Archive for the ‘Italian’ Category

Visionmasters and Tony King feat. Kylie Minogue Keep on Pumpin’ It Up (Angelic Remix) [1991]
January 16, 2013

What a stormer this tune is and it still blows my mind that Minogue and Pete Bloody Waterman were tied to one of the biggest hits of 1991, the original mix of this track from the Visionmasters. Sure, there’s a lot of it that sounds pretty damn dated now but anyone who lived through the explosion of house and dance music of the late 80’s and early 90’s must carry a special place in their heart for this banger. There’s nothing really to dislike to be honest, we’ve arm waving strings, got some dark synth work evoking early tribal type beats and techno before out of NOWHERE comes the trademark Visionmasters Piano based club to the face. Gone is the dark beats and your strapped into a full force Ital-House sounding facemelter. Classic house perfection.

From Discogs
If you ever want to make a perfect dance-tune. Listen to this one. This definitely is one of them.. Easily. ‘Cause in one country in this whole wide world. There was a Platinum-award DJ (No names). When I put this 12″ to go, even he came to see, what is this jewel I was playing.. 😉 and party people went crazy.. as always..

Kylie Minoque is/was a super star from Australia (like Nasenbluten) but she made a strange breakthrough to UK-underground with this precious one. I raise my hat for that,indeed.. Both sides are respecting the underground, and even someway the belgium scene (Flipside), take one in your collection, if you ever have a chance. It’s a surprise you don’t regret!

The Wing Command – Latino Rave ’89 [1989]
July 1, 2011

This shipped as the promo release for Deep Heat 1989 ~ Fight the Flame, mixed by the then Uncredited “Wing Command” aka M.Kamosi and Thomas de Quincey. I’ve got to say, for the time, this was one of the biggest and best commercially released mixes in the UK. Everyone I knew had a copy of either the 7″ double A or the 12″ with 2x variants of the 89 tracklists on them. There’s almost no beatmixing in this either, the whole mix is cuts only, likely due to the time contraints. What this leaves is 6 mins of a banging selection of classic house, hip hop and pop tracks that for me at least, defined the summer of 89 for me. Nothing but respect to Telstar, they had someone at the top with all the right idea’s and put out collection after collection of classic compilations, Deep Heat being their most well known brand.

From Wikipedia
Launching in March 1989 with the Number 1 album Deep Heat, the brand achieved a successful four year run and set the footprint for Dance Music Compilations for many years to come. The record company, which had formed in 1982, had achieved modest success with Dance-themed multi-artist compilation albums with notable successes in the genre including the Dance Mix collections of 1987 and 1988 and The Best Of House ’88. What was initially unique about the Deep Heat collections was that they contained exclusive 12″ Remixes of recent Club Hits, instead of Extended versions of Chart Hits featured on similar collections such as Now Dance 89 which was charting around the same time as the first Deep Heat albums. The success of the series was partly due to the CD boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s and it was the first time full 12″ Mixes could be commercially bought on Compact Disc, offering the listener at home a whole new experience of enjoying digitally enhanced Dance Music. Tracks on the first and longest running release kicked-off with Adeva’s version of ‘Respect’ while Underground favourites such as ‘Break 4 Luv’ by Raze and Hithouse’s ‘Jack To The Sound Of The Underground (Acid Mix)’ ensured the album reached the top of the newly created Compilation Chart, the first of many.

Vinyl was still relatively popular with DJs and this format of Deep Heat sold well with each Volume being released on Vinyl when other Companies such as Arcade (who came on board in 1991 with the Groovy Ghetto series) had largely abandoned the format, preferring to concentrate on packing as many tracks as they could onto a 74-minute single CD.

Also unique to the Deep Heat Compilations was that there would often be ‘Exclusive Remixes’ of tracks, such as the Megamix of Technotronic’s biggest hits. This appeared on Deep Heat 7 ~ Seventh Heaven several months before it was commercially released, while “Exclusive Deep Heat Mix”s of tracks by The KLF featured on later editions. It would be these ‘exclusive tracks’ that would form the focal point of Deep Heat’s extensive Television Advertising campaigns launched by Telstar to promote each release. These would feature clips of videos of the albums biggest Club hits, usually with graphics in the style of the albums theme on the sleeve.

Wood Allen – People on the Move [1994]
May 10, 2011

Wood Allen, aka Black Box, aka Starlight aka pretty much the entire early 90’s Italian House output. Daniele Davoli, Mirko Limoni and Valerio Semplici are names that deserve to recieve the same respect as Sasha, Oakenfold, Tong and the like. These three guys pretty much created the framework for any given piano lead dance monster. Whats that framework? Cheeky synths, relentless bassdrum and layered breaks, diva vocal hooks and uplifting piano riffs that can lay waste to whole cities.

People on the Move is no exception, despite arriving probably a bit too late in the day to get the airplay it deserved, it still stood head and shoulders above any of the other uplifting house tunes of the time – Tin Tin Out im looking right at you. Quality.

Cappella – Take Me Away (Feat Loleatta Holloway) [1991]
March 24, 2011

Some love it, some hate it but the eurodance sound was everywhere between 91 and 94 and Capella sat right on top of the pile with this banger. Thankfully, Pierre Feroldi actually licenced Holloways accapella for this release.

