Review: Spanish producer James Rod has already scored some choice outings on Good Stuff, Disco Volante and Hit Digits over the past year, while Italian man Tulioxi has been found moonlighting on Quantistic Division, Hot Elephant and more in his own disco-fuelled operations. On this release for Cosmic Sumo, both producers have a chance to each serve up an original and remix each other, and the results are a consistent blend of warm synth basslines, crisp drum rhythms and heaps of sensuality that should easily rub their way into any discerning disco lovers set. If you like your disco robotic and romantic then look no further.
Review: Here we have some updated '80s disco goodness from Florence's Mattia Pea Tuliozi. Not quite sure about the techno reference, but "An Old Techno Shelter" is a bouncy lively affair featuring catchy Italo-disco melodies and toughened up house beats (a bit like when they beefed up house tunes in the 90s). The unstoppable Marco Dionigi appears on remix duties and takes the disco elements of the original and fuses them with (the maybe more appropriate) linear, clap-happy nu-disco beats.
Review: Prolific Firenze-based producer Tulioxi has been better known of late for releasing music that takes it's cue from early electro and Italo Disco - see the recent Heathcliff & Other Storeis EP for Flower Of Life. This double digital drop for the Our Records label signals a shift in focus however as Tulioxi picks up the guitar! Both the title track and "You Look Like A Mess" play on raw, bluesy riffs that ride sleazy stomping drums out of the glam school. The results comes across as a raw, Depeche Mode gone south of the border kinda vibe.
Review: Florence-based synth fetishist Mattia Tuliozi is an old hand at nu-Italo, having made his debut on Andrea Rucci's Cosmic Sumo label back in 2011. Here he delivers his second album for the imprint, effortlessly joining the dots between modular synthesizer disco, deep house, Italo and techno. For the most part, While The City Sleeps focuses on chugging grooves, bubbling electronics and spiralling melodies, with the Italian producer keeping both eyes focused on the dancefloor throughout. For all the retro-futurist fusion on show, some of the most enjoyable moments - in particular, the cheerful and intoxicating, acid-flecked "Where They Came From?" - are those where Tuliozi simply indulges his love of classic Italo-disco.
Review: According to his SoundCloud page, Florence, Italy's Mattia Tulioxi "is a good person and a wise guy". Which is all well and good but how about the music, you say? Not bad at all! His latest release for Spain's Golden Soul Records provides us with some cruisey, spaced out, nu disco grooves that fans of Todd Terje or Jay Shepheard will be all over. Starting off with the galactic boogie of "Revolution Zero" he the launches into "Don't Stop" which is actually on a more energised tech house tip with its razor sharp and bumping bassline leading the way towards mad and modulating euphoria. "So What", however, gets back into the cruise control tempo with its smooth arpeggio and sweet melodics backed by a study drummers' beat and a recurring Blaxploitation sample. There's a couple more remixes of this track; Mexico's Molinar stays on the nu disco tip, but gives it more of an uplifting vibe with bleepy synths, while Sweden's Copycat gives it a glitzy, pop-inflected house makeover.
Urban Beast (Zombies In Miami remix) - (6:39) 113 BPM
Time Time Damn! - (8:50) 116 BPM
Time Time Damn! (M.I.O. remix) - (7:05) 110 BPM
Review: Tulioxi is the pseudonym for Mattia Tuliozi, an Italian producer who takes influence from the musical heritage of his birth country. However, on Urban Beast, this does not mean that he simply knocks out re-heated Italo Disco numbers. The title track and the Zombies In Miami version draw on ebm riffs, jagged guitar riffs and cosmic disco's sense of lumbering funk to create usual hybrids. Similarly, "Time Time Damn!" is a left of centre disco workout laced with half-heard vocal samples and funky cowbells, while the MIO version leads the listener down a pulsing, but somewhat menacing route. "Tom Tom Collins" does see Tuliozi make reference to the tragic-comic melodies of Italo, but they are framed in an unusual fusion of dub-heavy textures and gloopy beats.
