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Pino Presti comes back in 2018 on Best Record Italy with another top class disco production. This time featuring the hot voice of "Roxy Robinson" on three unreleased extended disco songs from his 1977 quality archive. The drum groove is enriched by the percussions played by one of the biggest italian drummer Tullio De Piscopo.

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12" Info: Limited to 250 copies

As well as leaving his dexterous fingerprints on the disco map as Moroder's mate, Geoff Bastow rocked the studio spot for a whole host of Italo-disco legends including Gepy & Gepy and Pino Presti. Best of all though was his work under the KID moniker, especially high grade synth funk bangers "Don't Stop", "Do It Again" and "Hupendi Muziki Wangu" (yes Annabel!). This limited edition 12" cherry picks four choice cuts from 1982 LP "Fine Time Tonight" and presents them in previously unreleased extended form. Boss!
"Watch Out" starts the dance with hydraulic bass sequences, snapping Linn drums and cascading synth tones, all topped with ballsy horns and big female vocals. "Fine Time Tonight" drops the pace for a slick and sleazy funk sound, perfect for sophisticated cocktail parties and swinging. Flip the party pancake and savour the robotic rumble of "Come & Get It", a proper Italo squelcher which comes on like a slightly calmer cousin to Debbie Jacobs' "High On Your Love". Last but not least we have cyber-boogie smoocher "Midnight Magic", a kinda camp, kinda cosmic cooler with the jazziest vocoder you've ever heard!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Name me one disco fan who doesn't love KID! You can't. This four tracker delivers the definitive extended disco mixes of four LP cuts from Bastow's 1982 LP, all previously unreleased and primed to demolish the dancefloor.

Contiuing their stellar reissue series, Best Record Italy give us the fully extended versions of two Billy Woost heaters, previously only available on the Billy Woost album as 'one continuous edit'. While the megamix format might have suited jocks back in 77, struggling to make a seamless blend on a pair of Thorens while concentrating more important matters like groupies and mountains of nose drugs, times have changed and we much prefer the definitive versions, fully extended and as separate tracks. On the A-side "Vibrations" does the low slung disco funk thing with aplomb, dishing out wild clavs, punchy percussion, wordless female vocals and the odd seque into string-laced sequin tackle. Chuck in some killer drum breaks and a searing guitar solo and you're laughing! Flip it for the frisky and frothy "Baobab", an insanely Italian bit of loungey disco funk with a seriously sensual vocal. Prosecco disco anyone?

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: As Italian as it gets (without being Italo) these two extended Billy Woost cuts come correct with maximum funk breaks, Mediterranean vocals and sleazy clavinet.

It's a great week for boogie appropriation in the good ship Picc this week, and that excellent collection of Japanese city funk we're loving is now bolstered with an Italo boogie masterpiece from all the way back in 1983. Capturing the hearts of the Italian dancefloor, neon tinged quintet Touché took snapping synth drums, playful piano and a wriggling bassline and fused it into the funkiest Paradise Garage-style groover you could ever wish for. Treated vocals smooch their way through some innuendo laded lyricism, dancing around the trilling moog licks and leading us to the ecstacy of the big, bold chorus. Not only is this an officially remastered reissue of dynamite jam, but the flip hits us with a previously unreleased instrumental dub version to give you even more options for dropping this essential classic!

Italy's Best Records continue to revive the ...best...records from their country's underground history with an official remastered reissue of this down-tempo disco heaven from one-hit wonders Byron. Originally released in 1985 on the Italian label Golden Sound, "Too Much" is a must for any discerning Balearic record bag. Much like THE Italian Balearic classic "Shadows From Nowhere", "Too Much" melts our hearts with Bee Gee style vocals, serene pads and subtle drum programming, though the overall vibe is much more excitable than on that Blue Gas cut. A slick bassline and bendy boogie keys provide an irresistible groove and a whole load of reverb lends the cut a healthy dose of cinematic soft focus. This new pressing presents the original vocal version, original instrumental and the toasty remix version previously available only on the rarest Byron Album from 1985.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Best Records continue to furnish us with Italian gold, this time turning out a remastered reissue of Byron's dreamy downtempo groover "Too Much", a total Balearic classic. Mega!

Kasso

Kasso Re-edited By John Jellybean Benitez

The second part of this week's Best Record double dose compiles all three John Jellybean Benitez mixes of Kasso, each a classic in its own right. For those trying desperately to get into the loop, Kasso was a pseudonym Goblin maestro Claudio Simonetti used when he was smashing out disco tunes, and each of these Jellybean mixes tore the floor apart on NY and Chicago's nascent house scene. On the A-side, "Key West" comes through with sizzling proto house percussion (just check out those woodblocks and hats) a proper Goblin style synth sequence and cinematic chords, eventually building into a wavey proto house groover with a touch of backstreet ecstasy in its rising melodies. B1 "Walkman" gets into the groove with a killer post-disco drum pattern and pitch bent boogie bassline before John lets all the shoulder rolling synth work seduce us. Just when your smile is starting to hurt your face, the dreamy, cheery jazz piano lands just in time to take you into arms aloft overdrive. Finally, "Kasso" closes the set with high paced conga licks, Argentine piano and a hip swinging bass groove, setting the template for all the latin house records we'd fall in love with over the next twenty years. Properly classic shizzle!


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