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: 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: 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: Marking a further shift in his sound, Marco Dionigi's latest offering, "Romance In Venice" has a much more punk-funk feel than before - all low-slung live bass, chiming guitars and disco claps. However this EP is more about the remixes, and there's plenty to choose from. Highlights include the cocktail workout supplied by his cosmic disco veteran pal Daniele Baldelli, a pulsating electro-house version by Italo icon Alexander Robotnick and a killer Chicago jack-fest courtesy of Andrew Yukon.
Review: The ever-dependable (and stupidly prolific) Marco Dionigi drops another collection of floor-friendly jams, this time in his more obviously '80s influenced Tape Lovers series. Those who dig his decidedly cosmic approach to electronic music will find much to enjoy, from the dark, driving intensity of "Psychedelic Forms (Dub Mix)", and Middle Eastern new wave funk of "Turkish Feeling", to the skewed Italo revivalism of "Sate-Light" and "Blue Capsule", and the brilliantly dubbed-out slo-mo pulse of "Das Punk". He even delivers his own take on original New York electro with "Elettro Snap", which bristles with clanking drum machine cowbells.
Review: Italian producer Marco Dionigi eats, sleeps and drinks music production, so it's no surprise to see him already having a new release mere days into 2014. His traditional bumper-packed approach to tracklistings hasn't changed either - there's a juicy five new tunes here in this aquatic-themed single. Naturally it's all about arpeggiated spacey Italo grooves with standouts including the Flirts-esque pulse-a-thon "In The Submarine", the Patrick Cowley style "Tropical Marine" and the bouncy, bliss-disco of "Down There..."
Review: Marco Dionigi must be one of the most prolific electronic producers currently alive given that this is his second EP of the year in as many weeks! Despite this, the quality of his work never lets up. This EP is based all around the concept of out of body experiences and is duly trippy. The menacing pulse-a-thon of the title track evokes the moody classic "Walk The Night" by Skatt Bros, whilst elsewhere "Body Experience" weaves a very obvious sample into a slinky early Chicago groove and "OBE" even ventures into deep house territory.
Review: Cosmic hero Marco Dionigi must have found something out in space that has increased his creativity to that beyond us mere mortals. He's been knocking out up to two hefty EPs per month (and that's not even including his long players!), and shows no signs of stopping. And if it's working, then why not? Here we have yet more quality productions - "Base Terra" touches on bouncey but moody electro-disco, "Water Drops" toys with operatic/Gregorian vocals, "Mission For The Nature" is dreamy downtempo stuff, "Another Day On Planet Earth" is pulsating peak timer (for Dionigi anyway) and "Strong Strategy", with its suspended chiming melodies, is probably our favourite.
Review: Marco Dionigi releases more records than we've had hot dinners. Here he is with another virtual mini-album of his Italo/cosmic disco-influenced workouts. "Speed Running" is an ominous 4/4 prowler of a tune with a tense bass line and austere vocal samples. The same song also appears as both an even moodier 'darkwave mix' and a chirpy, discofied 'brazil mix'. Further on we get a cowbell & synths frenzy "Supersonic Monophonic Run" and the heavy breathing marathon that is 'Run'.
Review: Marco Dionigi is slowing down after a prolific start to 2014. That is to say there's only two tracks on his latest EP! "You Look Good Tonight" is six minutes of excellent deep and spacey hi-NRG (a la Patrick Cowley) with quirky vocals that take things into Daniel Maloso territory. Naturally there's a pair of VIP remixes included; an Italo one which adds extra synth flourishes, and a heavy, drum-laden one that's better than a drum solo at a Metallica concert. Also featured is the sleazy "After Hours" which mixes funky '70s vibes with some clifftop guitar solo freakouts.
Review: We must admit that we were a little concerned having not heard from Marco Dionigi for ages. Of course ages in Marco's terms means like two weeks for anyone else. So yes, he's back with his first release since February, and he's got a whole ten new tracks to make up for lost time. The theme here is retro robots (that's Robbie The Robot from Forbidden Planet on the cover) so it's vocoder disco a-go-go. Highlights include the Kraftwerkian "Hello & Welcome", the moody pop of "I've Seen The Future" and the shimmering bleep fest of closer "Unterbrechungen".
