drum fills. In its "Slow Motion Remix" guise the tune is even spacier and highlights it's Moroder-isms even more. "Parallelo" on the other hand is much more abstract, with retro films samples woven over a coarse, electronic backdrop that resembles distorted cosmic interference. Far out!
Review: Veteran Italian cosmic DJ Danielle Baldelli has been collaborating with young buck Marco Dionigi on and off for a few years now. The saying goes 'if it ain't broke don't fix it', and once again they've decided to repeat their winning formula here on their new long player Cosmic Eagle Vol 2. There are eight new tracks to choose from, highlights of which include the Funky Town-style Italo-disco froth of "Audax", the spacey, galaxy exploration synths of "Lophaetus" and the choppy electro-funk of "Pelagicus". Top stuff!
Review: Verona legend Marco Dionigi is back on Quantistic Division. The Alter Ego club resident in the 90's has been known in more recent times for his collaborations with Balearic legend Daniele Baladelli but strikes out on his own on The Time Of Infinity LP. Highlights include the deep spiritual afrobeat of opener "Blue Safari", the Prescription Records style emotive deep house on the title track and the rusty and dusted down smack electro of "The Informers". Indeed there's quite a wide selection of moods and grooves on here but they're all great. We'd highly recommend it!
Review: Marco Dionigi! Where have you been? The Italian machine that normally puts out mythical amounts of nu-disco on a weekly basis has been uncharacteristically quiet of late. Ok, so he's down to one release a month lately but that's still much more than most can manage. Here the, ahem, "Dirty Analogic Party Vol 16", boasts another ten new jams to get stuck into, with some of our favourites including the throbbing arpeggios of the Moroder-goes-techno opener "Sun Dance", the widescreen Bobby Orlando-style grooves of "Tasma" and the early proto house vibes of "Vanilla Beach". Cool as always.
Review: For the last five or six years, Marco Dionigi has been a one-man cosmic disco production line. Even so, it's still remarkable that Banglafunk is the Italian producer's 23rd release of 2016. The six tracks here are notably funkier, and more informed by disco-funk than many of his releases. Check, for example, the elastic bass guitar lines, fluttering electronics and Indian style vocal samples of "Advika", or the alternately dreamy and surging title track, "Banglafunk"; both are amongst his most disco-centric productions of recent times. We're also really enjoying the post-punk disco dub flex of "Lost In The Jungle", and the percussive, pitched-down mysticism of "Summertime in Bangladesh".
Review: Verona's Marco Dionigi is back for his always impressive Quantistic Division which has been instrumental in spreading the word of this Northern Italian legend's work as much as it has for Balearic legend and close collaborator Daniele Baldelli. "Dollars" is a tough, dark and driving disco journey for afterhours basements and those pitch shifted/druggy vocals are an added sinister touch. The "Cosmic mix" is more restrained and minimal, giving those great elements such as those 80's horror movie synths and metallic Linn drums room to breathe.
Review: Cosmic disco veteran Marco Diogini has been busy in the laboratory of late. Having conducted a series of Secret Experiments, he's keen to share them with the world via this solid EP on his Quantistic Division label. "Experiment Number One" is thrillingly alien and out-there, with warped vocals samples, strange electronic noises and outer-space melodies clustering around rock-solid drums and a throbbing synthesizer arpeggio. The similarly out there "Experiment Number 2" sounds like an unlikely fusion of dark Italo-disco, Yorkshire bleep and The X Files, while closer "Robozine" is a pitched-down chunk of electronic psychedelia that should appeal to all those who enjoy Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston's A Love From Outer Space parties.
Review: What is there left to say about Marco Dionigi? In our numerous reviews of his scarily frequent releases, we've pretty much covered all bases. Here, he delivers another instalment of the long-running Dirty Analogic Party series, in which he fiddles around with vintage equipment and delivers a blend of Italo, acid house and robo-disco party jams (and, it should be pointed out, sneakily edits up obscure releases from the halcyon days of cosmic disco). As usual, there's plenty for fans to enjoy, from the baggy alternative groovery of "Lights Went Down" and intergalactic pomp of "One More Mission", to the rugged disco-funk wig-out "Gain Off".
Review: More from Italy's one-man production factory, as Marco Dionigi unveils another bumper selection of cosmic grooves. As usual, the eight tracks vary wildly, from the twittering bird noises and stripped-back rhythms of opener "U Are Really Going For This" and growling "Dance MF" to the title track's New Beat-meets-Italo shenanigans and the clicky, drifting deep house of "Listen". At times it even wanders into more into old fashioned, early prog house territory than previous excursions - well worth checking.
Review: What is there left to say about one-man-production-line and cosmic disco stalwart Marco Dionigi? Over the last couple of years, we've consistently sung his praises, despite a release schedule so packed it makes keeping up almost impossible. The Dirty Analogic Party series has always been one of his most trustworthy and floor-friendly brands, gathering together groovy, sample-heavy tracks and sneaky re-edits that blend elements of analogue house, cosmic rock, weirdo disco, Italo and Balearica. This eighth volume boasts plenty of playable fare, from the 808 boom and Robotnik-ish electronics of "Hiccups", to the cowbell-driven Euro-dirt of "I'm A Disco Machine", via the slo-mo pulse of cosmic rock oddity "Justice".
Review: It's almost impossible to review a Marco Dionigi release without using the word "prolific". Certainly, it's true that the veteran Italian does put out a lot of releases, but you can't argue with his track record. The Dirty Analogic Party series has consistently included much of his finest work - sneaky cuts that mix elements of familiar and forgotten dancefloor gems (be they Italo, cosmic, rock, acid house or straight-up disco) with his own analogue grooves and synths. This seventh instalment is no different, offering 12 tried-and-tested cosmic-not-cosmic cut-and-paste floorfillers - with, of course, some unusual excursions along the way.
Review: Marco Dionigi's productivity knows no bounds. Having released more albums last year than some world-renowned bands manage in an entire career, the Italian continues to amaze with his stunning work rate. Like many of his previous sets, Alpha 96 features an analogue-heavy mix of wobbly cosmic disco, shirts-off Italo, wonky acid and curious late night house, all themed around a particular idea or subject. This time round, it's extraterrestrial activity and manned space flights, though in truth most of his material is fairly space-inclined. Check it!