Review: This is in the disco section but if you're expecting glitterball-tastic 70s nostalgia you're definitely looking in the wrong place! Instead, the six tracks here draw on the more leftfield side of club-oriented 80s electronica for inspiration, throwing influences from Italo, EBM, electro, Belgian new beat and early Chi-town house into the pot to concoct a dark, hypnotic musical stew whose natural home is on those subterranean dancefloors where peaked leather caps outnumber the bare red lightbulbs ten to one. For non-specialist floors, the sleazy, throbbing 'Space Monster' is probably the best place to start...
Review: Marco Dionigi is the veteran Italian DJ and producer who is known for being part of Funkadiba (with legend Daniele Baldelli) and the man behind the Quantistic Division label. Mainly an outlet for his own productions, he has also found time for other worthy contributors in recent times such as Discoscuro, Simon Faz & Fabio Slider. Dionigi's next terrific offering is the Neon EP, featuring the moody modern Italo disco of the title track or "Hypnotize Zone", jacking house jams like "Life Light Love" or even moments of downbeat experimental electronica as heard on the haunting closer "Night Dreamer".
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: 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: 'Funkabilla' is a hot, steamy hunk of a track, its low end is so strong and intoxicating with the shakers and that groovy guitar you'll be hard pushed not to get down. 'Momento Latino' is another cut which will get you moving, another set of funky guitar chords and rattling shakers are living up with the pounding beat which drops at the same point as the exciting vox, the low omnipresent sub is the star of the track. Verona Dub has huge a techno overtone to it, the bass is patterned as is essentially the entire track, while the snare and other echoing elements seem to dance eloquently on top. 'Symptomatic' is a brooding and forward moving 80's influenced beast with a dark undertone gently laced with euphoria.
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: 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: Cosmic disco stalwart Marco Dionigi returns to action, and this time he's wielding one of those ludicrously over-sized alien-hunting guns sported by Will Smith in Men in Black. I'm A UFO Hunter is loosely based around the search for extra-terrestrial life forms, with many of the tracks boasting vocal samples from B-movies and wacky American TV reports about suspected spaceship sightings. Musically, the album flits between stargazing cosmiche vibes (see the rather lovely "What Star Did You Come From"), alien Italo ("The Higgs Boson is Real") and vaguely Balearic curiosities ("UFO Sightings in the Middle East"). It's arguably his best album for some time, and certainly the most interesting.