Review: Following his recent return to action after a brief hiatus (a few months, which in his terms is an eternity), Marco Dionigi drops another selection of stargazing new wave Italo floorfillers. There's much to admire in the shimmering synths and electronic rhythms of "We Move" and "Euclidean Space", a bright and breezy foray into midtempo futurism. Dionigi is often at his best, though, when sidestepping convention. That's certainly the case here, as the curious electronics and downtempo grooves of "Cos 2013" and "Peaceful Occupation" stand out. You know what you're getting, but it rarely disappoints.
Review: For his latest assault on the download charts, popular cosmic disco DJ/producer Marco Dionigi mines his vaults of unreleased recordings. Strange Archives From The Past features 13 previously unheard cuts produced between 1997 and '99, before his association with Daneile Baldelli (and most notably their excellent Cosmic Disco, Cosmic Rock comp for Eskimo) reignited his career. Musically, it's as you'd expect, offering a range of spacious, slow motion jams that touch on Italo, cosmic disco, acid and mystical electronica. There's also a couple of fantastically heavy drum tracks, of which the intoxicating "Go" is probably the pick.
Review: The pedal is being pushed to the Ferrari's metal again as Italian stallion Marco Dionigi's output accelerates into the outside disco lane once again. There's 12 bangers to feast on in Dirty Analogic Party Vol 12 covering every angle of retro Eurodisco including blissy hiNRG ("Do I Dare"), arpeggiated sleaze ("Disco Surrender") and hazy spaced-out cosmic vibes ("Red Mobil)".
Review: Fans of one-man production whirlwind Marco Dionigi will no doubt be thrilled with this new 13-track feast of compositions. For the converted, there's plenty to gorge on, from the gritty Hendrix licks and analogue beats of "At Dinner (Nu Disco Mix)" to the clattering Italo-disco stylings of "Dancing Days" and aggressive disco-house stomp of the title track. There's also a pleasantly percussive foray into marimba-disco ("Bring You Joy"), a trio of handy beats tracks, and a midtempo cosmic disco cut featuring delightfully Euro-centric synths and sounds ("Sun & Fun").
Review: Since lending Cosmic Disco legend Daniele Baldelli a hand with his Cosmic Disco, Cosmic Rock mix a few years back, Marco Dionigi has been a man on a mission. He's released more music in the last 18 months than most producers achieve in a lifetime, and shows no signs of letting up. This latest five-track missive is something of a concept EP, an atmospheric set that fuses Arabic sounds and samples with his own distinct take on cosmic and nu-disco. The suitably wonky "One Day In Cairo" - like Egyptian Lover after a night on strong acid - is probably the pick, but it's all worth checking.
Review: If Marco Dionigi is anything like as prolific as he was in 2010, 2011 is going to be another bumper year for fans of his updated Italo disco sound. Ice & Wood sees him in typically dancefloor-friendly mood, laying down another 10 road-tested grooves for discerning disco DJs. As usual, there's a range of moods and styles on offer, slipping between the slap bass-wielding deep house niceness of "Open Source Obscure" and retro analogue filth of "World In Hands" and "Vanguard" which are interspersed with intergalactic oddness "Mantis Girl" and middle eastern electro "Mirror Faces". As ever, it's more obviously disco-centric tracks that really impress, with "On The Record" and "Keep Holding On" standing out.
Review: Jerome Derradji's excellent Still Music sub-label, Stilove4music, continues to trickle its stunning back catalogue into the digital domain for the first time, and this week it's the turn of Mancunian deep haus don Trus'me. This was the 12" that first turned the world's gaze onto the Prime Numbers boss's brilliant knack for jazzy, sample based house (along with the now legendary Nards CD sampler). And it's "Nards" that opens this release, with the tense strings, funkafied bassline and sultry vocal snatches sounding as brilliant today as they did upon first release in 2007. Add to this the languid title track - predating the current vogue for slo-mo house by some 18 months - and rolling groove of "Good God", featuring a vocal sample of the legendary Teddy Pendergrass, and you have an absolutely essential release.