Space Master – I Need You (Master Mix) [1991]
March 24, 2011

Sadly about 2 years too late for this piano driven Ital-House stormer, the scene had moved on which is likely why I didnt get anywhere near as much airplay as similar tracks released in 1990. As you may notice, the main vocal hook is another clip from the Love Sensation Accapella…

RIP Loleatta Holloway
March 22, 2011

Loleatta Holloway

Its a sad sad day for music. We lost one of the truly great female vocalists. In this day of autotune and refined marketability, Holloway continued to find cuts of her vocals in all manner of music, in many cases without any financial compensation. Her voice remains one of the most sampled in the history of music with Love Sensation being one of the most prolific accapella’s of all time.

I grew up with Loleatta Holloway’s voice, from the originals back in the early to mid Eighties to the rise of the sampler and House & Garage tunes from 1987 onwards. From that point on, I dont think ive heard more than 20 different electronic tracks before I find one with a vocal from Holloway. Ive lost the plot with her, i’ve danced around a field with her voice floating across the fields, heard in raves, mixtapes, hardcore, house, drum & bass, commercials, movie trailers, on my ipod about four times a day and i’d hazard a guess that she was playing the day I got married. There are very few artists that I know of that can claim to have been in the collective audio unconscious of sample based music lovers for almost four decades.

She was one of the truly great vocalists of our time and one that will be very sorely missed by me. In an effort to do any kind of justice to this memory, lets get the music underway.

RIP Loleatta Holloway, you were fucking amazing.

…the key to her appeal is that she doesn’t push herself too far to the front. The pleasure of listening to divas like Whitney or Rihanna is that it’s an aspirational experience – women want to be them, men want to be with them. Holloway is a different proposition: a collective experience, of mutual understanding and shared joy. She takes the utopian ideals of clubland – sex, community, abandon – and massively amplifies them back at the dancers, singing to each one of them and the club as a whole. As her voice surges onto and fills the dancefloor, it really does feel like we’re all getting stronger.
Taken from a Great Obituary from the Guardian

Hysteria – Energy Express (Long Train Mix) [1992]
January 25, 2011

Classic Ital-Piano track that sadly got a little lost in the glut of hardcore and house releases of 1992, not getting the play it deserved in favour of many of the darker sounds comming from the fracturing scene. But taken as it is now, its hard to ignore just how great the track. Its proper Ital house but rather than using the usual formula of average synth riffs with massive piano breaks, this time the piano break takes second place to that incredible synth riff. Thats not to say the piano cut isnt epic, its a pure hands in the air uplifter but the bassline and the rocking synth just make the track!

Hi Liner – Loving You [1990]
November 6, 2010

Yet ANOTHER Ital-house banger, same formula and why not, it works great. Huge piano riff, massive vocal hooks and a driving bassline and drum. The vocals are instantly recognisable, used on everything from the techno to happy hardcore. The track actually feels a bit more moody than most Ital-house tunes, likely due to the addition of a melancholy string set. I reckon this brings just enough extra dimension to set it head and shoulders above many other Ital-House tracks of the time.

Great tune!

TNT – I Kill Love [1990]
November 6, 2010

Working on a Saturday means only one thing. Classic House Music. Lots of it.

Italian house stormer this one, fitting the formula perfectly. Insanely catchy riff, huge vocal and plenty of thunkin’ bass drum. Nothing to do but get those hands in the air and go off. There’s a huge old school night being put together at the Star in Bethnall Green tonight and im GUTTED I cant make it. I could really do with some classics played loud after a Saturday in the office!

From Discogs
This record in my opinion is a timeless classic, it has a northern gritty feel and originality about it that puts it up there at the top of 90’s underground music. The bassline begins, it purrs away, relentless in it’s execution and dancefloor energy. The intro is instantly recognised and mixes well with most and at the same time mesmeric. I love this track!

Starlight – Numero Uno (Club Mix) [1989]
August 7, 2010

Its Saturday which means only ONE THING. Time to crack out the full force Ital-House monster that is Starlight’s Numereo Uno. If ever there was a track that embodied the unabashed uplifting ethos of Ital-Piano House its going to be this one. For all intents and purposes, its 6 minutes of unrepentant cheese but its so fucking mental how can you not love it. That piano is absolutely on the money, guaranteed to get arms well up.

From Discogs
In the summer of 89, Italo House was big! there was several big Italo House tracks in the U.K. charts, and one of them was this biggy.. ‘Starlight – Numero Uno’ that hit the UK top ten in August 1989 and was produced by Groove Groove Melody.
Originally released a year earlier in 88 on Italy’s Discomagic Out Records as ‘Starlight Invention Group – Numero Uno’, which originally sampled the vocals of Aretha Franklin. A year later, on its rerelease, the vocals had been replaced with some now resung vocals, most likely to avoid legal trouble.
‘Starlight – Numero Uno’ was an instant hit, was a big track all over the world with people, and massive in the clubs.
‘Numero Uno’ was another production that was part of the sample mania that was going on within house music at the time, everyone was sample crazy, and this was one of many, done to great effect. Originally, it sampled several Disco tracks.. ‘Aretha Franklin’, ‘Rose Royce’, and the intro from ‘Quartz – Beyond the Clouds’, put together brilliantly to produce a hands in the air Italo House anthem, with a very catchy melody, and some crazy spoken samples.. “Talk is cheap”, “Time sky”, “Numero Uno” and a vocal sample which i think is taken from the Israeli pop icon Ofra Haza.
The good thing about this Italo House classic of the 80’s, is that its never been remixed, or overplayed, unlike some other Italo House tracks that have been continually remixed. This one remains set in stone as an Italo house classic of the 80’s and should remain there, untouched.