Various Artists

After Dark 2

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Six years ago Mike Simonetti launched Italians Do It Better with the faultless "After Dark" compilation. It was one of those rare occasions when a label nails its sound and vision, wonderfully evocative of late night New York diners and subway cars decorated with graffiti, soundtracked by the blurred lines between disco, italo, new wave, post punk and 80s cinema. From that moment onwards the label has gone from strength to strength, its roster touring the world and creeping into the mainstream consciousness, especially after featuring in Bronson and Drive. "After Dark II" is a snapshot of where the label stands in the present day, collecting some of the best tracks from recent 12" singles as well as a number of brand new tracks exclusive to this release. Glass Candy kick things off with the heartfelt "Warm In The Winter", which could be the greatest 80s film soundtrack to never have been, and roll the credits with the brooding "Redheads Feel More Pain", a carpenter-esque track with Jewel's synths at their most intense and Ida No's vocals other worldly and Lynchian. Amongst the 13 tracks in between we hear ballads of love and longing from Chromatics ("Cherry" and "Camera"), Desire ("Tears From Heaven") and Mirage ("Let's Kiss"), cinematic synthwave from Mike Simonetti's Symmetry guise and analogue grooves from Glass Candy ("Beautiful Object" and "The Possessed"). But this compilation isn't just about the big names, the piano house inspired "Half Lives" by Twisted Wires is perfectly formed and Farah's "Into Eternity" is an utterlessly remorseless horror theme. New signings Appaloosa also turn in two stadium sized pop songs to whet your appetite for their forthcoming debut LP for the label. From the first note to the last, After Dark II is a flawless showcase of the sound the label created six years ago but shows that the artists involved have come on leaps and bounds in terms of songwriting.

TRACK LISTING

1. Warm In The Winter - Glass Candy
2. Tears From Heaven - Desire
3. Let's Kiss - Mirage
4. Fill The Blanks - Appaloosa
5. Looking For Love - Chromatics
6. Heart Of Darkness - Symmetry
7. Camera - Chromatics
8. Half Lives - Twisted Wires
9. The Possessed - Glass Candy
10. Cherry - Chromatics
11. Beautiful Object - Glass Candy
12. Into Eternity - Farah
13. Intimate - Appaloosa
14. The Magician - Mike Simonetti
15. Redheads Feel More Pain - Glass Candy

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