Nino Lepore hails from South Italy, and is best known for his self-titled LP from 1986, as well as for his uncredited work on Dancer Record. The 'Chok Musik' 12" from Best Record Italy focuses on two productions from his sole LP, and in the titular track, sexualized funk basslines join a disco drum strut, as guitar riffs shimmer and brass and string orchestrations swirl deliriously between filmic romance and symphonic madness. And after a breakdown into percussive chaos, smooth piano solos alternate with passages of sizzling sax. As for "Bad Time," an introduction of decaying gongs leads to a broken beat groove, with strings evoking atmospheres of exotic noir and horns soloing softly over subdued funk bass motions and distant flashes of guitar. There are jazz rock breakdowns into liquid riffing and flamboyant brass, and during handclap climaxes, horns swell towards the sky.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says:
If you've been simping over the Italian boogie sounds of Nu Guinea, Mystic Jungle, Periodica etc of late, then you'll love this bit of OG Italo funk tackle, resurrected by those fine folks at Best Records. Uber-groovey, gooey funk for the sunny days ahead.
A1. Chok Musik
B1. Bad Time