ABOUT THIS ITEM
Brilliant EP featuring four killer Italo classics from cult new wave label Italian Records. Sure to piss-off Manchester's burgeoning Italo digger Woody, whom previous to this could be seen frequently jumping on a plane and journeying into the Italian countryside in search those ultra-rare nuggets that can be snatched up for a single euro all over the country. All from 1983, these tracks highlight the label’s successful move into the burgeoning Italo-disco sound with three of the cuts mixed by legendary producer Tony Carrasco (part of seminal Italo outfit Klein & MBO) who tweaked the bands’ post-punk electronic songs into epic disco/proto-house tinged soundscapes. Side A kicks off with NOIA’s rare Italo monster ‘Stranger In a Strange Land’. The Club Mix featured here was supplied by Mr Carrasco and has a strong early house flavour, with percussion and synths even Larry Heard would be proud of. It’s a gorgeous flowing slow-burn of a track that truly does transport you to a strange and melodically beautiful land - phenomenal! Next up is the first offering from Italian synth-pop group Gaz Nevada - the hard-to-find Female Version of Special Agent Man. Another Tony Carrasco mix, this is pure cosmic magic, a rolling dreamscape of loose slow bass, loping drums and sweet ethereal vocals. Side B opens with another Gaznevada track ‘IC Love Affair’. A favourite of Ron Hardy, this is a fantastic Italo tour de force with proper sleazy bass, soaring female vocals and an amazing house-sounding intro. Last but definitely not least is the highly sought-after Dub version of Band Aid’s ‘A Tour In Italy’, a near-perfect example of the genre with a spacey summery tropical feel built up through layers of echoing synths, funky bass, brass stabs, cool kalimba action and bizarre tourist vocals completing the weird holiday scene. With all tracks remastered and loudpressed and replica Italian Records artwork, this is a collection not to be missed!
A1 NOIA - Stranger In A Strange Land (Club Mix)
A2 Gaznevada - Special Agent Man (Female Version)
B1 Gaznevada - I C Love Affair (Italian Version)
B2 Band Aid - A Tour In Italy (Dub)