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Remastered re-issue from this Italian disco classic from 1981! Recorded at G.R.S. Studios Milano, Itlay; Kano was actually a studio project between Luciano Ninzatti (guitars), Stefano Pulga (keyboards), and Matteo Bonsanto (producer) and vocals from Glen White. Later achieving crossover success with electro and breakdance scenes, many aficionados regard Kano as the embryonic begins of Italo disco.

"New York Cake" features six high grade Italo disco bombs which should also satisfy your hardcore boogie connoisseur. It's chock full of those classic drum boxes that'd go on to epitomize the genre, whilst the hooks and songwriting are unblemished, timeless numbers that'll ignite any dancefloor with a smidgen of taste. It's dashing, cutting fine lines across the club whilst the instrumentation is some of the most highly skilled of this era. In short, it's the under appreciated Italo disco - funk - boogie LP you never knew you needed but you most definitely do! There's not a single note, vocal utterance or drum hit on the whole LP which isn't thoroughly delicious! Most recommended. 


TRACK LISTING

1 Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)
2 She's A Star
3 Baby Not Tonight
4 Party
5 Round And Round
6 Don't Try To Stop Me

To accompany the "New York Cake" LP reissue, also available this week from the proto-Italo supergroup that is Kano, we have a tidy remix 12" featuring Dr. Packer and Mr. Master mixes of two of the group's most pleasurable of hits.

"Unconditional Lover" is off the LP "No Cents...Go Funky!" which marked the gleeful return of the band in 2021, some 38 years since their previous release. Whilst dividing the critics due to the omission of original vocalist Glen White, it's a worthy addition to their catalogue of which the Pet Shop Boy-indebted, "Unconditional Lover" is one of the better moments. "I'm Ready" is taken off the original 1980s self titled LP. Here, Dr. Packer and Mr. Master give both tracks a modern makeover, filling out the frequency range with the kind of dazzling instrumentation we're used to off the Glitterbox releases the two producers regularly populate. It's full of that authentic disco flavour, relentlessly spiraling into the disco ball; but all elements sparkle with an up-to-date flair: DSP fx and weighty mastering setting them apart from their 80s cousins. Recommended! 


TRACK LISTING

Unconditional Lover (Dr Packer Dub Mix)
Unconditional Lover (Mr Master Remix)
I'm Ready 2022 (Mr Master Remix)
I'm Ready 2022 (Original Mix)

Kano

Runes

    First ever vinyl release of this unique, dark and sparse, tribal, minimal synth, drone, trance, new age recording from the mysterious Kano. Previously only issued as an obscure cassette back in 1986 which is now much sought after. Runes is much darker and brooding compared to its new age peers of the era. Drums, metalophone, synths and more leads you on a deep inwards trip via damp, cold and foggy caves to the ancients. Runes is an extraordinary musical experience. Kano, described as ’a trance musician from Colorado’ on the original release, was Don Campbell in real life and the Runes cassette was eventually issued under his name too. 


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