Review: Having previously released on a wealth of labels including Marco Dionigi's Quantistic division and mighty Dutch imprint Bordello a Parigi (the latter in cahoots with legendary producer Alexander Robotnick), it would be fair to say that Tulioxi is one of the rising stars of contemporary cosmic disco. Further evidence to back up this theory can be found on the Italian producer's latest EP, from the rubbery bass, wild electronics and mind-altering effects of Baldelli-esque opener "The Outside", to the alien electrofunk madness of "The New Acid Funk", which reminded us a little of DC Recordings sort Arcadian. Spacey Italo-disco throb-job "You Are Bad Luck" is backed by two remixes, of which the bouncy, echo-laden Younger Than Me re-fix is our pick.
Review: Tulioxi is back with his first 2017 release on Alexander Robotnick's Hot Elephant. Mattia Tuliozi has already had two previous releases for the imprint and this new effort showcases the artist's development. Made with a large selection of electronic instruments; from Roland Grooveboxes to old samplers, modular synthesis and electronic drum shaping - the tracks emanate hot and fresh vibes. The dark and grinding arpeggio of "Apollo 409" sits somewhere between Italo disco and EBM: it's a brooding yet infectious affair. It gets a properly cosmic rendition up next by fellow Italian nu-disco legend from Venice: Bottin. Second original offering "Animal Funk" is a more traditional disco affair with progressive rock tendencies. It too gets remixed by boss man Robotnick, whose rendition gets well funky and more upbeat with added dancefloor dynamics.
Review: A somewhat experimental smorgasbord of genres and influences on this solid debut from Tulioxi. House-meets-disco with an element of tech and more than a slight nod back to the 80's, coming from both the synth and effects as well as the vocals on the title track. 'Wrong Reference' is a cool hybrid or modern and retro and has an all round cooler feel to it. With 'In 1996 I Was Like This' he gets all acid induced with a psy flex, while completing the package is an instant crowd pleaser with his cover of 'White Wedding'. A bit of everything here, with some proper outside-the-box thinking, which will add an interesting twist to any set.
Review: Ah yes, a good hit of Tulioxi material never did anyone any harm, and certainly not our house/disco charts! The prolific producer returns to Cosmic Sumo Recordings with a deep, eerie house warmer in the form of "Etnixangi", boasting dry and intricate percussion loops over a retro-facing, soundtrack-leaning John Carpenter sort of synth vibe. "Mr Tarabond" is a similar affair, except the melodies have dug deeper now, they've entered a new dimension, and it's one we absolutely adore; these are shady disco-house bombs for lovers of the raw and the mystical.
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.
Review: Night Noise Music has decided to start a compilation series. Enitled "Night Noises" (we see what they did there), each volume will offer up previously unheard cuts from label stalwarts and guest artists they admire. There's plenty to set the pulse racing on this launch edition, from the gently bubbling acid lines and glistening guitar riffs of Tuiloxi's chugging dub disco opener ("Winter Afro Acid") and the druggy Italo-disco/proto-house flex of "Quirked" by Aimes, to the weighty and exotic disco pump of Jack Carel's Bollywood-inspired "Eastern Journey" and the throbbing cosmic disco psychedelia of Roe Deers' dark and pulsating "Prince". Superb stuff all told.
Review: In normal circumstances, we'd be a little worried if someone served us "Golden Cream". We know we're safe in the hands of DJ/producer James Rodriguez though, with the compilation representing the cream of the crop from the Spanish producer's Golden Soul Records imprint. There's naturally much to enjoy across the 17-track collection, with Rodriguez opting for cuts that flit between kaliedoscopic nu-disco headiness (Italo Brutalo's remix of his and Disco Doubles' "White Sands"), Clavinet-happy acid disco chunkiness ("Crazy Bass" by The Players and DJ Steevo), elastic electrofunk with a Middle Eastern flavour (Dim Zach's remix of JB Dizzy's "Transistor"), driving late night intensity (Los Fugazi's "Afterglow (Flxxx Remix)", peak-time piano fun (Get Down Edits glistening remix of Slync's loved-up "Neon") and rushing disco goodness ("Tradlord" by Call Me Classic).