Various Artists

IES - Italian Erotic Sounds

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For anyone who's yet to get it, Naples is on fire right now, and Italian label Early Sounds are right at the heart of it all. Over the past seven years the label have furnished DJs and collectors with hits from The Normalmen, Mystic Jungle Tribe, Nu Guinea and Pellegrino, as well as a killer archival compilation of first wave jazz-funk and boogie from their fair city. Here they drift back into archival mode, teaming up with legendary Italian imprint Eleven and Dualismo Sound boss Andrea Dallera for a trip into the x-rated grooves of Italy's nudy film scene. Now while the amorous adventures of il postman might not have stood the test of time, the funk and disco on the soundtracks have achieved a tantric level of staying power, outlasting their films to become sought after sexbombs in their own right. 
This seven track selection opens with the slow, loose and sleazy funk throb of Nando De Luca's "Kamasultra", before picking up the tempo for Julie Wilde's Hi-NRG disco heater "Love Tunnel"! We get a whole load of drum fun from Tullio De Piscopo next, while Monique Rossi's romantic disco swooner "How Wonderful You Are" closes the A-side with a little light petting and a lot of hand holding. Opening the B-side, Augusto Martelli's "Joining Together" is a classic symphonic disco mover with a hint of jazz-funk, think "It Looks Like Love" and you won't be far off. We get a real treat on the B2 via a previously unreleased instrumental version of Mimesis bomb "Diva Da Strapazzo", which works it out with descending bass, space age synth riffs and a seriously relentless groove. Finally, Persimfans' "ESP" lowers the tempo and harnesses the inherent weirdness at the heart of Italy's soundtrack scene, delivering an ace esoteric hybrid of disco, funk and Mediterranean cool with a lovely bell refrain. 


A1. Nando De Luca - Kamasultra
A2. Julie Wilde - Love Tunnel
A3. Tullio De Piscopo - Fastness
A4. Monique Rossi - How Wonderful You Are
B1. Augusto Martelli - Joining Together
B2. Mimesis - Diva Da Strapazzo (Unreleased Instrumental)
B3. Persimfans - ESP (Extra Sensory Perception)

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