Contemporary disco label based out of the bricks-and-mortar record store of the same name in Amsterdam. Set up by Otto Kraanen (AKA Napoli Disco Club) in 2011, the label's output has spanned a range of styles but veers heavily towards the Italo end of the spectrum, with occasional forays into related styles such as electro, EBM and synthwave. Some of the best-known artists to have released music on Bordello A Parigi include The Hacker, Hard Ton, Tulioxi and Daniel Kyo.
Review: Daniel Monaco follows his 2021 release, Tu Sei Pazza, for Bordello A Parigi, with this moody EP. Inspired by the mid-tempo swagger of New Beat and the warbling sound of the 303, the title track centres on a pulsating groove and dramatic synth stabs. Monaco then overlays a moody vocal sample and some gurgling acid for good measure. The Curses remix of "Maria" is set to a faster tempo, with a throbbing rhythm featuring hip-hop scratches and the original track's vocals. Meanwhile, the Younger Than Me version revolves around a buzzing, tearing bass and subtle snare builds, making for an impactful piece of electro-techno.
Review: A year or so back, the hinterland between Italo and prog was one of the busiest regions on the entire dance music map; lately the deluge of surging synths seems to have slowed down somewhat, but if that for you was a golden age then fear not because this EP from Bordello A Parigi, which packs four tracks from as many artists, should cater for your requirements nicely! Pete Beluga & Du Chatinier's 'Only Shine At Night' is the standout for yours truly, thanks to its authentically new wave-y kinda feel, while Some Chemistry's 'Euro Connector' gives things a slightly housier twist.
Review: Amsterdam-based Bordello A Parigi bring us an EP from Hypnotique, a trio consisting of Sergio Mesa, David Journet and vocalist Maia J who made their debut on the label with 'Le P?nombre' back in 2020. Now they return with four slabs of shimmering 80s-inspired synth-pop from the cold, Germanic and coldwave-y side - the kind of thing that, at the time, you'd have been more likely to hear on John Peel than on 'Top Of The Pops'. Two cuts stand out for this writer: 'Ce Monde', with its overtones of German proto-goths Xmal Deutschland, and 'Le Divan', which in its surging, pulsing synths has hints of the 'ambient house' of the late 80s/early 90s. But the other two - 'Solitude' itself and 'Paralyzed' - are also plenty playable, making this a very checkable EP for all you 80s obsessives out there.
Review: The fact that the first track here is entitled 'Italians & Spacemen' should give you a pretty good idea what to expect from the rest of the EP: we're esconced firmly in Italo territory here, with Moroder-like basslines, Carpenter-esque sci-fi synths and analogue drum machine beats very much in evidence throughout. Look to Hyboid and Discobeton if it's faithful pastiche of the original early 80s Italo sound you're after, Daniel Monaco & Futuristant for a more late 80s-ish update or Captain Mustache if you want to be dragged into the present with hints of techno, footwork and electro.
Review: A well recognised producer of sorts surfing Intergalactic FM's astral plane of Italo-inspired electro - Martin Matiske makes his debut on Bordello A Parigi! With a sound spawned through International Deejay Gigolo Records in the early 2000s, followed by his Robotic Music LP on Luke Eargoggles Still life in 2012 - more recently we've seen the producer hit a hot streak with an EP on Moustache Records that was soon followed by a debut on Central Processing Unit as Blackploid. On Bordello A Parigi, nevertheless, Matiske keeps it real, primitive and disco electronic. WIth heroic motifs threaded throughout the EP via its chords and melodic progressions, a healthy dose of phasers and arpeggios maintain the futuristic retroactivity of the EP where Italo fans should head to "Computer Dance" and "Digital Emotion" while for electro heads it's "Information Product" and "Transmission".
Review: If you're in the mood for a mixture of sparkling synth-scapes, revivalist Italo-disco chuggers, cowbell-powered electro-disco groovers, toughened-up Euro-pop dancers and sparkling, 1980s movie soundtrack sounds, we'd heartily recommend this long-awaited debut album from Austrian trio Leitstrahl. Their trademark sound is naturally retro-futurist by its very nature, but you'll struggle to find any of the cheesy elements often associated with 1980s synthesizer music, just a string of polished and ear-catching highlights including 'Europa Supersaw' (featuring vocals from Bronski Beat's Jon Jon Foster), the Bobby Orlando-esque 'Albatross', and the chunky electrofunk giddiness of 'Long Lines'. In a word: terrific!
Review: A pleasingly varied four-tracker from Dutch label Bordello A Parigi. Ireland's Lerosa gets the ball rolling with the synth disco of 'It's Hard', before we take a left turn into bass/electro/footwork territory with Eliott Litrowski's 909-tastic 'The Little Optimist'. It's then back to the 80s Eurodisco with Vivyan's 'That Time I Dated', which comes on like a long-lost Lipps Inc out-take, before the EP's completed by Sergo Mesa AKA Iamnotarobot's 'El Vuelo', a slice of shimmering, sultry Nang-style nu-disco that's sure to "captcha" your heart. See what we did there? A solid bet for those who like their disco on the leftfield side.
Review: For nigh on 10 years now Otto Kraanen's Bordello A Parigi label (and record shop) out of Amsterdam has cultivated itself into a go-to locale for some of the best in Italo, disco, synth and cosmically industrial wares from yesteryear and the contemporary retro-activists of today - people like Fred Ventura, Skatebard, Manhooker and Credit 00. The first EP for the label in 2020, following a debut album from The Steaming Jeans, is a various artist EP taking up a disco-inspired noir approach to Italo, electro and instrumental pop. Headlined by The Hacker with "Passion", expect slo-mo beats and subtle phase-action alongside the pumping arpeggios and harmonics in Armonics' "Universal Oneness", to the post punk synth of "Voironia" and the nostalgic tropes in Discobeton's "Leave Me Superficial".
Flagio M - "I Want Your Love" (Salta & Roma remix) - (7:09) 115 BPM
TX Connect - "Danza Futura" - (5:45) 126 BPM
Dan L - "Una Melodia Triste" (Salta & Roma remix) - (9:07) 110 BPM
Review: Grab a cold beer, whip off your shoes and head down to the shore: Bordello a Parigi's brilliant "Riviera Disco" series is turning ten with an expansive collection of cuts guaranteed to get you dancing on the shore shirtless. There's naturally a retro-futurist feel throughout, with all 11 tracks making use of the chugging arpeggio style basslines and colourful, mid-'80s synthesizer melodies of Italo-disco. Highlights come thick and fast, from the jaunty melodies and Bobby 'O' Orlando grooves of Daniel Monaco & Don Voyage's "Tropical Disaster" to the bold, spacey melodies and effortlessly joyous vibe of Bijou's "Hotsy Totsy (Instrumental Mix)". Also worth checking is the tongue-in-cheek vocal brilliance of Salta and Roma's 1984 style tweak of Flagio M's "I Want Your Love".