Review: As far as we can make out, 'Space Operator' - first released on Good Vibes in 1982 - was the only ever release by Italo-disco duo 4 M International. Now it returns, nearly 40 years on, with three mixes to choose from. If it's authentically early 80s, purist Italo vibes you're after then you go for the Original, but if the cheesy spoken vocal is too much then head for the Instrumental. For less specialist floors, though, your best bet might be Donato Dozzy's Cadillac Rhythms Reshape, wherein the track gets reworked into a mid-paced throbber that could work on disco, deep house and "melodic" floors alike.
Review: Italy's Mr Disc Organization, a leading Italo-disco label back in the 80s, have spent the new millennium steadily reissuing their back catalogue, and now here come four more forgotten gems for your disco dancing pleasure. 'Music Is My Sex' sounds a bit like a 70s sit-com theme but also sports some truly bowel-bothering bass squelch, 'Xenon' is one-part Telex to one-part Jeff Wayne, 'Pump Me Up' could be a Duran Duran instrumental b-side but also has some big proto-rave stabs and 'Dreamin' On The Top' is pure Euro silliness. What we're gonna do right here is go back... waaaay back.
Review: During the 1980s, Mr Disc Organization was one of Italy's leading disco imprints, offering up a mixture of hot new local productions and material licensed from American record labels. As the title states, this EP is the first volume in a multi-part series offering digital DJs the chance to get hold of some of the lesser-celebrated gems tucked away in its vast back catalogue. Up first is the early Italian house goodness of Moy Boy's tactile 'Notta Divina (Divine Version)', followed quickly by the cheery, synth-laden Italo-disco perfection of Jet Set's 'Love Dance'. Arguably even better is the M.B Edit of Jimmy Ross's low-slung dub disco number 'New York to Moscow', while Stephany's 'Shame (Instrumental Mix)' is a bubbly boogie delight.
Review: It would be fair to say that Charlie's "Spacer Woman" is one of the better-known Italo-disco anthems, which makes it all the more surprising that Dark Entries has chosen to reissue it. This is not a criticism, though; they've given Maurice Cavalieri and Giorgio Stefani's original the remaster treatment, and it sounds even more alien, exciting and oddball as it did back in 1983. The original vocal version - all woozy synths, throbbing arpeggios, wonky beats and typically eccentric vocals - is backed by the Instrumental version, which is the preferred mix of choice for many Italo DJs. If it's not in your collection already, it should be.